It's deja vu that I'm titling this post "New Normal" because it's not the first time I've encountered these words. "You'll adjust to your new normal soon," Dr. D said on one of my appointments. This was in mid-2014. I was complaining about my hives, a skin graft-vs-host condition, and bone pain. I was then adjusting to my new life as a post bone-marrow transplant patient. I was on quarantine for at least two months at the hospital and an additional two months at home. It's eerie because these home quarantine and wearing a mask orders bring back a lot of scary and sad memories for me. I wonder how long our new normal will last. This is our sixth week of working at home, and we're starting to get used to our "new normal".
It was so windy on Monday and a lot of the flowers from our Kanzan cherry tree fell to the ground. I gathered some of them and placed them in a basin of water. Their blooms lasted for a few days.
I used to work on the dining table, but I've been having some shoulder pain because the dining table is too high. The new set up below is better, but it's not really meant as a work desk. I am 5 ft short so it's tough to find a proper working desk. Daisy keeps me company while I work, while Dizzy pesters Kepi upstairs. I often hear Kepi telling Dizzy to get off the keyboard. I just laugh. Daisy is more relaxed. She nuzzles me when she wants to go out or a tummy rub.
Most of our meals are cooked at home except those occasions we order delivery from the local pizza shop. I've also started baking again. I haven't baked for a long time due to lack of time. Here's my version of Maui Banana Bread. I have been missing the islands. I've been thinking of flying to Hawaii when this COVID-19 thing is over. When? I'm not sure.
I've also been trying to propagate succulents. I am hoping the donkey's tail and my two new echeveria succulents will grow successfully.
For weeks now, our local grocery shop is struggling to restock the toilet paper, cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer aisles. It boggles my mind how some people feel the need to hoard. I deem it selfish and it really makes me mad.
For our groceries, we've been ordering online then having them delivered at home or picking them up curb side. It's been a valuable service as we try to avoid crowded places.
We miss a lot of things, but it's a small sacrifice compared to what others are going through. For now, we have to do our part, stay at home and be good citizens.
Stay well and stay healthy.