Self-Isolating at Home

April 15, 2020 – Chelsea Dunbar, Adult Services

Little did we know that there would be a Coronavirus outbreak a few months ago. It’s just me, my husband, the cat, and two smelly dogs. We’re self-isolating at home. Introverts by nature, it’s easy for us. Though, I’ll admit, we’re eager to go out to dinner just to get out of the house for a couple of hours. Sure, the grocery store counts as getting out…I suppose.

I’ll confess, our first week or so of isolation was filled with movies and more relaxation. I wanted to get caught up on the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Movies list and watch a few trilogies I haven’t seen in awhile. We’re still watching movies, but it didn’t take long for us to need something else to do. I read a little something daily. Currently, I’m reading The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris. Fitzharris reveals the medical history of the nineteenth century, acknowledging the horrors of pre-antiseptic surgery, and what a man named Joseph Lister contributed to the medical field.

The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris

Currently, I am in graduate school, enrolled in a couple of classes. So, the first thing I focus on is my studies before anything else. If I am caught up with homework, I’ll work on the many chores to choose from—mowing the grass, pulling the weeds, and trimming the bushes as Spring has finally showed its pretty face. I cleaned out the garage, the shed, and spruced up the landscaping some. Cleaning is a daily ritual as it gives me routine every morning and some kind of therapy—even if it’s just the dinner from the night before. Speaking of cleaning, I’ve been working on our storage area, trying to make sense of our odd belongings. We continue to hang up our art, pictures, and mirrors throughout the house. Putting together a home takes time, but with self-isolation keeping us home, it’s becoming a faster process.

I will say, our dogs have enjoyed our constant company. They are two lazy Irish Wolfhounds. They are the sweetest dogs and, although somewhat emotional, aren’t very needy. We’ve known they don’t need much attention and exercise time, but all day they laze about until they’re ready for their dinners. While they eat, I’ve had an uptick in cooking. My husband is the chef between the two of us, but I’ve tried taking on some recipes more often. I simply don’t have the patience for cooking.

Fitz and Lady enjoying the sunshine

For what I lack in cooking talent, I make up for by continuing to do my projects. It seems I have more interest in them, plus I’m more efficient anyway. I have lists of things to be completed. I scratch them off once finished; however, there’s always more to be added. I seem to go through post it notes quicker during this time. This coming week I have several items on my list to get done: chop firewood, build a small fire pit out back (the previous owners left a whole bunch of supplies for this and I’m very excited about it), and finally clean out my car.

Here’s a list of my favorites on AFI’s Top 100 Movies list, in no particular order, that I recommend among many others:

Lawrence of Arabia To Kill a Mockingbird
Rear Window The Grapes of Wrath
The Apartment The Sound of Music
Toy Story Goodfellas
Singin’ in the Rain Taxi Driver


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