These times are like nothing we have experienced before. Stay in – wear masks – “social distancing” – restaurant food only available for pick-up or delivery – our times are different, and Jan and I are doing our best to practice all of them.
To keep busy, we have painted our kitchen, great room and this week we will be painting the exercise/music room we have in the basement. Yesterday with the weather being so nice we got a lot of yard work done. Boy can I feel it today. I have to admit, after being married for 43 years, spending this much time together is such a big change for us. The biggest challenge I have is that I have no routine. My normal routine is getting up at 4:30 – exercising, doing my devotional – filling in my Day Planner for my “things to do” for today, being out and about by 7:30. Having church services available online to view at any time. Not having these timelines in place has made the days blend together. These things have made it that when I get up in the morning sometimes, I have to ask Jan; ”What day is it today?”
From a work side, Kobyco also followed all of the rules and asked its employees to stay home, stay safe, and just be available if customers need assistance. We have had some new customers request new windows and doors and have practiced safety by doing the measurements from the outside only, not going into people’s homes, emailing the quotes and discussing them online, emailing work contracts and handling items via the Internet. A number of people have and are opting to move forward taking into consideration the lead time is now is running from 6-8 weeks from the time the contract is signed. And most people share they hope and believe this will be over by that period of time and they won’t be delayed any longer than that. So, if you have a quote and want to move forward, send me an email, or give me a call and we can proceed safely so you won’t have a delay after things get back to normal.
The final thing I will share is I am working hard to keep a positive attitude about things. I give myself a goal to reach out to 5 people every day and let them know I care about them.
I’ll end by referring to an optimistic post I saw on Facebook:
So, until then, “Hang in There”. And If you feel like it, drop me a line and let me know how you are doing. This too will pass.
Weekday 3 of our quarantine: Each day I see over and over again to people that just aren’t taking our situation with the virus seriously. It bothers me. I want to fix it and I can’t. I can’t control them. The only thing I can control is how I respond to it.
For those that know me well, know that for years I struggled with drugs and alcohol. Early on in recovery they teach you a simple prayer that I have to remember and use years after I learned it: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” You see, I cannot control them, I can only control my thoughts and my actions.
Which leads to my next struggle, and that is I get negative and disturbed towards them and that doesn’t help. Again, over my years of sobriety I have learned that gratitude goes a lot further than grumbling.
Finding ways to be grateful keeps me in a better position to help others. Obviously, the ones ignoring our situation are just going to be those that choose to ignore the situation. I want to focus on the ones I can help. I ask myself each day: “Who can I reach out to today and make certain they are Okay? Who can I reach out to today that will realize someone cares? Who can I reach out to today who may be struggling and I can help out?”
These are the thoughts I want to focus on today, the ability and gift to help someone versus grumbling about the ones I cannot change.
It’s my choice today so I wish you a wonderful and healthy day today.
As we all continue to feel the increased impact of the Coronavirus we feel it is important to share with you we have heightened our cleaning and disinfecting procedures, to maintain a healthy environment for our customers, and team members.
These current conditions we have been experiencing are scary! Thankfully, THEY WILL RETURN TO NORMAL, hopefully soon. Bread will be back on the racks. Toilet paper will be back on the shelves. (I bought bread and toilet paper yesterday.)
On a more positive note, I had a customer just recently tell me how they were going to take advantage of this situation. Mortgage rate have dropped, dramatically, to such a low level that refinancing would enable him to pay for the new windows he wants. They could include paying off both cars, all, at an extremely low, tax deductible rate. They will still have a lower house payment! This may be something that could work for you, as well.
In February we had our 35th Anniversary Open House and the manufacturers gave us special discounts to help with our sale. Those discounts have been extended thru April 15th. Time for someone to consider a refinance package… You might want to keep this in your back pocket as an added incentive to buy now.
I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. If I can help you with your window or doors, let me know. In the interim, let’s all embrace getting things “back to normal”.
Have a Great Day,