Spring vacation 2020


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It’s not like I was planning on traveling far during this long-anticipated vacation.

I wasn’t planning on flying anywhere, not even taking a train. I am usually satisfied with doing things around town like lunching with friends, visiting art galleries, museums and local parks.

Oh… shit.

We can’t do any of that anymore except through video conferencing platforms, virtual gallery tours and… walking through parks without stopping to smell the flowers or sit on a bench. Geesh!

I am disappointed that the COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled a visit from one of my sisters. Mellowing out on Friday, I made my list of vacation week activities, many  which can be accomplished while isolated at home. I even separated activities into “Fun and Creative” and “Responsible and Healthy”.

written list of thing to do during pandemic vacation

Spring vacation 2020 list of planned activities

I make efforts to write in my wellness journal and my diary, recording how I am feeling, what I have been doing to cope, who I have been communicating with, and any deeper thoughts. Apparently, this activity is encouraged by historians and psychologists.

I already got in a bit of writing on the blog where the Tabby Cat rules, encouraging others with poetic tendencies to contribute too.

So…What are you doing for your spring vacation?

Thanks for stopping by. Stay home. Stay safe. Get outdoors while doing that physical distancing thing. Take care of yourself and each other.



Six weeks into the pandemic lock-down


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It has been one month since my last blog entry. 

The days and weeks blend together like a blur while in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s my status update:

  • Still alive and in relatively good health (physically and mentally);
  • Still performing remote IT support work and getting paid;
  • Got my bedroom back after one offspring decided to return to his rental;
  • I am thankful for the remaining offspring who is good company, a big help with getting groceries and doing other chores;
  • Cooking a lot of hearty meals to share and use for plan-overs;
  • Spending more time on the phone, chatting with family and friends;
  • Handed in my final exam for one part-time college course (essay questions – yuck);
  • I trimmed my own bangs.

As a Canadian, I am proud of and I trust the efforts made by our Governments and public health advisors in keeping us updated on the pandemic issue. Politicians at all levels seem to be putting aside their partisanship and are working together to battle this common enemy.

I am in no rush to return to the buses, the office, restaurants, coffee bars and beauty salons.

little blonde jots words of wisdom - introvert during pandemic

Little Blonde Jots – Words of Wisdom

If you appreciate shorter bursts of observational wisdom, you might like the Little Blonde Jots photo series.

Suggestions / words of wisdom: 

  • This is bigger than all of us and our problems in comparison. As we manage our own anxieties, we need to keep things in perspective;
  • Keep in contact with family and friends (Ring, ring: Canadians are calling each other a lot more during COVID-19 pandemic, telecoms say – https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/canada-phone-covid-19-1.5540075);
  • Don’t watch the news too often – especially press briefings with the big mouth to the south! As incredibly stupid as it is, don’t expose your sensibilities to his rants.
  • Get fresh air, move your body and.. wash your hands.

See you in another month.

Thanks for dropping by. Take care of yourself and each other.



Maintaining calm during uncertain times


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I dusted off and opened my New Testament bible to a section referred to by the Pope in one of his Sunday Tweets.

Like you, I am looking for solace and comfort during the COVID-19 pandemic while practicing physical distancing and frequent hand-washing. I look for simple ways to keep my body active with gentle exercise. I remind myself to eat healthy and replenish bodily fluids throughout the day.

My employer made arrangements for us to work remotely two weeks ago. I was so relieved and happy to avoid the daily stresses of public transit. I embraced the opportunity for performing my work from home, to take little breaks to stretch, do housework and maintain contact with family and friends.

I was happy to be alone in my home with a stocked pantry and contented Tabby Cat. I promised myself to keep the news watching to a minimum and only with trusted sources.

bored tabby cat

The Tabby Cat is either meditating or bored

Thursday night, a dark cloud descended when I received a call from one of my adult offspring, heart broken and just tired of all the hurdles thrown in front of his path. My Motherly instincts immediately caused me to invite him back home. I moved my computer equipment from the guest room desk to the dining table before his arrival.

I adapted for someone I love.

PC screen with soup cans and cell phone

My gentle weights for frequent stretches and workouts

I found ways to maintain my physical and mental health with gentle exercise reminders and ten-minute meditation breaks through the day.

I was not able to perform my weekend volunteer activity due to the public libraries and used bookshops being closed for a few weeks during the pandemic. This affected my sense of purpose as I was missing the social interaction with staff and patrons.

On the Sunday, I invited another adult offspring to join us for the isolation period. I gave up my bedroom for him and fashioned a desk setup for his computer and other devices. I found ways to accommodate his smoking habit.

He helped me pull out of storage, a smaller bed –  the shikibuton (a roll-up futon mattress) so I could set up my sleeping area in the living room.

I adapted for someone I love.

Yesterday, we agreed on a list of provisions to obtain “out there”. I coached him on procedures, safety measures to follow when venturing out for groceries. Upon arriving home, he laid the bags down, used the hand sanitizer at the front door, and proceeded to wash his hands. As far as I know, we were successful with preventative measures. I don’t want to obsess over the what-ifs.

We now have ample fresh produce, meat and dairy for the next few days.

This morning, I woke before the Zen Alarm clock. I kept with the basic morning routine of saying a prayer of thanks, having my instant coffee, checking email from family, feeding and administering Insulin to the diabetic cat.

I showered then rolled out the dusty yoga mat with plans for stretches and salute to the sun my daughter taught me years ago. I found space in the small living room of our crowded but love-filled apartment.

The cat joined me, more as an attention-starved hindrance than motivation.

Tabby Cat on my yoga mat

Practicing patience, tolerating the Tabby before Salute to the Sun

I allowed a few seconds to adapt for someone I love, then started to roll up the towel to make her move. She was not pleased, grumbling as she stomped away. I succeeded in performing about 20 minutes of uninterrupted stretches and breathing. I feel better for it.

During a lull from IT support requests, I decided to satisfy my desire to write, to express my feelings during this challenging time.

I feel better for it and hope that I reached blog followers who can relate plus agree to keep on keeping on with self care and kindness to others.

Thanks for dropping by and maintaining “physical distance”.