Good Evening Friends,
I have so many thoughts, that I feel like a bingo ball machine going around and around inside of myself. My apologies if this post isn’t as coherent as my usual posts. I’m going to try my best to lay everything out for you in the most orderly way. ❤ That said, how are you? No, really. How are you? Have you been staying inside? Are the kids feeling bored and antsy? Are you scrubbing your hands so much that they feel dry and crackly? I get it. Mine do too. You’re far from alone. 😉
Tonight I want to write about the good things that I’ve seen in this pandemic. The tiny victories and moments that made me smile, and I hope they make you smile too.
I. Getting Creative with Groceries:
When I saw that I was down to my last 7 eggs my eyes widened. It was time. I heard a gong sound inside of my head. It was time to leave my sanitized nest and head to the grocery. It was the one place that my city’s “shelter at home” notice would allow me to go. Recently my city went on full lock-down mode. The only places we can travel to are “essential” locations such as: the doctor, dentist, vet, grocery, pharmacy, hospital, etc. Our usual bustling beach town now looks like a ghost town. I sent the Captain to the grocery earlier to pick up some eggs to no avail. I blinked at him upon his return. “There were no eggs…. anywhere?” I asked in disbelief. “Not one carton” he frowned.
It was time to get creative with my grocery shopping.
Like the pink panther I slinked along my town, avoiding the usual shopping markets to head to my local Asian food store. This Filipino market isn’t the most popular and that’s exactly why I wanted to head there. Of course they were sold out of rice. But they had cans of spam, tuna, pasta, and frozen fish galore. We stocked back up with plenty of protein. I felt relieved. “God bless your culture, babes” I muttered to my husband as we got back into the car. We both smiled.
**Tip: Check out your local Asian stores for canned food and cheap noodles. **
II. Finding Fun Activities for My Kiddo:
As a general rule of thumb, I try to stay three steps ahead of my daughter. As a homeschooling mom, I have long been used to getting super creative with resources and lesson plans. But I feel for the parents out there who are suddenly being thrusted into educating their children during this time. It can feel daunting and downright overwhelming. Believe me, I understand. Thankfully, there are so many incredible, educational sites to keep your little ones occupied during this pandemic. Here are a few sources that we have been enjoying in our home. I hope they make you all smile just as much as we have been:
- Take a virtual tour of the Louvre in Paris
- Explore NASA’s “Access Mars” site to see real footage from Mars
- Listen to an astronaut read a story aloud from the International Space Station!
- Explore a Canadian farm and food production center complete with 360 degree videos.
- Watch an African Watering Hole live!
- Marvel at marine life through the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s livecams!
- Take a virtual tour of the Great Wall of China.
- Learn basic coding from the “Code Monster” game!
**Tip: I also recommend that you check out your local public library online to access free e-books to read and enjoy as a family! **
III. Having Time to Think:
As we drove through our nearby beach town turned ghost town, I sat in silence reflecting. This was the beauty of a pandemic. You have to slow down. You’re not given a choice. The world demands that you stay home and rest. Life halts and you’re able to sit quietly in silence and contemplation. You can examine your thoughts and meditate on the beauty of life. It’s so fragile and fleeting. Yet, when the world quiets down we can soak in the wonder of everything around us. The streets are quiet. The air stills, and all that is left is the wonder of Mother Nature. It’s truly a sight to behold. I’m thankful to be in this moment, able to be alive and enjoy the sun on my face and to hear the ocean still crashing against the shore. Nature is our constant in an ever-changing, and uncertain world.
**Tip: Try a gentle guided meditation app or sit someplace quiet to have a few minutes with your thoughts. ❤ **
IV. Care Packages and Messages of Love:
Since this pandemic really began spreading, I have been reaching out to friends and family, just to ask if everyone is alright and staying healthy. Dear friends across the world have reached out to me inquiring the same. It made me smile from ear to ear. I encourage you to ask your loved ones how they’re doing. Yes, it’s a scary time for everyone, but where there is darkness… love can always prevail and shine through. This week my mother in law was so kind to send us a care package. How she got a hold of these supplies up North, I’ll never know. But nonetheless we are so thankful to have a fresh supply of hand sanitizer, face masks, and disposable gloves.
**Tip: When you go to pump gas into your car, slip on a pair of disposable gloves. Not only will you be protecting yourself from germs, but your hands won’t smell icky afterwards either! (Don’t forget to place a bottle of hand sanitizer in the car too!) **
Alright my friends, that’s it from me for this post. I hope you all enjoyed it. If you did, hit that like button and let me know. Smash that follow button if you’re new around here, and I will see you back here for the next topic!
P.S.- This video from Jimmy Kimmel at home made me laugh and laugh… I especially loved the part where he said, thanks to his young children, his blood type is now, “Disney +”. LOL! Enjoy! 🙂