I’ve always been a hardworking goal-oriented person and usually accomplish a fair bit every day. I have a hard time sitting still and need various projects on the go. While I’m not an extrovert I have a need for interaction with others on a frequent basis.
You are probably much the same. That’s why it’s so hard to stay at home so much. Who am I? Is this me?
I do keep busy, as you probably do, too. I exercise every morning, jogging in circles in our upstairs sala fresca (the room that is screened and the only furniture is two hammocks that I unhook while I work out.) I listen to my Pandemic Playlist and go round and round every morning using various hand weights. I am so grateful to a Facebook friend for suggesting it (she jogs on her mirador) as it has helped a lot with my ability to sleep and manage stress. And who would say that going in circles is any different than the monotony of a treadmill? The Spotify playlist will likely be linked in my memory forever with this time as the 400+ song list has been a big part of this time for me.
Of course I read a lot, and knit, and cook. And clean. We’re all cleaning our own houses now, isn’t that a thrill? But it is a good workout to mop the entire house, last time it earned me almost 10,000 steps on my Fitbit.
Our garden takes time, too. Before this all happened we had some help turning our run down yard into a bit of a tropical paradise. Of course it is the warm season here so we are watering a lot and weeding all the newly turned beds over and over. (do you sense a circular theme here?) The plants are coming along and once the rainy season arrives it will fill in a lot. The gardeners we hired did a very hard pruning on our pomegranate tree but it has recovered nicely and we even have some pomegranates coming! That’s a picture from the tree at the top of the post.
The upstairs plastic bin veggie garden takes some tending, too. We’ve had a lot of good food from them – I love being able to make an impromptu salad with just a run upstairs. Bins work great for us as long as you remember to water them every day. It’s time for me to do a bit of replanting as all that remains right now is cantaloupe, beets, and swiss chard. We just finished the beans and tomatoes.
We are getting most of our food delivered – there are lots of great services popping up here so that is nice. Right now I’m waiting for an order of organic veggies and tomorrow is a Costco delivery. Our cupboards are full and aside from an occasional craving for a Snickers bar, we are good.
We have lots of TV and movie options so in the evening we’ve always got something good to watch. Lately we’ve been watching a (free) Apple TV series called HOME that I highly recommend as well as a British TV show called Endeavour that is fantastic. (It’s the prequel to Inspector Morse) We’ve also “attended” various online concerts, supporting our local musicians, and casting them to the TV.
But it truly does seem somewhat endless and I wonder when the all-clear comes what it will feel like to step out our door. How wonderful to hug my friends and sit in a restaurant chatting for hours. To invite people over, to just up and go whenever we want. We went for a drive last Sunday and all the access to the lake here was taped off. Even the hiking trails that are so well used here are taped off and closed.
I am glad to be here, sheltering in place. I have a great partner, a lovely home, two sweet dogs and so much to be grateful for. That also brings me to our favorite local charities that are doing so much during this hard time. The first is Lakeside Food Bank who are providing decent dispensas to needy people throughout the area. The other is the Tepehua Community Center who are providing for people in the very poor community of Tepehua. I know they’d appreciate a donation if you have a little to spare. This crisis is devastating to those who live day to day and in very close quarters.
I hope you are all managing to find things to be grateful for and that you can give a bit to help those in your community who are having a hard time. Take care and stay safe everyone.