Give it a week or two, a day or two, an hour or two and all of our lives change. I never would have guessed that I would be in lockdown due to a novel virus. I would never have guessed that I would have to figure out how to self-quarantine in a tiny motorhome. I would have never guessed that I would not have to live alone in my rig. I would have never guessed.
I am doing well. Just days before the Coronavirus became overwhelming, my friend, Cynthia, had elective surgery. Her right foot was operated on and she is non-weight bearing on her right leg for five weeks. I had offered to help her and her husband, Ward with the recovery. I was moved into their home and then the Coronavirus hit. These good and kind friends invited me to stay for as long as need be (or until they are weary of me). So, here I am isolated in a nice home with two good friends. We chat, play games, watch Netflix or Prime and wait it out. When we need alone time we all go to our corners, my bedroom, Ward’s office, and Cynthia is in the downstairs of the house. So far we are making it work with ease.
My rig is in the driveway so I can visit it. It also gives me a wee bit of freedom to find alone time if I need it. I can drive to a view and sit in my rig and enjoy the change. The other day I drove to Santee for a possible Elsie the Cat sighting. The cat did not pan out, however, I had the opportunity to walk out on some open land, Fanita Ranch and enjoy the spring flowers. I was the only one there.
For most of us, we are in an unknown state. As a nation, we are trying to figure it out. We are struggling to do what is right. Doing what is right takes a bit of “moral muscle”. On a beautiful day in San Diego can I really not go to the beach, bay or mountains? Yes! It is hard to stay away from places I love yet, for now, I will remain distant and wait. I will need to continue to ask myself the hard questions about what is right, over what it is I really want to do. Hopefully, the answers will remain the correct ones for each given situation.
I am concerned about my friends who are living single. I am very aware that I have found myself in a fortunate situation. One of my solo friends stated, “I am an introvert, I like to be alone, but I like being able to get out and visit with friends”. What do you other singles do to help with true social isolation? What are the unique things you have found to keep yourself entertained and patient? I reach out with phone calls or texts because this is the best I can do at the moment. This morning I discovered Zoom and was able to visit with one of my single friends where we could see each other and talk.
I have been learning new skills and reactivating old, unused ones. Since Cynthia is non-weight bearing on her right leg, I am the head chef in the house. I have great instructions (Cynthia) and cookbooks to guide me in my cooking. I have not cooked so much in years. And there are so many cool tools to use in this kitchen. I have found that the right tools make the job so much easier. Last night I made broccoli soup. It was delicious. I have cooked chicken a few different ways, created lunches and more. Cynthia helps out where she can. It helps that the freezer is stocked and we can order home delivery for veggies and fruit. Ward and I have figured out how to help each other in the kitchen. It is more fun to cook for others. Cooking for one is often a disappointing affair for me.
I wonder how my friends and others who follow my blog are doing? Please let me know. I hope you are all well and working on thriving in this very odd situation we find ourselves in. Know that I think of all of you, the world and the people within it, often with love and kindness.
Still finding small and large reasons to be thankful.
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Jane glad you are doing as well as can be expected. You did luck out with your friends surgery.. Please be safe.. Loxi and I are fine self exiled at home, order in groceries etc all well and being VERY careful and we even had a Zoom cocktail hour earlier this week with family.kids and grandkids from Illinois, Iowa, Colorado Wisconsin, Texas, Alaska, Tennessee ! Fun time and everybody enjoyed it. Have another one scheduled for next week! Hope the wine holds out! Learning new things all the time! Be safe Tom Hopkins in Quad Cities USA
Thank you for your reply. I need to join your cocktail hour. Heh Heh.
Thanks for the update! So glad to hear you are with people and not truly alone. Doing well here in Wisconsin. Sheltering in place. We live in the country so it’s a bit easier to go out for a walk. Stay well.
I am glad to hear you are safe and living life to the best of your knowledge.
Jane you don’t know me, nor do I think we have ever met. Maybe over a campfire somewhere IDK? I have a RT and it is through the RT community that I became aware of you out there exploring. I always smile when I see one of your blog entries show up in my email. I don’t usually follow blogs. Yours appeals to me because you put a lot of heart into your words, and experiences. Stay safe! Carry on!! (We are locked down in Washington State right now.)
Thank you for your reply. I am glad to hear everyone is staying safe out there.
Hi Janet! I am so glad to hear you are doing something for others and having a wonderful time! It definitely takes the mind off of this crazy world we are living in with the COVID-19 pandemic. May your health and mind continue in strength. You are blessed as are those who know you or read your blog. We are doing well in Northern California and glad we have a trail system a block from our home so we can experience nature and be less stressed. Take care!