Monday, March 23, 2020

And, Life Goes on Differently



Well, today marks one week that things have taken on a very different look for our country.  I am a very social person and to say that this isolation has been difficult is an understatement.  My life has pretty much consisted of going to the grocery store as needed and running by my husband's office. I have reactivated my Audible account and am currently listening to "Where the Crawdads Sing" and I am watching "Anne with an E" on Netflix.  I have plenty of time on my hand and these are helping to fill it. That along with cleaning and organizing.  I'm managing to stay busy.   But, we all must do our part and hopefully that will flatten the curve sooner and we can all resume our normal lives.

It didn't help matters that Hubby and I were suppose to leave on the 16th  headed to see our daughter and family in Oklahoma.  We went back and forth in our decision for a couple of days and in the end, just knew that it was NOT a good decision to go.  While we all knew this was best, it still was a big disappointment.  


This little guy is growing by leaps and bounds and we haven't seen him "in the flesh" since Christmas.  We're so anxious to get our hands on him and hopefully that will not be too much longer.



I am use to seeing my sweet Daddy about 5 times a week over at the assisted living facility and that came to a screeching  halt on Friday, the 13th when they went under lock down.  We all had a day's notice so I bought up all that I thought he would need for about a month.  I took it over to him on Friday, hugged him good bye and left him with a big lump in my throat. He has handled it so well.  I talk to him a couple of times each day and I went over one day and stood right outside his window and talked to him on the phone.  Bless his heart, he had to put his nose up to the window to even see my image due to his  eye sight.  I'm hoping he will keep his good attitude for the remaining time.  It's just sooooo different for us not to see each other.  I'm so thankful that, while his memory is not 100%, he definitely understands this whole Covid-19  and is staying up to date through the news.



Hubby is doing this whole isolation gig with flying colors.  He's been fishing in the pond more this past week than the entire time we have lived in this house.  The above picture was taken one evening and it depicted "peace and serenity" so well.



Bridget and her boys were on Spring Break last week so they aren't in any sort of a routine  yet. And some of her days have been rather demanding. ~big smile~ They have taken walks (thank goodness for the double stroller), played outside, done crafts and watched movies.  Anything to keep them all sane. ~chuckle~



Windy and the girls have been busy finding their "new" normal this past week.  The girls school has them all set up to continue in their studies via their Google Chromebooks.  It's quite amazing at how well their school hurriedly prepared for this.  Windy is still uncertain as to whether or not she will be returning to school at this point.  They all came over one evening this past week and went fishing for a while.  The girls had such fun and squealed with delight when they made a catch.  It was the perfect evening for some fishing fun and helped with cabin fever for sure!



And, it has rained and rained and that just makes staying in all the harder.  Hubby and I have our spring plants for all the porch and patio pots and hope to get them all done.  If it will ever quit raining.  Digging in the dirt is always good for your mental health.

P Graham Dunn Be Still And Know Wall Art
Throughout this past week, Psalm 46:10 has been ringing through my mind.  It brought to mind the time, probably about 40 years ago, that a dear, dear older lady said to me, "Lea, never forget to just Be Still."  I was a young busy Mom and she will never know the positive impact those words had and still have on my life.  Right now is a very good time to take this verse to heart and use this time of quiet to draw near to HIM.

Wishing you all a wonderful new week as we all work together to flatten the curve so we can resume our "normal" lives.  

Lea
Lea

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!

12 comments:

  1. I am so glad we have this blogging outlet on days like then when we need to feel connected and also have a desire to be creative. I enjoyed seeing the girls again. Hannah Beth is getting so tall. And those boys are just the cutest. Enjoy your time of isolation, my friend.

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  2. This whole new "normal" is much more doable with our faith that God is in control! I am not anxious at all and know that soon it will be behind us. Stay healthy!!

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  3. That new grandbaby is just as cute as can be! I love the picture of your hubby fishing. Hope y'all hang in there...great advice to just be still.

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  4. We are surly seeing some different times in our lives. I am such a social butterfly and a hugger so you can only imagine my state of mine! Especially with being able to sit in my church. Thank the Lord for technology as we could watch on You Tube. I am still able to work which is just PT to begin with but makes it nice for me to have that outing. And luckily our office only has a couple of full time employees and the traffic at the office has surely decreased. I am trying to not go anywhere I do not need to go for sure but when I must, it is with precise caution. YES if everyone would simply do their part!!! But, I am afraid it will have to be forced. (Sad face) We can't stand at the window at the nursing facility where mom is as people got to doing it so much it became a distraction. Now they have said no more. I know you surely will miss getting to see the grandbaby too. But prayerfully soon our normal as we know it will be back to normal. Trusting God as He is in control for sure. No doubt that He holds the whole world in His hands. Stay healthy and safe dear Lea. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  5. Thank you so much for somehow finding my blog and my revival of 10 on the 10th and leaving a comment so I could find YOU!! So much of what you wrote above echoes what I am experiencing. I was in KY (wondered where you are...as it rained the whole time I was in the Blue Grass state) last week with my mom hospitalized then moved to rehab. We had to drop her at the door of rehab and weren't allowed to see her again after that. Broke our hearts that she spent her 93rd birthday alone in a strange place. I live in El Paso so was glad to get back to our sunshine and warmer weather. I missed my granddaughter's 4th birthday while I was gone. Now my daughter has them self-quarantined and I can't even go over (since I flew home recently) until I see if I remain well. I know your disappointment about missing your Oklahoma grands.

    Hope you will join me for 10 on the 10th in April. Looking forward to getting to know you better.

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  6. Sometimes it is so hard to just be still, but that is exactly what we need during a time like this. Thanks for the reminder.

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  7. Looks like you and all your family are coping very well. We are, too. It's an odd time for everybody, but valuable experiences and lessons are taking place.

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  8. Yes...just "be still". I'm not so sure that it might partly connected to what's going on right now....AS IF I would know that information, right? What I do know know is that it changed he pace of life and God is using it for His glory. I'm glad you and your family are getting through...only different. Yes....and the rain has got to go...I want to dig in the dirt too, not slush in the mud! Hang in there, friend:)

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  9. Be still and know... YES! It is dreary looking here this morning but not raining right now. It is SO sad that you can't visit your Dad. They shut down visitors at the rehab where my brother was but thankfully it was on the day he was getting to go home. I pray for normal again! I pray for getting to visit with people/family/grandkids IN PERSON! Thankful for the internet, it is helping but not the same! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

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  10. Thank you for your story about the lady sharing Psalm 46:10. I like the way she said your name and made it personal not to forget to be still. I needed to hear that again this morning.
    I understand not getting to go see your kids. We drove to Texas before the crisis escalated for our grands spring break and were nervous wrecks getting home. We were so afraid travel limitations would be issued. Looking back we should not have made that very long trip. Even though we took extreme precautions it was stressful having been in four states.
    We also can not see my husbands mother in the nursing home. It is comforting to know she is well cared for though. We can call and check on her.
    I need to get on with all my projects. I am enjoying accomplishing things at home. Take care.

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  11. Hi Lea, it's so nice to have hodgepodgers to visit once again. Not being able to hug and cuddle with grandkids is the hardest thing right now. I'm glad you have a peaceful place to hunker down in. That is such a precious photo of you and your dear old dad. Praying this will be in our past sooner rather than later. Stay safe and keep the Faith.

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