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The Spring of My Discontent

I am really hating this self imposed isolation but we are talking on the phone, watching more tv and staying in and cooking at home. I have most of what I need but have not hoarded anything. I think it is selfish and self serving to buy more than you actually need. The library is closed temporarily and that is a good thing but restaurants and bars were still open yesterday because our suburb operates as an independent city. I am sick of cooking because of lack of inspiration and Ted's pickiness. Perhaps we weren't appreciative enough of having a normal life style. We are especially vulnerable being old and having health issues. Ted has two brothers hovering between life and death. I am so sorry for the sister in law who is taking care of David. She is an RN but tiny and he is still a big man. The other one has no one who loves him and is currently in intensive care. He has treated everyone like dirt and it has come home to roost. It is very sad. David's wife has an upcoming birthday. I would like to do something special for her but I am all out of ideas.Does anyone have any suggestions? Also suggestions on coping with isolation. My daughter suggests on line courses and learning.

posted on Mar 18, 2020 4:24 AM ()


Ed and I went together to day to our discount club, BJ's and they still had meat but were sold out of all paper goods -- paper towels,toilet tissue and face tissue. I have lots of toilet paper from a previous trip, but am running out of paper towels. They had butter too, so I got a big package because that's the only way they sell it. Ed got into a close up conversation with his check out person (we were in separate lines) and nice as she seemed to be, you never know who she knows, so I wish he would be more careful. We wiped everything in the car with a clorox wipe (that I'm running out of) and wore plastic gloves, the whole nine yards. And I had a long talk with our nurse friend, Sol. We're sorry not to be getting together this weekend, but we both agree we have to be careful. She is on the fence on whether to move in with her boyfriend, and I said if you decide to do it, by no means mingle your bank accounts. I hope she heard me. She has spent her life playing catch-up and now that she's finally independent, she had better be really certain of her next step before she gives it all up again. When she got her nursng license, got a job, and was finally living alone in her own apartment, she was giddy with success.
comment by tealstar on Mar 21, 2020 11:58 AM ()
If it was my birthday, I'd enjoy a basket or box of snacks in small one- to two-serving packets. Maybe chips, pretzels, some M&Ms, a couple candy bars, 2 or 3 cans of pop, a bottle of wine. These are all things I don't usually buy for myself, so they are a treat. If food isn't the thing, maybe some nice placemats. OR... someone gave me a lava lamp that has colored glitter instead of lava, and I love it - it's a silly thing, and definitely not something I'd buy for myself.
comment by traveltales on Mar 19, 2020 7:43 PM ()
Ed and I were both born in September (I know, the stars are agin' us) so it will be a while before we worry about dinner at our special restaurant, the lodge on Pine Island off the woods, on the bay, New York City quality cooking, fabulous views. I hope the health crisis is all a bad dream by then.
reply by tealstar on Mar 21, 2020 12:03 PM ()
I hate social distancing. I miss my friends and our girl's lunches. I guess we will get used to it. I may make myself an angel food birthday cake. from a mix of course. How in hell did ever get to be ninety one?
reply by elderjane on Mar 20, 2020 5:47 AM ()
I'm self isolating with political sites on the internet and playing the piano and cleaning the kitchen as Ed is home now and eating every half hour or so. He just left to buy sandwiches at the express window at Arby's. Hey, that's safe, yes?
comment by tealstar on Mar 19, 2020 10:28 AM ()
My DIL and Jeremy both offered to buy groceries for me but I ventured out myself and will go out again today for wine and to take the Prius to the
garage. Then we are prepared to isolate ourselves. While I was at the grocery store, a man told me he had seen two women at Walmart fighting over toilet paper. Is this the new normal?
reply by elderjane on Mar 20, 2020 5:52 AM ()
I guess I don't go out much. We just went shopping and I took all precautions even tho there is only one reported case in the county (not in my town). I take the dogs out and spend a lot of time on youtube when I'm not working outside. I do the cooking and we have all sorts of delicious menues on the agenda. Broiled steak with asparagus wrapped in bacon tonight. Another corned beef for sandwiches. Stuffed cabbage. As for passing time, rather than a course I'd recommend youtube. Pick a subject that interests you and at the end of each video youtube will present a grid of 12 videos to choose from (or you can go back to your search page). I found things that I had never even thought of at interest me. If you're interested in how people live day to day in other countries you can find out.
comment by jjoohhnn on Mar 18, 2020 11:01 AM ()
So far I have not delved into you tube but will follow your suggestion.
The only thing I have on my computer is word genius which I love and have no idea how I got it but I think it was from some research I did.
reply by elderjane on Mar 19, 2020 5:04 AM ()
We'll all need more structured indoor activities soon. Online courses sound great, a few minutes a day of a language course would be nice, or painting or a history class. Or's online book clubs might appeal to you, they seem to have devoted readers in many of the genres.
comment by drmaus on Mar 18, 2020 6:02 AM ()
I will check into goodreads book club. It sounds great. I have a Kindle but have always preferred real books and I could get more interested in you tube as John suggested. I absolutely love word genius.
reply by elderjane on Mar 19, 2020 5:08 AM ()

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