Simple Solutions

Our world has changed. We are all experiencing the new culture created by the COVID-19 virus. A lot of us are sheltering in place, our livelihoods have disappeared. We are relying on a completely dysfunctional President to guide us through this crisis and we need good, sound advice. 

In my community, and I am sure in yours as well, we are out of some essential supplies. For god knows why there is no toilet paper. Hand sanitizer is hard to come by as well. You can make your own, recipe below. Granted a lot of the ingredients are also not on your local stores' shelves, but hopefully that will change soon. If you have these ingredients this is a good alternative to Purell.

 

DIY Hand Sanitizer

1 cup of 70-99% isopropyl alcohol
1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide
1 teaspoon of 98% glycerin
1 tablespoon, and 1 teaspoon of sterile distilled
or boiled, then cooled water
2-6 drops tea tree essential oil
2 drops piñon essential oil
Stir and decant in sterile pump bottle.
The place I call home is in 'shelter in place' mode until April 7. I am not convinced, at all, that this is an accurate date. From all the news I read and listen to ( NY Times, Washington Post, NPR and MSNBC ) it will be a lot longer.
 
In my home we are trying to get inventive. We are sticking to our walk around the beautiful Spring Lake. It is a huffing and puffing, speed walk without the dorky gait, for a couple of miles. I get in the car, I breathe out deeply and when I come home I take a hot soak or a hot shower. It is my personal spa and it is a wonderful way to start my day.
Of course I read the newspapers, I listen to the news, but I also make sure I listen to music, loud and of course I can't help but dance when that crazy good song plays.
Other ideas, make playlists, read a really good book. If the weather is nice get outside and do yard work. If you live in an apartment and have an outside balcony/yard order supplies, planters and seeds from your favorite online stores and make magic. Here is one of my favorite online retailer, selling garden supplies. happyhopemade Lots of supplies, seeds, plants, veggie plants, flowers, medicinal plants, a virtual nursery. If you don't have pots for planting I suggest you go online and find a retailer near you that will ship pots to you. 
Cook! I love Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden and Martha Holberg, amazing cookbook that helps you cook and eat seasonally. The dishes are a visual delight. Check out your local bookstore, will they deliver? If not you might have to resort to Barnes&Noble.
How about learning a language ( there are great apps out there ), taking an online course at your community college, journalling your triumphs and travails as you navigate this new 'not' normal.
Last idea for today, this one is from my sister, Zoom or Skype/FaceTime! Use it to have a virtual happy hour, straight from the confines of your home. If you don't drink, there are all kinds of fun things you can share at your personal party. You can have a morning coffee klatch, your virtual book club, get creative.
During this pandemic and while we are all following the CDC guidelines, be sure to check on your loved ones, by phone or in person with that six feet distance between you. Walk with them around the neighborhood, sit in the sun, talk and walk. Eat well, exercise at home, you can dance, lift weights, do yoga, you know the drill. Keep your mind active and practice self-care, but don't forget there are those out there that may just want to hear your voice. I am blessed with a network of good friends and family. Stay positive and finally don't panic. We will get through this together. 
With Love,
Michel

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