Hoping that everyone is staying safe and seeing the impact to many of my friends has been nothing short of devastating. Our favorite local restaurants have resorted to take-out and if they’re lucky are getting 25% of the business they’d normally receive. (Quick shout out to Blue Water Bay here in North Florida and if you’re anywhere near Maggie Valley, NC, check out Frankie’s)

The bakery has seen all events for the rest of the year cancelled… which includes weddings, graduations, caterings, and well… everything. We’ve been very grateful for all the orders to the bakery’s online store (and Yeni literally yells “woo hoo” when an order comes in).

Getting supplies has proven an adventure… I’m sure like most of you, finding disinfectant is like a quest for the holy grail. We’re good on toilet paper for now, and thanks to Jared Smith, my daughter is also set on diapers for at least 2 months.

Getting food requires very long lines at the local markets (which kind of defeats the purpose of our county’s stay at home order), fighting for a delivery slot on Publix, or hoping for a pick-up window at Walmart. Regardless, inventory is extremely tight despite the President’s claim 2 weeks ago that there were no shortages.

Anyway… cases continue to rise in our county… but right now my family is OK, Yeni’s parents are OK, and my parents are OK.

We continue to feel grateful for the connections we have, the generosity of our friends, and the smiles we get everyday watching AnneMarie grow. Today, she was extremely excited to wave at the garbage truck.

Wishing you the best… please reach out if there’s anything Yeni and I can help you with. Contact info at qxork.com.

All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors–in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver.

Mr. Rogers