Checking In With You

I’m checking in with you.  How are you doing?  How’s your family?  Are you feeling stir crazy being home-bound?  Are you all healthy?

Right at the base of my head, I have a headache.  I feel like I need to go to the chiropractor, but that’s not happening with the stay home situation.  I did stretch a bit and was able to loosen it, but it’s still not getting better.  And I’m tired because I’m stressed.  Aren’t you?  And don’t get me started about the snacking I’ve been doing!  Yikes!  Nor how my roots are showing how grey I really am!

It’s a difficult time for all right now.  Separation from daily routines has some on edge.  People not abiding by the rules in place to keep the virus from spreading makes it hard to keep us all protected.  Lack of medical necessities and increasing numbers of people affected by the virus is a huge worry.  Then there are those who are dying of it alone without family members around them.  I have had a few friends’ family members who have died and they are even more distraught than just grieving.

I always try to find the light in dark situations and gratitude helps.  The kids and I have a home with food and we are healthy.  We do not leave the property unless absolutely necessary.  I have been cooking and doing laundry and washing dishes incessantly which, on one hand, I could be very annoyed with, but on the other, I am grateful that we are here together, that they are eating and are healthy.  While the kids are sometimes anxious, I am trying to stay calm by knowing that I am doing all that I can to keep us safe.  Beyond that, it’s not in my control.

I finally left to the market the other day and was appalled by the lack of items on the shelves.  I wanted to take one of the kids with me, but because I don’t have a mask, I wanted to limit our exposure.  (And by the way, I can’t buy any at this time!)  So I did it myself with gloves on, careful to keep my hands away from my face.  I watched as the workers did their jobs, but were obviously stressed with dealing with the public.  I made sure to thank each of them for being there to help me to shop.  While they were wearing masks so I couldn’t see their smiles, the eyes showed the appreciation as did their quiet thank you nod.

It’s a time to be nice and to appreciate that we are all dealing with the unknown and the fear.  To be grateful for what we have and to know that we are all stressed out in different ways for different reasons.

I hope you are doing well and that all are healthy and safe.  Please let me know how you are.  And if you need a friend, I’m here.

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14 Responses to Checking In With You

  1. The V Pub says:

    I’m doing well, and I hope that you are, too. Thank goodness that the weather is turning, and I can go outside and start gardening.

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    • janieleeds says:

      I know! I have been spending a little time in the yard weeding here and there. And I dislike weeding but it feels good for the soul. I am happy to hear that you are doing well Rob. Stay healthy! 🙂

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  2. petespringerauthor says:

    Definitely stir crazy. I get out once a day for a long walk to help keep my sanity. I miss being around my friends. We had to put our dog down about ten days ago, and that brought us a lot of sadness. It’s not like there’s ever a good time for that, but this is the worst being isolated and unable to hug my friends.

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    • janieleeds says:

      I understand Pete and I’m sorry about Jake. That is so hard to lose a special fur family member. Dogs are so special. Sending you a virtual hug. Stay healthy! 🙂

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  3. scr4pl80 says:

    Glad to hear you are doing okay, Janie. We are getting along okay here too. I’m not working much but I have hopes that that will pick up soon.

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  4. Glad you’re doing well. We’re stir crazy here and trying to avoid going out for anything. We re-did are garden this weekend, so we can grow our own produce.

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  5. bone&silver says:

    Hey darlin, glad I just checked in here again. I’m very well thank you- a new blog post coming tomorrow which shows how damn blessed I am with my new home & surroundings… keep staying safe please! ❤ G

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  6. TJ Fox says:

    There are lots of options for making your own masks, some don’t even require any sewing at all. You can find tons of instructions online. The entire point is to cover your mouth and nose, so most anything that will do that and still allow you to breathe is acceptable, even just covering with a scarf. I created a makeshift one for Hubby since he is the one that does all of our shopping. Glad you are doing well!

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    • janieleeds says:

      Thank you TJ! Hope you’re all doing well! How nice that hubby goes shopping for you and you’re such a good wife to make one! Stay healthy and safe and keep taking photos! They’re awesome! 🙂

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