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Loving the Lock Down!

Published March 23, 2020 by Maryanne

DSCF4759Outside, at least six feet away from the rest of the world

My husband and I are very social people. We don’t let any grass grow under our feet. We’re the types who are always going to parties, getaways, restaurants, and concerts; and double dates with other couples.

But on the other hand, we can be homebodies too. Some of our best memories include being stranded at home during Hurricane Sandy, snowstorms, very cold weather, and when one of us is sick.

So staying home like good citizens during the Corona Virus pandemic is not a bad thing for us. We’re enjoying the down time tremendously and the days are going faster than we’ve imagined.

And why shouldn’t we be enjoying ourselves? If this pandemic taught us anything, it’s that our precious lives can end with the blink of an eye. We’ve lived each day to the fullest before, so why not now?

We’ve fallen into this great groove where we’ll spend a little time outdoors on nice days (six feet away from others). I’ll pick up groceries once a week at my favorite natural market; and he’ll get the extras during the week.

As a public speaker who has lost all my recent gigs, I’m keeping up my speaking chops by creating You Tube videos every day. They are all Corona Virus themed and are meant to inspire others. Or accidentally be funny. For example, today I made a video to honor National Puppy Day, and spoke about how pets can soothing to us at such a crazy time. However, unbeknownst to me, my cats photo bombed, with the one sniffing the butt of the other! It was so funny, how could I not share?! Check it out:

It’s nice to wake up in the morning with my husband and not have to be on a schedule. I like to write in my journal, give myself a facial, and then have our coffee together indulging in great conversation before I work out.

In between our creative projects and preparing meals, we’ll watch a little TV, listen to music, laugh, dance, sing, call our friends/family, and play with our kitties. Before retiring for the night I like to do a little reading.

We do stuff together, as well as give ourselves space. I’m very blessed to have married someone I could call my best friend. And someone I enjoy being locked down with.

This is a scary, and stressful time since we don’t know what’s going to happen next. And it’s great to have someone by your side, so get through it with.

Of course I’m looking forward to getting back to “normal” but in the meantime, this ain’t so bad.

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A Walk in the Park

Published August 7, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_1809Nature, practically in my own backyard!

Being self-employed, you have 99 percent happy days.

Yesterday was a one percent day, that rarely happens, but when it does, it’s absolutely awful. One of my clients stressed me to the point of chest pains and almost tears. Dennis was at the animal hospital with Billy. I was so stressed I called him there for comfort!

Then I spent a few hours getting lost in writing my book which is always a pleasure. Then I noticed the day was almost over. My husband was working out in the yard and just as I was going out, he was coming in. I suggested a walk.

What a great idea! It was so gorgeous out and not only did we see the fawn pictured above, but we saw the smallest bunny I ever saw in my life! It felt so good to get out and about.

No matter how much you love what you do, you just need to break away and call it a day.

Today I feel refreshed!

And I LOVE my dreams:

Last night I had a beautiful dream that my husband and I went to see Tommy James perform in the ocean. His whole band was in the ocean playing their instruments. It was so cool and surreal. I had a bathing suit on, and my husband looked very sexy in wet blue jeans.  Tommy came over to us to say “hello.”

Love Those Twilight Walks

Published May 23, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_0891Dennis took this one!

On hot summer days, one looks forward to evening when it cools down and becomes more refreshing.

I love, last night, going for a super long walk in the woods with my husband, starting out at the end of the day, while the sun is still out and wearing sunglasses. Then it starts to cool, the sun goes down and there we have it — twilight!

In addition to seeing deer and birds and other little critters, we caught the almost-full moon in all her glory!