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  • My Thoughts on Cruising

    4/5/2020 12:30:52 PM, by KALISWALKER

    There is a convoy of forklifts hauling luggage trolleys. The gangway is in place and we see the Aussies and Kiwis leaving. We expect to get a phone call when there is a flight for us. That is the time we will go through U.S. Customs and Immigration. Last night I communicated with Vancouver wri... Read more

  • Day 115: Was a Bit Disappointed

    4/5/2020 11:23:49 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    You may have noticed I've been gone for a while. I have to admit, I wasn't in the mood to write or be on Sparkpeople. I just wanted to spend time with Fritzy and watch videos with him. I got rejected by a couple of magazines, and as usual, I felt pretty disappointed. Even though I've been rejected h... Read more

  • Weigh-In #80

    4/5/2020 10:56:43 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    It's been a while since I've done a weigh-in and I've been spending a lot of time with Fritzy over the past couple of weeks. I've been trying to take advantage of the time we've had together. I also needed a break from things because I got a couple rejections and I usually like to take a break to ki... Read more

  • Singing to Mama!

    4/5/2020 5:12:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    For over a month I’ve been planning the celebration! Long before social distancing and isolation came on the scene, I was planning a special day for my mother. We have made many changes, but it will still be a very special day. We sang Happy Birthday and put our cards on her window. Mom... Read more

  • Saturday 4/4/20

    4/5/2020 1:58:00 AM, by KOALA_BEAR

    Another quiet day. I have been cooking again. Yesterday it was a modified pkgd hamburger skillet meal w/ rice, diced peppers & salsa. Tonite I made nachos using chicken chili w/ beans, shredded cheddar cheese, & salsa over Taquitos w/ 59% less salt. Followed w/ a tropical fruit salsa. Tomorrow ... Read more

  • Not Going Any Where?

    4/4/2020 10:35:30 PM, by KALISWALKER

    The Coral Princess docked about 11 AM. Then people on land started coming and going, nothing happened quickly. There were 2 ambulances near a small ramp from the ship, likely to take the deceased passengers. Also there was a police car and officers likely there about the deaths. Out of respect we ch... Read more

  • April 4, 2020 4/4/4

    4/4/2020 3:57:05 PM, by PORTIA70

    Today is the mathematical 4/4/4 FYI :) So how is everyone doing today? I wanted to check to see how all of you are with another week ending of Stay At Home? I am still doing good. No physical appointments for awhile. Everything is done on the phone. I only go out for food or pick ... Read more

  • A mild spring day

    4/4/2020 1:37:48 PM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! My daughter and I will be playing monopoly in a while. I just finished a dance workout from you tube and I feel great. Have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Coral Princess Docked in Miami

    4/4/2020 11:12:48 AM, by KALISWALKER

    Sad news this morning, two passengers passed away over night. It was jolting news and we felt quite somber. We next proceeded with our self-care routine - get up, update family, shower, dress, breakfast, listen to morning news, shut off news, and tidy stateroom. Then we got captain's instruction to ... Read more

  • DIY no-sew masks

    4/4/2020 7:18:25 AM, by MRS_EVA_K

    To be clear I am not fear mongering. The CDC has made recommendations that we wear cloth masks, particularly in national hot spots. This is a DIY mask that only requires a t shirt, scissors, a pencil, and ruler. It's simple enough kids can help. It is not perfect, but it is 2 layers and a 3rd ... Read more

  • The Studio Tour (at last)

    4/4/2020 6:29:11 AM, by BESSHAILE

    Well, my friends - it is very hard to do an ad-lib video holding the camera as you wander around opening drawers and lifting objects. Also - I regret to say this is done with a cell phone - so it's a tall skinny video. I am sure there is a way to set the phone's camera so that it takes a landscape... Read more

  • Feelings Are Like Waves!

