|My last wargame, played on Saturday March 7, 2020|
One year ago today, the world seemed to shut down as it dawned on everyone that the COVID-19 virus was in fact a pandemic. NBC News asked viewers to look for the last photograph that they had on their smart phone before the Covid pandemic took hold. The above picture shows our group playing a wargame on Saturday March 7, 2020.
I remember coming to this realization when the NBA shut down its basketball schedule, including stopping one game that was in progress. Oh, oh, I thought. This is going to get bad. I'd better get to the grocery store and lay in some stores of food for the long haul.
Apparently other people had the same thought. When I arrived at the local Jewel grocery store the parking lot was packed with cars even though it was only 2PM in the afternoon. I filled up my shopping cart with frozen entrees, pizza, canned soup, bottles of water, and bleach. The toilet tissue and paper towels were nearly cleaned out by shoppers. The hoarding had started.
|The next day, the paper towels and toilet tissue were gone from the local grocery store.|
Masks were nearly impossible to find. I visited the local Ace Hardware store and the manager had a stash of N-95 masks that he was doling out - only 4 per customer. I think that I paid $20 for just four masks. I also bought the last bottle of hand sanitizer that was on the shelf.
One by one, the various professional sports leagues were following suit with the NBA and either cancelling their seasons or putting them on hold. The NCAA announced that it was cancelling the March Madness College Basketball tournament. Yikes!!!!!
How we got through a year of the pandemic.
Apparently lots of people bought puppies or other pets over the course of the pandemic lockdown. We had rescued our dog Augie ( a Lab mix) from the local animal shelter back in February, so we were ahead of the curve on that one. We actual adopted Augie to replace our Golden Retrieve Tiberius, who had died from cancer in February.
|Our new dog Augie|
In order to relieve boredom, we started to bake things in the kitchen. My daughter Lelia and I made Civil War hard tack (inedible) and apple fritters from a Colonial Williamsburg recipe book.
|We cooked and baked.|
|We had a formal afternoon tea once a week.|
|The new wargame project: 54mm Sudan War|
|I taught myself how to make 54mm terrain to go with my new toy soldiers. |
This is a preview of a game that I hope to take to the convention circuit in 2022.
|My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary.|
We were going to go on a cruise down the Elbe River, but that got cancelled, obviously , and we celebrated at home.
|Lelia took up painting during the pandemic and a local art gallery asked her |
to do a showing of her work in their studio. She even sold some of her paintings.
|More afternoon teas.|
|We got another dog in October, a Golden Retriever puppy named Bella.|
|We had a presidential election in the USA. It seemed to go on forever.|
|We rediscovered having picnics in the countryside.|
|We kept our sense of humor. What else can one do? This was Thanksgiving Day|
without any relatives at our home.
|We celebrated Christmas and decorated the house for the holiday.|
|Augie and Bella had fun opening all of the Christmas presents.|
|We had no appreciable snow until February, and then it came down and down and down. |
Almost two feet of snow over the course of a week.
|Vaccines were available in February, but we couldn't get appointments.|
It was frustrating and depressing. We sought out comfort food.
One night I just said "eff it, I'm going to the all night Walgreens and gettin' me some sugar!"
|Our dogs Bella and Augie provided all the love and kisses that we needed to keep us in a positive frame of mind.|