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My Coronavirus Quarantine Reflections

My Coronavirus Quarantine Reflections

My Coronavirus quarantine reflections. Since being quarantined due to the Coronavirus, I’ve been reflecting on the entire experience. It’s definitely had many ups and downs, and even changed how I will prepare in the future. But that isn’t a bad thing because I have learned a lot. 

The biggest scare for me was the financial aspect of the virus. I am not nearly as financially prepared as I want to be. Thankfully Nathan and I have made it through so far relatively unscathed, but many aren’t nearly that lucky. Being better prepared financially has become my biggest goal now, because we may not be this lucky in the future. 

Being Better Prepared

I’ve also started really thinking about the basics in terms of food preparations. Keeping a supply of things like flour, sugar, and salt. I’ve noticed a massive shortage of sugar and flour in the grocery store, along with limits on how many can be purchased. My supply of pickle buckets has been put to a much greater use now. 

Nathan and I were talking about food earlier and he mentioned that we can eat for quite some time, as long as we have water and electricity. Which is completely true. But what happens when we don’t have water or electricity? That’s the next part of our prepping that we really need to focus on. This isn’t new information, it simply wasn’t brought up much before this. 

Attitude is Everything

Attitude is everything. I miss my friends, not being able to sit down in a restaurant and eat a meal, having to plan grocery store trips around Nathan’s schedule because everything closes early. There are so many basic things I can complain about if I decide to go into a Negative Nancy mood. But complaining gets me nowhere. I can’t control what is happening, but I can certainly control my response to it. Which my response is to just go with the flow. Because there isn’t much else to do. 

Having to go with the flow has shown me how to be more flexible as well. We’ve all been spoiled by the grocery store being open all the time a block away and literally always available, including me. It is difficult to transition to empty store shelves. In my grocery store, which shelf is empty seems to change every time I go in. That makes planning a meal before going to the store impossible. I wanted to make hot honey chicken last week and needed chicken. The grocery store was out of chicken. Guess who is stopping to quickly decide on a totally different meal while dodging other shoppers and trying to maintain my distance? Yep, me. 

Patience is Necessary

This isn’t my idea of a fun trip to the store. I love going in with a list, getting my stuff, and getting out as quickly as possible. Not exactly an easy feat when the store is out of half of what I want. Being flexible is so important here. I’ve learned to check the freezer and see what I have for alternatives and try to keep my shopping needs down to simple produce items when possible, as well as being open to totally changing my original plans. 

It is inevitable that we all run out of random yet necessary things nobody thought to stock up on. I ran out of ibuprofen last week. Normally this wouldn’t even be something I stock in my house. But the tendinitis in my hand is acting up again and taking it is very much a necessity. Ziplock bags are the one that Nathan giggles about. We ran out of those too recently. Neither of these are high on the prepping priority list and so we didn’t think about it. 

Running out of unexpected items

Speaking of random things to run out of, think about clothes and basics like socks and underwear. Shoes are another big one. Normally it is easy to replace these as needed and I keep an eye on that. Right now, I forget what day of the week it is half the time. This means that paying attention to things like shoes and socks are easily forgotten until there is a problem. Putting on my shoes earlier in the week for a walk, I noticed the bottom sole was definitely reaching the worn state where I can feel everything underneath my feet as I’m walking. 

Nathan buys most of his clothes and shoes in thrift stores because it is cheaper and he destroys them quickly. Walking close to fifteen miles a day will do that. Those aren’t open at the moment, so I get to pay full price for brand new stuff. Which is another reason financial prepping is important. What we normally buy may not be available and the alternative is more expensive. I am very brand-loyal, so I get to pay a higher price for what we need because I’m not wasting money buying a completely different brand because it may be cheaper. I’ve never had good luck doing that. 

Recipes

Little things matter. I love cooking, as that is obvious in my recipes. But after cooking what feels like 847 meals, I’m over it too. Eating out is just a nice change. Even with having to do take-out and eat at home, a meal I didn’t have to make is the most amazing treat. There is also something comforting and familiar about eating at a favorite restaurant, especially when things are so uncertain. It’s like the closest thing to normal as we can get. This isn’t something I would normally find special, but I do right now and am not taking for granted. 

 I’ve become a lot more considerate and generous. It’s not like I wasn’t either of these things before this happened, honestly. But I see the struggles so many people are having, and I want to just be kind. I’m always talking to the cashier in the grocery store, simply because a smile and normal conversation may be the best part of their day. Paying attention to that has become a big deal to me.

Tip Generously

Tipping is another thing I do more often now. Nathan’s tips are beyond important right now, and help a ton with paying bills. I am always thankful for them and the generous customers who give them to him. Knowing how important they are to us, I know it is just as important to others and I leave bigger tips. Paying that generosity forward is something I know will help the people who are working hard to make life as normal as it can be right now. 

Too much of a good thing

I hate TV. Yep, I’m completely over watching tv and have started reading a lot. After spending the first week binge watching my favorite shows in between naps, I’m completely done. This caused me to cancel several streaming services we have and just keep the ones Nathan uses. With a surplus of time on my hands, it is easy to overdo almost everything, including watching tv. 

