Flying Home Amid Corona Virus Fears

There have been too many gray days! Even on our trip. We packed up yesterday. There was a dismal feeling in the air – our trip was ending, we would be going our separate ways, the Corona Virus and it’s doomdem was still hanging in the air, and we had a day of travel ahead of us- in the face of many germs and possibly the virus itself.

We had planned out our schedule the day before. We are Nashvillians by heart so planning to do the things we needed to do we gave ourselves plenty of time (eat breakfast, check out, get gas in the rental car, return rental car, get through security, buy water, restroom one more time – and then board). However – there was little traffic, there were no lines at rental, no lines at security. We found ourselves at the airport waaaaaay too early.

While more people came later, the airport was minimal with people. I was a bit tense that flights would be cancelled. I calmed myself and said I’d get a rental car and if they were all taken (you know lots have probably switched to driving to destinations now) then George would have to come get me. Somehow I’d make it home. We always have to have a plan B, and a C. So I tried not to worry. I also figured the flights would be a bit bumpy. They were not that bad though. But until we both got home safely, my mind could just not be at ease. Not to mention these old planes – and the news that just yesterday a flight from Dallas to Nashville took 8 hours b/c of someone saying he had Corona virus, being unruly. Was I too going to be on a plane where something like this going wrong? Where planes and people are being shuffled. Were the good pilots still going to be flying or we getting a young newby? My mind thinks too much.

Katy and I listened to her church’s online worship service. It was calming. I know to be calm but have to be reminded every day. lol. Surprisingly our flight boarded on time and it was a quick flight from Tulsa to Dallas, with only 40 minutes in the air. Our stewards were a bit young and seemed a little green (new) and immediately announced it would be bumpy and no service. (Often on those small flights, they tell you that. Then it’s not hardly bumpy at all.) The pilots made them do service though. I was shocked. So since it was lunch time, I had a glass of white wine to take the edge off my nerves. The white wine they are serving now is really good too – it’s a wine from South Africa. I wish I’d taken a photo of it so I could try to find it. They also keep it REALLY cold. It did the trick, only no sooner than it was served they announced we had to hurry and drink up as they needed to take up what they passed out. The last 1/4 of my drink I had to knock back which made Katy and laugh. Neither of us knew I had it in me! Even the steward must have chuckled. The wine was free by the way. But still, I needed to have the edge taken off – and not just 3/4 of the edge, lol.

And just like that, the plane landed. We were close to the front and my girl got her bag and said “Love you Mom” and was gone in a flash. The tears stung. I treasured this trip together. I scooted over into her window seat and looked out the window as they put her colorful checked bag on the cart. I texted her the pic and said “your bag is on the way”.

She later texted back, “got it” and then again “made it to the car”.

I had time to get off the plane for rest room break and back on again since there was a crew change. I was on the same plane and normally you don’t have time to get off but they let us.

Then on to Dallas. It seemed like it would take forever to get home, but the flight home was an hour and 15 minutes.

I read my book “We are the Russo’s” and then also played Candy Crush. Soon we would be landing. I had a coke on this service which was really good as it was served over ice and was just tasty. I rarely ever drink coke, but I needed the caffeine and didn’t want coffee. I’d save that for home.

Nashville, BNA, was fairly busy but not near what it normally is. Got my luggage, figured out where ground transportation for Economy lot C was. Was glad I took a photo of where I parked.

Then I was off to home. It felt weird to drive. Katy shuffled me around all weekend when we were not in planes. And that is usually when I finished my blog entries each day. I would start it in the room, finish it on the road or during a quiet time (like the tea house and yesterday, or the airport).

So I got home, gave George his souvenir from Katy and myself. It’s a Hurts Donut Shop t-shirt and coffee from Tulsa and also I bought some coffee for him at the Pioneer woman’s shop. George is always saying “wanna hurts donut?” and someone says “yes” or “what’s that” and you give him a pinch or a nudge and then go “hurts donut (don’t it?)” lol. I had never heard it, but Katy said George asked her that all the time. So when she saw the Hurts Donut shop, she had to stop and we got him a t shirt (and we got ourselves a donut).

I was glad to be home. It was a relief because of all the madness with this Corona virus now. Things went from bad to worse while we were gone. Many schools have cancelled, sports events cancelled, now churches cancelled, and people began hoarding things, and there is a toilet paper shortage, and then it went into round two with there being shortages on just about anything left in the stores. My own mother texting she went to beat the crowds only to find a line around the building to get into the store at opening. She finally went back and got the things she needed. I asked if she wanted to stay with us for a while til things calmed so we could do the fighting for her to get what was needed. But she says she is fine.

Then we began hearing that companies were asking their employees to work from home. Jokingly I told my family – that won’t be happening at our work. At least not for my position with payroll. I would have to have printing capability and a dock set up with a mouse. It would take a lot of scrambling and set up to be able to do things from home.

