Where in the world is she? Where did she go?
Almost a year ago I came to grips with a difficult decision. I needed to take a couple of months away from my blog. The difficulty arose from the realization I was giving in to my pain and resulting depression. Giving in is not in my nature.
Two months grew into six. Then into ten, and here we are today, a bit over a year later. Without saying anything more, I let the months slip by. Finally, my courage and determination have gotten the better of me. I’m stepping out from behind those excuses. Continue reading
Today I’m not only talking about Christmas as I declare “It’s almost here!” I’m also thinking of the end of 2020. Thinking of it as the “year that was” should feel good.
And with those thoughts, we can move ahead into 2021 with hope and anticipation of better days ahead.
Today I’m joining a talented group of writers at Five Minute Friday. This community connects each Friday in an online, unedited free-write based on a one-word prompt. My timer is set for 5 minutes. Let’s see where this week’s prompt—PRESENT—leads me.
Likely many are thinking of the list of presents they need to buy, wrap, ship, or deliver. In our family, we’ve created a new process, thanks to the pandemic.
However, before I share that with you, I’d like to tell you about the decision my husband and I landed on some three decades ago. Each Christmas I’d make a list of things I Continue reading
Experiencing a bit of cabin fever? Government restrictions related to the coronavirus bugging you? Looking for a quick cure for cabin fever? Keep reading!
Today we bring an expert to the blog to share tips for coping with cabin fever. Our expert has four years or more under her belt of being confined. Chronic pain has been her nemesis, but her tips will apply as well to cabin fever patients.
Here’s a list of helpful tips and hints for coping with the frustrating symptoms associated with cabin fever:
- Grab a good book and start reading. Need help finding a book? Check out book descriptions and reviews on Goodreads.
- Do a jigsaw puzzle. It may seem a bit old-school, but they can be lots of good fun unless you have cats who want to help!
- Schedule a movie and popcorn night. Especially popular if you have children around.
- Call a friend or two you haven’t touched base with in a while.
- Get out some board games or a deck of cards.
- Sort through old photos.
- Try a new hobby, like knitting, crocheting, stained glass, writing poetry, or Sudoku.
- Pour through cookbooks looking for a new recipe to try out.
- Start pre-spring cleaning. That way you won’t have so much to do when the good weather arrives.
- That home improvement project you’ve been postponing is something you could work on.
- How about adult coloring? Check out these sites for good resources to get you started: Johanna Basford, Colorit, Art Is Fun!, and The Spruce Crafts.
- If you’re a TV watcher, catch the newest season of your favorite show on Netflix.
- Begin researching family history and start a family tree.
- Plan a weekend getaway for after the restrictions are lifted.
- Enjoy reading aloud rather than alone and silently? Maybe this is a good family activity if you have young readers.
- Get some form of exercise. If you can get outside and continue social distancing, take a short walk, say 15 minutes. Or perhaps you have some slightly never used exercise equipment you could put to good use.
- Continue to engage your faith or spiritual life through reading and/or prayer, or both.
- Think about that spring garden. Perhaps it’s time to draw up a plan for what you want to plant and how.
- Give in to that power nap. It’s amazing how much that few minutes improves your attitude.
- Try meditation.
- Plan and treat your family to a picnic. Cook up hamburgers and hot dogs and all the fixings. Then spread a cheerful tablecloth or blanket on the floor and get out the paper goods and plastic forks and knives. Add some chips and condiments and have fun!
- If you’re a writer, try writing in a different genre than usual.
And lastly, remember to practice kindness even if you are self-quarantined with your family–may be just you and your partner or spouse, and maybe a few kids, or some other configuration of family. Spread kindness even in these different and difficult times.