Thursday, April 2, 2020

Day 4 of 30: Tell Me About Someone That You Admire

My grandmother and my mother. 

Good morning! I hope that you are well friends. I won't lie to you, yesterday after our governor issued a lockdown until June 1st, I was shocked and I felt completely defeated. I was prepared for another 30 days at home not 60. And then I thought about it, I have a great house to shelter in, I work from home anyway, all of my travel plans are already canceled, what difference does it make if I stay home for 30 days or 60?  I am well, and safe and at this point that is all that matters.

Today let's distract ourselves, if only for a little while and share something with one another; I would love for you to tell me about someone that you admire, and that has made a lasting impression on your life. 

I have several people like that in my life but the one I will tell you about today is my grandmother. April 1st, yesterday, was my grandmother's birthday, she was born an identical twin, she was also one of 13 children. Her twin went on to become a Notre Dame nun and my grandmother went on to be a wife and the mother of 10 children, including my mother. She was a stylish, beautiful woman with long black hair, which she wore in a chignon, unless she was brushing it before bed. (If you have read my blog for any length of time you might remember that as a child I grew up believing she was a witch. (You can read about that here). )

My grandmother's name was Sylvia, she was tenacious, protective, formidable, and loving. She was a hard worker and a homemaker. As a child I would stand by her side as she baked dozens and dozens of cinnamon rolls, prune rolls and nut horns. Other days she would bake loaves of bread or dozens of cookies for the holidays. She let us roll the dough and lick the spoons and make a mess but she also taught us how to measure, count, and clean up. If you wanted to bake and make a mess you have to clean up as well. 

She took us on adventures and to church. She taught me the value of a dollar and the value of family. She taught us to be kind and charitable. She taught me to to have strength, dignity even when you faced with the unimaginable. And more than anything she taught me what it means to face adversity head on, as she fought first cancer and then later a massive stroke which paralyzed her on her right side, with grace. 

I think of her often and miss her, especially when I am baking. I think of the fun we had picking peaches, walking on the beach, watching movies and listening to Pavarotti. My grandmother made everything special, especially the holidays and I find myself trying to do the same. I am blessed to have had such a wonderful role model and I hope that I can be half  the woman that she was. 

Tell me, who do you admire? What do you admire about them? What did you learn from them? 

Thank you for sharing. Remember friends, we are all in this together and together we will get through this, one day at a time. Take care of yourself and your family. Wash your hands and stay safe. 

Have a good day and thank you for being there for me!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Day 3 of 30: Love Your Neighbors

Good morning! I hope that you are well friends. It was fun to read about your favorite places to travel yesterday, and to see that many of us enjoy the same cities. May I ask, how are you coping? Are you keeping yourself busy? Are you sticking to your routine? Both are very important so stick to it. 

As we dig in, it is important to remember that not everyone has someone looking after or out for them, perhaps you have an elderly neighbor or young family that could use a little help? A kind word, a meal, maybe a pile of books and magazines to life their spirits?

This week I have been baking and making extra meals for my neighbors. I also made a few boxes of treats to send to family and friends, each box contains their favorite treats just so they know that even though I am not there with them I am thinking of them.

Another thing that I am doing is sending letters and cards. My mother-in-law is 93 and she has not left the house for the last three weeks, any time someone comes to the house they wave from the door and set the food, mail or gifts just inside the door. I try to call her every other day and although she sounds great I know that somedays she is struggling because she tells me that she hasn't left her bed. I know that she loves snail mail so I thought it would be nice for her to receive a card or a note for the next 30 days. Every morning before I go on my walk I write a card and drop it in the mail on my way. She should be getting her first card in a day or two and I think she will love them. 

Other things you can do are donate blood, make a donation to your local food bank or homeless shelter, volunteer to make meals for students that are missing meals and you could also purchase gift cards from your favorite local restaurant, hair salon, bakery or store to help keep them in business. 

Remember to take care of yourself as well otherwise you will not have the energy to help others. If you are lonely, depressed or need anything please reach out to family, friends, neighbors or even me. I will do whatever I can to help you.  

I hope that you have a great day, stay safe and remember, we are all in this together. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Day 2 of 30: Where is Your Favorite Place to Visit?

Good morning! Sunday President Trump announced that we should all practice social distancing until April 30th, although expected, the thought of sheltering in place for another 30 days is sometimes tough to take in. 

By nature I am an optimist and I am making it my mission for the next 30 days to do what I can to help anyone and everyone who might have a problem with staying home and sheltering in place. I am not sure exactly how but I thinking maybe that each day I will share something with you and ask you to do the same. 

Today I would love to know: Where is your favorite place in the world to visit? Are you a lover of museums and culture or do you prefer to spend your time sunning on the beach? Do you like to hike in the mountains or walk in the city?

Although I have spent a lot of time in Paris in my lifetime and it is indeed one of my favorite places to visit I have to tell you that my all time favorite place and one of the most beautiful places I have ever been is Scotland.

In fact the first time I visited I actually got a warm fuzzy feeling and I felt like I was home. It sounds strange but it is true and I have felt it every time I have returned. I love the people, the vistas, the hiking, the castles, and more. 

Take minute today and think of all of the places you have ever been, including your own hometown, and tell us your favorite place to visit or to be and what you like to do there. 

Have a great day, stay inside, wash your hands and stay safe. I am looking forward to reading all about your favorite places.