Today’s POSITIVE News for Women Over 50 during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Pamela Lutrell curates optimistic headlines for women over 50

Good Morning, ladies!  Let’s get our beverage of choice and sit down to read Today’s Positive News for Women Over 50, headlines and words of encouragement during the COVID 19 Pandemic. You know me…I am the look- for -the -silver- lining -girl…and through all of these difficult, life-changing moments, I would like to share the bright side of it all.  I am going to intertwine this report with my own observations and articles I have found around the globe. Let’s see where we can find light in the shadows.

First off, I went to the grocery yesterday for the first time in a few days……..

Grocery Moments

Over 50 Feeling 40 on Grocery Stores

It didn’t look like this.  In fact, I am not sure when the next time will be that it does look this well stocked. The fearful side of grocery shopping is how low stock is…how we cannot find our favorite brands…and how limited we have now become to amounts, so we know we have to come back again soon.  (also…in San Antonio there is not one salsa, refried bean, or canned jalapeno!)

Here is the silver lining, San Antonio-style…..A couple of checkers were singing Feliz Navidad at the tops of their voices.  Every shopper…different races, ages, tall and small…we so nice and friendly to one another.  The man in front of me insisted that he was being UNDER charged for his product and he made the checker take more money for it!  Families were shopping as if it were Christmas and buying games and toys for their kids to play.  Everyone politely stood a distance from once another…yet were kind and friendly when near. It was actually a very pleasant experience that began in the parking lot going inside.  It ended with an elderly man, walking with his cane, and singing a little Tony Bennett for everyone waiting to checkout.  I love how music is helping us to get through.

Another plus is that I must be creative with meal planning with items we can find. The meat department was so low that I had to completely change what I was thinking for the week.  But with my husband and I both working from home, and restaurants possibly problematic, I am planning to cook more…keeps my mind fresh and active!


Today's Positive News for Women Over 50

In honor of my singing San Antonio residents, here are some uplifting videos which show how people are spreading the joy in their own communities and offering hope and encouragement. 

Utah Woman holds zumba session for neighbors from her back porch

Medical professionals and the corona foot shake

Saxophone serenades NYC by Playing New York, New York


Quarantine Cat Tips???

Coronavirus Cat lessons on Over 50 Feeling 50

I am sure some of you would completely agree that cats teach us great amounts of vitally important information.  Lessons I have learned from my own cat would come under “another discussion for another day.”  But this article in the New Yorker might put a smile on the cat lovers in this audience.  Read and enjoy Quarantine Tips from my cat.

We Need a Little Christmas

Today's Positive News for Women Over 50 on Over 50 Feeling 40

Yesterday, one reader asked me if I had my Christmas lights up and I was able to answer YES!  We do have one little tree on our front porch that we plug in at night.  This idea began with a father who tweeted to the neighbors to put the lights back up so they could drive their children around to enjoy them and get them out of the house for an experience safe in the car.  The neighbors agreed.  Since then other Americans are now hanging their lights.  See Americans rehanging Christmas lights to light the darkness of the coronavirus. 

Also, for those who love Christmas movies on Hallmark…yep, they are there and going all weekend long. 


Today's Positive News for Women over 50

The best way to take our minds off of our own worry and concerns is to think of others and find ways to serve…as long as you are wise with social distancing.  This story is uplifting about Georgia volunteers helping get supplies to endangered seniors. 

Today's Positive News for Women over 50

Right before all this hit so hard, one of my co-workers had to take her elderly mom to surgery for a broken ankle.  Her mom is now locked into a rehab center and visitations are not allowed.  She laughed because her mom called for supplies she could not live without….nail polish and sparkling water were at the top of the list…she may be elderly but she is a refined woman who still wants to look her best!  When my friend, took the supplies to her, mom came up to the front in a wheelchair and they waved from a distance and blew kisses.

Somehow, I think the lack of touch has been the most difficult part.  We are huggers in Texas…and not hugging someone or reaching out a hand has been hard to stop. This is why we must find other ways to reach out.  Like the people I saw in the grocery yesterday…everyone was reaching out with friendliness and a smile of reassurance.  Smiling is the new hug!

Family Time!

Pamela Lutrell and positive news during the COVID 19 pandemic

My final silver lining is that for a time families must slow down and spend time together.  Working parents are home, and the stress of homework, rush, rush, rush has become hush, hush, hushed for awhile.  My daughter, a mother of three boys, said last week, “They are so happy!”  Dad is working from home and mom the school teacher is not stressed throughout the day.  I also watched a family out walking together in the neighborhood with one in a stroller and one on a bike, and they were laughing. 

