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Mixing it up a bit

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

I am one of the fortunate ones - quarantining in a home with resources and comforts, and in a wooded area with lots of outdoor space as well.

However, my energy level is still not up to par after the long hours and weeks spent at my mother's hospital bed just a short while ago.

But, as the weeks turn into months of staying in place, with the anticipation of more of the same to come, I try to make some small changes for some variety.

It is good to mix it up a bit every now and then - just for fun.

My hair is growing, and what was once worry about that has turned into a satisfaction with the new longer length. I am no longer blow drying it after I wash it; rather, I comb it into position (turned down at the ends, and back off my face) and let it dry naturally. That way the hair does not look so puffy and out of control. So far, I am liking it.

I move around my favorite chair (a comfortable rocker with a foot stool) to sit in different locations in the room.

In a similar vein, I sit in various places around my house to read -- places where I do not often sit -- just to be in a new spot. Oftentimes, the new spot offers me a fresh view of the outside as well.

DH and I also eat our meals at different spots depending on our mood. We will sometimes abandon the usual kitchen table and eat elsewhere - on a coffee table, in front of the television, outside on the deck.

One morning, I decided to dress up more than usual. I put on a long skirt and a blouse - and I even added long beads and matching earrings. The change from the usual pants and top felt good.

I watched an episode of a new show on Netflix (Tiger King) - and after realizing it was not overdone fiction, but a documentary of real people, I decided to watch the entire show - even though it is something I would never have looked at before.
DH left the room, and refused to see it.

I am emailing, texting and calling my sons and my friends more often than usual. We are more involved in each others' lives than we ordinarily would be.
I emailed my next door neighbors - two physicians - just to see how they are doing. Both are near retirement and are managing patients remotely using technology.

More of my neighbors are walking around the cul de sac that I live on. So I am seeing them more often than usual too. I saw two neighbors walking 6 feet apart from while conversing with each other on their cell phones.

I think I will spend some time later today making a couple of masks for our next trip to the grocery store.
(The last time I sewed anything of significance was when I created patchwork quilts for my two about-to-be-born grandkids. They are now 8 years old.)

When my energy level improves -- I will probably take on some cleaning and organization projects around the house.

Maybe next week...

Meanwhile, though, I am eating nutritious meals, getting lots of sleep, walking (shorter distances, though), and getting some fresh air every day.

That's what we all learn to do here on SP.


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    I am happy to read that you are able to spend time being creative with your daily schedule and that you've been able to take care of yourself, too. There have been so many abrupt changes in your life in the past few months to drain your energy and your emotions, and I'm glad that you're using this time to eat good meals, get plenty of sleep, and stay active.

    I enjoyed reading about what you've been doing. Best wishes!
    52 days ago
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    53 days ago
    Here's to mixing it up!
    53 days ago
    i love how you are changing your views and scenery and ways you do things Hugs
    54 days ago
    I’m almost 75 and have seen many changes in my lifestyle over the years. I know that change is necessary for growth. I’ve been thinking about all the changes that have been forced upon me for my survival because of being in an at risk age group. I remember a quote from Marie Curie “ Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” I’m finding this time alone is causing me to look deeper into myself and find that inner peace that allows me to live in the present moment and not focus on the future with fear. I hope that others can find this peaceful place, too, and the strength it gives you.

    From Charles Darwin: “In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.“

    Peace, stay calm, and stay well.


    54 days ago
    I live in a cabin in the woods on 6.5 acres and only go to town once or twice a week normally so this has been effortless for me. I am grateful for that as I am high risk and also grateful for the people who do their part to save me. We find plenty of productive things to do, like putting out the lawn furniture and garden art, Starting a garden, Repairing a bird bath. Fixing great meals I feel for extroverted people as they are really suffering with this. I see them thinking up reasons they have to get out and expose themselves to death. My parents are both dead but they were so extroverted I don't think they would have made it through this. It's wonderful that some people try to think of things for others to occupy themseves with as people like me are not real helpful with that. I love to hear about neighbors singing on the balcony or having a concert on them.
    54 days ago
    Yes, adaptation is the key to survival right now (well, always, really, but especially in times like these).

    Hugs and stay safe, stay well.
    54 days ago
    Sounds like what I'm doing here.
    Taking walks in different directions.
    Sitting in the sun room for a change with a heater on since it's still chilly.
    Trying not to snack!
    I haven't dressed up, though. Maybe I should give it a try.
    54 days ago
    Good job adapting, as we all must do these days! emoticon emoticon Stay safe and well!
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