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It was approximately nine days ago when our county issued a “Declaration
of Disaster” and issued a strong recommendation that we all STAY HOME; “We
encourage --- residents to stay home except for essential needs, to get food,
care for a relative or friend, get necessary healthcare or go to an essential
job. It is okay to go outside for walks if you are not in a group. Stay at
least six feet apart when leaving your home for essential activities.”
To be perfectly honest, my sweet husband is recuperating
after surgery and it isn’t all that easy for him to get around right now anyway
— all we did have planned (due to his surgery) was to only go out for doctor
follow-up visits and to buy necessary perishable staples for the next few
weeks. Our pantry and freezer are fairly well stocked, my hubs is a terrific
shopper and always stocks up when he sees a good sale. The only grocery concern
I really have is preparing for Passover and staying local which does not really
give us much choice in the prescribed foods for our traditions.
Staying home these days didn’t really change much of what we
had planned to do, but the concept that we SHOULD NOT be mingling with the
outside world is a bit mind-boggling and restrictive. And the one big thing
that is suffocating is not being able to have our family come visiting,
especially our kids. Our daughter has helped to ease some of that particular
loneliness with multiple videos she sends us and even a lengthy video chat
while she walked our darling grand-pup (my cats don’t understand why we love
the dog so much, lol). Our daughter-in-love calls by phone whenever she has a
chance and sends texts often. Both our son and son-in-love tend to leave most
of the communication to their gals, but we do receive messages from each time
Basically if you have
friends or family you miss seeing, think of how lucky we are with phones,
emails, video chats, Facebook and so many other ways to connect remotely. Be
sure to make use of them and share everyday things with those you care about.
Don’t let anyone feel alone.
Being semi-forced to stay-at-home can actually be a blessing
in disguise. We all lead such harried lives we never really have time to just
sit back and relax. Play a board game with your family. Curl up for a Netflix movie
with your spouse. Read a book and even if you don’t have one handy, order an
e-book on your computer or smart phone, there’s even a whole bunch available
for free. Organize all of your pictures and scan those important documents onto
your computer for reference and record-keeping. If you have children at home,
find some terrific YA books you can read together.
Talking of children, how many times have we joked about
things we learned in school that we don’t think we have much use for these
days? Well spend some of your at-home time teaching your children a few of
those other skills like cooking, sewing, balancing checkbooks, gardening,
working on the car, cleaning and (if you have younger children as well) childcare.
Many teachers are helping by sending lesson plans via email or social media,
but whether they do or not read some history books (or even watch the History
channel on TV), play math games, host your own spelling bee. There are so many
ways to make your “playing” very productive.
Maybe now is the time for YOU to pick up a few new skills,
learn something that has always interested you, and simply bathe yourself in
new knowledge. Many online workshops are being offered, find Writing workshops, Kabballah,
foreign languages, Yoga,
practices, and even emergency
preparation classes… and you can do it all from home at your own schedule
and often for free or very little cost. If you’ve ever wanted to reinvent
yourself this could very well be the time.
Maybe, just maybe, all of this forced free time could just be
the thing we need to revitalize. Stay Heathy!
I’ve always enjoyed my solitude and often don’t venture from
the house. I have my computer, reading, writing and the cats. Yes occasionally
I like going out with my husband to dinner, the movies or other fun spots. My
husband, on the other hand, likes to be on the move and not strapped to the
With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency all around us (thank G-d we are NOT sick), we are
listening to the CDC
warnings — “The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this
virus.” By Social Distancing and staying away from others we can all help to
SLOW the transmission rate of this disease, and actually from all infectious
diseases. You don’t have to be sick and there may be no active reports of
illness in your immediate community, but this virus can spread through
person-to-person contact. A has the illness, even though he doesn’t know it
yet, when B comes into town A and B shake hands, B comes home and hugs his
wife, B’s wife goes to the local supermarket and touches produce… you can see
where I am going from there.
Folks have been catching viruses forever, so why is COVID-19
making headlines? The “simple cold” virus is normally mild and causes
respiratory infections, sore throats, and headaches; MOST people get over colds
quickly without complications. The most common strains of the influenza virus
are more severe than a cold, are accompanied by fever and can result in
pneumonia or sometimes death; the flu virus can be passed usually within the
first five days of infection — AND there are flu vaccines, while there are some
who cannot take a flu shot (Me, me, me!), inoculation and a shorter
transmission time does cut down the occurrences.
