Hi all. Picked up my groceries tonight. I was able to find one 4 pack of paper towels(all they let you have) and one package of paper napkins. I have been using cloth napkins exclusively for a long time now . Wish that the paper products would be available again.
Our governor is opening the state up got all who want I but we will be still staying home for a while with my asthma and DH’s heart condition. It is going to be difficult for me to be comfortable again in public for a while.
I Broke a string on my violin - the A string- so I am playing a 3 string violin. But it is ok since I am not using the A string yet anyway. Guess I will get it fixed when the shop opens up again.
Cannot remember if I told you all it my son in California was exposed by two people in a business meeting. He is now working only from home. Keep him in your prayers. It is worrisome. Glad he is out of the office now but wish it had been sooner.
We are to have more tornado weather here starting tomorrow. So sorry to hear about the siding on your house Holly. Hope you can get it fixed soon. Certainly hope we do not see any bad activity near us.
Sue - have you done any baking while in isolation? I have become a brownie addict- love them so much!
JoAnne, I’m glad you are not “opening” yourselves up to exposure—I think Georgia is going to have a second wave that is worse—do not understand opening hands on things like bowling alleys at all! It just seems totally ignorant and reckless to me. Did you see our idiotic mayor on CNN with A Cooper—OMG, she is a freaking nightmare—wants to offer up LV as a test group to see if we’ll get the virus—and then send it out to all of you! I swear she was drunk in that interview.
Reading about the blood clot issues they are now discovering is a really scary thing—then reading today about Covid feet—on people who may be getting or have it with mild other symptoms—this thing is so insidious—I can see why your dr friends said to you , Sue, that it may be worse than Ebola and SARS. I’m so glad our governor is a rational person who depends on scientists and drs. To give him advice about this! Vegas economy is going to totally tank but if we don’t stick to this, so many will die! And now seeing that people who have been given that malaria drug are dying at a higher rate than those that haven’t—geez—it’s just so unbelievable.
BF’s came over in back yard for social distance chat and for her to get some of my sprouted kale from the garden as it is way too thick. Just to be silly I dressed up in a dress—might never get to wear one again if I don’t!
My hair has lengthened in a good manner ==thank goodness for my hairdresser’s excellent cutting—but boy, it’s thick and so much longer! I cut DH’s hair in the backyard this week. He looks better—was coming down on his ears and way down his neck. No clippers here now hair scissors so I used my short bladed sewing scissors.
Today the wind came up—didn’t get to walk as we did not go early like usual and walking in this would be allergy nightmare!
I built a large flat-ish sort of bowl today and pressed one of my big aralia leaves in it—waiting for it to set up a bit before I take it off the back of the bowl I used as a form—hoping it works out as I love those leaves and think it would look really neat. I’ve made a couple neat things lately and cannot wait to get them bisque fired and try glazes on them.
Holly are you still going in to work? Did you get your siding fixed? Are you including your family in your social group during this? I miss my family and friends—not sure that we will feel ok out until a vaccine is found tho.
NC is still on Stay at Home until May 8th. I can’t believe Georgia is opening up.
I am still going to work. Dad put the siding back on. I see my parents. My sister lives with me. I see my BF once a week, but he won’t come to my house since my sister works in a nursing home. He is working from home. The number of cases here have been pretty low and most of them have recovered. It helps that we’re in a rural area, so the caseload is more manageable.
I’m at the point in the semester where I am scrambling to finish up.
Thinking about all of you—hoping everyone is well and staying safe. I did FaceTime with my gym dance group again—we are going to do so on Friday also as several of the class missed today. We chatted for about an hour and a half.
I worked outside the garage today all day—after my early morning walk. I got my fish cleaning table which is a table with a sink and spigot and you hook up your hose for running water and empty the bucket when the drained water gets full. I love it—worked on it three days so far and it’s so nice to have water right beside your work. I made a mug two days in a row—it’s for my son in SLC—it has nuts and bolts and gears on it. I think it’s going to be really cute—looks really good now without glaze. The first one is never quite as good as you learn as you go what works best. I’ve glazed a few pieces and want to make one more clay piece tomorrow—a simple small bowl to practice with this black wax—dont know if it will get dry in time to bisque fire as my clay friend is firing on the weekend. I have about 11 pieces to fire. Then it will be a glazing frenzy to get some ready for the glaze fire—I have four old pieces glazed now—still have two bowls and a cup to do. I’m so lucky to have this—I am getting to do way more than before and I really love it. I think I finally feel as tho I am getting better at constructing and finishing things.
I watched Ms Americana last night—Netflix—on Taylor Swift—it was so good. I’m hoping my “girls” will all watch it—excellent!
