Sunday, April 19, 2020

Corona Diaries - Random Sunday Thoughts

Cooper wears his mask like a scarf

Coop loves the fresh air and 'Merica too!
 My daughter found the mother of all hand sanitizers

I cannot wait to go to the office tomorrow and wear my mask, said NO ONE EVER!

Ugh, when is this going to end!!!!!!!! 😷😷😷

Stay informed, be safe, and above all stay healthy my friends!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Corona Diaries | Beach Dreamin'

Gonna put the world away for a minute;
Pretend I don't live in it;
Sunshine gonna wash my blues away...

I don't know about you all, but I'm so ready for a vacation!  What makes it worse is knowing you can't really go anywhere even if you wanted to.  I mean realistically you could go on a road trip, but everything is closed. What's the point in vacationing if the restaurants are closed.  That to me is one of the highlights of vacationing. Anyhow, I'm sure I'm not the only one dreaming of a getaway following this quarantine we're all following willingly.  I'm a beach girl so that would be my destination of choice.  I suppose for now, I will dream of being:

Knee deep in the water somewhere;
Got the blue sky breeze blowin' wind through my hair;
Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair.....
- Zac Brown

Where will your destination of choice be when the Stay at Home orders are lifted?

St. Lucia

Daytona, Florida

Outer Banks, NC

Cape May, NJ

Ocean City, Maryland

Stay informed, be safe and above all, stay healthy, my friends!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Corona Diaries - Jesus, Bald Eagles and My Immune System

Psssst.  Do you know what Hanover PA’s best kept secret is?? Well, according to my geeky National Geographic self, THE HANOVER BALD EAGLE CAM!!! That’s right folks, there is an Eagle Cam right here in my little home town and the best part is you can view the nest and the bald eagles, Liberty and Freedom up close and personal LIVE in HD right from your living room couch. 

In 2015, I was glued to the LIVE streaming and witnessed the eaglets hatching.  It was so exciting!!

I just started watching the nest again and apparently, I missed the April hatchlings. I learned that sadly, the eggs did not survive.  Liberty is the female bald eagle (the larger of the pair). If you care to tune in, the eagles are not always in their nest.  I have found that they frequent the nest in the early morning hours and sometimes at dusk.  What a thrill it is to see that!  

I absolutely love the names of the Hanover, PA eagle pair – LIBERTY AND FREEDOM.  How appropriate and symbolic for the troubling times we are facing as a Nation.  With all the government crackdowns and over-policing of people and businesses due to the pandemic, I believe we all need a reminder of where our liberties and freedoms come from.  It is my belief that our RIGHTS come from our Creator.

I am being as respectful as I can by following the recommendations and guidelines to keep me, my family and others from contracting the COVID-19, but c'mon people enough is enough with the ridiculousness!  How many more restrictions will be enforced upon us??  Enough is enough.

Like my bestie always reminds me, I have Jesus ya'll, and an immune system!  I will not fear!

Now, excuse me while I get back to my nest watching addiction.  Trust me, it's far better than watching the news.

Stay informed, be safe, and above all stay healthy!

Monday, April 13, 2020

Corona Diaries - 5 Good Reasons To Take In A Sunset

I remember as a young child riding in the car with my Great Gram.  We were probably out for ice cream or a Sunday drive through the country, but I distinctly remember the sky.  The sky was a beautiful canvas of orange, reds, blues and pinks.  My Gram and I were just amazed at God's beautiful artwork as we stared out the back passenger window together, and I remember gram saying to me, "it looks like the sky is on fire".  It was so vivid and vibrant, the image will be forever ingrained in my mind and so will Grams words that described it.  Thus began my love for sunsets. 😍

Have you taken time for a sunset lately?  There really is no better time with all of this sickness going on in the world.  Besides, a sunset gives us hope - a promise of a new dawn. A good sunset may be just what the doctor ordered.

5 Good Reasons to Take In A Sunset:

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1.  A sunset will allow you to decompress and relax from a stressful day.
2.  A sunset will get you outside for fresh air.
3.  A sunset will inspire you.
4.  A sunset will make you appreciate God's glory.
5.  A sunset does not cost a thing!

This quick cell phone pic was taken this evening near my home.  I actually wish I had my DSLR 📷 with me, but it was a spur of the moment decision to drive past the dam on my way home.  After today's crazy weather of storms and high winds, it's hard to believe the day ended so peacefully. God gives us this free gift every single day of our lives.  Get out there and accept His beautiful, awe inspiring present, and know that through Him, there is hope for better days ahead.

Stay informed, be safe and above all, stay healthy my friends!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Corona Diaries - Easter Like No Other

There's no doubt, Easter will be like no other this year due to the Stay at Home Orders across the U.S. Any normal year, Christians would dress up in their pretty pastels and along with their families, head out of their homes to do what most Christians do on Easter Sunday - - attend a church worship service, followed by that egg hunt and big family brunch.  Just because we will not be able to gather together as a whole church on Easter does not mean we won't be celebrating today. In fact, we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ  Amen? 🙌🙌

Many of us won't be worshiping together at a physical church today, but we have to remember, we ARE the Church whether we're together physically, or together spiritually.  The beauty of living in today's world is the fact that technology will bring us together on another platform. Most churches will be streaming live and/or pre-recorded church services today.  I hope you are able to find one to worship with.  Let us not focus on the fact that we are unable to gather together today physically, but instead focus on the real reason for the season and His glorious promise for eternal life for all who believe in Him.  For by His grace we are saved through faith!

