Note To Self – Don’t Try So Hard


This past week, I was supposed to be on a vacation not doing anything dental related – just relaxing, going for hikes and knitting.  While I have not been in the office doing recare exams and filling decayed teeth, I probably spent twice as many hours as my normal work week “working” on office stuff.  Hours were spent on-line looking up information, renewing my knowledge of virology from my grad school days, writing policies/protocols and a whole host of other things. 

While there are still many things that need to be figured out, yesterday I decided to take a major break from office crisis management and went for a seven mile walk. 

There were lots of other people out for walks as well.  It was nice to see everyone maintaining their social distance but still being friendly.  Nearly every person I went by waved at me or said “Hi”, even though I had no idea who they were.  There was a group of kids playing kickball, with gloves on and their parents reminding them not to touch the ball.  At the park, a group of teens were shooting hoops, each with their own ball and gloves on (they even had different colored balls to know which was their own ball).  

The kids down the street had created some chalk art on their driveway.  But this wasn’t normal children’s drawings, these were messages to the rest of us.


Nice job, Kids!!

The song “Don’t Try So Hard” by Amy Grant is certainly appropriate for how I felt after my really long walk (although I’m kinda wondering how my muscles will feel tomorrow).

Long Road


Hard to sleep last night with so many things swirling around in my mind.

My office is closed until April 10th and likely longer. I’ve had to lay-off nearly all of my wonderful staff. Many of my colleagues on the west coast are closed until mid-May or even mid-June. When we will all be able to re-open is a really big unknown. And, what will dental care look like when we do reopen?

With things rapidly escalating in NYC, my husband is heading there to pick up our son who is studying architecture in Brooklyn. We originally thought he could stay there since he lived in an apartment and could continue his studies from there. But, not knowing how things will be in a month or two, he wants to get out so he doesn’t contribute to the problem.

This truly feels like a long, twisting road that we don’t know what the end will be.

But, we do know that God  will see us through to the end!!


Sunshine on a Rainy Day


Well, today it is raining. A cold, chilly kind of rain. While rain can mean a lot of different things to different people (joy, sadness, and sometimes even just getting wet), today’s rain is a bit to cold for a long walk outside.

So, I spent my last hour using my indoor stair stepper. This isn’t a fancy piece of exercise equipment. It’s very small and slides under my sewing table for storage. But, with Minnesota weather it has been handy to have.

While “stepping”, I was looking at my current quilting project. I’ve been working on a landscape quilt and have reach the sky section. So, today in I will be “creating my own sunshine”.


A suggested song for today “A Million Suns” by Hillsongs United.

Today is a Gift


Living in Minnesota, the weather is still not warm enough to see the plants come back to life.  However, there is still plenty to see when going on a walk. 

Several wild turkeys greeted me as I stepped out of the house this morning.  Normally the turkeys annoy me because we have SO many of them in our neighborhood.  But, today I took the time to watch them for a few minutes and to marvel at God’s creation.  

As I walked through the neighborhood park, I came across four deer enjoying the quietness of the open space, two squirrels chasing each other from tree to tree, a cardinal in all its beauty, and a rabbit looking for signs of plant emerging from the ground.

And, just like yesterday, another song on my playlist helped lift my mood.  If you haven’t heard the song before, listen to the words of “Everything” by TobyMac.


Look Up!


I just returned from my morning walk.  It was a rather cool 27 degrees, but the fresh air was great.  With my headphones on, I would normally listen to an audio book.  Today I decided to put my music collection on shuffle and see what songs came up.  Great idea.  It seemed like God was really wanting to calm my inner thoughts.  

A song by one of my favorite artists, Lauren Daigle was the second song to play. I have loved “Look Up Child” since it was released.  If you have not heard the song before, I encourage you to click on the link and enjoy it.

My plans for the rest of the day are to dust our bookshelves and then do some sewing.  I hope everyone finds an uplifting way to spend their day.  Comments about how you are spending your day are very welcome. 


A New Norm

Vacation in Palm Springs, that is where I am supposed to be this week. That is obviously not where I am.

We decided last Thursday to cancel our trip. So, I am at home.

I originally thought I would be able to spend the week pretending I was already retired. Well, that hasn’t happened either. With the rapidity of change in our lives, I spent the last couple days on-line looking up information to help keep my office safe. Over the weekend, my partners and I made many decisions, including limiting treatment to emergency patients only.

So, I can now settle in to my week off. And, it looks like I will have more time off over the next few weeks.

Since I am, by nature, a planner, I have decided to make a schedule for myself. First thing each morning I am planning to get my 10,000 steps in either by going on a walk or using my stair stepper. After my walk, I will do a bit of house cleaning and organizing. After that, my crafts will be my therapy for dealing with the stress of these times.

I realized that these changing times can make all of us feel stressed and anxious. So, after my walk each day I will post an inspirational quote and a short message about my plans for my day.

I encourage my readers to add a comment about how you are spending your day or something uplifting and encouraging. Your comments may help others cope with the new norm we are all settling in to.