During a time of social distancing and unease, we're collecting positive stories from the community—whether it be a milestone reached, a project finished, a relationship established, etc.—to remind ourselves that not all is doom and gloom. So tell us your story!
To brighten up the newsletter, we'd like to post one story every week (so keep that in mind when sharing). The segment shall be dubbed "Good News." Let's support and cheer each other on from the comforts of our own homes!
I have been spending more time working on my writing projects online. I have my HubPages work, my website, and possibly another platform I am considering using.
I love to write online (despite how frustrating it might feel sometimes). I want to continue to improve as a writer and hopefully entertain or inform people.
I have found it is best to stay positive.
Every Hub/article, I write that does not work is an opportunity to consider why and think about what I could do differently. I also focus on the articles I wrote that did better than I thought they would as that is a source of inspiration.
I have spent part of the time working in my garage, restoring a mosaic patio table.
That sounds interesting. I have not done much DIY work myself. Unless it involves technology or computers that is!
working with your hands is very therapeutic. I also do some wookwork. I made my own picnic table and benches from raw wood slab.
I would love to see the table it sounds great
What kind of wood is that, Jack? Looks sort of like cedar or cypress.
I was told it is hemlock. It was given to me by a friend of my son. The tree fell down on his property in NJ and he got a professional to cut them up into raw slabs 2 inches thick. He gave me one section and I cut it up into two pieces to make the two picnic benches.
That explains why I didn't recognize the species then. I've never worked with hemlock before, but it's beautiful wood. Great job on the table and benches!
Thanks. I am new to wood working. I had to learn as I proceed. I also made some end tables from logs that I rescued from our local town recycling center.
Woodworking is a rewarding hobby, especially if you have access to beautiful wood. All of my kitchen cabinets are made from heart pine we cut from the forests on my farm. And so is the exterior siding on my house.
It's so hard, sparks fly from it when you're cutting the boards, and you have to pre-drill the holes to keep the nails from bending.
You did a great job Jackclee I love to see nature in furniture. I am so happy you left it rustic in it's natural form .Thanks for letting me see it
wow your work is amazing i love to do small DIY projects and love to see what most of the people shares in groups
Marie, thanks. I finished it last week and here is the final product.
What do you use to protect the tiles and table from the weather. I mostly do indoor mosaics. I'm not sure what to use to protect my projects from the weather. The weather here is crazy too. We can have a freeze one days and a drought the next. Lol
I seal it with a tile sealant. I also spray it with an acrylic clear coat to give it a little glossy finish.
Aw... those are two of my Tegan's favourite things.
Awesome photo do u always have that many crows?
Yes, they come around every day to gobble up bird seed that I throw in the yard. I keep a water bowl for them too, and it's entertaining to watch them drink and bath. Not sure what the neighbors think about it, but we live at the beach, and so do the crows. lots of other birds too, but I try to feed them separately, (in a different location).
That’s a beautiful pic of outside. In this time of gloom, we can appreciate the blessings and the beauty we have around us.
The outdoor and nature and our family. Time is short and it is a time to reflect and appreciate what we have. Instead of worrying and panicking.
I usually join a voluntary service group that constructs structures in remote areas when I have time. This period was able to provide the much needed time, but unfortunately our works were also shutdown as a safety precaution.
This has given us more time to create a better roadmap with regards to how many structures we intend to construct after the shutdown.
We have planted cucumber, watermelon, spaghetti squash seeds and now have sprouts on all. It is nearly time to thin the herds, leave the strongest ones to grow. This is always an apprehensive time of year for us. We don't know if the few seedlings we've picked will make it to adulthood, particularly after it warms enough and we transplant them outside. Still, it is at the same time one of the most fun and rewarding times, too. I wish you luck in your gardening, and hope all stay safe and healthy and happy.
I feel closer to humanity, since the COVID-19 outbreak. It has been - for me - a very moving, inspiring, and intimate experience, to see all people on the globe, in the same boat.
Noticing nature! We are fortunate to currently live on a 100-acre property. Until early this year, we had been running a working livestock farm. The farm and livestock we raised kept us going and going and going 24x7, 365 days a year. As of March, the property is up for sale and the animals have all gone to new farms. We had grand plans of travel, visiting family and going out to eat. Ha! Timing is everything.
