Health and COVID-19
As most of you know, last summer I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Melanoma. I received immunotherapy in the fall and the treatment was very effective. I was given an all clear at the conclusion of my treatment and I couldn't have asked for a better result. I now will get scans every 3 months to ensure that the cancer has not returned. I just had another set of scans in early May and the results were great again. No cancer! So what this really means is, more puzzles! Back to work!
Here at Wood Wonders I am taking this crisis that has affected us all very seriously. Fortunately, for the last 35 years I have lived in a very rural area of southern New Jersey. And more recently, since the passing of my wife two years ago, I have lived a rather solitary existence. I am certainly not a recluse, but I have always been a homebody. I travel very infrequently and this includes local travel. I also rarely have visitors. Woodworking itself is a very solitary pursuit. I think this is part of the reason I love it so much. I have no employees and thanks to a short buying spree at the end 0f 2019, I have not had to order much in the way of supplies so far this year.
Having said this, I have not had to change my day to day activities very much. I text my children several times a day and the rest of my family has been very diligent with maintaining social distancing. We have all just chosen to remain at home and in isolation for as long as it takes.
Now I have always been a hand washer. I can't stand to have any foreign substance on my hands. My children have always made fun of me because I eat pizza with a knife and fork. I don't mind getting them dirty, I just don't allow them to stay dirty very long. Other practices, such as frequently cleaning and sanitizing everything I touch have also become a part of my new daily routine.
I suppose that what I am really trying to say is that my product will leave my shop having been touched only by me and the postal worker that picks it up. Along with most of the materials and tools that were necessary for the production of the puzzles, no one else has come in contact with them through any part of the process. And I have been carefully observing all the recommended precautions throughout the process in both my personal and shop life.
I know that this is no guarantee of anything but I wanted to let everyone know that I have not taken this lightly. My health and yours are very important to me and I will continue to follow whatever guidelines are recommended. Please stay safe and healthy, we will get through this eventually.
NOTE: Although I am currently holding about 40 orders in my office at the moment, I will continue to offer this service for as long as you would like. If you wish me to hold you package until the crises is over, just ask, I am happy to do it.