Thursday, March 26, 2020

Really Random Thursday, 3/26/20

Wait. What day is it? Oh, yes, now I remember. Thursday...

Is that how you feel these days? Days just seem to run into one another without much difference from one to the next.

My feelings run the gamut. Hope, bewilderment, anxiety. I read an article the other day saying what we are feeling is actually grief. That is how I feel. Grief over loss of normal routine, grief over loss of events we were looking forward to that are now either postponed or canceled altogether, grief over separation from family and friends, grief over the many people who are sick and the many people who have passed away, grief over not knowing how.much.longer.this.will.go.on.

Anything that can give us a little respite is welcome.

So far we are not worried about having enough toilet paper.
A friend saw this in her local Safeway store, a cake that looks like a roll of toilet paper.
And my cousin's son is missing the start of his baseball season.
Photo credit: Deniele Van Leeuwen
This is my new reality. Although the truth is that I rarely make it til 9 p.m.
Last Friday night, Mark and I grabbed a piece of sidewalk chalk and headed over to Aaron and Christa's about 9:30 p.m. to leave a note for the grandkids. Then it rained overnight, and the message was gone by morning. But his Ring doorbell had captured us on video so he was able to show them a video of our visit. And fortunately I had taken a picture. :)
We stopped by Jason and Jill's too, to leave a note for Ruby and Amelia.
We see family about every other day. We feel so fortunate that we get to see them in person. Even with a 12-foot distance. See that arrow? That is the barrier.
Charlotte giving us a virtual hug
Right now, this in-person connection means the world to me.
Tomorrow is Levi's birthday. We didn't even try to surprise him this year. We just told him to choose something from Amazon and we would have it delivered to his door. A celebration will come later. I'm so looking forward to that day!

Sunday our church service was livestreamed and we watched it on the computer in my office.
One good thing that came out of it was that I finally got to do what I dream of--doing handwork during the sermon, with a cup of coffee nearby.
Unwashed hair, nighttime pajamas, and slippers...don't judge
Yesterday, Mark and I ventured to Target at 8 a.m. for "senior hour."
 Never in my life did I think I would feel anxious about going to Target. It was a weird feeling. We quickly made our purchases, and were able to get nearly everything on the list, and headed home, where it felt more "safe."

I also have mixed feelings about going through the drivethrough, although we have done that a couple of times. But each time I wonder about who has touched my food, my food wrapping and containers. It's a disconcerting feeling.

One of our favorite restaurants had this to offer, and we will pick it up tomorrow night at 5:30 p.m.
A good thing is that Mark enjoys cooking. And we are enjoying preparing meals together.

On an unrelated bright note, look who started following me on Instagram.  Not.  #spam

I was supposed to be at a quilting retreat in Texas this week. Canceled. And Mark and I were looking forward to a Canadian Rockies trip in mid June through Road Scholar. Neither of us feel comfortable at the thought of traveling in a plane, train and boat, so we are canceling. Maybe next year. This is what travel looks like to us these days.
And with my lack of concentration and focus, I have actually gotten less accomplished with the shelter-in-place order, with nowhere to go, than I did in a "normal" week before this all began. Maybe this is true.

In contrast, these are some wise words during these times.
Mark was able to finish a big project this week. That big storage unit picture I posted last week--this week it is done! And looks terrific.

This one made me chuckle.
For a confirmed homebody, I have been surprised at how unsettling these days are for me. While I normally savor days at home, now that it is mandatory I have a hard time not wanting to be somewhere else.
So we take daily walks to get fresh air, and appreciate the beauty that is around us this time of the year in the central valley, beginning with our own backyard.

I hope each day gets easier. I hope we pay attention to all the shelter-at-home orders in order to flatten the curve as soon as possible. I don't think life will ever be quite the same. But yet, I'm hopeful that better days are soon ahead of us. In the meantime...

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Really Random Thursday, 3/19/20

Last week, on Friday the 13th, even when the world had started changing, I would never have thought things would get to this point in less than a week. As of midnight a.m. today, the City of Fresno was officially mandated to shelter in place.

Mark and I have already been doing that, other than truly essentially outings. But even with essential outings, I have pretty much banned Mark from running those errands because he seems to be in the higher risk category. He has taken to calling me the Warden. I'm okay with that. So when his insulin pens come into the pharmacy (they can't be shipped to our house because they have to remain refrigerated), I will be the only one leaving the house to pick them up.

I have also started quarantining mail, the newspaper (yes, we still get the Fresno Bee, and it's fine to quarantine a couple of days as it's all old news anyway, but we still enjoy the local news, reading the cartoon Pickles and doing Seven Little Words), and the few packages that were scheduled to arrive by Amazon.

Of course I'm quarantining mail, etc. Do you know your enneagram number? I'm a 5w6. So of course it makes sense to me...

