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Thursday, March 26, 2020

A friend on face book and sparks GLORIAB83 posted this and I thought it spoke volumes!

I know some complain of climbing the walls and going stir crazy, but there are some things to do that can help boost our morale. While in this temporary situation of social distancing, yet up close and personal with our spouse or partner, everything is transparent. We may lack the space we ordinarily have, and notice every little thing.

I like to remember this will not last forever, but until things lift, there is sure to be some inconveniences, but making the most of it is the only way to live.

Our governor issued a STAY HOME policy like other states, and we are abiding by the rule. My husband is out of work for now; It would be easy to get bent out of shape, growl and complain, but we are enjoying the time with each other, knowing the situation won't last indefinitely.

I think about all the many people across the land who live alone, who have no reassuring voice to say, "We will get through this." "We have before and we will again."

My hubby and I have teamed up like never before. We work together taking one room at a time, to deep clean, dust, vacuum, de-clutter and then shampoo all the carpets. Is this because we are afraid of the 'virus getting us?" No--not at all. I do this deep cleaning every year and inbetween. But now I have help and he is here to move furniture and shampoo.

After accomplishments, we are spontaneous, spending time with our little pets, take time to put our feet up and read a book, listen to uplifting music, and go for a walk in the sunshine.

Don't look down. Look Up! Brighter days are sure to come-and they will!

I also starting a new habit--which I am going to sincerely work on- for all seasons. Any time I start to complain, I stop and say something positive instead. "Look--the sun is coming out!" Complaining changes nothing but it adds to the negativity.

I wish you well, and thank you for reading! Remember, this too shall pass!
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  • SHARON10002
    DH and I started compiling a list of things that need to be done around the house. We recently finished a project that needed to be done, but one that we had been putting off because of it's complexity and time needed. We did it, and now feel so much better that it is now done! We also both read inspiration and humor every day, and that really helps in spite of the need to stay home.
    44 days ago
    Our new normal when this is over will be very different. I just hope we stay positive and grateful for making it through.
    55 days ago
    I love that trading OUT the negative and IN with the positive.... makes all the difference in the world!
    58 days ago
    I enjoyed reading your wonderful and uplifting blog. In these stressful time, life has become less stressful and I am enjoyed time with my sister and cousins. We talk about fun times with spent as children, we get household chores done with each other. My prayers go out to the families that have been affected by this virus. But our lives have changed and I'm trying to be as positive as can be. Thanks for your blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    62 days ago
    My favorite pastime; shampooing carpets!

    I constantly boast about how my now 20 year old sand-colored carpet still matches the colors underneath the sofa!
    It's the little things...
    63 days ago
    Beautiful! Continue to take good care of each other. emoticon
    63 days ago
  • no profile photo GREYTDOLPHIN
    Thank you so much. Today talked to a friend who is staying home all alone. She recently lost her dad and just before that her greyhound. Her mom is very elderly and said to not visit, as she doesn't want to be exposed to any virus. I won't complain as I'm sheltering in place with my DH and 3 dogs.
    64 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Being positive is the only way to go. No matter what happens appreciating the joy we have in our lives and being grateful is really important. If I am around someone who is negative I try to answer with a positive comment. Sometime it give someone an idea that they never thought of.
    God bless and take care especially at this difficult time.
    hugs, Eileen (Irish Ei)
    64 days ago
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  • WALNUTT1961
    Thank you! Very uplifting!
    64 days ago
    Our governor hasn’t issued...
    65 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
    Thanks so much... emoticon
    65 days ago
    65 days ago
    We are retired, so live like this every day except for having to be distanced from our community. I can't imagine anyone I'd rather be quarantined with!
    65 days ago
    I am impressed with your deep cleaning. We desperately need to shampoo our carpets. I am glad I have my little family unit with me.
    65 days ago
    Beautiful message! This is a time for all of us to seek opportunities for gratitude. I would love to have down time at home with my retired spouse and I found myself a bit envious of those at home.
    Instead, I am exhausted - physically, mentally, and emotionally from working 12 or more intense hours each day as a clinical social worker in a Veterans healthcare system. I am taking this weekend off to rest & recharge so I can meet the ever increasing needs over the next months.
    I am full of gratitude for having a meaningful job, a serene, happy home, a supportive & loving husband, that I am still getting paid when so many others are living with the fear and uncertainty of the virus, compounded by the fear of no income for an indeterminate amount of time.
    It is not just worthwhile - it is critical to seek the positive and the beauty around us, regardless of circumstances. Thank you for your message!
    65 days ago
    Thank you for sharing the positive things that you and your family are doing during this usual time.
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    66 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Well said. My wife is home out of work, and I work from home for an essential business, and I realize it is much harder for her. I have to have somewhat quiet for my job, and she is finding she is getting much more relaxation time. And this drives her crazy as she needs to be doing something all the time. But we remind each other, this is only temporary, and it is necessary to stay healthy. I do have to admit, I haven't been out of the house for two weeks. So I am going to go for a drive after the storms roll through today. emoticon emoticon
    66 days ago
    We all just need to adjust, stay calm and remember to breath.
    66 days ago
  • no profile photo GRAMPIAN
    Positivity is the way to go. emoticon
    66 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    Excellent ideas Jan, I work well with my hubby too when we have the chance so it is a great opportunity for that. I will try to look for a positive idea too. Hugs xxx
    66 days ago
    the positive outlook is awesome