COVID-19 is a newer strain of Coronavirus, one that does not
have a vaccine (yet) and can cause all of the ailments of a severe flu including
very high fever and, yes, death. All respiratory illnesses can be deadly for
anyone with a compromised immune system. In most people, common cold symptoms
usually peak within the first two to three days of infection, while the effects
of Covid-19 appear two to 14 days after exposure. A person can come in contact
with someone who has the infection and doesn’t know it and then that next
person comes into contact with others and passes it along. Covid-19 is
spreading much faster than the flu and there is still a lot to learn about the
Some of the best recommendations to stay healthy include
keeping a healthy distance (at least six feet) from others who may potentially
be carrying the infection. Sneeze into your elbow or tissues, dispose of dirty
tissues in a closed garbage can or flushed down the toilet. Wash your hands
frequently, soap and water are wonderful germ killers. Don’t touch other people
or THINGS and then put your hands to your face as you can carry the germs to
your mouth, nose or eyes; it is unknown how long the Coronavirus can live on
surfaces but it is estimated as long as nine hours on non-porous surfaces. Wipe
down your phone, computer keyboard, steering wheel, etc. with a disinfectant.
Carry an alcohol based hand-cleaner and use it after touching ATM machines,
elevator buttons, public handrails and more.
Getting back to that lonely isolating social distancing, don’t
give the Coronavirus, or other germs, another host by making yourself available
to it. If we can break the chain we might be able to slow down the progression.
As for my husband and me spending so much at-home and alone
time (together… with the cats), it’s a good thing we like each other.
|To your health!|
mean, they say you die twice.
One time when you stop breathing and a second time,
a bit later on,
when somebody says your
name for the last time.”
The older I grow, the more important it seems to me to know
about my heritage, the generations that came and went before me. While it is
important to me to know, it is more important that I leave a record of our past
for the future generations. Maybe it is a way of not letting go of those loved
ones I’ve already lost. Maybe passing on the stories of our heritage will keep
my memory alive after I am gone.
I recently had a DNA test done and have actually been able to
connect with a few more distant cousins (we really don’t use numbers, a cousin
is a cousin). I’ve enjoyed hearing stories of the different branches of the
family. Actually a little more than ten years ago a cousin came to my sister
and me and said he was trying to put together a detailed family tree ~ he
actually managed to track down a huge number of relatives even without these
DNA kits so many are using today.
I’ve also been using a site that features old and varied
newspapers and, wow, my own Mom had quite a social life in her hometown; I wish
she was still around to talk with me about it. Using the internet and the many
search sites (yes, some ARE free) has helped me find connections and learn
stories of my family’s past. I learned that a number of my “great-aunts and
great-uncles” never escaped the horrors of concentration camps and I am so
sorry that many of their lives were cut so short that they didn’t get much
chance to leave a legacy. I found out about a paternal great-aunt I never knew
existed and am still trying to learn more about her.
In my quest to learn more about relatives and discussions
with new-found cousins, I’ve come to believe very strongly in the “six degrees
of separation” and have listened to stories about folks who were close friends
of distant cousins, or even had connections to folks I already knew. I’ve
learned about business ventures and accomplishments with my own family, and
most importantly I’ve been able to share in the joys, and sometimes sorrows,
that life brings. It is absolutely fantastic to share as family.
For now I have many of my notes and records in a computer
file but I have hopes of actually printing a master book of all my ancestral
and current family tree. The hardest part will be keeping the different
branches separate, but separate only on paper. And I will include information
about myself and my husband as well as our offspring and their spouses. And
maybe one day a young child will be able to ask about me and I will kind of
live on through these recorded stories.
There are some who (both figuratively and literally) never
get up off their duffs and take responsibility or any action. So often these
people are quick to blame others for either what didn’t get done at all or didn’t
get done to their satisfaction.
Why does it seem that some folks manage to do only one job
well… the avoidance of doing anything constructive? Whether it’s at home or the
office, fingers are pointed at others while those same fingers are never kept
busy. And when the job does get done BY SOMEONE ELSE, these individuals are
often so quick to take credit if the job has been done well, and so often to
lay blame when things didn’t go as planned.
Something else you notice about these people, the stories
behind their excuses change depending on how many others they make their
excuses to. And yet for all of their do-nothing-attitude, these are the very
same folks who are very quick to tell others just how things are supposed to
get done. Heaven forbid you should do the task at hand without consulting her/him
for advice and even permission. But if you wait until they actually take the time
to show you, your job never gets done.
you want something done, ask a busy person.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
Sounds a bit like a contradiction, doesn’t it? Why is it that
the busy person can “get the job done” when most others fail? One would think a
busy person is too busy to add more tasks to be done. Why is it that the
already busy person can manage to find the time that others never do?
One explanation might be that the busy person has developed
management skills or he knows shortcuts. You can trust that a busy person won’t
shy away from hard work. Knowing that someone can tackle the job you need done
also lets you know that you can rely on that someone, and we naturally
gravitate to the people we trust. It’s been suggested that most people who
complain of being busy are simply giving themselves an excuse why they can’t
get things done, after all if there is too much on your plate…
If you want to accomplish more, to get more things done and
not have to wait for someone else to do those tasks for you, plan out your
time. Keep a record of how long things take to do, know what can distract and
sway you from your course. Schedule in any necessary down time such as stopping
for lunch or even visiting the restroom. Work in front of a clock so you don’t
lose track of time. Don’t get distracted by others around you. If necessary
break your task down into increments that you tackle one at a time.
Make sure that your “busy time” is also productive time.