What Does a Calendar in Covid Time Look Like?

The sun sets, and the sun rises, bringing us a new day.
 
“Where’s your calendar?”
 
Those words request a coming together to check and synchronize our calendars. Three separate calendars need complete synchronicity. There’s the kitchen calendar, Bob’s little black book calendar, and the calendar I carry with me. Neither of us is willing to trust our important engagements to a digital calendar. I do use Google calendar for writing deadlines.
 
Yet, our habit is in the throes of slow death, and it is dying because our calendars are bare. There is nothing to synchronize.
 
Pure white is the color of the squares on the kitchen calendar. Appointments and engagements scheduled pre-pandemic have lines drawn through them. Some are marked “CANCELED;” others “RESCHEDULED.” 
 
Usually, Bob is away from home three nights a week for rehearsals with his bands and church choir. Not now. We marked those plans off our calendars.
 
Once or twice or three times each month we have a concert on our schedules. They all now fall under the categories “canceled” and “rescheduled.”
 
Our major outings are trips to the grocery store, bank, and postal box. We don’t shop in the store; we go there only to pick up what I’ve ordered online. This calls for a short ride to and from the store parking lot. The return trip can take a bit longer depending on the route Bob selects.
 
When banking is needed, Bob makes a short trip to the bank. Likewise, if we need to mail bill payments, Bob gets in the car and drives a short distance to a postal box. Needless to say, we’re saving money on fuel.
 
Our church services live-stream on Facebook on Sunday mornings. Other church-related activities take place via Zoom. I participate in a couple of writing-related Zoom events. One on Saturday mornings for a “coffee gathering.” The other is a workshop on the lyric essay this coming weekend.
 
I text our next-door neighbor to see how they’re doing. Phone calls or texts check on two out-of-town friends. Emails catch up with another out-of-town friend. Social media, primarily Facebook, keeps me on top of family happenings. There is something positive about the Internet and technology after all.
 
I’m hopeful your calendar(s) look busier than ours. Under the current circumstances, I’m uncertain how that could be. When you hear or read the news, the pace seems the same for us all.
 
My purpose in all this rambling? I wanted to commit it to our family history for posterity’s sake to prove it actually happened. When you consider how busy we are, it’s unthinkable that someone would have a blank calendar. Not to mention three!
 

COVID calendar, blank calendar, too busy, lesson learned

11 thoughts on “What Does a Calendar in Covid Time Look Like?

  1. Sherry, I loved this blog as I do all of them. You are so talented and the spirit really puts some great writing ideas in your mind. . I am the “ward historian” for our church. . I have been trying to get members to write their thoughts for the COVID19 experience, so I can add it to our History. We are all admonished to write in our journals for posterity and this “journal entry” of yours is a perfect example of what I want from my ward members, but only one has responded thus far. i am grateful for that. Perhaps if I write one of my own (I have a Facebook page for Ward History, for the purpose of posting experiences) that may motivate others.

    At any rate you are doing such a good thing for your posterity, as well as others. I am proud to call you my “sister”, as we are “all in this together”,and not just this COVID19 experience. .As for this now experience, I myself have so much do do in the house I do not feel deprived except for close contact with friends and loved ones whom I do miss so much. My son who lives with me does all the running around, grocery shopping and etc. I feel blessed in that respect.

    I do however, have my “to do lists” for God, in home, that fills up the day and brings me joy! Just so you know, reading your blog and writing this comment was not on my list.for today, But God adds things sometimes after the fact. :). I am so glad He did.and so glad I get e-mail notices from you of your blogs. You are a blessing. Thank you. I love you! 🙂

    1. Hello, Charlene, and thank you for your gracious comments. I hope you can get a growing response to your history project from your congregation. I like the idea of posting your own thoughts to give them an example of what you’re asking them to do. It sounds as if you’re busy even during this time of quarantine, but that doesn’t surprise. I really like the words, “But God adds things sometimes after the fact.” So glad we’ve reconnected here.

      1. I am also glad we are reconnected here too. it seems like ages since we first met. But of all who those I did met on “Spark People” I remembered you and really wanted to stay in touch. But with my dear husband’s physical problems and my very busy schedule it was so difficult to do what I desired, even staying connected to Spark People and had to quit. Now that Jerry has passed away, I have a lot more time. Keep up your wonderful blogs.

  2. Thank you for your comfortable words. You have no idea how much they help. Due to my GBS and immune system weakness, I am now inTo week 17 (maybe 18) of isolation. I do not leave home and no one can come here. I look forward do your comments. Thank you for your positive message. You Have a wonderful gift.

    1. Oh, Linda, so sorry for the lengthy isolation. I’m pleased you look forward to reading my posts and appreciate your gracious words. You’ll continue to be in my prayers.

  3. You said, “I hope your calendar looks busier than ours.” Hope not! I hardly ever look at my calendar anymore (non-digital). This morning the piano tuner called and I had to look at my “calendar” to make sure I didn’t have any other appointments Friday. Of course, I didn’t.

    I don’t remember the last time I filled up my gas tank; life is sort of lazing along, a good thing for a little while longer.

    Soon I hope to check off a hair appointment on my calendar. My bangs are getting mighty long.

    Your blog is certainly tagged with the right label, Sherrey. I believe we are all sorta in the slow lane these days. Great post!

    1. Marian, I’m entering week 13 since my last haircut. A couple of days ago I texted my stylist and threatened using the scissors on myself. Thank goodness she knew I was kidding! But my is getting long enough to be a bother. Loved your story of the call from the piano tuner. Until you mentioned it, I hadn’t thought of how well-suited my blog label is to our current circumstances. Hello to Cliff and hugs to you!

  4. This week our calendar says “Vacation.” We usually spend them at home anyway, but this time we had plans. Whoops, not anymore! “Wine Tasting” became “Yardwork” and the concert we bought tickets for is “postponed.” Oh well, getting lots of yardwork and writing done.

    1. I’m struggling with the conversion from “Wine Tasting” to “Yardwork,” but finally get that wine tasting in the time of corona might not be easy. The postponement of your concert brings to mind the status of our trip to Scandinavia. With each passing day, it looks less likely that we’ll be heading off into the wild blue yonder in August. But I’m sure we’ll both, like you two, find plenty to do here at home.

  5. Wonderful post, Sherry… My calendar/journal keeps me on track and has me busier than ever reaching out to friends and family via note cards and online face timing, baking, gardening and so much more! 🙂

    1. Most of our family isn’t into face time and such, and I’m not yet recovered to the point of baking or gardening, not even writing some days. But I’m getting there. I suppose that’s why I miss church and Bob’s musical gigs so much as they get me out and about. I haven’t driven the car since March 6, 2019, so only go somewhere if Bob is driving. Thanks for reassuring me that some of my friends have a normal, busy calendar. I appreciate you’re taking the time to stop by.

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