This past Sunday we celebrated Isaiah's birthday! It was such a fun time with the family all together. Isaiah requested my homemade ooey gooey Macaroni and Cheese to go along with the amazing steak sandwiches that his mom and dad made. Done! 😀 After the party, both Isaiah and Bradley came home with Jeff and I. They were perfectly content to play outside in the cooler evening air with the old Tonka trucks and things. They scooped up the fallen apples and dumped them in the compost pile for us and then went wild on the raspberries picking and eating them. The next day we took them up to our town's pool for a nice cool off swim and boy did that feel good! They were totally exhausted when we returned them to Heather. Grammie and G-pa were also exhausted, but oh it was so worth it and we loved having them here! We were having way to much fun and I forgot to take pictures sadly.
So remember how I mentioned that I was worried about the Delta variant and had been stocking up like crazy again in case we had shut downs or high case rates? Well folks, my inner nudgings served me well again. I have been looking at the cases once again climbing. In the previous 2 week period we had 18 total new cases in our county...in the past few days we have had 14 cases! The college students have not even come back yet! The county next to us in Idaho is in the "red", meaning super high transmission and case rates. The CDC is ramping up it's warnings and our governor announced today that all teachers, staff and students would be back to wearing masks again in the classrooms even if they are fully vaccinated. He is also calling for Universal Masking in all public places. UGH! While I understand the "why" behind this, it still is upsetting because:
a. Wearing a mask in the heat we have here is a recipe for disaster for myself and many others.
b. Our schools in this side of the state do not have AC and the classrooms get super hot when we have this kind of weather.
c. This is causing even more resistance to people getting the vaccine because we were told that if we got it and we would not have to wear masks anymore (and yes, I realize this is a very fluid situation and we are all learning on the fly...just stating what I am hearing on the news and in my community).
d. I am worried about my grandkids who are too young to get the vaccine, and about other family members who, for their own personal reasons, have chosen not to get vaccinated.
Due to the rapidly increasing rates of this variant, I am also seeing the need to limit my possible exposure to it even though I am fully vaccinated. Jeff's job now involves lots of contact with customers so that puts us both at higher risk and he works in Idaho, a state that is very resistant to wearing the masks to begin with and even more so in the northern part of the state. I fully expect another run at the stores on things like toilet paper and canned goods as people panic buy again. There is already limited inventory on some items and for that and other reasons, I am so glad I continued to stock up on things that we use on a regular basis. Yes, I really feel like "here we go again!".