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Isolation insulation

I spend the sunset moments in gratitude, ever mindful of my rural isolation and my blessings. The fiery sky was ablaze and far more interesting than anything on the TV behind me. It reminds me to count my blessings. And yet….

Zero editing — just as I saw it

And yet … well for one thing the north wind is brutally cool and intensely unrelenting. As it has been all day although at one point it was a hot dry wind. The seasons are changing and everyone around me seems to lament that summer is gone or going. That’s why soaking in the outside playtime was so special yesterday.

The doc just finished her house call

And yet… the isolation chronicles must tell the truth here despite it feeling I’m telling tales out of school. Although I am telling it through my eyes and with my isolation insulation feelings.

Living a rural life, much simplified because of Covid, has made me isolated. Yes I work but it’s a small group and we wear masks and wash our hands relentlessly — long before Covid.

Social outtings have been few and far between since March but I’ve had two this week. Quite different tales and it’s made me realize two things: isolation insulation is real and pandemic fatigue does seem to exist.

The first outing was full on social distancing with well thought out walking patterns, service of beverages and group interactions. We did a Scotch tasting river cruise with friends. The above factors and the weather made the evening very comfortable.

Paris of the Prairies
City of Bridges

The second event was a wonderful celebration of a nursing career that spanned decades; all done with a smile, stellar knowledge and endless energy. The gathering was kept small due to Covid and her desire to go out without great fanfare. Held at a small golf course indoor private dining area but alas the physical distancing just wasn’t as evident as one would have suspected for a bunch of health care professionals. Now 90% of these people see each other at work all the time but that’s not my “bubble” so to speak and no one was wearing masks (we were after all eating and drinking). I was acutely uncomfortable several times and backed up on a few occasions. It was apparently obvious because when people starting leaving and giving hugs no one came near me, which was ok.

Perhaps it is because of the isolation insulation. Days can go by with only seeing my other half or perhaps our daughter and grandchildren. We go to stores the bare minimum (like we still haven’t done the Sarcan recycling), wear masks and use hand sanitizer when out. If it wasn’t for work I’d be home even more and quite content for that.

Perhaps that’s why I don’t feel any pandemic fatigue. I am not out often enough for it to be bothersome. Perhaps it’s age that keeps the fatigue away as I duly noted that one of the other 60+ year olds also hugged no one and kept her distance. Perhaps I’ve just grown overly cautious or perhaps I am on target to keep the disease at bay.

I guess the take away is that we all need to feel comfortable doing what must be done. We have to weigh the risks versus the benefits (I’d like to invent a hug elixir that gives one the same feelings as a real hug!) of our actions. We also have to respect other people’s choices and support what feels right for them.

It’s never a bad thing to have a reminder of the how and why and this article is a good review by an ER Doc. Worth the few minutes it takes to read it. It was inside this Covid19 review written by an East coast Canadian blogger that I follow.

As per usual I suspect strongly those reading are already doing these actions but I would be really interested in knowing if any readers feel like they are suffering from pandemic fatigue? I think winter will certainly be a challenge this year and so I am trying to appreciate the outside opportunities with others while we can.



I have had a love of the written word for my entire life. It's no surprise that eventually I found a platform where I could write. It's random; sometimes funny, occasionally sad, maybe even at times from anger and I lean towards creative photography and hands on crafts. I have a few blogs that high light these interests.

9 thoughts on “Isolation insulation

  1. Pandemic fatigue for sure. We tell ourselves that we are OK, but constant feeling of malaise and lack of a proper sleep belie that fact. Back yard visits are fine in summer, but we dread the coming winter and are also bemoaning the lack of hugs. This pandemic has turned us all into a suspicious bunch, very necessary to keep us feeling safe. Thanks for sharing Bernie and stay well. Allan


    1. So you guys are feeling it then Allan. I guess what can we, as individuals, do to turn this around and try to find the positives for the situation. I am ok with winter but I am already feeling a bit sad about Thanksgiving and Christmas as I think it will look a lot different.

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      1. I’m struggling to turn this around as well. We lose our next door neighbours on Tuesday after 29 years, we can’t see our son in Vancouver and Thanksgiving and Christmas will require a bit of innovation (it was our year to host Christmas). All we can do is Skype and back deck visit. I will be installing plastic curtains on the back deck soon, so we can continue into colder weather, but like you, we are struggling to find the “silver lining”. Our only bright spot is an anniversary dinner out in a couple of weeks (#43) and another week in the mountains. Then, the long winter settles in. I am throwing myself into projects now to keep busy, but all my thinking seems to take place at night when I should be sleeping. We are also redoubling our efforts to Skype and Zoom connect, so we can at least see real faces. Not perfect, but…. The human contact and hugs is what we miss most. Stay well Bernie. Allan


  2. Hi, Bernie – I agree with your takeaway. We all need to thoughtfully and informedly weigh the risks versus the benefits of our activities and interactions during COVID. The decisions will be different for individuals depending on their beliefs, comfort level and circumstances. Respecting each other, and our differences, is key.
    Thank you for including the linked article. I found it to be both informative and reassuring.

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    1. Do you feel fatigue over what we need to keep doing Donna? From reading your blog I think you do a lot of low risk activities but you do eat out. How does that feel? I found it very uncomfortable and not traceable. I guess that was my take away from that article was that what I do I want to be traceable.


    1. It was great! Found another scotch I really like and tried a $500 one that I didn’t care for! If you ever come to Saskatoon I highly recommend the river cruise.
      How are you doing with pandemic fatigue and the precautions we must all take?.


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