Positive Effects of Shelter In Place

Positive Effects of Shelter In Place

I wasn’t able to blog yesterday because I got involved in a yard project. I wanted to expand my patio by a few feet so that I could move the table and chairs into a corner and make more room for a glider for Moli and I to sit on during  these gorgeous spring afternoons and evenings. It was tricky because I didn’t have any two by fours and it involved building up the side of the patio in order to level it out and accommodate a chair.

Patio Furniture

It may be difficult to tell from the pictures but I did a pretty good job of giving myself another 2 feet of level patio. I realize that I will have to redo this when I can get back to Home Depot or Lowe’s and buy some two by eights and some sand.  But I am happy with the outcome for right now.

The whole thing started with an awareness of how much better the air quality is in general right now. I’m not the only one noticing.  All around the globe countries are reporting the positive affects that sheltering in place is having on the environment. In Venice they can see the fish again in the canals, in China the pollution does not require a mask currently when people go outdoors. Apparently neither does the coronavirus 🙂 In the US cities that are known for their extremely high levels of pollution and poor air quality are getting a break, I’m talking LA here!

Maybe COVID-19 was mother nature’s way of solving the problem? 

Maybe going forward we will all decide as a world to stay at home one or maybe even two days a week? Wouldn’t that be amazing?

I am the world’s worst when it comes to staying at home.

I am one of those people who has gone out every single day, no matter what, for the last 40+ years. Rain or shine, following surgeries, in snow storms…I know every coffee shop that’s open on Christmas morning no matter what part of the world I’m in. I’m kind of obsessed with getting in my car and going someplace. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been the only person on the road, acutely aware of the insanity of my need to be able to go someplace. This is the first time in my life that I have not ventured out for days, even weeks now at a time. I am learning so much 🙂 My frame of reference has shifted, my FOMO is subsiding, I am learning to just be with myself, it isn’t nearly as bad as I thought it might be LOL

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