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@nannette1941, You sound like a fun person to learn from! While I've spent far more time in the kitchen this past year creating new recipes, I've not had anyone but two diff. repair people inside in over a year now.

As for new recipes to try, you would be a great mentor as I find myself growing less interested in attempting anything now but an occasional new easier dish.

Your post also brought a wonderful memory of my mom who always pulled out the stops for dressing our Sunday dinners with china, crystal and a centerpiece. As a working educator during the week, her Sunday meals brought a touch of elegance and were most looked forward to because she also added homemade rolls and great desserts. Alas, I didn't follow her weekly tradition but do occasionally still "dress the table and make a special meal" just for myself. The extra effort never fails to lift my spirits. Do you do that as well?

As an aging single with a changing friend base, the pandemic has brought some added challenges and brought more to the surface an increased sense of my aloneness for the first time. Years ago when bemoaning to a close friend after a move to a new locale that I had yet to make new friends, she wisely counseled: "Then spend more time befriending yourself". An alien concept then but one I've relied on many times since and never more so than during this past year of so many radical changes for us all. Are there hobbies that you enjoy or new ones to try or other small things you do for yourself, like one of my favorites of just giving myself permission occasionally to nothing at all that bring a smile?

I don't know your age, health issues, or circumstances but as @artist01 posted, I hope you'll continue to share here because of the support you'll find.

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Hello John,
First, I am old enough to be part of this group; I am healthy and that is the problem, I am confined inside while being healthy, and I am tired of that! I love to write, and I am a published author... I write in English, French, and Spanish. One of my poem made the year 2000 book of poetry a four liner that goes as follows: A walk is only a walk
'Til I walk with you
I am only who I am
'Til I am with you!
I still write, and I am not always sad, I am mostly frustrated because, for me, everything is important. I am told over and over to relax, but there are no suggestions. For my friends and "others" I have always been "too much" or "not enough" Plainly said, I wish I could be more comfortable with myself, and not care so much! Yes, I am complicated, I wish I were not so!