So outside of the care and feeding of your Bulls what's everyone who's stuck at home doing with their time?
Well not the greatest launch of your 1st retirement season. You bring up a couple of neat alternatives for the common hoarded items. Never thought of camp stove fuel but thought of grain alcohol at the local spirit store. We usually quarantine our mail and food for three days. New produce and meats are kept in a cooler in garage for three days on ice. Not perfect but better than nothing. I lucked out that packages of ten N95 masks were free after rebate at Menards a year ago so I bought a few boxes then. My daughters who are nurses have to reuse their N95 masks until they rip or get damaged. They just put them in labeled paper bags when they leave work for their next shift.I have been working on a number of home improvement projects and cleaning up the yard after the wrath of this past winter, as well as getting my Thunderbirds ready for the summer driving / car show season (assuming all the shows arent cancelled). Assuming Carlisle isnt cancelled, I plan to be there with my 88 Turbo Coupe as I have been for the last 18 years.
COVID-19 isnt as bad here as it is in many parts of the country. As of now, around 2000 confirmed cases in the city where people are packed together like sardines in a can, but out in suburbia where we live there are significantly fewer confirmed cases as the population density is way lower and people seem to be taking the pandemic more seriously.
I have made masks for both of us to use when going out in public using HF paint / dust masks which I have lined with vacuum cleaner bag material. A bunch of online research I found indicates vacuum cleaner bags are nearly as effective as the material used in the N95 masks. I also picked up a UVC (254 nm wavelength, 4.9 eV photon energy) mercury gas discharge sterilizing lamp on Ebay for $20 that we use to sterilize mail, packages, food from the grocery store, our masks after being out in public etc. I was a certified radiation safety officer for 25 years as part of my former job, and I know from my experience with ionizing radiation that this sterilizing lamp will kill the COVID-19 in short order. We both carry small spray bottles of 95% Ethanol / 5% Methanol (i.e., camp stove fuel I can get by the gallon locally) with us to spray on our hands, credit cards, etc. after going to the food store, etc. All this might be overkill, but better safe than sorry IMO.
That's another good idea on alcohol source. I never thought of that but it is pretty common product. Aloe gel is hard to come by these days. I was able to pick up a bottle of sanitizer at Sam's Club for a reasonable price.For making sanitizer I've been substituting the dry gas (red bottle=95% isopropyl) I've had sitting around since they started mixing ethanol into gas making it superfluous. I got 2 cases of it for $2 a song when a regional chain was going out of business back when the buffalo were many on the plain. Mix it 4/1 with aloe gel to make it easier on the skin.
It's funny how we still see decent volumes of it most everywhere even though it is largely an obsolete placebo product now. I was buying milk at the local Gas n Go the other day and there were at least a dozen bottles of it on the underneath shelf at the checkout counter next to the motor oil. If it didn't sell it wouldn't be taking up prime impulse buy real estate, although in a couple of weeks I suspect it will be relegated to another location and bug spray or some other warm weather product will take its place.That's another good idea on alcohol source. I never thought of that but it is pretty common product. Aloe gel is hard to come by these days. I was able to pick up a bottle of sanitizer at Sam's Club for a reasonable price.
Update: our county still only 1 death, now only 1 in the hospital. Latest US. 94% of people who go in the hospital with the virus had 1 significant other issue, and 88% had 2 or more. High blood pr, diabetic, obese and such. As for me, I live in a very low risk area, and have none of the health issues. I am very thankful.Our county has had 1 death, 10 in the hospital at last report. Seems like outdoors is way more safe than in close living housing or public transport. NY City has 25X the deaths as the state of FL.
So out door living might be a really good thing. Golf, fishing, car work likely the most safe things going.
I do not do golf or fish so I work on cars and my house. Safe and healthy.