Week 3 of staying home is now behind us. The realities are sinking in. I think many of us are realizing this isn’t going to end anytime soon… and that even when stay-at-home orders are lifted, the virus won’t be gone, and life won’t go back to “normal” for quite a while. I’ve vacillated all week between acceptance, grief, and anxiety, all the while striving to take it “one day at time” as cheerfully as I can manage.
And there’s a lot to be grateful for. So far, Mr. Bookwyrm and I and all of our family and friends are safe and healthy. (One friend may have had the virus, but she has mostly recovered.) I have certainly heard of confirmed cases at one remove, and while I pray for them, and for healthcare workers everywhere, I am also thankful each day for everyone who is still well.
Mr. Bookwyrm and I are walking several times per week, which is good for us both physically and emotionally. It really helps to see the trees, the sky, the flowers, and the lake. We’re easily able to maintain a good distance from anyone we pass, and honestly, we don’t see that many people out — perhaps because we often walk when most families are preparing for and eating dinner.
I haven’t been able to focus on writing reviews. I am reading, or rather re-reading, but not as much as I thought I would be. I’m knitting, and will be spinning. I’ve baked bread in the breadmaker, and scones by hand. We watch movies or TV together. I use Facebook to keep up with friends. And last night, we attended my Mom’s birthday party via Zoom — as did the other attendees, my sister and her family, my nephew and his girlfriend, and a family friend and her family, each of us from our own houses. It was a wonderful evening, full of laughter and love, and it really lifted my spirits.
Last Week on the Blog
This Week on the Blog
- What The Martian can teach us about surviving a pandemic
- Ten Fantasy Books I Bought On Impulse (Just Because They Looked Interesting) – Top Ten Tuesday
- News & Notes – 4/11/2020 – tentative
- Happy Easter! Sunday Post – 4/12/2020 – tentative
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I reread Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas as my third book for the COYER Quarantine Edition re-reading readathon. It’s the the first Hathaways romance, and probably my favorite. After that, I went on to Seduce Me At Sunrise and Tempt Me at Twilight, the second and third books in the series. My ARC of Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson is on pause for the time being, while I focus on comfort rereading. (Click titles for Goodreads or my review.)
Listening: I’m listening (again) to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Since Robin listened to these books every night for years (and so perforce did we!), I find Jim Dale’s rendition rather comforting and soothing, even when the story itself is exciting.
Watching: We watched several more episodes of Star Trek: Picard; we only have the season finale to go. We have also watched an episode of Warehouse 13. And we watched The Martian again; check back later this week for my thoughts on what the movie can teach us about living during a pandemic.