So many families on YouTube are under shelter at home orders. They have said that school is done for the year and that all students self-quarantining citizens. The mayor of San Antonio held a news conference on Monday evening saying that all citizens had to quarantine themselves at home for two weeks and that all businesses had to close unless they were essential.
The schools have been closed for weeks. Churches and restaurants closed last week except for take out and drive thru food. David's Garden Seeds® along with other garden centers is exempt from closing but we cannot have more than a total of ten people in our building which means we cannot have all of our staff and we cannot have any customers. We closed our store on Tuesday of this week.
Interestingly, we can all go to Walmart and shop for non-existent toilet paper, antibacterial wipes, and hand sanitizer, all of which we still haven't been able to find in over three weeks, not only in San Antonio but also not in any of the towns out near our farm.
Actually, David and I no longer live in San Antonio and our small town is not under any type of shelter at home order.
Monday started out early as we got to work by 7am in San Antonio. I started working on the many Paypal orders that came in. David arranged for several of our team members to do assembly line work to make sure that we got our Amazon orders out to our wonderful customers. David's plan worked very nicely. Some of our team was out on the farm on our new store building. It is coming along very slowly.
The post office near our business stayed open until 5pm and when I went over there at 4:30 pm, she told me the mayor was holding a news conference at 6pm.
At 6pm, I watched the news conference and Nirenberg said that starting the next day, all San Antonians were expected to shelter at home and that they could leave their homes to go to the grocery store or to a medical appointment. Only essential businesses could be open but could have no more than ten people in a building. Customers are supposed to stay six feet apart (Ha ha ha!)
Tuesday morning, we took off again for our office in San Antonio. The roads were empty. Most people are sheltering at home instead of driving around, at least at 7am. We filled orders all day long, staying well past 5pm.
We did not open the seed store because we already had ten people working on orders. In fact, our seed store in San Antonio will not open again. We will open our new seed store whenever the new building on the farm is finished. Part of our team is out at the farm each day finishing the inside of our new store.
Most small businesses closed down today in San Antonio so their employees could shelter in place. Close to the end of the day, we found out that we are exempt from the closure because we are considered to be under agricultural exemption. We announced this to our team just before they went home for the evening. Some were excited and others were disappointed not to get some time off. I know how they feel...we really need some days off.
Twelve hours plus a day for seven days a week is a lot for anyone to work. David and I are putting in that much time, not anyone else. So David and I made our way to work early in the dark. It was a long day. Not much is getting done on the farm or with the new store because everyone is filling orders.
Don't get me wrong. We are thankful for the orders that all of you are putting in. It is just that folks are now panic buying seeds so we are getting a ton of orders that are $100, $200, and $300 plus! The biggest one I have seen so far was $372.00 and that was the person's sixth order this week and none of them were small. See what I mean? Panic buying.
Today was another twelve hour day of filling orders.
Today was another action packed busy day of filling orders. The store building out on the farm is finally all floated and taped. David hired a farm hand to help with our large garden.
Today, the farm hand showed up to work again and I had to leave to do some errands. I got back and did some laundry and cleaning. David went into the office in San Antonio. Out in the country, they are not doing shelter at home. However, school is closed and a lot of places of business.
Now that we can't go to church anywhere, we went to the office to work on filling more orders. They are coming by the thousands and we are but a needle in a haystack. It was just David and me. No team members. We arrived around 8am, watched church on the internet and stayed until around 8pm.
While you shelter at home, we are filling your seed orders from all over the country. Some of you will have absolutely amazing gardens!
We are David's Garden Seeds®. If you need great seeds, we've got about 1500 varieties to choose from.