4/20/2020 of COVID-19 Home Life

It took me three tries to get the accurate date today. I went through the same exercise yesterday (Sunday, apparently) and again for that-day-that-comes-before-Sunday. Once the boys and I decided the phones and computers had the correct date, I realized we’ve been staying home for a month and two days.

Time flies when you’re looking back. It i-n-c-h-e-s when you’re looking forward.

Speaking of, Utah’s state governor announced that we’ve graduated to less-stringent measures. The state parks have opened to non-county residents. By May, people could sit inside a restaurant to eat. To combat that sedentary option, he also anticipates the re-opening of gyms. Furthermore, elective surgeries will resume. He stressed the importance of still maintaining social distance and rocking the mask.


Word is that the world will adopt a currency of toilet paper and surgical masks.

The announcement came after our county’s mayor extended her Get Yer Butt Back Home order till May 1. After the governor lightened up, however, she has renamed her order to Stay Smart, Stay Safe.

Utah’s Coronavirus crack team said we need to approach the reopening as a dial, like on a dimmer -not like an on/off switch.

Word must’ve not gotten around, because a posse protested two days ago.


They’re not social-distancing. I mean, obviously. (© The Salt Lake Tribune)

I don’t get it. Then again, I’m not out of work because of all this.

On the plus side, I’ve decided to count my blessings:

  1. We are not living through the pandemic of 1918, when we didn’t have Amazon.
  2. We’ve got the internet, which allows our connecting to others, working from home, and playing or watching games and shows.
  3. My family and I do not live in an urban area, in a multi-unit apartment building.
  4. Our local stores offer grocery pickup.
  5. If food gets scarce, my LDS upbringing means I have enough dried black beans to get us through at least two months. It won’t be pretty, but we’ll have regularity and protein.

Amazon is great, as is grocery pickup. The only problem is costs are rising. I needed to replenish our regular household cleaners this last week, and couldn’t believe how expensive they’d become.

Either everyone is panic-buying, or people do not use soap during non-panic-buying times. I’m just glad I’m not desperate. I also know how to mix some of my own all-purpose cleaners. If worse comes to worst, we’ll forage for bits of bark to replace the soaps. Actually, I have boys. We’ll all just start smelling of a more-natural musk.

In better news, the boys’ school released a video of each teacher reading a small line of encouragement. Home life looked good on them; some of the guys were going Rip Van Winkle with the facial hair. We drove past their school after this week’s grocery pickup this morning, then ‘visited’ a favorite teacher of theirs.


Pretty much the state of things.

My boys seem resilient and unaffected. When I suggested that my pre-teen might video chat with his friend, he asked, “Why?” Only when I said they could arrange for playing chess online did he consider it a good idea.

Their conversation went something like this:



So… what’ve you been doing?

*Shrug* Staying home.

Yeah. Me, too.

So… wanna do chess or something?


…When can you?

Ummm. Probably Wednesday from 1-3.



Actually, for accuracy, you need to read it with an awkward pause after every two lines. I’m not sure if it’s a guy thing to be so verbose and animated but …yeah, it’s a guy thing.

For me, I finally caved and installed an app called Marco Polo. My friend told me about it awhile ago but I hated the idea of recording myself. That, and my phone has never been the top of the class. My reward after install was a video she’d recorded that day, over a year ago. I cried watching it. Since then, we’ve made videos back and forth a few times.


Yes, we look exactly like this; and not like we’re calling from the closet, in the dark, after not showering all day.

They’re a bit longer than my son’s conversation with his friend.

What have you been able to do lately? Is the weather warming or cooling? Have you called a friend, or maybe just played chess with him?


©2020 Chelsea Owens

Other Photo Credits: Mika Baumeister
Rubén Rodriguez
Tai’s Captures

57 thoughts on “4/20/2020 of COVID-19 Home Life

  1. Life isn’t too bad, personally, other than missing meeting up with our daughters and families.

    It’s an odd thing in England that our weather has become more predictable: first we had four months of continuous rain. Now we seem to be in danger of four months worth of blue skies and sunshine. It will ruin our reputation.

    The nights are extraordinarily clear too. We looked up for Elon Musk’s satellite train last night but must have missed it. Plenty of stars though.

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    1. 🌟 If only one could visit England during this lovely weather spell. I’m sorry about your not seeing your daughters. We’ve been distancing from grandparents, too, and that’s been odd.


