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social distancing..a regular weekend for me, lol

Sunday, March 15, 2020


It takes everything not to get caught up in the panic of a nation, doesn't it? Especially when you go to the grocery store and shelf upon shelf has been emptied of its merchandise. People are scared. Maybe being scared will offer protection to some because they will refrain from over-socializing. Maybe being scared will simply keep our world more health conscious when it comes to hand washing and the transmission of germs. That certainly won't be a bad thing. Maybe being scared will encourage millions of families whose young children have no school right now to truly enjoy themselves without constantly being scheduled for one event or the other.

There is real beauty in "being forced" to hunker down. To take a breath.

In the last several days I have felt some true peace. I try hard not to watch television or listen to the radio where all they talk about is the pandemic. It does me no good at all. As someone who has always felt high anxiety even on a good day, even as a child, now I know what serves me and what doesn't and I try hard to protect that. It doesn't make me better informed, to listen... it just makes me jumpy and frightened of my financial and physical future.
My body cannot afford this stress. No one's really can.

So I spend my time doing one of my favorite things: cooking! On warm days I grill turkey and beef burgers and fat slices of red onion and asparagus that gets wrapped in a little bed of foil before it burns. I freeze overripe bananas and unfortunately mealy-tasting organic blueberries for delicious smoothies that really help the sweet tooth that is having a tough time being satiated on my eating plan. I chop tons of onions and peppers so that I can throw them in a skillet with extra virgin olive oil along with a pre-cooked slice of salmon or cod, and I have a quick and delicious dinner. This sort of preparation feeds my soul as much as it does, my body.

Here's to good health, Sparkpeople. Be safe. Find peace in unusual places. We will get through this.
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  • VERNAJ3
    Great Blog. I'm kind of enjoying the social distancing as well. It's good not to have to keep thinking of things to do and places to go and for once be able to just stay at home and do, well, nothing if that is what fits our fancy. The biggest decision is what to make for dinner these past 3 or so weeks. Tough life isn't it??? I feel very safe at home. Not so much when I have to go for groceries.

    I like your idea of slicing peppers and onions to throw into the pan for stir frys. I don't chop ahead of time but I do love stir frys. I actually steam the veggies and then add a little butter at the end while the moisture dissipates. Yummy. Sometimes I add Butter Chicken Sauce at the end and some left over meat, chicken, pork or beef depends!!
    60 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    emoticon and I totally agree! Stay safe and healthy! emoticon
    70 days ago
  • FRABBIT
    What a great blog!
    78 days ago
  • SILVAS7
    You rock ! Thankful for posting insight ! We live in hurricane land , I have had to learn a discipline of not watching the media hype ! Once in while you check in but I make myself do other things like you cook , deep clean !
    79 days ago
  • BARBIEE52
    I'm working on things I've put off, readiing, all kinds of fun things I "thought" I never had time for, take it in stride, do a lot of praying...thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    80 days ago
  • ONEBLUEMOON
    I made a whopping big bowl of Mediterranean chickpea feta salad today. All that chopping was therapeutic! Thanks for the wisdom, as always! Yes, be well and prosper! emoticon
    80 days ago
  • _RAMONA
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    I happily embrace the 'forced' isolation form the business of the world... my favourite place t be is home with my family. This is a good time to build family connection, and we'll be looking for ways to make this time an opportunity, rather than a burden, for ourselves and our community.
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    81 days ago
  • _BABE_
    I am with you...do what gives you peace.
    81 days ago
  • DEBVNE
    Your words, their message...powerful. Take care, be well. Feed your soul, itโ€™s beautiful.
    81 days ago
  • BEDA65
    Great positive blog, Sue.

    I agree with limiting media right now. I check the MO Health and Family Services website every other day or so and we're doing what we can to self isolate.

    God Bless you!

