Friday, March 13, 2020

Trying to stay calm

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Things are kind of scary right now. I'm feeling overwhelmed and more than a little worried. During this corona virus "pandemic," I'm feeling the need of a distraction. How about you?

To distract myself, I've been looking at pretty pictures on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. And I've not only been working on my various works in progress (some cozy--some not), but decided to read a childhood favorite -- you know as a comfort read.

What did I pick? Pollyanna. Did you read it as a kid? I did. I hadn't read it in many years, but grabbed a copy at the thrift store last week. I'm much more familiar with the Disney movie starring Hayley Mills.

Pollyanna Whittier, a young orphaned girl, moves to Beldingsville, Vermont, to live with her cold and stern spinster Aunt Polly. Pollyanna’s aunt is not keen on the idea of having to take her in but does so anyway out of a sense of duty to her late sister, Pollyanna’s mother. Pollyanna’s eternal optimism arises out of a game she played with her father in which they would try to find the good in all situations. Her sunny disposition soon begins to spread through the otherwise dispirited New England town, transforming it into an increasingly pleasant place to live. However when tragedy strikes she is finally challenged with a situation in which she cannot be happy and the townsfolk are called to rally to her side to help her regain her positive outlook on life.

To be honest, I like the movie better--but that didn't mean I didn't enjoy re-reading the book.

I've also got the urge to bake. I like to cook. You need to stay focused on what you're doing and not let your mind wander too much.

I'm also trying (and not succeeding well) not to be informed, but not obsess about the virus. As long as I've got something to read, I can stay home and be perfectly happy. (Well, it's hard to be "happy" right now, but at least not panicking.)

What are you doing to stay calm during this topsy-turvy time?


SandyG265 said...

We have a truckload of mulch being delivered tomorrow. If we do four or five wheelbarrows a day it’ll keep us busy for a couple of weeks.

Joan E said...

My friend came up with a new quilt pattern and I am "test driving " it for her! said...

I have plenty of books to read, yarn to crochet with,my computer to play games and keep in contact with friends and family. The only we will all miss is the contact of people.

Mare Fairchild said...

I'm doing much the same. Last night was a little tricky when we got word that school was closed for 2 weeks, at least, and once I thought about it a bit I relaxed. Ran out this morning and got my corned beef & cabbage (on sale - I always stock up) and then looked at the 800+ books in my house. It's all good. Inhale, exhale. {{hug}}

Gayle said...

Today I'm hoping dogs can't carry the virus. Cooper and I visited our favorite neighbor, Sammy the boxer; and while Cooper was investigating the underside of their bushes, Sammy caught me off guard and kissed me right on the lips. Ah, well, we were having a moment. And he seems healthy to me. LOL

Lorraine Bartlett said...

We have a coronavirus in our area--at a school. The worker went into work KNOWING she was sick. But, hey--no health insurance and no paid sick leave, so ya gotta work, right? Except now there are eight other people who are known to have it (4 hospitalized). My neighbor works in that school. Her son goes to that school. But -- hey, no health insurance and no paid sick leave.

We have a long way to go in this country.