Sheltering in Place

The Cherub and I have been hunkered down for a while now, because she’s high risk, and she can’t tell me when she doesn’t feel good, and she pretty much always is coughing or sneezing for various reasons.

She had a constantly running nose that I now suspect was a potato allergy.  At least, I eliminated the potatoes and the slime-face, mucous splashing on the floor stopped abruptly.  It started up again on two occasions where I accidentally gave her something with potatoes in it- a gluten free bread that had potato starch, and for a prize in stupidity, a few potato chips.

I buy groceries online and pick them up at the parking lot. Nobody anywhere delivers to me, although my mom was just telling me about a guy in town who is doing the grocery shopping for any seniors who ask and he delivers to their front door as well.  But I’m not in town.

Getting the groceries I order is something of a crap shoot, right, same for most of you.  That said, I have been pretty fortunate.  The only thing I really lack is flour, and my mom says she has some and can give it to me.  I have a few cups, but I don’t bake that much.  Not being able to buy flour gives me a sudden yen to try all the bread recipes I have ever owned, of course.

At some point this week, I’m going to be cooking this Pinoy dish- tuna sisig, and we’ll have it over rice. I do have rice, although what I prefer is short or medium grain and what I have is long grain and extra long grain.  Not complaining, just remarking. Funny story- I had sushi rice on my order, and the story apparently ran out. So my shopper substituted a sushi mat instead.

I am an introvert, so I’m not too stressed, or so I think.  But the condition of my house rather belies the notion that I am not stressed, as does the fact that I find myself taking random naps.  I have not done any of the things I wanted to do with my time for the last two weeks- no exercise, no language studies, no cooking, no housecleaning, no reading!   I have been working on calligraphy, though, and that’s been fun and soothing as well.


Are you quarantined? In my county we’re not supposed to drive anywhere except the doctor or grocery store or necessary jobs.  What projects are you working on? How do you spend your time?



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  1. Lisa Beth W.
    Posted March 30, 2020 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    “Not being able to buy flour gives me a sudden yen to try all the bread recipes I have ever owned, of course.” Hahaha, isn’t that just the way? Thankfully, I have flour, and I decided to try to wake up the dry package of sourdough starter that’s been languishing in my cupboard for nigh unto three years. It worked! I made sourdough crepes–not my favorite, sourdough banana bread–o my, I don’t think I will ever stop making this!, and a basic bread–it just sat there and stared flabbily at me from its cute green proofing bowl. I will continue working on this.

    Here in Ontario, Canada, we are restricted to using and working at essential services and not meeting in groups of more than five, unless you are an essential service, a daycare worker for said services’ children, or family. I am definitely including my married daughters and their families under that definition, and we may or may not be stretching the number five a bit. And we are definitely getting out to the many conservation areas for walks, where we studiously avoid anyone else on the trails, and also, weirdly, making eye contact, for some reason.

    • Lisa Beth W.
      Posted March 30, 2020 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

      I should say “a basic bread DOUGH”, because it definitely did not become bread. 😉

  2. Stephanie
    Posted March 31, 2020 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    Life has been good inspite of all the chaos. I get to be a stay at home wife and mother for a while. I send my husband off to the hospital everyday to work as a chaplain. Things are starting to pick up, but nowhere near as bad as NY.

    I am now homeschooling a 2nd grader, a third grader, and a fourth grader while continuing my instruction online for my 100+ eighth graders. I have decided that computer-based learning is not all that. For my sons I have been printing off work from Easy Peasy homeschool to supplement the computer-based work given by their school. Nothing is mandatory, but I don’t want them to lose any skills since I am pretty sure they will not be going back until August.

    Our church has been trying to adapt to being a Fellowship with no fellowship. Zoom Bible Studies work in a pinch, but I find them a little intimidating. It brings back all those middle school insecurities knowing that people can watch me as I watch them. I would turn off the video, but it seems a little anti-social.

    Like everyone else, I’m adjusting as best as I can to this Brave New World and find comfort that we are all closer to Christ’s return.

    I will be praying specifically for you and the Cherub that you will experience the full provision of our Lord during these uncertain times.

  3. D Martin
    Posted March 31, 2020 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    Morning! I, also, don’t think I’m stressed, but my sleep patterns are all over the place right now. I think we’re doing pretty good— keeping the school schedule. I tackled a new project for something engaging/absorbing. I sewed myself a shirt. I made a muslin. It didn’t fit. Well, it did: My 11yo daughter. I made myself another. Then my 9yo had to have one, too. So, on the fourth try I finally cut into the real fabric. I’ve decided to focus on a knitting wip this week before venturing something new again. Rereading the Decameron opening, thinking I’ve got other plague literature, but can’t think what. (Thanking God this isn’t the plague.) My aunt was supposed to help me reorganize my bookshelves, but that’s on hold. Even though I now have time for it, I’m forgetting to start dinner. Our church moved to zoom. Our Wednesday ladies coffee group is moving to zoom as well. I don’t normally join during school, but we’ll rearrange our schedule. Calligraphy! I’ve been learning brushdrawing. Occasionally I play with brush calligraphy in an attempt to gain brush control. Show us! Do you follow Jake Weidmann? I love to see his stuff. Bon courage!

    • Headmistress
      Posted April 1, 2020 at 1:48 am | Permalink

      Plague lit (or just pandemic lit): There are a few chapters in The Betrothed that I found riveting.
      Connie Willis’ Domesday Book is just heartbreaking but so well written.

      I hadn’t heard of Jake Weidmann.

  4. Kim L.
    Posted March 31, 2020 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    My husband works at a high school. I work at a university. We are suddenly homeschooling. I have been crocheting. Thinking of making a bunch of these for us and to mail to nephews & nieces.

    I also make her ducky version.

  5. MamaSquirrel
    Posted March 31, 2020 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    “Not being able to buy flour gives me a sudden yen to try all the bread recipes I have ever owned, of course.” Yes! I haven’t baked anything with yeast for about a year, and now I’m stewing because all the jars were sold out.

  6. Suzie
    Posted March 31, 2020 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    We are sheltering in place as best we can. We are keeping the kiddos out of public areas and no church services are proving to be very difficult for us. The hubby and I are necessary employees (he’s a police officer and I am a nurse). Many prayers that the Cherub stays well (and you also).

  7. Eva
    Posted March 31, 2020 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    Working on quilts for grandbabies coming soon. Still homeschooling the youngest daughter.
    Still cooking and doing laundry. Reading mystery novels. I must confess though that I am not being very efficient, since I feel like this sheltering in place is going to last forever.

  8. Poppy Socks
    Posted April 1, 2020 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Would you do a list of your favorite K-dramas? I adored My Lovely Samson but I’m having trouble finding another series I enjoy as much. Light hearted, clean, funny TV is my coping mechanism, and we Americans don’t seem to much much of it any more.

    Thank you.

  9. Anne M
    Posted April 3, 2020 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    I made a version of the tuna sisig tonight. It came out tasty, but not quite as on-point as the chef’s (mine got rather burnt in parts). I thank you for that link, because I never would have considered stir-frying tuna otherwise. It doesn’t taste nearly as fishy as other tuna recipes, which meant my son actually liked it!
    Hope your sheltering goes well!

    • Headmistress
      Posted April 3, 2020 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

      I’m glad it worked for you! The first time I had stir fried tuna, a Japanese lady made me fried rice using canned tuna and leftover vegetables from the fridge- and it was delicious. Like you, I was surprised at how it helped with the fishy taste (which seems to be the worst in canned fish).

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