Have a blessed Easter and celebration Corona-style!

If there was ZOOM in Biblical times:

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Corona Diaries - Hold On For Better Days

Oh man.... love me some Luke Combs.  I think it's cool how during this quarantine time alot of musicians are playing music from their homes in the raw.  I absolutely LOVE it.  It's so real and heartwarming.  You will love this Luke Combs unreleased tune, What Do You Do When It's Raining.  Luke said it was just before this whole Coronavirus mess that he wrote this song while he was at the beach and it was raining.  His fiancee' Nicole asked, "What do you do when it's raining?"  And Luke said the lyrics just came to him.  It's funny how the lyrics apply to the storm we're riding out now.  He couldn't have said it any better:

"Enjoy the break, and hold on for better days til the sunshine shines again".

Stay informed, be safe, and above all stay healthy my friends!

Friday, April 10, 2020

Corona Diaries - T.G.I.F.

T.G.I.F. - Thank GOD I'm forgiven!

For when He was on the cross, I was on His mind. 

Thank you Jesus for your unfailing love!

Little words are needed today, friends.

May the peace of the Lord be with you in these troubling times.  

Trust in Him.  

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Corona Diaries - Hey all you cool cats and kittens!

Welp, he did it.  Our governor announced today that all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic school year due to the CV.  My heart breaks for the kiddos.  This is not a vacation for them at all.  Sure, the first week was all fun and games but then reality sunk in and just like that online learning is the new norm. *sigh* I can tell you that I'm kinda very happy that my kids are grown and out of school.  This is a tough time right now for families with school age children.


I am most grateful that I have an "essential" job to go to every day.  Gets me up and out of the house, and as soon as I arrive at my office, my mind is focused on work.  Speaking of offices, I had a big cat visitor today.  Not the Joe Exotic or Carole Baskin kind of visitor, but a Google 3d visitor: Check out my video below:  😂😂😂🐆🐆

You can become your very own Tiger King with Google 3d!  (Yes, I too binge-watched Tiger King with the rest of America)

Joe Exotic from Tiger King

From lions and tigers, to bears, alligators and sharks, you can bring these animals to life in your very own homes. Google 3d is so addicting and the perfect quarantine activity using your smart phone.  If you haven't checked it out yet, you need to!

Meet Penny the Panda getting Zenny in my Zen Den at home:

Gotta keep it light folks!!

Stay informed friends, be safe and above all stay healthy!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Corona Diaries - Stats

As of today's date, I'm sad to report that there are still a number of growing Coronavirus cases, deaths and recoveries and we have yet to "flatten the curve".  Keep the faith people and together we can CRUSH that curve! 💪🙏

I found Worldometers to be a very resourceful and credible website.  They report various statistics and is updated daily. Current Coronavirus stats are broken down by country.  Here are the totals Worldwide as of today, April 8th:
I started to not pay so much attention to the media.  It has helped my anxiety level greatly.  I do check in from time to time and read the headlines, but anymore it's hard to believe any of the media outlets so I just go about my normal daily routine, maintain my social distancing, wash my hands, and wait.....  Wait for the daggum stores to open back up!  This girl is having shopping withdrawal! Of course my husband loves that we are actually saving money and his social calendar is just the way he likes it!

Stay informed friends, be safe and above all, stay healthy!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Corona Diaries - Life After CV

I've noticed some positive things around me since the Stay At Home orders have been enforced.  I've noticed that there are way more kids playing outside, some of whom I've never seen before in my neighborhood.  There are families doing things together, like riding bikes, taking walks, playing basketball, sidewalk chalk, soccer, and gardening.  I've noticed that people are lending that helping hand all the while maintaining their social distancing. Seeing all of these things makes my heart smile.  😁

I believe this COVID-19 will change America forever in more ways than one. Maybe families will realize the value of spending quality time together. Perhaps kids and adults alike will find out that there is more to life other than video games, social media and the couch.  These days of social distancing, quarantining, and staying home have forced alot of people to S-L-O-W down from their chaotic daily lives, and open their eyes to the beauty of the world around them from humanity to God's glorious creations. 🌈🌎

I wonder what it will be like in the months to come after America will be able to "open back up" and go back to business as usual.  I fear that many small businesses will not survive and will have to unfortunately close their doors for good. I wonder how many people will be able to return to their jobs.  Will cruise ships ever be operational again?  Will there be inflation?  How in the world will America ever repay the debt?  How many homes will be in foreclosure?  Will social distancing be the new norm? Will Americans wear face masks on a regular basis? Will toilet paper ever be replenished?? I wonder about all of these things, but I'm hopeful of a few things for sure.  Not only will Americans have learned the importance of proper hand washing and the value of our liberties and freedoms, but I am certain that America will bounce back in 2020 and become a stronger, healthier nation!   🗽

Empty grocery store shelves 

Limiting the purchase of toilet paper due to hoarding

Stay informed friends, be safe and above all stay healthy!


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