Hanging in There, or Fun Things to Do When You’re Stuck at Home

This is supposed to reduce stress – I’m not so sure.  (I think my husband is channeling Bela Lugosi)

Kindness Amidst the Chaos
Good Morning! Today I want to share some ideas for how to not go . . . Stir crazy after all these years . . . wait, has it only been two weeks?!  Also, I’m still looking for positive stories about kindness during this difficult time. Here are a few:

Flowers!

My friend Basia Korzeniowska left this comment on my last post. It made me happy so I thought I’d pass it along.

I was feeling a little bit low the other day, so I thought going for a walk would help and indeed it did. Combining it with an allowed shopping trip I went to Waitrose and was confronted with a seemingly endless queue. The sun was shining, the trolleys were being wiped assiduously by a member of staff and it was pleasant enough. After a few minutes I was allowed in – only 50 people in the shop at the time, and as I went in I was handed a huge bunch of flowers by an assistant. Lifted my spirits instantly! 

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The Best Bakers

Here’s one from the hood. Our local Schmidt’s Bakery started giving away bread – two loaves per customer – one to keep and another to give to a friend. When the Ardent flour company heard of this, they donated 2,500 pounds of flour to offset the cost of the bread. When the word got out to the public, people came in for bread, but many more came just to buy donuts, rolls, and other things because they wanted to support these generous companies. It’s like a big happy snowball that keeps growing as it rolls down the hill!

Face Masks

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Many of my neighbors have been cranking up their sewing machines and making reusable protective masks for the hospital and local nursing home. I’ve heard about this in many communities.  When there’s a need, good people always seem to step in to fill it.

FUN THINGS

On another front, here are some things to do while stuck at home. 

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Make lots of treats. Having grandkids over is a great excuse to make brownies. (I know –  social distancing – but at this point, I’d rather have her at my house than at daycare.)

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Read all the Books

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Watch all the Movies

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Go for politically correct walks – six feet apart and wearing homemade face masks.

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I tried to put a face mask on my dog – wouldn’t that have been a cute picture?  Lucy was highly uncooperative.

flagThis final note appeared via Facebook:

The reports are that the truckers are getting supplies to the stores. People are stocking the shelves all night and letting old people shop first. GM said hold our cars and watch this; we can make ventilators where we were making cars starting next week. Women and children are making homemade masks and handing out snacks to truckers. Restaurants and schools said, We’ve got kitchens and staff; we can feed kids.” Churches are holding on-line services and taking care of their members and community. NBA basketball players said, “Hold our basketballs while we write checks to pay the arena staff.”  Breweries are making sanitizer out of the left-over ingredients. We thought we couldn’t live without restaurants or a bar. Instead, we’re trying to keep those businesses open by ordering take-out.
I think a Japanese Admiral in the middle of the Pacific said it best in 1941, “I think we have awakened a sleeping giant.” Give us a few more weeks (maybe months) and we will be doing much better! We have a wonderful country!!

We certainly do! But there are great people doing kind things all over the world. The snowball is getting bigger all the time.

Lastly – what are you doing for fun these days?

Hang in there!

 

Positive Thoughts on Negative Subject

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Is Everyone O.K?

Hello fellow bloggers! I hope you are well and safe and making the best of our current situation.  It’s hard to believe how fast this change has come upon us, two weeks ago I was looking for flight deals to Springfield, Illinois, and now they’re in lockdown. I guess I won’t go to Illinois, or anywhere else for that matter.

An Earthquake – Seriously?

As many of you know, I live in Utah. Not only are we dealing with the virus, but last Wednesday we had a 5.9 earthquake. Due to all the shaking going on, our library is closed until a safety inspector comes in to give it the O.K. We were already closed to the public, but employees were going in. Now I’m not sure what the future holds, but I guess that’s the world we live in.

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Positive Stories – Yay!

My real reason for posting today is to share some of the great things that are happening in the midst of all this confusion. I’m happy to say  I’ve seen lots of people helping others and being their best selves.

An article in the local paper today focused on how important it is to look out for each other, Bioethicist Ruth Faden said, “For individuals, our task is not just to prevent an epidemic of COVID-19, but to spread an epidemic of kindness.”

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I believe that’s already taking place in my little corner of the world – here’s a couple of reasons why:

My husband was at the grocery store the other day and ran into our neighbors. He noticed they had 4 cans of soup in their cart.  and said, “Soup sounds good, I think I’ll go get some of that.”  They chatted for a minute, then parted ways. A few minutes later our neighbor approached my husband and tapped him on the shoulder. “Here,” he said, handing him two cans of soup. “I actually took the last four, and I want you to have these.”

Later in the week, I was talking to another neighbor about the fact that my 3-year-old granddaughter was sick and couldn’t drink milk for the time being. I mentioned we didn’t have any juice in the house and without a second thought she said, “I have apple juice at home, come on over and get some.” We did and were grateful for the offer.