    4/4/2020 5:13:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I was hit with one of those negative unexpected surprises at work. I was left out of a training day that really could have helped me. In this emotionally fragile time, my first thought was to get angry. My second thought was that maybe there are things I do not know and ask about the tr... Read more

  • Daily hugs diminish the chance to get sick

    4/3/2020 12:51:58 PM, by WHITE-2

    "Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University examined the interplay between exposure to illness, social support, and daily hugs. In the name of science (and possibly a hundred bucks), 404 healthy adults agreed to inhale nasal drops that exposed them to the common cold. First, the researchers drew bloo... Read more

  • It's Friday

    4/3/2020 12:38:10 PM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. Another relaxing day here today. I will do some exercise after lunch. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep,cheep! Have a great day, everyone and stay safe.... Read more

  • Your Self-Care to get through isolation

    4/3/2020 6:58:24 AM, by KALISWALKER

    I woke up at 4 AM and can't get back to sleep. Hubby is wearing a sleep mask so I decided to turn on the light and Spark. Saturday the Spring 5% Challenge kicks off. The 5% Challenges are 10 years old this Spring! We are going back in time to when we were all carefree and easily zipped around the wo... Read more

  • Focus On Learning

    4/3/2020 5:13:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    These past three weeks have been a time of extreme focus on learning how to teach students online. I have done pretty well, for the most part. I still have a lot to learn. I can get through my lessons without losing the attention of the class, and that is a good thing! I write down every sin... Read more

  • Thursday 4/2/20

    4/3/2020 1:00:13 AM, by KOALA_BEAR

    Today was warm & sunny but w/ a chilly wind. Hubby & I cooked together. First I cut then marinated some vegetables: Red bell pepper, yellow onion & zucchini. For the marinade I use Good Seasons Italian dressing packet w/ 2 changes * to the recipe as follows: 1/2 C red wine vinegar * 1/2 C water... Read more

  • ThePlan 2020 April

    4/2/2020 3:56:48 PM, by BESSHAILE

    You all know what happened to March – for each of us it was a time of swiftly altering plans, back-stepping away from progress to take ourselves into different directions. In my case, plans didn't go out the window – but the emphasis shifted. But I am most comfortable with a plan in place, so April... Read more

  • Sunshine

    4/2/2020 12:09:26 PM, by MOMMY445

    Another beautiful day here today. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! A relaxing day here. Have a great day, everyone and stay safe.... Read more

  • Masking My Way Through Life

    4/2/2020 5:07:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I was asked; "why do you wear those masks anyhow?" I wear a mask every time I go out in public, and I’ve found it to be a very effective tool if not for medical reasons, definitely for psychological reasons. I’ve heard conflicting opinions on how effective this strategy is from scient... Read more

  • Wednesday 4/1/20

    4/2/2020 12:53:06 AM, by KOALA_BEAR

    Yesterday morning I went to Walmart @ 6am, brought home groceries & went back out to the local produce stand. Went home & did dishes plus disinfected quite a bit. Fell asleep for an afternoon nap so skipped my walk. Today I was up to go to Target for a few things tho I guess no bleach to be found... Read more

  • A sunny day

    4/1/2020 2:00:09 PM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep. Another relaxing day here. I will get a workout in later. Have a great day, everyone and stay safe.... Read more

  • Your Smiles

    4/1/2020 5:20:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    Your smiles are contagious magic- Just put one on your face! And notice the frown I have will suddenly erase. Your smile can bring me healing when I do not feel well. Your smile can bring me joy on a day that seemed from hell. Your smile can bring me comfort when all I fe... Read more

  • Training Rocky style

    3/31/2020 4:32:08 PM, by AFINEMESS

    Mood is unstable, so is motivation and everything else. I put a bag of unused salt from the winter in a backpack and i'm training with it, it's 10kg. I'll be able to add some weight if needed along the way. Squats, lunges, twists. I'll try to find some upper body exercises as well. I go for lo... Read more

  • Healthy At Home!!

