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Just a Thought - I will still keep my distance
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Gov. Bill Lee has decided to allow the executive order to expire. If you agree with the decision or not, we in Warren County are on our own. 

I’m a huge advocate about people taking personal responsibility for their thoughts, feelings, words and actions. As difficult as it may be sometimes, it’s the best way to live. The governor’s decision not to extend the executive order is his way of saying, "You’re on your own. Take care.” 

Message received and understood. 

Personally, I will not be quick to change my current social distancing efforts and others – if they’re smart – should feel that way. COVID-19 is not over – not even close. I will not endanger myself or my loved ones by becoming reckless with my health. I don’t know anyone who’s had it, but I’ve heard enough to know two things: 1) I don’t want it. 2) I don’t want to spread it.

Don’t get me wrong, I want my old life back. I want group socialization, celebrations for happy occasions and to console others with a hug during tough times. I’d like a girls night with dinner and a movie. 

I’d like to see my boyfriend before he forgets what I look like and how great I am, she said jokingly. I’ve seen him once this month for about two hours for my birthday. 

Social distancing stress and cabin fever restlessness are overtaking me. I had one person tell me that, “Even with two therapists in the house, we can’t find the coping skills to get by.” That was a joke. At least I think it was a joke. 

To cope psychologically, I’ve been keeping busy with DIY projects. I have several projects going on at one time. I need choices to keep from getting bored. 

Ongoing: I’m reorganizing and rearranging my bedroom, painting the walls and trim, painting all the shelves to match the new wall color, clearing off the porch, and recreating a piece of wall art that would look awesome in my bedroom once it is complete.

Incidentally, I recently purchased a can of ceiling spray paint. I want to paint my bedroom ceiling without the mess of using a roller. We shall see if this $5 can of spray paint does the trick. When that starts, it will be added to the list. 

Except for the spray paint and new paintbrushes, I had everything else on hand. 

My completed project list includes a new cathouse for Stanley. I made it out of empty boxes from the newspaper office. It is three stories high – including the rooftop terrace. 

Through one exterior door, he can access all the interior rooms. He loves boxes and seems to really enjoy it. 

Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.