Stir Crazy Yet?

By Dianne O’Konski |

Are you going stir crazy yet?

I am not a big Facebook fan, but it has gotten more interesting lately. The posts and reposts give us a sliver of people’s state of mind. A relative posted this today from gramma funnies: “The truth is that it’s not so boring at home. But it’s interesting how one bag of rice has 7,456 grains in it and another bag – 7,459.”

My niece in Michigan and her boyfriend are quarantined for 2 weeks. I haven’t met him, but it appears he likes to keep busy. In Day 4, he had a short workout program on a loop. In the video, the leader is outside and running and kicking the air; boyfriend is doing the same in a very small apartment. On Day 6, he is roller blading around the very small apartment. I do not have the same level of patience as my niece!

I am going through my paper files this week. Tomorrow is recycling day and the trash guy will earn his pay with my bin! So far, 4 grocery bags of shredded paper and many, many pounds of non-confidential sheets. It was so easy to just put the papers in the filing cabinet; but, do I really need 15 years’ worth of homeowner’s insurance policies? What about all the papers from prior homes in Michigan, Kentucky, and Indiana?


INLUS members have an opportunity to come together to chat over a cup of coffee on Tuesdays and Fridays for the next month or so. It’s a chance to take a break from the daily routine and talk with others across the country.

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While many can work and continue their education from home, I am very grateful to those who cannot shelter in place. We often hear about the caregivers, police, and firemen. We don’t hear about the others – the trash guy for instance, the store clerks, and re-stockers. Hospitals would not be able to function without the relentless cleaning crews, supply management and procurement, and the IT staff. Please keep these essential people in your hearts.

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Please be safe.