    3/31/2020 12:31:39 PM, by KSUE43

    There are so many things you can do with twenty minutes. Have you thought if it? I made a list yesterday and determined I have been given a Lot if time .. but I’m wasting it. Soooo..new Day Next plan 🙌🏼 Determination gives you a power to push all obstacles out of the way. Dedication gives you ... Read more

  • A cloudy day

    3/31/2020 11:38:22 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says thank you for all of the birthday wishes. She had a great day. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep. Have a great day, everyone. Stay safe and take care.... Read more

  • Sharing Homemade Soup

    3/31/2020 5:11:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Good soup and good neighbors belong together. Both bring comfort and joy. The soup is on the stove to share with neighbors up the street Basil mushrooms and onions fill the air with my healthy treat This raw and rainy day makes me glad to stay inside Hot and hearty soup fills me with w... Read more

  • A cloudy day

    3/30/2020 2:51:37 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's my daughter's birthday today! She is doing well and says hello. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep,cheep! We are safe and sound. Have a great day, everyone.... Read more

  • 95th Weekend Fasting Cycle - Back to Taro Chips

    3/30/2020 11:12:47 AM, by SKATER787

    The weekend fast from Fri dinner to Mon breakfast went fine. I'm back to cooking taro chips once again as I ran out and didn't have any all of last week. It took 6 hours including peeling, slicing, setting up the stoves, frying and putting away the equipments. It yielded two large containers of chip... Read more

  • Masked Heroes

    3/30/2020 5:12:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every extra moment we have, we work on our mask-making mission And pray that our masks will help those who need them most. We mask our fear with hope. We mask our anger with love. Mailing masks to those beyond our reach but not beyond our care. Using up our extra fabric, ... Read more

  • Sunday 3/29/20

    3/30/2020 2:10:26 AM, by KOALA_BEAR

    Was another quiet day here. Got in a walk before some rain. Tomorrow will be out to get fresh produce & pickup some lunch from a favorite local spot, then hand washing & looking out the window😂... Read more

  • A few things I am Thankful for

    3/29/2020 7:49:36 PM, by RMPOKRZY

    1. That I am getting to spend more time with my family 2. For the fact that we have enough 3. For friends 4. For pleasant co-workers 5. For video chat 6. For my much shorter commute 7. For all the online exercise classes 8. For the internet 9. For Spring 10. For the fact that I can't remember anythi... Read more

  • Sunny day

    3/29/2020 2:44:43 PM, by MOMMY445

    Another mild weather day here today. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep,cheep. Stay safe. Have a great day, everyone!... Read more

  • Timing

    3/29/2020 2:20:32 PM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    February: Been taking my grandma to dr appts for her diabetic ulcer on her foot which has now caused a bone infection. It takes a lot out of a person picking them up multiple times in a day mixed with stressing out about someones health. I never thought about what I was eating or making myself get u... Read more

  • Joy for the Journey

    3/29/2020 12:18:00 PM, by GOULDSGRANITE

    Spotted on the drive home from work ~ Today's Centering thought ~ "I find a reason to hope in every situation" Namaste 458... Read more

  • Breaking the Wine Habit

    3/29/2020 10:41:50 AM, by MKDIVA962

    Good Morning! How's everyone today? It's been a full week of staying at home in the age of COVID and I'm wondering what changes you've made during this time. I'm still staying active - taking walks during my lunch break, dancing around the kitchen while cooking, having a better skin care r... Read more

  • ThePlan 2020 End of March

    3/29/2020 8:30:37 AM, by BESSHAILE

    It's not quite the end - but it's close enough for me to sum it all up anyway. Besides - it was SUCH a good month for me & ThePlan 2020. Except for getting the taxes done (will not take blame for this -DH is the foot dragger) and getting back to my WW goal weight - I accomplished everything I hoped... Read more

