Celebrations During Covid

Yesterday, I shared how we figured out how to celebrate Tim’s 50th birthday a little over a month ago. It is possible during a pandemic, but not always easy. I’ve been invited to several celebrations over the past couple of months and for obvious reasons, I have had to decline. I’m just not a risk taker, especially when it comes to my health.

However, there were a few carefully calculated risks I took.

Well, it was family! My glamdaughter, Cotton, turned 5 years old! We gathered at my MIL’s home to celebrate. Her theme was Rainbow Sparkle! Check out that beautiful cake!

Her mom put so much work into the party. Cotton was thrilled to be celebrating her birthday and it seemed like she finally understood what all of the fuss was about. As soon as we walked into the house, she would ask, “Did you come to celebrate my birthday?” It was really cute.

Before I go any further – there is a HUGE update with Cotton’s little family unit. They are getting a house and moving out of Tim’s mom’s home. BIG happy surprise for them and the rest of is us!

To say Cotton is a little spoiled would be an understatement. She received costumes and mountains of toys.

A couple of weeks before Cotton’s birthday, I met up with a few friends (some of the same folks that were at my birthday party) and had cocktail hour at the Windsor in the Lobby.

We had nibbles and wine and talked about peace and change to our community. Big plans to make our county a peace certified community! Not an easy feat, but I am on board! Why? Because #peacematters & #kindnessmatters

Do you know who the lady is to my left? That’s Jeni Stepanek. She’s pretty cool. Want to know how cool?

Yep, that’s my friend Jeni.

Another great tiny get together was for my Rotary Club. It was our prize party, where basically\, everyone gets a prize! I won a $50 gift certificate to the Cantebury Kitchen. We gathered at my friend, Susan’s home.

Again, a small group of 5! We all got on zoom and had the party with the other small groups!

A few times during quarantine, Tim & I had happy hour with a few friends on ZOOM and once or twice we had a couple over to socially distance outside and sit by the fire at night.

Over all, we have found ways to still live our lives and come out of this corona-free!

How are you celebrating life’s little awesomes and staying safe at the same time?



No doubt we are ALL feeling the pain. There is not one single person ON THIS EARTH not experiencing anxiety & confusion. COVID-19 is sweeping across the world and we are all a little lost and slightly depressed.

But you know what….

We are all in this together!

When was the last time you could honestly say that? I don’t think there was a time. Maybe for America after 9-11, but never the world and never like this.

Many of you are self-quarantining. Some of your jobs have sent you home. The kids are home. Not me. I work for a city government and we are all required to report to work. Granted, we are supposed to stay 6-feet away from each other, and for the most part we are doing that, but let’s be honest, it isn’t easy.

As I was sitting here in my office, I took a moment and watched one of the priests from The Catholic Show, pray the rosary. I listened along and held my little clay cross, realizing I have no idea where my actual rosary is. (Note to self: Figure that out!)

Then I got excited about all of the live videos groups sharing their special places. It is literally so inspiring!

I’ll share a few of my favorites:

You can stream The French Chef (Julia Child) on Amazon Prime or through your PBS Membership Add-On Service.

Virtual Farms are all the rage. I got to visit a Dairy Farm just yesterday!

Ever wanted to visit theVatican and see the Sistine Chapel? Totally possible!

And I even have some creative friends sharing their talents!

Whatever you do to pass the time, make sure you take some moments to send out good intentions and enrich your mind. When was the last time any of us got a chance to do that?

And with that, I made a list of all of the things I am most thankful for during this pause in life:

  1. I love to read. I spent a little time Sunday night downloading a few wonderful books to begin reading this weekend. I wanted to be transported to some beautiful places and I found an author I think I will binge read during this crisis: Fiona Valpy. The first book I plan to tackle is the Dress Maker’s Gift. Followed by the Beekeeper’s Promise and then Sea of Memories. Sounds lovely, right?

2. I’m also going to take some time to binge watch my silly reality shows I love so much. I love The Real Housewives franchise, and I hope to get all caught up in their fabulousity.

3. I love to color. I have a bazillion adult coloring books and tons of great color pencils and gel pens. Might be a nice way to therapeutically pass the time!

4. I love to cook and read recipes. MORE time to research yummy new recipes for this Spring & Summer.

5. We need to plant some seeds in our garden, it is a perfect time to get outside and do just that.

6. Yoga. I need to stretch. I need to unwind. Here is a great way to get it together.

7. Snuggle time with my cats.

8. Quality time with my guy.

9. Plenty of time to reorganize.

10. And finally, less spending.

Before I go, I wanted to share some uplifting videos with you. Maybe you are bored and need a laugh or want to learn something or maybe you just need something new to try out.


Here is one of my favorite songs and some beautiful imagery to go with it.

How to be happy every day:

A little meditation:

Inspiration to declutter!

Some delicious Summer Recipes

I am a HUGE fan of Lindsey Stirling. This song always makes me happy:

OMG – If you have not watched Fall On Me… you are missing out.

This song also makes me happy – You Say!

How about Gregory Hines & Baryshnikov? Be still my beating heart

I’ll leave you with this one! What would you add?