Skip to Content

Things I’ve learned during quarantine

Frozen milk takes approximately 3 years to thaw.

Ok, so not actually, but it feels like it.


I’ve been buying extra gallons and throwing them into my chest freezer (to help cut down on milk runs) and my soul, I cannot believe how long a gallon of milk takes to thaw.

Aldi milk

(To freeze milk, just pour out a cup or two into another container so that the milk has room to expand while freezing. And then put the milk container into the freezer.)

I do not like trying to avoid grocery shopping.

It’s not so much that I mind doing a big trip (though that is a little annoying). 

It’s more that I hate the feeling that I really, really need to not forget anything.

Down the road, feeling the freedom to make a fill-in trip in between larger shops will really help.

I like having a two week plan of meals to choose from.

I don’t really like the process of coming up with 14 meals at a time.

But once that’s done (and the shopping is done), I love the feeling of knowing I have a long block of time where I don’t have to think, “What could I make for dinner tonight?”

I really miss having fresh bananas around.

I try to buy a combo of ripe and green bananas when I shop, and I refrigerate the ripe ones to extend their life.

But still, there are times in the two weeks between shopping trips when we are, sadly, banana-less.

And that is sad, because a banana with peanut butter makes such a great snack.

A chest freezer is awesome. But I’d also like an extra fridge.

I am massively happy to have my chest freezer! And I can hardly imagine trying to shop every two weeks without it.

empty chest freezer

My chest freezer at the end of my freezer challenge last year. It is not remotely this empty right now!

If I were going to keep shopping for several weeks at a time, though, I’d be pining for an extra fridge. It is so hard to fit two week’s worth of cold things in my not-enormous fridge.

(We are temporarily ignoring the fact that there is nowhere in my house for an extra fridge to go. I’m just saying I can see a serious benefit to having one.)

Staying home makes some parts of my life easier.

It’s easier to:

  • get blog posts written (I’ve been pretty prolific lately!)
  • stay caught up on laundry/household chores
  • get regular workouts in (no appointments in the morning, so I can work out right away)

I’m a homebody, but I do like going out a little bit.

I can be a very contented homebody.

However, after this long a period of mostly staying home, it does feel kind of good to hop in my car and go somewhere (like when Sonia needs an allergy shot).

It takes me a long time to get bored at home.

As in, I have not gotten remotely bored during the stay at home order. I still have lots of fun and/or practical things I could fill my time with.

This is most definitely due in part to the fact that I have kids at home, but I think even without kids, it would still take me a while to get bored. 

I am very glad we do not live in a tiny house.

Our house is not huge, but it is big enough for us to not have to actually spend every single moment together.

(I think we would be very, very tired of each other if we had no space to be apart! Even Sonia, the most extroverted among us, likes to have some quiet time in her room.)

clean living room

And also, it’s nice that we have an office with a door that shuts, so that Mr. FG has a place to work from home.

A surprising number of people do not understand how to wear a mask.

If your nose is sticking out of the top of the mask, it would seem obvious that the mask is no longer effective.

But this has not occurred to some people, apparently.

(At first when I saw social media posts griping about people wearing their masks wrong, I was confused. Was I wearing mine wrong? Is there a trick to masks? Some special way to wear them? But then I went to the grocery store and my confusion was cleared up. Ha.)

What have you learned during quarantine?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Saturday 27th of June 2020

1. I appreciate the my home and family to an even greater extent. I value to the time to get more organized and tackle projects. 2. Due to my age and health issues, I have grocery delivery. With careful planning, I have had once a month delivery.....I have 2 refrigs. I love it....I don't think I am going do my own shopping again. I don't miss the shopping....lugging it to the car....and at home out of the car. I just sit down to my computer and put a way after delivery. I have limited not on the list impulse buys! 3. I have come up with more creative solutions to some everyday needs....that in other times, I would have solved with a trip to the store and a purchase.

Danielle Zecher

Sunday 24th of May 2020

1. I'm significantly less introverted than I thought I was. I don't like working at home nearly as much as I thought I would.

2. I have a definite threshold for what I consider to be irresponsible and selfish behavior, and zero hesitation about ending a friendship when someone crosses that threshold.

3. How to make sourdough bread. In the bread machine, but I'm still counting it.

4. To never, ever, leave cats and a work computer unattended together.

Kathy B.

Sunday 24th of May 2020

1.To appreciate the resilience of my grandparents. They dealt with similar shortages during WWII and the polio epidemic. I never thought about how they overlapped and how emotionally hard that must have been to face both at once. My Mom has been sharing some stories from that time. 2. That I'm much more productive not actually seeing clients in person. 3. How important it is to have your affairs in order (wills, trusts, etc.). I'm an otherwise health mid 50's woman, no underlying conditions, exercise, eat right, etc. and I was sick for over 6 weeks and honestly didn't know if I was going to make it. Wear your masks and wear them correctly. You do not want this and you really don't want to give it to your family. 4. On a lighter side, when you chop off the bottom of a romaine and stick it in water, it really will grow more leaves.


Saturday 23rd of May 2020

What I’ve learned 1. I really love our house and yard. 2. I’m easily amused 3. I have lots of wonderful friends and neighbor 4. I enjoy being creative more than buying new 5. I learned how to use Zoom and other virtual platforms for my work. And I love working virtually! Never thought I would.

Ruth T

Friday 22nd of May 2020

1. I really enjoy smiling at strangers. I look forward to when I can do this again. 2. My neighborhood has a lot more squirrels than I ever knew. 3. I've learned the name of my governor (it wasn't the one I voted for and I had forgotten who it was - sorry) and the name of the governor in the state south of us. 4. I've learned how to stay at home. I've always said that I'm a stay-at-home mom that's not good at the "stay-at-home" part and usually get antsy after just a couple of days if we're stuck home with a sick kiddo. Turns out that I can survive days on end of being home. 5. Church at home can actually be fun! I can't wait to be back together, but I love doing the songs with my kids and seeing the videos their teachers make. Then I just pray that they'll play quietly long enough for us to watch ours without too many interruptions. 6. Scrap gardening. My mind is still amazed at this concept. God made the coolest things. 7. Watching ants outside can be really fascinating. 8. I should probably own my own copy of Pride & Prejudice.


Saturday 23rd of May 2020

I totally agree with your #1! I walk a lot and love smiling at folks I pass. I’m also walking three dogs so I can’t wave. Now with the mask I’ve started doing a head nod to acknowledge people that I pass. But I do miss smiles!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.