Anyway, while we were gone, every day just got a little more sideways with the news and what all happening in our world. Back home, everyone seemed happy to see me. Dogs and even George. He fixed us an amazing dinner – jalapeño burgers, a lima bean dish that was out of this world cooked in the air fryer, and rice.

I was able to get a load of clothes done, unpacked, and I was glad he had washed up his shirts for the weekend. I changed sheets and also the sleep was awesome last night. Everyone slept well and so did I.

Now back to work, which I am looking forward to. I can’t say that has always been the case. So this is a good thing.

Ya’ll have a great day! And a great week. I will try to pop in a bit each day but it might be every other day. I have some extra pics to share from vacay. And I think it’s important to blog our feelings during all this Corona mess. Or COVID-19.

How is all this impacting you guys? Work? Stocking up? Are you handling it ok? Love you guys! We’ll support each other through all this! Here’s some funny’s for ya and a message below.

See ya in the next day or two.

Last Day in Tulsa and Headed Home!

We have had a wonderful trip. We are at the airport now which is eerily empty.

We had a great time yesterday all around Tulsa shopping, trying brews, and then finally an Italian dinner! A rainy day at first and mostly cloudy the rest of the day.

I had asked God to calm our fears and I believe He did find ways all day!

We happened upon a tea room that allowed for quiet meditation.

And we had some nice quiet time there.

Then we went to find breweries.

Marshall Brewing, Tulsa

We were getting hungry as our free Hampton inn breakfast was not lingering. But not much food there. So we ate Pickle pretzels lol. They were really good.

Also had my goldfish. And I wiped down our table with Clorox wipes. Kept hand sanitizer available.

God kept doggies in our paths….

Renaissance Brewing, Tulsa
On the ceiling….
All gone!
Mother Road Market, Tulsa

We needed food but not too much…. so we went to Mother Load Market and got sushi.

Some unusual signs, but signs of the times.

The gray day continued, we shopped a bit more as it was too early for dinner!

This place was a bust. Not much open and what was was not shop worthy for us anyway.

This was unique though. lol There was a bath shop there.

Not much there. So on to the next place.

This pic above is for Sybil from UK lol Also it was nice to see Tulips.

We didn’t buy much – too high in price as it was a high end shopping spot.

Fun to look and walk around though! Then we went to Mondo’s Italian restaurant. It was great!

My Chicken Parm was great!

And that’s it for now. Need to get final things done before boarding! Take care!

At the Airport… Here We Go..

Well I am writing from the airport. I have, as you know been very anxious as there have been so many things to consider and keep up with for this trip.

I won’t repeat myself too much, but… I do have my wipes, hand sanitizer in purse. Everything is in bags or checked bag. Made it thru before interstate closed as they are still restoring power and lights from tornado with rolling closures.

Security had no waiting at airport. However there are a lot of folks at the gate. But lighter than normal.

Met a girl at our parking shuttle hut who is going home to DC from Sewanee college and is not coming back this season due to virus. I told her the college will probably work something out for students on line to finish semester and wished her luck. We were glad to see another human at the bus stop.

I saw a friend’s car at the long term parking area. Called her and asked her how the ticketing worked. lol Was I to put in window or not. No it’s for me but keep it safe so you don’t lose it as you have to have it to get out.

I’m here early so able to do blog post.

Before getting to airport I stopped at Wendy’s for fast food breakfast. I always do a chicken biscuit before airplane travel. lol I holds me and it just works on a flight day. So Wendy’s is back to serving breakfast again. In the mid 80’s they served a breakfast sandwich that had the best bacon and egg on toast. I didn’t see that this time. But my chicken biscuit was good.

Well it is reassuring that we have people spraying down surfaces as people leave an area. I’m in the dining area and that may have been done anyway.

Katy is on her way to the airport 2 hrs away. So pray foR her and all of our travels to be healthy and safe.

Our area is expected to have tornado possibilities today. I will be out of here by then I thin. So pray for TN and KY expected to be stormy. And I hope we have a safe and smooth flight. Going south so maybe we will miss it but I think we will have to push through it at some point.

Maisy is coughing her head off and George may have to take her to the vet if not clearing. I didn’t sleep well last night as I had to take both dogs out in the middle of the night. But got to sleep a bit extra this morning since I didn’t have to leave for work. I left about 7:30 this morning instead of the normal 6:30 to 7:00. So slept a bit more.

We should have a comfy bed tonight. No dogs so I’m hoping for a good nights sleep.

Well going to get off here and get to gals room. Wash hands again. And get to gate. If all goes as planned I’ll be seeing my girl here about 1:45 today. She is getting us lunch as she is getting to Dallas airport a bit early.

I think I need to wipe down my purse handles and iPhone and iPad. You touch things then touch them. And have you noticed how much your face itches when you are not supposed to touch it? lol

Ok I’ll post tomorrow hopefully. I’ll feel relieved when I see my girls face. Then we will weather whatever together.

Be safe and let me hear from you. You all doing well in this corona crises? And Tom and Rita Hanks have it! Take care.