Sweet friends…welcome to this month’s Where Bloggers Live 08.2020 where I’m sharing my vacation. Vacation? What vacation? I’ve hardly left the house other than to go to Lauren’s to help with babies. And pick up groceries from Walmart. I assure you there has been no vacation-having by my PC or me! Not even a staycation for pity sakes.
For last month’s post, I shared a peek at my kitchen and it was one of my most popular posts lately. The month before, the Where Bloggers Live gang and I gave tours of our outdoor spaces. I had just revamped our yard and patio so I was happy to share! If you missed that post, please check it out here.
As much as I had hoped we were beginning to come out of our Covid cocoons in July, I am thinking that was premature today. The number of Covid cases in El Paso was up 274 from yesterday with 3 more deaths. Gratefully, the hospitalizations, ICU patients and those on ventilators are generally decreasing though. But there aren’t many of us packing up for a vacation ’round these parts. Oh, but wouldn’t a vacation be heavenly?
Where Bloggers Live
Before we get started, just a word about Where Bloggers Live. This fun series is kind of like HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home,” but…with bloggers! Who doesn’t like to peek behind the scenes and see inside people’s homes and lives?
I am also linking up today with my pal Lauren for her monthly Glossies Made Me Do It series, always live on the second Friday of each month. For the Glossies series, we share things we’ve found in magazines lately that we’d like to try or learn more about! In this case my glossy was a special edition of Time magazine, “The Science of Happiness.”
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My Vacation Afternoon
You are probably thinking this won’t be much of a post since there’s been NO VACATIONING of any kind going on over here. Unless you count today when I got on my new suede air mattress with a lim-e-arita in hand. My floppy straw hat on my head. And my Daci long sleeve bathing suit protecting me from the 105* sunshine.
True, this was plenty delicious but not exactly the same as going somewhere away from home for at least a night. Read on to find out some ways a real vacay can be beneficial.
Finding Happiness with a Vacation
According to an article entitled “14 Ways to Jump for Joy” by Ellen Seidman in this special edition of Time magazine, going off the grid for a getaway week or weekend is a great way to find happiness. I can second that, Ellen. Whether it is an elaborate, carefully planned 7 days away at an all inclusive resort or a spontaneous overnight staycation at a bed and breakfast in your own town, benefits abound.
- provide a boost to our mood even in the planning stages
- help us de-stress by removing us from the activities and environments that cause stress
- break up the drudgery of our daily life
- make us more productive once we return from vacation
- improve our energy level
- create meaningful memories
VisitLasVegas.com surveyed a group of 21-74 year olds who had taken at least one overnight trip for pleasure in the past year. Upon returning home, the individuals polled demonstrated that their vacations actually led to increased happiness, less stress, and improved health afterwards.
During these days of stay-at-home restrictions and social distancing, our weekends may be as close to having a vacation as many of us will get this summer. Seidman suggests that before each weekend is over, we should make plans for the next one. That anticipation can see us through the workweek. So what can we plan for a Covid-19 weekend?
Savor the Small Things
For most of us, a week-long resort vacation is out of the realm of possibility or consideration right now. There’s concern around air travel, the risk of staying in public accommodations. As well as, the worry about patronizing restaurants and stores or attending events where social distancing may be difficult.
Maybe vacations this year look more like staycations:
- spending a night at a local B&B, boutique hotel or private home available through Airbnb and Vrbo
- renting an RV for a weekend and heading out to a remote campsite or setting it up in your driveway
- sleeping in a different room in your home – try the guest room, pitch a tent in the backyard, build a pallet in the den
- or maybe you sleep in your very own bed. But you order dinner from a favorite restaurant or somewhere new and different and have it delivered. Maybe you order breakfast, too. Think room service!
Beyond the Bed
But vacations aren’t just about the sleeping arrangements, right?
We enjoy participating in sip & paint classes at I Painted That! But right now classes can’t be given. However, kits can be purchased and you can sip and paint at home. Lauren and I purchased mosaic kits and are doing them at home.
Instead of a spa day, look into having a massage therapist come into your home. Masked, of course! I searched for ‘mobile massage therapists’ and found quite a few in my area. We are definitely going to be looking into this.
Maybe you get an inexpensive kiddie pool, set it up in the back yard, on the balcony or patio, pull out the lawn chairs, fill up the cooler, turn up the tunes and have a beach day.
Or try a progressive dinner, dining in or on the patio of your favorite restaurants…one for an appetizer, one for the main course, one for dessert and one for a night cap. Worried about eating in? Get each course for take out and find different places to park and enjoy them.
As the summer comes to an end, we could all use a little sojourn. Hope this post and the information from Time’s article “The Science of Happiness” have spurred your imagination for creating a staycation for those you love. I hope to put my own suggestions into play. Maybe for Labor Day weekend?
Have you enjoyed a vacation or staycation this summer? Would love to hear your staycation ideas. Hope you will take a minute to visit the blogs of the other gals in this great group. I am excited to read about their vacations, too.
Bettye at Fashion Schlub
Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks
Em at Dust and Doghair
Iris at Iris’ Original Ramblings
Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style
Julia at When the Girls Rule
Leslie at Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After
While this group of 7 bloggers will soon be completing our first year of this series, we have taken a vote and decided to continue into year two. We have a grand list of over a dozen prompts that will take us beyond this time next year! Hope you will continue to follow our fun.
And be sure to run by Lauren’s blog at Shooting Stars Mag, here. I’m sure her glossies post will be great food for thought.
Hugs and kisses,