While running the farm, there was little time to really, truly enjoy all of the amazing natural events that occur all around us each day. So, we are using this time to take it all in and be in awe of Mother Nature. We have discovered a variety of colors in the blooming trees, the plethora of bird species and the distinguishing sounds they make and the wildlife (deer, fox, raccoons, snakes) that seek shelter, food or stop to quench their thirst in our pond. So grateful we have this time to enjoy it together.
How I envy you! As long as you can afford to keep the farm and stay on it, do it. I wish our country place wasn't so citified. We live on a hill that is so steep that one of our neighbors rolled down her back yard about 10 years ago and broke both her legs so badly that she nearly lost them. However, our neighbors are all packed in so close together and they actually hire landscapers here in the country. What I wouldn't do to trade my place for yours.
Your travel may be delayed (so was mine), but it sounds like the delay was worth more than the travel anyway! I envy you, even though we're only a few minutes from the wild ourselves and, until now, visited there often.
Like everyone else, I'm sure, we have spent a lot of family time together during our "lockdown." It has been good playing board games, cooking together, having 'dinner and a movie' nights. It is infinitely easier to stay at home every day when you enjoy the company of those you are with. Also, we try to plan things out the day before so we don't fall into a groundhog day routine.
Yesterday, whatever plans we might have had were quickly (and pleasantly) disrupted when our son said, "Oh, hello," as he looked out our living room window into the front yard. There, walking across the driveway right in front of my pickup, was a huge moose. It kept us quite entertained all through the rest of the afternoon and into the evening, really. I took iPhone pictures of it (some shared here) from the couch in our living room, from my driveway (with my truck positioned between me and Mr(s). Moose), and from the deck out back. As the sun started to wane yesterday, I even got a shot of the moose laying down for the night.
Finally, when I got up this morning and opened the blinds, I could see the moose having breakfast across the road at the neighbor's house. (S)he is still there as I write this post.
I hope this brings a smile to some number of you. It certainly brightened our last couple of days. Even Jesse, our dog, who never saw the moose but certainly could smell it, seemed to enjoy the break away from the every day.
Be well and be safe.
My dogs would enjoy seeing that sight too! Thanks for adding those photos. It kind of makes me wonder what things would be like if we had 5 years of lockdown.
Wow! That Moose likes your yard, thanks for posting. I found this clip on Twitter, it looks like wildlife is enjoying the spaces that have opened up.
https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/vi … 5Jc-y1z1-0
I have found a new hobby when the lockdown in Germany started 3 weeks ago. I am recycling now the empty cans from the canned food that we are eating. I was afraid that no garbage men to collect those empty cans so I got this idea. I painted the cans for using as planters. Now I have started to write about my DIY. I will publish it soon.
I have returned to art and writing. This is one of my mosaics pieces
So, my pet parakeets flew away last Friday when I was cleaning their cage. It was windy outside and I placed the cage too high and it fell and burst open, and they flew away.
I was so heartbroken I cried. And everyday since I have been looking for them. They are my company and my friends. I had them for three years and I do miss them.
But I understand them perfectly. They weren’t made to be caged, and everything wants to be free. I hope they are safe and enjoying freedom.
During this lockdown, I was very busy working on my favorite HP laptop. But due to the water spill, the keyboard was damaged and I was unable to use my laptop.
Though I replaced the keyboard, I learned a lesson to always have a back-up for any plan. Hence I found this as an opportunity to buy a new laptop immediately. I am happy that during this lockdown time I could purchase a new laptop- bringing new hopes for a better future.
All my new projects are now executed through my new laptop
I have a good news to report. Just last week, I received a call from my step mom who is 92 years old. She is living alone in an apartment in Queens NY. She has been living under the quarantine for the past 10 weeks. She had macro degeneration in both eyes and was slowly going blind. She was unable to watch TV, or read a paper, or paint...her hobby of a lifetime. She is deeply religious and prays to God for some relief.
Last week, her prayers was answered. Her eyesight got better all of a sudden. It was a miracle. I don't know how else to explain it. She did not do anything different. She did not change her diet or anything. In either case, I am very happy for her and want to share this story. Miracles large and small happens everyday. Her faith in God saved her. She was in a state of despair and now she can paint again. She even sent me her latest artwork to proof her improved eyesight. Here is the proof.
