by Lauren Loveless, Marketing Assistant
With social distancing guidelines in place and the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, our plans for this coming summer need to be modified. However, not all hope is lost; there’s plenty of fun activities to delve into beyond spending a day at Six Flags or SeaWorld.
1. Family Cookout
I know that cookouts may seem cliche, however, they make for a fantastic quarantine activity. With all this staying in doors and deprivation from many sit-in restaurants, spending an evening outdoors cooking smores, grilling hot dogs, and reminiscing on the good ol’ days sounds very appealing. So far, my family has enjoyed two casual cookouts and found them the most pleasurable out of any other activity; binging Netflix just can’t satisfy you forever.
2. Pick up an old sport
We all have an abundance of spare time right now and don’t know what to do with it, so we have to find anything slightly productive to pass the hours, and what’s more productive then playing a sport? Honestly, picking up a sport you used to play is a fantastic idea; it tackles the need of exercise and enjoyment at the same time. Although your body may protest at first and you’ll realize your skills are not what they used to be, it can be thrilling to touch on a sport you haven’t played in ages. Personally, I’ve been playing more volleyball and have realized that I missed it more than I thought.
By Carol Loveless, President, RPD
There is no other way to put it, no matter how much this has already been stated: these are unprecedented times which none of us could have imagined experiencing. Everyone has had to modify what life and business looks and acts like. Whether it’s face masks, social distancing, stay-at-home life, remote learning, or even job loss, the effects are life changing.
In our business, it has been a roller-coaster where we started low and are now facing some of our busiest times. It’s a complicated and confusing landscape we’re navigating. One thing is for certain, we will, and are, recovering from this and are stronger than ever before. We’re grateful to be an “essential service” which has allowed us to continue working with past and new customers all through this pandemic. We are pleased to say that we have been following CDC guidelines from the very start of COVID-19 and are happy that so many in San Antonio have also adhered to these.
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4. Go on a hike
I’m aware that San Antonio, Texas is extremely hot in the summer, unbearably so, however, if you’re willing to wake up early enough to catch the morning breeze, a visit to a park is a pleasant activity. There’s plenty of parks in the SA area with gorgeous views, and they’re worth crawling out of bed for. As a child, my family would always take me out to Eisenhower park; we’d pack lunch, climb up the rocks, and perch ourselves near the peak of the hike. There’s something nostalgic about going on a hike with your family, so it’s a worthwhile activity to indulge in.
5. Gardening and landscaping
Have you noticed that your neighbor’s lawns and landscaping are looking more pristine? Well that’s probably because they’ve picked up the increasingly popular hobby of gardening. I see it all over social media--even celebrities are getting in touch with their green thumb--and it’s wonderful to see. If you like getting down and dirty, having your hands covered in plant soil, then gardening is right up your alley. Although it may seem difficult when in the beginning, once you start seeing your precious baby plants grow, you’ll feel a burst of pride and find that you cannot stop buying new plants. It’s a great hobby to pick up during quarantine, and will definitely keep you busy.
SEEING beyond the GRAYS
3. Lengthy tabletop games
- Dungeons and Dragons: Now before you call me a nerd, hear me out on this. D&D is an amazingly fun activity to play with a creative family that enjoys problem solving and character building; it’s better for families with older children, but it’s thrilling nonetheless. It’s very tedious and takes hours upon hours to complete a single dungeon (session), depending on how the dungeon master designs the game, and can even take days to finish. However, if you’re able to make time for it and spare a bit of patience, you’ll find that it’s one of the most riveting game experiences that never gets old.
- Warhammer: A bit of a cousin to Dungeons and Dragons, but much more expensive, Warhammer is an intense tabletop RPG. Outside of the actual gameplay, it focuses primarily on the high quality miniatures that can be bought online or in a shop. Said miniatures can be painted, built, and crafted to fit your ideal taste in characters. However, due to the superior quality of the game and the features in it, Warhammer is quite pricey and not for the faint of heart. I’ve heard it’s very fun, and surely passes the time, but it takes commitment.
- Monopoly: Has anyone actually ever finished a game of monopoly? Because I sure haven’t, however I’d love to now since I have the time to play it thoroughly. Monopoly is one of those games you don’t touch much outside of your childhood, but it’s honestly kind of confusing and deals with a lot of real-world metaphors. So, since we’ve got the time, why not challenge your family to completing a game of monopoly?
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By Charles Loveless, Manager of Sales and Design
When you decide to repaint your house, finding the right color palette can be challenging; there’s hundreds of choices to choose from. However, here at Renovate Paint and Design we strive to make your painting and remodeling dreams come true, so we’re always open to offer a helping hand. Our suggestion is that if you're feeling particularly indecisive, to consider current color trends which may provide helpful insight.
As of recent, we have noticed a shift in popularity from mellow whites and grays, to soft beiges and browns. And if you’re feeling more adventurous, dulled down blues and dusty reds--natural colors--are starting to make a comeback. Although, when picking more dramatic colors like said blues and reds, it’s key to consider the surrounding decor and furniture, in order to achieve an aesthetically pleasing environment.
To the right are images that work as examples for these color trends, placed in a scenery where they work best. If you want to understand these color trends in more depth, go ahead and give me a call or check out painting stores, such as Sherwin Williams or Behr Paints, for more details.
By Lauren Loveless, Marketing Assistant
This cookie is my specialty, though it is in no way healthy. These are perfect for a family cookout around the camp fire.
STRENGTHS, CHALLENGES, & HEALTH
Because of this our city, while one of the largest in the USA, has one of the lowest in cases and deaths than any of the other big cities. Keep San Antonio Strong and Healthy!
Thank you to our customers that have continued to use our services, referred us to friends and neighbors, and have given us amazing online reviews! Without you we would not have been able to survive and even thrive. We are here for your remodeling and painting property improvements and will always strive to give you the very best care while protecting you and your property.
My photo to share with you was taken during my last vacation, spring break 2020, just before we were all informed about how serious this pandemic was. While driving to New York and back (that’s a whole other story, wow!) with my adult children, we went through North Carolina and stopped at Looking Glass Falls in the Smoky Mountains. A beautiful spot on a long journey!
We have been honored again for the fourth year in a row with the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List. Truly this could not have happened without our amazing customers sharing their positive experiences with their friends, neighbors, and the online community.
“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall.”
Making the MOST of a distant SUMMER
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