Cruise Maven…without the Cruise; Staying Sane in the Time of Coronavirus

One week in the past, I made a decision to bodily distance myself from everybody on this tiny city.  The one exception is when my daughter stops by each few days, to drop off a bag of groceries or decide up an egg salad sandwich, a Claussen’s pickle and a bag of chips for lunch.

self isolating recliner chair.
I’m turning into Martin Crane, sans the duct tape.

Welcome to Day 7 of Self Isolation 

My neighbor got here by yesterday morning to drop off one thing she baked.  Fortunately, I used to be within the bathe and didn’t need to reply the door. I replied to her textual content message with a well mannered, “No thanks” however she insisted on leaving a lone scone at my door.

Eight hours later, underneath cowl of darkness, and my hand totally cloaked in a inexperienced plastic grocery bag, I scooped the paper plate and its contents into the bag and into the trash.  Adopted by 20-30-seconds of hand-washing and wiping the doorknob.  Paranoid? Perhaps.  Caught on an island with no method out besides by airplane, self isolation sounds nice to me.  I’m making an attempt to take as few possibilities as potential.

Memorable phrases from TV and films

Ideas pop into my head. Final evening, my very own model barely modifications what William says when he meets Anna for the primary time in Notting Hill and describes what most of us most likely assume on daily basis, “Surreal…however not good.”

I’ve watched Notting Hill extra instances than I can depend. That is when William says, “Surreal…however good” after Anna stops by to clean an orange juice stain from her shirt.

Name it what you need, coronavirus or COVID-19.  I’m hunkered down (phrases from 20 years in Florida throughout hurricane season) and staying indoors.  We should always all be doing self isolation and I want everybody would, however I don’t run the zoo.   Perhaps when persons are lastly ordered to isolate and keep residence, not hang around with buddies at bars, issues will enhance. 

Guess what…I’m outdated!

Till I heard it on the information, I didn’t notice it; I’m aged.  And so are all my grammar and highschool buddies. Wait…”grammar college”? If anybody remembers utilizing the phrases “grammar college” to explain grades Okay by eighth grade, then I really feel compelled to tell you, “We’re outdated.”  Being categorized on this boomer group means taking sure and mandatory precautions.

I quarantine the day by day newspaper, the mail, the groceries that my daughter brings over so I don’t need to go to the shop.  Every part in a shiny field or container is remoted within the unheated mudroom for 3-Four days earlier than it’s put away. Issues that want refrigeration get an intensive wipe-down, then air dry.  Fortunately it’s chilly sufficient right here that I don’t fear about issues sitting out for an hour or so with out going into the fridge.

Life is so completely different and so tremendously unhappy and surreal however not good…for all of us everywhere in the world.

There’s a zillion Issues to do at residence when it’s Life as a Shut-In

Final evening, I started my listing of issues to do at residence to assist move the time.  My guess is that we’re all on this for a minimum of one other two or three months, so now’s pretty much as good a time as ever to remain busy, keep lively and preserve the psychological wheels turning.  

Whenever you’re working full-time, whether or not in an workplace, a manufacturing facility or from residence, what number of instances have you ever mentioned to your self, “I’d like to…go/do/see/study/attempt/style/sip…” fill in your individual one thing that undoubtedly will get postpone until who-knows-when.  

My Checklist of issues to do at residence throughout isolation – in no explicit order

  1. Unpack and study to make use of my new Ninja Air Fryer – it’s been in quarantine for over per week.
  2. Study Italian on Duolingo – sufficient to be barely fluent for once I head again to Italy.
  3. Take on-line ukulele classes
  4. Get again into yoga Lilias Yoga on Amazon Prime (who remembers Lilias from PBS-TV within the 1960s?)
  5. End studying Girl on the OK Corral – a part of my obsession with Wyatt Earp and Josephine Marcus Earp and their 47-year journey
  6. End studying The Yiddish Policemen’s Union – very quirky however engrossing
  7. Begin doing very primary cooking movies and publish recipes
  8. Discover an aerobics video with old fashioned cardio – I simply did! Richard Simmons “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” hahahaha!
  9. Preserve doing extra analysis on being a full-time RVer and my cross-country Nationwide Parks tour
  10. Get extra movies uploaded to
  11. Re-tool my podcast – both Cruise Maven Travels or River Cruise Radio
  12. Oh!  And preserve including content material to  Sometime we are going to all cruise once more.

When a way of normalcy returns, there can be extra Cruise Maven content material.  Particularly for Alaska, USA highway journeys, and recipes, too. Heaps to ponder within the subsequent two or three months.

Have you ever made a listing of stuff you need to do whereas at residence for the period?  If that’s the case, please share within the feedback beneath.  

Keep secure, and keep wholesome.


I’m the editor and creator of and self-appointed knowledgeable on cruising, trains and solo journey.  Sharing my cruise and journey experiences, I hope to entertain, inform and encourage you to journey the world with out flying.  All the time cease for a glass of wine and a great meal alongside the best way.

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