Bad Hair Day

What I’ve learned is when my usual routine is no longer available, new practices present themselves and I adapt.

Bad Hair Day…no problem, I wear a hat.

Staying Home…no problem, home is my sanctuary.

Keeping Busy…no problem, cleaning, organizing, painting, reading, the list goes on.

Watching the news, hearing about the pain and suffering of people fighting the virus; families that have lost loved ones; businesses closing; job loss; fear and stress. Dealing with those feelings…not so easy. I know it weighs on you too.

My life-force is lifted when out for my neighborhood walks, I notice kids are being creative and resourceful, encouraged by their parents and teachers, no doubt. I see drawings in windows and on garage doors of reminders to “wash your hands”, “don’t touch your face”, “cough and sneeze into your elbow” and gratitude pictures for the front-line workers.  Each drawing as unique as the person who did it. The young people may not be learning as much math and science, but they are learning life skills that will stay with them forever, and in doing so they remind adults to be selfless, to stay connected, to help others, to take nothing for granted, and to be grateful.

I love the creativity, resourcefulness and adaptability of us and hope it continues after this unique time is over.

Be well.

Be safe.

Be grateful.

Be hopeful.

Find joy in the small everyday things.

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When the World Gets Sick

I’ve learned  when my usual routine is no longer available, new practices present themselves and I adapt.

Like you, I have made adjustments to my life during the pandemic. Simple things like going to the grocery store have become an event. I have to plan ahead for the best time to go, so the lines to enter are not too long and the shelves are still stocked. Waiting to get in the store is more a function of crowd control. The stores are only letting a certain number of people in at a time so we can keep a safe distance from one another. I’m not someone who has bought excessive amounts of product (hoarding), however I found myself buying extra of some items so I will be able to shop less often.

When out for my neighborhood walks, I noticed kids are being creative and resourceful, encouraged by their parents and teachers, no doubt. I see drawings in windows and on garage doors of reminders to “wash your hands”, “don’t touch your face”, “cough and sneeze into your elbow” and gratitude portrayals for all the first responders.  Each drawing as unique as the person who did it. The young people may not be learning as much math and science, but they are learning life skills that will stay with them forever, and in doing so they remind adults to be selfless, to stay connected, to help others, to take nothing for granted, and to be grateful.

Where I live, we are required to wear masks in grocery stores, but not necessarily in the neighborhood. However, I noticed people in my area are wearing masks while out walking. I realized they are doing this to protect me from them. Feeling the pressure to do my part, I started wearing a bandana around my neck and pull it up over my nose and mouth as I approach others to protect them from me.

I love the creativity, resourcefulness and adaptability of us and hope it continues after this unique time is over.

Be well.

Be safe.

Be grateful.

Be hopeful.

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Quarantine Diary…Funnies

Self-Isolation Quarantine Diary

Day 1 – I Can Do This!! Got enough food and wine to last a month!

Day 2 – Opening my 8th bottle of Wine. I fear wine supplies might not last!

Day 3 – Strawberries: Some have 210 seeds, some have 235 seeds. Who Knew??

Day 4 – 8:00pm. Removed my Day Pajamas and put on my Night Pajamas.

Day 5 – Today, I tried to make Hand Sanitizer. It came out as Jello Shots!!

Day 6 – I get to take the Garbage out. I’m So excited, I can’t decide what to wear.

Day 7 – Laughing way too much at my own jokes!!

Day 8 – Went to a new restaurant called “The Kitchen”. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have No clue how this place is still in business.

Day 9 – I put liquor bottles in every room. Tonight, I’m getting all dressed up and going Bar hopping.

Day 10 – Struck up a conversation with a Spider today. Seems nice. He’s a Web Designer.

Day 11 – Isolation is hard. I swear my fridge just said, “What the hell do you want now?”

Day 12 – I realized why dogs get so excited about something moving outside, going for walks or car rides. I think I just barked at a squirrel.

Day 13 – If you keep a glass of wine in each hand, you can’t accidentally touch your face.

Day 14 – Watched the birds fight over a worm. The Cardinals lead the Blue Jays 3–1.

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Miracle

My mom had a second bad fall in late March. She has been in a rehab facility for several weeks following a week in the hospital. We were not sure if she would be returning to her home. We got a report today that her condition has improved immensely and she will be going home later this week. An Easter miracle!
Believe.

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On The Simple Life

From you, the people who keep my spirit alive every day I’ve learned you can’t hear words of kindness and gratitude too often. I thank you for being part of my life, and for just being you.

True story: Life has changed a lot for me and for you I’m sure. Although when I think about it for me it hasn’t changed that much considering I work from home any way. The difference is my mindset has changed. Because I have to stay home more or should stay home to be safe it makes me want to go out more. I can think of all kinds of things I could go to the store and get. I don’t really need the stuff, but I might if this confinement goes on a lot longer. I don’t go.

It’s also time to appreciate the simple things, the everyday, ordinary things…

~Savoring the smell of my morning coffee
~Listening to the quiet on the street
~Watching the raindrops dance on the pool and outdoor tile
~Reading just for pleasure

~Walking, hiking with my dog, my greatest teacher, she always lives in the moment and knows what time it is…NOW!