I checked on all of my subjects online at our University's website. All the passing grades are in! I'm finally getting a Bachelor of Science degree after five years of learning and hard work. Will then be waiting for more announcement for our commemoration, graduation pictures, etc. I'm so excited! Might as well change my bio from currently studying to graduated in advance lol
After years of sitting on this HubPages account, and after months of writing articles, I finally get a few comments going in some of the articles, along with a comment from an article that (as of this reply) has yet to be considered a Featured Article! There's also the simply good news of seeing a fresh blue sky, rolling clouds, feeling a gentle breeze, and the hope for tomorrow. Sometimes, it's the small blessings that can make all the difference.
Thank you, Samantha! Tegan is really happy you mentioned her.
I tried to check it out. I clicked on it and it came up in Facebook. The video won't open. I hope FB didn't shut her down. Last week I posted a happy little music video by a young woman who requested that we share her song with others. FB notified me that they had "muted" my video because I had violated her copyright. I didn't get a single like, so I guess my friends couldn't hear it.
Here is the specific link. It may work for you, or it may not. Skip the first 10 mins as it's just the setting up stuff.
https://www.facebook.com/BridgendColleg … 808629670/
It worked great, thank you. BTW, what length do you want these stories, like just a paragraph or two or a full hub?
Further to that other Tegan stuff, she's headed into hospital tomorrow to have the right side of her thyroid removed. It's both positive (it's getting sorted) and negative (one person has passed away in that hospital of CV-19). So, while she's quite happy about it, I'm feeling 'mixed'. But we're not allowed to stay or even to visit Just have to drop her off.
It's a 2-3 hour operation with at least one overnight stay. She's in the private suite and the operation is taking place there, not in the main operating theatre. So all should be well.
Got to love the NHS.
Best wishes to Tegan, Bev. The use of a private suite sounds like an excellent plan.
The team wishes Tegan a smooth and speedy recovery!
In my hometown of Stratford Ontario a group of Caremongers we are called, have come together, in their own homes to sew scrub caps for the nurses . Our hospitals have run out of the medical supplies of these caps.
The home made ones can be washed over and over for their safety. I was sorting through my Mom's button collection today to help find over 1/2 inch buttons for these scrub caps to hold their face masks on.
I was so surprised when this button popped out it is Rosy Riveter the Icon for WW2 supporting women who made ammunition and other things in factories for the Wars. Her mantra was We Can Do It. Meaning we can do mans jobs. My Mom was from this time being born in 1928. She saved this button from that time period and now her buttons are going on these caps to help fight the war against coronavirus . Who knew something as small as a button could save a life.
The scrub caps also cover and protect their ears. The buttons are sewed to the caps over the ears . The elastic of the face masks can be hooked onto them to keep them from falling off. These caps are working out great. They are barely keeping up to the demand. People are donating the materials, Some ladies are sewing and some are delivering. Great to see helping hands working together.
Hmm, a happy story...
My turtle made it across the road.
HI Hubpages Family. My twin sister Laura, who you know as Healingtouch, works for Moments Hospice as a Volunteer Manager. Laura, along with her colleagues, sent volunteers & staff to visit the elderly who have found themselves lonely during this time of isolation. Please see link to a news story from Channel 4 on this positive story. Link: Minnesota.cbslocal.com/2020/03/27/coronavirus-in-Minnesota-veterans-paying-it-forward-at-senior-living-facility/
I've decided to try the A to Z Blog challenge again, but this year, I'll submit 2 blog posts per day. One will be in my Discovering Mom blog (nostalgia about my mother) and one will be my Then and Now blog (Martin/McGhee family history). These should keep me busy through the month of April. Wish me luck.
Loving all the stories and news on this thread
We had to give our big boy, Dante, a home trim as no groomers open - never done it before so here he is in all his scraggy glory, with his two equally scraggy little sisters. They like to use him as a convenient mattress. I will learn how to use the clippers, I will
Dante, has that purgatorial look on his face, thinking about losing all his lovely locks? Or maybe he's just trying to get some sleep!
Cute scissors cut!
I always told myself I would learn to clip and groom correctly back when my Schnauzer was alive. Guess what? Instead of learning I have Pitbulls.
Dante looks so happy with his clip and so do his sister's. Reminds me that I better learn how to cut my own hair one of these days
It's not all doom and gloom out there. The first week of shutdowns cancelled a marathon I had been training to run for months, followed by an ultra 6 hour run with friends. Then my truck broke down, the lawn mower broke, the weed eater mysteriously stopped working, my aging parents were afraid to leave the house and cancelled in-house therapy and doctor's appointments to cut their risk of infection . It seemed all signs pointed to an unpleasant longterm experience and then spring came.
