There are many feeling out of sorts with all these Covid-19 restrictions – staying at home except for necessities, wearing cloth face coverings, not being able to eat in restaurants, go to movies, etc. And there are some with great anxiety because of all the uncertainty in life these days. (Although, truth be told, life was always full of uncertainty – “the best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray” – we just always thought we had it all under control.) We pray you find peace in this “new normal.”
While we are still hoping RI campgrounds will be allowed to open soon, we have also been looking for other options. We have reservations to get us up to RI, if campgrounds there are allowed to open, but Dave and I are also very fortunate to have multiple offers of a place to stay, whether we need to or just want to. Not so for others here, and it pains me to hear their anxiety when they talk about not knowing where they will go from here.
So, here we we sit with our fellow camp friends in Osprey Cove RV Park wondering. As of now, all we are told is that the computers are locked down and they can’t make any updates at this time. The system has us all due to leave on or about May 11th, from what I’ve been hearing. There are some here who have homes to return to, but are not ready to head back to areas where the weather is still chilly and Covid-19 is still raging. Others, like us, live in their RV full time. Many states have closed their campgrounds, while others are allowing them to remain open for people wanting to stay for at least 14 days. It looks like some states are easing up on restrictions, allowing overnight camping, but with no facilities open. States will pull back immediately if there is an uptick in infections though, so it’s still a bit worrisome for some of us.
This, among other Covid-19 related things, has found me back on Facebook. I have been scouring the RV pages for information about campground openings in various states, reading what experiences people are having with overnight stops during their travels, the base CO had a FB Town Hall meeting that we hoped might provide us with some further information about the campground status. MWR says COVID-19 updates for programs can be found on their FB page, so we check that.
But I no longer lose myself in Facebook nonsense for hours a day. I have specifics I am looking for, check my notifications and messages, respond (maybe), and I’m outta there. But through this, I have come to realize that Facebook is a necessary evil. This is where I learn of both joyous and heartbreaking moments in the lives of our extended families and friends. This is where I learned so many of you are making masks and performing other acts of kindness. This is where I can attend FB Live meetings. This is often the only place I can find the information I am seeking. Websites might not be updated, but Facebook pages usually are. And this is where all those birthday and anniversary reminders are!! (Sorry if I’ve missed yours.)So, don’t be surprised if you see me sharing a few posts every now and again. But don’t expect too much. I’m entirely too busy outside enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, chatting with our neighbors (from a socially acceptable distance), walking with Samson to check on the whereabouts of the alligators, and sometimes our schedules line up and I get a walk in with Betty! And then there are those board games and card games Dave and I enjoy too. Who has time for Facebook?