Is this the new normal?

How many of you are asking this, I know I have been. Have we become so comfortable with touch and being close that now we are forced to put distance between ourselves and others. As a person who suffers from PTSD I personally have been avoiding large groups and even in a large group I try to create a bit of a bubble (distance) but that just my disease.

I think the most positive thing to say about this time is to remain calm, yea what happens when someone tells me to remain calm….How am I going to do that.

1. Watch less of the news about the virus, it’s good to be informed but not obsessed.

2. Find projects that I have had on the back burner and work on them, like this blog.

3. Do something I enjoy.. read a book, paint, sew, cook.

4. Find a movie even if it’s one I have seen before and set back and enjoy it

5. Have a quiet conversation with your family.

6. Play some board games or cards with your family

7. Listen to music and get up and dance no one’s watching

8. I f you are missing social contact… there are several programs to do face to face talking.

So with this list I think I might just find something worth keeping me busy during this time of Social Distancing. I bet you can have a list of your own if not feel free to use some ideas on my list.

All I can say is DO NOT PANIC, stay centered and breathe.

Here comes the changes

Signs of season changes

Tomorrow is Halloween and today we are in a freeze warning, might not get many trick or treat kiddies out and about. I am actully turning out the lights. I don’t think that I am really ready for winter and the cold. I find that in the winter I have the habit of hibernation and just stay in. I am even looking at catalogs for warm pajamas to just hang out in the house. However, I need to make my self got outside and keep busy. Life is quiet here now that the strike is over my husband is working weekend to make up for the 6 weeks of no work. So I now have a lot of alone time.

A crazy afternoon

Well I have spent my whole day in the computer room working on this website. I have neglected it for to long.

We waited almost 6 weeks for my husband to be able to return to work. He is a subcontractor at a GM plant. So they were on strike and he couldn’t cross the picked line. So he got a bit of a staycation. I did have a bit of honey-do for him while he was hanging around the house, but often found him hiding in the garage I think to avoid the list.

It sure brought the reality that it is important to have some savings set aside for emergencies. But like so many Americans who live pay check to pay check it’s not always easy to set aside money for savings. I do want to figure a way to do that but first we have to get caught up from the 6 weeks of no pay check.

Today they were to find out if the contract passed or not. So he was checking his phone ever 15 minutes. Then around 3:30 he got a call from his Boss about soon it would be approved. So he told me he was going to get gas in the Jeep so he would be ready to go. So he left, I was so involved in updating the website that after a half hour and he hadn’t returned I called him to find out where he was (kind of knew he got the green light to return to work) but just wanted to have a call to know for sure.

But we both survived and now his back to work and I get my alone time again.

Art Exhibit

I was recently a featured artist at a local Veterans Organization. It was actually a sort of mess up I was to be the featured artist in November but somehow they messed up and wanted my things in October. I hadn’t even framed most of the items so it was kind of a mess. I was told they would frame them since it was their mistake but it didn’t happen and they hung them with out frames. This doesn’t make me happy and doesn’t reflect well on my artwork but what cha going do. It was too late to remove them so it went just the way they wanted. I did however remove them the next day. I was successful in selling two pieces. I later learned that I was the only one of all of their featured artist who have ever sold anything.


Yea that one word that either motivates you or makes you run well maybe walk to the fridge and say no way. A few months ago I was diagnosed with COPD and signed up on a pulmonary rehab program which is just monitored exercise. When that program was over I tried signing up at the local community center but I didn’t make it to the place I alway found and reason for not going. So I signed up for the pulmanary after care program and go on Monday and Friday. So today being Friday, one of the things I like about it is there are people there to help you know what equipment to use and how to use it properly. I do have problems in going sometimes but the person in charge calls me if I don’t show up for a couple weeks. So today I am happy with me I did manage to go two days in a row. WOW you say but I am very happy with it.