  • Morning Walks on my Country Road

    3/29/2020 5:07:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    I live on a dirt road. There is no tar on this road, just dirt. It gets very muddy in the springtime when the snow melts and I sometimes track the mud into my house. I still like my country road because it is very quiet. When I go out for my early morning walks, no one can hear my footsteps on... Read more

  • Saturday 3/28/20

    3/29/2020 12:08:04 AM, by KOALA_BEAR

    Day 11 sequestered at home. I took a break from news updates most of today after catching some while waiting for local weather report. We have 27 cases, no deaths & around 432 have been tested in my county. It is far worse in SF Bay Area north of me, & LA to the south is getting worse too. So ma... Read more

  • update on me and how things are going right now

    3/28/2020 8:54:54 PM, by ONEAGLESWINGS19

    As of last week I had my last appointment in person with Christine due to COVID-19. Many of my appointments have been canceled and rescheduled to a later date now. I have officially had enough of being isolated from the world already and wish this thing was over already. I need to be able to have th... Read more

  • A mild day

    3/28/2020 3:20:25 PM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep. We are doing well and are taking it easy. Have a great day, everyone.... Read more

  • Forgetting What Day It Is

    3/28/2020 7:26:10 AM, by BESSHAILE

    Ooops For the second time now I've forgotten the day of the week. Mind now, I could remember with just a little thought, but for that brief moment I wasn't "here and now" - with that body knowledge of time. I feel like I'm on vacation and selfishly, I don't want it to end - but with so little... Read more

  • Sleeping In

    3/28/2020 6:37:26 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am a very busy early riser who sticks to a full schedule. Not today. Today is my rest day and I really need it. Every once in a while, I need to cut myself some slack and sleep in! I'm so good at sleeping, I can do it with my eyes closed! ... Read more

  • Friday 3/27/20

    3/28/2020 2:59:15 AM, by KOALA_BEAR

    Took tp to a friend today, she's recovering from surgery.... Read more

  • 4 More Days Left In March

    3/27/2020 11:23:24 PM, by PORTIA70

    Well everyone, we are at the end of March and as of tonight we have over 100,000 cases of Coronavirus here in the United States according to John Hopkins. CDC left off at 85,000 and they will be updated tomorrow. There is also word that China has shut down their cinema's due to a fear that ... Read more

  • Sunny Day

    3/27/2020 3:06:25 PM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. We are doing well and are keeping safe. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep,cheep. Hope that everyone is doing well and have a great day.... Read more

  • My Local News Said:

    3/27/2020 7:48:35 AM, by MRS_EVA_K

    Manatees eat for an average of 8 hours per day. Coronavirus has turned us all into manatees. Notes to self: 237 Sailors thought Manatees were Mermaids. Mermaids are supposed to be beautiful, right? 550 Manatees are vegetarians. Put down the Girl Scout cookies and go eat a c... Read more

  • Riding the Wave of COVID 19

    3/27/2020 5:29:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    Everywhere I look, I see more bad news about the COVID 19 pandemic. Finally, I had to turn off the news. There’s only so much bad news I can listen to. Last night I had a nightmare about the virus, and realized that I have had TOO MUCH BAD NEWS! "What’s in my dreams at night?” My mother in ... Read more

  • I get by with a little help

    3/26/2020 11:48:02 PM, by RMPOKRZY

    Today was the second week of our WFH mandate. We still go out for groceries, but we're trying to limit it. Try. I think my DH went out 3 times one day. He's practicing physical distancing and washes his hands a lot, but it's not ideal. His treadmill came today, which will hopefully help. I was able ... Read more

  • Thursday 3/36/20

    3/26/2020 7:47:00 PM, by KOALA_BEAR

    Been spending this time (at home staying safe) connecting w/ old friends. One is helping to plan our high school class reunion. It's scheduled for next June. Going to be good to visit w/ lots of people again.... Read more

  • A cloudy day

    3/26/2020 4:06:21 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's a mild weather day here today. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds say cheep, cheep. In a while my daughter and I will be playing a game of monopoly. Have a great day everyone!... Read more

  • Time in Medical Land

    3/26/2020 8:23:02 AM, by BESSHAILE

    My semi-annual check-up was on Tuesday and I called twice to the dr's office to be sure they wanted me, it was safe, I wasn't a burden on the system, since I felt perfectly fine and I'd already seen the lab work results - everything was the same or better. I was told to come in - so I did and had a... Read more

  • The Marvelous Mask Makers!

