Don’t Forget #Coronavirus #COVID-19

Now that so many adults are home 🏡 because they’ve either been laid off or they are working from home, I thought it would be a good idea to remind you of some of your normal tasks that you should still be doing.

Set the Alarm Clock

After all the time my husband and I spent in the military, I can say this without any qualm, your body gets accustomed to getting up at a certain time. Now I know it’s tempting to sleep in, but don’t do it. Keep getting up at the same time. The current employment situation will come to an end and you will get another job. So stay in the habit of getting up in the morning.

Shower 🚿, Shave 🪒, and Shoes 👞

Okay, I get it, ladies don’t shave every morning like the guys do, but you get my point. If you’re single or a childless couple, it’s so very easy to spend half the day in your PJ’s. Seriously, don’t do it. You will feel much better about yourself after showering and dressing. Not to mention, we’ve all seen the ads on TV 📺 depicting a person working from home and they’re only dressed nicely on the top that shows on camera. You don’t need to put jacket and tie on, but do put clothes on that wouldn’t embarrass your grandma 👵.

Sit down for at least one meal 🥘 each day.

Plan your meals and sit down to enjoy them with your family. Actually spend some time together. If you’re sitting down for supper, talk about how your day was. Sadly, this is something that needs to be pointed out to some families.

Volunteer your time to help others.

If your health allows it, consider volunteering in your neighborhood. There are so many people who really need a little help right now. Whether you volunteer to deliver groceries for a neighbor or spend some time sewing 🧵 masks 🎭 to donate to a local hospital 🏥, do what you can to make things a little better for someone else. It will make you feel better about yourself. Not to mention, it will help make your day go faster!

If you’ve been laid off, update your resume.

Everyone should have a copy of their resume. Take this opportunity to update it to include your most recent job. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge that you were laid off/let go because of the Coronavirus. Face it, you aren’t alone in that regard. If you learned new skills while employed, highlight them. Earned new certificates? Add them in! Even include any and all volunteer activities you participated it. Let employers know that you are willing to help wherever and whenever needed.

Reach out to your parents and friends.

For those who have the capability, make it a video chat. For your family, this can help keep everyone close. For your close friends, do the same thing. Social Distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation. Plan to check in on older relatives regularly.

Finally

I have absolute faith that we will get through this. At some point in time, you will again be looking for work. Don’t be afraid to include any volunteer work you’ve done while home in your resume. Include any new courses you may have completed. Show prospective employers that you took advantage of this time to help others.

Enjoy the Giggle (Part 1)

Sometimes when things get crazy, you just have to sit back, put your feet up and enjoy the giggle. So in honor of this idea, here’s a few memes on the subject…..


Now obviously, I didn’t draw these! My eternal thanks for the many cartoonists out there who did. Some of these came from the great folks at MSN who scoured newspaper websites gather these up!

9 Etiquette Rules for Grocery Shopping During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Good behavior in the grocery store matters more than ever. Here’s how to be a more considerate shopper.

By Mary Claire Lagroue April 03, 2020

I found this article on AllRecipes and knew in a flash that I just had to pass it on. So, enjoy folks!


Before the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, shopping for groceries felt therapeutic to me. I looked forward to dawdling down aisles, reading labels for the thrill of it, and stocking up on chocolate (and other necessities) for the second time in a week.

Now? I find myself swerving an almost-full cart in one jerky u-turn after the next to avoid other shoppers, wishing the aisles were wider. I stare at the sparse shelves wondering whether I *need* more oatmeal. I had never, ever thought about the ethics of stockpiling oatmeal before. But here we are.

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Care Packages from Grandma #SocialDistancing

In all the times you thought about care packages 📦 from home, did you ever expect to sending one with face masks 🎭? As luck would have it, neither of my daughters sews. So while I was making some for myself and hubby, I called the girls to see if they needed some. Net result was my sending care packages 📦 off by Priority Mail.

Now I realize that hugs are off limits right now, but please, keep in touch with your family and friends. More than once, we’ve gotten FaceTime calls from my oldest because Riley (granddaughter) was bored and wanted to talk to “PawPaw” and “MeMaw”. I’ve also gotten calls from from friends who are also stuck at home 🏡 and bored!

Today after finding out that said friends were still waiting to receive the fabric order to make a mask, we decided to grab a couple of the extras and take them down to Ted and Carol. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the company. Yeah, the area is under a “safer at home” 🏡, but all of us needed that time together.

So please, Video chat with all the friends that you can, and for older people who maybe aren’t as technologically savvy, take the time to find a way to visit them outside.

Practical Home-Cooking Resources You Can Count On

We’re all in this together. Let’s roll up our sleeves, wash our hands, and stay busy in the kitchen.

Friends of mine love coming to my house for dinner. I am a subscriber to Cook’s Illustrated/America’s Test Kitchen websites. I can find some fabulous recipes there. The middle of March they posted the following article. After the article is a link to the page containing the full article and a link to 50 recipes for your enjoyment!

Staying at home and cooking for yourself, your family, and your neighbors has never been more important. As always, you can rely on all of us in the test kitchen for resources to help you plan, shop, and cook for yourself and your loved ones. We are committed to serving as a resource to you every day.

We’ll be using this page to post articles and recipe collections that we think will help you feed the people you love in this unpredictable time. Check back often—we plan to add new posts every day about topics you’re looking for now: pantry-friendly inspiration, info on ingredient substitutions, and big-batch recipes you can freeze. We’ll even provide an occasional break from the norm by way of a dispatch from our test cooks and kitchen staff, who are all currently working from home.

We’re all in this together. Let’s roll up our sleeves, wash our hands, and stay busy in the kitchen.

Jack Bishop

P.S. To make our content even more accessible, we’ve taken some unprecedented measures. As part of our Keep Calm and Cook Sale, we’ve slashed all our cookbook prices to $19.99 (or less) and they’re ready to ship. We created a collection of 50 of the America’s Test Kitchen recipes you need now—and freed up access to all of them. We’ve opened up our ATK Kids website (so many recipes and fun activities, now free). You can also get every recipe, rating, and resource on all our sites with an all-access membership, now just $1 for 3 months

Keeping Busy #Coronavirus #COVID-19

What are you doing to keep from going stir-crazy?

So, now that we are settling in for what looks like a long period of “Social Distancing”, what are you doing to keep from going stir-crazy? Hubby and I got outside this morning and washed the car 🚙. By hand!

Now, of course, Odie just had to join us outside. While we worked, he dug a hole and got comfortable. So, that led to the expected, a bath. As you can see, bath time is not his favorite thing. 🤦‍♀️

So, what did you do today?