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Saturday, November 7, 2020

This is a post that I planned and started a week ago, but like the best laid plans, things went awry. Hurricane Zeta had other plans for me and on that Thursday morning a large tree blew down and fell across my road snapping a utility pole and taking down wires. 

For the next three days I had no power. It was not fun and I ended up losing all of the food I had in my refrigerator and freezer. My insurance company informed me I wasn't covered because the outage affect more than my property. Of course I had done a large shopping the day before. 

So now on with the original post

I was watching an infectious disease specialist a couple of days ago talking about what to expect from our daily lives, and I realized that I have settled into the new normal.


Is it a normal that I love? No, but it is our reality and I am determined to make the best of it, because as he said this is not going to end anytime soon. 

I feel blessed in so many ways. I don't live in a big house, but I love my cozy little apartment, and hey, it is a lot less to keep clean.


It is a place where I am safe and secure, and although I do get lonely at times I can wander downstairs and there is always someone there to talk to. 

I am also blessed to live so close to my family. Every week I spend one afternoon visiting them, and I know that many of you don't have that. I do miss hugging my daughters, but one of them is high risk and the other one is extremely medically fragile. 


I get time with my grandchildren. It is time that I didn't have before I moved here, and although we have to visit outside I am so grateful for our bonding moments. 

Running into the grocery two or three times a week is no longer an option, but I make my one weekly trip to the grocery count. Fortunately I live where masks are mandated to enter the store and shoppers are very respectful about keeping their distance. 

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Last Saturday was Sidney's 15th birthday. I know that it was probably not the birthday that she wished for, but we had a wonderful family day outside. We staggered family members and Sid's best friend who lives around the corner from her came over. 

She is such an amazing girl, and I adore her.

So life goes on and we have to try and make the best of it.


  1. She looks SO much like you! I'm so glad Jack Henry gets to vote for the first time in the run off election. No, this is not what many of us had planned. But it is what we have, so it's better to try and get through it with a positive attitude.

  2. I just left a comment on Brenda's blog (Cozy Litte House) regarding venturing out and the stress involved. I've always been a homebody but at least I had options and if I wanted or needed to go out I could without a second thought. Now I only venture out a couple of times a month and I plan exactly where I'm going while making sure I have my mask and sanitizer in my purse. My only daughter and her family are only 5 minutes away from me but sadly I can't spend time with them. There are health challenges involved and it's best for them and for me if we visit from afar. I get very lonely but I'm learning not let the loneliness affect my daily routine. I'm blessed that I have needle and thread type hobbies that keep my hands and mind occupied. I didn't mean to ramble - I was excited to see a new post from you. I'm so sorry you lost frozen and refrigerated good - ugh! Be safe!

  3. Wow those lines coming down on a tree like that. Scary. I am sorry you did lose your power and food. I remember this summer when we were without electricity for 7 days and I lost all my food too. Did you try to put a claim through to your electric company. Our electric company here in Illinois will pay up to $250 on any lost food because of incidences like what you had. You might want to check that out. Have a good weekend. xoxo Kris

  4. I'm so sorry you lost all your food from your fridge and freezer during that storm. That's terrible that the insurance company won't reimburse you.

    Your granddaughter is so pretty. I think she looks a lot like you.

    Our new normal stinks, but we have to do what we have to do. I can easily see why depression, suicides and overdoses are much higher now though.

    Take good care and stay safe.


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