No Big Deal

Here in Heaven I have been known (or would have been if anyone had known) to be all by myself for weeks at a time. My ordinary life is only randomly social. An average day consists of getting up, making coffee, making a smoothie, feeding the dogs, drinking coffee and writing my blog, then cleaning up after the dogs, random chores (shopping, post office, whatever), OR work on a project, lunch, walking a dog or two and/or riding the bike to nowhere, back to the project (or while I was judging books, reading), supper, a movie and bed. It sounds kind of boring, maybe, but the project is a very consuming thing and walking the dogs means a sojourn into the Big Empty one way or another. If there are people in it AT ALL it’s most often by accident. Welcome accident, usually, but as I’m not a “joiner” it’s, overall, a pretty isolated life.

I’m aware of the liabilities.

I also know not everyone could be happy with a life like this, but as I wrote to a blogging pal a few days ago, this is, to me “the reward” for teaching 10,000 students to write, for all those years of enforced and often intense interpersonal contact.

The thing is, a lot of us here in the Back of Beyond live like this. I don’t think people can stand it if they’re not fundamentally introverts. But…when we see someone we like, we’re very happy. My trek through the Craft and Nature Fair at the Crane Festival garnered me some big hugs from people I like a LOT but don’t see often. We might live a few blocks away from each other, but we might, also, live miles and miles apart. An event like that brings everyone to one place.

There was great sharing of news, showing of photos, discussion of how Dusty T. Dog influenced a friend’s decision to finally get a dog. For me, the whole event was hugging, talking, a locally grown potato, baked with butter and sour cream, and Raptors.

Yesterday I headed into the Big City to buy groceries. No one was doing this.

There haven’t been any (known) cases of the virus here in the San Luis Valley. And, if people are “self-isolating” I don’t think we’ll even notice. 😉

28 thoughts on “No Big Deal

  1. I go through introverted, homebody periods, but I tend to be a social person who likes to travel. I was supposed to go to Germany next week …

  2. The hype about the “virus” is so ridiculous. If your healthy, your immune system is functioning well, you don’t have a problem. The ones seriously affected are babies and people with an immune system that isn’t up to snuff. The rest will be sick for 2 weeks and it’s over. The media has hyped it out of proportion which makes me wonder what is going on behind the scenes, that they don’t want us to notice. Even during 911, they didn’t close down sports venues because of the revenue to be made. It’s one thing to be proactive, wash your hands often, don’t touch your face, if your sick, stay home, but that’s not the case. Your absolutely right, out in the back of beyond, where you rarely contact other humans, you’re not likely to get sick. I’m rather isolated too. The family is gone until the end of March, and I rarely go out. My granddaughter is here, taking courses, my son is at work. That’s about it. A mini-vacation for me, no littles to run after, so it’s a pleasant thing.

    • I don’t think the media is hyping it. I think people are just a little wacko (like toilet paper is going to cure it?)

      The virus very contagious we can’t know who’s in our proximity or what their physical challenges are. I have chronic asthma, so I’m a high risk person. 9/11 wasn’t a highly communicable disease. I’m not going crazy in fear or anything, I’m not stockpiling stuff, but I do have a couple weeks of meals here. That’s normal, though, because we can get a lot of snow and ice that makes it hard to get out. But considering, also, I live in a rural area with an excellent RURAL hospital (meaning not a lot of equipment big hospitals have) and have spent the winter sucking on my inhaler, I hope people are careful. I think the point of the media hype is to scare people into doing what they should have been doing anyway — washing their hands. I think shutting down big events where crowds gather is smart.It is a way to slow down the spread of the disease so our health system can catch up.

      My friend in Italy wrote me a very articulate letter explaining the situation there. What they’re doing is working.

      • I’m concerned for Italy and Spain since they are in serious trouble. I agree, I’d stock pile a few food items, things you use on a daily bases and can’t get if your sick. I learned last night the toilet paper hording is for reselling. That’s the stuff that angers me, someone taking advantage of those who can’t get what they need. One woman posted an article where this very frail elderly woman needed an item, and it was the only one left on the back of the shelf and she couldn’t reach it. The woman said the look on her face made her want to weep and she crawled up and got the item for her. Another woman locally, had 8 rolls of toilet paper since she had none. A woman with a cart full of 24 packs tried to grab it out of her cart. Needless to say she told her off, she needed this, while the other woman was a psycho hording so others couldnt get any. I had to agree. That’s I guess where my concern is. I wished I could send you the articles and tv articles that clearly indicate there are 2 strains going. How they are spreading and how they have a window now of how long it will last and when it will end.

    • While you may be fine, a risk is that you (maybe not you, but someone like you but less isolated), as a healthy person, will contract the virus, go about your business as usual because you’re not sick, and spread it far and wide to those less able to fight it off.

  3. I am a very friendly, chatty introvert, but two days of constant social contact would drain me. My cats and I are enjoying the alone time.

  4. your life sounds like heaven to me. I’m sad for my almost-adult children because so many things they’ve been looking forward to (State championships in swimming, musical performances, improv class, prom) have been canceled, but my own life just goes on the way it always has – writing at my computer, walking dogs, getting the garden ready. I want to think we’re overreacting and hope we are, but for me, personally, it’s a welcome break from PEOPLE.

    • It’s really impossible to know yet if we’re overreacting or not. I feel bad for the kids, too, and people who have planned trips overseas.

      Yeah, my life is my paradise. It’s my “Well done, good and faithful servant.” ❤

  5. It looks, from your photo, as though they are not self-isolating YET, but are stocking up to prepare for that. I guess TP is the one thing everyone wants on hand. I did see an article from Italy that their caseload is much higher than the rest of Europe because they are actually testing.

    • That’s a photo from Twitter on my post this morning. I don’t know where it happened but I suspect everywhere. I have a good friend in Italy, a doctor, who wrote me and let me know how he and his father are doing. I posted it yesterday. Lots of wisdom in it. I was also relieved to hear that — so far — they are fine.

  6. I’m glad you’re doing well, Martha. Your home does sound like heaven, and the way you live your life now is almost exactly the way I hope to live mine upon retirement, fates willing I live that long. And that The Boss has seen fit to keep me around as well.

  7. My life is a lot like yours. I live in a tiny community and as I’ve only been here 3 months I don’t rea ly know anyone. I go to the shop every few days to get my mail and I go out to walk Cindy where I say hello to passing strangers and they say hello to me but most days I don’t see anyone other than that. I get my shopping delivered because I don’t drive and there is no public transport here. I can go two weeks without leaving the neighbourhood. Because of this, I have not noticed a lot of changes to my lifestyle so far. We are living in strange times.

    • We are. Over time walking my dogs I became part of the world here but it took 5 years. Luckily my nearest neighbors are great and we’ve become good friends. Pure luck though

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