2020 SELF ISOLATION – Things I’ve Learned

I now have a favorite pair of pajamas, a favorite nightgown, a favorite pair of slippers and a favorite sleep mask.

I can wear my hair up or down, straight or curly, spiked out or greased flat.
I can put on a wig, long or short.
I can dry shampoo, regular shampoo or shampoo not at all!

I can do my make-up like the Joker in Batman or like a really hot hooker with lashes for days, smokey eyes and luscious lips.

Unfortunately, I can also eat an entire pie, cake, a dozen donuts, two dozen cookies, a bag of Tostino pizza rolls, 3 boxes of hot pockets and every granola bar we have in the house PLUS all of the chocolate milk and ice cream!
Basically, anything sweet and/or filled with carbs. I’m there.

That being said, unless there are men out there – other than the ones who go for the Kartrashians and their big ‘ol construction-grade, silicone injected fat asses – who like a little more A LOT MORE cushion for the pushin’ it doesn’t look like my lashes for days, smokey-eyed, luscious lipped hooker gig will be a go.

Needless-to-say, my low carb lifestyle has gone out the window but not before I lost 15lbs. Now, I’m afraid to get on the scale… It’s so much safer on the couch. The couch doesn’t judge me or weigh me!

I hope that all of you are staying in – if you can – and staying healthy. I hope the coronavirus’ tentacles haven’t reached too far into your families, certainly not health-wise and hopefully not employment wise.

In the midst of all of this chaos I am finding much to be thankful for and I hope that you are too.

I’m thankful that my family and friends are healthy.
I’m thankful for all of the people who are out there working daily among this virus to take care of us in every way. Those people truly are the heroes.
And I am so very thankful for my faith and the gift of being able to believe without seeing.


27 thoughts on “2020 SELF ISOLATION – Things I’ve Learned

  1. It’s easy to complain, but can you imagine sending your son off to war??? After I had my son, that’s a thought that has always horrified me. I don’t know how mothers handle their kids being in the military. I’ll take a lockdown any day.

    Faith. Honestly, I would be super depressed if I didn’t have mine. I know people think we’re crazy because ‘SCIENCE,’ but what it boils down to for me is that I don’t buy the randomness that the bird of paradise flower looks just like a bird. How could that happen without a divine hand?

    Am I getting too heavy for you? My husband’s birthday was this week. I made homemade sauce for pasta (at least it was whole wheat) and a chocolate cake from scratch. Heathy diet be damned!

    Good to hear from you. We are all well here. Keep blogging!


    • My son joined the service right after 9/11 and it was very scary. A friend of mine had a son over in Iraq. He was scheduled to come home in 2 weeks. Sadly, he came home another way. His name was Justin, you can read about him here… https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/3827 – I knew him when he was a goofy country kid playing guitar. Who knew he’d grow to be an American hero. ❤ – Speaking of too heavy… – Happy Belated Birthday to your hubs. I love homemade sauce AND chocolate cake! 🙂 – I'm happy to hear you are all well. I bet you're going nutso. You guys always take those great trips. Hopefully, this will be over soon and you can get back at it…


    • So, so, happy all is well! I can’t wait for this to be over! Are you allowed on your boat? Seems to me it would be easier to keep a distance from people on the water. 🙂 Love you too ❤

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      • We can go to our boat, but have chosen not to. No since in being around other folks at all. Besides it’s so cold. We aren’t spring chickens so we need to be careful. 🙂


  2. I so get all this! Haven’t worn makeup for days and I always used to wear mascara even if I wasn’t going out, kinda helped with stopping my blonde eyelashes making me look like a pig 😂😂😂🐷. But this situation has made me not care what I look like – not in a bad, hopeless way, I just really don’t care anymore. Just glad to have functioning lungs and two of all the things we are supposed to have two of. Even went out today to get medication for my mum and didn’t even think about the fact my face is naked. Thanks for the laughs! I am trying so hard to get a blog post written but looking after an elder who is used to rigid routine takes up the whole day up to bedtime. I am not used to routine so it’s very hard to adapt 🥴. Look after yourself and stop eating junk (wags finger😍) you’ve never needed your immune system to be as strong as it needs to be right now. I don’t really believe you are eating like that every day but it made me laugh😂😂😂. Be well xxx


    • You are so right! Two functioning lungs is much to be thankful for! I hope things get easier with your mom. My DIL is a manager of a group home for adults with disabilities and every moment is scheduled so I get how taxing that is for a caregiver. – And nooooo… Hahahaha. I’m not really eating like that but it has crossed my mind! I haven’t been as picky about my carbs as I am normally but it hasn’t gone too terribly sideways. I’m still down 15lbs. so I’m good. No promises it will stay that way tho… 😉