Our daily schedule has changed somewhat. There is no reason to get out of bed at any particular time. I wear sweats all the time now, and have stopped wearing makeup. Mark isn't complaining. He has stopped shaving.

I thought I wouldn't have anything to post, but surprisingly, before all the social distancing began in earnest, we had some company. Last week, our dear friends, sisters Jessie and Valerie, were in town for a wedding, and stayed with us for four nights.

They loved sitting in the sun. Jessie lives in Moscow, Idaho, and Valerie lives in Denver, so this was a lovely change for them.
How cute do they look all dressed up for the wedding?
Jessie had flown with her dog, Rico the Shelf Elf, because she plans on being gone about two weeks.
He's a funny quirky little dog. It's especially funny when he lifts his ears straight up.
They were scrupulous about sanitizing and showering any time they came home from being with friends. We had the best time. Love these girls so very much.

It has taken Mark a little bit to adjust to sports reruns since everything else has been canceled, although I have to say, prior to this he was no longer such a sports addict that he had to watch every single game on TV. So this doesn't really apply to us, but thought it was funny anyway.
And this...
Surprisingly, so far I haven't gotten any more things accomplished than I did before the shelter in place mandate. Hmmm....but I do have plans for catching up on lots of sewing. And knitting. And reading. All without guilt because there is no other place I have to be or things I need to be doing. And I don't have to figure out ways to get out of going to places I don't want to go (as an introvert who happily recharges at home, that's always a struggle).  Although I'm very disappointed that a quilting retreat I was looking forward to attending next week right outside Austin has been canceled. I'm just hoping by the middle of July that we can still have our annual quilting retreat!

While something like this is way easier for introverts, I get that it is especially challenging for everyone who is just the opposite, those who thrive by being with people.
Mark and I have made quite a list of home projects that we have been planning to do forever. And now we can!

He has been busy working on a storage unit for Tagua, a local store that carries things mostly made in Third World countries, with all proceeds going back to those countries.
He finished building it, but had other things on his schedule and was hoping someone else could do the painting. But now, of course, he has time to do the painting himself. And it's going to be orange. So I highly approve of that. :)

Saw this...
And then this...
Charlotte sent me this exchange between her and her father, who told her to send it to me. Haha.
Yesterday was nice and sunny. Our neighborhood cat, Harley, decided to sun herself on our table.
We took our daily walk and saw this on a neighbor's yard. Snow...
Today it rained. Heavenly.
In case you feel the need to go on a wine tour, let this be your guide.
This is now how we see our precious family. We just want to keep each other safe, and seeing them in person, even from a distance, works for me right now.
So until our world (isn't it mind boggling that it is quite literally the world!) gets back to a more normal state, this list is a good thing to keep in mind.

Stay safe. Keep in touch.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Really Random Thursday, Friday the 13th Edition, Part 2

This is a much prettier picture than the dire one I posted at the beginning of the previous post.

I saw these cauliflower at the local farmer's market. Aren't they pretty?
Ella and Amelia are at the age where they are getting loose teeth, so it was time for tooth fairy pillow production.

Ella requested a unicorn.
Amelia wanted a mermaid. That was a little trickier to figure out, but fortunately someone on etsy had a pattern for one, which I then modified a bit.
I had forgotten I made Ruby a unicorn a couple of years ago.
I think I'm now done with tooth fairy pillows.

Last week, Stephanie and I had a little gift exchange. She made this cute little mug rug for me, although I'm considering it a mini and it is already hanging on my wall.
I gave her some Alison Glass fabric scraps and made a selvage zipper pouch for her daughter, Elsa, who plays guitar in a rock band, so all the selvages are rock music related.

Saturday afternoon, Charlotte and I spent some time together at Color Me Mine. It's always fun to chat in such a relaxed and creative atmosphere. Worth every penny.
Our neighbors had a birthday party for their daughter on Saturday night--very festive, and the food from the taco truck was scrumptious!

I think the understatement of the week was when Amelia walked through my sewing room, and stated, "Wow, there's a lot going on here." Haha.
Aaron finished knitting his first scarf. He sent me a picture after he officially cast off. I've been impressed with the evenness of his stitches for a beginner.
He also sent me a picture of it being modeled by Christa.
Charlotte's 8th grade basketball team made it to the finals on Wednesday, fortunately just before everything was canceled, as they won their division!
She is a Computech Tiger
Her fans...(Gramps was taking the picture).
Kevin Friesen (one of her youth leaders at church), me, Jane, Grace and Aaron

A series of national park posters based on actual Yelp reviews crack me up. This is one of my favorites. I'll buy one as soon as it not on backorder.
Have you stocked up on items so you can stay home for the foreseeable future?  Even without the coronavirus, this pretty much sums up my life.
Be safe.