Long-Lasting New Habits
Social distancing due to COVID-19 doesn’t need to mean feeling alone.
Many are reaching out in record numbers to neighbors, long-lost friends and family.
Certainly, the Internet has helped with connectedness.
The way I’m going about my days during social distancing has changed.
Here are 5 new things I’m doing during this unique time of social distancing.
1. Attending On-Line Mass
Places of worship quickly learned how to broadcast services online, most using Facebook Live.
Our Omaha church did the same. It now offers daily online Mass.
During this Lenten season, it’s especially greatly appreciated.
2. Going On Nature Walks
I’ve always enjoyed being outdoors.
Lately, I have a greater appreciation for the ability to be outdoors, even if in isolation, or 6-feet apart from others sharing the space.
The consistency of nature is comforting with the world’s volatility.
I marvel at the changing season and the beauty and solitude all around.
I watch the birds and squirrels from my office window.
And, I’m eagerly awaiting the blooming of the daffodils in our yard.
New life. New color.
While everything else seems to have changed. Nature’s seasonal predictability and the joy it brings hasn’t.
3. Playing Vintage Board Games
We pulled out this 1971 board game: Landslide.
Have you ever played it?
It’s based on the election process & electoral votes.
The game uses “votes” as if it were money, and the players bid for states –they can even attempt to steal already “bought” states from each other.
It’d be great to have a current version of this. #Hasbro #ParkerBrothers
4. Listening to Free Concerts
Entertainers of all types are hosting events online. The ones we’ve viewed have all been on Facebook Live.
Check out your favorite entertainers Facebook page, Instagram site or website to see when, and if, they’ll be online.
It’s a welcome break from all of the news stories.
5. Cooking with Available Items
Sweet potato fries. Indian butter chicken. Fish tacos. Shrimp and grits. Chili. Homemade egg rolls.
Instead of running out to the grocery store on impulse, I’m forcing myself to use ingredients already in the pantry and freezer.
I feel fortunate to have food in ‘storage.’ And, I’ve used the Internet to guide me with recipes using what’s on-hand.
I have a host of recipes on this website (Click “Recipe” tab above.)
Or, click on one of these links. Each provides recipes after you input ingredients you have on-hand.
What new activities are you doing during social distancing?
Will they be life-lasting after this social distancing adjourns?
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