  2. First off, after going through the stages of grief, I’ve adapted to the new normal. That being said…..I think if this goes on much longer the toll on mental health will be far greater than the body count. Personally I’m loving how my mayor is encouraging people to snitch on their neighbors….🤪


  3. today the 21st was the first day i decided to wake up at my work time of 5:30 am to acclimate myself back to a normal pattern day when i physically return to work (haven’t been working since March 26 but still being paid if i wanted to return early i’d get $3 more an hour, i hate my job too much to care about that) on May 1st. There were people protesting the Governor in Pa as well it was a suggestion by our wonderful president. I personally don’t plan to be in large crowds till there is a yearly vaccine in place, as a homebody to begin with….social distancing has not really been an issue.


  4. I don’t get the “Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Covid-19” signs I’ve seen trumped up in marches. I suppose the former may also guarantee the latter. Finally, a way have your cake and eat it, too.


      1. Yes and if they catch it they might be like the 80 percent of people who have a mild case and move on with their lives. Despite what the media tries to tell us, not everyone dies from it or suffers as bad as the stories they are giving us. Some do and that’s awful, but I don’t think bad should be wished on people for wanting to be able to pay their bills and support their families and go for a walk without someone screaming at them they’ll be thrown into jail for doing so.


        1. I totally understand that perspective and don’t want any of my friends to suffer. It’d be nice if we could predict a person’s reaction to it, but we can’t. I know we were told that 60+ was the highest risk age; accordingly, many people around here felt invulnerable. Perhaps because Utah is a younger state comparatively, our largest age group (20-44) has also been the one with the most cases. I don’t want to require intensive care in the hospital while my five children need me. 😦


  5. I always appreciate reading your posts because I always get a chuckle or two. For some reason, I found your son’s awkward conversation entertaining. It reminded me of those times when I was talking to some girl in high school, trying to be charming without having much to say.🤣

    We live in rural California, but things are still pretty strict around here. Nobody is talking about opening up anything around here except for another beer. 😎 I leave the house once a day to take a 3-4 mile walk, but I’ve still managed to gain a few pounds. One noticeable difference is there are fewer opportunities to spend money as my wallet is considerably thicker than it usually is at this time of the month.

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    1. Thanks, Pete. 🙂 You gotta love the awkward conversations!

      Utah’s more open; Kev says the more conservative states are. I was keeping a fat wallet till the boys began outgrowing their clothes…

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  6. The protests were so disheartening to see…I worry for their kids :/

    It’s good to hear that the parks are opening up a bit more. Hopefully people will continue to be mindful of social distancing, though.

    Trying to look on the bright side of all this, I’ve been able to do a lot more drawing, so that’s nice.

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  7. Oh, I totally hear you on not getting the date right (sometimes I forget the month!). I love the silver linings you pointed out during this—all so true! I’m thankful that we can blog safely since it’s always followed by the social distancing guidelines 🙂 Glad to hear your boys are handling this well too! Kids really are so resilient and adaptable. Thanks for sharing, Chelsea!

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  8. Talked to a Vietnam vet yesterday who was angry that he had been asked to risk his life in a very real way to free people from conditions that are similar to where our country is at right now. I get that.


    1. I get that, too. I understand their feeling like it’s a loss of rights and we shouldn’t even give an inch. I just trust our leaders in Utah, and the number of relatives who are packing heat…

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      1. My observation is that people in Utah tend to trust their leaders more than people in a lot of other states. It doesn’t help that in Wisconsin our governor has been very unclear, and kind of seems to be in over his head. At least, that’s my opinion.

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  9. Chelsea: “Utah’s *Coronavirus crack* team said we need to approach the reopening as a dial, like on a dimmer -not like an on/off switch.”

    Me: “Hmm, what if people are accidentally selling crack cocaine laced with covid?”

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  10. I went and stayed with friends for a week. We had both been in lock down for a month and deemed it safe.. They have 2 sons. not much internet but was just refreshing doing something different. They are a 30 min slow drive from here.. 😉 I am now back home..

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  11. Getting pretty used to the routine of COVID-19. Ho-hum. My only pet peeve in all this is the number of articles I’ve read of isolated teenagers getting $800 tickets to gift to their parents. There always seems a bylaw officer stalking a lone teenager on an isolated basketball court with no one within miles except that lone teenager and that stalking bylaw enforcement officer. How about dialogue and a warning, that works too……..and I feel sorry for the costs the parents have to bear. Whatever happened to $25 tickets. Now they are $800, absolutely crazy. I could go on for another couple of pages. Oh. and the weather has been zero degrees with freezing cold winds.

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  12. Many stores here in southern California require masking to enter. Costco tracks numbers of people going in the warehouse. CA gorvernor announced schools may open the end of July but I don’t know if they’ll run it the same way. Too many questions.

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          1. I couldn’t understand for a while, but everything in Best Buy is in packages. The shoppers don’t have gloves on and the staff wouldn’t know which ones to clean after they touch them. I don’t know if that’s the case.

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