I hope everyone had a great weekend and is ready to tackle the week ahead. I had a good weekend but it was a weekend of rest. For some reason I didn’t feel well this weekend and I finally gave up fighting and rested. That’s why this podcast episode is coming to you on a Monday. You have to listen to your body and I believe in practicing what I preach. I still don’t feel all that well so I know that I will rest this week.
My family and I went for a walk with our cocker spaniel Sage. We walked Saturday and Sunday. I am going to try to keep that up. I know it will be important for me to keep walking when it gets hot, I will need to walk early in the morning or late in the evening. When it gets very hot, I will try to do some exercises inside. I’ve got to start exercising again. I don’t really like to exercise to be honest with you. But I know it’s good for me and I need it. In the end, I feel better when I exercise.
Did you all cook something good last week? I cooked my version of Lobster rolls last week and they were great! So tender, sweet and delicious! My husband and I are the only ones that eat lobster, so I cooked something else for my daughter and my son. I have never cooked Lobster before. We cook crab legs all the time. I don’t know if you have a Cousin’s Maine Lobster food truck in your area but one came to our neighborhood the other week.They don’t usually come to my town but with the COVID situation, the person working the food truck said that they were trying to get to my town more often. I had one of their lobster rolls and it was good but I was talking to my husband and I told him that I thought I could make it better. He looked at me and said “ I bet you can”. Well he bought two kinds of rolls on Monday and Wednesday he just happened to find lobster tails on sale. I had watched a couple of YouTube videos that week and it didn’t seem all that hard to prepare the Lobster tails. Oh my goodness!! Ya’ll, Cousins aint got nothin on me!! I’m so glad I tried it. I will definitely cook lobster tails again. They were so good. They were more tender and less chewy than the lobster we get from Cousins and they had more flavor. I even pan toasted the rolls with butter the way Cousin’s does. It was cheaper to cook lobster at home too. So it was a win win all the way around. It was a nice treat.
Where I live, the weathermen have predicted rain all week. I have to return to work on the 26th and I’m sad about it. I realized that not all storms come to disrupt your life. Sometimes storms come to clear the path. When the Governor of our state issued the Stay at Home Order and the Periodontal Practice I work for closed, we were all apprehensive and scared of the unknown. Some of our employees were ready to go home right away and some were more hesitant to stop working. I was ready to go home. I bought lots of groceries and supplies so that I wouldn’t need to go out again for awhile. My husband works for a hospital so he has had to continue working and we have taken precautions to keep our family safe. I was nervous as about him working at the hospital but I realized that we had no choice and that he is needed and we have to do all that we can to be safe. I’ve cleaned alot! Door handles, light switches, etc… He even undresses in the garage, throws his uniform in the washer and heads straight to the shower when he gets home from work. His shoes get sprayed and they stay in the garage. I sanitize the doorknobs and washer and dryer handles and knobs that he touches. After awhile the fear subsided… but we were still careful. I just wasn’t as scared which is good. I don’t want to live scared. We are doing all we can and that’s all we can do. Now that I am going back to work, I’ll be taking the same precautions, changing my clothes before I leave work, showering when I get home.
When this first happened, it was like it wasn’t real. I kept saying, I can’t believe this is happening. This is terrible!! I stayed home with my family and I planned meals. I have cooked more than I ever have! We have had meals together, we haven’t eaten out as much so our meals are healthier. Well, not all of them, I’m a southern girl and I like my southern food! But I have cooked some good food!! I have spent so much quality time with my family. Time with my daughter as we worked on the graphic design of my website and design of my t-shirts and other products to come. I have had time to clean house, plant a garden and finally start this podcast! I realize that not all storms come to disrupt your life. Some come to clear your path. I was just so tired. I have a long commute and traffic is bad. When I get home from work, the last thing I feel like doing is cooking. We eat something, we watch a little tv, we go to bed. By the time I get
home, the night is over basically. Summers are better because it doesn’t get dark as early and we feel like we have more time to enjoy the evening. My husband goes to work even earlier than I do. He gets home earlier than I do and he is tired also. But with me being furloughed, I am home when he gets home and I cook a great dinner, we all eat and talk. I have energy. I’ve had more time to spend with my husband because I’m already home when he gets home and he has energy and is more alert when he first gets home. It has been really nice. This time at home has been wonderful and I’m going to miss it! I am grateful for the time I did have. I realize that this situation, even though it is terrible, has cleared the path for my creative spirit to really be free and not have to be bogged down and it cleared the path for me and my family to be closer and for me to do so many of the things that I have wanted to do for a long time. Now that I am on the right path. I want to continue going in the right direction. I know that it’s going to be hard but I can’t give up. Life is not easy but we do the best we can. I’ve already got a plan for how I’m going to continue on my path. How I’m going to keep finding my way and reaching my goals.
Did you experience positive changes in your life during this trying time? Did
you realize some things and now your vision is much clearer? Did you get the chance to spend more time on yourself and with the ones you love?
We have to make sure we see the positive in every situation. Try to see the positive in every situation even if it’s challenging and it seems like there isn’t anything positive. Try to take a step back and look at the situation as if you are looking from the outside in. From a new perspective.
I plan to enjoy my family and I plan to cook some more good meals. Be safe and happy.Let’s look past the storms in our lives and see the cloud with the silver lining. Let’s continue to reach for our goals even in the face of uncertainty. We can do this!
I would love to hear from you, let me know if you have discovered your cloud with silver lining in all of this. What are you working on? What goals do you have?
Friends, I enjoyed talking with you as I always do. I hope you have a wonderful week. I love you and I’ll talk to you soon!! Bye for now!