Grateful


Three things I'm grateful for these days:

1. our house. We're so blessed and privileged to have so much space and to live in this climate. Quarantaine isn't too bad when you can be outside all day, walk to an (empty) beach to take a swim and stroll around in half an acre of garden.

2. the internet. It's hard to be so far away from family, especially now that The Netherlands is having so many cases of the virus, but at least we can stay in touch easily. And being able to send my parents flowers to celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary? So grateful that it was so easy to make that happen.
It's also a great way to connect to people that aren't family or even real-life friends, but somehow turn out to be an important part of my life. I have blogging friends that I interact with on an almost daily base and treasured blogging friendships that go back years. I feel so blessed to have those.
I also feel blessed by the bigger bloggers and vloggers, that don't even know me but inspire me one way or the other. Last night I found out one of my favorite bloggers is back, or at least thinking about blogging more regularly again. Yay!

3. well-supplied supermarkets. I went shopping yesterday. I have to admit, it wasn't really necessary yet, but I don't want to wait until we're out of everything, like I usually do. There's still a chance that we'll both get sick and won't be able to get out of the house for a few weeks. There's no delivery service here, our friends live far away from us and we don't really have neighbors. So I'm trying to stay on top of things. I felt a bit nervous about going to the supermarket. Would there be empty shelves, would it be hard to get what I needed? It made me realize how blessed we've always been to be able to just go and buy whatever we need.
And yes, we're still blessed. Full shelves, just like normal.

linking up with Carole's Three on Thursday

Comments

  1. I think you're wise to stock up in advance, Maggie! I'm not a big 'stocker'--I actually prefer NOT to have deep-storage stuff. But we started doing so as much as possible when this ramped up. And because it seems to accelerate so fast, we're glad we did it early. Enjoy those swims and that garden bliss--and all the other beautiful reasons to be grateful at home!

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    1. It's hard to navigate between hoarding and stocking up, but I try to be sensible about it.

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  2. Three very good things! I have not found empty spaces to walk out doors (although I did momentarily consider walking in the downpour yesterday because no one was out) but I too am thankful for ways to keep in touch with family that are miles away. And, for a well stocked pantry so we don't have to go out for a bit!

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    1. I hope you'll find some space outside, even if it's just to sit for a while. We all need fresh air, don't we?

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  3. 3 great things to be thankful for! We are lucky to have a quarter mile driveway that's excellent for walking. We don't have enough internet to stream anything (no Netflix - it's killing me!!) but we have enough that we can stay in touch with friends and family. The grocery situation is getting a little scary. Our stores' shelves are still empty and we haven't been able to buy meat or paper products for two weeks. My husband shopped yesterday and of the 27 things on the list, he was only able to purchase 2. But, he did score 3 boxes of tissues, cheese and crackers - all of which have previously been unavailable. We may be eating weirdly and not exactly healthily, but we are still eating. I have yarn and a fully loaded Kindle. We are surviving.

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    1. Oh wow, that's bad! I am expecting the real hoarding to start here in a week or so though. The island is still pretty much in denial, since the first six cases were all imported. But we have one local infection now...

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  4. I'm so happy that you can see the "silver lining" in this!! You are absolutely right, I am very thankful for the Internet community as well. No matter what happens, we are still creating, either by following our crafts of choice or by simply blogging and thus giving others a few minutes of entertainment and courage.
    Congratulations to your parents for 51 years of marriage!! (Also, I'm glad that you can shop as usual. But hey, we got FLOUR two days ago, YO! ;) )

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  5. I can't imagine going through this without access to my family and friends via technology! Thank you for a lovely post. Stay well!

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    1. It would be really hard without it (I don't even think we would have move here if we could only connect with snail mail).

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