What Day Is It Anyway? Coping with Covid and AtoZ blogging challenge “C”

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For A to Z Blogging Challenge — “C” Coping

Coping with Quarantine

Looking out my window hoping
there’s more to life than merely coping
my nerves in need of extended doping
fingers raw from excessive soaping
with new protocols I’m still groping

but …

snow still glistens, bunnies hop
and birds still sing, never stop
it’s really not so bad a thing
simply coping with quarantine

What Day Is It Anyway? – Coping with Covid day 15

What day is it anyway? Hmmmm I’m thinking Friday? I only know this because it’s “Castle” night. Yep, we watch dvds of the series “Castle” on Friday nights and, hey I never miss Nathan Fillion. It’s quiet here, very quiet, no people out walking, no carts driving by, no snow plows. It’s almost eerie and kind of weird but we’re just taking it all in.

Castle Theme

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

A to Z Blogging Challenge and What Day Is It Anyway April 2

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A to Z Blogging Challenge – B is for Blessing
What Day Is It Anyway April 2— Coping with Covid day 14

Blessings

My life is full of blessings
even though the snow is messing
with my plans, leaving me guessing
I find my self honestly confessing
I miss the sun’s warmth caressing
though Summer heat can be oppressing
and humidity is too depressing
So I’ll cloak myself in winter’s dressing
warm and snug to contemplate my blessings

Awoke to several inches of snow this morning when a spring squall moved in. A few more inches since then. It’s been a quiet day, roads and sidewalks are slick with melting then refreezing run off. My exercise today has consisted of an indoor walking video, and shoveling the front walk twice plus a short walk to the garbage cans. Good enough.

I am reminded today that one of my goals has been to acknowledge the blessings this pandemic panic has brought my way. I gaze out my window at the snow covered trees, bushes and roads and contemplate the blessing of a warm snuggly home. I was able to pick up groceries yesterday, have ordered more on-line and have a stocked pantry to see me through until those orders arrive. Blessings, oh so many, many blessings fill my world every day, it is humbling to contemplate. Blessings to you my friends.

 

A day in the life — The Beatles

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

A to Z Challenge, What Day Is It Anyway? Coping with Covid day 13

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My contributions for the A to Z Challenge – Anti-Social and What Day Is It Anyway– Coping with Covid – day 13

“I am not anti-social, I’m anti-idiot” ~ Sherlock Holmes

In a sudden irrational act of antimicrobial, antihistimine inspired social distancing, I caught myself waving to one of my soon to be co-workers from my window this morning. He didn’t wave back, then I remembered, I have tinted windows, you know those shiny mirror things that block the view so I can see out but no one can see in. Drat! That’s what you get from inhaling too much sanitizer! Wonder if that could be considered huffing?

We ventured out into the wilds of semi-suburban Rapid City to our local Health Food Coop today. It wasn’t half bad. Special “immune compromised” hours and a very small store with fairly high prices led to an almost serene atmosphere. No toilet paper, no wipes, no rolled oats, but filled most of the rest of my list. Got in, got out, got home, just in time for a Spring Squall complete with snow. Ahhhh Black Hills in the Spring.  How y’all holding up?

Til next time ~ Keep your head down and your pantry full ~JP

From a Distance — Bette Midler

What Day Is It Anyway – Coping with Covid day 10-11

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What Day Is It Anyway? Coping with Covid day 10-11

Well it was bound to happen and it did. I finally had a system melt down. I’ve kept the stress and anxiety bottled up, dealt with the pollen and weather changes, the drippy sinuses and the coughing. Apparently my body and mind have had enough and yesterday I just threw in the proverbial towel. I spent the major portion of 24 hours asleep. I sat in the recliner and snoozed most of the day, ate only sparingly, and was in bed by 6:00 pm. I feel better today but still somewhat drained. I am reluctant to take the immune suppression drugs I normally take for this since they basically squash my immune system and I’m not sure that’s such a good thing right now.

We got out for a good walk early this morning before the clouds, wind and … people. I swear if I get out of this crisis without a full-blown case of agoraphobia I’ll be doing really well. It’s already nuts as I’m washing and sanitizing my hands so much they’ve dried out to the point of cracking and bleeding. OK, OK, it’s also partly caused by Sjogren’s but c’mon I can blame it on Covid Prevention Paranoia, symptoms include excessive washing and sanitizing, fear of anything not clearly (and personally) sterilized, man I need an autoclave! Oh well, as they say:

“This too shall pass
it may pass like a kidney stone
but it will pass.”

