Thursday, October 1, 2020

Adjusting to this crazy pandemic world

It's been a while since I posted here but as you already know, not much has changed in our pandemic world of 2020. We feel lucky to be living in a small town where we have access to the beach and hiking trails to help keep us sane and are able to distance ourselves. Like everyone these days, I miss traveling, shopping besides just picking up groceries, in-person workout classes, going to the movie theater, and other things I took for granted in the before times. We were supposed to do some indoor renos and traveling this past summer, which have been postponed indefinitely now. So we decided to update the outside, which is in desperate need of landscaping, to give ourselves a nature space for downtime without leaving our property. And I'll also have a wonderful place to write when I don't want to be in my office. So that's what we're doing over the next month.

We just try to get excited about the little things these days. Like chocolate, and the fact that it's now October, which is Halloween month. My favorite holiday! We're not sure whether trick-or-treating is cancelled in our town, yet, but we'll probably get that news soon. We plan to put a bowl of candy on the porch with a sign, if kids are allowed to go to houses this year. That way they don't need to interact with us to get a treat. I can't imagine being a kid in this pandemic craziness but they'll have a lot of stories to tell their future grandchildren, that's for sure.

The fires here on the west coast have been another trying thing for many. We're lucky we only got smoke and not fires where we live but others weren't so fortunate. 2020 is definitely testing all of us and I find getting lost in a good book even more important now, as are TV and streaming shows. I put a space together so we can do home workouts and play games. And we've done some small home updates ourselves, like painting hubby's office to brighten it up. I've been doing a lot of online writing conferences the past couple of months, which is nice because it feels like I'm at least connected to other writers, but they do get tiring after a while and I need to take breaks. Many are recorded so I can watch the panels any time, which helps.

I hope you and your family are staying safe during these trying times. Happy October!


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