Yes, I know I’m contradicting what I wrote earlier about the downside of isolation. As more time goes by, though, I’m beginning to realize isolation can be a gift in certain ways. My first big project was to make a table of contents for the third edition of the anthology, 365 Poems in 365 Days. In the process I checked for errors in the poems. I’m a co-editor, something I enjoy. Even though completing the table of contents took time–and patience–it was interesting to re-read the poems people have chosen for the book.
This time alone with no obligations has given me more time to write poetry. Of course, I’m not entirely alone. My husband and our dog provide a lot of entertainment. My husband and I talk a lot and the dog–well, what can I say. She’s the cutest, smartest dog in the world. Those who read an earlier blog will remember I found her running lose on the Kansas Turnpike. I don’t know how we live without her.
I have other, more domestic projects. I have documents and pictures that go back decades. I need to get the pictures in some kind of order. One of my kids and his wife got us a shredder a couple of Christmases ago. I haven’t shredded anything since we got it.
I go for walks with my husband and Annie when the weather cooperates. Right now, I’m happy to stay inside under the air conditioner.
I go to lunch every Tuesday with a few friends, something we started years ago. We’ve all missed seeing each other and having spirited conversations about our lives and politics. After missing several weeks of not seeing each other, one friend invited us over for lunch at her house. She cooked a casserole and made chocolate chip cookies and a lemon pie that was to die for.
One of my pastimes has been trying to figure out Windows 10. I downloaded a virus (dumb) and the tech who got rid of it replaced Windows 7 with Windows 10. I think the techs who created Widows 10 sitting in a dark place laughing in an evil way. I’ve had a lot of help from one of my daughters-in-law and a friend, but we’re having to do all this by e-mail. I need to take my computer back to the local techs who loaded Windows 10 and see if one of them can help me out. I really don’t want to go to a place where I know it would be hard for people to do social distancing. Surely, I’ll find the magic formula for success on Windows 10.
To all my readers, if I have any, take care and stay safe.