Living in Self-Isolation

When this call to self-isolate first came it felt like a holiday – no meetings to go to, no volunteering to do, no activities to attend.  I treated it like a holiday by playing my computer game a lot.  And I mean, a lot!  The makers of the game knew what they were doing, too.  They started allowing you to play without using any game energy for an hour at a time, sometimes even two hours!  And I fell for it – hook, line and sinker!

Finally, I got over that and decided my holiday was over and I might do something else.  Then I started looking at Facebook.  There was so much to read and listen to and respond to.  Facebook was beginning to be almost like my computer game – taking up most of my time every day.

One day, I decided that was enough of games and Facebook; I needed to do something more creative and useful.  I have been busy since then finishing off projects that I started and never finished.  These include knitting, crocheting, and sewing projects.  Some I started only in the last couple of years but some were started many, many years ago. 

I finished crocheting a top that I started last year.  It’s in the picture at the top of the page.  I really, really like it!  I think I might save it to wear for Christmas this year!  Or not.

Some things I started and finished all in the last couple of months.  I had some left-over yarn (I have a lot more but that will be for other projects!) so I knitted a prayer shawl.  Now I’m about half done another one. 

I crocheted ties for a shawl I had made a few years ago and put it in the trunk of play clothes for when my grandchildren can finally come to visit again.

This has also been a time to connect with extended family and friends that I often only talk to at Christmas time.  I’ve phoned my brothers and brother-in-law, an aunt in B.C., friends that live alone and I haven’t seen for awhile.   I have a whole lot more on my list.  I try to phone at least one more person each week.   It’s good to connect in that way!

On my husband’s side of the family, two of his brothers phone at least once a week, just to check in.  Again it’s good to connect.

Since the weather has been nice, I’ve also been out for walks just about every day.  It feels so good to get out in nature and to get some physical exercise! 

I have continued to write this Blog and to post a new Weekly Pondering on my Facebook Page each week.  Sometimes it’s been a day or two late, but at least it gets done!  I miss my Tuesday Artist group that met each week for that.  That’s when I would get a lot of writing done.  I guess I’m not disciplined enough to continue to do it that day on my own.  It comes when it comes.

I hope to create a couple of videos this week to post on my Facebook Page as well, about other productive things I’ve been learning and doing.

I’d be interested to know what you might have learned or have been doing as we self-isolate.  Please let us know, it might give the rest of us some more ideas of things we can do.

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