Embrace it, whatever every day is for you.

Be safe.
Be well.
Sending light and love.

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Change, Acceptance, Meaning, Purpose

I have several friends over eighty years old. I don’t think of them as elderly just like I don’t think of my parents as elderly. Then something happens, a heart attack, a stroke, a fall that causes broken bones or another medical condition that needs treatment.

“What happened?” I say. She was fine yesterday I just talked to her. At least I thought she was fine. More than likely the incident was building for a while, just like the gradual aging process that happens to all of us.

When I really look at myself, I see I’m not the same as I was twenty years ago. I look older, I’m slower, and more cautious. I hate it, but it’s the life cycle and I have to accept it.

For me it’s easy to accept changes in myself. I still think I can do anything I decide to do. It’s not so easy to accept when it comes to friends and family. I have to depend on them to push forward and if they choose not to, what can I do?

Having gone through a traumatic event with my mother recently I saw what appeared to be a slow recovery in a rehab facility. What motivated her was the thought of getting back to her life, even though assistance would be necessary and independence would be somewhat curtailed. It was something to look forward to, a consistent schedule, a routine that includes socializing around a card game, meals with others, worship/church at a set time, physical therapy sessions, etc.

Humans need that at every age, otherwise we flounder and nothing gets done. I can’t imagine having no commitments all day, every day. It sounds freeing, but without obligations and dedications life loses meaning and purpose.

I commit to a schedule every week including things I do for and with others, and things I do for myself.

Life is as good as it can be!

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Single Mindedness

The secret to genius is focus.

I have a neighbor and friend who is father to two grown daughters and grandfather to four, two boys and two girls. The younger boy has always caused concern for his mother and grandfather as he has one passion in life, baseball.

Scouts came around through his high school years. They didn’t express interest in the young pitcher, but he remained positive and singularly focused, not giving up on his dream.

His mother and grandfather continued to talk to him about a plan B, another interest to pursue in college if baseball didn’t work out. The young man persisted saying no plan B, no baseball, no college.

Now in his final semester of high school he’s getting ready to head to college! Why? Because a college in the same state as his home offered a baseball scholarship! For an athlete that’s a dream come true. For his mother and grandfather, it means he’s continuing his education and will be required to commit to his academics as well as his athletics.

I love this story.

Having a singular focus and mindset does work!

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I Fell For It

I think of myself as an aware person and, with maturity, a cautious person. I know about the scams of people being ripped off, especially during the holidays.

A few days before Christmas I was at a local grocery store. Like most people I have a routine. I put my reusable bags in the cart where a child would sit and my purse on top of the bags. My purse has a short strap and I loop one hand through the handle as I push the cart around the store.

As I made my way around the store a woman motioned to me for help. She was holding a can and was having trouble reading the label. She asked me a question in Spanish. In my “best” Spanish I answered her questions. She smiled and seemed satisfied and walked away. The interaction was less than one minute. I thought to myself how strange that someone who can’t read or speak English is in a store where everything is in English. There are many stores that cater to Hispanics where I live in Los Angeles. I dismissed the thought and went on my way.

I finished my shopping and went to checkout. I opened my purse where I keep 2 small wallets, one aluminum to protect against identity theft that holds my driver’s license, credit cards and membership cards. The other wallet holds coins and cash. The aluminum wallet was gone! I thought that’s odd as I was sure I had it when I left the house. I had enough cash to cover my grocery bill and was convinced the wallet was in the car. It wasn’t. Driving to my home I thought it has to be there although it would be unlike me to take that case out of my purse.

When I couldn’t find it, I knew what happened. The classic scam; one person distracts, and another person steals! Wasting no time, I made a list and started calling credit card companies, etc. While on the phone I received a text message from my bank asking if I had just made a $1400 purchase at the Apple store with my debit card. Responding “NO” they told me the purchase was declined and my card was deactivated.

I was able to cancel everything with no financial loss to myself or credit card companies. Then it was off to the DMV. I don’t have to say any more about the time and frustration that experience holds.

Reviewing the incident in my mind I know my hand remained attached to the strap of my purse. How the person was able to unlatch my purse, open it and take the case without my knowing in less than a minute is unbelievable! They are professionals, that’s what they do. I wonder how much practice and training that takes?

They got nothing from me of monetary value. For me, the aggravation, and feeling violated, and the questioning of “how could I fall for it?” is diminishing. Will I continue to help people when asked? Yes, with higher consciousness.

We have all heard it, women need to wear their purse across the body and men need to wear their wallets in their front pants pocket or breast pocket. I’m doing it now and hope it’s enough!

I’m happy to share this story and spread awareness.

Wishing you a healthy, happy, and safe New Year!

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Holiday Wishes 2019

Wishing you

always have stars in your eyes,

Cherishing the memories

of loved ones passed,

Creating new moments

with those present.

And looking forward for more to come.

 Sending light and wishing you peace and happiness throughout the year.

Live-Fully-(5x7)

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A Choice and a Chance

Every day is a choice, a chance to do better. Maybe today I will have my best day yet.

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