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    COVID–19 An Optimistic “Bird’s Eye” View




    by Raven West

    Does anybody know what time it is? Does anybody really care?

    One of the very first casualties of the COVID–19 was my calendar and my watch. Before social distancing, I had a set schedule that I followed from the time I woke up till the time I went to bed.

    From Thursday through Sunday I was a Brand Ambassador handing out samples of Qunol CoQ10 and Turmeric at Costco. I woke up at 6 am, made coffee, ate breakfast, watched the TV shows I’d recorded the night before, showered and dressed at 8:30, left at 9 scheduled my breaks at noon, and 4pm, lunch from 2 – 2:30 and got home at 6:30 pm. For the past 3 years I knew what day it way and what time it was.  

    March 13 – Friday the 13th we were advised that Costco was discontinuing all product demonstrations “until further notice”.

    My biorhythm clock was already messed up with the time change on March 8th, but now everything was off.  I’ll wide awake at 2 am, fell asleep for a few hours, then woke up at 5am! Even though I have no reason to get out of bed, I’m so full of energy I can’t get back to sleep!

    On the Positive Side:

    I have more energy than I’ve had in years! I’ve dusted all the furniture vacuumed, washed the windows, disinfected the bathroom and am finished by 11 am! My apartment is spotless for the first time in years!

    COVID–19 detriment:

    Hair salons are closed.

    I had planned on taking a day off to visit my hair stylist for a haircut and color enhancement, and make an appointment with the nail salon for a mani-pedi. My appointment was next week, but now “next week” might be next month, or longer!  

    (I’m sure once social distancing has been lifted, it won’t be the bars, restaurants or movies that will have long lines, it will be all the hair and nail salons and barber shops people will be waiting for hours to get into!)

    On the Positive Side:

    Without using a blow dryer, my naturally curly hair not only covers all the grey, it shrinks to a decent length without having to cut it, saving me time drying my hair and I also have time to do my own nail polish for about $1.50 saving both time AND money!

    COVID–19 detriment:

    Grocery stores

    Once upon a time I had to wait on line and show my ID to get into a swanky nightclub to prove I was over 21. Today, I have to wait on-line at seven o’clock in the morning at Ralph’s and show my ID to prove I’m over 65!  

    (I did hear that grocery stores were limiting the toilet paper packs to one per man and two for women. Makes sense – women do use twice as much!)

    When I worked at Costco, I could enter through the employee back entrance before the store opened and, once the registers were cleaned and ready, I bought what I needed with no problem. I also found a lot of great wine that pretty much filled my shopping cart.

    On the Positive Side:

    Last week I went to Vons. Not only was there no line outside, but not very many people inside. While many of the shelves were empty, I found everything I needed in the kosher section and Passover aisle. No matter what the calamity, Jews EAT. Jars of Gefilte fish were on sale for $4.50, with an expiration date of November, 2022. I bought five.

    Usually one box of Matzo is around $6.00, but for Passover an entire case is only $5.00. Matzo lasts at least 40 years, so the Exodus story tells us.  Even though the regular pasta section was empty, there was plenty of packages of egg noodles and, no surprise, lots of sour cream and cottage cheese for noodle kugel.  Found me a nice chicken and 2 dozen eggs, so now we have enough food to last until the 4th of July!

    And plenty of toilet paper!

    COVID–19 detriment:


    Our family plans to meet in Houston next week for Passover had to be cancelled, but Passover comes every year and we’ll have plenty of opportunity to celebrate for years to come since we’re all healthy and plan on being so for a very, very long time.

    On the Positive Side:

    Before COVID–19 I was lucky if I heard from any one of my three daughters once a month and even then it was usually either a text message, or one little emoji. Now I’m getting three or more phone calls a day, (sometimes as early as six o’clock in the morning since one of them lives on the East Coast!) with at least one or more video Facetimes with my daughters and my grandkids! Live and in person! Ya gotta LOVE modern technology, especially now.  

    Since my husband retired, nothing much has changed in his routine with or without social distancing. We’ve been together 40 years this October, and I’m sure we’ll make it to celebrate our anniversary! 

    COVID–19 detriment:

    I’ve been cooking a lot more and eating a lot more. Those 5 pounds I lost last month have found me again, but they won’t be hanging around for very long.

    On the Positive Side:

    I’ve been cooking a lot more and eating take-out a lot less. (Actually, not at all and not eating those Costco samples has really helped with my general health). Now is not the best time to be trying to lose weight, just eat health and BE healthy!

    With all the cooking, I’m constantly washing dishes, which means I’m also washing my hands 10 times a day or more!

    Lastly, on a VERY positive note:

    I now have the time to finally finish the novel I stated in 2011. I’d always planned on finishing “Vashti’s Daughter” but between work, social obligations and meetings, there was never enough time.

    Now, I have nothing BUT time. With nowhere to go, nothing to do, I can finally do what I love the most – WRITE. Which is also why I’ve been posting a lot more to this blog these past few days than I’ve posted since I started way back in September of 2009!

    While it seems that the COVID–19 nightmare has gone on for months, in reality we only started home isolation and social distancing about three weeks ago. (We probably should have started a lot sooner, but that’s a discussion for another blog) And while it seems that the current situation will be on-going forever, this is NOT the “new normal”, it’s only the “new temporary”.

    It might be a difficult situation for now, but we’ve survived a lot worse and we will come out of this better, stronger and more POSITIVE than we were before the world came to a screeching halt.

    In the meaning, I have a book to finish!


    By Raven West: A small town postmaster secretly edits a NY City district attorney’s manuscript and becomes the target of  jealousy, blackmail and revenge

    Purchase your copy in Kindle or paperback at First Class Male


    Raven West is a free-lance writer and published author who has lived in Ventura County for more than twenty years. She has an extensive knowledge of local wineries from Thousand Oaks to Ojai and will be covering special events which take place at the tasting rooms throughout the year.Named in the TOP 50 Authors by

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