by Patricia Frischer
A few private musings this March 2020.
· I am considering canned hearts of palm to be a fresh vegetable.
· After canceling 6 meetings the last 2 weeks of March, I felt more stress free than I had in ages.
· We are quarantined by decree of the governor. I love my home so it is like being given sick days without being sick, a little like snow days from my youth.
· When you go on a three week vacation, the first week is all wide eyed, taking in all the new sights and sounds. The second week is really the relaxing week. You read a whole book in one day. You aren’t impatient with the 2 ½ minutes it takes to use your electric toothbrush. You write shorter sentences as you take the time to put in a period and then a capitol letter instead of just a comma. As I remember the third week is a frantic mind set into what you have to do at work when you get home. I am in the second week and it appears I may linger here longer than a vacation.
· Now that everything has slowed down, what about slow food instead of fast food. Is now the time to try those 3 page recipes….as long as you can get the ingredients. And now we have Slow Looking which is suggested by the Tate in England. Slow down and look longer at one art work you own.
- I have never looked at so many
links to jokes and virus reports and even a site to build your own virtual
museum. I usually never check Instagram or Facebook. They have always been
a one way street out for me. But now I am directed there often as a way to
exchange information. Text messages
and even WhatsApp and Skype are now checked daily. We have had a couple of virtual
cocktail parties on zoom with close friends here that we are used to
seeing regularly. It was actually a hoot. My 8 month-old grandniece is on
the edge of walking and there is a constant stream of video from her proud
Here is a few picks of interesting sites I have found:
#subwayhands is as describes by Hannah La Follette Ryan on Instagram: I have had a long fascination with hands and you can see a lot of them on my website especially the new Not Your Mother's Fingerbowls which is growing with a series of Gold Standard of Hand Washing.
A poignant series called Leaving and Waving by Deanna Dikeman. I now know personally someone that had COVID-19. He is a dear friend who lives on his own in London. He has made it through but this makes it even more real for me. We will all be in this position eventually
- Many years ago during a brainstorming for the future
dinner party, I suggested a band aid that took all your vital signs each
day. You then deposited into a device that sent it to your doctor. Now we
have fitbit watches and the info can go by Bluetooth anywhere automatically.
So it was great to hear about this thermometer that crunches data all over
America and can pin point virus hot spot symptoms at the beginning stages.
After this crisis, maybe information about heart rate and temperature can
be gathered world-wide so that we are all safer, individually and as a
- A scary thought: what happens when all new programming
of movies and TV episodes has aired?
Will we have 6 months of repeats? A comforting thought: at this
stage I can watch a silly movie from last year again and barely remember
any of it.
- This is a time to slow down and
take a few breathes. I wake up in the morning and am whim driven. That
might mean maybe reading a book the whole day. If my attention span is
short then a break for the puzzle of cupcakes set up on the dining room
table, create a new cracker recipe or do a de-stressing meditation with
- Everything is being delivered to
us and goes straight to a sanitation station we have set up outside in our
courtyard. I guess I will now have to bedazzle some sort of cover for the
mask we are now instructed to wear.
- I finally got over my initial block…you wait for time to do your art and then all of the sudden you have it and it looks like a black pit. But then the light shines and I am working on 5 new sculptures now and so happy to move forward again. Have you made any art lately?
- Some of the best one liners:
Homeschooling is going well. 2 students suspended for fighting and 1 teacher fired for drinking on the job.
everything proceeding at a molasses pace, I have noticed more what I am eating
and how it affects my body. With less exercise we are not eating at night and
my indigestion has gone away. No more pills for heartburn. And as I experimented
with almond flour, my body seems happier so maybe gluten free is a way to stay
healthier for me.
- I find
myself thinking about a bucket list of things I want to do before I die but I
think this has been influenced by the isolation. I never even thought of a
bucket list before and some of these are things I have done before but want to
do again. I want to ride on a Ferris wheel. I want to go to a restaurant and
have dessert first. OK, there are only 2 things on the list, but I just
- My husband chooses what we are ordering for online delivery and I think that is why I am losing some weight, no impulse buying. I made matzoh today to celebrate Passover...no leavening as this was the bread the Jew made as they were escaping Egypt. So it is bread on the run...or for isolation. It will go perfectly with our ham on Easter Sunday!!! And yes, I now have 10 pounds of sliced ham in the freezer and ham soup for eternity.
- I am enjoying isolation so much I realized I might be a “closet” agoraphobe. I am starting to worry that I won’t want to go out when and if this isolation decree is over. Having food delivered, no doctors appointments, no rushing to return overdue books, no make up (except for Zoom meetings), no traffic, really no schedule, maybe this is what retirement is all about instead of the way I was doing it.
- Carlsbad survey of concerns included this information:
* 28% Pen pal program for seniors