Tales from the Pandemic

Posted on April 1, 2020


Okay, so we’re all hunkered down in our living spaces, probably going a bit stir crazy. After all, how many YouTube videos can one watch in a day?

Here is some light reading to brighten your day.

mushrooms and kale

1. The shopping frenzy.

No, I’m not going to bemoan the scarcity of toilet paper. We’ve heard enough about that mystery.

For me, I bought mushrooms and kale. After all, isn’t that the first things one thinks of in a panic?

I was telling my friend Lisa about this and she couldn’t stop laughing. She said,
“If those two items are out of stock, then we really have to worry because people are really panicking and buying that stuff!”


trader joes ice cream

2. Meal planning.

I volunteered to venture out to do the grocery shopping. I thought Mr. Ken would be very happy about this. Except, I was met with the “deer in the headlights” stare after I suggested this. Mr. Ken went on to say, in his very nice way of course, “Um, you’re not going out and buying brown rice and tofu are you? You know I don’t really eat mushrooms or kale either.”

I did surprise Mr. Ken with some yummy super-premium Trader Joe’s ice cream. He is happy.


belly dancing

3. Online shopping.

I am trying, really trying not to compulsively check the latest COVID-19 statistics. After all, what difference is it if 1000 people have it or 5000? My “shelter in place” is the same.

So, what do I do, but peruse fitness websites. The fun and nice thing is that many fitness instructors are offering free streaming/downloads of their workouts. Since I am one who never passes up a bargain, I was on it.

I was very excited to get a number of the Bellyfit workouts. Except I didn’t realize that these were bellydancing based.  Let’s just say, for once I am very, very glad that I am at home with no one to see me do these workouts. I have even asked Mr. Ken to practice extreme social distancing and stay two floors away while I’m working out. If you picture a spastic cockroach, you might get an idea of what I look like doing these workouts.

But you know what, in spite of my being very uncoordinated, doing these workouts takes my mind off of everything else that is going on. Well, desperate times call for desperate measures.


bright yellow flowers

4. A burst of color.

My dear friend Judi sent me this picture and I can’t help but smile.


5. Some cuteness to brighten your day.

Isn’t this just the cutest thing you have ever seen? 🙂

So what are you doing to add some light to your day?