What to do, what to do….

Let’s face it, most of us enjoy having some free time to accomplish the many things we keep putting on the back burner of our lives.  Now…that time is here, in the form of a quarantine, staring back at us like a teacher, demanding our homework!

I got nuthin’.

Oh, sure, the ideas are rolling through my head like a trucker on the highway but my mind seems to coast into every available rest stop.  The distractions are many at present.  The news, social media, phone calls, texts…all reasons excuses for not jumping into, and accomplishing, some needed project while I’m incarcerated, here at home.

The problem is…the time-frame in front of us with regard to staying-at-home, self-quarantining, and that provides opportunity to just push things off until tomorrow.  Or the week-end.  Even next week. 

Normally, being at work and involved with activities at our local sportsman’s club, I maintain a very active daily/weekly pattern and usually have little difficulty in balancing tasks at hand.  I miss that.  It’s only been a few days of coping with this relative nothingness and attempts to pretend that I’m on vacation or stuck at home from some weather-related emergency are useless mind-games.  Stir-crazy, cabin fever…you name it, I’ve got it, most of us have it or…will be getting it but…we will get through it!

My Daily Schedule:

4 – 4:10 a.m.  I awaken

4:11 a.m.  Coffee

4:13 a.m.     Watch the news  (periodic trips to the bathroom)

7:10 a.m.     The Husband awakens

7:11 a.m.    I check my text messages, check email, check social media, make list of things I probably won’t get done.

7:30 a.m.   The Husband checks his messages, email, has breakfast, watches the news and asks “What are you doing today?”  (is he kidding me?)

9:10 a.m.     I make The Husband’s lunch and he leaves for work. 

9:12 a.m.   The Husband comes back inside.  Forgot his glasses, his phone, his notebook, his lunch, his keys.

9:15 a.m.    He leaves.  Again.  This time I watch him drive down our road and see no more rapid U-turns back to our house.  (he calls from the car to tell me something he forgot but forgets what it was)

10:00 a.m.:   From this time, through the balance of the day, things won’t change much.  Not at this point, anyway. 

My schedule will be more of the above with the exception of a few household chores, making dinner and more excuses.  Sure, there will be an occasional trip to the market where most shoppers are keeping safe distances and some are dressed in garb looking like deep sea divers.  For me, this being home bound is in its infancy stage and the novelty involved will wear-off in a few days.  My real focus will turn to catching-up on personal and business paperwork, setting up a replacement PC for where I temporarily don’t work, doing some household purging and, of course, spending more of my forced free-time…writing.

What are you doing today?           



From Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop…Write about how you keep busy during a “quarantine.” Is your daily schedule affected much at all?



  1. Abby says:

    I think the longer this goes, the more most people will adapt and become productive. Hopefully. The ripple effects will definitely last a long time.

    • Patty says:

      Commentary from a news program last evening had someone talking about how life would never again be the same after this, much like after 9/11/01. I\’d say that\’s almost a double-edged sword with everyone wanting, needing, a return to normalcy but focused on how we can re-engage in society with possibly more of these undetermined viruses ready to strike at any time.

  2. The novelty wears off quick. I agree the hardest part is not knowing how long this will be.

    • Patty says:

      I agree. Watch the news, avoid the news and find a way to sort out the misinformation from the facts. Mostly, just make it through another day…

  3. John Holton says:

    I know what you mean… you think “well, if I do that today, I won’t have anything to do tomorrow” and put it off.

    • Patty says:

      My hope is that we all have plenty of \”tomorrows\” ahead, John. For now, I\’m midway between my usual procrastination and getting the proverbial lead out.

      Stay well!

  4. madamdreamweaver says:

    Writing is a good use of time. I have garden and yard work to do, so that keeps me or us together, plenty busy.

    • Patty says:

      I agree, on the writing part. Hopefully, we can all look back to what we shared, and how we felt about this pandemic, one year from now…and rejoice that we got through it!

  5. Kat says:

    4 AM!?! I am such a night owl, I don’t know if I could ever possibly train my body to want to get up at 4 am. I feel like the busier I am and the less flexible my schedule is…the more I actually get done. If my schedule is too lax than I save everything for later. So I totally get how being thrown into nothingness could mess a person up!

    • Patty says:

      I’ve been attempting to shut-down any and all electronic devices and head to bed by 10 p.m. So far, so good.

      I now awake at 4:30 a.m. The first thing I do then is…fire-up my phone, my computer, the television.

      So, I’m pretty much on whatever my normal schedule should be.

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