Indy stays at home in style — photo by author

This One Went to Market

a daily social distancing diary

Sara Grace Stasi
Apr 1, 2020 · 3 min read

Today the weather turned warm and it seems like summer has come early. We did our regular daily walk this morning and then did a short bike ride as well.

With everyone out of work and school, the beaches and main walking paths are pretty crowded. Everyone is trying to stay out of each other’s way, but there do seem to be quite a few folks who are just out having a good time.

That is one drawback of living by the beach, I suppose. There will always be tourists acting like tourists, even in the midst of a pandemic.

Today hubby finished sprucing up the vegetable garden beds with some corrugated sheets we had on hand. He made the plastic sheeted frames, and the wire pieces on either end are a modified gate.

the garden bed my husband finished today — photos by author

We only have radishes and lettuce in right now, which is probably a good thing since it hailed last week! Pretty good size hailstones, too, for our area. Like small marbles.

The big adventure of the day today was going to the grocery store. We have a Grocery Outlet in our area and that is where we find the best prices. They don’t always have everything you need so we also went to Lucky.

There was no toilet paper or paper towels at the first store, and only a small supply at Lucky, so I feel lucky that we got some. It was limited to one per customer, along with some other high demand items like eggs, milk, bread, and cleaning products.

Squash has got the hang of social distancing — photo by author

Today I’m Grateful For…

Today I’m grateful for a stocked fridge. We were down to bare bones and payday finally came, so we were able to stock up.

I know that there are so many out there who have no paycheck right now and no idea where their next meal will come from. I’m glad to see that food pantries in the area are able to continue operation because food security was already a problem in this county before people began losing their jobs.

Santa Cruz will be a different place when we all emerge from our social distancing. This is a social experiment like we never could have imagined.

Thank you for reading! You can follow my poetry publication California Thrasher, or check out my essays and other ramblings at Graceful Observations.

Graceful Observations

Essays and observations on life from a corner of California

Sara Grace Stasi

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Poems, short fiction, photography, musings on life. Santa Cruz, California. BA American Lit | BA Anthropology | MA Education. Patreon: sgstasi

Graceful Observations

Essays and observations on life from a corner of California

Sara Grace Stasi

Written by

Poems, short fiction, photography, musings on life. Santa Cruz, California. BA American Lit | BA Anthropology | MA Education. Patreon: sgstasi

Graceful Observations

Essays and observations on life from a corner of California

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