    enjoy the time together and the clean house

    66 days ago
    My husband is telecommuting and I love that he is home! He has a flexible schedule so he is able to start working earlier which means he is done earlier so we can go on walks! I don't love the situation that we are in with the coronavirus but I love the fact that we are spending so much time indoors with our families.
    66 days ago
  • EDWARDS1411
    66 days ago
    Thank you for this blog - cheers to you and your friend GloriaB83 for choosing to take on a great attitude about your home-stay time! Love the new habit of interrupting complaints with something positive, great idea - the mind can be so easily distracted during a train of thought, yes you are right - why not make it a positive distraction! Happy Sparkin'!
    66 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/27/2020 6:54:45 PM
    66 days ago
  • MARTHA324

    My Dad never let us complain....he said if something was wrong you had three choices:
    fix it
    get away from it
    accept it

    We are working together as much as we can right now. finding ways to be together and apart. It helps that we are in Florida and can both get out for long walks by ourselves. right now I"m in the LR listening to zen-type music while A is out on patio reading. Now if I could get myself to pull all my taxes together that would be good. Next week for sure.
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    66 days ago
  • NANCY-
    May I use your words?
    "Don't look down. Look Up! Brighter days are sure to come-and they will!"

    66 days ago
  • JUNETTA2002
    Thanks for sharing
    66 days ago
    This is an excellent time to get things done. Wih all our time at home we can do a little at a time and feel a sense of accomplishment every day. emoticon emoticon
    66 days ago
    Beautiful. Lessons to take to heart. Very uplifting.
    66 days ago
  • AURA18
    Hi 2B - - - I appreciated your words of encouragement emoticon emoticon emoticon
    We are getting out to the parks to smile and wave to everyone. Pets are loving more attention emoticon emoticon emoticon
    66 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/27/2020 12:04:28 PM
  • no profile photo RACHNACH
    66 days ago
  • MAMADEE016
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    66 days ago
  • no profile photo SILVERNANCY
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    66 days ago
    We can do it!
    66 days ago
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    67 days ago
  • UPTOIT59
    Thank you for your positivity! emoticon
    67 days ago
  • TZAPP22
    Agreed, mindset is more important than ever right now..time to make some lemonade!
    67 days ago
    Hubby & I are finding fun stuff to do when we're at home together. We are trying to create our own adventures...reading, playing puzzle games together, etc.
    67 days ago
    Positive outlook. Hubby is wondering when I will stay home
    from work but the time hasn't come yet. We cook and clean
    and do more outside as the weather permits.
    67 days ago
    Thank you for such a positive post. Only way to get through this.
    67 days ago
    Positivity is a choice. It is the way I want to live my life and for the most part I do lead every day looking for the positive. “Every day may not be good but there is something good in every day.”
    67 days ago
    emoticon Jan for this encouraging positive blog! emoticon
    67 days ago
    I saw a wonderful bit on the news tonight from a holocaust survivor .She said we only have one enemy now the virus ..and we have food ! She makes a good point. She added she was a social butterfly and this tiny woman who has endured so much already said .I was missing the students I teach about the holocaust but look they have not forgotten an old woman and there on her phone were pictures of teenagers waving to her up on her balcony and she was running down the stairs and leaving them baking in a plastic bag for them to pick up!
    67 days ago
    So true, if we look up and look for the good we will find it :)
    67 days ago
    I agree with the positivity!
    67 days ago
  • JAMER123
    Positivity!! That's what we need to send out to all. My DH and I have a summer home (permanent residence) and our winter home in a resort. We are still in the resort where my 93 y/o mom resides, We are under orders as are many, to shelter in place. We can go out of the park for groceries and medical reasons only. That's good as our park has many elderly people. DH goes around the park and helps others while I take time with mom. We do a lot together in the house. Our past was my working nights and him working days about 40 yrs. so these years are enjoyable for us.
    67 days ago
    Millions of home will be cleaner and more organized at the end of all this! Good on Ya!
    67 days ago
    Thanks for the upbeat message. After hearing the daily update report from our Governor this afternoon we all need to make sure we are following all the steps to protect ourselves, especially staying home. We have been for a little over a week now. I'm doing Spring housecleaning and decluttering. We do go for a ride in the country occasionally. What is helping me the most right now is spending time in prayer. I feel at peace when I spend time with God. Have a nice Friday and a great weekend. Stay positive and enjoy time spent with your hubby.
    67 days ago
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