April 6th Coronavirus 19 The New Normal
My blog post last month was from a scared standpoint, an OMG, this can’t be happening surreal end of the world, we’re seriously having a pandemic, kind of thing. Here I am thirty days later, amazed at how well we humans have adapted to the new normal.
Our routine at home hasn’t changed much—other than the ability to go to the beach or meet with friends and family on Sunday. I’m craving a cheeseburger from BurgerFi, and a pizza from Priamanti Brothers. We used to walk a few times a week at two different parks that are closed so we have adjusted and do a double loop around our marina in our apartment complex.
Once I was able to settle down and go from “holy crap” to, “this is it” I was able to make a deal with myself and have lower expectations for what creative content I can produce. I am grateful to escape into Charlene and Jack’s world, and Paislee and Grandpa’s.
Since my last post, everything in the next few months has been canceled. My daughter and granddaughter missed their trip; the friend’s wedding has been postponed. Greece is being rescheduled—I just got word yesterday that I should be getting my flight refunded. We’ll see if it actually happens but that’s better than what I’d hoped—they said “force majure”. I’ll take it—and book again with Kiwi when we return to Greece—whenever that is.
Patrice and I have a book out at the end of the month, and the signing has been cancelled. The signing in June in NC? I’m thinking cancelled. Right now I am hoping and praying that we’ll get to travel to Costa Rica to finish the dental work I started a year and a half ago—supposed to go in June. I have everything crossed we’ll be able to go in July. I am getting my writing done, but it’s a slower process.
We have been to see my BF’s parents twice to get groceries, but things are heating up in South Florida and I think the next two weeks will see a climb, and then hopefully we will get on the other side of this. We are going to order our groceries for the parents, as well as for us, just to be safe. I haven’t seen my son and daughter in law in a month, other than Facetime. I am so grateful for that. My daughter and granddaughter in San Diego, my mom in Washington state. Technology has been a blessing in all of this to help us be connected. I am including the link the dashboard I watch for the numbers of people with the virus.
I look three times a day, and that’s it. Instead of CNN I try to get in a few minutes of local news to be aware of what’s important. My gratitude goes out to those on the front lines of this, and those who are not able to stay home. Thank you!
So, I’d like to end on some exciting news—Mrs. Morris and the Witch will be available April 30th.
Patrice and I have finished our first draft of Mrs. Morris and the Sorceress and are working on rounds two and three. It will be off to the editor by May 1st ish.
Paislee and the third Scottish Shire book will be to the editor June 1st. That is all I have in my control, so I’ll consider it a win!! What are you doing to stay motivated? Share your tips. Be sure to enter our Authors’ Billboard contest.
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