March 26, 2020
Unless you have bad times, you can’t appreciate the good times.
As of today, our residence dining room is closed and our food is beaning delivered to our apartment. We are better off than many as we hove food to eat and each other’s company.
One, if there is one, benefits of this isolation is that we all will realize how good our lives have been. If you are like I am you now know how important the little things really are. I miss visiting with friends, I miss being able to go to a theatre and see a play. I even miss going to the grocery store where I impulse shop. I know that when we return to some semblance of normalcy that I will pay more attention to those things that make life enjoyable.
In case you are having problems dealing with the isolation I have included below excerpts from a recent ARRP article that may help.
Coping with Isolation During the Coronavirus Outbreak
by Aaron Kassraie, AARP
With older Americans being instructed to stay home and avoid contact with others to deter the spread of COVID-19, feelings of isolation are naturally emerging — especially among those who are home alone. We asked Val Walker, an expert on coping with isolation for practical advice on ways to stay connected and maintain mental and emotional health.
How can we avoid feelings of isolation while stuck at home? – Find one person with whom you can share your own worries and feelings over the phone. In these challenging times, it is perfectly natural to feel afraid, lonely or overwhelmed.
What are the best ways to connect with friends and family using technology? – Many older adults use videoconferencing such as Skype, FaceTime and Zoom. This allows for conversations to happen — and in these times, we need to have good conversations and “think out loud” as we cope with coronavirus issues. It can be helpful for a family member or friend to teach how to use these services and apps. Other suggestions include reaching out the old-fashioned way with greeting cards and letters, and sending text messages or emails with your photos and checking in.
- Reach out to your local community services phone line such as 211 or 311. You can ask for a referral to a support line to discuss how you are feeling. – • To find other support for feelings of isolation and loneliness, visit n4a.org, call 800-677-1116.
Thank you for the good times, the days you filled with pleasure. Thank you for fond memories, and for feelings I’ll always treasure.
“Excerpts From The Dog’s Daily Diary”
8:00 am – Oh Boy! Dog food! My favorite!
9:30 am – Oh Boy! A car ride! My favorite!
9:40 am – Oh Boy! A walk! My favorite!
10:30 am – Oh Boy! A car ride! My favorite!
11:30 am – Oh Boy! Dog food! My favorite!
12:00 noon – Oh Boy! The kids! My favorite!
1:00 pm – Oh Boy! The yard! My favorite!
4:00 pm – Oh Boy! The kids! My favorite!
5:00 pm – Oh Boy! Dog food! My favorite!
5:30 pm – Oh Boy! Mom! My favorite!
6:00 pm – Oh Boy! Playing ball! My favorite!
6:30 pm – Oh Boy! Sleeping in master’s bed! My favorite!
A good wife always forgives her husband when she’s wrong.
To get acquainted with his new Parish, the Priest decided to call on some daily. One he selected was a young widow, her husband, according to the index card, had died two years ago. After knocking at the door, he was greeted by a young lady with a baby in her arms.
He said, “I’m sorry, I must have the wrong address, I was looking for the widow Laffitte.”
“You’ve found her, Father.” smiled the lady.
“Well, according to the card here, it says your husband died over two years ago.” he said glancing at the baby in her arms.
“That’s correct, Father. He surely did …but I didn’t!”
“I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.”
Top Ten Signs You’re Being Stalked by Martha Stewart
- You get a threatening note made up of letters cut out of a magazine with pinking shears, and they’re all the same size, the same font, and precisely lined up in razor-sharp rows.
- You find a lemon slice in the dog’s water bowl.
- On her TV show she makes a gingerbread house that looks exactly like your split-level, right down to the fallen licorice downspout and the half-open graham cracker garage door.
- You find your pet bunny on the stove in an exquisite tarragon,rose
petal & saffron demi-glace’, with pecan-crusted hearts of palm and adelicate mint-fennel sauce.
- The unmistakable aroma of potpourri follows you even after you leave the bathroom.
- You discover that every napkin in the entire house has been folded into a swan.
- No matter “where” you eat, your place setting always includes an oyster fork.
- Twice this week you’ve been the victim of a drive-by doilying.
- You wake up in the hospital with a concussion and endive stuffing in every orifice.
AND THE NUMBER 1 Sign You’re Being Stalked by Martha Stewart…
- You awaken one morning with a glue gun pointed squarely at your temple.
“Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.”
My friend’s mother is a proper Southern lady and a passionate gardener who spends hours outside with her plants. In her neighborhood, where she has lived most of her life, no one has fences and every yard is open to the next.
Recently one of her longtime neighbors, an elderly man, moved away. “Are you going to miss him?” my friend asked.
“Actually I’m relieved,” her mother replied. “Now I can bend over.”
Good times are a reminder and a reward for dealing with the difficult and challenging times we all go through. The trick is to celebrate the good times in advance of the difficult times. Always remember, good times await you after the difficult times pass.
James A. Murphy
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