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Today’s World: Coping with COVID-19, part 3

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Christina Stock Photo Open ranchland north of Roswell on the road to Cloudcroft and Ruidoso.

Insights and ideas on how to deal with the ‘new normal, living 6 feet apart and social distancing

By Christina Stock

Vision Editor

Recently, we started a new series showing how others are coping, adapting and living in the COVID-19 times. There might be stories that inspire, lighten the burden or just entertain.

Our area’s people are known for being tough, resilient and independent. They are the descendants of pioneers, and one day, their children’s children will look back with pride on how every family and person dealt with these challenging times. Here are their stories:

Melodi Salas

Melodi Salas lives just outside of Capitan, but works and shops in Roswell, as well. Asked how the COVID-19 restriction impacted her, she said via Facebook, “I’m a realtor and our profession was declared essential, though there was communication from the New Mexico Real Estate Commission to “stay at home” if possible. During the past few weeks, I have been asked to show property and have done so, but have worn a mask and kept a reasonable distance from others. Hand sanitizer has also been a must have. My usual trips to the grocery store, hardware store and livestock feed and supply stores continue as usual, though social distancing is still adhered to and a mask is worn most of the time. Since I also have a home office in addition to the Ranchline Real Estate office for which I work, needed communication with clients, lenders, etc. has not been a problem. However, the COVID-19 pandemic with its impact on the economy has definitely affected the real estate market activity, and the public’s lifestyle in general because one change tends to have effect on something else and so on down the line.”

Asked if she is receiving support from the government or institutions, Salas said, “No monetary help, but the ever-present emotional support of my friends and family is invaluable. I am genuinely blessed to have such caring, loving people in my life.”

Salas said that she lives on 10 acres of land, “I have two horses, four dogs, one cat and a husband and there is always work to be done around my place, so there is no such thing as being ‘cooped up together’ in my world.”

Asked about her daily routine, she said, “The only ‘daily routine’ I have is to make coffee first thing in the morning, then feed all of the animals, feed the husband, meditate and exercise — and then start my day from there. The life of a Realtor is never routine — it’s a new adventure every day.”

Many are developing new skills during this time and Salas said she has been keeping busy as well. “I watched a YouTube video on how to replace a water pump in a barn evaporative cooler I have for the horses — and it’s working beautifully. I have never had a ‘green thumb’ but am trying my hand at raising tomatoes, cucumbers and okra. And last, but not least, am sorting through years of accumulation of stuff into save, donate or throw away piles. Have been making treks to the landfill with the throw away things, and when the Humane Society Thrift Shop reopens, I have some goodies to take to them.”

Salas keeps informed in a variety of ways she said. “I follow Facebook happenings, news on the internet, listen to a local morning radio show and occasional talk radio, read the Roswell Daily Record, and frequently catch state news on one of the Albuquerque TV stations,” she said. “Between all of these venues, I’m able to stay pretty well informed. This has been my news menu long before the COVID-19 pandemic, so nothing in my news gathering has really changed through all of this.”

Asked what the first thing will be after the restrictions lift, Salas said, “Gather with friends after work for some much missed fellowship.”

Alethea Hartwell

Alethea Hartwell is known to the public as actress and director at the Roswell Community Little Theatre. She worked in Way Way Off-Broadway Theatre Company productions and is one of the three art and theater teachers at Kids in Art ProgramS (KAPS). Asked how she is dealing with the COVID-19 restrictions, she said via Facebook messenger, “I sub for a private school. Obviously, since the schools are shut down, they don’t need me. It’s not a huge income but it supplements our household budget. With it, things are tight. Without it, I’ve nearly bounced my checking account twice. Thank God my husband is still pulling a paycheck.”

Asked if she is receiving help and support from either government, church or others, Hartwell said, “Our church does a food bank. I’ve used it. And just tightened the budget a lot.”

Hartwell said she had been homeschooling her children long before the stay-at-home regulations and that they were used to being at home. She and her family do try  to stay active, “We still go out on bike rides and walks and visit family. We’ve had a few ‘friend’ get togethers. I’m one who really thinks this is a ‘planned demic,’ so we are still going to see family and having family dinners and the like. My kids and I are missing church and Bible study, however.”

Asked if she found a new interest or hobby, Hartwell said, “I have started vlogging a little. And I got a new camera, so I’m learning how to use it. That’s been fun.”

Asked how she kept in touch with the world and if she is watching more or less news, Hartwell said, “Same as I did before: phone, Facebook, YouTube, family visits. I don’t watch mainstream media because all they do is lie to you. Never have. I get my news from other sources.”

Hartwell is looking forward to businesses opening. As soon as that happens, she said, “I miss going to the coffee shop with a good friend and just chatting the afternoon or evening away. That’s what I will do.”

Would you like to share your routine or tips on how to cope with the restrictions? Email vision@rdrnews.com or call 575-622-7710, ext. 309. You can message us on our Facebook page, as well.