Tales From A Hungry Life

April 23, 2020

Notes From The Pandemic

Maria Schulz

fashion woman notebook pen

Are You Taking Notes Too? (Photo by Negative Space on Pexels.com)

March 4, 2020

The talk here at the office is that we may be allowed to work from home in the next week or so. There are a bunch of cases of the coronavirus in NYC and we will have to work from home in order to stay safe.

I think I’ll like working from home.

March 12, 2020

Today, I started working from home. I’m set up in the kitchen. I can look out the window here (there is no window by my desk at work) and see the birds and the trees. There is so much beauty to enjoy! I’m happy to be home and safe.

They say we will be back in the office on Monday after the offices are cleaned.


So Much Beauty To See!

March 13, 2020

Just checked email…seems we are going to be working from home for at least the next few weeks. What a relief.

Cases of COVID are exploding now and many people are dying. New York is in for a long, tough siege.

Meanwhile, Spring is just beginning. I love watching the birds and squirrels in the backyard. It’s great having a window to look out of all day long. I feel very blessed.

March 19, 2020

Working from home is so much more productive! I get a lot done and love sitting at my kitchen table. Husband and daughters are also working from home and taking online classes. It’s so great to be together every day!

I’m also reading a lot in my spare time. I’m reading classics and suspense books at a furious clip! Also writing more.

Great Stories

Yes, I still have my copy!

March 25, 2020

Husband has been complaining that his hair is getting too long. Wants one of the girls or me to cut his hair. I don’t know what I’m doing but how hard could it be? There’s no sense waiting for the barber when one of us can cut his hair for him.

shallow focus photo of barber s pole

(Photo by Caleb Oquendo on Pexels.com)

March 29, 2020

Hubby couldn’t take it anymore. Took out the razor and scissors and asked me to cut his hair. I would’ve asked the girls but they were smart and hid in their rooms. I’m trying to talk myself into it. What’s the worst that can happen? I’ll do it and I can add it to the list of things I now know how to do.

March 30, 2020

Well, that was a disaster. Hubby is happy with his hair cut, but I guess it’s good he can’t see the back of his head because I gave him two bald spots. I just hope he doesn’t use the mirror in the bathroom to check it. The girls keep laughing whenever he walks by. This morning, I woke up in a panic. WHAT IF IT DOESN’T GROW BACK????

person using hair razor on man s hair

Not Actually My Husband And Therefore, Not My Fault. (Photo by Engin Akyurt on Pexels.com)

April 1, 2020

Husband got curious and used the mirror in the bathroom to look at the back of his head. He knows about the bald spots. He’s being a very good sport about it, but I suspect he is not happy. He has asked me to let him cut my hair. Um…no thank you.

April 4, 2020

Almost out of food. Older daughter has begun going to the supermarket and getting supplies. Alternately uses online shopping to get groceries. Younger daughter takes dog out for play time and long walks. Hubby and I are working hard. Having everyone home has really been a blessing.


Zucchini Noodles and Meatballs

Our cooking has become more creative as we face meat shortages and can’t find certain produce items. I think of my mom a lot because she was a master at making food stretch. She had nine people to worry about – I only have 4!

April 12, 2020

Happy Easter! Can’t do a big family get together, so we ironed the tablecloth and put out the good dishes for ourselves. We were able to find a ham, so we cooked that along with potatoes and vegetables. I even baked a cake and we decorated it.

We were done eating in 20 minutes. It’s just not the same.

Chocolate Cake.JPG

We Did Enjoy The Cake Though

April 15, 2020

My hair is a disaster. Husband has offered to dye it for me, but I fear he’ll make me look like Ozzie Osbourne by the time we’re finished. (True love or revenge? Not sure).

I did find a box of hair dye in my usual color in the bathroom. I think I’ll do it while he naps. Gonna go for it!

shallow focus photography of boy

Not me. (Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Pexels.com)

April 16, 2020

Luckily, the dye wasn’t so old that it made my hair fall out or turn pitch black. It’s a nice medium brown color so I don’t look like Dumbledore any more. Husband says that what I need now is a hair cut. He claims to have watched a video on how to cut a woman’s hair and once again offered to cut mine. Still, NO.

Older daughter went outside to enjoy this beautiful sunny day and she saw a hawk swoop down and pluck a baby squirrel from a tree. MOTHER NATURE IS A CRUEL BITCH. Nature is so overrated!

black hawk soaring

A Warning To Squirrels Everywhere. (Photo by Tim Mossholder on Pexels.com)

April 21, 2020

Today we had black skies AND HAIL! The winds were shrieking, the thunder was booming, and great flashes of lightning zigzagged across the sky.


Work has been crazy and stressful. I miss my coworkers!

