How I am Using the Quarantine as a time for Growth

I have found this sweet spot of quarantine where I am no longer dealing with an undercurrent of stress because of the fear of the unknown, and the changes being made in an attempt to cope with it.  I am used to our stay at home orders, our case numbers have become stable, there is hope on the horizon that we have made it through the worst and are ready to open in the future.  In New York that future is a bit more distant than some of our neighboring states, but it is coming.  Even with the lifting of restrictions at home, there are still restrictions worldwide, and with regard to travel so we foresee being home bodies for much of the rest of summer.  As such, I have finally started to delve into activities I always say I am going to do, and don’t.  Things like:


There is grass on the left, a stone retaining wall on the right bordering the walkway up to our front door. There is a row of purple and white carnations on the left hand side of the planting area, and on the right there are green and lavender colored flowers.
Year 3 of owning our home and I am only now putting flowers out front! We are normally away most weekends and have a big trip each summer so I am finally in a situation where if these flowers die its like 95% my fault.

Learning Italian (my 6th language after English, Spanish, German, French, and Sign Language– can languages be a love language?)


Becoming an expert in wine

line up of unopened wine bottles on a white wall.
My cellar (AKA unfinished basement) is stocked with a collection of wine. I am trying to explore new grapes and regions and so far it has been a lot of fun!

Figuring out a Christmas tablescape with my 2019 “pink Christmas” themed deco

In the foreground there is a dining table with a furry white table runner. In the center of that table runner there are pink and silver doodads and a pink vase/candleholder.  In the background there is a white and brown side board with some pink Christmas balls and also a pink and white tea set.
Normally when the holidays near I think about how I want to decorate, but putting it all together tends to be a last minute adventure. I had a lot of fun playing around with all the pink themed trinkets I picked up in 2019 and laying them out in different tablescapes. I sent photos to my mom to get her input too. This option is a contender for the table next year. Just for looks, not for when we are actually eating-yikes!

Getting back to cooking

Oven set to 425 degrees, inside there is a sheet pan with broccoli florets on the left, and chicken tenders on the right.
Roasting broccoli florets and chicken tenders that I dressed up with half are in ranch dressing, half are in mayo with Panko breadcrumbs and spices. I usually cook with a bit more flair, but this simple one pan meal was a good starting point!


Summers are normally a busy time for us.  Patrick runs a race timing and event management company which means he works most weekends putting on, and timing running, cycling, swim, and triathlon races.  For some of the bigger events, I tag along to help.  That means after a full week of work, I get up with him at the crack of dawn to drive far away, set up heavy equipment, field questions left and right from competitors, help with timing, and at the end of the race break it all down, pack up the truck, and drive back home.  It is exhausting!  Even races that we have done for years and have in our back pocket wear you out so that when you get home you just want to flop!

As the quarantine has forced races to either cancel for the year or go virtual, Patrick has a lot less going on and we have nowhere we have to be on the weekend for work.  And, aside from the lack of money, having an empty schedule has been pretty good.

Author: Oh yes she cane!

My name is Kerry and I love swimming, hiking, working out in general, travelling, shopping, baking, and reading. Some of those loves are a bit tricky to perform thanks for my rare nerve disease- hereditary spastic paraparesis. No worries though as I have a super handy cane, hiking poles, and amazing friends that help me along the way! I hope to share with you a bit about my life, inspire you to live yours to fullest, and hopefully, if needed, motivate you to get whatever assistance will help you to do so!

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