I made chili tonight and had cornbread I had frozen from last time—have enough left for another meal with no cornbread so I’ll probably serve it with just a salad next time. Getting tons of lettuce from the garden so we need to start eating more salads at night—I tend to eat all the salad stuff for lunches.
If you like a super suspenseful detective drama, the new Masterpiece Mystery Theatre is really the ticket—-Baptiste. It is set in Amsterdam and is interesting in that way as well. I find it pretty high stress so am doling it out slowly. It’s on on Sunday nights but if you have the PBS app you can see the past episodes there.
I found my moms second teaching contract from 1937–she made $763 dollars for the year. She was only 20 when she started teaching with one year of college—she was assigned to a one room schoolhouse out in the boonies in Montana—where she lived by herself and made her own food, hauled water from the pump and kept a fire in the pop belly stove—I’m sure some parents would have brought her food occasionally and probably cut the wood for the stove—but just imagine doing that all by yourself at that age! She had first through eighth grade—I cannot imagine it at all! It was her birthday on Earth Day—have been thinking a lot about her this week—especially with threat of a depression looming around the corner—it so totally shaped my parents’ lives.
Memories from the past: May Day in small town, Montana, was the day you sneaked around town with homemade baskets usually with a handle on them, hung the basket full of treats you made on the doorknob, knocked or rang the bell and ran away to hide and watch the person come to the door. We didn’t put names on the baskets so the donor was unknown—and it was fun to give a secret gift—thinking about it now, it was a lesson in giving without seeking acknowledgement—something we all should know how to do! I might bag up some of my new recipe sesame seed squares and do this with it at my friend’s house who does clay and who I often give rides to—she was in a car accident and had brain damage that cut off all periferal vision—cannot drive—I think I will do that! I’ve sneaked cookies on her porch recently.
No clay work today or yesterday—went to Target for first time—appalled at the number of people with no masks and the clerk said that only corporate can require them of customers and have not-she said it’s making them all nervous.
Cleaned house most of the day yesterday so it looks great around here—-no clue what’’s for dinner—I feel like I’m running out of ideas!
have upped my walking to 3 miles in the mornings however I am threatening plantar facsitis on my left foot—working on it with ice and stretches.
Hope you are all safe—we will not go out when things open up—no idea when we will be comfortable again to do normal stuff.
People are posting things against our governor cause they (super conservatives) want our casinos open—thank goodness he is staying the course—the toll is going to be tremendous but having us become the second NYC would be so much worse. One of my students thinks that the doctors are trying to do Trump in by lying about deaths! Unbelievable! Crazy, crazy world we are in.
Another week gone by. I really hate housework! There is so much dust and SO doesn't believe that it comes from having windows opened (we do have screens). He loves his fresh air but I'm the one doing most of the cleaning. He does help with the mopping and vaccuming, which I really hate.
We still have not gone out of our house. I don't know when Philly will open up, our governor has a phased approach, from red, yellow, then green. To get to yellow each county needs to have at least 50 new cases per 100,000 population for 14 days in a row, well right now we are averaging at around 400! People are being pretty good about wearing masks and staying home though, since our city is mostly democrats. It is scary how they keep discovering new things about this virus - now all the strokes in young people!
On a brighter note, we were out on our balcony when the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds flew by! That was great - all around us we saw people on their roofs or balconys, we're on the 8th floor of our building and in one of the taller buildings in this mostly townhouse part of the city.
Oh, one of my HS friends that I zoomed with a few weeks ago just told me her parents have the virus. They were both in nursing home situation since they both had health issues, but they were not even housed in the same room because of their separate medical problems. Unbelievable.
Jojo, I can't believe there is a shortage of paper napkins! I got one when I first came back but now they're impossible to get. I'm glad you're not going out, I can't believe hairdressers, tattoo parlors opening up in your state, and soon theaters, etc. The models are predicting huge repercussions. I hope your son is ok from being in contact with people with virus No baking for me, I hate measuring. I'm sure SO would love it if I baked, he loves sweets.
Joan, I saw you idiotic mayor live on the show. I could not believe what was coming out of her mouth. And she had this patient smirk on her face. It is so great you have kept all these mementos from your past and your parents' past, and can now look back on them. The details are not easily remembered. Your mom was a hard worker! Can't imagine any young people doing what they did back then, h*ll I couldn't at that age.
Holly, I hope your sister has all the PPE that she needs at work!
Good to hear from you, Sue! Speaking of napkins, we tear ours in half now—and unless we are having something really messy, it works fine. Hardly use any amt of paper towels now—all that is good! Maybe we will have better habits following this! I think your gov is smart—an actual data point to reach.
