What to Do?

I keep hearing this over and over. Apparently people didn’t read my post on social isolation.

1. Talk to your family! (Face to face if you live with them, phone, FaceTime)

2. Take a walk. Unless you are quarantined, you can take a walk. Just avoid other people. I believe fresh air and exercise is essential to our well being.

On our walk we stopped in the empty dog park to let Chewy & Holly Run!

3. Exercise daily. There are many great exercise videos on YouTube that you can follow at home. Again exercise is important for our health. I have been slacking a bit because of my arm, shoulder neck pain.

4. While you’re home take time to do those projects you’ve been meaning to do. i.e. Clean out the garage, closet, whatever.

5. Get out those craft projects that you’ve been stockpiling in your closet. Now is a good time to work on them. Or buy some supplies to do something you’ve wanted to try.

6. There is always social media. Many artists are live streaming concerts and art classes during this pandemic for free. Offering coloring pages to print.

7. Binge watch movies, shows… some movie channels have been free on weekends. Also, you can go to the movies from your tv right now for about $6.00.

8. Read- this is my favorite thing to do. I am in a couple of Facebook book clubs. I always wanted to be in a book club, but never joined a physical one. Now since I don’t drive, this is much better.

Home Chef Meal #2

Have you been playing your own edition of “Chopped” each time you go to the grocery store? Or have you ordered meals from Home Chef like me? By the way I remembered why dairy is bad for me. I will be excluding it from my dinner in the future.

I am sure there is much more you can do while you’re in self isolation. Let me know what you’ve been doing.

Love, Peace and Light! Rita


So Much on Mind

I guess I’m not the only one. My thoughts are racing. I am surprised that I have been sleeping better lately.

Thanks to Ralph’s CPAP machine, I am sleeping about 6 hours.

My anxieties high… I can’t imagine why… Pandemic, lay-off, food shortage and all the usual things that life brings. I haven’t started having panic attacks, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I did. Still it’s been awhile since I’ve had one. Years in fact. I am doing my best to keep it that way.

Sleep, meditation, relaxation, exercise and chamomile tea all help tremendously. Also, writing my thoughts down helps me process things. Do you have tricks to keep anxiety at bay?

Love, Peace and Light! Rita


Armchair Traveling

Many years ago when I was a young Social Worker at a day treatment program we had a group called “Arm Chair Traveling”. I thought this is a good time to revisit some of my travels as we are in self-imposed or government demanded isolation.

I am going to post some of my favorite travel photos and encourage you to do the same. Tag my post, so my readers and I can enjoy your travels.

These were taken in Zanesville, Ohio not too far from the Y-Bridge.
The Y-Bridge in Zanesville, Ohio spans the confluence of the Muskingum and Licking Rivers.
Havana, Cuba
Havana is like stepping back in time.
Gatwick, UK
Molly Malone Statute in Dublin, Ireland
The Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
Somewhere in Ireland. I can’t remember.
Tonopah, Nevada stop in to check out the lobby. Stay at the Mitzpah Hotel down the road.
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Ensenada, Mexico
The Alamo in San Antonio Texas
San Antonio one of the missions.


As I delve into “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach, I am learning more and more how important it is to look after myself. Do little things for me. Not to exclude my husband or others, but to make me better to be more authentic when interacting with everyone.

In many ways I am totally authentic, some call me brutally honest. I am working on me to be more content within myself. I take time to exercise, meditate and pray. I have time to do activities I enjoy. I am dressing to please myself. I find that when I fill my life with things that fill my soul, I am more pleasant to be around.

What do you do for yourself? Make a list of things you can do for yourself. Sarah suggests ten nice things in March 15th’s passage. Make a list. Try to do at least one thing from the list.

Don’t worry if you don’t accomplish everything on your list. Even one thing can make a difference. I rarely get a nap in anymore, but I still have it on my list. I can’t always walk due to my health either, still I am always hopeful because I enjoy it. There are days a sweatpants and a tee appeal to me more than my new clothes. Write your list, keeping in mind things that bring you peace or joy. Don’t get stressed if you change your mind or don’t get to them. Stuff happens. Your list may change.

Your list may look very different from mine. You might include a sweet treat or a massage or a jog. Whatever it is that nurtures you, try to do it. Take care of you.

As we are isolating ourselves this is a good time for self-care, especially if you are in isolation with your family. Each member of your family needs to find some time to self-nurture. Alone time is essential. I personally enjoyed early mornings when Ralph was home with a broken leg. I took the quiet time to read and just be… Each member of the family needs to be aware of the necessity of allowing the other members some time alone. Unfortunately, we are all on different schedules. We might need to be creative in our signals to other members of the household to let them know not to disturb us unless it’s an emergency. (A writer friend used a hat to let her family know she was working and not to disturb her. A closed door might work, but in my house, dogs and cats hate that.)

Let me know if you do this or are working on this or going to try.

Love, Peace and Light! Rita



My husband has been layed-off. As you can imagine the casino & hotel industry is being hit hard right now, so it should have come as no surprise that this could happen. Still, I didn’t see it coming.

My anxiety has just doubled. I don’t know how we’ll get through this if it lasts more than a month. Please don’t let it let it last more than a month.

It’s Monday as I write this. A trial vaccine has been released in Portland, I think. I hope it works. It’s a scary time I am still self isolating, though we did go to the park for a walk with the dogs. We didn’t make any contact with people though there was others about. I was surprised parents weren’t wiping playground equipment before their children touched.

As you read this it is St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll not be partaking in any celebrations. Instead, we’ll be celebrating at home just the two of us. Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

We’ll get through this. We just need to stay calm, especially me.

Love, Peace and Light! Rita