Peas just planted popped out of the ground and seemed to grow six inches overnight, the first butterfly flew into view, the skies were a brilliant blue and birds could not contain their singing.
It is hard if not impossible to see the negatives when so many positives are right there waiting.
Sure, a pandemic is serious and we should be concerned, but we have coped with worse - wars, famine, disease, natural disasters - and yet we not only survived, we improved.
We put so much faith in things - good and services instead of doing good and serving the needs of others and things like a killer virus are really small in comparison to all the good that comes from encouraging and helping others and appreciating how precious life really is.
Think of it this way. We were so tired of all the politicians telling us the world would end if we did not elect them over someone else and we wished we could find peace from all the bickering and maybe, all of this will make us realize how much we are the same rather than focusing on our differences. Instead of fighting one another and name-calling, maybe we can see we are all sisters and brothers working toward the same goals.
I've put chicken eggs in the incubator to hatch and am working on a container garden and spending more time on improvement projects while looking forward to being able to hug and hang with friends again. It's all a work in progress but there is hope and life is good despite the challenges.
Hi Beverly I enjoy your positive thoughts.
My dogs and parrots are really happy with this situation since I am home to play with them every day.
Yes planting a garden is a real treat for me also. There is something inspirational in putting yr hands in the dirt. Love yr story and the photo
I love how the doom and gloom turns into inspiration. I too am seeing the silver lining in all of this. People are connecting at a deeper level during this difficult time. I also believe that communication is coming back after technology stole some of it from us. Spring has sprung in MN and we will all get through this pandemic. Love and Peace my HubPages Family.
My story is a bit sad but fellow hubbers would appreciate my longing for my earlier outdoor activities.
I am missing my routine that I had before this lockdown and social distancing phase. I used to go to a nearby park cum playground where I alongwith some other senior residents living nearby used to assemble and then did some work in the park garden like cleaning of leaves and twigs from the ground, watering the plants, planting some new flower saplings in place of older ones, cutting and trimming of bougainvillea and things like that. Some of us walked along the periphery of the playground as one round of that is about 300 metres and one can complete the 2-3 km walk in few rounds. We had a great time in the morning, chatting with friends and doing various activities in the playground and it was a great passtime for us in the morning hours.
Then, once in a week we used to have some tea or coffee in a nearby outlet and then we would disperse for the day. Today all the seniors in this area are confined to their houses caged like birds and missing their morning routine.
I am longing for those moments. I can only hope and wait for the safe future.
Nice to hear that fellow hubbers are doing well. I know that many people start feeling claustrophobic if they can't get outside. That has never been a problem for me..... that's why I am perfectly suited to be a writer.
I actually welcome this time to finish my third book and work on getting it published.
When I am not writing, I am reading or watching films. Lately I've been spending some time perusing tips from well known writers for new perspectives. Then, experimenting with new ways of approaching the written page.
I'm interested in some of the master classes online presented by established writers. Trouble is, I can't afford their classes.
I am a healthcare worker so staying home is not an option for me. My husband and I have put in a beautiful vegetable garden and being outside in my back yard tending to it makes me forget about all the bedlam that is going on in the world around me. The advantage of living in Florida is we can put in a garden much sooner then most of the other states. I have finally after many failed attempts have two Mango trees growing. Mango's are one of my favorite fruit but they are not easy to grow and I have watched every YouTube video on how to start a mango tree. I also have started from seeds a lime tree, lemon tree and orange tree which are all baring flowers now. The heavenly sent of the citrus blooms fill my back yard and I can't wait to be able to eat them.
The best part of my day is the time I spend Face Timing with my family. Since we can't spend time together, seeing them on my phone is better then not seeing them at all. A lot of people are putting teddy bears in their windows so that kids can go on a teddy bear hunt from outside.
I have always loved flowers. My neighbor has a huge cactus that bares these beautiful flowers and she told me I could snap some off if I wanted to. Its not a Christmas Cactus but it has these beautiful blooms that just appear. I have planted about 10 of them in my yard also. They don't need anything special and they take really quick and just start taking off.
I have also had the time to do some spring cleaning. Getting rid of clothes I haven't worn in a year. That is what my husband and I do every year. We go through our closets and donate anything we haven't worn to Good Will.
Being on the front lines of this virus has made me appreciate everything a lot more. I am humbled. I have always been humble but more so since this has happened.
This is the kicker though. I have always hated junk mail but now I find myself reading every clothes magazine I get and other things. You don't really know how much money you can save if you read the store fliers lol.
