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Right now we’re all missing the in-person experiences with friends, family and our community that define our everyday lives. Here’s how some in our community are adjusting to a new normal with hobbies and activities. What’s keeping you positive? We’d love to hear your ideas, too.

1. Get outdoors and go fly fishing


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No virus on the river. #shenandoahvalleyflyfishing #flyfishing #spring #trout #coronacaction #rainbowtrout #vaflyfishing #shenandoahvalley

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2. Go for a hike


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Some things may be out of our control. But we control our attitude! #hiking #getoutside #shenandoahvalley

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3. Spend time with animals


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Social distancing on a ride with my ladies @jennysirwin #farmlife

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4. Bake something delicious


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rosemary shortbread cookies ______________ i miss so many things right now. i miss spending time with my friends and family. i miss traveling. i miss going to coffee shops and losing track of time while reading a book. i miss bringing cookies over to my grandparents as my grandma once again proves herself to be the reigning champion of dominoes. there’s so many things that connect us to one another and food is one of them. these cookies (recipe by the one and only joanne chang) remind me of a sweet era of my life when i was living in boston and spending SO much time with loved ones at @flourbakeryandcafe. it’s difficult to capture how wonderful they are. they melt in your mouth. they’re earthy and buttery with deep caramel notes. the recipe is easy peasy, but has too many steps to post. dm me for details. stay cozy. be good to yourself. and to quote my baking queen @joannebchang : eat dessert first. • • • • #homebaking #bake #rosemary #cookies #joannechang #cooking #commontable #homecooking #shenandoahvalley #mycommontable #eatdessertfirst #cookiesofinstagram #shortbreadcookies #foodie #foodstagram #vscofood

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Before and after chicken and tarragon raised pie with hot water crust. #baking #raisedpie #pie

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5. Know how to sew? Make masks for medical workers


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Putting my degree to good use and making mask covers for healthcare workers because they are the real MVPs! 💙

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6. Learn a new instrument


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“I didn’t know you played drums Daddy!!” “Mommy you are good at that!!!” Time is a gift. Use it wisely 🙂

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7. Read to a family member


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Beating the quarantine by reading the #GreatGatsby to my mom and now to you! #Read #American #Classics 🇺🇸

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