    3/26/2020 5:16:57 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have not been alone in my mask-making endeavor! There are many more and I don't know all of those lovely people. Last week(3/20/2020) I received a request from my friend Babette to make masks for a hospital. I asked lots of questions and did my research before starting the project. By ... Read more

  • Tuesday 3/25/20

    3/26/2020 2:39:30 AM, by KOALA_BEAR

    Chicago deciding to practice DNR on all patients w/ coronavirus. NYC short 26,000 Ventilators, even while having two ppl share one. Does flying for lack of PPE. who could have foreseen the US in such a mess? Tomorrow morning I'm off to hunt down rubbing alcoholmsince sanitizing wipes ste in short... Read more

  • It's Wednesday

    3/25/2020 5:29:17 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's pretty quiet here. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds say cheep, cheep. Stay safe everyone. Have a good day.... Read more

  • Thoughts-Hearing Celebrities getting Virus testing quickly

    3/25/2020 4:30:02 PM, by METAFUKARI

    Had a break and came across Jackson Browne testing positive! Read some responses and this one kind of got to me. Posted a few thoughtful responses. "That all these celebrity types, politicians and athletes can get tested easily and quickly shows the vast inequity of this country. I am beginning... Read more

  • Working On A New SF Story

    3/25/2020 3:20:03 PM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    So I've started working on a new science fiction story that I plan on sending to Asimov's. It's going to be about 25 pages. I'm working on the outline right now. I have the characters figured out and the basic plot, but it's taking some time to figure out the details. I'm working really hard on this... Read more

  • Wrote Another Chapter

    3/25/2020 9:21:59 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    So I did pretty good today. I wrote another chapter of my book (10 pgs) and it turned out pretty well. I'm not sure if that's all the writing I'm going to do today or not. I'm going to probably work on my outline some more, as I have some more revisions to do now. I'm starting to feel better, so I'm... Read more

  • If you Need a Laugh

    3/25/2020 7:28:44 AM, by MRS_EVA_K

    Trey Kennedy has this one: www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5gU
    7u4NPCg And yes, new homeschool moms everywhere are losing their minds. We are okay here. The teachers and parents are working together to try to clear the glitches in the digital programs. I look for this to go on until April 24th a... Read more

  • Unwanted Spring Snow

    3/25/2020 5:04:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday's snowfall amounted to 7 inches. This is not what I want or need, But it’s today’s experience. I shovel away this soft, white heavy, unwanted gift from God. My predictable world grows wild and exciting when I open my heart and accept this beautiful present. The burdens a... Read more

  • Tuesday 3/24/20

    3/25/2020 2:51:26 AM, by KOALA_BEAR

    Using this staying home time to connect w/ friends I haven't been in touch w/ for awhile. We are all in this together.... Read more

  • Day 104: Lost Some Weight

    3/25/2020 12:39:35 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    So I may not have made a lot of progress in other areas lately, but I have lost a lot of weight lately, so that's one bit of progress that I've made. Fritzy came home Sunday night and we've mostly been watching videos, but tonight I was feeling good so I've decided to do a bit of work and some other... Read more

  • Weigh-In #79

    3/24/2020 11:45:22 PM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    Decided to just keep moving forward rather than starting over. Seemed to make more sense. So here's how I've been doing lately. Starting Weight: 296.6 Last Weigh In: 283.8 Current Weight: 272.8 Weight Lost This Week: -11 lbs Total Weight Lost: -23.8 lbs so almost back to a 25-lb loss ... Read more

