The last 24 hours have been something out of a movie. When I stay at home (which I do 90% of the time), its just me. Occasionally I’ll see the neighbors walk their dogs or run around, however they aren’t wearing masks or gloves when doing so.
Yesterday I had to get some milk and eggs as I had ran out. Store shelves are still kinda empty at least for toilet paper and paper towels. Stickers on the floor advising people to keep a safe distance of 6ft at the checkout lanes.
What was more eerie to me was seeing people in face masks and gloves. I’ve seen news articles in the past (pre-covid-19) of cities, in China for example, where people often wear face masks regularly. For this to have gotten here and expand to everyone in public should be wearing protective face masks and gloves was a wake up call.
When I was in the store, I felt a bit out of place — as if I missed the memo. I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t wearing a mask or protective gear, but I still felt like a rebel. Ever since I got back from the store I’ve asked myself should I be wearing a mask?
My mom says I should because I live in a high impact area but she also thinks I should go back home until things calm down. There are only 3 confirmed cases back home meanwhile there are over 1,000 confirmed cases with my area code being the highest hit.
I’m thinking that I just take things one day at a time. I’m sure I can create a makeshift face mask to conceal my face and lowering my chances of getting the virus. I think my biggest fear is infecting my family because I do see them on the weekends.
All for now. Be safe. Stay well.
There’s no place quite like this. Endless woods untouched by humans. Dirt roads are perfect after a rain storm for muddin. The main roads here don’t belong to cars, they are for tractors hauling cattle and hay down yonder.
Every Sunday, church bells call to these small town folk, reminding them that this is God’s country. Family get together’s beside a bonfire watching fire flies light the night. Summer days spent out on the river jumpin’ off boats or cliffs. Fishin, huntin and cruising the back roads are all things that they’ve done a million times.
When Friday Night Lights are on you know where the whole town is. Cheering on their boys as they face long time rival teams. Post game win or lose the town gathers round a local restaurant to fill their sweet cravings.
Some family roots are deeper than a 100-year-old oak tree. Generations worth of farming and huntin’ on these lands. Some members venture out and grow new roots else where but somehow they are always drawn back to their southern roots.
Once you live in a small town and have some ties to the community you’ll never escape the home-town feel when you go back. ‘Round here we look after one another as if you’re one of our kin folk. In times of tragedy/trouble the whole town mourns with one another or pulls together and searches for hope.
This is more than southern hospitality —
a community — a family.
With all that has happened in the last month I’d say, we’ve all been faced with a major curve. No, I’m not talking about the COVID-19 slow the curve, I’m referring to the learning curve. We may have lived in a tech savy world but I think now more than ever are we utilizing all of our technology resources to the max and gaining new skills daily.
Before the virus I was managing a call center with a staff of 20 on top of assisting my Director and other team members in the department with their fundraising needs. I was adjusting, monitoring our goals, preparing activities and ensuring that my team was able to obtain their goal by June.
A month ago I had to make the tough call and close my call center until further notice. However, I did give the option to my staff if they wished to work remotely.
Now, I find myself with a staff of 10 and scrambling to figure out exactly how I can provide remote work for them. With every new task, I feel as if I will never see the light at the end of this dark and narrow tunnel. I find myself struggling with being a good leader for my staff because I don’t have answers nor am I able to be there to support them as I feel I should. I must remind myself that we are all in the same boat looking to our leaders for guidance.
I think its amusing that as an adult when I’m stuck, lost or down right confused I look for another adult who appears to have their ducks in a row for advice. I’m 100% certain they too were just like me which reassures me that I’m doing the best that I can with the tools that I have.
During these crisis moments, no matter how much you second guess yourself just remember you are not alone. I can guarantee you that someone else in this not-so-big world is going or has gone through what you are. We all will get through this.
‘Til Next Time,
Here I am, day 16 and I believe cabin fever is setting in and there is no sign of when this house arrest will be over. My local officials extended the stay-at-home policy for another two weeks as they try to flatten the curve.
Meanwhile, those that do work from home (like myself), I’m sure care going stir crazy. An influx of emails, assisting coworkers on their needs meanwhile trying to find that balance of work life. Staring at the same walls its getting boring.
I’ve tried to see family when I can but I miss being in my actual work office vs. my make shift office, although I do enjoy my morning coffee and work outside on my back porch — quite peaceful to start my days.
Now below is my advice for combating Cabin Fever:
– Go for a run. Exercise is always good. Getting fresh air is even better. Just be sure to keep your distance. I went for a run this morning — it was great!
–Read a book. Nothing like diving into an alternate reality to escape the somber news we face each day. I’ve signed up for Kindle unlimited so I have a large selection of new reads.
–Relax, take a bath. If you have a bathtub now is the time to use it! Just soak in the tub for a while trust me you’ll feel rejuvenated. Be sure to use Epson salt as it will help with your muscle aches.
–Cook a new recipe. This will definitely give you a change in your routine of week night meals. Plus, if you have kids you can get them involved too!
–Explore the world via Google maps/Earth. We might not physically be able/want to get out of the house right now due to COVID-19; however, we can explore the world using Google map/earth. It isn’t quite the same but hey at least its something!
‘Til Next Time
Before this virus disrupted our daily norms, we were planning. Planning birthday parties, wedding’s, baby shower’s, work events, concerts, summer vacations — you get the picture. We were planning our lives. Quickly filing our calendars with important dates to remember, without hesitation, without concerns of sickness.
Now many of those plans have been canceled, postponed or moved to a virtual event. Let’s be honest here, a virtual event is not the same as in person. We all are doing what we can, with the tools we have, to slow the spread of the virus.
