This morning I woke up and said to Mark, "It's Thursday already?" It seems like the week has gone quickly. I tried to figure out why. And decided that it is because this week has been the most social since the shelter in place.
This week is the first time, other than visiting with my cousins a few weeks ago and visiting with precious family every couple of days, that we have had a couple of social engagements on our calendar. Appropriate social distancing for sure, but social nonetheless. It made me realize how important actual contact with people, even those 6+ feet apart, is to our mental well being. I think that is what also accounts for ups and downs, because it brings into more focus the times we might have squandered opportunities that we can't get back. Hindsight, right?
On Friday, Amanda Jean set up a Zoom get-together with our Minnesota quilt retreat friends. I'm still crossing my fingers that with another two months to go before our annual retreat the middle of July, there is a tiny chance we can still have it. It was SO good to all be together. I hope we can do it again soon.
Our friend, Jenny, brought over the a bouquet of sweetpeas, one of my very favorite flowers.
Mother's Day was also Christa's birthday so it was a quiet day at our house. Mark made a really good brunch for me. I was thrilled when Aaron, Christa and the kids dropped by for a few minutes.
I'm so incredibly proud of this guy. I'm honored to be his mother.
here on Sally's Baking Addiction.
Under the Big Top
Kids rode their bikes over. I love it when they pop over.
Me, Karen, (Mark, the photographer), Lotti, Sharon
Big Purple Machine
Tuesday evening, we celebrated Stacie's 25th birthday. She had a fast-food progressive dinner. Isn't that a fun idea? It started with fries at McDonalds with some friends, then the main course at Chick-Fil-A, and then she ended up with a different set of friends for donuts. We were all spaced apart in the mall parking lot. We had not been there very long when the security guard drove up and said we could not gather there. "But the mall isn't even open!" Doesn't matter.
Photo by Stacie Winckler
We are having a pergola built in the front of the house tomorrow. So excited. But some prep work needed to be done. Levi was given permission to come help. And what a helper this 12-year-old boy is! He scraped and painted two coats of paint on the dormers, helped take down the gutters as new gutters are being installed, and then took a wire brush and scraped all the dirt from the trim. Not a word of complaint.
While Levi was here, four F-15C jets from the 144th Fighter Wing of the California Air National Guard did a flyover in a salute to the state's emergency workers and first responders. This was their published route.
When they flew over, they were so low that it seemed they barely skimmed the trees. I couldn't get a good picture, but my friend, Karen, got this when they flew over the hospital by her house.
Photo by Karen Unruh
All in all, it's been a good week. I'd love to hear what your week has been like.