A Day in My New Normal Life.. for now

Cover photo: Downtown Phoenix, AZ as concerns of Coronavirus rise

As I sit here at my computer, hands poised on my keyboard, cats warming themselves in the sunlight streaming through my window, I am struck by the seeming normalcy of it all and I have to remind myself that I now live in a world gone mad.

Fear, although initially debilitating for most, has turned into a sort of complacency now for many, causing them be lax in caution. I almost prefer the fear, minus the mad rush on essential supplies.

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Our Governor has ordered all non-essential businesses to close as of today, and issued a stay at home (or shelter in place) order for all in the state of Arizona last week. It’s not as if we can’t go anywhere, but that we should stay at home unless we are performing some essential activity. This becomes easier now that only essential businesses have their doors open. And unless your idea of recreation is grocery or supply shopping, that leaves little in the way of alternatives. That said, outdoor recreation is still allowed. While maintaining safe distances from other recreators, of course. Not a difficult task when everywhere you look resembles a ghost town.

Yesterday we decided to take advantage of this remaining luxury and went hiking in Sedona. Maybe you’ve heard of it? It’s a bustling little town famous for its gorgeous red rocks and stunning natural beauty. Starting today they’re closing many of the touristy trails in order to maintain safe distancing and help curb the spread of the virus. But yesterday.. yesterday we had the place to ourselves! On a trail typically packed with people from all over the state and beyond, we were only two of a handful of people enjoying the great outdoors. And none of the others were very close to us. Apparently most got the word that the trails were closing and thought they already had. We didn’t mind at all!

As wonderful as that was, in all honesty seeing the trails like this was a bit unsettling. As we took in the scene around us, I was in awe of how quiet and serene it was; except for the gentle breeze blowing in the branches of trees and the bubbling brook below us you could have heard a pin drop. It was as if the land and animals were drinking in the peace and quiet, grateful for the reprieve from humanity. The silence was almost tangible and lent to the overarching feeling that life as we know it has irreparably changed.

For any who are familiar with Sedona and its non-stop tourism, consider these photos we took yesterday driving through town at rush hour:

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In my circle of friends and acquaintances, I have witnessed a calming effect. Families are spending time together more now than they have in a long time. Out of necessity of course, but they actually seem to be settling into a contented routine that hopefully will outlast this crisis. A friend of mine recently told me that she and her family went on a hike together (something they rarely do) and had their very first outdoor picnic. I’m sure there are those who are not quite so content, but it seems most are reconnecting and even becoming more creative in how they spend their days, eat their meals, and even discover new hobbies. “I don’t have time” is not something I’ve heard anyone say since this self-isolation phase of our existence began four weeks ago.

My husband and I are still working, thanks to the fact that we are considered essential personnel, as both of us work for a company that designs and manufactures life-saving cardiovascular medical devices. We are both support personnel, so thankfully we have been directed to continue our work from home. Only those involved in building our devices are allowed to enter the plants. It’s not easy these days to leave the safety of your home and go anywhere, much less working around others, but they do it everyday knowing that they are on the front line of keeping our devices available for those who need them. They are our heroes and the heroes of those whose lives continue to be saved because of their hard work and dedication.

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So, this is a short chapter in what has become my daily life. All in all, I think this pretty much sums it up for my household:


In everything, God is good and He is faithful. I praise Him for keeping us well and even more, I praise Him for providing a way for us to be saved and no matter what this life throws at us, we can say: It is well with my soul!

How about you? How have you been passing the time? Any new hobbies or pastimes? I’d love to hear what’s going on with each of you. God bless you and yours!


28 thoughts on “A Day in My New Normal Life.. for now

  1. I loved Phoenix. It was one of my favourite places I visited back in 2008. The only thing I didn’t like was the heat but mostly because the plane’s air-conditioner was set to freezing before we alighted.

    Shut down sucks but at least I have the garden to fill my days.

    I like the sound of day pajamas and night pajamas.

    Look after yourself.

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    • I’ve always loved Phoenix since I moved there in 1989. And yes, that heat can be unbearable. That’s why we live in Flagstaff! We’re at 7000 feet in the mountains and it’s much, much cooler here. And more beautiful. But we have a lot of family that live in Phoenix and we go down there frequently. Or at least we used to. I’m glad we are not in Phoenix right now because the virus is much worse there. Yes shut down does suck but if we have things to keep us busy it’s not so bad. I’m glad you have your garden. ❤️ i’m in my pajamas as I write this. 😂

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  2. Glad you and your family are well! Great photos! We are just spending time with the kids and enjoying our time together. Starting to warm up here. Supposed to be 66 tomorrow and 68 Monday. Spring is here! Praying the Lord ends this virus soon! God bless!

