Yep, the announcement came yesterday, Germany will close down many “non-essential” businesses for the next 4 weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19.
As it happens, Tattoo shop are considered “non-essential”. We have many customers that do not agree with that statement! But, in all fairness, tattoos can wait if it means keeping our hospitals from being overrun with Covid cases.
It is frustrating, since we are told that hair salons and barbers will be allowed to stay open. How is that any safer, or more essential than a tattoo shop? We have a very good hygiene plan in place for the shop, so again, a bit frustrating.
But, it is what it is, and it’s only for 4 weeks, we will manage. (We have toilet paper, flour, and plenty of food this time.) I will not see much of my husband in the next few days before the lock down begins as his customers have taken every available slot, late into the evenings.
Dirk and I have discussed our concerns and worries about the shut down, and we have also been discussing all the positives. There are definitely more positives as far as we are concerned.
Here’s the positive list we came up with
1.We have a garden that we can enjoy everyday! During the last shut down we were still living in the apartment, and only had the small balcony to use for time outside the place.
2.We can go through all the crap in the garage! (Dirk doesn’t really agree with me that this is a positive.) We still have A LOT of boxes in the garage that need to be unpacked and put away, or donated. This will be the perfect time for Dirk to help me with this chore!
3.It’s always a positive to hang out with our pets! Jack, Newt and Binxy Cat LOVE it when Dirk is home with us. So many belly rubs in the foreseeable future and lots of walks!
4.Bonfires whenever the weather allows! No more having to go to bed early to be rested for work the next day. If the weather is decent, then we can sit by the fire pit and enjoy some adult beverages.
5.Arts and Crafts EVERYDAY! Dirk, being an artist, loves to draw and paint. He doesn’t often get to work on projects for the house, or just for enjoyment since he is always making designs for others. I have wanted a hand drawn tarot deck for as long as I can remember, and now Dirk has the time to get that project completed! I am so excited!! The first deck will have a bird theme, since I am a bit obsessed with birds of all kinds. He has some ideas for a second deck as well. Depending on how time intensive this project ends up being, he may be able to make a few for sale. We will see.
6.More tattoos for me! Dirk is often too busy for me to just stop in for a tattoo. I don’t want to pester him to tattoo me on a Sunday, normally his only day off from work. Now he will have 4 free weeks to work on some tattoos for me. I have a Gonzo the Great tattoo on my right leg that needs to be finished, and he has already drawn up a beautiful raven for my left forearm. The possibilities are endless really.
7.The very best part of the shut down will be getting to spend time together. Dirk normally works 6 days a week, and often works late into the night. We often do not get to spend as much time together as we would both like. So here we go, 4 weeks!!!
Anyone else getting ready for another shut down, or currently in an area with higher restrictions? Have you been able to find any positives? How are you holding up? Let me know in the comments!
Plenty of time for me to get more tattoos done!!