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Friday, February 26, 2021

"Is that all there is, is that all there is?
If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing
Let's break out the booze and have a ball
If that's all there is..."
sung by Peggy Lee

There's nothing wrong, my friends, let's keep dancing!
I had an epiphany in the shower (of course in the shower) getting ready for the gym.

Lately I've been consumed by my electronic devices. I find I'm looking too much forward to placing my laptop on my lap and diving into Spark People, Ancestry, Family Search and a host of other websites. I've been consumed by reading articles and the news. The laptop is on my lap when I get up and the last thing off it when I go to bed. Then when I go to bed I play the same bubble pop game I've played since caring for Dad in 2011-2012. I do plenty of other things but if I sit down, my lap is occupied.

Is this how I want to spend my "declining"...years?
Yes, COVID put a halt to my plans. My sister-in-law and I made our first of what was to become many lunch dates two weeks before the shut down. Done.
I bought my new vehicle, the object of much anticipated travel, the day before the shutdown. Sorta done. We did make one well-guarded trip.

My crochet projects sit in bins. Some started on plane trips, my favorite time to crochet. My house needs lovin'. I gave up on my spouse as his love is TV first unless I make other plans for him. I knew that and am ok with it. As he ages he makes less decisions...sometimes I realize he's declining and I ignore it.

That's another reason to close the lid for a while. I've started showing him pictures taken by my lovely Spark Friends. I talk about my lovely Spark Friends as though I just saw them. Yes, I've seen some IRL but that's not making me move here at home.

I'm not running away. I'm deleting my shortcut but not my page. Maybe the "fit" is for a day or a week. Maybe I'll lurk to check on y'all.

I'll be back.
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    It won't be long now until you will spend time again with more real live people. Then the screen time will decrease
    naturally. In the meantime, don't go too far away for too long a time. Spark People is one of the real communities that keeps going on no matter what.
    45 days ago

    I too have started to feel like I am "living" through the computer.

    Please, please, please ... keep in touch.
    50 days ago
    This news is very upsetting for me. I need MY Janet. emoticon LOL.

    But, I do understand and I have had to set limits and cut back too for similar reasons and may have to more. Sparkpeople could help by streamlining their site. I set limits on how much time I will be on sparkpeople and pencil in other things I need to do. Make lists - I have always loved them. I have abandoned some things on sparkpeople which were of no benefit to me or others. Especially things that irritate me. Even my Fitbit and T.V. I know, sounds rash but I was wasting time and concentrating on numbers and not on what would really help me the most. I set priorities (Janet is one LOL). We all need a change some time. I'm sick of covid and cancer. Spring will help.
    51 days ago
    Hey, you did just see your lovely SparkFriends :)
    I understand how this can get out of hand. Make some rules for yourself, like no computer until you've done your walk, cleaned the fridge, after 5 pm, whatever makes sense.
    Hope to see you back soon.
    51 days ago
    YOU will be missed, but . . . enjoy your break. REcharge. REspark.

    51 days ago
    Time don't let it control you move and keep moving
    51 days ago
  • EOWYN2424
    thanks for sharing!
    51 days ago

    Make today the greatest day of your life
    Until tomorrow!

    "Promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once."
    Norman Vincent Peale
    51 days ago
    Oh no! I will miss you
    I have cut back on my screen time in a lot of areas, but I hang onto Spark.

    Personally, I hope it is a short break and gets the results you want emoticon

    51 days ago
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