Saturday, June 6, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Pauleen's Crazy Month of May Pandemic Meme, Part I

This week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge from Randy Seaver is all about genealogy and the Coronavirus pandemic.  I guess it's surprising we haven't done anything about the pandemic previously.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission:  Impossible! music here), is:

(1) Check out Pauleen Cass' blog post, Crazy Month of May 2020 Meme:  Pandemic Experiences.

(2) Let's do the first 10 of the prompts and save the last 11 for next week.

(3) Tell us about your own pandemic experience in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a post on Facebook.  Be sure to leave a link to your work as a comment to this post and also on Pauleen's post.

(4) Thank you, Pauleen!!

Okay, here's mine.

1.  What are you most grateful for during this COVID-19 crisis?

As far as I know, none of the members of my family, extended family, or family by choice have become ill during the pandemic.

2.  What have you missed most during the full or partial lockdown?

I miss my regular routine.  I miss seeing my boyfriend on a regular basis.  I miss seeing my grandchildren every week for movie night.  I miss having lunch with my stepson every week.  I miss seeing all of my friends at our weekly dinner get-togethers.  I miss going to my volunteer shift at the Gresham Family History Center (which is still closed).  I miss my genealogy society meetings (yes, even the board meetings).

3. Has your hobby sustained you during this time?

Unfortunately, not really.  Without a regular routine, I have gone adrift to a great degree and have found it hard to focus.  My blog, and Saturday Night Genealogy Fun in particular, is one of the few things for which I have been able to maintain some consistency.

4.  What changes have you seen in your life over May 2020?

Unlike Randy, I've lost weight.  I haven't had much of an appetite and often don't eat regular meals, just snack a little bit.  I'm not cooking as much as I used to.  I haven't paid as much attention to my birds.  One positive thing is that because I have been home so much, I've done a lot of cleaning, sorting, and rearranging of stuff in several rooms.

5.  Have you been exercising more or less?

Well, since I hardly exercise at all, it would be difficult to exercise less.  It's probably about the same.

6.  Has the refrigerator been your friend or foe?

It's been a friend in that I haven't been overindulging in food, but it's been a foe because the food I'm not eating sometimes goes bad while it's waiting for me.

7.  Have you been participating in virtual gatherings with friends or family?

A little.  I've had some online gatherings with genealogy friends as alternatives to meeting in person.  I've also had a couple of Zoom meetings with other friends.  I tried one phone chat with my grandchildren, but they were more interested in playing video games than talking with Bubbie.

I have been doing lots of phone calls and extended text conversations with friends.  That's been a reasonably effective way to stay in touch and caught up.

8.  Have you taken up any new hobbies during the lockdown?

Oh, hell no.  I already have enough hobbies.

9.  Are you cooking or gardening more?

Nope, doing less of both.  Since my appetite's off I'm not cooking much for myself.  I have actually managed to do some gardening, but really only the bare minimum the plants need me to.

10.  Have you shopped more or less?   Online or offline?

I've shopped much less.  I do most of my shopping offline, so I haven't really been able to do that.  I've done grocery shopping when needed, and I've been to the hardware store a couple of times, and I think that's it.

The post with the remaining eleven questions can be found here.


  1. Thanks for joining in Janice. It’s been a tough time so it’s not surprising you’ve been a bit out of kilter especially as it’s tough to be without family and close friends in person. On the upside you’ve done cleaning which, frankly, has been beyond my interest level.

    1. Thanks for the response, Pauleen, and for the encouragement. You've put a more positive spin on it for me.

  2. As Pauleen said, it sounds like you have been a bit out of kilter, which is very typical of our times right now. On the very positive side, you, your family members and friends have stayed virus free and that's a blessing. Cleaning can be very therapeutic and, like genealogy, it will always be there waiting for you to return. :)

    1. It is definitely true that cleaning is always there waiting. After all, I haven't finished, and I can still see it. :)

  3. Glad to hear you found time to clean--does that mean you've unpacked all your boxes?

    1. Funny lady! Lisa, I didn't know you were looking for a second job as a comedian! Not even close, but hope springs eternal!

  4. It seems like you have been productive by doing some cleaning. I need to do some cleaning myself. If you are feeling down, consider starting a gratitude journal or writing down things that you're grateful for. One of my favorite quotes is: "Everyday may not be good, but there is something good in everyday". This might cheer you up.

  5. Hi Janice - thank goodness for Randy's blog huh? It has saved me on many a weekend. I feel we are a bit luckier here in Oz regarding lockdown. I've still been able to see people only we're very cautious about not touching. Only just in the last week have I been confident enough to hug nearest and dearest. And boy do we need those hugs. Sometimes its difficult to let go! The areas of your professional research sound fascinating. I have always wanted to go to SF. I do hope it will be possible one day when all this is over or under control.

    1. Hi, Alex, and thanks for the response! I agree, those hugs are incredibly important these days. I finally got to hug my grandchildren recently because the state of Washington allowed families to designate their "top 5" with whom they could connect. Lucky me, I was included! And thanks for the comments about my research. I am rather eclectic, I know. I hope you make it to San Francisco!


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