Random 5 Friday ~ Soup, Social Distancing & Life Lessons

It’s Friday, the first Friday of our “stay-at-home” COVID-19 order.  I hope this finds you all safe & well ~ Here are my random 5 for today~

1 )  Being home is fine with me & Hubbs ~ we are both more introverted than not and home is our happy place. He’s wandering around, suffering from sports-withdrawal and is our resident news hawk.  Reading is my escape.  When it all gets too much, and it does, I turn off the 24/7 coverage and jump head-first into a book.

Lesson: both of us being home full-time has been a good practice run for retirement.

2 )  It’s been a week since I got sick, and 10 days for Hubbs.  We’re still coughing and appetites are slowly returning.  We’ve noshed on soups and omelettes, fruit and coffee.  Beef noodle vegetable was on the lunch menu yesterday and, because I come from a family of 7, I made enough for us, neighbors + some to freeze.  🙂

Lesson:  Yeah I could pare it back but neighbors are happy and the freezer is stocked.  All good.

3 )   I feel for the parents, home now full-time with kids, while worrying about safety, finances, job security, etc.    I say build a fort, play a board game, draw pictures, and cook together.  Let them get bored, it’s OK.   Kids don’t need to learn a new language or master advanced math right now, they just need you.

Lesson:  Do what you need to do & keep a sense of humor – for the best parent tweets about Social Distancing click here .

4 )  Benefits of staying home:

  • It takes me no time at all to get ready for work 🙂
    • I’m working longer hours and on back-to-back calls
      • Cough cough
  • No need to pack a lunch, I’m only 15 steps from the kitchen and the cook’s pretty good 🙂
    • Trying to avoid the “Quarantine 15”
  • Lesson ~
    • I love being home, I still enjoy working, and I miss being able to go out when I want
      • The lesson for me is that there’s always a lesson in there (Thanks Mom)

5 )  It’s a crazy, scary surreal time.  We’ll get through it.  After all, many of us grew up using this:

Lesson  – we are a (mostly) hearty bunch and a strong nation ~It might take a while but we’ll come back from this.

 

So how are you holding up? 

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19 thoughts on “Random 5 Friday ~ Soup, Social Distancing & Life Lessons

  1. Strange times for sure. Stay safe and keep on cooking!

  2. Loved this post. We are doing well. Wife and I also lean toward the introvert side of the personalty spectrum. A question we have periodically asked each other this week is on a scale of 1 to 10 how are you doing emotionally, mentally, etc. with all of this stuff happening..(10 been not well at all) We have both scored 1 both times we checked in… This morning I am push less than 1…I have work for the next week, chickens are laying up a storm. Property taxes are paid…I could go on and on. I am also a reader. Can’t imagine life without a good book. Take care, MJ. DM

    • I love your scale approach and will use that with Hubbs later today (currently he’s napping!) You sound very content and that’s great. Glad to hear “the girls” are doing well and being productive! Enjoy ~ MJ

  3. I feel lucky I still have my job. It’s weird though, because now at any given time, I’m on a Zoom meeting and both my kids are on their Zoom meetings. I wish I had invested in Zoom stock!

    • Agree 100% ~ we haven’t used Zoom yet but I’m sure that’s coming ~ yesterday I had 9 – count ’em – 9 conference calls. Some were calls about calls, seriously people? Stay well, and keep writing, I love your blog!! 🙂 MJ

  4. There is something peaceful and curative about staying home. It feels like snow day after snow day with no real time demands. A chance to get to know ourselves “up close and personal.”

    • Agree! In this ‘rush to get back to normal’ I hope people stop and be deliberative about what part of “normal” they choose to re-embrace! Stay well my friend~ MJ

  5. I’m glad you’re getting better. A friend down the road and her hubby are just getting over COVID 19. Apparently it presented like a sinus infection with fever and cough for her.

    Your soup looks delicious! I just finished a big pot of chicken veggie soup a few days ago, and am switching it up, having just cut up a bag of salad.

    My family is healthy so far, despite being very close to a virus hot spot here north of Seattle. We’re hunkered down but my husband has to go to work (Chief Engineer on a ferry). God help the ferry system if crews start getting sick and have to quarantine the rest of the engine room or bridge crew. Not so Little Man and I are continuing his homeschooling, and meetings and appointments are happening by phone or the internet. I’m glad you can have your meetings by phone instead of having to travel so much. I’m surprised how much I miss everyday face to face time doing things like shopping or just being out and about.

    Be well!

    • thank you, on the mend. The soup was a hearty one, hubbs is still raving about it. I switched to salad and grilled chicken and tomorrow am putting a beef roast in the crock pot. no shortage of food over our way.

      Hope your friend & her hubby continue to recover ok – scary times.

      And yes, your hubby is in a critical role and, given where you live, and how important the ferry system is to every day living, they must stay well!

      Carry on and stay well !! MJ

  6. This was great: love all the life lessons you shared. Thankfully, since he works alone, Motor Man is still able to go to his shop and work (racing season WILL begin one day….). Rides and picnics in the car on Sundays help break up the week.
    Stay well, my friend.

    • Thank you. I’m glad you and Motor Man are both safe & well ~ I’m sure going to the shop and working is helping keep him sane!! Hugs to all, including the kitties !! XO MJ

  7. Wandered over to say hello from typical60, well we can do nothing much about the circumstances dealt expect just roll with them. The chance to stay at home and do nothing – isnt that what people supposedly dream of (at least until they are TOLD to stay at home). Hope you are getting better and yes, this is a good-ish time for us introverts

    • Thanks for stopping in, Juliet! ~ Yes I have no big issue with staying home but, like you pointed out, the lack of choice is a big deal for most of us. That’s the part we rankle at ~ it’s a good reminder at all we enjoy each and every day and to not take it for granted!
      On the mend, thank you! MJ

  8. So sorry that you and your hubby have been under the weather, but happy to know it’s just a typical seasonal bug. Having to stay at home can only help you keep improving at this point.

    My hubby is still reporting to work, so we have not had a glimpse yet of what retirement may be like. But I think we’ll be okay in that regard. 🙂

    I’m passing the time and keeping my sanity by staying busy. The house is cleaner than ever. Clutter doesn’t have a chance to gather. Little to-dos get done quickly. In addition, I’m enjoying reading a lot more and catching a few movies on demand. And when all gets too much, I sit down with my meditation app, breathe deeply and give my mind a chance to settle.

  9. I really hate the back to back calls but love not having a commute. My daughter is finding it boring. Difficult to engage her whilst we are on all the calls! Glad to hear you are getting better.

    • thank you for weighing in ~ I am getting out for walks for those calls that I only need to listen to and not chime in on. It helps! I can imagine this time would be hard on kids — and working at home creates this whole blended lines thing. I’m grateful mine are grown!! ~ Best, MJ

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