Back in February, when this whole pandemic thing began, and then in March when the shutdown occurred, I was suddenly thrust into days of nothing to do . . .
Which is to say, after doing one thing or another day after day after day for years – mainly gardening (a goodly amount of this because it feeds us and all of the extended family), babysitting (mostly this), troop (AHG – a lot of this, too), taking care of Jerry (well, maybe this is the most), whatever – I suddenly had almost nothing to do.
Haha! Yes, I was estatic! I FINALLY had free time.
I haven’t had any free time since my boys were born. 😆
I was happy to just sit and do . . . Absolutely. Nothing.
I put my feet up and took a “shutdown vacation.”
(I’ve never had a “real” vacation in my whole life. Growing up, my family didn’t do vacations. No vacations in either marriage. A two-hour drive in the country is about as close to a vacation as we’ve ever gotten. Lack of funds and untrustworthy vehicles being the main reasons.)
All this nothing-to-do changed after a few weeks as I went back to gardening (essential for food), babysitting (essential so the kids can keep their jobs), some troop meetings on Zoom (which were a lot of fun for the girls and we leaders and kept us all connected), and other things that I regularly do that keep me busy. I can only sit for so long or boredom sets in, lol . . . but things are still at a slower pace nowadays than before the pandemic began. (Granddaughter Kara didn’t want to continue in AHG, and I “retired” from being a leader since Jerry’s medical issues compounded in the past couple years and I just felt I needed to be focused on him.)
Pandemic Shutdown Spring turned into Pandemic Slightly-Shutdown Summer, which has now turned into Pandemic Uncertain Shutdown Autumn. Although you wouldn’t know it by the temperatures and weather lately in Kansas. We went from the 80s at the beginning of the month to the low 20s and 10s this week and have had three days of ice, sleet, and snow. Not a big amount of snow, maybe less than an inch. My kids and grandkids all know that I won’t drive in that junk (bald tires and mechanical problems on the car), so if they need me, they have to come get me. But we sure didn’t expect Winter to be horning in on Autumn this soon!
Son John picked me up yesterday to watch Nova and Aero because their daycare closed (apparently due to the weather) – and it was the only daycare in town to do so! It was just really odd that she chose to close (the weather wasn’t that bad), putting several families in a tight spot because they had no alternate caregivers.
We had our hard freeze this past Saturday, and alas, gardening is over for the season sooner than expected.
I harvested a few days before the low temps hit and got the last of the sweet snacking peppers, roma and cherry tomatoes, rosemary and basil.
As the tomatoes have ripened, I’ve used those in our salads.
Anyway, back to the weather for a minute . . . it’s been pouring down rain for several hours. We’re in a flood watch through tomorrow, maybe several inches by the time all is said and done. Why couldn’t we have had this moisture back in August and September!
I nabbed a celery stalk base from John a couple weeks ago. My boss at the garden center where I worked years ago would bring her scraps in and let me do this. I’d always wanted to try to grow one at home but never remembered to keep the scrap part. I cleaned this one up and set it into a container with water. After only three days we could already see growth.
Celery grown indoors doesn’t produce much in the way of stalk (it’ll be shorter), but the leaves are great for the same uses as the stalks. A lot of people use them in place of cilantro, which is what we do because neither Jerry and I can handle cilantro.
Jerry and I are still making cards for Mom in the nursing facility. This one I printed the design, Jerry colored it, then I glued it onto cardstock and cut it out. I already had the greem scrapbooking paper, alphabet and cutsie-pootsie stickers.
A couple folks contacted me after my previous post when I talked about Mom in the nursing facility this year. First, let me say THANK YOU! for your kind words, thoughts, and prayers. She really is so isolated and lonely without Dad or any of the rest of us being able to visit or even see her. Blog-friend Martha at Seaside Simplicity sent me a message that she wanted to send Mom some cheer herself, which is so sweet and
I know will be a great blessing to her!! (I’ve not heard anything from Mom yet, but will let you know. 😉) (*UPDATED*) it has been a great blessing to her!
This past weekend, Jerry and I made two cards exactly alike, one for Mom and one for Dad (and forgot to take a picture! arg!), because their 44th anniversary is TODAY and, for the first time ever, they’re having to spend it apart. I mailed the cards on Monday in the slot downstairs because the weather kept me from driving to the post office, so I hope they made it in time for today.
I’ve also been working on ornaments. I’ve made felt ornaments for the kids and grandkids for their Christmas trees for a long time. Like this purple set (their favorite color) for John, Elissa and the kids in 2018 . . .
And this blue set for Amanda, James, and the kids . . .
This year, I decided that I’d finally had enough of working with felt and trying to sew beads or whatever on them. The feel of the felt has become extremely annoying to me over the years due to my fibromyalgia (besides the constant pain, probably one my worst FM symptoms are the awful skin issues of the “feel” of things). So, I did a little research on Pinterest and came up with cute, new idea for this year’s ornaments.
Snowmen! The first photo shows the process, the second is a finished snowman. I totally LOVE these cute little guys!
Hope all is good with you and yours. Blessings to all!
P. S. Everything is going well with Elissa, meds are working and she is getting therapy regularly and they’re also doing marriage counseling. God is good!