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  3. I think most of us are gaining weight at this point! 😛 Thanks for the timely reminder that things could always be worse! My business is dead, but thankfully, hubby’s company was deemed essential, so he’s still going to work. The downside is, there are hundreds of people employed there, and safety measures aren’t exactly meticulous. He goes straight into the shower after work and sprays down his clothes with Lysol. (Yeah, we still have some, but for how long? Store shelves are pretty barren. Damn those hoarders!) One of my closest friends is dealing with both breast and colon cancer, and I fear she will be exposed to the virus, with all those trips to the doctor and the hospital. I’m glad you’re coping well, Karen. 🙂 I try to get out for a walk most days, but it sure seems weird without a dog in tow! Take care!


    • I am so sorry about your business. I have 2 sons laid off, my son in law had to shutter the pub until Michigan decides he can open again but 2 of the kiddos are still working, from home but still working so that’s a bonus. We have a group chat we all check into with each other so if someone is in need we’re all there and I’m super thankful for that. I’m happy to hear your husband is still at work and sending prayers to you both that he can remain there safely… I’m so sorry for your friend, Debbie. That is just awful… I will be praying for her as well. – This whole thing just needs to go away!


  4. Alas, my job was the first to go. No need for substitute teachers when the schools are closed. (Distance learning doesn’t require subs.)

    Enjoy the food. There’s no need to diet while we wait this thing out.


    • I know Liz and I’m so sorry. On the plus side, look at all that knitting time. 🙂 – I really am not eating all of that stuff. I’d like to but I haven’t gotten that desperate just yet BUT I have slacked off on counting every carb so I am enjoying some things and before this thing is done I’m sure I’ll be enjoying more!


  5. I love your header picture. I’ve let the routine get completely out of hand in the last couple of days and as a result I find myself wanting to go to sleep at odd hours, like right now I’m struggling to keep my eyes open and I’m supposed to be going out for a walk.


    • Thank you. I’m having problems with my site and Facebook so I’m trying to fix things and it’s not working. I thought switching things up on the site might help but it hasn’t. I’ll live with it for the minute. 🙂 – Omgosh. My sleep schedule was the first thing to go for me. Now I just sleep when I get tired. We can’t go anywhere so heading to the back patio morning or night doesn’t really matter. It’s such a crazy time. Stay safe over there!


  6. Karen, I hear ya! I love your list and LMAO about the hooker makeup! Since staying in, I’ve been eating way too many sweets myself. I do love chocolate milk and ice cream too! Hubby has been working from home and driving me crazy. With the NBA and March Madness cancelled, whenever he’s not working he has too much time on his hands and keeps bugging me all day to do stuff with him when I’d rather do whatever I want to do. But I have to be thankful he still has a job when so many now are unemployed. My part-time freelance editing jobs have dried up since the pandemic.

    I’m glad you’re staying in and away from that awful virus! Scary stuff. There is so much of it around. The county where I live in Maryland has the most confirmed cases in the state. I try not to go out except for groceries. I worry about my siblings and relatives in New Jersey, my home state. Along with New York, NJ has the highest number of cases in the country now. Just hoping for it all to pass. But despite it all, there is still much to be thankful for. Mimi’s thought for the day is so true, and yes, we can do this! 🙂 ❤


    • Ugh. See. That’s why I don’t have a husband, that reason and so many irritating more! Hahahaha. I remember those days… I’m really not eating all of that stuff, some of it but not all. We do have it in the house and all I can say is I’m glad we don’t have any GirlScout cookies stashed anywhere because they would be so gone right now! Also.. The ice cream really may be gone. – Man, I don’t know how you and other people get around in those towns with high cases of the virus is right in your backyard! That’s so scary Madilyn. Please, please, please be safe. Make your husband go get the groceries! Wait. Okay. Nevermind, his check comes in handy. Ugh. Well, you could do what people out here are doing, seriously, going out wrapped up like mummies around their heads. Not even kidding. We’re so close to Washington, another hot spot, it scary. – Be careful out there. ❤

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      • LOL you are so right about husbands! Oh, and GS Cookies too!

        I hope you’re able to stay safe there as well, Karen! It’s tough going out anymore with all this virus stuff going around. On Monday, I had extreme fatigue for no apparent reason and it stayed with me all day. It was odd and different than just being tired. But I didn’t have a fever and I think it could just be seasonal allergies and stress. These are scary, stressful times. ❤


      • I hope you’re over that fatigue JLil. It could be stress. It could be being cooped up. It could be that you have a husband. Hahahaha. 🙂

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