This is going to be slightly different today. As in it doesn’t have a lot to do about books, but rather an update about how things are going during our Covid-19 isolation time. If you are wondering how my life has changed… it hasn’t.
When I moved back to Canada I struggled to find a job and could only get seasonal work. That position ended in February and, by then, my Mum found out that her surgery was scheduled for a little later in the month. Since she would need someone to stay with her (help around the house, ensure she takes her meds, keep an eye out for complications, etc) she asked me to not get a new job yet.
Just as I started looking for work again, the corona virus became a huge thing and companies were laying people off as the government asked us to self-isolate. I had already been pretty much house-bound for over a month by then: I would wake up, have breakfast, and read a little until my mom got up, get food for her, exercise, shower, then start lunch. I’d spend the afternoon with her until Dad came home from work. He and/or I would make supper, I’d do the dishes, and then finally escape to my room to read a bit more.
However, last week I somehow caught a cold. It was either from dad bringing germs home from work or my quick zip to the library to pick up some new movies for Mum to watch. Either way, this meant I was essentially banned to just my room because Mum cannot get sick right now as she isn’t even supposed to sneeze. This is what I found to be much more difficult as I wasn’t able to exercise or even get my own food so I didn’t spread my cold germs around the rest of the house —particularly as Mum has been camped out on the living room couch for her convalescence.
You would think I’d have spent this time chilling in my room with a book… but that didn’t happen. Not one single novel interested me and I was too fidgety to hold still long enough to read more than a page or two at a time. I actually ended up binging Marvel movies and Mr Kate’s decorating show (as well as Alexandra Gater, Hermione Chantal, The Sorry Girls, etc) crocheting while I watched. This means I have only managed to finish a couple of books in all of March, rather than per week. I definitely did not hit my minimum of five TBR books per month, that’s for certain.
Mum’s post-op doctor appointment was a bit worrisome. Not because we were concerned about her recuperation, but because it took place in Kingston where they were also doing coronavirus testing. She was terrified of touching anything, but doors and washrooms were a necessity. Despite the fact the doctor took precautions and only one person was in his waiting room at a time, Mum is now not feeling the best. She could have caught my cold, she could be having a reaction to all the cleaners being used here and at the doctor’s office, or she could have caught some bug from the hospital. We don’t know yet, but now we have to keep an even closer eye on her.
As I am feeling a bit better I am hoping to do a little redecorating in my room, and even convinced my dad to build me a floating shelf or two (hopefully there is some scrap wood in the garage somewhere). Once mum is also feeling better I plan to haul up some boxes from basement storage that I had not realized were mine when I was doing my KonMari declutter. I hope to see if something would be useful for my room and also what I can donate to a charity shop once normal life has resumed.
I know a lot of people are struggling right now. Those who have been laid off work, those who still have to work, those who are worried, and those who are beyond bored at home. Because my mind has been going a mile-a-minute I try find ways to keep myself engaged in the moment. If I start to feel anxious or bored (not wanting to read or have no idea what movie to watch next, etc) I tidy my room. It may seem a little weird, but I have found that once my things are organized I can usually settle into an activity of some sort.
How are you doing? What have you been doing since all this has happened? How has your town/country reacted to this pandemic?