    Spark On!
    ~B~
    81 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
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    81 days ago
  • STILLSPARKLEIGH
    I am doing alot in the kitchen right now too...and that is a GOOD thing emoticon I am also connecting to NATURE and spending extra time with my family...more good things.... even THORNS have ROSES emoticon
    81 days ago
  • CHERALA
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    82 days ago
  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    I agree with you about being forced to hunker down. I think we're all so conditioned to being goal-oriented every minute of every day that we've forgotten what it feels like to just BE. I was in the Kobe Earthquake way back in 1995, and while it was a horrendous time in this city and horrifying to see all the destruction, I have some good memories, too, of being in my apartment with my children and husband for several days, just reading books and playing games, trying to cook without gas (we had an electric hot plate) and going out to find water.

    I'm not at all glad the coronavirus appeared on the scene, but I think it might teach us to remember what's important and to treasure this life we've been given.

    Happy Social Distancing! At times like these, I'm extra grateful for my Spark friends. Take care, dear Sue.
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    82 days ago
  • FRABBIT
    Sounds like you are tackling this in a healthy manner!
    82 days ago
  • RREDFORD5
    How about that-I love to cook and bake, too, especially when I'm anxious. It's therapeutic! I have some freezer space, so I can keep stuff until we eat it, or I can give it away. ;-) I read that "Rage-baking" and "Anxiety-baking" are things, now. Who knew; people always thought I was a weirdo! Meanwhile, back to you; this is a nice piece to read today, and I hope you are feeling good. We need a Vulcan greeting emoji; Live long, and prosper! :-) emoticon
    82 days ago
  • REMBRY
    totally agree .. totally ..
    its so easy to willingly surrender our peace of mind when the news hollers doom and gloom .. I too am easily entertained in the kitchen .. every day .. ha ha ..
    today I'm multi tasking .. studying my bible .. while I cook and check up on my Spark Friends .. xo
    all is well
    fear not ..
    xo
    thank you for your blog .

    82 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    I find plenty to do too when I am forced to stay home out of necessity.
    82 days ago
  • 7STIGGYMT
    I haven't been out of the house since Wednesday. I don't think I have corona virus, but this is the sickest I've been in several years.
    82 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Sort of His enforced time out to get back to basics. I am finding it nice to have a slower pace. Enjoying being w/DH and Miss Lilly, going on walks, getting some fresh air and sunshine (PERFECT things to thwart the virus).

    HUGS and stay well. Keep doing what youโ€™re doing.

    82 days ago
  • ROSALIE28
    I think it is so important to do what is good for you. Staying calm is so much healthier. Blessings!
    82 days ago
  • LOSEDAPOUNDS
    Sounds like you are making the best of it, especially with the healthy cooking. I am actually, dare I admit, looking forward to some aspects. Sleeping past 5:45am will be a dream. (Pun intended). We will all be together as a family. It will be much easier when we still have outdoor freedom-lots of walks and playing outside. Working from home will be tough while trying to get the kids doing work, but we'll manage.I am very much part introvert, part extrovert. The introvert in me is enjoying no pressure to socialize. It is nice to have a valid excuse not to see difficult extended family members. I host playdates and schep my kids to them to keep them happy, but I don't mind a little break from it. I can finally organize things and clean up better than the superficial clean I do so we don't look like slobs.
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    Comment edited on: 3/15/2020 12:31:32 PM
  • LOPEYP
    You are smart. All the hysteria isn't good for any of us.
    Just had a long workout and plan to do some cooking later and work on my puzzle.

    Stay safe, my friend. emoticon
    82 days ago
  • CHRISTINEBWD
    Sounds like your cooking will see you through Sue. I am hanging out with my kittens and watching the rain fall this morning. emoticon
    82 days ago
  • GODS-PRINCESS
    I spent some time on media to keep myself informed.
    My son's college is closed but he can't come home until his homework is done for next week so that is a concern to me.
    Then I spend time watching movies,
    82 days ago
  • 1BLAZER282005
    I've been watching movies to tune out the non-stop chatter. Spring cleaning and reading the Bible. All these things bring me peace and happiness. We're having to isolate per Bobby's doctor which is okay & expected. Have a fantastic day ๐ŸŽ‰
    82 days ago
  • no profile photo ROSSYFLOSSY
    Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘
    82 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    Have a good day.
    82 days ago
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