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My Mind has Gone Viral with Fear of Covid-19

April 17, 2020 Margaret Crane

If you are reading this, I assume your life is about as exciting as mine right now. You probably understand that I am not going anywhere because I have nowhere to go–and neither do you--except, goodness forbid, to a hospital, if we contract the coronavirus. There a sweet grandmotherly nurse, if one is available, in a makeshift hazmat suit, plastic shield and gloves, fluffs your pillow, takes your vitals and strokes your forehead while asking which medical insurance you have. I live alone in New York City in a tiny apartment where I have decided to stay put to avoid...


Feeling Out of Control During Coronavirus Confinement: Why Not Organize Your Closets?

April 10, 2020 Guest Blogger

By Marty Basher, design expert with Modular Closets, https://www.modularclosets.com In these uncertain times of COVID-19, a lot of people are reassured by the notion of having some control over something in their lives. Whether it’s keeping up with homeschooling, getting some work done every day or even handling a task as simple but essential as getting the house organized, these are goals that feel realistic in this ‘new normal’. Even more than realistic, for many, they can be a triumph, providing that feeling of tangible accomplishment that one normally gets from other activities.  When you consider the task of cleaning your...


In Homage to Those on the Front Lines: I Adore My Virtual Grocery-Store Shoppers

April 03, 2020 Barbara Ballinger

I’ve always considered my shopping preferences a personal, private matter. I really don’t like to share how much I love crunchy peanut butter (Skippy’s or Jiffy’s, please) or Lay’s rippled potato chips. And yes, I also eat healthy—mandarin or Sumo oranges, apples of almost any variety, pears, seedless red or green grapes, berries of all shapes, sizes and colors, peaches in summer, cucumbers and heirloom tomatoes. You get the gist.  When the Coronavirus hit, I had to relinquish my privacy and turn the shopping over to others, particularly to fill my 100-year-old mom’s larder when we didn’t want her aide...


New Skills Acquired When Required in this Pandemic Age

March 27, 2020 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

Being stuck at home is a challenge on so many levels. We’ve each mastered talking to the walls, reconnecting with friends and family by phone, email and Zoom (yes, we mastered that), starting new TV series, reading books, planning meals as if they were elaborate celebrations, treating ourselves to high tea and cookies on nice china, and staying on top of our work.   But we’ve each acquired new skills we never knew we needed or could master. We asked friends and acquaintances for what they’re learning and it’s an impressive mix.   Clean a bathroom so it’s spotless. Grab...


Work from Home Efficiently: Useful Tips

March 20, 2020 Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane

Work from home remotely is the new mandate of many companies as the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads with lightning speed. Though many can work anywhere in their home—from their lap in a living room or bedroom, many prefer a dedicated workspace.   Houzz, the home renovation and design platform, recently polled its community and found that a quarter of respondents who work from home sit at a dining or kitchen table and one in 10 work from their sofa. That can prove challenging for many reasons, from not having quiet and privacy or a strong WI-FI connection or just a comfortable...