The pandemic has technically been kind for my family. We have been staying at home for a few months now; my husband only goes out to fill the car with gas or get our medicine at the nearby pharmacy. None of us contracted the coronavirus, and we thank the heavens for that.
However, I am admittedly the most bummed by this situation. I am six months pregnant, you see. I have not gotten out of the house in what feels like forever; I can’t even pick up the groceries that the deliverymen leave next to the front door. I am aware that if I get COVID-19, it will not only be me who gets affected but also my unborn child. But when you are used to being in the outside world your entire adult life, the stay-at-home order will undoubtedly be a pain in the you-know-what for you.
The only activities that have kept me sane throughout the quarantine are the following:
Embroidering Baby Clothes
The first hobby that I loved from the beginning of the pandemic is embroidery. My best friend gave me a starter kit a year ago, even though she knew that I neither had time nor patience for crafts. Despite that, while I was going through my storage boxes, I found it and thought that it would be cute to embroider my baby’s name in his clothes.
Was it as challenging as I expected? Yes! I pricked my fingers on accident and tangled the threads one too many times; I honestly doubted my skills to follow the online tutorials I watched. Once I finished the first letter of my child’s name, it made me want to keep going. Now, I have embroidered 30 little pieces of baby clothing.
Ever since my husband and I moved to a condo in the metro, I had been walking every morning to the Starbucks branch that’s only two blocks away. I loved their chai latte and pastries, and I would have them for breakfast in most days. Unfortunately, the shop closed soon after the stay-at-home order got released, and I had nowhere to get the goodies I craved for.
This dilemma led me straight to my kitchen. I already had flour, sugar, butter, and other baking ingredients there; however, like with embroidery, I never thought of at least making cookies. Nevertheless, baking is one of those activities that you never know you like until you try it, and now I enjoy it so much that I do it several times a week.
Building A Garden Wall
As mentioned above, we live in a condominium. It entails that I don’t have a backyard where I can lounge at or plant stuff, which should have made my isolation more bearable. Thus, the next best activity is to build a garden wall on our balcony.
It was easy to order a hanging planter on Amazon with more than 40 pockets. I also added some succulents in the cart. When they all arrived, I only needed to transfer the plants to the planter and water them every other day. Despite the lack of fresh air in the city, sitting near my garden wall has been refreshing for me.
Most people have gone back to work at the time of this writing, but I am still stuck in the house. I have almost reached the third trimester of my pregnancy, so my doctor has advised me to stay put and avoid catching the coronavirus. I feel bored at times, for sure, but I have learned to jump from one hobby to another so that I won’t ever get tempted to go out.
Stay safe, everyone!