According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, ‘Home’ is the place (such as a house or apartment) where a person lives. But to us here at California Pools, it is much more than that! There is a comfort felt when most people think of their home; a love, a warmth, a sense of belonging, a place to be true and happy. Home is a trusted place where you can live, laugh, and learn. As they say, “home is where the heart is,” therefore, we like to think of our home as our own personal sanctuary.
During this difficult time while our nation stays home, and self-quarantines to slow the curve of the coronavirus, we hope you take this opportunity to enjoy your family in your personal sanctuary. Being in quarantine does not mean that everything in life needs to stop. There are plenty of healthy activities you can do in the comfort of your home.
Let’s discuss these activities further. If you have already built a California Pools swimming pool with us, then your backyard oasis will be your favorite place to ride out this virus. You can enjoy swimming with your kids, lap swimming for fitness, warm nights in the spa, and healthy dinners on the barbecue. Your kids can also play lawn games such as football or soccer while you read a great novel in the sun. To de-stress from all your worries and concerns, set up a family yoga station on your back patio or lawn area. Some stretching, yoga and meditation will be good for you all, especially after being couped up indoors!
If you have been considering building a pool, don’t let this virus get in your way. California Pools if offering virtual web meetings so you can meet with your local office representative from the comfort of your home. You can discuss your backyard visions and all that you would love to see in your dream backyard. A California Pools representative will then come out to your backyard, on an agreed upon day, to measure your backyard. There would be no need for you to come outside, and everyone can safely practice their social distancing, while continuing what you’d like and need to get done in life. Again, not all things need to stop because of the coronavirus. While we do take all health and safety concerns seriously, we also realize that many things can be done while we protect our families at home and slow the curve. Just imagine, a simple virtual meeting with a California Pools representative and before long you can be reviewing backyard plans for your dream pool and spa. Your representative can discuss your thoughts and ideas with you, measure your backyard, design your pool using a computer software (CAD) program, and then let you review the plans online and discuss the final version of your backyard oasis. And, ALL while maintaining MORE than 6 feet apart from one another. Virtual meetings, design plans, contracts, and permitting can all be getting done remotely without any personal interaction during the next few weeks at home. By the time this virus has taken its course and people are outside engaging in day to day activities and interactions again, you’ll have already gone through the toughest part of pool construction, which is the design decisions and permitting through your city. Let’s get ahead of the curve here and begin your virtual design plans. You’ll be ready for construction in no time and swimming by Summer!
Some other activities you can do while staying home include:
- Do a puzzle with your kids
- Discover and cook a new recipe
- Teach your kids how to do their laundry
- Play boardgames
- Enjoy a campfire in your backyard
- Learn a new card game
- Have a family car wash day
- Organize your closets
- Clean the garage
- Have a family yardwork day
- Read a good book
- Write letters to dear friends and family members
- Go for a hike (while keeping your 6-foot distance from others)
- Enjoy a family bike ride
- Have a movie marathon at home (Don’t forget the popcorn!)
- Do yoga or exercise classes at home
- Help your kids build a fort in your family room
- Set up your tent in the backyard for some camping
- Enjoy heart to heart discussions with your kids
- Explore scholastics websites online
- Snuggle on the couch with your kids for some Disney+ movies and cartoons
- Let your kids enjoy doing their online schoolwork in their jammies
Nobody is happy about the cancelled schools, closed restaurants, packed grocery stores, limited childcare options, and requested home quarantine. However, we are pretty sure that everyone will be thankful when this virus is no longer affecting our communities, and we realize that our isolation has worked. So instead of looking at this time at home as a “glass empty” kind of time, think of the positive moments you can make at home with your family. We are pretty confident here at California Pools, that when we look back upon this time, we will remember the extra time with our kids and forced relaxation that made us slow down and count our blessings and special moments. So, with that said, make lemonade with your lemons and beautiful memories in your personal sanctuary. Enjoy your family time; go swimming, barbecue your dinner, play a board game, sit in the spa and gaze at the stars, go for a hike, and appreciate all that you CAN do during an isolating time.