Wow. The world has changed in the last few weeks, hasn’t it? Even in the last few days. It would’ve been hard to imagine that we would be largely confined to our homes and worried about toilet paper–gulp! For most of us, this confinement is especially challenging, so I’m going to share some ideas for novel things to do during the coronavirus crisis.
This photo essay gives a clear picture of what it looks like when everyone stays home all over the world.
My sister-in-law is one of those never-sit-still ladies. She has already cleaned out her closet, organized her bills and paperwork, cleaned out her pantry–the list goes on. I’m not sure what she will do when all of these tasks are done!! Lol! Do you know anybody like that?
For the rest of us, this time can be both a blessing and a curse. It actually feels nice to slow down a bit doesn’t it? But I know we will soon get bored. I’m getting there right now, as we’ve had lots of much-needed rain and one does start to feel antsy.
So here are some unique and not-so-unique things to do during the coronavirus crisis.
Novel Things to do During the Coronavirus Crisis
In the Kitchen
I rarely ever panic. In fact, I don’t even have the panic gene. This has served me well as an educator over the years. Regardless of what came my way–and in education there is something new and different every darn day!–I approached it calmly, knowing everything would work out. So when people first started their panic shopping and loading up their carts, I didn’t worry about it. My husband and I decided we would stock up on our regular items when things calmed down.
However, toilet paper continues to be a rare commodity! And we are actually getting very low on our stock at home! Thinking Clorox Wipes might be helpful to wipe down our steering wheels and counters at home, we found there isn’t any to be had–anywhere!
My husband came home from a recon trip yesterday with pictures of shelf after shelf at two stores completely empty. For the first time, he said, “I’m getting a little anxious about this.” Nothing hits home like having no toilet paper or other necessities, does it?
Recently, I decided to make some sourdough starter. (A good thing as even bread sells out super fast right now! )Remember doing that when you were younger? My mom got me into it when I was a young newlywed. So, I’ve been searching the web for recipes and suggestions. I just signed up for a free series for getting started with sourdough from a blog by Melissa K. Norris. It’s a week’s worth of videos and it’s very informative and fun!
We won’t starve. I have a pretty full pantry as I like to cook and like to keep things on hand. Some good advice in one of the newspapers suggested culling through your pantry and using up some of the older things. Like that old can of pumpkin leftover from Thanksgiving nearing its expiration date in my pantry. So I made pumpkin bread. I added a slightly overripe banana to make use of that. I made two loaves–one for my twenty-something son who I know isn’t even thinking about not being able to pick up grocery items. What can you cook up from your pantry?
The old clean-out-your-closet mantra is always a good suggestion. I like to do this about every six months and donate to our local Working Wardrobes. They are partners in the administrator’s organization that I’m a part of, and it feels good knowing the clothing can be used and worn by others.
BUT, have you thought about your jewelry collection? Mine has grown exponentially! Just the other day I discovered pieces I forgot I had and probably don’t need anymore.
The same is true of your scarf collection. Socks. Hosiery. I found old pantyhose and knee-high hose I just don’t wear anymore!
Your makeup drawer (yes, it’s part of your wardrobe!) can also use a good cleanup, I’ll bet. I know I have products that are out-of-date that I really don’t use anymore.
Probably the hardest thing for most of us to do is just relax! Taking the time to chill can be a big challenge for many of us. This might be one of the few good things to come out of this crisis. We–especially me–may learn how to take time for ourselves and relax.
If you find yourself panicking–either from this situation or from sheer boredom, try the The Calm Place resource. It’s 60-seconds of images that help you relax and release that stress you didn’t even know you had. Sort of meditation via the Internet! Haha! But it really works. Especially the end where you can virtually pet the dog! Love it.
Another very cool resource is this collection of images that Paris Museums put online for unrestricted public use. It’s a beautiful collection. You can enjoy it yourself, share it with friends, or talk with your kids or grandkids about the images as you enjoy them together.
Of course, taking good long walks is also a great way to relax–and keep within the confines of “social distancing!” It’s a great way to get a little exercise and if you have dogs, take them along!
Finally: remember that book you’ve been meaning to read? Whether a self-help or a great novel, now is the perfect ime! Watch for a future post with some of my favorite reads.
The important thing, of course, is that we all stay healthy through this crisis period. We know that the time spent now will safeguard us and many others from getting this terrible disease. I hope these ideas will give you some unique things to do while we weather this storm.
Take good care, my friends.