Passing the Time During Self-Isolation – The Park in Garden Heights, Red Deer, Alberta
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While we are all practicing self-isolation and either working from home or not working at all depending on your particular situation, it can be hard to find the motivation to do much of anything.

Here are some things we’re doing to pass the time:

This is a great time to finally use up all that food that’s been sitting in the freezer or pantry for months or even years. In an effort to avoid going the grocery store as much as possible, dig out some of those frozen leftovers and repurpose them. Have some old leftover chili and half a pack of wieners? Make some chili dogs! A frozen roast or lesser cuts of steak? Now is a great time to spend the day making an old school beef stew. Or pork, or turkey. Almost everyone has a freezer full of old cuts of meat and partial bags of vegetables. Stews and chili’s, or other traditional meals like that were born during times of limited resources when the variety of food available was limited in scope and duration. This is a great time to rediscover the roots of classic recipes. Let’s be honest, if it wasn’t for the current situation- most of that stuff was going to end up being thrown out eventually, either due to freezer burn or to make space. Now we have a reason to nearly empty our freezers and pantries and start all over again once things return to normal.

Aside from grocery stores, most hardware supply stores are still remaining open during this time with modified social distancing practices. That also makes this an ideal time to finally get around to all those little household projects that we just never seem to have the time to take care of. Like paint touch ups, or even repainting the trim or the spare room, etc. Building those shelves and reorganizing the garage or the storage room in the basement. Changing the flooring. The sky is the limit but almost everyone has something that’s been bothering them…even if they live in a nearly new home!

It probably goes without saying that there has never been an appropriate time for some serious spring cleaning. Since a lot of us have ample time for the foreseeable future, we recommend picking one room a day and focusing on that. Or maybe one specific task- like cleaning windows & blinds, or light fixtures and ceiling fans, etc. Just dedicate an hour or two a day and then reward yourself with some leisure time playing your favourite game with family, or finally curling up with that book that’s been on your list for a long time. Or you could even just snuggle up and binge watch that show that everyone has been talking about….you know the one!