Self Isolation and the Introvert

ohhhhhhh … i just lost this ENTIRE post, and am re-doing from scratch..  2 hours .. gone.  it took me 2 hours, because our failing internet in our home.   So here i go again.  Good thing i’m unemployed and have TIME on my hands (scoff scoff…)  so here goes.. it was a pretty good post (in my humble opinion) I hope I can remember it. 

I’ve often waffled about whether I’m an extrovert or an introvert.  HAH! you say… those of you who know me… “You’re SUCH an extrovert” … but what you may not know is that i get a form of social anxiety in large groups… when i am looking for where the nearest exit is.. whether a door or large window.. at very least which wall I can put my back to.   On the other hand, I love meeting new people, and making new friends out of strangers.  So what does that tell you?

Yes, I can sing or speak in front of 250 people, but then i have all the exits in view.   The only caveat is that my primary love language is Physical Touch.   While I’m home now, self isolating.. i’m actually thriving quite well!  I’m enjoying my day, baking, cooking, cleaning, face-timing and reading, blogging again.  Bird watching.. oh i could do that all day.  Speaking of introverts vs. extroverts… This downy woodpecker lets me get really close, and eyeballs me through the window less than a foot away sometimes, whereas if i barely move from well over 12′ away, Mrs Cardi bolts like the wind.

I do miss hugging my mom, holding her hand… hugging my friends, holding babies.  so when Guillermo finally comes home from work, AFTER he scrubs up.. i look forward to him wrapping his whole body around me.



This time of mandatory self isolation will tell us who the real extroverts and introverts are.. those who thrive, and those who are rebelling and stressing out.

Guillermo is a SERIOUS introvert.  When I ask him how he’s doing with not going out or having people in.. .. he grins from ear to ear… Oh Bill… can’t hide it. 🙂

In the meantime, we’re doing good things… walking our neighbourhood daily, sometimes cutting through the field behind our house that once was a 6 acre orchard of cherries, peaches, apples, pears, nectarines.  Oh we miss that orchard, but welcome the open field we enjoy before 47 new homes move in.

I didn’t make a “to do list” the night before, so yesterday as I sat down to an egg white omelette with turkey, arugula and grape tomato breakfast, my day fleshed out.   Bill and I talked about our “last shopping before we really hunker down”… what to buy.. dry goods take up less room, spread out our meals, and have the ability to help others when needs arise.   This is looking like it’s going to be a lot longer than just 2 weeks, so we wanted to prepare in a smart way.


I managed to get another 12 pack of TP, and filled my basket with more meat for the freezer, beans, rice, beans & rice together, and when home, labelled each jar of dry goods with it’s contents and directions for use.

The grocery store was wisely limiting each item to 2 only, no matter what it was, between us yesterday we  brought home canned tuna, lunch meat to freeze, peanut butter, more ingredients to make bread, frozen veg.. thankfully i had bought quite a bit of yeast last week, as the shelves are empty everywhere.  More people are baking their own bread now.

It was weird out there.  I didn’t want to go, i was happy to be home.  The roads were bare, the stores had people, but for the first time I saw them actually taking Social Distancing seriously.  Shoppers were staying 2 meters apart.  They were waiting their turn at checkout.  Not reaching over each other for that last can of tuna.  It felt like end of world zombie slow ambling weirdness after the insane frenzy riot of the week before.   Strange world.

Today 2 announcements were made in Ontario… First, all non essential businesses were mandated to close.. now to figure out what is essential?

Second, Hydro One (our power source for electrical) is cutting our peak rates of hydro for the next 6 weeks.

“To help families and households across the province, we are switching to off-peak, ‘time of use’ electricity rates, saving customers over 50 per cent compared to peak rates, for the next 45 days.” Mr. Ford said small business and farmers will also be eligible for reduced rates.

“This means you will pay the lowest rate possible, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” he said.  Starting Tuesday, rates will be lowered to the current off-peak rate of 10.1 cents per kilowatt hour. Currently, the mid-peak rate is 14.4 cents and the on-peak rate is 20.8 cents. On-peak hours are 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays; off-peak hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., as well as weekends and holidays.

Thank you Mr. Ford.

That’s good news for those of us now working from home, and for small businesses, farms who are just trying to keep their heads above water.



I purchased more dried chick peas than fit in a very large pickle jar – so i decided to cook up the beans that wouldn’t fit.  It took well over an hour… so i’m not sure about cost savings over canned chick peas considering the gas usage.  BUT, the flavour and texture is much nicer than canned, the bright yellow of the bean vs. the pasty beige canned bean, and the skins just fell off in the water – lovely!  I look forward to making these into hummus tomorrow.

We now have 7 confirmed cases of Covid-19 here in Niagara Region. Tomorrow may bring more.  Considering our large geographical area and population, that’s not a lot, but with the rapid increase in numbers around the globe, it’s really good to see our country taking Self Isolation measures seriously.

Introverts Rejoice!   Extroverts quiver in fear. 

We have a very dear friend in ICU with a serious life threatening illness (not Covid-19) but because of it, her husband is unable to visit.    I learned of this while I was out shopping in the morning, and several women decided together, let’s have a virtual prayer meeting!

img_8409So I set it up on Zoom – tested it with everyone a couple hours ahead, and at 3 pm, ~ 7-9 of us (in and out) prayed together for our dear friend and her family, shared scripture and encouraged one another.  Unfortunately, the internet has been very spotty here at home – and it was a bit of a struggle.  Still I’m glad for this technology that allowed several women to get together from Alberta to several parts of Ontario, and Washington DC to pray together.  

Once we were signed off, we quickly had dinner, and then it was Bill’s turn for a Zoom church committee meeting.


2 things before I sign off today.  I saw this post on Instagram by BibleGateway.  I want to challenge us all in the same way the author did in his comments after this post on IG. Whether we are introverts or extroverts… How can I best Love my Neighbour as myself in this time of mandatory self isolation?    


We don’t know what tomorrow will bring.  When we’ll run out of things to do at home, when the money will run out, when the food supply chain will stop, when we’ll be able to visit and hug each other again.  When we’ll know if we’re safe.

BUT!  We know WHO holds tomorrow, we KNOW our God is Sovereign over all and that He is in control.   So we don’t fear.   We trust in Him, not in in wealth, health or tomorrow.. but in Him alone.

I’m not a “country girl” but this song has been in my head all day, and I’m guessing it’s in yours too after my above paragraph, so I leave you with… “I know Who holds tomorrow, and I know Who holds my hand” 

Published by billandamyskitchen

Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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  1. Oh, Amy, 🌷 I could have written this blog myself. We are the same in so many ways! Thank you so much for sharing your (and a little bit my) heart. You are such a precious friend and I am glad you have the ability to look past all of “this” to many good things to be thankful for. Please give our love to Bill and your mom when you see her. Yesterday’s call was ……wonderful. ❤ Laura

    On Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 3:52 PM billandamyskitchen wrote:

    > billandamyskitchen posted: “ohhhhhhh … i just lost this ENTIRE post, and > am re-doing from scratch.. 2 hours .. gone. it took me 2 hours, because > our failing internet in our home. So here i go again. Good thing i’m > unemployed and have TIME on my hands (scoff scoff…) so here” >


  2. I get the talking and singing thing and yet have discomfort in crowds that makes no sense to many. I feed myself through alone time. Then have the energy to do the group things. It’s a refuel kind of thing. Thanks for sharing. Your rewrite is just fine.


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