Humor Quotes + Glimpses to Uplift in a Season of Bad News

I’m not sure the first three months of a new year have ever felt so much like a decade! Thinking of all of you as you cope with current events, uncertainty, loneliness, cancellations, losses, disappointments, sacrifices, quarantines, shortages, illness, despair, and anxiety. In my state, we have now been ordered to shelter in place. Even though I knew it was coming, it is still rather surreal. This post of smiles is as much for me as you because MERCY ME, don’t we need ’em? Humor Quotes as well as Glimpses to Uplift in a Season of Bad News is comin’ at ya.

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Humor Quotes + Glimpses to Uplift in a Season of Bad News

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What a Tea Party!

After several days of isolation and non-stop bad news for weeks, the sight of these sleeping elephants in a tea garden brightened my day. I just love these magnificent creatures.

While humans are social distancing, in Asia, elephants get drunk from corn wine and pass out in tea garden. #happynews #elephants #drunkelephants
Photos: Parveen Kaswan

There is also a story circulating that this elephant story is fake news, but *smile* it’s not!

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Humor Quotes as well as Glimpses to Uplift in a Season of Bad News

Beyond Netflix

If you need an idea for how to stay busy without socializing or consuming quantities of Ben & Jerrys, did you know there are 450 Ivy League courses you can take for free?

Here are 450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free

You can also watch unlimited popular Broadway shows for as little as $5 a month.

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My heart goes out to parents who never anticipated homeschooling, learning to work remotely (or unemployment), and worrying about a life threatening virus all at the same time.

Hear From Survivors of COVID 19

Thousands around the globe who contracted the Covid 19 virus are recovering and sharing their experiences. Isn’t it comforting to see and hear from folks who are healing and getting well?

Is it tempting to overeat comfort food or bad-for-you snacks at home? I’m thinking we’ll all do better soon as we adjust to new rhythms and become more intentional about exercise. Read my healthy food swaps post for smart ideas.

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Humor Quotes as well as Glimpses to Uplift in a Season of Bad News

Americans Are Solving Problems Creatively

It’s encouraging to see a RESTAURANT MODELING A CREATIVE SOLUTION TO FEED AMERICA since restaurants and their employees are already hurting in this pandemic season. This NYC chef makes an important point about folks who are going to be too sick to go to the store, cook, or get fed. If restaurants become community kitchens, perhaps there is a mutually beneficial resolution ahead.

See it in person here:

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We Can Learn New Coping Strategies

Elizabeth Gilbert teaches us how to ground ourselves in the present moment (below). Even if this exercise doesn’t strike you as something you need presently, please learn it and give it a chance. There are going to be rough days ahead, and this simple practice will arm you with a strategy to get calm and centered.

Speaking of counting down from 5…

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Girlfriend Power

Some of my girlfriends will be gathering for a weekly happy hour (with Zoom) which is a great way to stay connected. Some friends are even STICKING TOGETHER TO AVOID INFECTION: These over-70 friends in the UK are self-quarantining together to combat loneliness.

Women in the UK who decided to quarantine together to combat loneliness.
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Let These Sea Otters Bring Calm

Between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., you can tune into a sea otter web cam and watch them live at the Monterey Bay Aquarium HERE.

Sea otters at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Photo: ©Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Have You Seen Anything Outrageous?

I’m all for the ‘costumed grocery run’ if it calms other people and brings smiles.

Funny tweet about wearing an eccentric outfit when you leave quarantine for supplies. #humor #pandemic #funnytweets

My husband will be working from home now, and this will be a first for us!

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Please Visit Blogs

I hope folks will turn to blogs and not watch too much bad news on television. My traffic is way down so it can be disheartening. Remember that when you spend time on Hello Lovely or your favorite sites, it is directly supporting a small business. Please hang out at much as you can and dig in my archives for inspiration. Other ways to support this blog? Pin images, subscribe, and follow on Instagram.

I love visiting Sherry!

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via Design Indulgence
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Fashion Over 50 Fun

I love sharing Fashion Over 50 stories, and I love seeing the ensembles my friend Cindy Hattersley of Rough Luxe puts together. For relief from global gloom, see her gorgeous picks!

cindy hattersley in Eileen Fisher mustard trench
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Spring Decor from Le Cultivateur

Won’t it be wonderful to someday be able to hunt for vintage treasures again? I’m always inspired by how Emily styles her finds.

Spring green vintage books, alarm clock, and vintage treasures in a vignette by Le Cultivateur. #vintagestyle #green #vintagebooks #springgreen
Le Cultivateur
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Explore Past Issues of Milieu & Veranda

Sorry not sorry that I am drawn to design books and shelter magazines more than reading the classics or the latest bestseller! With more time at home, pull out those old issues.

Psst…sometimes I snag old issues HERE.

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For No Good Reason

Funny meme with rabbit and beer.
Pamela Pierce Christmas decorated home. Gifts are wrapped in silk chamois and suede cloth. Then the packages are finished with cellophane to create a shimmery sparkle and accented with fresh sprigs from olive branches.

Enjoy a Peaceful Scene from Patina Farm

The idea of growing our own food is suddenly beyond appealing to many of us, and I wonder if family farms will make a huge rebound? Brooke Giannetti shares the loveliest glimpses of Patina Farm so PUSH PLAY below and just feel the love.