As we all continue social distancing I just want to encourage people if you don't need to go out then please stay home.
Glad to hear that you are doing well. It sounds like you are keeping busy. Thank you for all of your hard work to keep everyone safe!
You deserve a medal Cheryl, just want you to know you are appreciated. Stay well, and keep up the good work!
Spending most of my time working outside planting fruit and citrus trees along with the annual garden vegetables. I try to plant a tree a day as hole diggers wear me out so fast. I once could dig fence post holes all day, but now I have to be a little less ambitious in that area.
It doesn't bother me to be quarantined at home as I have so much to keep me busy. A farm will do that...
I've been doing some gardening as well. What fruits are you growing?
Here are some pea sprouts that just appeared last week!
Peas are fun to grow! When do you plan on putting in some support for them? I don't have access to a garden right now, so I just got some house plants and some bell-pepper/paprika/capsicum in a pot and an onion in another that sprouted because I was too lazy to use it.
I read that they don't necessarily need support, though it does make it easier to harvest them. Probably around 6-12 inches or whenever they seem a little droopy? (I am in no way a professional, haha.)
Those all sound super good! Onions are so easy to grow.
I've never grown onions before, last year I tried garlic in the same pot it was a failure. Hoping it is better with the onion. I have only grown peas once and it was besides other plants so they used that as support. It's interesting to know that they don't necessarily need it. Good luck with the garden
Well, lambing season has started here. Sofar 5 ewes gave birth to 8 lambs in 4 days and three more ewes to go. They're all around the house and you know what? I didn't see a single birth happening. One minute you look and nothing is going on and a few hours later they're there. That's the way nature does it with this old native breed of mine.
Your sheep look so SHEEP. My sheep have to live in the tropics, so look more like goats. We also do not have a lambing season, and most of my ewes end up dropping when I am looking somewhere else. A few weeks ago one of my ewes decided to give birth during the day, in the pasture right in front of my house, so I was able to get pictures.
I took this photo and was so happy I was finally going to get some photos of one of my ewes giving birth. Then the phone rang.
I'd call those goats if I saw them you should have cut off that call
Goats have little triangular tails. They would do well here but they climb on fences, climb up fruit trees and eat the leaves, and are generally just destructive. (Kind of like us humans!)
Are you still working on your PhD? Sabrina is getting her degree in chemistry but all of our universities have shut down. She is in her last year.
Yes, I am not considered a student, so I have to continue to go to university. It's almost deserted, most of the profs are home giving video lecturers. Here some unis have shut down and may cancel the whole summer semester while others are hosting online classes. Some courses cannot have just online classes due to labs, etc. those courses are hit harder. Any news on how her degree progresses? Is everything just pushed back a year?
Everything is just shut down and they have given no indication when it is going to start back up. Online is not an option for her. I hope it is just pushed back a year.
It sounds like things there are a lot tougher. A neighbor of mine went to Germany to try and sell some real estate there and now cannot come back. She said that in Germany no more than 2 people can gather at any time.
Sad. Stay safe.
Same in my country, the Netherlands. In my part all restaurants, pubs, campings, hotels, B&B's and tourist rental houses are closed. No gathering of more than two people unless they belong to the same household.
The lockdown there sounds a lot harder to live with. Here in Brazil most people in my area are still working (cowboys, ranchers, etc), but the tourist industry is all shut down. There is no longer any interstate public transport, which I guess is keeping the virus from spreading throughout the country in most cases.
Yes, that's a total different sheep suited to survive their environment. Has this breed a name?
My sheep are Santa Ines. The breed was developed here and are productive (lamb about twice a year) and hardy.
I have some crossbred sheep with wool too but they are usually miserable and do not do as well so I am getting rid of them over the years.
This is so cool. Do you use their wool for something too?
Well just yesterday...I got carded at the grocery store of all places... You see in my local community of Kanab, Utah the market here apparently has a Senior hour ;where during the first hour only anyone 65 or older can enter to shop: which makes it more convenient for that most vulnerable population...anyways; not being aware of thus ( I never read the signs) I sauntered right on in - when suddenly a store manager says "young man...young man" After I suprisi ingly find out he's referring to me...I say "yes?" To play along...He then explains the senior hour, and I explain that at 55...its Good to get carded
Haha. Yes it's good to get carded when a person is over the age of whatever. The last time I was carded for alcohol, I was 35. I was at a Parents Without Partners campout, and a young man and I were sent into town to by some liquor for a party that evening. He was 19, I think, but he looked older. When we walked in the door the woman behind the counter said that we were going to have to produce IDs or she wouldn't sell to "you kids".
