We’re making the best of the COVID-19 pandemic. We watch only a little bit of news, just enough to get some of the science and medicine recommendations, avoiding the rest. We’ve kicked into isolation and distancing. A few friends have come by our campsite, we make our own colloidal silver, so they come by and pick up a quart. Everyone knows the drill, set your jar down on the ground, and stay 10 feet away. So we haven’t been completely isolated, but the few friends who do come by, come and go without our usual hug. Yah, we’re the hugging kind, because we love people. A lot. We run to town about once a week to pick up our mail and packages from two different places. Christina stays in the van while I open and clean all the arrivals. Our groceries are delivered to the park entrance now so we don’t have to go to stores. We really miss the road. Traveling and meeting new people. So we stay busy and out of each other’s way. Christina is a nester. She likes a quiet, comfy place near a nice view and her dog. She’s been baking a lot. Which is pretty cool since we live off-grid on a solar system. I never thought we’d be able to bake bread all day and sleep on a heated mattress pad at night, all on solar. So she bakes. Whole wheat bread, English muffins, and cinnamon rolls. Initially, I was afraid we’d both plump out eating so much homemade bread, but that’s not happening. She gives most of it away. Especially to the park rangers and manager. I’d like to say they love us, but they don’t. They love Christina, I’m just the guy married to the cute girl cooking all the bread. She also has taken up felting, creating little figures of leopards, bears, and anime characters, she sits for hours jabbing the felt or fleece with needles to create the perfect felt finish. I often imagine her mumbling my name while jabbing away. Christina is also a jigsaw puzzle fan. I don’t know how she does it, sitting for hours collecting pieces of what was once a perfectly printed picture, cut into 1000 pieces. She loves them. I’ve done quite a bit of jogging. It clears my mind and gets me in a place of meditation. I’ve regained some distances I thought were long in my past, so I’m happy to imagine I’m reversing my age. That lasts just long enough to get up the next day and try to walk. Indie and I cut firewood a couple of times a week. It gets us out in the woods and in the tick zone. We cut a bag full, bring it back, and split it. I’ve also been going to the archery range. Kind of like running it’s a little bit of exercise and meditation at the same time. Keeps the crazies away. To spend time together, the three of us walk the campground, always wary of others, and keeping our distance. We hike the trails, once after a rainy night with no shoes on. A few days ago we rode our bikes over to the other closed campground and picked out our sites for May and June. We’ve always enjoyed cooking together, which means I chat or mix drinks while Christina cooks. Then I wash all the dishes, while she doesn’t. That’s cooking together, right? We read in the evenings or surf the net, but mostly we like to watch movies. We watched every Avengers movie, in story order. On some evenings we join Zoom dinners or groups, together or on our own. We are witnessing a historic time together. Watching carefully and with balance and discernment. We’ll be glad to get back on the road, but in the meantime, we have bread to bake and calories to burn.