  • Corona Virus becomes a Catastrophe

    3/24/2020 9:08:34 PM, by METAFUKARI

    A pretty good read on if faster steps would have been taken, containment may have been able to have been met sooner than is projected! So I hear Trump wants the country to be reopened by Easter. Won't even be even remotely safe by then to occur! The curve will not flatten out by then. htt... Read more

  • Tuesdays with Quarri

    3/24/2020 8:14:42 PM, by RMPOKRZY

    Ok, so I'm not technically in quarantine, but it does rhyme with "Morrie". Today was a pretty good day considering. I feel a lot better after adding more cardio YouTube videos. I did a YMCA kickboxing one that fit my mood perfectly. I've been antsy. We had our 1st day of state grounding in MA. We ca... Read more

  • Soothing music

    3/24/2020 5:34:54 PM, by WHITE-2

    Relaxing music www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMc5t8
    GqNfs... Read more

  • Finding the New Balance

    3/24/2020 5:22:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    I've had so many changes lately! Finding a new balance is difficult and I have become aware of how these changes affect my health! I am getting into a new routine with teaching at home. I find that it takes all my attention and concentration. I do best when I'm home alone and my husband is... Read more

  • Mon 3/23/20

    3/24/2020 1:30:44 AM, by KOALA_BEAR

    In my second week of staying home, staying safe. No errands today & crummy weather. Then I turned on TV to listen to the White House update. Made me angry that POTUS is suggesting that this situation be reviewed next week because the economy matters more than people. If they cancel the shelter... Read more

  • Sick and tired

    3/23/2020 1:42:09 PM, by MISSA526

    I've got a head cold and a cough. No fever.i have lupus (SLE), fibromyalgia, and Raynuads syndrome. I'm a little worried this could turn out worse, but I've been washing my hands, just found some hand sanitizer and our state is instituting a stay in place order at midnight. I've already been doing ... Read more

  • 94th Weekend Fasting Cycle

    3/23/2020 10:37:05 AM, by SKATER787

    The fast from Fri dinner to Mon breakfast went fine. Next weekend is number 95th, a nice round number and then a count down to the 100th.... Read more

  • Resetting

    3/23/2020 9:45:50 AM, by KELLIEBEAN

    Wow, weird times huh?! I am a worry wort by nature but I wasn't too concerned about all this at first. I was fine with staying away from people, I am able to work from home so it was all good. Then the schools shut down. Then bars and restaurants closed. Then the shelter in place recommen... Read more

  • A snow day

    3/23/2020 9:10:38 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's snowing here now. Then it is going to rain. My daughter says hello. Both budgie birds say cheep, cheep. Everyone is doing well. Have a great day, everyone... Read more

  • Blessed Rain

    3/23/2020 9:04:45 AM, by BESSHAILE

    We've had a long dry spell around here - that began in early February when I could be forgiven for expecting a number of rainy days - it was February, after all. And though we really need to get lawn professionals in here to rebuild our yard after 2 years of workmen's trucks parking on it - we expec... Read more

  • Life in a Bubble

    3/23/2020 9:04:42 AM, by KALISWALKER

    Thank you SUSAN_CDN for sending me this update. March 22, 2020 10:30AM PT Coral Princess Update Princess Cruises can confirm that Coral Princess made a port call to Montevideo, Uruguay, on March 21 to take delivery of supplies and fuel. No guests were permitted to disembark. The ship... Read more

  • I was fine until...

