Things to do

15 Things To Do While Social Distancing

Now What?

Sometimes, when we suddenly have a different lifestyle or unexpected free time when can forget about all the things we have been meaning to do but never seem to have the time. Then we ended up binging on worthless TV shows and have nothing to show for our precious gift of time. Therefore, I thought I might offer you a list of things to do while you are social distancing.

Things I’ve Been Meaning to Do

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Quarantine Things to do
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  1. Call or write to a friend or loved one. (Won’t they be surprised?)
  2. Finish your taxes. We used to use a tax accountant but once we retired, it really wasn’t necessary. Actually, it came to our realization that our accountant wasn’t really helping us. We tried out several different online programs and settled in on Tax Slayer.
  3. Prepare your will. – I need to do this one myself. Dave Ramsey can help you get started.
  4. Spring Cleaning – Oh! the dreaded Spring cleaning. I grew up on a farm. When Spring Break came around, we didn’t go on vacation. NO! We did deep cleaning not only in the house but also in the barn. Needless to say, we never really looked forward to Spring Break. When it comes to my own home, I pretty much ignored these “special” events” and tried to keep my home basically clean all the time. Then I found the Fly Lady. She’ll help you keep the house in just 15 minutes a day, Take a month and do these baby steps to get started.
  5. Start a Workout Program – I recently found a wonderful program that will ease you into exercise with a little devotional thought along the way. Faithful Fitness – They also offer those program Fitness at Home.
  6. Get back into the Word of God – I read Donna Reidland’s thoughts on getting into God’s Presence during this quarantine. Check it out here. If you need a resource to guide you through your quiet time,  Click here for the Coffee & Jesus journal.
  7. Learn Creative Bible Journaling – Have you seen these journal Bibles with all the space for doodling or journaling. My friend, Sara at The Holy Mess offers some help to get started on your own.
  8. Family Photos. Speaking of creativity. how about getting busy organizing your family photos. At least make sure that your photos are labeled in some way. When my grandmother passed away, I remember going through tons of photos and not knowing who the people were. Be sure to use full names. I recall a photo marked “Sally and me”. We didn’t know who Sally was, nor did we know who “me” was. LOL! If you aren’t into photo albums, at least load them up to your online drive, place them in folders with titles, and please, please name your photos. Note- Right-click on the photo and find a place to record names and places.

More Things to do

  1. Grilling and/or Smoking. Michele has a review of her favorite smoker and also some recipes.
  2. Learn a new craft or just do the ones you already enjoy but never have time for.
  3. Play games with your children. Dig out those board games you never play and have some fun. Learn to play your kids’ video games. Sit down together and read a book. (novel idea… pun intended)
  4. Watch Movies together. I suggest watching some true story type movies. Go to the Biography Channel on your TV or online at Biography.com. RightNow Media is offering free access during the COVID-19 quarantine to over 2,000 popular kid shows in the RightNow Media Kids Library. Enjoy shows that are safe for kids of all ages at home and on-the-go. Right Media also offers tons of video Bible Studies from various great speakers. I have recently reviewed several true story movies. Check out my movie review category.
  5. Plant your garden or flower bed. – When I was growing up my mom gave me one flower bed that was mine to care for. I chose the flowers and the whole deal was mine. It’s a great way to teach about gardening and responsibility. If you live in an apartment, try window gardening.
  6. Take an online course or webinar – Here’s one for blended Families – Family Life Blended and BlessedRevive & Thrive is a virtual women’s conference coming up in May.
  7. Prepare for Hurricane Season – Get some help at Wonder Mom Wanna Be or Smart Money Mamas
  8. Start a blog or Tweak to your blogKingdom Bloggers has a ton of great information to help you out

Well, there’s a start. Surely you haven’t completed all of these. 🙂 I’m curious, what are you doing during this social distancing time? What can we add to this list? Leave us a comment below.

Mandy Farmer

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Beauty and the Beast Gets an A+

Last night our son came home from work and asked if he could take us to see a movie. Going to the movies aggravates my pain issues so we had not been to the movies in over a year. We accepted.

He took us to a very nice theater that has recliners for seating. Can you believe it? It was quite comfortable especially for me and my chronic pain. Georgia Theater Company.

And now, about the movie ……

 Beauty and the Beast.

 

 

I found the movie to be wonderful.

The story stayed close to the original storyline, yet adding backstory on both Belle and the Beast explaining a lot of things left unanswered in the animated version. The cinematography was awesome. The music was wonderful, even the new songs were appropriate and fitting.

The film was refreshingly new.

While the storyline was the same, the added scenes and twists made it like watching a new love story. I especially loved the ending; the spell is broken and the relationship between the castle and the townspeople is revealed.  No more info because I don’t want to spoil it for you.

Unquestionably, my 20-year old daughter and I both loved it and believe it’s worth seeing AGAIN!

I’ve always felt that one can learn and teach values from nearly any book or film.

Here are a few points I would find as teaching points if I still had young children at home.

  1. Bad attitudes and pride will separate you from your friends and your family.
  2. Bullies normally have sad or bad events in their lives causing their bad attitude, look deep before you judge.
  3. Kindness almost always wins out over bullies.
  4. If your child even notices the presence of a gay man, use this opportunity to talk about these issues as they will certainly be exposed to it sooner than later.

Finally, my advice is just to go see it and decide for yourself.

I found it wonderfully entertaining.

 

Mandy Farmer