I looked at her and said, "Lady, I could kiss you."
She gave me a strange look like I were the crazy one, and took my ID. When she saw my real age, she replied, "Now I see why." She didn't even ask the teenager for his ID, she immediately sold me the booze.
Well it is amazing how much has changed for the whole world...this thing is joining us more than the internet...maybe we will all be one through tragedy
Thanks for posting that video. I shared it on Facebook yesterday and it generated a great discussion with my sister and a couple of friends. When I was young, my mom used to play The Weight by The Band on a vinyl LP in our living room. This evoked that memory, and brought back memories of other songs she used to play, dance to, sing along with; songs by CCR, songs from the Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid soundtrack. For a moment, I was transported back to that wonderful time in my childhood. Thank you for that.
These days me and my teen age daughter starts Vlogs about cooking and post it in our YouTube channel..as we are enjoying alot and made her effort in it to make it more attractive... evev my youngest son loves cooking he is also part of our activity ... as he always said ("I'm a born chef")
This is my link you can check my recipes here
It's a best time to discover yourself and dig out your talent your love ....
Also observe nature closely although we will again get stuck in our routine when this pandemic vanish but we can never vanish memories of these days ever...
It is an insane time for me. I am seeing my page views up to almost pre-sorrow levels - nearly 6000 pageviews a day. I will hit 8 million views this week. Sadly income does not match pre - sorrow levels. But that is our advert blocking universe.
I started working for the US Census 2 days before we were furloughed, So they are paying me 19 hours a week to stay home, after 2 days employment. I cannot complain there.
What am I doing with this gift? I have a litter of 8 puppies to care for - I was fretting how to take care of them with an overtime job - weirdly I have been given time to spend on them and my victory garden - Peas, Squash, scallions, tomatoes, lima beans bell pepper jalapeno peppers and others are coming up, along with weeds.
I think I might have had the Covid 19 already, but as I generally self isolate, I am good with continuing to isolate for months to come. We are feeling better. Here in Georgia testing has not been available. If testing for those who might have had it and could contribute a serum to a vaccine, I would be up for that.
Generally I am feeling very good about life. Yet I am heart broken for those who are sick or losing loved ones. So on the other side of the equation, I can find myself sobbing over the sharing of personal losses of loved ones. I cannot fathom all of the losses and the stresses of the medical professionals and first responders.
I find myself very easily moved to emotion - like I was after 911
I am glad to hear you are doing okay. Stay safe! Post a picture of your new puppies on here.
This is me and one of my neighbors during the lockdown. No one has told her about social distancing yet so she thinks it is okay to just jump on my lap.
She pulled up one of the pineapple plants from my garden and is eating the leaves. I cannot imagine they taste good, but then what do I know about monkey taste buds?
(I try to laugh when I read about other people and their successful gardens!)
Puppies first day out at 3.5 weeks.
They did not really like the wide world. Who can blame them?
I love this! Puppies! So cute...too bad we are not in the market for a new pup.
They will just keep getting cuter and cuter - I will post more as they come into their own. So sweet, these guys never quibble. They just play and sleep. So quiet.
Puppies are always a great uplift. Thanks.
The little puppy on the left is watching for the approach of monsters. Scary thing being out there! I will be looking for weekly updates, okay?
My best dog developed pyometra and I had to remove her uterus. Everyone is still lining up for her puppies but I have not had any around here in a while. I think I am undergoing PWS (puppy withdrawl syndrome).
Okay - I might even step it up once, for their first meal of gruel. I learn a lot about their personalities when I put down the pan. Some run, some are curious, some dive right in. And sometimes one lies down in it.
Sorry to here about your girl and Pyo. That is one of my worst fears.
This lockdown time is literally being nerve-racking. But despite all the negativities swirling around us, I am trying my best to keep my mind filled up with positive vibes. My husband is being a great help these days. We are spending the whole day together, which is a great thing to me. We are doing the household chores together, having our meals together, enjoying cuddling in the lazy afternoon, watching movies at late night, and having more time to chat – all in one, I am loving this whole day togetherness which was not possible at all during the normal busy days.
Though he is an introvert person, these days he is being more opened up about his very personal emotions, his struggles and dreams, which is compelling me to love him even more. It’s like I am discovering some new sides of him even after our four years of marriage. We are cherishing each other’s company and planning to go for another honeymoon after all this tension ends up.
