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Talk Show Hosting from Home: Decor Ideas

Talk show hosts such as Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel have been hosting their shows from their homes.  I have found these glimpses into their homes and the homes of their guests very interesting.  

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Have you noticed the rustic bohemian look of Jimmy Fallon’s home? The kitchen contains what looks like open cabinets made of old wood, while the office/playroom has antique cubbies filled with small antiques, antique toys, and even has an enclosed slide like the ones at McDonald’s Playland that goes from one floor down to the next.  
His interviews with other celebrities have given us a glimpse into their homes as well. 
Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared in a room with a scaled down tank in front of a large TV.  And look at the beams on the ceiling!  That gallery wall is impressive as well.


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Kate Hudson appeared in a dark room with wood paneled walls, open shelving, and traditional chairs, probably an office.


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Ben Stiller spoke from a bright neutrally decorated room with neutral furniture and open shelving with black-framed pieces.  It looks like a music room, actually.  


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Ryan Reynolds appeared in a room with rustic wood planked walls, a gallery-look art display, and two different style lamps, very masculine, probably his man cave.

LL Cool J appeared in front of a cool gallery wall of various portraits and emblems.  Behind him is a shelf with a cool TIki-looking jar, a New York graphic sign, and letters spelling COSMIC.
This report may have totally put you to sleep but I thought it was interesting to see where these celebrities came from.  Admittedly, some may have filmed their segments in other places besides their homes, but if you go to the NBC Tonight Show page you can see a lot more celebrities behind the scenes in their own personal spaces.  Seeing their personal spaces tells me a lot more about them than anything they could say or do.  Don’t you agree?

Unbeknownst to me until today, there is a couple who rates the rooms people are in when they Skype or Zoom.  Their comments are original and a bit snarky.  You can check them out here:  https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/2020/05/18/room-rater-twitter-feed-giving-us-snarky-life-during-quarantine/5218545002/
Here in Texas we are beginning to venture out, keeping social distancing and sanitizing guidelines, of course.  Masks are also strongly advised.  It’s been nice to get out again.  I hope you are safe and well.  
Who is your favorite celebrity?  Maybe we will see them from their own homes on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon!
XOXO
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COVID 19

Things I Can’t Wait to Do

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There’s little to do around here these days except for cleaning, fixing meals, surfing the web, doing projects, running to the store when necessary, and talking on the phone or texting. I’ve just about exhausted the projects that I am willing to take on, and having nowhere to donate or store unwanted items makes decluttering a problem.  

I’m really not complaining because I know there are many people out there working to keep us safe, healthy, fed, receiving mail and shipments, and keeping stores, gas stations, the government, etc. in business.  I pray for you guys each and every day.  Still, I bet you are looking forward to better days as well.  

Here are things I look forward to doing:

  •  hugging my children and grandchildren. Not getting to see them in person has been the hardest part of this stay-at-home order.
  • playing with my grandchildren. I can’t wait to play peek-a-boo, finally have an Easter egg hunt, draw on the cement, blow bubbles, do puzzles, read books, play hide-and-seek again.
  •  going to church and greeting fellow believers in person.
  •  sitting down at a restaurant and enjoying a meal.
  •  meeting friends.
  •  getting together with family.
  •  going to garage sales.
  •  going shopping, especially thrift shopping.
  •  camping with friends.
  •  packing away my face mask.
What about you? What are the things you look forward to?
Hang in there. Stay safe and well.
XOXO



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COVID 19

We’re in the thick of it now. . .

It’s not fun any more. (Was it ever?)  March began with students and teachers excited about spring break.  Then spring break was extended for two weeks, then three, then four, and now who knows how long it will be before classes resume?  This pandemic has changed everything.  

Now teachers are charged with providing online, virtual lessons for their students in the hopes that students will engage and continue the learning they were supposed to do for this school year.  We can only hope that students and parents will be conscientious enough to do it.  I have no doubt that responsible, caring, and concerned parents will see to it that their children tend to their lessons.  As a former teacher and administrator of at-risk students I fear many won’t.

Many of my students were in the programs I ran because they did not have supportive homes.  Many parents were too busy with their own lives to be involved with the lives of their children.  Some didn’t even care if their children attended school or not.  

