Hello, my dear sparklers!
How are all of you doing during these unknown times? I am doing the best I can to keep my spirits up and keeping myself healthy and busy. I am so very thankful that I have a beautiful home and a big back yard to enjoy...even if it's all on my own without my sweet hubby and son.
I keep thinking about all of the many many New Yorkers who are literally on house lockdown in 300 sq ft studio apartments. Now that would be insanely tough! I'm a little claustrophobic so I can't even imagine. Especially tiny little apartments 10 stories up in the sky...I need for my feet to touch good ole' Mother Earth every single day..probably 2 or 3 times a day..especially when I'm anxious and restless. I can always go outside and putter around with my plants or repot my orchids!
I closed the consignment gallery last Friday 3/13/20. The handwriting was on the wall that it was ridiculous to leave it open. Foot traffic had dropped from 30-50 people per day to about 5. It just wasn't worth the risk of staying open for the random lookie-loo who was bored and looking for some browsing to get them out and about. It was for their own health safety as well as mine.
I have to remember now...it's only me...no family, and plenty of friends but no one that is going to nurse me back to health if I get sick. Sobering thought...that one. But it's a truth I've come to accept.
I did venture out last Saturday night before I totally got the be~jabbers scared out of me on the news about being in crowds.
The old group that the hubs and I had pal~ed around with for the past 30 some years....had a dine-in and I was invited and attended.
It was a nice evening even if I did have to hear all about the new kitchen my friend had just recently installed. It's very nice...but her last kitchen was just as nice so I see this as superfluous spending. Hey, it's their money so if they want to spend it on a new kitchen so be it.
This group spends money just to entertain themselves and the outdoing the Joneses' is VERY much alive in the group. When one gal in the group has a big renovation project you can BET the others are all going to schedule their own and then try to outdo the last one.
When you recognize the pattern it's really pretty entertaining and also pretty funny.
They have canceled our grief meetings and that is really hard for me. I love my grief group friends and being distanced from caring friends when you are in a grieving process is like a double whammy of sadness.
It's funny, the human condition. We all really rely on each other to validate ourselves and to share our day to day lives with. When you lose a significant other...it's just harder...I'm not going to lie...it's MUCH harder.
I have so much time now to think and reflect. I'm not saying that is a bad thing but I keep thinking how much Don and I would have cherished this time together. We always complained that with him working on his construction projects and backing me up at the consignment gallery when I had to go out and do whole house estimates to bring in more furniture consignments. Even though we worked together for 30 some years we were never side by side together. I wish I had him with me now...boy oh boy I miss that sweet man SO much!
Here we are at Disney World a few years back. We both loved Disney World and went there quite a bit. It wasn't as much fun to go after we lost our son in 2006 but we did go a few times just to honor him. Especially when the Harry Potter world opened. Josh LOVED Harry Potter so we went to have some butter beer to honor him.
I have been staying busy. LOTS of cooking...heck I could open a restaurant at this point.
My wonderful Mississippi Mud Roast in the Crock Pot. Soooo easy and so yummy!
A nice sized pot roast, an envelope of Ranch dressing, an envelope of Au Jus gravy mix. Sprinkle over the roast. Add enough pepperchoni peppers to cover the top of the roast and then a stick of KerryGold butter. Let it cook for about 4 -5 hours on low. Check it every so often so that it doesn't overcook and get tough. SO delicious...I use the extra broth in my soups. Trust me you will LOVE this meal.
Then I made a Keto style breakfast casserole and cut it into portion sizes and froze the leftovers.
A wonderful Taco Chicken Soup in the slow cooker that I completely ruined with too many chipotle peppers...but I'll cool it off with diced tomatoes and bone broth and I even might put a little of the wonderful leftover broth from the roast.
A delicious Turkey Chili in the slow cooker. Stuffed peppers are on the menu for tonight. I have TONS of leftovers that I will freeze so I'm stocked up for the great depression haha.
I'm trying to get my exercise in by using my treadmill and doing exercises on YouTube. All of this with me, myself, and I. Kind of boring...but I talk to my Mackelmore cat a LOT during the day...he thinks I'm nuts...especially when I'm singing while exercising.
I've been working on my chalk paint projects so I'll be sharing pictures as I move along. I also am finishing a shell mirror that has been in progress for at LEAST a year. I have jewelry projects to finish so plenty to do. I just have a hard time with the loneliness factor. If Don were here I'd be loving every minute of the slowdown.
Today I got the idea to start sewing some Corona masks. There is a wonderful website that shows exactly how you can make them and they are CDC approved.
The problem is I don't have the elastic and you can't FIND it. Amazon is sold out until MAY!!?
I'll keep trying because I believe it is a wonderful cause. You can hand them out to hospitals, firefighters, first responders, and even homeless shelters. It's something to keep you busy and it is for a wonderful and selfless cause. There seems to be a huge shortage so if you like being involved..get busy my friends.
Our Michaels store offers online shopping and store pick up in your vehicle but when I placed my order it kept flipping me into the mail option for delivery...so frustrating!
Here/s the link, I hope it works for you!
Hunker down, enjoy this quiet time, and realize that we are in the middle of a whole new world as we know it. The lessons we learn from this slow down is to live in the moment and love your family like never before!