The next contributor to our knowledge base is Gina Brueske, who is also TOPS Board Secretary, Retreat Assignment and Booking Director, and a KOPS.
Gina Brueske’s Lesson
One of the first things I learned during the pandemic is that I apparently wasn’t driven to do much during the first month or so of staying home. I was amazed at how so many people dove right in to clean closets, cupboards, garages, etc. Not that mine didn’t need attention, but knowing I didn’t have a schedule or anywhere in particular that I had to be, made me decide that I could do it tomorrow. Unfortunately, tomorrow never came.
Between us, I don’t think this is a good trait, and now I wish I had been more ambitious. After two months, I really didn’t accomplish much in the cleaning or sorting out department. Apparently, I must work more efficiently under pressure.
I did learn how to sleep in. I watched more news shows that were only repeats of the same news. It was refreshing to know my husband, Rich, and I (married for close to 53 years) still love each other and enjoy each other’s company. During this time while we’ve been confined to our house, we haven’t had a cross word between each other. We really are soulmates. We do depend on each other for many things.
I am so thankful for the lessons I’ve learned with TOPS and have been proud of both Rich and myself as KOPS. Neither of us gained any weight. Every day I cooked different meals that were on our food plan with things we had in the freezer. I only baked one time and it was something I love: rhubarb crisp. I made two and shared with my widowed brother-in-law. The rest of our rhubarb crop was taken to a local food bank so it wasn’t a further temptation. I know I have issues with desserts, and I learned long ago that if it isn’t in the house, I can’t eat it. Strange as it may seem to many, I don’t miss these things at all. I do credit TOPS for this lesson.