Take a Walk in the Decatur Cemetery

unnamed (1)This is  a great time of year to wander around the Decatur Cemetery. Take a guided tour with the Walking Tour Brochure that you can download here.

The walking tour brochure provides an overview of 40 of the most interesting sites at Decatur Cemetery. Among them are the resting places of three veterans of the American Revolution, a monument standing over a field where numerous orphans are buried, and the final resting place of Dr. Thomas Holley Chivers, who abandoned his medical training for poetry and was described by Edgar Allen Poe as “one of the best and one of the worst poets in America.”

The brochure, in describing the 40 sites, provides a glimpse of Decatur’s history. The 58-acre cemetery dates to 1823 (it’s a full decade older than Atlanta) and provides an interesting overview of how the nation’s attitude about cemetery design (and death) has changed over the years.

The brochure includes a map of the cemetery, lots of color photographs, and a short collection of “cemetery manners” to ensure that the dignity of the site is not compromised.

Visit a Museum – Virtually of course!

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Take a virtual trip to museums around the world. Learn about some new artists and have fun seeing what great art there is in the world. Maybe one of them will inspire you to plan a trip for the future to see them in person!

Mentalfloss.com has a list of 12 World-Class museums you can visit virtually.

Visit the Metropolitan Museum of New York, and explore with their 360 project.

Take a tour of the Vatican in Rome without the crowds.

Or take a trip to France to visit Versaille!

Let us know in the comments if you have some other ideas.

Stay safe Decatur!

 

Rainy Day Fun at Home

4c82f2ca051c152fe146755e4704710e_rainy-day-monday-kel-mel-blog-clip-art-library_600-345The rain today reminds me of a skit Lily Tomlin did back in the day. It was raining out, so her character said she put the children in the car and said “Let’s play car wash!” While I am not recommending that (although it could be fun for about 5 minutes!), I found some other ideas on what to do on a rainy day.

RealSimple.com has 14 ideas of what to do on a rainy day. I like the Family Recipe Book. You could think up recipes to make with whatever you have in the pantry. Or write down your favorite family dinner recipes.

You may want to organize your own Film Festival or map out a city on paper. Try mapping Decatur and add the places your family likes to go. You can use this map to get  started.

There are also 50 more ideas on MyKidsTime.com.

Have fun and stay safe!

 

Move It Monday: Make an Appointment for Fitness

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Exercise is vital to a healthy life. We all know it can be difficult to make time for it with a busy schedule. This week we share some ideas to fit fitness into your daily routine. Motivate yourself this Monday to make time for a workout – and continue throughout the rest of the week.

Try these 3 tips to make sure you don’t skip fitness this week

Try Some New Art Techniques

money-seamless-frottage-11584015The High Museum of Atlanta has some creative activities for you to do with your family.

This one is on making colorful rubbings. Learn all about artist Max Ernst who  named this type of artwork frottage and then try to create one on your own. Hang it in your window so your neighbors can see it, or start a museum display wall at home.

Another one has you learning about artist Mary Weatherford and encourages you to do some creative movement. Check it out here.

Have fun being creative!

Make Your Own Board Game!

What a fun way to spend some time while stuck indoors. Make your own baord game!

Here is a video from the National Museum of Australia. They mention a downloadable template, however I was not able to find it on their website.

 

 

I found these instructions on Wikipedia on how to make a board game. This one might be better suited for older children as it has a lot of planning steps.

You might want to have different members of the family make games, and then have a game night to play them all.

Most of all- be creative and have fun!

Mayor Garrett Issues Stay at Home Order

Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett issued an Emergency Stay At Home Order in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. The Order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 25, 2020 and stays in effect for 14 days until 11:59 p.m. on April 7 unless extended further or rescinded.

Parks are still open and outdoor exercise like running, biking or taking a walk is perfectly acceptable; however, exercise gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of coronavirus. While exercising outside, you should still practice social distancing by running or walking at least six feet away from other people.

Since March 16 the number of cases of COVID-19 officially reported in DeKalb County has increased exponentially and is expected to continue to do so if significant measures are not taken immediately, said Mayor Garrett. Multiple cities in Georgia, including the City of Atlanta, following the advice and recommendations of infectious disease and public health experts, have issued similar orders for residents to shelter in their homes and have banned gatherings.

The Order directs that individuals living within the City of Decatur may leave their residences only for essential activities, essential governmental functions, or to operate essential businesses.  Additionally, when individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence.

The definition of essential businesses may be found in the Order and include businesses and activities related to health and safety including the delivery of those services and supplies to others such as food, medicine, and products essential to the operation of residences as one example. Examples of essential businesses include grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, auto supply and repair, and restaurants offering to-go orders only.

The intent of the Order is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling essential services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.

Mayor Garrett said, “I urge the community to work together as we help stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and keep everyone safe during this time.”

For more information and to read the full Order, visit www.decaturga.com/covid19.

Mayor Garrett Issues Public Parks Reminder

Mayor Patti Garrett Issues Public Parks Reminder  

Public Parks in the City of Decatur remain open. Adherence to the following guidelines is imperative to protect the safety and health of our community during this public health emergency:

  • If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home, and avoid public parks and other public spaces.
  • Adhere to social distancing requirements and remain 6 feet away from others or you may be asked to leave the park.
  • Do not engage in contact sports or games, such as playground soccer, basketball, etc.
  • Bring hand sanitizer as bathrooms may be closed.
  • Bring water as water fountains are temporarily unavailable.
  • The playgrounds are closed.

Exercise provides much needed stress relief. Walking, running, skateboarding or cycling can be done while still maintaining a safe 6-feet of distance from others. Thank you for continuing to do your part in ensuring our community remains as safe as possible during this time.

Family Activity: Plan a Trip for the Future

plan-your-trip-now-round-line-concept-vector-summer-vacation-planning-map-place-pointer-route-beach-icons-palm-90021785Looking to take a trip in the future when all of this is over? Start doing your research now and have something fun to look forward to.

Start by selecting a place you want to go and gather all the information you can. Have members of the family find places they want to visit in your selected destination. Let the children make a schedule, find the prices of things they want to see, and create a budget.

Good for learning to read maps, honing up the research and math skills, and it’s fun! You could even have the family draw pictures of what they would like to explore.

My Travel Obsession and Pack More Into Life have some tips for trip planning.

Learn a New Language!

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Stuck at home? Whether you are isolating alone or with your family, this could be a good time to learn a new language.

Duolingo is a free ap that has a variety of languages and is appropriate for all ages. You can do this on your phone or your computer. You and your family can learn together and practice over meals. I have used this ap before traveling abroad and it was very helpful.

Here is an article from PCmag.com that lists the best free language learning aps.