On March 13th 2020, I was sent home from my workplace with my computer and all of my gear for an indefinite period of work from home. I’d already been working from home once a week for several years so the concept wasn’t totally foreign to me. But, this was my first foray into full time work from home. It was also a brand new time in terms of living full time with our pets and with each other. We’d never had such an extended period of time without leaving frequently.
A few reflections in no important order.
I don’t really like commuting. Getting up and having a relaxed morning before work is really awesome.
I chose the right guy. I can’t imagine being quarantined with anyone else. I’m so happy to be here every day.
We are really blessed. I have for years before quarantine used a grocery delivery service. I transitioned to just having my favorite shopper shop for me. We stayed isolated in large part because of my mom’s health conditions and our desire to continue to see her during this year.
Sometimes we talk about wanting to leave, but then we really don’t know anywhere we’d rather be. We love it here.
I really like online church, but I miss church dinners and roller skating. It is nice to roll out of bed on Sunday mornings and worship with a cup of coffee in hand.
Our dogs have developed new unwanted territorial/possessiveness behaviors. But they’ve also developed better house manners and stronger bonds with us. Both being rescues, this year has been transformational time for them.
I haven’t engaged in too many discussions with people online about pandemic life because I know our situation is unique and isolation and quarantining come pretty easy to me.
I am looking forward to more outings in 2021. We are hoping to get vaccinated in April and then looking forward to traveling a few places in our state this summer.
It’s been a weird year and my fervent hope is that we humans show one another a lot of grace as we begin to gather again and socialize. Our socialization skills might be a bit rusty as well just like what I see happening with my hounds. 🙂
Steve has been doing a lot of work with Tilda on her leash walking. We took this quick video just to document where she’s at right now.
On a personal note, I hadn’t really maintained or done anything with this blog since 2014. I just sort of lost the will when Quincy got sick and then we were dealing with so many health things with Chip and I just never got back into it. I just caught up 6 years of blogging. I moved the blog to a new server and made sure everything was secured. This site had an old version of the database previously and I couldn’t keep that up to date. So, I’m glad to be back to this. I have some exciting things coming with a new Bird Photo Booth and I hope to have more pictures and stories and citizen science from the backyard. We are also now living with 2 rescues instead of 2 pure breeds we raised from puppies. I’d like to reflect on that in future blogs and the differences we’ve seen. Anyways, if you have questions or comments on any of the old blogs, you can post them here and I’ll be glad to respond. It feels good to get back to writing and journaling our backyard happenings again.