10 Things I Haven’t Done In Six Months

Like so many people, Dad and I have made staying at home our new normal. Since mid-March, we’ve been keeping a low profile, and it really wasn’t much different than our pre-pandemic lifestyle. We’ve always been homebodies, so we weren’t too concerned about staying home for a few weeks. We spent March 12th -15th getting appointments out of the way, getting medications refilled, picking up groceries and supplies, etc. We had lunch and drinks at our favorite Mexican restaurant. We didn’t think this would be our last time sitting in a restaurant or that this pandemic would still be going on 6 months later!

It’s been lonely, depressing, and boring. I can’t imagine another 6 months of this! Although we don’t live exciting and adventurous lives, we still miss those little things like going to the grocery store or Walmart when we need something, having lunch out, or seeing friends and family on occasion. It’s funny (not-so-funny) the things you miss when you no longer have them.

The following is a list of things I’ve not done since March.

  1. I’ve not been in a grocery store. We always kept our freezers and cupboards stocked even prior to the pandemic, so we didn’t have a lot to get the last time we were out. Mostly all we needed was a few canned goods and we were set for at least 2 months. Thankfully, we’ve been able to get just about everything we’ve needed online since then.
  2. I’ve not been to Walmart. It was always nice to be able to pop in and pick up my medications, try on a few pair of shoes or sweaters, etc., plus the occasional kitchen or bath item. Now, we either do without or find it online.
  3. I’ve not been inside any public establishment. We’ve only been to liquor store, bank, and pharmacy drive-thru windows. We’ve used only curb-side service at out favorite Mexican restaurant, twice. Oh, and we got gas twice in the car and once for the mower.
  4. I’ve not had a haircut. OMG! I need a haircut. I cut my bangs once myself and I’m about to do it again. My hair hasn’t been this long in years. I prefer it short.
  5. I’ve not been out with a friend. I used to meet up with this friend or that friend for lunch and/or a little shopping. Now, I see only one friend periodically while social distancing outside.
  6. I’ve not worn any make up. I never wore much make up before, but now I wear absolutely none! I stopped wearing eye make up several years ago because I can’t see well enough to put it on anymore. But I still wore a little foundation or BB Cream, and maybe some concealer when I planned on going out. If I was feeling exceptionally brave, I might attempt a little mascara with the use of my 10x magnification mirror, but that was rare!
  7. I’ve not had a doctor’s appointment. I saw my Nurse Practitioner on March 12 to have my medications renewed for another year, and had them transferred to a different pharmacy with a drive-thru window. Thankfully, I’ve not had any issues that need a doctor’s attention. Fingers crossed that neither one of us will have to worry about that for a while.
  8. We’ve not taken the car for a check up. Taking Ol’ Blue in for a check up, tune up, or other ‘procedure’ has been postponed indefinitely. We will be needing new tires very soon though, so I need to be thinking about that!
  9. I’ve not taken my furbabies to the vet. My furbabies were due for their vaccinations in May and I’ve put it off. I don’t think I should put it off much longer. I’m feeling very guilty about not doing it. It’s just so stressful thinking about coming into contact with COVID-19 and bringing it home to Dad.
  10. I’ve not been in anyone else’s home. Ugh. I hate not being able to stop in to see someone if I wanted to. I didn’t do a lot of that before for a few reasons: I can’t walk up/down stairs, I always feel like a bother, and with chronic pain being an issue, I just don’t have the energy. It was still nice to have that choice.

Since the above things are not part of my normal life – at least not for a while – I have to occupy my mind with other things. I try to keep my brain sharp (hahaha, if that’s possible!) by doing word puzzles, brain games, and the like. I’ve started another jigsaw puzzle. I’ve been writing more offline – as in personal self-exploration type, and legacy journaling. I’m considering another online class…just can’t decide which one yet! One thing I really need to do more of, is exercise. That’s a hard one for me because of the pain I’m in. It’s so easy to just say, “Not today, maybe tomorrow.” So, on that note, I will leave to go do some exercise on my Air Walker. I just hope I can walk afterwards.

Have a relaxing, SAFE, and fun Labor Day, my friends!

aunt-debbie

20 thoughts on “10 Things I Haven’t Done In Six Months

  1. Hey my friend, I feel for you and dad because it’s your and his health first. And it’s understandable that your not wanting to take chances out in the stupid, mad world of idiots. I too had put off taking my car for service, because since working from home when all this started, I didn’t drive as much. But when “Precious” started telling me “ change oil soon” I had to take her in to Pep Boys for the oil change. I usually take my car to Walmart but they aren’t opening their automotive/service until further notice. I couldn’t wait that long, so I went to Pep Boys, now Precious needs a tune up soon. I need to take care of my car because it’s been a good, reliable car thus far and I don’t need a car payment anytime soon. At least not until I buy a house first. So your Ford Focus is blue as well? Lol

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  2. As much as I hate shopping malls and supermarkets, we still go shopping. How else are we supposed to get food? Although now it’s spring we have spent a fortune at the Bunnings nursery section on seedlings, mulch and all the other assorted gardening stuff and will grow a lot of our
    vegies this year.

    Haven’t been out to a restaurant – with the exception of the restaurant at the marina, even then we got takeaway and went down to the end of the wharf to eat – or took it onto the boat.

    No movies either – mind you, there hasn’t been all that much to go and see lately – are we just getting old or are the movies really getting worse and worse.

    Apart from that, not all that much has changed. A bit like that Clint Eastwood meme where he says that you know how antisocial you really are when in the middle of the lockdown your lifestyle doesn’t change. We aren’t quite that bad!

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    • I can relate to that meme completely!

      I order most of our food online. Between Target, Walmart, Schwans, Dollar General, and Amazon Pantry I can get almost everything we need and have it shipped to home.

      I’m disabled so I’m unable to put in a garden and care for it, otherwise I’d be growing most of our vegetables. I miss the days of gardening and preserving!

      I know what you mean about movies. Very few are any good. Seems they’re all superhero/villain crap. Ugh.

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  3. I have a similar list. Although I have been going to the doctor still. I’m kind of excited about my next outing (to pick up meds at the drive thru) because I just got a new mask in the mail. You will go to the dr to get flu shots wont you? That is coming with high recommendations. Hang in there, this can’t last forever!

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