Quarantine Day 21

We have ended another day of quarantine. They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. I wonder if this life of social distancing will last beyond this crisis as a set of new habits.

I stayed away from a lot of news today, only watching our mayor give the daily update. Our county is up to 26 cases, and it may be too soon to tell, but it looks like social distancing is keeping the numbers lower than predicted. The thing to watch now is people letting their guard down and creating a surge.

I spent a couple hours outside today, putting new mulch around some trees and bushes. The yard got cut today too, so everything looks fresh and new. Now we just need some flowers to bloom!

Teen son had his first therapy appointment through telehealth. He was reluctant to do this, but it has been three weeks, and he really needed to reconnect with the therapist. He wanted me to stay with him to do this. It is really weird that this teen who can socialize through media all the time, is not comfortable with it in some situations. He was diagnosed with selective mutism among other things. It was apparent that this is still true. He has made progress in that he will communicate non-verbally with smiling, hand signals, and nodding.

I helped Little AoA with a little engineering kit. I was also able to talk in person with my 30 year old, from about 30 feet away of course! My granddaughter texted me and wants to come to my house for the weekend. It is going to be super hard to tell her no, but I think she needs to limit exposure right now to the people she started the quarantine with. I might think differently if our high risk family members didn’t live here. I hope she understands this. I am sure I will be buying her something from the amazon list she sent me. Kids sure know how to pull strings!

Here is a fun truth for today. Laughter is the best medicine!

I have found that when I wear my mask to the store, people are more mindful of staying away from me. If I happen to cough, I really get the looks!

Here is a lovely flower from my town florist.

Stay well, Stay home if you can, and show kindness to a neighbor!

~AoA

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