Though tragedy is encircling us like a vulture, the pulling back and focusing on what matters will have overwhelming positive results.  Take time to look for the silver linings…be hopeful,..stay safe…and 


BREAKING NEWS.…Fashion designers Christian Siriano and Nancy Volpe Beringer are spearheading a movement of designers and seamstresses around the country making medical masks.  Nancy was on Instagram last night teaching a live online lesson and has the pattern to share with anyone interested in joining in.  Check her out on IG.  And a big thank you to all who participate in helping with solutions!

Today’s slideshow was curated with the new needs some of us may have in working from home…or spending more time at home…enjoy…

By Pamela Lutrell


  1. Oh Pam. Thanks so much for this! The quarantine tips from my cat made me laugh out loud through the whole thing. Other article are great as well. I did get sucked down the rabbit hole of articles once I got started though. Even Russia helping out like that gives us hope for a better world after this is sorted. Whenever that may be. Wouldn’t you know Nancy and Christian would be the spearheads for good deeds. Love both of them. Thank you for finding these. P.s. My granddaughter finally was able to catch a flight home and is now safe near us. Thanks to all the pilots and flight attendants and air lines as well. Stay well.

  2. I’m just looking forward to when this will all be behind us. I’m making the best of it by working out at home and catching up on a lot of reading and study. It will be very helpful when it warms up outside. We are having tremendous problems with my mother due to her serious dementia. I’ve read articles saying it’s “wrong” and “not cool” if you aren’t “scared.” I’m honestly not scared at all, I’m just tired of it. I have a very strong faith and think that for me it would show a great lack of faith to be “scared.” Thanks for showing ways to be positive, because so many people lately are anything but!

  3. I understand it is difficult. Dealing with a loved one with dementia is hard in normal circumstances. I hope to provide some light, hopeful moments. But behind it all I am praying without ceasing. Stay strong Karen.

  4. Good Sunday morning Pam,
    I really enjoyed your food for thought today. I’m a hugger and an extrovert here in Ohio, so it’s a challenge for me too. I am however happy and thrilled to see Americans and companies stepping up with ideas. Yesterday I was offered some previously paid online classes for free as a new skill to tackle. I just love that. Our grocery stores seem stocked just fine, except toilet paper of course. Smiles to you. Amy

  5. Amy, you should do the class! Who knows what positive new experiences lay ahead for some of us! Do it!

  6. Thank you for keeping your wonderful blog going full steam! It means so much!
    I’m trying to make 2 long walks around the neighborhoods and up toward the bay. Problem is it’s freezing these last 2 days, in the 20s.
    Cold! I keep praying this virus freezes out! Don’t think it will.

  7. I have a few challenges as well, Paulette and will discuss those this week! Keeping it positive!!

  8. Miss Pamela, I so appreciate your positive posts! The quarantine tips from cats is hilarious and I sent it on to my daughter. I will read the rest of the articles with my afternoon tea.
    Pinterest is loaded with recipes for vegetarian dishes. We are vegetarians so can bypass the meat counter (which I guess is a good thing now). In these uncertain times, we all need to keep our eyes upon our Elohim and our lines of communication (prayers) open.

  9. Appreciate your positive messages. I am a dog person, and ours is a people dog, so we are cuddling as much as possible. Regarding the mask sewing for medical workers – sewists all over the internet are calling up arms. Unfortunately though there are some strict guidelines for the masks to be useful and regular fabric isn’t going to work, based on conversation I have had with some friends working in the medical arena. I hope Christian is able to get appropriate materials to help out. I’d hate to see masks made and not used. In Virginia, distilleries are ramping up to make hand sanitizer and dentists are donating their PPE to the doctors and hospitals.

  10. Hi Paula, even it some masks went to private sector it would be good. Though we only need wear a mask if we tested positive, it seems to bring some people comfort. Since Christian is working hand in hand with Gov. Cuomo, I would assume he has the guidelines! Enjoy those doggy cuddles!

  11. Thanks, Pam for your uplifting posts! I can always count on you to make me smile with your articles to read and your positive point of view. Love the cat article!!!
    We all need to just remind ourselves that this too will pass and how lucky we are for whatever comforts we have. While this is such a stressful and scary time, I must say that my body is really benefiting from all the long walks, afternoons with tea and my book and just being still. Bright side for sure!
    Stay safe!!!

  12. Thank you, Pam for your positive messages! I especially enjoyed the cat article which was hilarious! Keep up your wonderful blog! We all need tips and laughs. Hubby and I get out for walks everyday and face time children and grandchildren. Fortunately we have technology to keep us connected. Stay safe!

  13. Here in Canada, we have a TV series called “Back in Time for Dinner”. Through two series, two families have journeyed back in time through the 20th century’s Great Depression, WWII years and beyond. They dress the part, their kitchens are remodelled, and they cook authentic dishes from old cookbooks with what was available at the time. Yum, kidneys!

    We will all have to follow suit by making do. We can do this, like our parents and grandparents before us.

  14. Google “Pluto the dog” and enjoy! Brilliant and funny….I will not spoil it by saying more

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