Coloring books aren’t just for kids anymore. Adults have discovered coloring provides a brief focus, away from the world within and the world around us. It’s a form of meditation: Concentrated visual focus on color, patterns and repetitive motion are hallmarks of the meditative process.
We’ve picked out some Curious Critters that lend themselves for for quick & easy coloring. Embellish them, add patterns, squiggles and make them your own.
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Get out your crayons or colored pencils
CREATE your own meditation.
(Don’t want to meditate? Color with a child!)
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For the Foodie
If you don’t know what a “foodie” is you are probably around the same age as Peggy & Judy. For all you “oldies” . . . “gastronome” and “epicure” define the same thing. If you don’t know what gastronome and epicure mean it’s a person who enjoys food for pleasure.
- Have a picnic on the floor (benefit-no ants, just dust).
- Get takeout. Support independent restaurants which are hurting right now by eating their food. It’s reported that takeout service Grubhub will stop collecting commission of up to $100 million to support independent restaurants that use their service. (Just make sure you limit your contact with the delivery driver and wash your hands after unpacking the food.)
- Have your own wine tasting of whatever bottles you have. No wine? Have a tea-tasting.
- Make a new recipe, like dog biscuits.
- Perfect grandma’s special recipe.
- Make coffee, and study how many beans you use, which types, how hot the water is, how long it brews and whether any of that even makes a difference.
- Read your cookbooks and find new culinary sites on the internet.
- Make doggie biscuits – peanut butter should be the #1 ingredient
- Watch “The Great British Baking Show,” and bake something with the ingredients you have on hand
- Organize your spice rack alphabetically.
- Make a cocktail or mocktail (if you don’t know what a mocktail is you’re over the age of 21) Don’t forget the garnish.
- Cook something special – make a double recipe and give half to an elderly neighbor and the other half to your dog.
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Dear Freddie Fans,
Because I’m not allowed to go anywhere without a leash I KNOW how to cope. This week I will share what you humans can do. Since I’m Editor-in-Canine-Chief for several blogs I have a trove of posts to share with you. Here’s today’s bit of my wisdom.
Get out of the house. Just remember to keep 6 feet of distance from other people, Find an area where you won’t encounter crowds.
- Pot a plant.
- Repot house plants.
- Weed, mulch, rake & mow.
- Start birdwatching. Coronavirus hasn’t bothered birds. Download a birdwatching map. Sit in your backyard or near a window.
- Take a brisk walk You can still exercise – It helps your immune system be strong.*
- Go on a stroll. Sniff around and clear your mind.
- Sit outside & breathe fresh air. Notice things about the world around you that you didn’t see before.
- Bike ride.
- Meditate, journal, draw in your yard or patio.
Resting after munching the lawn, bird watching, walking and sniffing.
*Exercise which increases immunity and reduces the stress response . . . even if it’s marching in place for 5 minutes without a leash.
Take a 10 minute walk outside – 5 minutes out and 5 minutes back. The colors of nature are also calming to the brain.