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    • I’m glad you guys are doing well also and are getting extra time to spend together. That’s at least one blessing coming out of all of this. It’s starting to warm up here too and I’m loving it. Spring is on its way! Though we’re not quite as warm as you, it’s about mid 50s here in the daytime. But I’ll take it! God bless!

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  3. Thanks Dee for sharing your ‘new normal’ days during this pandemic. If you should receive a word from the Lord, please share that too. I believe our God is equipping all those who will be a spokesmen for Him to rise, shine and give Him glory. Enlighten your blog followers on how to remain steadfast and unmovable to all of His promises. “Hold to His hand…God’s unchanging hand. Let us Build our hopes on things eternal…hold to God’s unchanging hand.” I hope you and hubby are wearing your mask when you venture out doors. Be safe my sister.

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    • Thank you, Sister Fowler. My heart is heavy for all those who are suffering right now and I would love to write an encouraging message to them all, and I definitely will! But I fear the message God is also giving me is one of urgency and soberness. I will, as you say attempt to “enlighten my followers on how to remain steadfast and unmovable to all of His promises.” But I must also warn them that the time is short and we will not escape the entirety of the coming devastation. Many are waiting to be whisked away before things begin to fall apart on this earth, but I believe they are mistaken and will be ill-prepared when it happens. I am no prophet, but I can’t help speak what I believe God is showing me about our not so distant future.

      God bless you, sister. I will be praying for you and I appreciate your prayers as well. And yes, we are being very cautious and masking up when we leave our home. 🙂 Thanks for your concern.

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  4. Thank you, Dee, for this personal account of your life in Arizona! You and Ryan Callahan, among others, have done a wonderful job of sharing your lives in a way that I have not yet approached. While my parents (Sun City West) were still alive, I spent many days in Arizona. I know that intersection in Sedona! Now that we’re in South Carolina, seeing those pictures is the closest we get. Blessings to you and your husband in this new world …

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    • So cool that you’ve spent so much time here in AZ! You wouldn’t recognize Sun City now, the growth has been unbelievable. Thankfully we’re in the mountains, but we have a lot of family in the Valley and visit there often.. when not in isolation. 🙂 God bless you too, Ward. May He keep you and yours strong and healthy.

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      • Given our situation, we’re doing OK. My 8-year-old brother is in hospital in Adelaide (not our city of residence), and my Mum stays with him, while myself and 3 of my siblings (including Racheal/Rue) are staying in Adelaide with our (maternal) grandmother, while my Dad and my remaining 3 brothers are back in our home town. Plus, one of my brothers here at Grandma’s has epilepsy (alternating between really mild and really bad; it’s currently really bad) and is getting scans done at the hospital.
        So, yeah. That’s us at the moment.

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        • I’m so sorry to hear about your brother in hospital, I hope he gets to go home soon. And your brother with epilepsy. Staying anywhere other than home is always difficult and it seems like this is even more so. I’m sorry you guys are having to be separated right now, but hopefully you’ll all be back together soon. So, no one is affected by the virus?

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          • Nope, no-one’s gotten it, thankfully. It’s tough, but we’re managing. My 8-year-old brother in hospital (who has his own seizures) appears to have a similar (genetic) condition to our aunt (who lives with Grandma, and whom we are therefore staying with); his legs aren’t too useful and he has to use a wheelchair a lot, he can only speak slowly, and has trouble with some of his movements.
            (My aunt has it much milder; she uses a wheelchair and has a little bit of trouble with some movements, but is otherwise fine.)
            To see Yoel go from a vibrant, healthy 8-year-old to THAT in a matter of weeks is… disconcerting, to say the least.

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  5. My wife was reading your post and was missing Arizona. She loves to hear about how everyone is doing there since she lived there almost 20 years. She tells me all the time how great it was to live in Phoenix. She loved that you shared about your life. We are glad to hear you are staying safe. Praying that you are hidden from the virus by the grace of God. Thanks for sharing, God bless

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    • Thank you so much for that prayer! I would echo that for you and yours. Yes, Phoenix is a wonderful place. I don’t blame your wife for missing it. 💕 We don’t live there anymore, we now live in the mountains in Flagstaff, but we visit there often to see family. When did your wife live there? I’ve lived in Arizona for over 30 years and I can’t believe how much it’s grown and changed… she might not recognize it much now. Though it is still beautiful. Blessings to you!

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  6. She left there in 2012 so it has been a while. God had a plan after she left she met me. She still misses Phoenix a lot though. Flagstaff is great too.

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