Summer in Pandemic Times

Whether you have been isolated at home or working on the front lines, COVID-19 has been causing all of us to deal with a stressful year.  We are weary and worried and we are wondering when life will go back to being more like our “real lives.”

If you’ve missed your regular summer activities because of closures and cancellations, you know the feeling of being in limbo.  Of waiting for the world to start back up.  Most of us are experiencing some level of depression and loneliness.  Family members are seen less frequently and attending a wedding or a funeral has become a life or death decision.  

Social media is full of factoids that may or may not be actual facts.  Posts can be political or divisive and just add to our stress levels.  

So, how can you enjoy the last week or two of summer vacation?  Here are a few ideas:

  • Embrace your inner child.  Remember running through a sprinkler?  That’s still fun.  So is playing in the mud.
  • Remember nature?  Immerse yourself in it.  Collect rocks because they are pretty or unique or you want to paint them.  Press flowers or 4 leaf clovers.  
  • Use your backyard as a park.  Set up your tent and camp out for a day or a a weekend.  Spread out a blanket and have a picnic.  
  • Give your mind a vacation.   Turn off your phone.  Seriously.  Anything electronic that has a screen, just turn them off for a couple of hours.  Read fiction.  Clean the garage.  Organize your life.  Look at old photo albums.  Be artistic and creative.  Work up to more frequent and longer breaks.
  • Find your sports equipment.  Bikes.  Balls.  Cross trainers.  Ride around the block.  Walk.  Run.  Toss the ball in the air or with your kids or companion.  You know, embrace your inner child.
  • Stay in touch.  Use the video chat on your phone to talk to people.  It really gives you a meaningful way to connect with people so much more than texting or calling.   And send letters and cards.  Send flowers or gift baskets.  Let everyone you know who is isolated that you are thinking of them and miss them.
  • Be random and spontaneous.  Do a web search and pick the 5th fun idea to do this summer!
  • Plan ahead for next summer.  We are betting everyone will pack in all the activities they missed this year and then some!  Travelling, sports, concerts, plays, parties, weddings, and all the social interactions!

We hope you enjoy the rest of this summer as much as possible.  It’s important to focus on positive actions and thoughts.  

 

And use local businesses who practice safe COVID-19 measures like we do.  Check out our COVID-19 policy here.  


Avoid the Hassles of Holiday Shopping

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Holiday Elegance

Yes, it’s true that the malls and stores are looking super festive with holiday decor and music and it’s fun looking at the shop windows and losing yourself in the holiday daydream they created for us. But it’s also the worst. Why, you ask? The long lines for the checkout counter, the crazy number of customers milling around on every square inch of the stores, the inability to decide between several items, the shleping of bags and coats and scarves and gloves and realizing that we only have two arms and hands. And they’re simply not enough. So as fun as it is to leisurely float from one store to another we believe holiday shopping can make our blood pressure rise higher than the loooong list of gifts we need to buy.

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Luminous Lilies Centerpiece

So why stress yourself 0ut when you can sit back and relax on your favorite recliner with your laptop on your lap and hot coco on the side table surrounded by the twinkling lights of your christmas tree and the wonderfully warm scent of ginger and cinnamon cookies you just backed and are now savoring. A few clicks here, a few more clicks there and bunch of clickity-clicks over there and bam, you’ll have your gifts at your door steps. And if you are one of those people that can’t wrap a gift, some stores offer the option of gift wrapping for you and have it sent to your recipient’s address. And if, like some of us, find the joy in wrapping an exquisite gift and adding the finishing touch of a pretty bow enough to make the gift recipient not want to open the gift then you can have them all delivered to you and have yourself a nice (secret) party with an array of wrapping paper, ribbons and clear tape and singing (off key if you want) “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”.

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Double Poinsettia Basket

When you get down to the wires and there isn’t enough time to order your gifts online and have it delivered in time for Christmas and you just do not want to be within a mile of the shops (imagine the traffic) then we are here to save the day. Nothing says “you are in my thoughts this holiday season” like a festive poinsettia, or beautiful centerpiece for the table or a gorgeous vase arrangement with winter evergreens, pine cones and beautiful fresh flowers in holiday colors of red and white and touches of gold (or any other color you want). We will hand deliver your sentiments just in time for you to look like a superstar and for your recipients to have the Christmas twinkle in their eyes and spirits. It’s what we do.

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