Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Twenty-Four

In truth, my life hasn’t been too inconvenienced by COVID-19. Sure, I canceled plans to go see my Dad in Missouri. Sure, I’m working from home–but I am working. Today, there were a few work-related things that would have been easier to handle if we weren’t sheltering at home. But, really, nothing insurmountable in the long run. Then, these books arrived.Homer BooksAnd today turned into a good day–a really good day. Any day is a good day that includes books. What’s more, these books were wrapped in a map of Homer, Alaska, my favorite home away from home, and dang, if that map didn’t spark some wanderlust in me. Maps are like that, triggers for travel.

Homer is the home of my adopted “local” book store–Homer Bookstore. Their online bookstore just went live. Check it out.

To top if off, in addition to books and a map, the booksellers at Homer Bookstore tucked this little card inside my package. Can you read it? Inside, it says, “…all manner of wondrous things are possible….”

If ever there was a time when this message was needed, it’s now, during a pandemic. We must remember this–good things, even wondrous things, are still possible and will happen.

Hawaii topped 500 cases today. We’re at 504 cases across the state and 21 on Kauai.

Today, our mayor issued Emergency Rule #6, in which, he mandates we wear some sort of face covering whenever we leave the home, except when exercising (while practicing social distancing); when riding in a personal vehicle with members of their own shelter group; for sustenance consumption purposes, when entering banks or other financial institutions and while using an automated teller machine; or when a medical condition prohibits the user causes a greater health or safety risk.

It’s a good thing my friend Celina texted today that she was making masks and asked if I wanted one. Yes, please!

Be well. Be sane.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Anne C. says:

    We got our face masks from a friend yesterday, though we’re not (yet) mandated to wear them. Mine’s blue and purple; David’s is yellow, orange, and green. They are cheerful. I will certainly check out the Homer Bookstore! And thank you for Joy’s poem. The kitchen table, where we all come together. (Howling, as the case may be 🙂


    1. Kim Steutermann Rogers says:

      Ah, it’s good to have color-coded masks, so they don’t get mixed up! What are you using as a filter? Some day, maybe, we’ll go to Homer and hang out at the Homer Bookstore. They’re so awesome.


  2. diane tilley says:

    Day 21 for me – just back from my supermarket – early hour for Kapuna – very well set up. I have been wearing a mask sine I got home. Has anyone solved the problem of fogging up — I wear glasses and I get all steamed up. Good news here in Bobcaygeon – Pinecrest has had not further deaths in the last few days. We lost 29 souls in a nursing home with 65 beds.!!


    1. Kim Steutermann Rogers says:

      I think fogging up is a constant problem for everyone! Glad to hear your grocery stores are taking care of you, and I’m super happy to hear there have not been further deaths. Those numbers are devastating. I’m so sorry.


  3. steuter@aol.com says:

    Kim, we have opportunities for facemasks but Kirk doesn’t want to take the chance. He’s afraid of the virus.Let me know how you like your Facemask. We may order from your friend if she’s willing to make several for money

    Milt Sent from my iPhone



    1. Tommye says:

      When wearing my face mask my phone doesn’t recognize me!!! First world problem? I think not!!!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Kim Steutermann Rogers says:

        You might not want to wear your mask inside your bank, either;-)


    2. Kim Steutermann Rogers says:

      I support Kirk’s decision for the two of you to stay home! I know it’s hard. If the cabin fever gets too bad, just call me. How are you doing on books? Do we need to get the Kindle fired up, so you can download books to read? And, yes, I’ll get you some masks;-)


  4. Pam says:

    Curious if you were watching Some Good News put out by actor John Krasinsky. Many wondrous things.

    Top of the WT list for me is the earth’s respiratory system getting a much needed cleanse of air activity. John focused on the human element of wonder and it’s a real smile maker.


    1. Kim Steutermann Rogers says:

      So great to see you here, Pammy! Yes, I have watched SGN; however, not recently. So, thanks for the reminder. I’ll look for that episode. The amount of entertaining content out there (and by “out there,” I mean online) during this pandemic is mind-boggling.


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