By Suzanne Sparrow Watson
Happy Monday! It is Monday, isn’t it? I get so confused these days. Usually I awaken each morning and before emerging from my bed I think about what day of the week it is and what I have scheduled on the calendar. It’s sort of a memory test, plus the results dictate whether I’m happy about my day and bounce out of bed or whether I’m having a root canal and decide to languish for a bit longer. These days, I am really struggling. With everything on my calendar pretty much wiped out, one day just runs into the next. It takes me several minutes to figure out the day and – sadly – many days I am wrong. But I can hardly be blamed. Just like Bill Murray, every day is Groundhog Day.
As an “at risk” person due to my age, I need to stay home unless I require food, medicine or money. Frankly, I’d love to know where I could get some money. I made the mistake this morning of looking at our brokerage account. I know that the market has been bad but after looking at our balance I almost wish that our broker had absconded to Mexico and was spending our retirement money on pina coladas. At least then someone would be having fun with it. But…back to my “staycation” routine. My first decision of the day is what to wear. This used to be a fun activity, sorting through my clothes and putting things together. Now I’m down to deciding which color of sweat pants to wear. I try to save the black ones for formal occasions – like when the Amazon delivery person is coming. After breakfast we take Dash the Wonder Dog on a walk and then I begin my anti-Covid 19 immunity response. Right now I’m taking Vitamins C and D, a tablespoon of Sambucol Elderberry Syrup and a packet of Emergen-C. I have NO idea whether any of that is doing any good but I figure it can’t hurt. And, I haven’t gotten sick so, fingers crossed, hopefully it’s working, even if it’s all in my head. Once fortified, I begin on my activities for the day. I am maintaining my 10,000 steps/day routine. It’s fairly easy this time of year when our weather is beautiful. If the virus hangs on until summer and our fitness center remains closed I think I’ll be wearing holes in our rugs marching around the house. Or, by then, the insane asylum. But that’s a worry for another day.
All that takes me to about 9 o’clock. That’s a whole lot of time to kill for the rest of the day trapped inside the house. I saw a segment on the new-found popularity of jigsaw puzzles on CBS Sunday Morning last week and that reminded me that I had some puzzles stashed away. I broke one out and started to put the edge pieces together only to discover that my eyesight isn’t what it used to be. Several of the pieces that I put together did not actually fit correctly but I couldn’t see that so I had something of a jumble on my hands. It’s still sitting on our dinette table and as this staycation drags on I’m sure I’ll get bored enough to take up the task once again. Hopefully with better lighting. My knitting friends and I have discovered (along with the rest of America) the magic of Zoom, the internet meeting app. So on our regular knitting time on Wednesdays we meet up. It accomplishes two things – first, it proves that women of a certain age can still master some new technology and second, it puts something fun on the calendar.
Alas, I have to admit that once I’ve cleaned the house for the umpteenth time, watched a few episodes of Grace and Frankie, and then knit for a couple of hours, I resort to playing Candy Crush on my iPad. It truly is amazing what a time suck it is. On the other hand, it keeps me from looking at the latest coronavirus stats and worrying about the health and safety of those I love. It’s only April 6th. I know that we all can get through this. I just hope that it ends before I’ve mastered all 6365 levels of Candy Crush.