I wonder if there are more people out there like us than I realize. This self-isolation thing has not been a huge sacrifice. As this currently popular introvert quote says “I’ve been preparing for this my entire life.” So true.
I also love this t-shirt from Raygun. I know I’ve mentioned them before, but if you haven’t checked them out, you have to. They come up with the most clever t-shirts and they’re always very timely. I think I need this one.
Given that, our days now aren’t that much different from what they were before. Well, before February 1, that is. My life changed drastically that day. But since we’ve been asked to “stay home”, my days are pretty much what they used to be.
So, what are we doing?
I’ve definitely caught up on my sewing, almost to the extent that I have to think about what to do next. Not really a problem. Do you know how many things I’ve had planned? The only potential problem is running out of the little supplies, like thread. But I’ll be OK with that for a while too.
I’ve been making things for my niece who’s expecting her first baby in May. And not unusual for me, one idea leads to another. So, I’ve made burp cloths but have all this extra flannel so decided I would make bibs. The pattern I like calls for terry cloth to be used between the flannel layers. Of course, I don’t have terry cloth lying around.
I ordered some online from Joann Fabrics for store pickup. In the meantime, I’d read they were providing non-surgical mask kits. So, when I was in there picking up my terry cloth, I asked about those.
They had the fabric but were out of interfacing and elastic. Not a problem. What seamstress doesn’t have those items in her stash? The woman there gave me my fabric and asked if I needed thread. Now come on. If I don’t need elastic or interfacing, will I need thread? I didn’t have the heart to tell her I probably didn’t need the fabric either. 😁
I have enough of everything to make 8 masks. I’ve already made 3. It takes longer to cut everything out than to actually sew them. And, once this is all over, I will need to replenish my supply of elastic. Oh well. A small sacrifice to make for the cause.
You’d think I’d be reading more than I am. I think I’m just so excited to have project time, that I’m not making as much time for reading. This even includes other bloggers, which I hate to say because I love my fellow bloggers. But it seems like they’re all writing more frequently, so it makes it even tougher to keep up!!
Tim has been working on a Lego model of Ohio State’s football stadium for over a year. You know, it may actually be almost two years. He finally got it out again this week and started all over. Maybe he can get it finished before all this ends.
Tim has also become my source for “breaking news”. He gets all these alerts so he knows immediately when something new happens. He also watches the governor’s news conference every day at 2:30. Although today we’re having severe weather in the state so it’s a nice break. Ha!!
I try not to become obsessed with the news, but I have started watching the President at 5:00 (CDT). It’s a little painful at times, but I do want to be informed. Our local news has been extended to one hour and it’s nothing but COVID-19 stories.
In the kitchen
You might think I’d be cooking and baking more. I’m not. When all this began with my mom, Tim started doing most of the cooking. At least what he could with his injured arm. And since he was given the go-ahead to drive, he’s done all the grocery shopping. He’s become our “designated shopper”. It’s a good thing but it means I haven’t been able to personally see all the empty shelves.
I guess we’re preparing even more for his retirement. One of the things he said he’d like to do then is the grocery shopping. For the most part, I’m thrilled. Grocery shopping is not my favorite thing to do. However, he will need some instruction because there are certain brands and types of things I like to buy. Like low sodium chicken broth and fresh Parmesan cheese!!
I did have one day this last week where I cooked. For Christmas, I asked for and received a pasta maker. I haven’t had time to even take it out of the box, but I decided I wanted to use up the extra sauce in the freezer and try my hand at making lasagna noodles. I definitely need more practice!!
When I get this mastered, I will share the recipe with you. It’s from a cooking class I took. Anyway, we learned how to make pasta and the sauce. It’s the simplest sauce ever but quite tasty. Next time I make this, I will make the noodles thicker and use less sauce. While the lasagna tasted great, it was a little soupy.
Tim also had a craving for chocolate covered macadamia nuts. We decided why not make them ourselves? So, I melted the chocolate and dipped the nuts. Pretty yummy. And no recipe needed. 😉
As I mentioned above, Tim’s been doing all the grocery shopping. He’s also been going to his physical therapy three times a week. So far, they haven’t shut that down. He’s started running again and has been trying to do that outside now that it’s a little warmer. He got a taste of it when we were in Florida.
We live in an area that’s great for walking and it’s been fun watching the increase in activity. Lots more running, walking and dog walking. People clearly want to get out!!
I’ve been occasionally getting on the treadmill. I would like to get outside and walk but it’s been kind of cold and rainy lately. I did go to my chiropractor appointment last week. No massage this week.
Not sure what will happen with my hair appointment next week. The salons are shut down through March 31 and my appointment is on April 1. I have a feeling that shutdown will be extended. But I’m OK with that. It pays to no longer be coloring my hair!!
I made one trip to Joann’s and a couple to the Container Store (before more stores were asked to close) so that’s it for my shopping. We have tried to support our local restaurants a little by getting takeout one to two times a week. Our online shopping picked up for a while but we haven’t really been doing too much of that.
Tim read today that no one over 60 should be going to the grocery store. Yikes! What do we do? Delivery right now is out of the question. Maybe order online and pick up? We also haven’t done a very good job of buying for the long term so he’s been making quick trips every 2-3 days. We need to start planning a little better, I think.
Even though the number of cases in Iowa is low compared to other states, our numbers are rising more and more each day. Our governor has all but declared shelter in place, which she’s avoiding.
We’re lucky we can stay home. I feel bad for those who have to go out each day, my sister being one of them. And with my dad staying with them, she’s a little concerned she could bring something home. In fact, we’re going to have a houseguest soon.
So, enjoy this time at home while you can. Find the positives in slowing down and let yourself relax. Yes, we need to be careful and safe, but I’m choosing not to be afraid.