This week:
How has the ongoing pandemic affected your creativity?

My writing creativity has been a casualty of the pandemic.

As many people, I really thought that having to stay home would make writing easier, but no. I have been bogged-down and stymied.

I did pull out my sewing machine and whip through a lot of masks. People who would not have been able to obtain masks were wearing mine, including an ex-daughter-in-law and her family. I thought, “Well, now is the time to keep this up and get the appliance covers that you have been planning made, and maybe get some of the ideas for quilts started”, but no. I did do a lot of previously put-off  sewing repair work done, but not even all of that.

Bogged-down again.

You think that I would have even caught up with my cooking/entertaining blog, but I did very little of that, also. I did perfect my gluten-free pumpkin and banana breads, and am almost sorry that I did. Son#1 is crazy about them and that is nice, because he really eats a limited diet and those are a healthy snack to add, but they are not very creative, not now that the recipe is down pat.

I got more adept in my knowledge about grains, but I haven’t developed a lot of recipes.

I got very good at shopping for and even ordering them, too. (LOL! Amaranth from Amazon!)

I recently discussed learning to pressure-can and other endeavors, so I guess that has been creative.

I have also gotten even better at squeezing things in, finding storage. Everyone comes to my place and leaves things. Son#1 took many things from my garage and spare room that his daughters, (and he), had left, and many of the old family toys. He took quite a bit of unused things that The Husband just piled up in the garage to the dump, and took items to the local St.Vincent De Paul store, like the baby bed that my ex-d-in-law never used for Oldest Grandson and never took away, as she promised for 17 years.

(Son#1 has a basement and attic; I do not. He has still not taken all of his stuff from the guest room!)

Yet, what would have been most of the storage in the garage is taken up with his equipment, because he has everything except a garage, so it was a trade-off.

One hand washes the other.

Oh, I still write in my head, but I haven’t had the urgency to get it down.

I am hoping to get out of the slump, but gosh, if you knew the family dramas that sap my energy as bad as having Covid and pneumonia, you might understand.

However, I plan on getting back into the action. At least, I am planning.

I had completely lost my drive; I had wondered if I would ever get any more down, but it is nagging at me again, so hopefully, fingers will be at the keyboard and all that is back to being put together in my head will join up on paper.

We can hope, but life and the world seems even less likely to be settling down any time soon.

Keep praying, People.


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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6 Responses to Sapped

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Well, you certainly remained active… which is important.
    I’m sure the writing bug will bite you again… or at least gnaw on you until you respond to it.
    As for dealing with the clutter of offspring or other family members — ugh. You have my sympathy. We’re dealing with clutter from 3 or 4 generations… and (for us) there’s no light at the end of this particular tunnel.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Sounds like you’ve been creative, but through different outlets. I’ve had times when I’ve threatened to go away for a week or two on my own so I could focus on my stuff. It made a little bit of a difference – for a little while. At least I never got complaints when I’d go away for a weekend, or to three or four hour write-ins.

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  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Maybe lots of people have felt this way as the pandemic progressed. I know I did.

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