Update from my desk: 04/08/2020

I won a Poetry Soup poetry contest for my poem Riding the Carousel! https://www.poetrysoup.com/me/ChristineB

Rainy day today. Yesterday was beautiful and sunny. Hoping to get some plants this weekend to spruce up the yard. It will all depend on the weather. I cried yesterday about it. This is going to be the first time in probably ten years that I buy my own flowers and vegetable plants. Usually Bob went with the kids for Mother’s Day, then last year because Bob had passed away Joey bought them all for me. Now Joey is gone too. David said he will buy them for me if I like him to. Not sure what I want to do yet!

Putting two pieces of furniture together today. I bought a cabinet for the living room, sort of to use as a liquor cabinet, since I don’t have one and honestly I need all the kitchen cabinet space I can get for kitchen stuff. The other piece is a pantry for the kitchen. Right now, after selling all of my furniture last year, I have nowhere to put containers and stuff like aluminum foil. I will use it for food too I presume. I will be busy with the building today.

My Blogging A to Z Challenge was themed: Education. It still is geared towards educating children but has taken on a bit of social education as well. I think it is important that we as adults handle this whole COVID-19 pandemic correctly with children so they don’t get overly traumatized.

I finished all of the book cases for my Bookstore miniature. Now I have to make ALL the little books. I just finished 10 little boxes that were in the directions. I will post pictures shortly.

Have a blessed day, stay indoors, stay away from others, stay healthy! And I offer you peace if you have lost someone to COVID-19.

Blogging A to Z April Challenge: G 04/08/2020

Giving makes you feel positive 

Right now everyone in the entire world is feeling the wrath of COVID-19. There are some areas that are less talked about, but I believe there is nowhere this virus has not spread. In these times, people are out of work and some are desperate. Giving seems like the right thing to do, but what if you are one of the people that is needy?

Teaching kids to give is a positive life lesson. The biggest thing to think about however, is not the size of your giving, but the feeling behind it. Perhaps your child is home and watching television, seeing how hard the doctors and nurses are working to keep people alive. What can a kid do to help? Here are some ideas:

  • Go onto social media and say thank you to doctors, nurses, first responders….Anyone that is out there helping people to survive this pandemic.
  • Write a thank you note to your local ER or police station. Sometimes just a quick thank you is enough for people to know they are appreciated.
  • Have your children go through their toys. Which ones do they barely play with? Donating them this minute might not be an option but if people are out of work for this long, the winter holidays are going to be tight for everyone.
  • Have older kids go through their clothes and shoes. For some people, Target is a good name brand while other people only like Holister or American Eagle. Well, when the going gets tough, like it is now, there will be many people looking for nice things.
  • Children can make posters saying thank you to our doctors, nurses, and first responders. These posters can be out in the yard, displayed in a front window, or displayed in a car. Anything to show appreciation.

So, these are just a few ideas. Teaching kids to give will also teach them to feel intrinsically good about themselves. (Merriam Webster – intrinsic: belonging to the essential nature or constitution of a thing)

We have a lot of time on our hands and many of us have something we can do, even if it is small, to show the hard-workers that they do matter. This in turn makes you feel good inside, knowing you may have brightened at least one person’s day. It does matter. Then share what you did! Spread your good intentions to others, like a chain reaction, it will grow. You don’t share to say, “Hey look I shared”, you share to say, “Hello! Is everyone out there realizing how much other people are doing?!”

“Go from ME to WE”: we are all in this together.

Share other ideas you have here or on other social media.