Here at home, we are together EVERY SINGLE DAY. It’s impossible to have five minutes alone!

closeup photography of green grasshopper

Hello, Locusts! (Photo by Egor Kamelev on Pexels.com)

I don’t want to cook or bake again. Not today, maybe not ever.

Older daughter is still traumatized about the hawk incident.

Younger daughter feels traumatized by being stuck with us.

Hubby should have been traumatized by my hair styling skills, but his hair has grown back and he says it’s time for another hair cut.


Oh well, I’ve got some extra time on my hands. What could possibly go wrong?


The Best Bolognese Sauce

The Best Bolognese Sauce.jpeg

So Easy and Delicious!

We needed to make a pound of ground beef stretch to feed the four of us and we didn’t want burgers, so we made this Bolognese sauce and put it over spaghetti. It was delicious! Easy to make, and the whole house smelled great. Try it!

So, Hungry Lifers, what “notes” from the pandemic would you send? What funny or crazy things have happened to you in the pandemic era? Please leave a comment below and let us all know. Thanks! Stay well and be safe.


  1. I noticed the cabin fever was setting in. Oh yes it was so nice a change when it first happened but as it goes on what is happening? Cabin fever! But no matter what it is great to have family, love and a great dog to make all the days seem bright!

    Comment by bglou — April 23, 2020 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

    • Yes, it’s always great to have family, friends, and a great dog to count on. I learned that from the master (our Jessie agrees and approves).

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — April 23, 2020 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

  2. Maria, this quarantine better end soon or we all will have killed each other just for the fun of doing something different. My routine as a retiree has been uprooted by a wife who is working remotely at home. Her Zoom meetings have cause my house filled with music to be hushed and my yoga exercises to be put on hold. I use to go out shopping once a week but now have to go every other day because the shelves are emptied faster than the delivery men can replenish the stock. Try finding simple cleaning products on a regular basis. Sometimes I have to go to three different stores in the same day in order to find things, and even then my list is not completed. The pharmacy is a joke, getting calls for medications I already picked up but the system has not recorded that I did. The people on line are crazy and try to cut in front of everyone saying they are responding to a curtsey call and should go first. WE ALL GOT A CURTSEY Call! That’s why we’re there. I know this has to happen for people to stay safe and well but I wish others would take a breathe and realize waiting on a line is not the end of the world and that they really don’t have places to be except home. Take the time to relax and savor being out around people even if they are wearing masks and gloves. Today an older, woman who was too short to get a box of dog treats was worried that if she asked me to get it for her that I would freak out. She thanked me profusely for helping. She made me feel better today for being able to do what anybody should do when they can. I hope when this is all over everyone will be more tolerant and thankful for being around others.

    Comment by Tony Lagalante — April 23, 2020 @ 3:13 pm | Reply

    • Tony, this post cracked me up! Where are you when I can’t reach the dog biscuits??? Thanks for always being one of the good guys.

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — April 23, 2020 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

  3. I don’t live with other humans, but share my house with one enormous, obese cat (Simon), a regular size cat (Wrigley) and a sweet older dog (Artie). I’m working from home, too, and rather enjoying it. The critters are not great conversationalists, but Simon could sing at the Met the way he can hold a note when he’s begging (repeatedly) for more food. I’m afraid that when I do finally go back to the office, I’ll continue this habit of talking to myself, plants, furniture, the tea kettle, highlighters, the tumbleweeds of hair my critters are shedding in clumps. Hopefully, when I’m once again in relatively polite society, I’ll have reinstalled my inner censor. I fine the mute button quite useful in Zoom meetings. As for my hair, I look like a crone in a cave, but that’s kind of normal. Be well and safe, everyone. Take care my NY friends. I’m in NC and the Gov just extended the stay at home through May 8. My company is in SC just over the NC border. The SC Gov is starting to open things up. So I don’t know what our company will do. So many of us live in NC. Stay positive! Great post, Maria! I so love your tales!

    Comment by wordimprovisor177 — April 25, 2020 @ 1:06 pm | Reply

    • Wait…you’re supposed to have an inner sensor? Thank you for the very funny comment. Simon and Wrigley (not to mention Artie) must all be thrilled by your musings. I know I am! I understand completely about the hair. Stay safe my friend.

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — April 25, 2020 @ 4:07 pm | Reply

  4. Maria…while reading your posts, at times, I clearly hear your voice in my head seemingly speaking directly to me. You lift me up…always! ♥️

    Comment by Gale Clancy — November 19, 2020 @ 6:56 am | Reply

    • Thank you Gale! You made my day. Glad you found something to amuse you or make the day a bit more hopeful. (And I am always speaking directly to you!)

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — November 19, 2020 @ 8:21 am | Reply

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