How have you entertained yourself while quarantined? | Contributor Q&A

I’ve avoided boredom during the pandemic by doing lots of hiking (while practicing social distancing, of course)! My boyfriend and I made it our mission to see as many waterfalls as possible, so we’ve been regulars at nearby state parks and state nature preserves. I’m sharing a couple of our favorite Stark County walks and hikes in this month’s “Summer in Stark” section on Page 27. We usually follow up that hiking with cooking dinner or baking a treat, and it’s made for some pretty great days off.

Alison Matas
Hiking
I’ve avoided boredom during the pandemic by doing lots of hiking (while practicing social distancing, of course)! My boyfriend and I made it our mission to see as many waterfalls as possible, so we’ve been regulars at nearby state parks and state nature preserves. I’m sharing a couple of our favorite Stark County walks and hikes in this month’s “Summer in Stark” section. We usually follow up that hiking with cooking dinner or baking a treat, and it’s made for some pretty great days off.

Gary Brown
Reading
Reading always has been my go-to activity for “found time.” Perhaps those extra moments in life never have been more abundant than during the coronavirus pandemic.

I turned to my bookshelves. Waiting was a collection of short stories written by a former high school classmate that I had intended to take along on my next vacation, a trip that—at least during the early part of this year—never came.

So, I nestled in with “Letting Go,” stories written by Len Joy, once of western New York and now of Illinois. I became reacquainted with a friend. You should meet him, too.

Len was a classmate and a teammate. I don’t recall him talking much about writing when we were young. As an adult, his words blossomed. Now I have had time to pick the lovely flowers that resulted from my friend planting them on paper.

Kelsey Davis
A little bit of everything
When given extra time, I often struggle deciding what I want to do with it. During the pandemic was no different. After bingeing through Netflix shows and rom-coms, I finished multiple knitting projects. Looks like I’ll have plenty of scarves to don this fall. After I used up all my yarn, I was able to be productive and get some yard work and outdoor house work done. Then I shifted gears and really focused on reading self help books and took up meditation. After reaching a point of zen, I decided it was time to watch some documentaries with my husband. We learned all about Elizabeth Holmes and the McDonald’s Monopoly scam. I also had some time to get back into listening to podcasts. I’m now hooked on the new Rabbit Hole podcast.