1. I think I can add reading blogs that bring us joy to the list of things to lift our spirits. I love coming here every day because I always go away feeling better.

  2. These are wonderful ideas to help us get through our lives anytime..entertaining and beautiful things to do. I am living my life. I go shopping, meet friends for lunch..see my daughter and her Family. I am respectful of others and obey the mask rules and social distance..but there are more than one way to look at this pandemic..I encourage folks to live your lives and do not watch just one news station. I look above for guidance and trust in this World. We could get the flu and it could affect any of us at any time in a bad way or whatever other health issues may get us..but do not become a prisoner in your own home..crazy.. I amy get the virus today or tomorrow..but I also may lose my sanity by living in fear and not living my life…..depression is mind and body debilitating…My opinion .. Have a blessed day.. Your apartment is always pretty and cozy, Brenda..

  3. Awesome post today, Brenda! I personally believe staying busy doing whatever brings joy into your day is very important. Doing all the things you mentioned helps keeps us and our minds occupied in some form and makes for a better quality of life. Something really funny happened to me today and I hope you don’t mind that I’m going to share. I have always enjoyed coloring in a coloring book and I have a friend who does, as well. Today she left a coloring book and a box of crayons at my front door with a sweet note. Another friend did something similar a few months ago. I find that when I just want to spend a little time with my thoughts coloring helps me stay focused on all the good in my life.

  4. Thank you for all these wonderful reminders! We need to be gentle with ourselves and others.

  5. A great post. I find it hard to great my head around the number deaths your country has suffered. I am so thankful for where I live, my State in Australia has had 6 deaths and Australia as a whole , I think is sitting just over 900 at the moment. I pray you stay safe over there, and get some peace out of the changes coming soon.

  6. Pets sure get their owners through depression and anxious times. They have routines you can focus on for their needs as they rely on you to care for them. Nurturing others keeps your mind off your own aches and pains. I have been so grateful for good health through this pandemic in spite of losing people we know and seeing others suffer so our hearts break for them. It’s not the worse that will ever happen to us so we find ways through the days with our creative interests and cooking more meals at home which has saved us money and probably calories too!

  7. You are so right Brenda. Isolation does cause depression. I take Vitamin D which helps me. I read , knit, crochet. Talking on the phone to my girlfriends also helps a lot. And the best thing for me is to go out in the parks here and walk in the woods. I miss going to the gym and the indoor pool.

  8. I do most of these things just about every day. This morning, I did a yoga practice (I love Yoga with Adriene on youtube – she has a lot of videos, and they’re all free – I cast it to my TV from my phone). I did some journaling and a meditation through the app, Insight Timer. I put a pork butt in the Crockpot and also roasted some veggies. I played around with some decor. I emailed a couple of friends. I played with my kitties, did some housework. My reading time is before bed. until I get sleepy. I rarely have the TV on. Oh – I listened to some music today but I actually listened to upbeat dance music because I danced around while doing my housework. 😉

  9. All of your ideas are really helpful! You could also add ‘be creative ‘ because your photography is so lovely! xoxo

  10. Nice post. Really a practical pandemic plan we can all implement in our daily lives. Stay safe!

  11. Fabulous ideas!!!!
    Always been a reader,my minimalist self loves my kindle and audible!
    Stay safe.

    1. Lately I’ve wanted a real book in my hand. I go through stages when I read my Kindle. Reading is a great escape.

  12. I received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine 2 days ago, so grateful, but at the same time, I’m sad that my kids and their spouses are in the age group that won’t get the vaccine for many months, sad that there isn’t even a vaccine available yet for my grandkids, sad that I have extended family and acquaintances who had (thankfully) mild cases of Covid but are still experiencing long term effects from it. sad for the hundreds of thousands of people who have died. Mostly I’m sad for my boss who is on day 25 of being hospitalized with Covid and didn’t get the opportunity to be vaccinated.

  13. Great ideas. I’ve also picked up some crafts I had let fall by the wayside – knitting and sewing.
    I like the burlap shade in the pic with the red flower pot.

    1. I’ve had that lampshade forever. It’s been in my closet, which I nearly killed myself cleaning. Got my granny cart and took loads of things to the dumpster. Some was nice decor and wall paintings and I just leaned it where people could see it.

  14. You are a very good writer. I don’t comment often. But, just letting you know I enjoy your posts. Thanks for sharing with us.

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