Hello…it’s me!


If there is anything favorable which has emerged with this COVID-19 nightmare, it’s bringing people together but at the required safe-distance.  Behind that is…time… and plenty of it as most people are hunkered-down in some element of self-imposed quarantine.  Suddenly, we have the almost unwanted luxury of little or nothing to do and plenty of time to do it in…perfect for the procrastinators of the world.  Like me. 

Let’s face it, the daily chores aren’t going anywhere and, in a moment fueled by a sudden burst of energy, laced with a sprinkling of focus, we’ll all dive into that pile of “something” we’ve been putting off.  But first, we watch the news for virus updates.  Then, onto Netflix before moving onto social media, just to check up on what everyone else is doing and swipe a damn funny Meme now and then… to share on Instagram.  We (me/I) troll Facebook walls to see how friends are coping and share a kind word when needed or…run like hell when someone is spewing things political from their home cave-dwelling.  Sorry, boys and girls, this is a time for everyone to pull together and beating up our national and local governments over this pandemic is almost self-defeating.   We know where any and all blame lies for the spread of this virus, move past it, get over it, and start being pro-active in flattening the damn curve and bringing the spread to an effing halt!!

Okay.  All of this being said, over and over and over…one nice thing, a positive, at present.  At least for me.  Having the time (yes that time-thing again) to contact friends you don’t normally speak with.  Interaction with most usually involves back and forth texting or other forms of electronic engagement, but…picking up the phone and enjoying a long conversation with a friend from school, or anywhere, can be a treat.  More so than family.  Family k n o w s where you are and just assumes that, if and when they call, you will answer.  They know your routine, you know theirs, and in many ways, there’s little to “chat” about.  Is it boredom with this entire situation…or indifference?  Certainly, there is great underlying anger with having to cope with a situation which has impacted everyone’s lives so greatly.  Much like what we all experienced after 9/11/01.  But, if that unspeakable tragedy taught us one thing…it was to keep our families closer than ever before.  Now especially. 

Until we can safely hug them again.




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?


Another, and another…


As COVID-19 continues its rampage across New York State, and everywhere else, a slow resonance is setting-in, maybe even overdue complacency.   The pattern of insanity in recent days with people engaged in hoarding the basic needs of living now is taking on an almost eerie pattern with the realization that we are all caught in the web of this viral assailant and, for now, there is little which any of us can do.  The game plan is well in place.  Wash your hands, keep absolute social distancing in force, self-quarantine, shelter in place…we know the drill.  Those fortunate, can work from home.  Others aren’t as lucky with their employment status coming to an abrupt halt and they now face survival through the next weeks, even months of this damn pandemic.

I’ve joined the ranks of the latter after an executive order was issued by the governor of New York State, closing down all non-essential businesses on March 21, 2020.  In that directive, hair salons, facilities where there is no acceptable safe distance from person-to-person and…I fully understand the importance of abiding by the safety measures that are crucial in working to stop the further spread of this virus.  Aside from what may be deemed “frivolous” in the salon industry, hair color, blow-drys, and other non-essential services that clients can certainly live without for the time being, there are hair replacement services which must be managed or there are serious bacterial complications.  And then, there are cancer patients who may be in need of a cranial prosthesis; the salon I work at is one of very few licensed facilities with the proper credentials to provide support to women dealing with cancer.  We are well-prepared to provide essential services on a one-to-one basis, observing and maintaining strict disinfection procedures while wearing sanitary apparel when in the company of any cancer patient.  Sadly, that door is now closed and there are no options in place for those in need other than to stay at home and weather this nightmare of a viral storm.

The crowds at the supermarkets here in New York have now moved onto our local Home Depot’s and Lowe’s, in a fairly orderly fashion, as shoppers seem focused on doing all that home “stuff” to occupy their time off from their jobs.  Neighbors are helping neighbors, people are keeping in touch through social media, dogs are getting walked, almost to the point of exhaustion, parents are home-schooling with great gusto, knowing that the liquor stores are not being closed down.  And, there are reports of lines going into local gun shops where legal gun owners are stocking-up on ammo, others legally purchasing firearms, all fearing that some won’t have any sense of lawfulness anymore.  Many are concerned that the virus could lead to a breakdown of public order, with looting and robberies as so much of daily life is shutting-down.

Whatever the scenario, here in New York and elsewhere, we will run this Coronavirus gauntlet for however long it holds us hostage and get through it. 

We will survive.


workshop-button-1From Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop…It’s been another week. Share an update about how your city/state is reacting to the Coronavirus.