Saying good-bye to March was bitter sweet. I always look forward to the month because it’s my birthday month and I celebrate all month, but this March, well, it sure wasn’t the usual March. It started okay. We did the usual birthday stuff, eating out, cake, shopping, antiquing. But then everything seemed to go downhill fast. The corona virus attacked and people went into hibernation, stores closed, people were out of work, people were getting sick and some were dying. Not what I envisioned for the month of March.
David and I have adjusted to him being off work. Other than a short retirement right after he left the military, he has never been home this much. He’s always worked at a job somewhere, Sometimes two or three jobs. Now he has all kinds of time, is sleeping in past 5:30 in the morning and even has breakfast sometimes. When he’s home I tell him I have to work harder because he’s always doing something and I can’t allow him to outdo me.
Here are some of the things I’ve been doing.
Surprise, I’ve been quilting. This is a small quilt I started January 2019 and I’m just finishing it up today.
Planting seeds. I’m wondering when the nurseries will be open or if they will be and if I can get some more plants this year. I’ve order two lilac bushes so I can plant something. These seeds are cucumbers and phlox. I’ve never tried raising phlox from seed before so we shall see how this turns out.
Decorating for Easter. Our younger grandsons asked us the other day if we are still having our annual Easter egg hunt. I told them we didn’t know yet. It’s hard to plan things when you don’t know what’s going to happen. They’ve cancelled all the egg hunts around here.
The sky was so blue this day and the bush cherry I planted years ago was the tallest it’s ever been. When the man next door cut down all his trees, our bushes and tree got a whole lot more sunlight and are growing taller now. I don’t remember this bush flowering like this before, but it was so pretty.
Our neighbor’s Bradford pear is just gorgeous. It fills my kitchen window with its beauty. We are going to get new neighbors over there as our neighbor has moved. It’s always a little worrisome getting new neighbors. You hope they are nice and you get along with them. We’ve been pretty fortunate with most of our neighbors over the years.
Our little mulberry is full of bloom this year. ( This is not a mulberry tree. It’s a magnolia. I know that just didn’t have my brain in gear while typing.) I’ve always dreamed of having a mulberry, (magnolia again)now I do.
Checking out all the perennials that are coming up. This is Dame’s Rocket. It came in a packet of wildflower seeds and reseeded itself and there are several more all around it, but this is the biggest one. I love flowers that reseed themselves and don’t need much care. It will be tall with pretty blue flowers. Last year I had to protect it from the contractor’s builders as they were working around it, but it made it through.
Everywhere I look there are flowers coming up.
These big planes fly over us once in a while. They are from Camp Atterbury and the pilots practice their touch and takeoffs at the local airport. I love seeing them. Our son flew in something similar when he was in the Air Force.
I’ve gotten a pair of socks finished. And started another pair. I love knitting socks. So relaxing.
I baked cupcakes, some of which I took to our daughter for her birthday. Today I baked an orange chiffon cake. David and I are going to have to loosen the elastic on our pants,
A friend asked me the other day if I had any eggs she could have. Do I have eggs?? At one time I had nine dozen in the refrigerator and couldn’t give them away. Then we took some to our daughter and then this friend got some. She brought something to trade even though I didn’t expect her to.
Toilet paper! She wrote on it, “Don’t hurry, don’t worry. Do your best and flush the rest!” We got a good laugh out of that. Now we are set on toilet paper for a while. I’ve got good friends.
So how are you coping with this enforced isolation? We do get out and get takeout and ride around. We took a long ride Sunday through Brown Country down roads we’ve never been on before. Took a ride through Brown County State Park which waived its entrance fee for the duration. There were a lot of people enjoying being out and exercising. I try to get outside as much as possible and breath fresh air and play with the dogs. My daily routine hasn’t really been different other than having David home all day.
When this whole enforced quarantine is over are we all going to come out of our houses like groundhogs on a bright Spring day? Hopefully we’ll not see our shadows and won’t have to go back in.
Some of you are finding our what retirement is like except without all the fun because you can’t go anywhere. Believe me, retirement is a lot more fun than this.
This quarantine has made a lot of us think about our freedom and how wonderful it is to be able to go anywhere you want and not be impeded. Right now it’s the grocery store or feed store to feed the animals and people and to the pharmacy to get meds.
This is giving our young people something to tell their grandchildren one day, about the great quarantine when the world almost came to a stop. How they couldn’t go to school and had to learn at home.
Are you catching up on all that sleep you said you’d get once you didn’t have to work any longer? I know I am and I’m retired! Between the quarantine and the cloudy, rainy days we have had and it still feeling cold to me, I want to sleep all the time.
Molly and Belle don’t know there’s a quarantine.
They just know David is around a whole lot more. They like that he’s outside with them working around the yard.
Well, it looks like at least another month of this, so I will continue to look for projects. David is building a new fence along the back of our property so that will keep him busy for a while. Hope you have something to do that you enjoy. This time is really a blessing. Really, it is. And one day it will be over. Bye.