Summer 2022 Silver Lining!

Eric Garden

There’s More Time For Reading When Working From Home…

Since February 2020 things at my house have drastically changed. My husband used to leave the house around 6am to commute to NYC and return home around 8pm. He rode the train close to an hour and a half each way, every day for over 20 years. The bright side of the pandemic, if there is one, is for the past 2 years he has been working from home. Gaining 3-4 hours a day that used to be travel time has been a real treat. This has allowed him to catch up on his sleep, spend more time with family and friends, and he has taken on projects at home.

With more spare time, he recently read The Order by Daniel Silva and has All About Me by Mel Brooks on deck. He even bought a few household items to make his hobbies more enjoyable! Starting the day with his morning coffee routine, alternating between pour over and Nespresso has been a relaxing ritual. Spending more time working in the garden these past two years than he did for the previous 2 decades combined has made a big difference in how our yard looks. A decent garden hose to water the flowers and our koi pond has been a handy addition. He is religious about keeping our candy jars filled and we both enjoy jelly beans to snack on. When he over does it with the yard work, a muscle massager comes in handy. A bluetooth speaker has become necessary to listen to music in the backyard, along with a wifi extender to enjoy his new iPad. And for a little competition and fun, we play Backgammon-but I usually win…and he bought a puzzle for our Labrador to keep his brain active and engaged! A lot has changed for us over the past few years and so much is better in 2022 – what is your silver lining?

The Order

The Order by Daniel Silva

All About Me

All About Me by Mel Brooks


Cesun 25 Feet 304 Stainless Steel Metal Garden Hose, Heavy Duty RV Water Hose for Outdoor, Yard – Flexible and No Kink, Tangle Puncture Resistant

jelly beans

KIRKLAND SIGNATURE 49 Flavors Of The Original Gourmet Jelly Bean, 64 Oz

Illy Coffee

Illy Coffee, Drip Ground, Forte, Extra Dark Roast, 100% Arabica Bean Bold Signature Italian Blend, Premium Gourmet Roast, Brewed, Drip, French Press, Cold Brew Coffee, Pressurized Fresh 8.8 Ounce Tin

pour over

Pour Over Coffee Dripper Stainless Steel LHS Slow Drip Coffee Filter Metal Cone Paperless Reusable Single Cup Coffee Maker 1-2 Cup With Non-slip Cup Stand and Cleaning Brush


Melitta Pour Over Coffee Cone Brewer & #2 Filter Natural Brown Combo Set, Black


Nespresso D70-US-SI-NE Prodigio Espresso Maker, Silver


Nespresso Capsules OriginalLine, Ispirazione Variety Pack, Medium & Dark Roast Espresso Coffee, 50 Count Espresso Coffee Pods, Brews 1.35oz

muscle massager

Muscle Massage Gun Percussion Massagers Back Leg Body Massage Deep Tissue Massager Handheld Gray

bluetooth speaker

Bluetooth Speaker, Tribit XSound Go Speaker with 16W Loud Sound & Deeper Bass, 24H Playtime, IPX7 Waterproof, Bluetooth 5.0 TWS Pairing Portable Wireless Speaker for Home, Outdoor (Upgraded)


NETGEAR Wi-Fi Range Extender EX3700 – Coverage Up to 1000 Sq Ft and 15 Devices with AC750 Dual Band Wireless Signal Booster & Repeater (Up to 750Mbps Speed), and Compact Wall Plug Design


19-inch Premium Backgammon Set – Large Size – Desert Brown Board

dog puzzle

Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Puppy Smart Blue Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy


  1. My silver lining is the time to exercise more. Every since I started working from home I can workout in the morning usually a good 30 minute walk on my treadmill. It is a great way to start the day and I always feel better.

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