*Save Our Sanity.
I worry about those people like my mother who have a wide circle of friends and derive a lot of satisfaction from socializing. This is a hard time for such people. Social isolation is very telling on the psyche. (That’s why solitary confinement is a punishment, y’all.) It would not be so worrisome if she didn’t live by herself. This social isolation thing has cut her off from a major source of what makes life fulfilling for her: Interacting with her friends. She has never been very tech savvy (operating cable TV is a challenge). She has no smart phone, and has no idea there is such a thing as Skype or FaceTime, never mind how to use it. Unfortunately, she has a significant hearing loss, which makes following dialogue problematic so she mostly watches game shows and sports on TV. Reading does not appeal; she neither knits nor crochets. (How can I be related to this woman???)
When the social isolation is beginning to tell on you and you are bouncing off the walls from boredom, give a thought to people like my mother. Call them, chat with them, engage with them. Back when AT&T was just a telephone company, their advertising slogan was “Reach out and touch someone.” Guess what. That reaching out and touching someone works both ways.
Personally, I’ve not noticed a big change in my life in the time of COVID-19. At my end of the spectrum, solitude is peace, and I cherish it. I’m pretty much doing what I’ve always done, blogging, reading blogs, keeping up with the YouTube channels I follow, reading, knitting, watching Netflix. I’m lucky in my self sufficiency, seeing as how I’m in three or four high-risk groups.
I thought I’d share a couple of pieces of eye-candy from my collection, as well as some goodies I’ve discovered:
The Corning Glass Museum has a YouTube channel with commentated videos of glass artists making glass art using varied techniques. This stuff is fascinating, educational, and suitable for children.
Some of us are old enough to remember when Pride and Prejudice was a BBC miniseries on PBS, and Colin Firth was (the definitive IMHO) Mr. Darcy (the lake scene!!). Elizabeth Bennett was played by an actress named Jennifer Ehle. For those of you who are into audiobooks, here is a YouTube series of Ms. Ehle reading the book. If you’re on Instagram, Ms. Ehle’s ITV channel there is the source of these videos, and you may prefer to follow her from there (it’s ehle_jennifer )
For the knitting crowd, Arne & Carlos are having a quarantine knit-along on their YouTube channel with free patterns on their blog. It’s color work, so if you haven’t tried it, you might give it a go. They have how-to tutorials on their channel, oddly enough.
There’s a YouTube channel with relaxing ambient music. If you like that kind of music, check out Soma FM which offers that genre as well as many others. It’s all ***commercial free*** music you can listen to for free, but if you like what you hear, contribute what you can. They’re listener supported and you can buy stuff from them with their logos to help keep them on the air.
Stay safe and stay sane, y’all. We’ve got this.