|Time takes on a different meaning|
With Covid-19 (or C-19 from now on), the answers have probably changed, at least for now. Leaving the house for volunteer activities has probably been curtailed. Even something as commonplace as grocery shopping is different. Picking up fresh reading material at the library..not right now. Off to the garden center for springtime flowers or bushes...closed up tight as if it were still winter time. A nice meal out at a favorite local spot...nope.
But, as comments on some other posts have made clear, many of us are using the new normal of C-19 restrictions to our advantage. Sure, more binge-watching of TV is occurring. I am not immune. Reading everything that has been stacking up on the bedside table. Naps and changes in sleep patterns are most assuredly different.
However, the extra enforced home time has also opened up new (figurative) doors. The writer, Julio Vincent Gambuto, used a phrase to describe where we are right now that I think fits perfectly: The Great Pause. We have left what was our "normal" schedule for the time being. As Mr. Gambuto notes, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape our today and our tomorrow.
I will give you a look at what I am doing to fill my days and then ask you to give us a glimpse into your schedule. it is quite possible some of what you do could spark interest in someone else.
After years of typing with just two fingers I am taking an online touch typing course. While I am pretty fast with just two index fingers, the spelling mistakes are so frequent and take so much time to correct I am lucky to manage 10 words a minute. I never had any typing course in school, so it seems now is a good time and it is a skill I will put to use. After just a week I am pleased with the progress.
My grandson and now one of my granddaughters are consistently beating me at chess. I have played the game for years but never very well. I have figured my role is to make someone else feel better with my losing.
Well, enough of that. While we are social distancing I am working to become at least competitive with my rooks and pawns. Again, thank to the Internet I have found Chess.com. Along with a Chess for Dummies book, I am waging war with a computer. Honestly, even at the lowest skill level I am losing quite often. But, I hold out hope that someday I will play my grandchildren to at least a stalemate.
I have stepped up guitar paying to almost every day and oil painting to three times a week. Betty wants me to try my hand at both sketching and acrylic painting...why not.
Reading remains a mainstay of a day for me. Just before the library closed I grabbed six books. There are at least twenty or so on the Kindle I haven't read, either.
Neighborhood walks with Bailey, Betty, or solo jaunts happen much more than they used to. With the brutal Phoenix summer heat still waiting in the wings, most days are perfect for getting some much needed exercise and fresh air. I even found an old exercise band. It isn't the same as weights at the gym but helpful nevertheless.
We found a fun way to discover new shows to stream. Simply type in a letter in the search box. Every show that begins with "S" on Netflix, for example, pops up. By scrolling through, if the image looks interesting we will highlight that box, pull up a description and see if a trailer is available. If so, "add to my list." Betty and i have discovered several movies, documentaries, or series we would never have found otherwise.
OK, there it is: learning to touch type, chess lessons, more guitar and painting time, reading a lot, streaming new material, sleeping later in the morning, placing a food delivery order online.....welcome to my C-19 world!