Go outside!

I love walks! This has become my new favorite thing. Nathan and I are always on the hunt for places that it is easy to avoid people, and we make it a point to go outside for walks on his days off to escape the house. Walking has always been something we’ve done together, but I find myself just appreciating nature so much more when I am out now. 

Discussion

This quarantine has definitely changed me in many ways. Especially the ways that I prepare and the way I appreciate the little things. Will life go back to normal? I have no clue at this point, and I’m not even sure I like what normal once was. I hope you’ve enjoyed my Coronavirus quarantine reflections.

How has the quarantine changed your perspective? Tell me about it in the comments! I want to hear about your Coronavirus quarantine reflections. To read more posts about life, click here.

17 Comments

  • Scott DeNicola

    Quarantine life has changed me as well. I do miss seeing friends and going out but I have become used to having my family around me all the time and enjoying dinners together. I’ve also gotten a bit bored with television but I absolutely miss baseball season. I think if the weather were warmer I’d be happier. This pandemic has also taught me about what I need to stock up on should the opportunity arise to do so in the near future.

    • The Prepping Wife

      The day before Jusuf Nurkic was scheduled to return to the basketball court for the Portland Trailblazers is when the NBA announced they had cancelled the rest of the season. I had this all planned out to watch it, alarm was set, snacks ready, everything. I was going to plant myself in front of the TV and enjoy that game. I remember crying when he was injured last year, so seeing him come back was a big deal that I didn’t want to miss. So I totally understand missing sports too.

  • Stephanie S.

    Aw, walks are always a nice way to just enjoy the fresh air, and just to have that time to reflect. We haven’t gone on many walks since all this has happened, but I am noticing that we spend a lot of time out in our yard. I’ve been gardening, and fixing things up. You look very happy in those pictures, and that is always a wonderful thing. This time has really helped me appreciate the little things much, much more.

    • The Prepping Wife

      I’m so glad you’re able to get out in your yard and garden, Stephanie! I have a list of places I want to go once things are back to normal, and I am really looking forward to it.

    • The Prepping Wife

      I think we can all learn from every experience in life, and this one is definitely a learning experience. I’m curious about how things will be once we are back to normal, or how we will create a new normal.

  • Tracy @ Cleland Clan

    I agree with you on so many levels. We were not as prepared financially as we should have been. We’ve sunk a lot of money into our moving business the past year and when funds are low, we’re the ones who go without. We have plenty of food, but if we were to lose power, we would have no water or refrigeration. We could cook outside over a fire (plenty of firewood), but I know our grill’s propane tank is low from last summer. We also need not have enough extra paper products stashed away. I don’t mind baking bread, but yeast was impossible to find. I definitely need to prep more.

    • The Prepping Wife

      I need to stock up on yeast for baking as well. Right now it is impossible to find though. But once things are back to normal, I’ll be adding that to my list of things to start keeping in the house.

  • Kat

    I’m sorry your grocery stores are still like that. We had that problem in London for a few weeks, but thankfully I was able to get everything I wanted last week. Things have been getting better for a while, hopefully the same will happen in your area soon.

    When it comes to buying new things, I’m finding my needs have changed quite a lot. I don’t need any fancy clothes for going out at the moment, but my exercise gear and walking shoes are crucial. Would your husband still be able to get some second hand things from places like ebay and Amazon? I sold some of my unused things last year. Some were almost new but I offered them at quite a discount to the regular price, which was good for me because I de-cluttered my place at a profit and good for the buyer because they didn’t have to pay full price for the product.

    • The Prepping Wife

      I hadn’t even considered looking on Amazon for second hand shoes, Kat! Now I’m really curious about that, and will have to check on it. Thanks for the great suggestion!

  • Ivana Mearns

    I really enjoyed reading these reflections as it seems that we have a lot in common. I absolutely love pink cherry blossom, I don’t have a TV and yes, the financial aspects of coronavirus seem very scary. Thanks for another great article, I am already looking forward to reading your next blog post.

  • Subhashish Roy

    In addition to blogging, what I have always looked forward to has been conducting training for the managers of leading organizations. I am now getting restless as I miss these sessions. I hope we get back to normal soon.

  • Lyosha

    it’s nice reading how different people go through this time. I agree: no matter how much you like cooking taking food out is a nice change. I agree with point of not being financially prepared. I am used to sometimes take the upcoming events in account of money stuff. For example I was going to get a lot of money from the events in March I was supposed to work on. It didn’t happen and suddenl I felt financially tight. We are prepared to cut our vacation money because of the virus. Also due to pandemic we have lost people who rented our different apartment which was always not big but steady part of income. It’s frustrating. I realized I can not think about the money I am supposed to earn soon as of real money. There are too many chance I might never get it at all

  • Britt K

    It’s the most random things that seem to catch us off guard here. For example, I use my flip flops all the time to just go out in the back yard, where I am trying to spend as much time as possible lately rather than being stuck inside. However, I apparently didn’t notice the giant cracking forming in my old flip flop… That is until it broke in half lol As you said, we take for granted that these things are usually so easy to get!

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