GoodThings & Covid-19: #6

GoodThings & Covid-19: #6

Welcome to the weekend!

That being said, as Liz said to me yesterday… “It’s beginning to be difficult to tell the days apart… they all feel kind of the same.”

It’s true. With most of the regular schedule markers removed (school schedule being the one that takes us the most mental space), the days sort of all feel like Saturdays.

Many of you have been checking in through the week since I began short daily posts back on Monday, so I won’t go into great detail on the week aside from this…

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GoodThings & Covid-19: #5

GoodThings & Covid-19: #5

Little by little things are settling into a new groove and the neighbours are taking full advantage of fine weather (Today I heard I don’t know how many lawnmowers, roto-tillers, hedgetrimmers, whipper-snippers, etc.

I’d say 2020 is going to be a blue ribbon year in terms of French gardens if things keep up. But enough about that… here are…

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GoodThings & Covid-19: #4

GoodThings & Covid-19: #4

There’s a run on pasta!

So apparently some pasta makers have sold as much pasta in the last few days as they sold during the entirety of 2019. Some individual stores are reporting more than 500% increase and photos abound of empty store shelves.

Yesterday, the news was reporting that one of the concerns here among stay-at-home parents (virtually ALL parents now) was having to prepare 3 meals per day and being short not only on supplies… but ideas.

Pretty much all schools (daycare, elementary, middle & senior high) serve unbelievably low-priced & highly nutritious lunches (nutritionist approved appetizer, meat/veg, cheese & dessert), so it’s actually fairly uncommon for parents to have to cook noon-time family meals once their children are in school.

Who’d’ve thought!?

Anyway, here are…

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GoodThings & Covid-19: #2

GoodThings & Covid-19: #2

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

As of about an hour ago, we now have to complete a government issued form, and carry it with us, if we want to leave the house. It makes allowances for things like dog-walking & getting out as a family… but we still need to fill out the form.

(Incidentally, I tried to access the site earlier & it was crashed due to heavy traffic… here we go! 🙂 )

Aside from dog walking it limits outings to only urgent local travel, work (where ‘work-from-home’ isn’t possible), or groceries. So it does make allowances for everyday life…. but again, you still need to carry the form or face possible fines.

Strange times… but despite them, here are…

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GoodThings & Covid-19: #1

GoodThings & Covid-19: #1

Well… it’s a new day in France.

Moments ago, President Macron announced that Europe was shutting its borders as of tomorrow noon and that all non-urgent local travel was an official no-no. Even extended family gatherings are discouraged and subject to sanction – they’re encouraging people to interact with no more than 5 people per day.

At times like this, it’s even more important to get back to focusing on the #GoodThings, so I’m going to resurrect this theme that I wrote on for a few months last year…

As a Christian, our hope is first and foremost in the Lord and secondly in the precautions that we can take ourselves, so what I’ll do is pick two things from the day that I’m grateful for and one scripture passage that is a source of comfort.

Let’s go for…

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Ocean Therapy amid Corona-Chaos

Ocean Therapy amid Corona-Chaos

First off… I hope you’ll allow me the latitude to not go into a “Coronavirus in France” update. It’s as crazy here as it is elsewhere. I think we all need a bit of a Corona-break, don’t you?

Let me focus on an incredibly positive part of the week instead. Deal? 🙂


Last weekend began like any other, but then on Saturday night I realized that we were going to need to change to things up on Monday, rather than following our normal rhythm… well, at least for Sophie & I.

Let me explain…

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Fish, Mice, Rain & the Road

Fish, Mice, Rain & the Road

This little guy right here is Nathan and he’s the latest addition to the Long family (the Long family menagerie if you ask Liz).

Why Nathan? Well… the conversation, as Dominic & I headed to the cash to purchase him, went like this:

D: “Does mom know we’re getting a fish?”
M: “Nope.”
D: “I feel like we should name him Nathan.”
M: “That’s actually pretty appropriate. It’s like when the prophet Nathan confronted King David about his sin. Cuz we’ll need mom’s forgiveness for bringing this fish home… Be sure your sins will find you out!”
🙂

Nathan kind of capped off our week though… so let me take you back to the beginning.

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