    3/23/2020 8:20:51 AM, by RMPOKRZY

    They closed the libraries. I understand why they had to. I'm now contemplating an ereader to download books to. I really like reading from paper, but this will be fine. I'll try and use my phone 1st since I really don't want to be spending money on something I may not use later. Hope you're staying ... Read more

  • P.E. with Joe (yep you get a bonus blog today)

    3/23/2020 7:04:03 AM, by MRS_EVA_K

    If your kiddo is at home with you, The Body Coach on YouTube is doing at home, structured P.E. classes, if you need or want one. www.youtube.com/user/thebodyco
    ach1 He also has short targeted workouts, some full-body workouts (I noticed a hotel one that would work well in a small spa... Read more

  • What you can use instead of medical grade gloves

    3/23/2020 6:08:17 AM, by MRS_EVA_K

    I know some of you are worried about going into the Covid-19 world with naked hands. The Medical community needs all those medical grade latex gloves. But I do have a solution for you. Food Service Gloves like these: www.amazon.com/Disposable-Cl
    ylene/dp/B07J... Read more

  • Revolutionary new insights in stress

    3/23/2020 5:49:19 AM, by WHITE-2

    r_friend?language=nl#t-852796 Psychologist and writer Kelly McGonigal confesses in a TED talk that she was wrong about how to view stress and explains that it makes a world of difference if you can make stress your friend.... Read more

  • It's Spreading!

    3/23/2020 5:23:40 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have something more contagious than the Coronavirus, and You may have it too! It's faith, hope, and kindness! It is more powerful than any virus because you don't need direct contact. It is still powerful when masked. This is a time when we all need to be contagious with faith, hope, an... Read more

  • First week at home

    3/22/2020 11:26:03 PM, by AFINEMESS

    Things changed a lot and so fast since the beginning of this pandemic crisis.. so of course, and for the better, the gym is closed. Now i have time, but i can't go, haha! Starting tomorrow I will be working from home, i never did so it's a lot of unknown territories but i think i'll like it a lot. T... Read more

  • Self Care During Social Distancing

    3/22/2020 5:17:06 PM, by MKDIVA962

    Hello! Hope everyone's well! Now that the corona virus is forcing us into social isolation wellness and self care are more important than ever - and not just on self care Sundays. What are some things you're doing to stay active and sane while being at home? I've been practicing medit... Read more

  • ThePlan 2020 Last Week of March

    3/22/2020 10:44:28 AM, by BESSHAILE

    You had to know I would bring this up again - It's Sunday! And I do love my plans. Besides, it's good to stick to healthy routines as closely as possible during these ... what is the curse? "interesting times" that you may live in. So how did last week go? Well, first off - when I opened my pr... Read more

  • A sunny day

    3/22/2020 10:12:48 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep. Have a great day everyone. Stay safe.... Read more

  • Because laughter is the best medicine

    3/22/2020 6:30:21 AM, by MRS_EVA_K

    A Desperate Mother's Prayer youtu.be/gpN9CGrK6IQ... Read more

  • Working on a (sort of) Horror Story

    3/22/2020 5:33:55 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    Right now I've got 1000 words on a new story and it's going pretty well. It's kind of a horror story, although that may not be totally obvious in the first few pages. I'm trying to write this story for a particular magazine, one that features just a single story in the magazine and gives a bunch of ... Read more

  • We're In This Together

    3/22/2020 5:26:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    Are you feeling alone and separated from family and friends? Join the party! We have to work together to make it through the pandemic. Our community is only as healthy as the weakest person. Each of us needs to give what we can! Call a friend and tell them that you're thinking of them. ... Read more

  • Day 102: Not What I Expected

    3/22/2020 2:37:41 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    This weekend was not what I expected it to be. I thought I would get a ton of writing done and a bunch of other things, but that didn't happen. Instead I didn't feel well and just watched videos. I'm trying to make up for it a little bit this morning. Still not feeling super great but I at least wan... Read more

  • It's Saturday

    3/21/2020 10:49:01 PM, by MOMMY445

    I had a good walk outside earlier today. After dinner, I danced for quite a while. My daughter says hello. We are doing well with having to mainly stay in due to the corona virus that is happening around the world. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep,cheep. Have a great night everyone.... Read more