Last month I had a miscarriage, it happened for the second time and was devastating for me not only physically, but more psychologically. And I think I could not get over the psychological trauma without his support and care. The togetherness actually worked and is still working as a blessing for me.
That is a wonderful silver lining in this crisis. We should all try to make lemonades out of lemons. I hear so many other stories similar to yours. The technology of smart devices has made our people less social.
This virus and the quarantine has forced us to change our habits. People are talking and communicating better. Even using technology in new ways to help with the loneliness like zoom and facetime....
You are absolutely right. I also think smart devices and social media are making people more self-centered, instead of socializing. But in these quarantine days many of us are thinking differently and trying to strengthen the family bonding.
You are right. Social media is not social as we know it. Facebook, Instagram and twitter...do not help us interact on a personal level. We have lost the one on one personal connection and replaced it with these smart devices and apps. It is like we are playing a simulation game instead of getting out on a field and play ball.
Some church signs around the country...:
6 feet apart today
is better than
6 feet under tomorrow
Jesus rode an ass into Jerusalem.
Keep yours at home.
God making house calls.
This, too, shall pass.
It might pass like a kidney stone,
but it's gonna pass.
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We have the most spoiled chickens in the county. The flock comprises three hens and two roosters, all raised from baby chicks. We have an old attached greenhouse that serves as their coop. This year our atrium is overgrown with vines and weeds. The chickens can get more sunshine there, so this spring we started catching them and carrying them through the greatroom. They were then deposited in the atrium for a day in the sunshine to eat leaves and bugs.
One morning I went to the greenhouse wondering how hard the chickens would be to catch when, lo and behold, all five marched through the door right past me in a perfect line. Just like the Peabody ducks, they knew where they were going. Around the recliner and table past the couch, right to the front door. Astounded, I unlocked the door and let them out.
That evening I opened the door to check on them around 5:00. They were all collected at the door instead of starting to roost on the hose winder as they usually do. Before I could say "hello" they marched right in and perfectly completed the reverse route to the back door. I opened the door, and out they went. Although they aren't this cooperative every day, they really don't give us much trouble.
I've always admired the Peabody ducks that were stationed in the downtown Little Rock Peabody Hotel, but I never dreamed we would have our own little version of them right here at our own home. And the good thing is that we didn't have to train them.
Awww! That sounds adorable. Our co-housing community has a combined flock of hens. No roosters as per agreement with neighbors, though I wonder if that should matter because neighbors farther away than we are keep roosters and everyone can hear them. But anyway, to keep the peace, we give away our roosters if any are discovered with a flock we're raising, also from chicks. Fun!
The picture shows white hens, and we've had RI reds, but now we have mostly black hens. Forgot the name of the breed.
Love your chick pix. I won't give up my roosters because I raised them from tiny hatchlings. By the time we determined they were roosters, I was too fond of them to give them up.
Yesterday, my husband told me that Hilda the Hen ruined a large pot of leeks. She tried to make a laying nest in the leeks. He harvested what he could and we had them for supper. (The leeks, not Hilda.)
Your hens are beautiful. Wish I had a little farm in my backyard.
I would have a variety of domestic birds. I love birds. But I had to settle with 2 parakeets, and the wild birds in my back yard.
GOOD NEWS: I threw my hubby a 60th birthday party on ZOOM this past week! It was the best party ever with friends and family. I asked everyone to show up at 7:30p with a glass of something in hand to give a toast. Twenty plus people showed up, including his best man and childhood friend. Stevie Wonder's rendition of "Happy Birthday" blasted as we sang our hearts out in celebration. I found two purple balloons in the attic for decoration. Thanks to technology, I was able to make my hubby's milestone birthday memorable and very special.
That sounds wonderful, Janshares. I'm so glad that people are finding a way to celebrate special occasions together although they are apart. Easter Sunday is my husband's 75th birthday, and we have no family here in town to celebrate with, so that is an idea.
An email I received:
It’s either laugh or cry, I choose laugh!
* Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a drinking problem.
* I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now I turn it like I'm cracking a safe.
* I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator.
* Still haven't decided where to go for Easter ----- The Living Room or The Bedroom
* PSA: every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.
* Homeschooling is going well. 2 students suspended for fighting and 1 teacher fired for drinking on the job.
* I don't think anyone expected that when we changed the clocks we'd go from Standard Time to the Twilight Zone
* This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came into my house, told my dog..... we laughed a lot.
