Homebound and Loving It

I haven’t left the property for five days so far.  I get out each day to take a walk on my deserted street and around my yard to get out when the sun is shining and it’s not raining.  Nightly I sit out on the porch and watch the stars while I talk with friends because many times we are talking about subjects I’d prefer my kids not listen in on.

It seems that a lot of people are having difficulty being ‘shut in’ at this time so I found that calling them to just chat about life and catch up is helping them and helping me.  I have a few friends who reached out with whom I hadn’t spoken in years (we just drifted apart) and they’re going through hard times with their spouses and one is even divorcing.  That’s why I don’t want my kids eavesdropping because it’s none of their business.

I haven’t been taking apart closets (yet) nor shredding the massive amounts of mail that piled up, but I’m sure that will come in time.  So far, I’ve not been bored.  I’ve been cooking various different meals and enjoying it.  I can’t say the kids are enjoying it though because I’ve gone out of their palates (and honestly I had 2 not so great meals) in my striving to cook without the box (lol) but again, it’s fine.  There’s plenty for them to forage on when the meal I’m offering isn’t what they want.

And yes, I think I should be teaching them to cook but there’s been some crankiness here with them having to be home.  So while I’m not walking on eggshells, I’m not poking the bear either! LOL  We never did play the board games the other day.  Instead we’ve been watching some movies:  The Help, Green Book and The Upside.  Have you seen any of them?  I thought they were really good and we had some good conversations during/after the movies.

So what are you doing now that we’re pretty much housebound?

Is your home sparkling clean?

Do you have boxes of items you are sending to donations or selling?

Have you been reorganizing or redecorating?

Are you bored?

Have you read any good books?

Watched any good shows?

Tell me all about it!

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23 Responses to Homebound and Loving It

  1. Great post. I think I’m in a transition period, but each day I’m home I’m loving it more. It’s giving me time to blog, relax, think and I plan to paint and start seeds for a garden. Hopefully some spring cleaning too, but that’s not at the top of the list. I thought about buying a bike since there will be limited cars on the road and that would make it funner to ride, but decided I’d better not spend the money I do have on something I don’t really need when I don’t know what my future financial situation is. So I’m making the best of it with what I have.


    • janieleeds says:

      Me too! Making the best of what I have is the key ingredient to these unstable times. I keep waiting for the cleaning fairy to appear (or for that Spring Cleaning bug to catch me) because I know that I’ll be a whirlwind that day and accomplish more than ever. But until then, slow and steady works just fine. 🙂

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  2. I returned to work today after self-isolation for six days. Our business was deemed essential. I may return to working at home. At this moment, I miss my solo cocooning time. A few good books piling up on my night table by fellow bloggers. “Kalorama Road” by Denise E. Billups and “Inspirational Writings” by Emma Ortega Negrete. House is nearly spotless. Too clean. I tried dozens of times to hunker down into Netflix shows. Only thing memorable was surprisingly “Uncut Gems” with Adam Sandler. Otherwise, I’ve been bouncing between 12 minutes of docu series that fail to catch me and anything with subtitles. Not bored, just under enthused and restless by day three. I worked out once at home then carved up on everything beige I could eat. 😊


    • janieleeds says:

      It’s not easy, is it Michael? I hope you can return to working from home only to cut down on the potential germ factor. I haven’t seen Uncut Gems but I will look for it. I think Adam Sandler is funny sometimes.
      I watched a series on Netflix called Grand Hotel (in Spanish w/English subtitles). A bit of mystery and romance which may not interest you, but I really liked it. Just a thought. I like foreign films too. What were you watching?
      Good luck! 🙂

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  3. scr4pl80 says:

    I made a list of some things I’d like to get done even though I’ve been working from home already for the past 18 years. My amount of work has significantly decreased though so I do find I have more time. PLus, with the rest of the family home, I also have more help for these “projects.” So far, though, it’s just a list – LOL.


  4. Yes, I do miss visiting with family and friends but not bored at all. I alternate between crafts, hobbies and cleaning.


  5. petespringerauthor says:

    I’m pretty extroverted, and I’m usually out and about much more. I think the hardest thing for me is not being able to spend time (in person) with my friends. Texting and phone calls help some, but this all feels so unnatural to me. I used to go to the gym most days, so I’m reverting to daily walks too.


  6. The V Pub says:

    I’ve already culled out my clothing and donated them, I’ve done some spring cleanup in the yard, and I’m writing songs. But, I don’t have any more time, since I’m still working full time. The weekends are wide open now, so that’s when I become busy bee. 😉


  7. LA says:

    Books!! Reading!! Banging my head against the wall!


  8. TJ Fox says:

    My family is all a bunch of introverts, so everything feels mostly normal for us. The kids are adapting to doing the classes online and loving it because it allows them to be more flexible in getting things done and off their plate right away so they have time to do other things. The most out of the ordinary thing for me was working on BG’s makeshift dance floor, but even that falls into a random projects category that I have pop up on a semi-regular basis. Right now, it feels kind of like a normal summer break, but with just that little extra with the kids doing some school work and Hubby working from home. It is weirdly normal.


  9. OmniRunner says:

    I’m working from home, so I’m not bored.
    I am managing to get one or two little things done each day. When the weekend arrives I can dig into those bigger projects, which will be great!


  10. Ainsobriety says:

    I am working full time from home. I am still fairly busy and, hopefully, my company continues to operate through the virus and the low oil prices.

    I haven’t cleaned much, but things were in ok shape as I did that last year when Craig moved out.

    I like being home and this eliminated. 100 km round trip drive to work every day. I hope home based work is here to stay.

    My kids are also ok at home. They are homebodies.

    I have watched the hunt (terrible) and John Wick 3 (meh). I need a good series. I just finished Vikings and LOVED IT.


    • janieleeds says:

      Good for you! Sounds like you’re doing great! I haven’t seen any of those movies/series, but I will check them out. Thank you! Keep the faith1 You’re doing great!! ♥


  11. I’m heading in to week two at home. I did run to the local farmers market for produce and did a barter with my sister, romaine for TP, but other than that haven’t left the house. As of Friday I got official word that the printer I work for has to lay us all off, so I now know for sure I’m home for at least 4 more weeks. Being one who needs structure or my day will meander away, I’ve created a schedule, allowing time for my writing and house projects, and hopefully play time. Now I just have to get my 20 yr old Son off his computer to do a puzzle or play a board game. He’s a online gamer and that’s just not my world, although I told him now’s the time teach me. We shall see.


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