Nothing says, “It’s the Fourth of July!” like grilling on a barbeque. While COVID-19 may present new challenges to this time-honored tradition, the pandemic has not eliminated the practice of cooking meat and vegetables on a fire while we celebrate the independence of the country.
Summer has arrived, and it's not the summer we expected.
Summer enjoys the reputation of being the season affiliated with freedom; schools are closed, outdoor activities from boating to baseball get encouraged, and Fourth of July celebrations light up the skies. But with safety measures being employed to combat COVID-19, many of those traditional summer activities have either been altered or eliminated.
Memorial Day. The unofficial start of summer and the official day to remember, honor, and mourn the military personnel that had died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
- Be Prepared
Regardless of what you want to do this summer, preparation will remain a key ingredient to enjoying your vacation. And not just the usual preparations like making sure the travel vehicle has been inspected and repaired, letting someone you trust know where you’ll be, and remembering to bring a charger for your devices.
This one can be tricky for a number of reasons. If mom lives in another state, it might be wise to avoid making the trip to see her, even if the air fares and gas prices seem inviting. Stick with a phone call or video conference to be safe.
Originating back in 1970, Earth Day has evolved into a day celebrating the health and sustainability of the planet. In normal years, that would mean getting outside and engaging in activities like planting trees and learning about the environment. And as 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, big plans had been made.
1. Pick Your Cleaning Battles
There are a variety of ways to approach the tasks involved with Spring Cleaning. There’s the “Give It A Quick Dusting” Method, which involves a minimal wipe down of all surfaces and, possibly, washing the floor. There’s the “Marie Kondo” Method, in which any physical object that does not give the cleaner joy gets removed, although this method sometimes involves the removal of the cleaning tools. And there’s the labor-intensive “Deep Cleaning” Method, wherein everything gets cleaned, no matter how small.
Being sent home from work does not mean that you have to be stuck at home. If you're going to be home for a bit, why not take the time to engage in some long-delayed project like cleaning or organizing? If you don't have anywhere to go with all the restaurants, entertainment venues, and stores temporarily shutting down, you're going to get bored of binge-watching shows and playing games.
Organizing a home is like customizing a dinner order; ultimately, the amount of detail depends entirely on the individual. You could do as little as rearranging the living furniture or, if you're feeling ambitious, turning a work space into a second bedroom.
This one has a few details that might be appealing to anyone staying home: it allows you to get outdoors if you open the garage door (and you can, at least as of press time), and any bulky items that need to be trashed can still be dragged to the curb for removal.
Not sure if the municipal services will take the bigger items? Not to worry; Junk King remains operational and committed to providing professional services in this time of need. The company is prioritizing safety and sanitation by adapting its services to include touchless pick up, no contact payment, and protective gear. Want to avoid person to person contact all together? That's understandable. In this case, Mini Dumpsters are a great alternative. These are driveway friendly, get dropped off, and picked up three days later. Junk King is now offering $30 off until April 30, 2020. Contact Junk King to book a job today.
PRESIDENT'S DAY - WHAT IS IT?
Officially, Presidents’ Day, also referred to as Washington’s Birthday or Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthday, was made to honor the life and achievements of George Washington, the first U.S. president.
GET YOURSELF WARM FIRST
For the longest time, surviving the cold weather has not involved dangerous and labor-intensive actions like hunting mammoths, bundling up in furs, or trekking through miles of forest to get firewood. And while warm clothes and ready access to firewood can still be helpful, the best way to deal with cold weather starts with some self-care.