My life was not much different when the pandemic hit.  I’ve been recovering from various ailments for the last 3 years, so I’m at home most days. My days early into the pandemic were spent with my dog, Carter, only getting out for our daily walks throughout the neighborhood. I didn’t get to see any friends and family members for months.  But as the weather started getting warmer, I started hanging outside with my neighbors. We were sitting on our hard cement front steps for hours talking, planting flowers, pulling weeds, and just hanging out. We ended up building a raised flower garden on a patch of broken sidewalk where a tree once grew.  Years ago, my sister gave me director’s chairs that I had on my deck for extra seating but they were never used. So, I brought those chairs to the front of my house and we now sit on them. We keep talking about bringing out my tailgate grill and having a cookout on the sidewalk. We’ve had other neighbors walk by and join us. The pandemic has brought me closer to my neighbors and now they are like my family. I was not feeling well for a couple days and since they had not seen me,  my phone started ringing as to where I was. I will miss our time sitting outside when the weather gets too cold.

-Kathleen

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