I heard about another fun act of service from a co-worker. She said their friends wentToilet Paper, Sold Out around the neighborhood leaving a roll of toilet paper on everyone’s front porch. Attached was a note that said, “Wipe out hoarding, share with a neighbor”. 😊

Great Stories are Everywhere

I love hearing about people rising above and doing the right thing. There are lots of positive stories out there, and I’m sure you’ve experienced them too. I’d love to hear from others about the good things you’ve seen and heard. People are basically good and compassionate. Let’s catch them in the act!

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As I find other positive posts I’ll link them here:

Calm Kate Aroused had a fun one. Social Distancing –  Think of the Pirates of Penzance tune, ‘ A Modern Major General”.

 

Recognition Award

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Hi all, I’ve been nominated for the Blogger award by Sassy Library Fox. You might want to check out her fun book blog. Thanks, Sassy!

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Part of the deal for this award is to tell my blogging story and share two blogging tips. I can do that.

I started back in 2013, with a blog called the Library Lady Writes. It’s still out there but is seriously neglected these days. When I first started out I thought it would be fun to do a book review blog. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before I realized I didn’t actually enjoy writing book reviews. (I’d rather read those written by others like Sassy Library Fox). What I really liked was writing about the crazy things that happened in my everyday life like a tarantula falling into my underwear drawer or the fact that I’m terrified of the weed wacker. I worked on that blog for about 3 years, then decided to try my hand at freelancing for magazines, etc.  I still do that, but in 2019 I started to miss blogging. At that point, my favorite things were traveling, and visiting cool libraries around the world, so I started the Library Lady Travels blog and have a great time with that.

As for blogging tips, I don’t know if I have any great ones, but I’ll throw a couple of things out there.

  1. Comments – if someone takes the time to comment on one of my posts I ALWAYS respond and return the favor by going to their blog and commenting on one of their recent posts. One of my favorite parts of blogging is the social network you build through interaction with other bloggers. Without this, blogging wouldn’t even be fun.
  2. Topics – Write about things that are dear to your heart. I love writing about travel and have so many ideas for posts that I’ll never get them all finished. I also love libraries, so I combine the two topics. I’ve read so many times that you need to specialize on one subject to have an effective blog. I don’t agree. If you can find a way to tie your two great loves together in one blog, go for it. Variety is a good thing, and you won’t get burned out from writing about the same thing over and over.

That’s all I have to say for now except that I appreciate those who support and follow me. I’m constantly inspired by all the great writers out there.

Watch for my regular weekly post tomorrow – Banning Group Hugs, & Travel Signs.

 

 

Carry On: The French Connection

Travel Blunder #367

It was midnight in Paris. Sound asleep, I was blissfully unaware that my husband was on his way to meet another woman . . . at her hotel.

It all started that afternoon when we flew into the Charles De Gaul airport. Since one of our travel companions wasn’t feeling well, we grabbed our suitcases from the carousel, hired a cab and hurried to the hotel so he could lie down. My husband John and I were eager to explore the city, so we stashed our bags, checked on our friend and set out to see the sights of Paris. Continue reading

The Library Lady Raises Her Voice!

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I thought I’d change things up a bit today. The following was originally published on my other blog, The Library Lady Writes.

DISCLAIMER  –  Lest you get the wrong idea, I never have, nor do I intend in the future to write articles or blog posts that focus on the topic of . . . Urine.  I was reluctant to do so in my very first Library Lady installment, but I think you’ll agree if you read on, that the following post simply HAD to be written.

I like my job, it’s what I call a, yes I can job, which means that most requests for my help can be answered with a hearty, “Yes I can”.
Can you check these books out for me?
Yes I can.
Can you find my lost CD?
Yes I can, (providing you actually turned it in).
I can also shelve your books, place holds for you, explain that nasty fine on your library account, and share my current list of favorite books.
Very rarely do I come across a situation that requires a negative answer.
Can I get a library card even though I’ve failed to bring in photo I.D. or a proof of address? Is one of those. Another slightly less common but equally important, ‘No’ question goes like this:
Can I urinate on my library items and return them through the automatic book drop in hopes that no one will notice my transgression?Now watch, here it comes – this is the library lady raising her voice –
ARE YOU KIDDING ME! IN THE ENTIRE SEVENTEEN YEARS THAT I’VE WORKED HERE I’VE NEVER EVEN HEARD OF SUCH A THING!
I will now pause to catch my breath and give you a chance to recover from my outburst.

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Travel Blunders

Hey all, I’ve recently added a new category to my blog – it’s called Travel Blunders. Here I share some of the embarrassing and ridiculous things that have happened to me (and my husband) on our travels. Hopefully,  reading about our faux pas, will prevent you from doing the same kinds of things. Here’s the first installment:

Faceplant in Finland

Helsinki Finland was a place I’d always wanted to visit.  One of my co-workers grew up there and we loved to hear stories about her childhood in this fairy tale place.  When my husband and I finally had a chance to visit, we went armed with her best travel tips. Take the ferry to Suomenlinna, visit the Rock Church, and sample the pear ice cream in Market Square. One thing she failed to say was,  “Watch your feet”.
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