*ding ding* I’m alerted of an annual event that I helped plan for months was scheduled to happen today. A bit of a somber moment over came my thoughts. For anyone who coordinates a major event let alone a week of events, knows how challenging that could be. All the back and forth of communication, advertising, budgeting, approvals, messaging, — a massive hassle for anyone to tackle. All those stressful hours wasted.
Usually an all hands on deck for a week of long hours yet instant gratification of a successful week of events — gone. Instead, I sit with my cat under house arrest, working while keeping a safe distance away from people pondering when the virus will pass.
‘Til Next Time
‘I’m not going to drink coffee when I’m older’ a young naive child once thought as she got her mother the millionth cup of coffee (or so it seemed that many). Pitch black coffee in a cup along with two scoops of sugar and some creamer. Stir round and round until a light caramel color over takes the dark and french vanilla fills the air. Just like the way the young girl’s mother enjoyed her coffee.
Every morning, the young child’s mother would scurry across the street to the neighbors house to sit with the neighbor and sip their cup of joe while letting off steam in the brisk dessert air.
This was my childhood. My mom and my best friend’s mom became best friends (more like family, now that its been about 19 years). I hated getting my mom coffee (sorry mom if you’re reading this). I didn’t like coffee and I didn’t understand why she likes coffee, until recently.
Now I find myself, sitting on the porch with my cup of coffee enjoying the brisk country air while the world slowly awakes. Birds chirping, worms slithering away and here I sit observing the pure innocent nature around me. Its the little reminders I find throughout my time during house arrest that life is still beautiful.
Look up from your phone every once in a while. Break away from the social norms and find a blissful moment. Who knows you may even remember a childhood memory like I did.
‘Til next time
This week my local health department posted a zip code break down of where the people who have tested positive live. Well folks, turns out my zip code is one of the higher rates of COVID-19 people. Now, there is a mandatory stay-at-home policy until April 14th. So, good news to you all, I get to continue the house arrest chronicles.
Yesterday, I went out for some essential supplies (a chair for my back porch is essential right?) Any who, when I arrived at my local Walmart it was like a scene from a movie or video game. Shopping carts and yellow caution tape were used as a barricade, like those used to steer animals in a one way direction. Once I got in the store, it was practically vacant which is not the normal. I saw people walking around with clear and blue gloves on and masks covering their nose and mouth.
I can no longer avoid the fact that I might not be safe anymore. With trees and flowers beginning to sprout (or is it spring), my allergies have made me question if I’ve got the virus or if its just pollen. I check my temperature when I feel unwell or show any symptoms related to the virus.
So far, I don’t think I have the virus. As more research is published, some people don’t even have symptoms and they test positive which I think is my biggest concern. I like many others don’t want to be the one to infect my loved ones.
Stay in, stay well. Wash your hands when you do go out and come back in. Most of all, listen to your local, state officials and not the viral mixed messages that could be spread on social media news feeds. Always check your facts before sharing.
‘Til next time.
There is a massive elephant in everyone’s life right now. We all are aware of its existence but when advertisements/companies discuss said elephant they often say something like, ‘During these uncertain times’ or ’We’re here for you’. If you’ve ever read or watched any Harry Potter book(s) or movie(s), its like he who must not be named is Covid-19. I get the reasoning why companies are phrasing their ads this way, but let’s be real the virus isn’t going away.
We are all sitting in the dark when it comes to this virus, sorry folks.
Cabin fever is sitting in for most as top health professionals are continuing to provide us information about the virus which just creates anxiety. Now more than ever is it important to keep yourself in balance with your life.
I’m sure a quick google search can provide you some more things to try if you have cabin fever or are experiencing anxiety but here’s my list for you:
- Go Outside – especially if it is a sunny day. Just step outside for a few minutes, soak in that Vitamin D. Let the sunshine light your world.
- Practice Mindfulness – Find a video on YoutTube or an App (I use Lumosity Mind) and begin to practice mindfulness. Lumosity Mind walks me through each day how to relax and focus on my breathing.
- Exercise – Get up, shake out those gitters! I’ve started incorporating yoga into my daily schedule. My cat loves to be chased, each day you’ll catch us chasing each other around the apartment.
- Read a book –Nothing like a good old book to escape life. Close the social media accounts and spend just 30 mins. or even an hour a day to reading. You may learn something new!
- Schedule a Virtual Happy Hour – Humans are social creatures which is why it is difficult for folks to be secluded for an extended period of time. So why not schedule a happy hour with your friends via skype or some other way?
Not one person has all the answers, therefore we must share during this time how we are all being mindful about our health.
‘Til Next Time
So, I’ve been MIA for a while, no I’m not sick. I’ve disconnected for a bit and spent some much-needed time with family which recharged my batteries. My family lives in a rural area, where they aren’t as focused on COVID-19 as I am (I live in a city with over 400 confirmed cases of COVID-19). This weekend, we just sat around enjoying each other’s company. We sang to some great tunes ranging from mowtown, old country to a few new hits. We didn’t talk about the virus, we just enjoyed each other’s company, having a grand old time.
I played Monopoly Empire with my niece and nephew, played a word matching game, and they helped me cook breakfast. Even though I did have to work a few hours this weekend, it was still refreshing to enjoy my families company than worrying about COVID-19 and being under house arrest.
My favorite part about this weekend aside from the family karaoke time I’d have to say was holding my niece as she is about two weeks old, and unaware of what is going on in the world around her. My niece and nephew are aware of COVID-19, since my nephew must be home schooled now due to the school being closed but they don’t fully understand the magnitude of it.
My family means the world to me. They bring me such joy when I can see them. Even though we must distance ourselves, it doesn’t take long to just send a text and/or call your family to see how they are doing. Don’t forget about your friends that are like family as well.
‘Til Next Time