* So, after this quarantine.....will the producers of My 600 Pound Life just find me or do I find them?
* Quarantine Day 5: Went to this restaurant called THE KITCHEN. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no clue how this place is still in business.
* My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that when I pee it cleans the toilet.
* Day 5 of Homeschooling: One of these little monsters called in a bomb threat.
* I'm so excited --- it's time to take out the garbage. What should I wear?
* I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to Puerto Backyarda. I'm getting tired of Los Livingroom.
* Classified Ad: Single man with toilet paper seeks woman with hand sanitizer for good clean fun.
* Day 6 of Homeschooling: My child just said "I hope I don't have the same teacher next year".... I'm offended.
* Better 6 feet apart than 6 feet under.
My turtle found a mate at the beach. Many little turtles were born. They all proceeded back to the 4-lane road. Rush hour traffic there was. The turtles needed to cross the road, what were they to do?
Suddenly a bunch of police sirens wailed. All traffic came to a screeching halt. A Covid-19 Inspection Station was being set up.
The turtles made their move and off across the road they went.
The turtles made it. The inspection stations were removed. All was as it should be.
We are working on gardening prep and starting saplings from tree cuttings. Nothing too fun or exciting as mother nature has given us an unseasonable cold spell. Dipping down into the low 20's the past few nights. Normally we would already have plants set out in the garden at this time of year.
Happy to report that my tree cuttings have sprouted roots and are growing like crazy. Hopefully the weather will take the correct turn towards warm temperatures to get them planted soon. It has been an exciting experience watching them grow for my 6-year-old. He may even love gardening more than I do.
The $1,200 stimulus check lay on the table.
No one was around.
I got up, picked up the check, went to the ATM.
I inserted my card and said I wanted to make a deposit.
The swirling machine yawned open.
I tossed in my For-Deposit-Only, endorsed check.
The machine closed up and gave me a receipt.
I went home.
I Cried for Happy.
Prediction Flash Fiction
Good evening everyone. I found out. There are many free classes on line during this time away from work. You can look on line. You can google free classes on line. I hope. You find a class that you love.
I do believe Social Security retirement checks are being distributed early. Might be worth checking your account.
I've been trying to use our stay at home orders to work on some long-shelved craft projects. I've had this idea about weaving on paper plates for a while, but hadn't had time to put my idea into practice. As rainbows have become a symbol of hope and brighter days, I thought that a great children's project would be to weave a rainbow on a paper plate using scrap yarn. I've posted a tutorial here on Hubpages at https://feltmagnet.com/crafts/DIY-Child … -With-Yarn and included a photo below. I hope sharing this projects brightens everyone's day!
The coronavirus piñata my daughter and I made for my son's friend got picked up by the local news, and as a result by The Daily Show with Trevor Noah!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ufNs9p … mp;index=5
It's at about 3:15.
I wrote a hub on how we made the piñata and it did get a small traffic spike around the time the show aired last week. But mainly it's just cool it got picked up by Comedy Central!
It is very cool! I love that someone pitched the virus ball to the guy and he knocked hell out of it, exploded it all over the ground. What a fantastic idea, and congrats for having it air nationwide. It is not "just cool," it's very cool!
Thank you! We originally hung it from a tree, but the hanger broke after the first swing. That's when my son got the idea to pitch it to his friend, as they go way back as friends through playing ball. His friend has been signed to pitch for a college in the fall (if the virus allows these kids to even go to college in person).
Very creative fix on the fly! Now I feel like I know both young men in the video, your son and his friend. I hope that not only does the young man get to play ball in college, but that all the other young folks wanting to head off to university have opportunity to do so. The online system has been ok, from what I have heard, but it is far from optimal. Fingers crossed for in-person-facilitating-solution to the coronavirus issue.
Thank you so much for your kind, positive wishes. Looking forward to university (finding a roommate, choosing their dorm and which floor and room, etc.) has been getting my son through missing out on all of his senior year milestones and events. It will be a real shame if the seniors of 2020 continue missing out as college freshmen in the fall. Crossing my fingers for this group of kids!
The platypus reached a field. He wondered what positive story to tell... And to whom...
It was metallic. It whipped around. Quite frankly, most destructive concept this platypus had ever seen...
But this story is positive...
"Dumbed down. Quit."
The sparkling thing was a friend.
Wrenching fact we are fine. Now we just need it to go away.
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