Advice for surviving tough times
Stop watching TV. Learn something new. Bake a loaf of bread or cookies and share them with a friend. Try to help your neighbor. Keep a positive attitude. Go for a walk, listen to the birds and watch for the ducks on the pond. Look for butterflies at the butterfly garden. Use the bench and listen to the fountain spray on the water. Just enjoy the day that the Lord has made.
Have a few things to do:
1. Reading. I always have a good book handy.
2. The puzzle right outside my door. Two of us work on this.
3. Four of us (all neighbors) play a game called Password. We stay apart correctly. We play this late afternoon or early evening.
4. Have a Sudoku book to work on. Fun!
5. I love the different things Aberdeen does, too: bingo,movies and others. Thank you!
Keep your eyes on God! “Look for the rainbow behind your cloud.”
Lots of prayers. A positive attitude is essential. Getting and giving encouragement to my Aberdeen family.
Do what is advised and help my neighbors.
“I can do everything through Christ who give me strength” (Philippians 4:13). This verse has meant a lot to me during many situations in my life. He has never failed me yet.
These neighbors are and have been friendly. The staff here is always friendly and helpful.
My husband was a student at K-State on the GI Bill. Every semester break, the check was late. We had no money and little food on hand. My Jack decided to go fishing for our supper. He came home with no fish, but a bucket of wild gooseberries. I found sugar, flour and Crisco in my kitchen, so I made a pie for our supper. Pretty tasty! When times are tough, make a pie!
Drink more wine!
Reading, craft projects such as decorating face masks or making jewelry, Marshall’s store has many ideas. Theater performances are being shown online and on cable. Hamilton was shown on the Disney+ channel in July. Perhaps it would be possible to play some kind of game or trivia in the dining room in small groups.
Mary Lou Niebling
Cease complaining. Help others.
Esther’s advice is in the form of a poem, which she wrote on June 29, 2020:
Gifts & Challenges
Telling old stories is an enriching gift
Diverting us from the corona virus rift.
Write some story of your growing-up life
Long before you were husband or wife.
Was your school large or very small?
How many kids were there in all?
Could you join a group to joke and sing?
Or read a book about anything.
What could you do with your hands and some wood?
Bet you’d try carving it if you could.
Have some fabric? Well, what do you know
Sew some masks and you are ready to go.
Your families will be pleased learning your past.
Keep busy, dear friend, and have a blast!
Sometimes when we feel low and depressed, memories revive us, and once again, we have hope for the future. We see where we have come from and where we are today. We can count our blessings and remember those who have been a blessing to us. Most of the time, it is good to remember the good times, but maybe the bad times too, as they taught us lessons. One person declared when I have a tough time, I declare that it came to pass, not to stay. The pendulum swings one way then another way. Worrying about tomorrow will rob you of the joy of today, and we live one day at a time.
1. Stay busy
2. Keep regular hours
3. Do something useful every day
4. Get plenty of exercise
Keep your mind busy with reading, puzzles, instructional TV and handwork. Learn a new hobby. Journal or write fiction, mysteries, jokes, a bucket list. Paint by number or draw with colored pencils.
Tim Allin recommended a half hour nap, and this works for me! I wanted to share this article. Robert Fulghum wrote, “Think of what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about 3 o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our favorite blankets for a nap.”
Also, put on your mask!
I pray the holy rosary every day and observe the daily mass on channel 291. It is very uplifting!
Audrey & Bernie Bancroft
We like to listen to Christian music, both traditional, contemporary and Elvis gospel! Our favorite CD right now is “Resurrection Letters, Vol. 1” by Andrew Peterson. We listen to it on Amazon Music, AKA “Alexa.” Christian music gives joy to the heart, energy to the step and reminds us that the best is yet to come.