I am beginning this Friday ( the official end of week #3 for staying home) with an image I recently placed on my computer wallpaper. I took this picture from the balcony of a lakehouse my entire family shared together one July 4. Apart from Christmas celebrations, this was one of my favorite family times and helps me to have fond remembrances of a family I have not been able to hug in a while.
Joyful memories are so important right now and help us get through this long period when we are “distancing” from the rest of the world. I confess when we finally return to normal…whatever normal really is…I will still be apprehensive of this virus. I have asthma and after listening to a doctor fully explain the dangers of COVID-19 for asthmatics, I was convinced to be happy at home.
But when you think about returning to normal, are there some parts of what was normal for you that you would like to leave behind? I was not home very much at all during my normal life the last four years. I want my new normal to include being home…I have loved it and want to make a commitment to get my house in order.
STOP THE EXCUSES
I have said for three weeks that my biggest challenge is now balancing a work-at-home life with my time to work out. When you come and go to a physical office that is not in your home, it is easier to compartmentalize your life. Something about working here has resulted in more work. Actually, it may also be due to the pandemic which has created more work for those of us in higher education. OK, OK…it is time for me to stop the excuses!
My latest attempt to get some weight work in, is to bring the weights from downstairs into my office upstairs. I think this does work better. Even small amounts in between projects helps. So, for now, I am going to continue this plan. I need to bring the rest of the weights upstairs, though!
HOW TO SAY HELLO
San Antonio is a beautiful, multi-cultural community where overall people love, accept and support one another. The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce put out this video to encourage us to greet one another with a double heart tap and I loved it. Especially when, Anthony Fauci is now recommending Americans stop shaking hands…forever! See what you think of their way to now greet one another.
Recently, I told you that Macy’s and Dillards are presently not paying affiliate bloggers for sales, so I can no longer include them in my slideshows. But, I am pleased to announce that in addition to many other brands, I can include KOHLS. I am still having problems with Nordstrom Rack, but hope to resolve those soon. Until, then let’s enjoy some fun items from Kohls……
Today is a somber day in my faith and has been a day I grew up commemorating. This is the day we remember Jesus’s Death. One year I came out of a Good Friday service at noon as a dust storm blew into town and it was chilling. It seemed to place me right at that moment in time. Since then, I always think about Jesus’s trail and time on the cross throughout the day on Good Friday.
Later today, my husband and I will attend online church and take communion in remembrance. But, as a powerful pastor once said, It’s Friday but Sunday is Coming!
I hope today is special for you whether you are remembering family, friends, your faith or all three. I also love Passover and hope my Jewish friends are able to commemorate the time while distancing.
Jennifer and I are taking you window shopping for Would You Wear It tomorrow. Get ready for some fun. Then I hope to have something special for you on Easter Sunday.
Thank you so much for being here… stay home…stay safe…stay hopeful and…………
Remember, in our social distancing world, your smile is the way you send hugs!
KEEP SMILING….and HUGGING!
By Pamela Lutrell