Students of low socioeconomic status may not even have access to the internet.  Their parents may be unable to afford internet service or even computers.  Students in rural areas may not have access to reliable internet service.  With libraries and coffee shops closed, what do these students do?  

Will administrators keep students back who were unable to do the lessons?  Will they be able to discern who couldn’t and who just didn’t want to?  These are questions that will certainly have to be addressed.  I’m glad I don’t have to make those decisions.  I’m glad my children are grown and that their children are too young to be in school right now.

My heart goes out to parents and school personnel.  I pray for the kids, the parents, and the educators, those who are seeking an education and those who are trying to provide education.  I pray God will bring us through this pandemic stronger and braver and more compassionate than we were, and that we will learn the lessons no textbook or computer could ever teach us–love for others.

Stay safe and well, my friends.

XOXO
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COVID 19

Why I’m Thankful During the Pandemic

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Thankful?  Am I nuts?  Probably.  But what’s the alternative?  Sitting at home wringing my hands crying “Woe is me?”  I choose not to do that.  I choose to count my blessings and be thankful for the good things. 

  • My family is well.  It may change tomorrow or even later on today, but as of now, they are well.  Hubby, kids, their spouses, grandkids, my parents, hubby’s parents, my brother and sisters and their families, nieces and nephews–all well so far.
  • We have what we need.  We are still able to get enough food and supplies to survive, praying the grocery stores and other essential businesses stay open.
  • My children and their spouses are able to work from home.  There hasn’t been a loss of income.  I know many other families are not so fortunate, and my heart goes out to them, as well as prayers for them.
  •  Most families I know are drawing closer while having to stay at home.  
  •  People are finding creative ways to keep in touch.
  •  I’m getting more housecleaning done.
  •  I’m getting some home projects done that I have been putting off.
  •  I’m getting more writing done.
  •  It may seem like forever, but this too shall pass.  Please, God, let it hurry up!
That’s about all I can come up with.  I’m sure there are many more blessings that have failed to come to mind.  I’m trying not to dwell on missing my grandkids. What about you?  How are you coping?  Are you thankful for the good things?  Stay safe, y’all.

XOXO 
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COVID 19

Don’t drink Corona beer!

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I was in the grocery store a couple of days ago, looking for a loaf of bread and maybe some toilet paper, but I had no success.  A guy asked me if I was looking for bread. When I replied yes, he said, “Good luck.  Have you been drinking that Corona beer?”

I told him no, but I might need one after this trip to the store.  He proceeded to comment on the current state of affairs as I agreed and moved on.  I grabbed the last two packages of dinner rolls, figuring I could make sliders instead.  

There is a rumor that Corona beer sales have dropped because people believe it spreads the coronavirus.  According to surveys cited by CNN.com, many won’t buy Corona beer because of the virus.  It must be those people who started the toilet paper hoarding phenomenon.

All I know is I’m glad I bought tp before we actually needed it, and that we have a couple of weeks worth of food in the freezer.  I just hope my supply outlives the bare shelves at my local grocery stores.  For once I’m glad I qualify for the early bird senior shopping times.  For my next grocery buying trip, I may need to get there when the doors open.  

Whether it’s another two weeks or another two months or another two years, we have got to support each other, people.  We must stop the hoarding and think of others who also need the things we are cramming in our shopping carts.  

Social media and the mainstream media feed our fears of catching the disease and running out of supplies, never mentioning the 22,000 people who have already died from the flu this season.  Not to downplay the seriousness of Covid-19 infection, but the flu hasn’t caused the hysteria the media has caused by its reporting of the coronavirus.  

My take on this?  Take a deep breath, pray, and trust God to work this situation out for good.  “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)  If you don’t know whether or not you are one of “the called,” send me a message either below or through my website www.aprilnunncoker.com and I will explain.

We are not to fear but to trust.  “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (II Timothy 1:7)  “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” (Psalms 56:3)

Use the time stuck at home to read the Bible, bond with your family, clean and repair stuff you never have time to, and be thankful, “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20)

Okay, sermon over.  I hope I have brought you a bit of encouragement.  Now where is that Corona beer?  Just kidding.

XOXO