  • Saturday And Trying To Find Things To Do

    3/21/2020 10:36:33 PM, by PORTIA70

    Well, we are here on this first Saturday of Spring. I did manage to go pick me up some food and get a walk in. It was really odd though not seeing the neighborhood doing the normal Saturday routine. And seeing new apartment complexes left with no workers to continue the build. It is almost ... Read more

  • Coffee & Last Day of Work

    3/21/2020 7:57:25 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    Tuesday night my roommate mentioned that we were having a meeting the next morning. I knew different rumors had been going around so I decided to send my boss a Facebook message to see what he knew. Sure enough we should find out everything that we need to know at our 10:00am meeting yesterday (Wedn... Read more

  • Achieving a Long Sought Goal

    3/21/2020 7:31:05 AM, by BESSHAILE

    I come from an arty family. I also had a mother whose mantra was "It's just a book. I can write a book". In other words - if I don't have what I want, I will just make it - or get it or find it. She was the most "can do" person I ever met. I also was a talented (thank you God) and successful ( be... Read more

  • DIY babywipes both disposable and reusable

    3/21/2020 6:09:43 AM, by MRS_EVA_K

    Green child magazine has instructions of how to make both a reusable wipe, that you'll wash along with washing instructions, a disposable wipe made from paper towels. Paper products are in short supply but the crafting section, cloth diapers, and cotton burp cloths are probably available. www.gree... Read more

  • Making Masks

    3/21/2020 5:19:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    My world changed yesterday when I got a call from my friend B who told me that hospitals are out of masks and I can help! I started immediately and made over a dozen last night. I've included a link to the pattern for my sewing friends. These are nonmedical masks and will help protect people unti... Read more

  • Thank you Mo Willems

    3/20/2020 9:53:21 PM, by SARAHIKESNAZ

    Homeschooling is not for me. It works for other people I know. In fact, I have a friend who is amazing at it. But I am the last person on Earth who should be an elementary school teacher. I love my kid and want her to have fun and be educated....just by someone else. I am good at loving her talki... Read more

  • Canadian Repatriation Help

    3/20/2020 8:25:41 PM, by KALISWALKER

    We are aboard the Coral Princess Cruise Ship. We are looking at options to get home. Like everyone else we were caught by surprise by the rapid escalation of COVID-19. Our ship set sail March 5, well before the federal government’s no cruise advisory issued March 13th. Our group of five were s... Read more

  • Just Thought I'd Share This

    3/20/2020 8:21:14 PM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    Here is a screenshot of my newest story in the ezine it was published in. It is also going to be in their print magazine in September, but anyway, here it is. ... Read more

  • Even in Paradise One has to Eat Right & Exercise

    3/20/2020 10:01:16 AM, by KALISWALKER

    We are sailing again. Argentina went into lock down at midnight. People with confirmed airline tickets were supposed to be able to fly out of Buenos Aires, and yesterday some passengers did get to the airport but got returned to ship before 10 PM. We were unaware of the returned passengers till this... Read more

  • Day 100: Spending Time With Fritzy

    3/20/2020 7:36:51 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    So I spent this week watching videos with Fritzy. I wasn't feeling great so didn't get anything done otherwise, but it was a nice week nonetheless as I got a few things published. He goes to his dad's tonight and that means it's time for me to start working on everything again. I want to work on sho... Read more

  • If you can't find bleach or Lysol

    3/20/2020 6:42:19 AM, by MRS_EVA_K

    If you can't find bleach in the cleaning section, go to the pool chemicals of your big box store and look for liquid chlorine. It is bleach, just with a different label on it. It will not smell nice. It is not thickened to avoid a splash so be cautious. If you can't find Lysol go to the fabri... Read more

  • Celebrating in the Midst of Now

    3/20/2020 6:32:47 AM, by BESSHAILE

    Spring flooded into my world yesterday and began distributing it's generous gifts. We've had a mild, dry winter - zero snow and very little rain. Things have been budding and blooming early. Several days ago my bell weather tree clothed herself in the delicate yellow green of true spring, cascadi... Read more