Wondering Wanderer

Week Notes Vol 47

March 28, 2020

Week two of shelter in place and some things are becoming clear - mainly that I do not do well being confined between four walls. I will pace, organize and do minor chores just to forget about those walls. I’ve also been hiding in books to try to distance from the outside world. It has finally hit home how different this time is from anything I have experienced before even though certain elements of it feel very familiar. Going to the store and not finding what you were looking for is the old normal from Soviet days. It does remind me a time in the past where I needed to stay in one place for my own safety and I have some PTSD from that period in my life.

When I was in my early twenties my friend Iris said something that has stayed with me since - a house without basic ingrendients to make pancakes is not a home. Needless to say I have basic staples and a little extra. If anyting I have been paring down my posessions, especially after reading The Year of Less by Cait Flanders.

I have definitely learned to appreciate what I have more than I did before. Simple things like having daylight and large windows, sunshine on days when there is some and the sound of rain. I’ve escaped the walls a few times to go for a walk around the block - there’s nothing quite like the wind blowing, freely. Because all trails are closed (and so is Oregon coast) I’ve been coming up with ways to keep myself productively busy but away from screens. My self-imposed rule is no Netlix until it is dark. It has given me time to go through my craft supplies and create some order, my camping/hiking/otdoor gear is next. I’ve had to adjust my daily schedule a bit because there’ no point starting at 7 and wrapping up early with no-where to go. If this was any other spring I’d be hitting the trails in Forest Park after work.


Katrin Valdre

Written by Katrin Valdre who has a permanent address in Portland, OR but does not believe in one physical location. You should follow her on Twitter