The Rose — Bette Midler

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

What Day Is It Anyway? — Coping with Covid – day 7

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Well it’s been a week since I’ve had any outside human contact. I’m actually very fortunate, Superhubs and I have each other. Still feeling weak and have ever present cough. Cold and wet again today so we’ll see what the day brings on the exercise front. I saw the above on pinterest yesterday and I’ve decided that I need to change my focus. I’m adding to my gratitude list each day at least one good thing that’s come from the current Covid-19 crisis. For today, I’m very gateful for Youtube, yeah you read that right. I’ve found lots of fun and educational stuff I never would have even looked for if this crisis hadn’t forced me to find new distractions. This is one of my new found favs.

Truth Well Told Tarot on Youtube go check it out, you know you want to.

What kind of stuff are you using as distractions?

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

What Day Is It Anyway? – One Liner Wednesday – Coping with COVID

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For Linda’s WDIIA and One Liner Wednesday and my own Coping with Covid-19

3.25.20 bill the cat

“In my defense the moon was full and I was left unsupervised.”
~Unknown but probably adapted from Lee St. John

Coping with COVID-19 – day 6 — Errand Day

It’s been a busy day. We ran errands, yep, put on pants, drove to town and used the drive thru pharmacy. Woohoo!! Take THAT boredom! Seriously, I don’t really have a problem with being bored but I do get stressed about running out of important things like vegetables …. and coffee …. and chocolate. So, I asked a friend to pick up some frozen veggies and eggs for me next time she goes to the grocery, ordered more coffee from Amazon. I’m still staying away from stores. My “case nurse” from the health insurance company called last night to make sure I’m getting my meds OK and asking me to “stay out of public as much as possible.” I’m touched by their concern … no really I am. I’m a high risk patient; they know it and they don’t want me to get sick … like they REALLY don’t want me to get sick $$$$. 😉 So after the grand excursion I’m taking some good advice and keeping my mind occupied. I’ve done my chores (lots of sanitizing). It’s raining/snowing so no outdoor walks today, yoga however is still on the agenda, trying to stay active.

Sleepy Santosha – Grounding Practice

Til next time ~Namaste ~JPP

Something to pass the time while in isolation – a Judy D-B challenge

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3.15.2020 Sunrise

So Judy D-B started this from a text she got and it seems like a great idea so since we’re in “self semi-quarantine” here thought we’d take a bash. What the heck is “self semi-quarantine? Superhubs and I are both in very high risk groups so we’re staying home or at least away from public places as much as possible. We use drive thru’s, grocery curbside pick-up, on-line ordering … yadayadaya. So what’s happening in my world? Our instructions are to: share the very last photos on our SD cards or iPhones

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3.16.2020 – a bunny finding a patch of new Spring grass

What we’re listening to:

You’re Sixteen — Ringo Starr

What we’re watching (later):

Once Upon a Time Season 5

So what’s going on in your world?

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

Spoonie Sunday — Recovering

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artwork found on pinterest

Greetings fellow spoonies and not spoonies. How’s your weekend shaping up? Here at chez spoons we have a light dusting of snow, just enough for prettiness, not enough to mess with the roads. As most of you know, I’m recovering from “major surgery.” ‘Nuff said.

So, I’m dealing with recovery, AND a cold/flare. Don’t know which but I have a bunch of symptoms that ARE related to the surgery (general exhaustion and some pain) and a whole lot of symptoms that AREN’T related to the surgery. The sniffles, congestion, cough (ouch!) achy muscles and joints, general BLEEEEKKKK feeling and brain fog. Anyway, the point isn’t so much what’s causing the various symptoms, it’s more what the heck to do about them. Continue reading “Spoonie Sunday — Recovering”

Spoonie Sunday – Choices

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Our prompt for Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday was “Choices.” Which got me to thinking about spoonie choices. Now choices are something that every spoonie deals with on a daily basis, I mean really that’s pretty much the definition of a spoonie. Choices are also the bane of many spoonie’s existance. What to cook, what to wear, shower or no? yadayadayada … No relief in sight always choices, everywhere you look. It’s a huge burden for me. Maybe less (or more) for other spoonies. Partly it’s a side effect of brain fog but some days decisions or choices are just impossible for me to manage. Here are a few examples, Continue reading “Spoonie Sunday – Choices”

Spoonie Sunday – JusJoJan 19 – Gratitude and gobbledygook

For Linda’s JusJoJan prompt for January 19th, 2020, “gobbledygook.” Use the word “gobbledygook” any way you’d like. Today’s prompt is brought to us by Jim.

Spoonie Gratitude

“Gratitude is a choice I can make every day.” My dear Mother sent me a kitchen towel with that slogan on it many years ago during a particular low point in my life. Back then I was an arrogant 30-something with a career, children to raise and stuff to do. I regarded that precious slogan as a bunch of gobbledygook, nonsense meant for the weak willed. Continue reading “Spoonie Sunday – JusJoJan 19 – Gratitude and gobbledygook”