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Check Out Veranda’s 2020 Outdoor Living Awards

My husband intends to work hard on our gardening needs as we shelter in place. Are you a gardener who will happily spend time digging in the dirt through this crisis?

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Margaret Naeve – Veranda
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Thanks for taking this ditty for a spin, and I hope it brought a smile or two. Remember that your fairy on the prairie girlfriend is here cheering you on and always an email away.

Michele of Hello Lovely Studio and puppy in her European country living room with Belgian linen sofa. #hellolovelystudio

I have never had so many deliveries from Amazon in one week.

Click the image below to see pantry items I ordered, and I would love to hear about what is helping you get through this season of empty grocery store shelves.

Below is a wonderfully uplifting poem you’ll want to absorb and hopefully PIN to share the comfort.

A beautiful poem to enlighten and encourage during this global pandemic and season of covid 19. Lockdown by Fr Richard Hendrick on Hello Lovely Studio.

Peace to you right where you are.


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  1. Marianne Braun
    March 21, 2020 / 5:57 am

    Your messages are a joy to me in all times and a comfort in bad times.

    • Michele
      March 21, 2020 / 6:04 pm

      What a blessing to hear this – thank you for reading, for the kindness, and for the smile. xox

  2. March 21, 2020 / 8:35 am

    Hi Michele! Thanks for the humor today!! I loved the quote about being married! So true😊

    • Michele
      March 21, 2020 / 6:03 pm

      Hahahahaha – isn’t it the truth though? Or is it just that I can’t hear at all anymore? Were we always yelling ‘what?’ Thinking of you during these uncertain times. Hoping you are creating beauty and that is flowing through you. Wishing you extra reserves of strength and comfort. xox

  3. Sharon Smith
    March 21, 2020 / 8:50 am

    I read your post everyday! I marvel at your content and how much it makes me happy! No one can quite put words down like you. I know you work hard. My goodness , you must do a lot of research. I don’t usually comment, but know I appreciate everything you write and post. You do make a difference. We will get through this with prayer and positive thoughts. And staying off TV news!!! Have a LOVELY day! You are indeed LOVELY! Prayers to you and all of yours. Sharon.

    • Michele
      March 21, 2020 / 5:59 pm

      How wonderful to hear from you, Sharon. Thank you for your kind words – they have brought a wide smile to my face. These are such uncertain times, and what a blessing to have this space with such loving hearts. Thank you too for the encouragement. I needed it. Sending peace, blessing, and a prayer for healing and mercy. xox

  4. Janelle
    March 21, 2020 / 1:38 pm

    What a delightful post today, Michele, that I have forwarded to both my sisters. I can always count on you for great quotes, beautiful photos and uplifting videos. All the best and let’s take care of one another in this virtual world we are living in now. Janelle

    • Michele
      March 21, 2020 / 5:57 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing the lovely, Janelle. We do need to care for each other in creative new ways, and I hope we will be sustained somehow in spite of the distancing. Peace to you and yours. xox

  5. Karan
    March 21, 2020 / 3:22 pm

    Thank you Michele for all that you post. I love all the inspirational quotes, along with the funny ones. Praying for our world and all its people to stay safe and sane during this time.

    • Michele
      March 21, 2020 / 5:54 pm

      You’re so welcome, Karan. Thanks for adding beauty to here with your wishes and blessing. Lord have mercy as we become shelter for each other. 🙂

  6. Joanna
    March 21, 2020 / 5:43 pm

    The weather has been beautiful in my part of the world, so this first week of self isolating has been fairly easy with long walks and gardening. One down….how many to go….

    Stay well,

    • Michele
      March 21, 2020 / 5:53 pm

      Wonderful news to hear, and so happy you are well. I hope to find my groove. I am longing to serve and heal, and I have no idea what that will look like. Peace to you, and may your garden be fruitful and lovely. xox

  7. Lyn
    March 21, 2020 / 6:19 pm

    What an amazing post!!!! I found the answer to where to do some online learning, I was able to re-visit the Monterey Aquarium on the internet and see sea creatures (which we loved doing in real life), I laughed out loud at your humor. I will revisit this constantly! Thank you so much!

    • Michele
      March 21, 2020 / 7:03 pm

      Kindred spirits! Thanks so much for playing along and making me smile. 🙂

  8. March 21, 2020 / 10:24 pm

    I knew I could turn to you Michele for a massive dose of self help idea, inspiring quotes and positivity during difficult times. You rock virtual girlfriend!

    • Michele
      March 21, 2020 / 11:57 pm

      Coming from the rockstar you are, Celia – I’m humbled. Thanks for reading and cheering me on. Thinking of you and yours and sending peace. xox

  9. Nancy Gable
    March 26, 2020 / 3:12 pm

    Thank you for the escape!!! Keep doing what you do 🙂

    • Michele
      March 26, 2020 / 4:14 pm

      Thank you, Nancy – so happy it hit the spot. 🙂

  10. April 18, 2020 / 8:04 am

    Your writing and posts are sheer joy and something my coffee and I look forward to each morning ….first Jesus, next Hello Lovely😬

    • Michele
      April 18, 2020 / 2:41 pm

      Wonderful to hear this kindness, friend. Thank you for coming here, sharing your faith, and spreading cheer. xox

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