Life in Isolation

Things have been a bit crazy, huh? Yeah, I know, we’re all worried about Covid-19 and a lot of us have found ourselves huddled in our homes, not working, and hoping for the best. My quarantine has just recently started. Up until this past Monday I was still working. Suddenly, the cabin place I work with decided it was best to stop taking reservations and sent all cleaners home for the time being. I can’t deny the relief I felt. Going into the cabins, cleaning after people I didn’t know, was becoming quite scary. Now, though, I’ve realized I have a new list of scary things to face. Let’s list them shall we…

  1. My teenager has been replaced! I know, she hasn’t really but hear me out. Before all this, Amber was an early bird. I’m talking EARLY! This child got up at like 4:30 or 5 and spent hours each morning listening to music, dancing around my living room, and even running around like a maniac with the furbabies. Now? She’s getting up at like noon. It’s weird. Another reason I think something has performed a body snatch on her is the homeschooling situation. Before Covid-19 my kid had the ability to do homework etc mostly by herself. Since school has been out, I’m wondering if she’s lost the ability to read. Every question…EVERY question! “Mom, can you help me?” “Mom, I can’t find this answer?” It feels like I’m back in school and the cool kids are asking me for homework answer again. (Shiver!) Last example, and maybe the most crucial, I haven’t seen her put on makeup in two weeks. Two weeks, y’all. That’s not normal for my 14 year old child. Trust me, I know. I checked, the makeup is still there. The fancy makeup mirror still works. Everything is as it should be but she’s not doing it. The kid who loves watching tutorials and trying new things out has abandoned all hope of using the expensive makeup she was bought for Christmas.
  2. I think my dog’s bladders have shrunk. Here me out on this one! Before, the dogs were perfectly content on waiting on me to get home and going outside to potty after a day at work. Now? It’s every 20 minutes. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the same creatures who have replaced my daughter or if something else is at play here. Could their bodies have naturally adapted in such a short period of time? Could their bladders have shrunk so rapidly that they now require constant walking? I’m scared on this one too. If something doesn’t give, they’ll never survive me going back to work.
  3. Is there such a thing as too much coffee? Will my coffee pot break from the intense pressure? Before, I would have a half pot of the warm, lovely goodness each morning before work. This past week, I’ve had a full pot, then made more in the afternoon! This is unheard of for me. I’m the only one in this house that drinks it so no one is slipping cups out from under my nose. Nope, it’s all me. I’m killing the stuff. Let’s not even get started on how much French Vanilla creamer I’m using. It’s not even logical. I may cause a shortage of the stuff in my little town all on my own.
  4. I don’t like the outside anymore. This one I can almost explain away. I have been working for the past 10 years without any downtime. Being self employed I don’t take vacation or anything like that. My contract states I am available to clean the cabins anytime they are rented. They’re always rented. In the winter we get a slow down, but not a major one. When cleaning the cabins, I’m outside a lot. We travel from place to place, do hot tubs, porches, fire pits, ya know, lots of outdoors. When we get home we mow the yard, take the dogs out, chill on the porch. Since I haven’t been working, I don’t like going out. I prefer chilling in the house, cooking, cleaning, writing, ya know, those types of things. My hubby asked me outside yesterday to hold the ladder while he fixed something. I didn’t want to go. I did, but I didn’t wanna.
  5. Memory loss is becoming a real issue. Before this, I had an entire list of things I felt I needed to do around the house. Now? I can’t think of a damn one.

I don’t know if I should be worrying about how things are turning out around here or if this is just normal being in isolation. In a way I wonder if supernatural forces are at play or if it’s just my overactive imagination and well, boredom. I’m sure I’ll find more things to add to my list of scary things now taking over my life. When I do, I’m sure I’ll share. Until then, take care my twisted ones, wear masks, social distance, and don’t take all the coffee!! I’m sure I’ll need more.

Lots of Love,

Rena

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