Don’t Keep It In, Write It Out!

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We are living in a stressful time and people are suffering all over the world. Right now would be a really good time to pick up a hobby or start a new project to get your mind off of the stressful junk. It feels like we are in the middle of a boat that’s headed down the river. We do not know what we will find, but we know we must stay inside , and survive the gathering storm.

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So, instead of worrying about it, blog about it! You can blog about anything under the sun. You can start a blog about poetry, songs, photos, paintings, or even your feelings about being alive in 2020. Your blog is your space to unwind, I think of my blog as a home away from home. It’s 2 in the morning and this is where I want to be.

I think it’s important to have an outlet right now because there are so many people out of work, worried about going back to work, or worried about their loved ones going to work. I mean there is fear at every crossing, but it doesn’t have to immobilize you. I remember when my husband was in Iraq and the girls and I were in Germany. I got word that my mother died which was horrible because this was someone I used to call three and four times a day. Getting on the plane was the hardest thing I ever had to do, because it was to say goodbye for the last time.

In those moments, I ran towards writings, it was my only way of dealing with my grief. I didn’t really know anything about writing. I only knew writing made me miss her less. So, when I wrote The Last Love Story. It was more about how I felt pretty much abandoned even as an adult. I have never had the heart to take the books down, because for me they were a healing process. I do not know where I would be today if it weren’t for those moments back then. https://www.amazon.com/Last-Love-Story-S-B-Santiago-ebook/dp/B008C5HSIW/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+last+love+story+by+s.b.+santiago&qid=1588317742&sr=8-1 So, it is okay to be upset, just make sure you are doing something to deal with the emotions.

Feeling Stressed Out Over Trump’s Decision To Open The Country

This entire week, I have been stressed out. My sleeping schedule has been horrible and it is because I am worried. For the first time, I am worried about our country. It feels like we are living in a country without real leaders.

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There’s no way to lift the shelter-in-place order without risking lives. Picture a town with maybe ten cases of COVID-19. Xtownship is the name! They might have a low number of sick people, but for sake of argument, say two towns down there is another town called Rapidtownship. They have a much larger number of people who carry the virus. Now, lets say this town finds out that it is safer to shop in Xtownship because they have less carriers, so they decide shop there and mistakenly take the virus with them. You now have new infections starting to pop up and more people having to go into hospital settings due to the new infections.

Add those to the 2000 people that are already dying each day, and you have a situation where our outbreaks starts to rival the world’s outbreak in cases overall. Lifting restrictions right now is so dangerous. It would be different if we weren’t the country with the most cases, but we are seeing new numbers daily. Our government is about to knowingly kill thousands more because they want to save the stock market.

Trump is sending a dangerous message and his people are listening. They are lining the streets in some cities already breaking shelter-in-place polices. In January someone in China posted this video.

I would tell him that I know a country that is doing just as bad as China. I would tell him that his warnings weren’t noted and that people didn’t learn from his experience because we were hard headed. I would also like to tell him thank you, for helping us to understand what to look for. When I first saw this video, I wished we could have saved the innocent dying from Wuhan, but now I wonder who will save us from Trump. He is going to destroy this country by letting people die and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.

By lifting these restrictions, he will put stress on fire fighters, policemen, hospital workers, and anyone else who works as a first responder. Think for yourself, and protect yourself. This government is moving to list things as essential for monetary gain. Ask yourself, why did the shelter-in-place go down long enough for rich people to make it out? The poor people are once again stuck, much like they were in China. The rich people have been able to relocate and you can bet your socks they will not be going out.

So, this is what we must do because our safety starts with us. First of all, make sure you are searching COVID-19 in your county daily. Your county should be giving an update as to how many cases are being reported as well as the number of dead. I use Google because for me it is easier. You go the Google search engine and put in your county and COVID-19. Make sure you also put in the state. After you do that, go all the way over to the tools bar under your search engine. It will be located right under the microphone. Click on it and then a list will appear under ALL which will start with anytime. Now, do not pick anytime, go down to the last 24 hours and run a check. This will bring up any new info within the last 24 hours in your county. Sometimes you might want to run last hour, but I would pick 24.

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This option will give you any new stats for new cases of COVID-19 and information on deaths. You can do this for any state, county, or city. This will also show if there is a rise in cases in your area. Be careful and just remember that we are in this together. Sending hugs to you all.

The Quarantine Plan For Parents And Children

If your children are anything like mine, I bet they are going stir crazy about right now. So, we have come up with some fun things to help keep everyone in motion.

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Working out is the new goal for my house. We found a few yoga videos on YouTube and the kids approve! Not only will it give us a nice way to start the day, but it will help fill in some of the holes from not being in school.

We will also challenge ourselves to study a new language. My youngest is learning Spanish at school, but she likes the Korean language. My middle child studied French, so it is a toss up!

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We could make it a challenge.

We wouldn’t be complete without our redecorating. This is a must! Ever so often, rooms have to get redecorated!

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They would love this idea.

Online learning is also on the menu in my household.

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Khan Academy is a great site to try.

What’s on your list of things this season?

The Truth About Finding Eco-Friendly Neighborhoods

As we are nearing the last leg of our lease we have to answer some really tough questions in regards to how we want to move forward. For starters, I want to keep my daughter in her school because I do not want to rip her away from her friends. I’ve been searching our neighborhood for weeks now and I have come to a sad conclusion. I do not think the historical district allows solar panels. The historical district is lovely, but going green really is the end goal for us. It is our way of doing what we can to help minimize our impact on climate deterioration. It starts with us!

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So, it’s time to get real about the obstacles of installing solar panels. I love trees, but there are a lot of trees in the area, which in truth, would offer yet another challenge when it comes to installing solar panels. If we were to get a house and by some miracle get an okay for the panels, we would have to remove some of trees. By the looks of it, we would have to remove three or more. I know some people think that the solar panels will offset the removal of trees. However, it is still harming an ecosystem. So, it looks like we will have to look at houses near the medical district.

The area near the medical district is nice, and the houses are newer. We have seen houses with solar panels in at least one neighborhood in that direction. It would add about 10 minutes to my daughter’s school commute each morning and evening. Not to mention, the last time we checked the area out, I didn’t have to worry about creepy follower aggro. I just worry about the size of the backyard. I want to buy a small greenhouse and have room for my dogs. Another plus about that neighborhood is the fact that they are currently building homes.

So far, finding the right area for solar panels isn’t looking as easy as I thought it would be. A lot depends on the location, type of roof, health of the roof and landscaping surrounding the house.

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