Quarantine Blues

20200424_050128That’s just what I have today!  I just don’t have the energy to do anything at all and I’m not sure I really want to do anything.  The day began okay, up early, pit stop with no falling, back to my chair and sewing again.  Got three face masks finished up and realized I’m just plain tired.  Can’t take time off yet though.  I’ve made two dozen masks, given a dozen of them out already and have about three dozen more to finish.  Whee.  I’m thinking I should make some doll clothes to try to get the momentum back but not sure I even want to do that.  What I really want to do is go down to the activities room and have a nice long visit with my friends. Then I want to get on that bus and visit my Aunt!  Phone conversations are okay but just not the same as a good long hug, conversation with her and my cousin Greg who comes at the same time, another long hug and then coming home to rest.  Big sigh!  Maybe soon.

I guess there was a little bit of excitement a couple of days after I got home from rehab — definitely each time I had to move around was, well not exactly exciting but at least not boring, but still and all, nothing beats a hug!  “Two hearts are never closer than when two people hug”, something a friend of a friend said several years ago.  One of the two quotes I actually remember, the other being from my brother — “I forget if I remember that or not”. That one is becoming my theme lately as I cope with self isolation while working on getting this broken leg healed and moving better.  My favorite activity right now is sitting in the shower with the water on full blast and as hot as it will go, pointing the stream og water at my left shoulder and enjoying the feel of no pain at all!

One would think that since I broke my left leg it would be the pain filled area but that doesn’t hurt at all with a few minor  twinges at times.  Oh,, no!  The pain is all in my left shoulder..  The one that was replaced seven years ago.  I predict the weather with that one. Rain is movin’ in by late tonight, which reminds me that I should get to the bank today and pull out enough money to do my laundry next month.  I’ve never really enjoyed doing laundry since moving into town and leaving my clotheslines behind on the farm.  Ah, the wonderful smell of sun dried sheets!  I tried putting a clothesline out when I first moved to town  but since birds were drawn to that area so often it just wasn’t quite the same.  It also meant putting the clothes back in the washer rather than the sweet smell of sunshine that meant they were nice, clean and ready to put back on the bed.  Bird droppings on one item meant if I looked enough I would find them on the rest.  Even bigger sigh!

Hey, it just occurred to me that I got my mind off the quarantine for a few minutes!  There really is light at the end of that tunnel if you get your mind on other things.  I’m not sure you would want to want your mind to take trips where mine goes most days, but it always comes back at dinnertime!

I’m gonna do something I seldom do,  and challenge each of you to post a photo of yourself in your quarantine clothes!  Mine ended up at the beginning mainly because I’ve forget if I remember how to do this lately.

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Update From Home!

Well, I’ve been home for a week and a half now and I’m still in one piece!  I’m doing a lot of walking around the apartment and in the hall and hardly notice the leg was injured at all.   I think I’m fortunate that the MS seems to have taken care of the brain cell that let’s the pain thru.  Now if it would only do the same for my left shoulder, sore from using that walker!  I’ve considered self amputation but no one seems to want to help me with that.  I’m pretty sure it would require more than the one hand available to perform surgery on myself, not to mention the mess it would make!  Don’t worry, I still have half a brain cell working and that keeps me close to same on most days.

I’ve been keeping kinda busy sewing face masks.  My first plan was to donate them to the local hospital, nursing homes and emergency workers but then I discovered they aren’t accepting home made ones.  Now I’ll just take them down to the office to distribute to anyone who wants them.  Of course I’ll keep a couple myself, especially the UK ones.  And the ones that match my outfits.  A lady is almost always coordinated, you know!  Not that I would know that much about being a lady!  More like a diamond in the rough that will require several decades more to learn to sparkle.  Hey, I need something to do now that I’ve given up trying to bounce!

I went over to Kroger a few days ago, mostly to just get outside for a little while, but also to see if they had any alcohol in stock — the rubbing kind, not the drinking kind.  Although one of the nurses at Hillcrest mentioned something about 190 proof scotch would sanitize things also.  Frankly I didn’t know they made 190 proof anything, but I think I’ll just take her word on that.  Especially since Kroger had some in stock when I got there — with limited amounts, of course, but I got my limit so am still spraying myself and everything that comes into my apartment down with it.

I’m so lucky in many ways.  I decided to take the curtains down from the bathroom shelves and straighten them up as I looked at the supplies I have on hand.  I found so many partially used bottles of liquid soap, bath gel, lotions, and other items  that have been listed as “out of stock” or limited to one bottle, so I’m trying to combine them into fewer bottles and adding water to the empty ones.  That gives me some liquid soap for routine hand washing.  I can remember my mom doing that most of her life.  She grew up during the Great Depression and just never forgot what it was like to have to do without so many things that we all take for granted now.  I guess I absorbed a lot more from her than I ever thought.

I suppose I should shut down now and try to sleep again.  That was all I did for almost a week but now I think I’m all caught up, but I have to do laundry tomorrow and don’t want to fall asleep in public places ever again  Ya’ll take care of yourselves and check in on a neighbor once in a while to see if they are doing okay.    Most of all, please stay safe and well!