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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Do you remember when we were kids and just returning to school in the fall after a summer of delightful school-free frolics and our teacher would ask us to stand in front of the class to tell our restless classmates "how we spent our summer vacation?" No? Well, frankly neither do I. Maybe this is just a bit of grammar school folklore, but in any case I can use it as a template to tell you what I’ve been doing on my spring break from the virus.

Actually not that much has changed since the lockdown and my life before. I still walk Bernie every morning but instead of going to the market three times a week, I go just about two. Well, come to think of it, I am recently shopping for my elderly neighbor who is 86 years old so I probably might go one extra time for an outing.

Because of limited movement and pain in my neck (literally,) I can’t do a whole heck of a lot. So being in lockdown isn’t drastically changing my world as it is now.

I have reached out to new and old friends by texting and emailing. I feel a sense of comradery; we are not “alone” anymore; we are all trying to survive together by hopefully listening to the scientists and doctors.

Everything feels very calm and peaceful both in my home and outside in my garden, however, the minute you turn on the news, the channels are reporting the same thing. And the news at the moment has all the essential components to raise our anxiety levels to the point of making us feel like we are fighting for our lives. I have some friends who are news junkies, and their stress levels are through the roof right now. When you are constantly bombarded with doom and gloom news and your stress levels go through the roof, it puts your body into "fight or flight". This means that your body goes into survival mode, and when it does that, your immune system is not at its best.

So I have curtailed my watching CNN and decided to limit my watching that station to an hour a day…in spurts. I am also playing Scrabble online with a few pals that keep my mind busy. I haven’t cooked up anything special; I live alone and have no desire to make a gourmet meal for just moi. I just do simple.

Please be safe, do what you are suppose to do and do keep a social distance from anyone. I believe in sort of a miracle that we will get through this nightmare and in return, live in a brand new normal. Are we ready? I am not too sure about that.

Bernie just being Bernie...
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    Bernie is precious, and I love that huggie pillow you got for him! So cute!

    It sounds like you are handling this weird time in history very well, Fredie. Your peaceful life sounds so attractive. Taking care of your little buddy, going for walks, helping your elderly neighbor, face-timing with friends--except for your neck pain, your life sounds so tranquil and perfect.

    I do hope your pain subsides and you continue to enjoy peaceful days. Staying away from too much news is a very good idea, which I need to follow, too!
    60 days ago
  • EISSA7
    Such a great pic of your special guy...he looks so calm and content! I watch the evening news and THAT makes me so sad...cannot imagine putting myself thru a steady dose of that all day....by now, if you don’t know how bad it is and what you should be doing to keep yourself safe, then emoticon !
    Stay safe. emoticon
    61 days ago
  • GABY1948
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    61 days ago
    I too avoid too much watching of TV news. It’s much more fun watching and playing with the dogs...
    I am shopping a lot less now, as we have to have a signed document every time we leave the house for anything. I’m enjoying using up store cupboard packets and coming up with different meals, as well as trying out new recipes...
    62 days ago
    Yes, this has truly been an eye opening experience. I am much more mindful of everything I do to maintain my safety and others, as well.

    I am not into constant news updates on the TV, either Once/day. that's enough for me. That's just fine.

    Awwww, your Bernie looks so adorably sweet! They put everything in perspective don't they! I know our Miss Lilly certainly does here for us.
    62 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    62 days ago
    Such a cute photo of Bernie. Daisy and I spent some time out in the back yard today and it felt so good!
    62 days ago
    I have been just watching the local news and that is it, cause it still is about 75 miles to the nearest case and I just keep track of how far it is away. So great to see Bernie, it's been awhile. Do take care.
    62 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    I agree with you the news is so so depressing. I too have distanced myself from it. I just watch the evening news and that's it.

    Keep safe and stay well.
    62 days ago
    👍. I am using this time to declutter and organize. I’m selling stuff on eBay and have folded clothes Marie Kondo style. Still walking everyday but my Half Marathon event streak is coming to an end. I’ll be doing a virtual in April and probably May and June also. Who knows? Loved your Bernie picture. My cats are weathering this situation just fine lol.

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  • JUNETTA2002
    Love your Bernie
    62 days ago
  • JOANN25
    I listen to the news so I know what is happening. However I am saddened by what I hear and have to get hopeful and optimistic about the future.

    Your plan is good. emoticon
    62 days ago
    How adogable!
    62 days ago
    Lovely Bernie! I have 2 wild yorkies. Lol I am a news junkie too, but I keep away from it right now. We just need to practice physical distancing while staying socially connected and limit the news while trying to be strong. I wish you well!:)
    62 days ago
    Well, I am glad you are doing well. Like you News is so depressing I limited it to one hour a day. Enjoying nature, pets and household chores. Shopping is a challenging sport with lots unavailable.
    62 days ago
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