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Published: March 24th 2020
How many times did my mother remind me of that? More than I can count. But she was always right. Mom’s are always right!! (Hey, kids...can you hear me now?) Whatever was in the moment....it passed. Perhaps not always as quickly as we might like but it always passed. Life moved forward while difficult times faded away into the background. That’s what we are all coping with today. The coronavirus has brought concern and turmoil into every person’s life. Times are scary. Hopefully, the sick will be healed and the healthy will stay strong. It’s frightening not knowing when and where it will all come to an end. But eventually it will and we shall all rebound. Life will forge on as planned. The people of this world will have been made stronger and wiser because of it. Stay positive. It will make you feel better.
Before all this chaos arrived, life here on the RV Ranch was happy go-lucky. Our morning coffee klatches solved most all of the worlds’ problems. Daily competitive games were played for fun and camaraderie. Golf cart rides brought friends in touch with one another. Evening campfires provided warmth and fellowship. It all was good.
Now, many of our friends have left to find solace in their far away homes. Social distancing has taken on a new meaning: miles and miles and miles! But...this, too, shall pass. It all will return. Everyone will come back again. Hooray!
A common thread throughout our park has always been friends helping friends. This was evident the other day when friends gathered to help Sam & Sandy with their TV antenna. Joe ordered a new one for them. His dedicated comrades, Dave and Art, helped him install it. These great minds figured out “the where and how-to’s.” Soon, their TV had all its channels with this new antenna. Another job well done, guys! We are all so fortunate to call you our “friends”. I wish all of you reading this blog could meet these fine men.
A quick visit to one of the local box stores brought all the hoarding craziness into reality. Cory wanted coffee for his Keurig maker. Sandy found a new jacket for Sam. Holy Cannoli. The check out line formed at the back of this huge store in front of the meat department. Yup! It looked like the bread lines of so many
years ago. Folks had carts heaped higher than themselves with goods they felt they really needed. WOW! To this day, I have yet to understand the high demand for the tons of toilet paper to be individually owned. They must have found another purpose for it other than what it was intended.
It was time to have our oil changed on our car. Our trusty buggy has carried us many miles over this winter season. Pitiful when you think this oil-change outing was classified as one of our new adventures. But it was. C’est la vie. We all loaded up and sat in the Ford service waiting room while the work was done. Fun...WOW! Cory did find the Hollywood Tour Bus but we decided a trip across country might take too long so we didn’t board it. Maybe next time. Hope you can join us if we go.
Happily, we were located close to The Catfish Place Restaurant. Remember they have the very best fried shrimp and world famous hash browns! Again, they did not disappoint. It was comforting to see our favorite seafood distributor was supplying this restaurant with its inventory. We know the food is good
when it comes through Bar Harbor. With restrictions on social distancing, we were seated away from other customers. The number of diners were kept at a minimum. It all was good. So much easier to talk and hear one another without all the din in the background. This may not be so bad! We stopped at a few shopping places on the way home to complete Sam & Sandy’s want list as well as ours. Somehow we manage to kill an entire day without prior planning. That’s the best way to do it.
Back on the farm, we have felt some change in our life style but nothing that we find punitive. Life just seems slower and more relaxed. Who wouldn’t want that? No rushing here or there. Not on-the-go all the time. Not bad. Dining out now consists of “Take-Out”. I’ve had to roll up my sleeves and start cooking meals again. Rats! Call me Debbie Downer if you must! Fortunately, the Grill-Man likes to cook outside. Cory has a stack of western paper books that he is intently reading. I’m loving my IPad games. I should say I have lots of time to write my blogs but
as you can see, I haven’t taken advantage of that. In time, folks....in time. We rented the movie “Harriett”. I thought it was very good. Cory watched it with me. With our new smart TV’s, we are able to stream shows on Netflix, Hulu and the like. So disappointed when the “Longmire” season ended.....it was super, super! Eagerly awaiting the next season of Hunters! Thoroughly enjoyed The Irishmen. Now watching “Hell on Wheels” (about the early railroad). Very intriguing. Longmire takes the Oscar though. And on top of all this, the quiet moments give Cory and myself more time together. Not that we are seldom apart but we can just ease back on our patio, enjoy the gorgeous blue Florida sky while appreciating everyone and everything we have in our lives. Life is good. It’s all how you make it.
Time to go. We wish each of you good health and good days. We can’t always choose the music life plays for us, but we can choose how we dance to it! Be strong. Stay strong. 20 photos to see!
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