The lighter side of self-isolation

Today’s visitor, a box of crackers dropped off by the neighbour. I need as many snacks as I can get to keep up my strength during isolation.

This self-isolation thing actually isn’t that bad.

After returning home from Mexico, we were obligated to enter a 14-day isolation period. That meant staying home, not shopping, not driving around, not even going for a walk.

Sounds dreary and sad, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s really not the most difficult thing in the world.

We have a comfortable home. We have power. We have Internet. We have hot water. We have plenty to eat. We have lots of toilet paper.

The sun has been shining, the days are getting longer, and we just saw this spring’s first pair of robins.

We have our health. And we are home safely. Now it’s up to us to help keep others safe.

In fact, this is a pretty decent lifestyle. After all, our neighbour stocked our fridge and pantry before we arrived home, including some tasty snacks.

A friend made a giant tray of homemade lasagne along with garlic cheese bread, which was in the fridge when we got home. It was good for several delicious meals with more in the freezer.

Neighbours continue to check on us and bring us groceries, including more snacks. Fresh veggies appeared in my mailbox the other day. My nephew and wife also stocked us up on food, ice cream and beer. Any more “quarantining” will be dangerous to my waistline.

Ice cream and beer. What a kind nephew! (Photo taken through the window)

Besides doing our grocery shopping, our neighbours are also dropping jigsaw puzzles on the front step, allowing me to relax and kill time with a favourite leisure activity.

Oh goodie, another puzzle came to visit!

I get to laze around in sweats all day, doing a jigsaw puzzle or reading books. After all, I can’t go out. We are saving a lot of money on gas, since we can’t drive anywhere. Just our luck, now that gas is so cheap.

Neither one of us is shaving, since nobody will see us, saving even more money on razors (or is that too much information?)

The life of leisure extends even farther, as another neighbour is hauling our garbage away. Another chore we don’t have to do.

See? This isolation thing is really not that difficult. Now if those friends and neighbours would just come over and clean the house, that would be heaven.

Oh wait, I’m quarantined. Well, I guess there’s still one chore I have to do myself.

Writing is one way that I work through my thoughts and feelings. I am writing my own reflections as a way to process what’s happening at this crazy time. It won’t be perfect, but it will help me. You can decide whether or not to read them. If you do, I hope you feel free to comment with your own reflections. Be safe.

One puzzle done, another queued up and ready to go.


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