The Covid plague, as I call it, caused so many of us to hibernate, to think twice or even three times before making plans outside the house. It was strange, all that aloneness…especially for folks like me who live alone with my dog Sadie, an overweight, loving Cavalier King Charles. She needed me; I needed her. Nothing pleased me more than when she would climb into my bed to watch television with me or just snuggle up on the next pillow. I have to take credit or blame for her being overweight. I learned to cook new dishes during the plague: savory meatballs and spicy spaghetti sauce; chicken piccata with lots of capers; flautas (a Mexican dish with soft tortillas); a lemon pound cake. Sadie loved all of it, as did I.
A number of my writers’ group met on Zoom weekly, mostly admitting it was difficult to write but easy to sit back and read. We enjoyed seeing and talking to each other, getting to know more about people’s hobbies, what they were reading, how their everyday life was moving along,
There were two or three friends who were vetted as “careful enough” who were invited over and they returned the favor. We didn’t have much to talk about since no one was doing much of anything, but we always had a good time. All in all, I didn’t mind the isolation and learned to love Zoom. What more could one ask for: good friends, a loving dog, delicious food and time to read and write! How did you manage?