JoAnne, what is the status with your son? I’d be so worried.
Sue, how awful for your friends—she could very likely lose both parents and never see them again. The longer this goes on, the more they learn about how awful this things is—and still I have Montana relatives who think it’s nothing but a political ruse—and one relative in CO who won’t even protect herself because she is sure it is!
Took a load of my clay pieces over to be bisque fired today at my friends place—will get them back sometime tomorrow and then glaze like crazy for a while again! There are five Christmas gift-ty things in there—hoping they all survive ==at this rate I will have such an easy time doing my usual friends’ thing at Christmas! My goal is three Christmas trees every bisque fire—I have about 16 now—only three are glazed—one I deglazed the other day as I hated the color I had used. My little girl butterfly sculpture is being fired now—can hardly wait to get her ready for the last fire! Hoping all survive.
Back to working on my very hard puzzle again! I started the book Little Fires Everywhwere—then after reading it I will start watching the series.
Put bone meal and blood meal on my beets/garden today—my cherry tomato is loaded but my other two tomatoes are not setting up tomatoes yet—I think I have to fertilize again. In pots you lose so much because of the drainage at the bottom.
Wondering if you ever got your A string fixed, JoAnne.
Our governor has been very good about using data to make decisions about opening. We are opening in phases starting May 8th.
I planted a garden in raised beds in my back yard. I’m planting tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and some herbs: mint, dill, and basil. I read that you can plant herbs with a strong scent such as lavender and mint to help deter deer. We’ll see what happens.
I think that this is really going to create a new normal. I look forward to when Zoom is just another communication tool. These two-three hour meetings are wearing me out.
What—no beets? I am growing so many beets—and whole bed of greens—am eating salad twice a day and giving greens away too and the kale hasn’t even totally taken off yet! I have only the two beds so I gave up on squash and cucumbers as the plant itself takes up so much space. DH and I are talking about getting two more really huge pots—I have one that is about 3 feet high and about 40 in across—I love it—don’t have to bend over to grow stuff—I’d love it if that’s all I had—takes a ton of soil but I get the best tomatoes out of that big pot—Holly, your flat beds look really nice—did you hire someone to make them for you? Do deer come up into your yard?
Did my 3 miles this morning without DH—his knee is bothering him since mowing yesterday. It was 67º which was lovely. It’s getting pretty warm in the days now but evenings are still nice. We eat nearly all our meals on the patio this time of year.
Tonight I am making fajitas. Last night I resorted to creamed egg on toast which DH had never had—I grew up with it. He loved it. I’m just so tired of not ever having a break from this.
DD came over in backyard for a bit and we sat and talked and all of a sudden I was weepy—I think I’m feeling a bit down—we would have returned from Italy yesterday—it feels as tho’ everything is off-limits for us—have to get myself pulled together here soon!
I am not a fan of beets at all. We found a bush cucumber that doesn’t take over the whole bed. I had a cucumber plant that took up a lot of space a couple years ago and it showed up in another pot as a volunteer last year.
I am really excited about what my yard will look like in a year or two. I have some beautiful trees that will be good places for hammocks and swings, and an area that will be good for a firepit. I’m also looking at fencing part of the yard for a dog.
It has been a hard week. We lost Iver, my brother’s dog. He had pneumonia they think. Then my sister’s cat developed an infection called FIP that led to seizures and severe lethargy. He wasn’t even a year old yet I don’t think.
I finished my exam and paper by Wednesday. Trying to adjust to not having homework until I start my summer class at the end of June.
Oh no, Holly—did you lose the kitty too? What a terrible week for your family!
Very frustrated with the crazy proliferation of conspiracy theories about the virus and about the actual agencies trying to fight disease—how sad that planting distrust leads to people just dumping on the very places and people that are most involved in research and study of how to avoid these very situations we are in! In NV the protest people (and some were not even Nevadans) showed up at our Governor’s residence to march carrying their AR-15’s—what a nasty world the US has become. Sometimes I find it so terribly depressing! In Vegas yesterday there was a road rage killing and in Primm—the little community on the state line with CA there was another bizarre killing. It seems as tho people are going nuts!
i am making cinnamon rolls tonight and have invited a few neighbors over to coffee in the driveway at 9 after I walk early. Have not heard back yet— hoping someone comes.! Thought we could space ourselves apart and chat— lots of shade in the front mornings.
we are firing pottery on Monday— oh my gosh I have glazed a ton of stuff!
my new little wheel came and I threw two mugs yesterday and trimmed and attached handles today— the little cheap wheel works great! So fun!