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Continuing On, Independence Day Weekend Edition…

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Folks, we’re about to hit July 4th — Independence Day — in the United States. That’s a major holiday, where we normally have fireworks, music, and parades.

Not this year, though.

This year, due to Covid-19, Independence Day is going to look a whole lot different. There will be no local concerts (and very few, if any, live concerts in the United States). There will be no parades. And in most of Wisconsin, there will be no fireworks.

In fact, we’re going to have a repeat of last year’s fireworks on local TV. And, perhaps, some repeats of concerts as well. (No word on if anyone’s going to show a repeat of the various parades, though it wouldn’t surprise me.)

It doesn’t feel much like a holiday, to my mind, because we are lacking all of those things. Plus, there have been so many deaths due to Covid-19 in the United States that it’s hard to be festive anyway.

But we must continue on, and do whatever we can. Live our lives, help others, read books, listen to music, continue to do whatever we can to further our pursuits (in my case, music and writing), and refuse to surrender to the despair and anxiety that seems to pervade the United States right now.

We’re also dealing with a heat wave in Wisconsin that isn’t helping. (It’s humid, hot, and nasty, with poor air quality. Definitely not my cup of tea, and I don’t think it’s something most people would want to deal with if there were any other options.)

Because of all of that, I wanted to make sure I reminded everyone to do the following five things:

  1. Be kind
  2. Stay hydrated
  3. Eat when it’s a bit cooler, so it has more likelihood of staying down
  4. Work smarter, not harder
  5. Give yourself a break now and again, the way you (hopefully) do for others in similar situations.

If you can do those five things, you’re going to be better off in the long run as well as the short run. And it may remind you that this, too, can be overcome. (But it will take time, and most of us — myself included — are not patient.)

What’s your plan for Independence Day? Tell me about it in the comments!

Written by Barb Caffrey

July 2, 2020 at 2:35 pm

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  1. Oh argh. What a dismal fourth. We’ve had bad weather fourth’s in the past, when the area where I live was under a tornado watch and we had horrible stormy weather. Not the same, is it? Good advice!

    Kayelle Allen

    July 2, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    • Well, bad weather on the Fourth of July isn’t good, either. I do hope the bad weather stays far, far away from you this year, as there’s way too much going on already. 😉

      I’m glad you liked the advice. I wracked my brain trying to figure out what to say that might help.

      Barb Caffrey

      July 2, 2020 at 4:41 pm

  2. Very wise advice Barb.
    How did your ‘4th’ go?

    deteremineddespitewp

    July 5, 2020 at 2:37 am

    • It was OK, Roger. Too hot. Too humid. But OK otherwise. 🙂 Thanks for asking.

      Barb Caffrey

      July 5, 2020 at 6:13 am

      • Oooh too hot and too humid. We had one of those spells last week. My sympathies.
        I hope it’s getting a measure cooler for you and the humidity is dropping.

        deteremineddespitewp

        July 5, 2020 at 12:16 pm

      • The humidity was better today and the temp slightly better. Tomorrow is supposed to be bad again, though. 😦 We’ve all got to hang in there.

        Barb Caffrey

        July 5, 2020 at 9:33 pm

      • Yeah. Weather uh? Like the old saying ‘What cannot be cured must be endured,’
        Take care
        🌺 🌸 🌼 🌻

        deteremineddespitewp

        July 6, 2020 at 3:05 am

      • Absolutely, You give my best to your wife, OK? 🙂

        Barb Caffrey

        July 6, 2020 at 9:50 pm

      • Will do 👍

        deteremineddespitewp

        July 7, 2020 at 2:50 am


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