I’m Stuck at Home! What Do I Do?

Apple Butter

It may be a relief to be at home for longer in the beginning; but eventually, you may have the urge to just go somewhere! I know this has been true for many people in the pandemic. Some great things to do are to exercise, to read, and if you have a garden, to spend time there. I have also had a wonderful time riding my horse; I’m actually getting to ride more often than I was able to before the pandemic. These are all activities you can do on your own without necessarily having to plan your life according to someone else’s schedule.

Cooking is also a wonderful use of time. Yesterday, I cooked 1 spaghetti squash, 2 acorn squash & 1 huge butternut squash I had purchased at the local farmer’s market. Tonight, I baked brussel sprouts for dinner. You might not be a fan of those foods, but I enjoy them.

I like to read multiple books simultaneously. That is not for everyone. It’s just something I like to do. I keep my Bibles by my kitchen table and some books mostly remain in my room. I do take them outside sometimes. It is getting colder now, but last week, it was unusually warm; so I spent some time outside reading, taking in the sunlight while it’s still warm. I will still do some things outside; like dealing with the ice. Unfortunately, maintenance has advised me not to spread salt on my driveway; because when he comes and shovels it, the salt that was meant for the ice will be scooped up and land near the tree & potentially cause some damage. It currently looks like it’s dead, but it didn’t look that way earlier this year; so we’ll see about it next year I guess.

I like to do some work in my yard; particularly in removing dandelions. I spend time uprooting them with a special hand trowel that is designed for dandelions. Once I’ve done it a few times; I only have to maintain it and there are fewer to remove.

On a final note, I just finished making apple butter. This recipe requires that it is slow cooked in the crockpot for 10 hours and then for 2 hours after that uncovered. This is my first time trying this recipe, but I think it will be worth it in the end. It is very possible to learn new skills like cooking when you are suddenly spending more time at home because of a traumatic brain injury; not just because of the pandemic, although cooking has become far more common as the coronavirus continues to spread & winter is approaching.

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