April 2020

Ramblings of a Flower Farmer



Covid-19: My personal thoughts

I’m working on our April newsletter, and of course no newsletter today is complete without some mention of what’s put our lives and world in a tailspin.

I know how hard it’s been for a lot of people lately. On the “easy’” side we deal with uncertainty, isolation, our own emotional roller coaster of outcome. On the “hard” side we see strains on our physical and mental health, emotions and finances, death. Even health issues not directly related to the virus become huge under the circumstances. We all know someone suffering due to Covid-19 or it’s side effects. Blessings can seem slim, but I believe it’s important to remember to find and count each and every one daily, especially during times like these. I know how much I’ve taken hugs for granted and how much I miss them! I feel incredibly blessed and grateful for family, friends, my husband, my animals, my home and farm – and of course, toilet paper! We have a roof over our heads, we have food and water. We are very, very blessed. (For kicks, this is a great article about growing your own toilet paper at Dave’s Garden - link)

Humor goes a long way right now, and I thank my friend Sue McIntyre for sharing endless doses.

It’s so important to remember to thank workers, non-profits, businesses, good Samaritans, good neighbors, saints, etc. Even little acts of kindness go a long way. I have a long list of thank yous and hope you all do too!

So many of you floral designers are spreading joy via flowers. Nordlie has been spreading the love via florists and designers willing to spread their love and joy. Personally I think this is amazing.  Thank you!

It’s also important to let businesses who are using this crisis to gouge or scramble after profit using scare or dishonest shortage tactics know they may not be supported when times are good again.

I also believe no matter what your political beliefs are, it’s time to stop the blaming game. The additional quarantine period has some people spitting bullets, tearing our politicians to shreds with scathing social media posts.  There is not a “one-size-fits-all” or “made-just-for-my-personal-happiness” solution to this available as of yet. People are dying. We are ALL going to take a hit with this one way or another and are just going to have to work through it together. I’ve seen a lot of “toilet paper” sharing going on, so to speak. We ARE still a great country. It’s a good time to value that.  

I’m a firm believer in taking control over our own health. I’ve tried it the other way, and it didn’t work for me. I love Dr. Potter and his staff at Canton Center Chiropractic. His recommendations for fighting this virus off through immune support have been invaluable to me and my loved ones. Mercola.com is another source of invaluable (online) information.

I hope we all come out of this on the other side wiser, stronger and more knowledgeable. Cherishing what is truly important to us and protecting it with all we’ve got. We are certainly owed answers that I hope eventually come.

For now, I guess our mantra is “Stay Home, Stay Safe”.