Day 10

I woke up at 4:30 for the second day in a row. My body wants to go back to work. But instead, I wound up falling asleep in the recliner until almost lunchtime. I watched some TV and now trying to get some writing done. I am still avoiding the news. I get snippets here and there, but I avoid watching most of the coverage.

I am going to take a look at twitter to get some ideas for my blog and maybe post a few things. It doesn’t matter much because so far nobody reads this except me. Perhaps that will change someday, but we’ll see. It gives me the freedom to go out on a limb and predict that by May 1, we will all start getting back to work. Enough is enough.

Day 5

Late evening on the fifth day. I got to spend two hours on Skype with my grandson today. Then a girl he knows called, and suddenly I wasn’t so exciting. I made a trip to the local market and Dunkin Donuts. I can’t get used to how empty the streets are at 11:00 in the morning. I am astonished at the level of cooperation in people staying indoors as much as possible and away from each other, at least in my neighborhood. But I can’t help but wonder how long it will last, especially as our leaders in government insist on conducting partisan grandstanding as if nothing unusual was affecting their constituents. 

I am thinking about taking the car out soon. It hasn’t been started since Saturday, and I want to make sure it is functioning correctly when I do need it. I don’t think I am likely to catch a virus driving around in my car alone with the windows up. There is also the looming possibility that this shelter in place order could become an enforced quarantine. That is something I am not looking forward to. Tomorrow I start working in earnest on my novel, and I may start posting some more short stories on a writer’s site I belong to. 

Day 4

It started cold this morning, but the weather got better as the day went on. We ordered lunch from Gyro World both as a treat and a break from routine. Specific patterns of behavior are essential, but when everything is constant, it can become perfunctory and lead to depression. To that end, we were able to turn off the TV for a while, go for a walk, and sit in the yard to read a book. Pleasant enough, but not something I am looking forward to doing for unending days, weeks, and possibly months ahead.

Once again, I have avoided the constant coronavirus news updates, and I don’t need to hear and see the same thing over and over and over again. I don’t even know if Congress was able to get off the dime today. Has Speaker of the House Beavis and Senate Minority Leader Butthead still keeping their slimy little fingers in the dike holding back relief badly needed by the average American.

There are two other things to make today a little different. A virtual Parish Council Meeting via teleconference this evening. And I have been asked to write the Sunday Reflection for or Parish Website and Facebook page. Maybe I will share it in this space on Sunday. I’ll see how it turns out.

Stay safe. Stay Healthy. Stay home.

Day 3

We are trying to stay in some kind of routine. It’s only the third day and its already a struggle not to let depression win out and just veg in front of the TV. I’ve never been homebound before. I’ve been sick, and I’ve been unemployed, but this type of imprisonment in my own home is entirely new. I just finished doing some of the chores my wife is always after me to do. I can usually escape by going to work or a meeting at church, but now I think we will wind up having the cleanest and most organized house in the history of our forty-two-year marriage. 

One of the hardest things to endure is that I cannot help by volunteering to distribute food or do shopping for those most vulnerable or just visit them because we are among that group. That’s a realization that is almost as depressing as being stuck in the house and feeling defenseless. This is the first time I have been forced to recognize that when they are talking about the elderly with underlying health problems, they are talking about me. There are some things about getting older that are pretty cool. Others just suck. 

Jesse Watters: ‘We shall overcome’ the coronavirus ‘if we all work together’ | Fox News

Some words we need to hear:

Jesse Watters began “Watters’ World” on Saturday by delivering a message of positivity to his audience, saying he’s sure America can overcome the devastation from the coronavirus. “The United States of America is rolling into a recession or a depression. What we do now will determine which one it’ll be. First, we have to stop the spread. You know what to do. Wash your hands, stay clean and practice social distancing,” Watters said, reminding people of the guidelines given to keep people safe from exposure to the virus. “If you can stay inside this week, work from home if you can. Don’t fly if you don’t have to. The virus is mostly in 10 large counties. A very high percentage in New York, California and Washington state,” he continued. “Some of these areas recognize the threat and are shutting down everything. All of them need to do that.” Watters talked about where the country stands medically and scientifically, assuring people the “brightest” are on the case. “All the brightest scientists in America [are] working around the clock to find a vaccine. Our people are the most innovative in the world,” Watters said. The host also addressed the president’s leadership, urging him and American industry leaders to do whatever they can. “The president should be invoking every possible law and power available to him. He should be mobilizing the military and declaring war on the coronavirus. Rally the country around the mantra ‘made in America,'” Watters said. “Every American industry should have all hands on deck. This isn’t a time for weakness. This is a time for strength.”

Jesse Watters: ‘We shall overcome’ the coronavirus ‘if we all work together’ | Fox News

Day 2

Well, here we are on the second day. We are already making some changes. We have to resist the temptation to overeat comfort or junk food. We will watch Sunday Mass being live-streamed on St Helen’s Facebook page. That is not my regular Parish, but I am watching that one so we can watch it together with my daughter’s family. It is a way for us to do something together while we are apart. My Parish is also live streaming Mass on Facebook. I will watch that one as well in solidarity with our parishioners.

We will be taking a walk this afternoon, especially since the weather is expected to be pretty lousy tomorrow, and we will be stuck inside. The biggest immediate challenge we have right now is getting exercise of any kind. We live in a small studio apartment, so even cleaning does not take very long. I guess I am finally going to have to make use of the fitness app on my smartphone.  

Another way today is different is I did not watch the news this morning, except for getting the weather report. The Presidential election, which we have been obsessing over for the past few months, has suddenly seemed of far less interest than it did a week ago. The only thing I want to hear from Washington right now is how soon they will be sending out these stimulus checks we keep hearing about, and when hospitals and localities are going to get sorely needed supplies.

Day 1 (Part 2)

Spent the rest of our first day pretty much like any other Saturday that we don’t go out. But there were some significant differences. I wasn’t preparing my homily or composing the Prayer of the Faithful for tomorrow’s Mass. That’s because there is no tomorrow’s Mass. At least not one we can attend in person. We will watch Mass on TV together, and we will receive Spiritual Communion, but it will not be the same. Tomorrow is going to be even stranger than today.

The other strange thing-for me anyway-is that I purposely avoided the news. Except for briefly watching the local news this morning, I stayed off the news sites and away from the news channels for most of the day. Instead, I spent most of the day engrossed in movies, except for the time I took to write down an idea I had to move the story in a different direction for my book. 

We did not go out to take a walk today, but we have to make that part of our routine because these days will rapidly become weeks and even months of idleness. Now I am going to break my self imposed moratorium on watching the news and check out what’s going on. I don’t expect to be surprised by much. Good night, and stay safe!

Coronavirus Lock-down Day One

Yesterday at 4:00 in the afternoon, I left my office for the last time for at least three to four weeks. It could be longer. Much longer. This is entirely uncharted territory for all of us, so I have decided to keep a public diary to share our experience with this. I don’t care if anyone reads it, but writing has always been therapeutic for me and will help me deal with a lot of conflicting feelings and emotions that are assaulting me right now.

I was able to keep busy today. Getting those last few items from the store, doing the laundry, and stopping at the bank. In a little while, we may take a walk, but beyond that, we will be staying home. No Eating out, no shopping, no nothing outside the home will take some getting used to. Even the Church is closed. 

Moving forward, I will find ways to occupy the time. I started to write a book back in November, but that has been on the back burner due to my usually hectic life, but now I have nothing but time and no excuses not to work on it. 

Well, that’s it for the first entry. I haven’t decided how many times a day I will post, but I am sure it will be more than once. Till next time, stay safe.