Making it Work
With the addition of two adult children to our household, week three of Covid social distancing required a few tweaks to the plan for Filling Time Between Coffee and Wine. The division of space continues to evolve, as does keeping the pantry and refrigerator stocked. We haven’t hit any major stumbling blocks and attitudes remain cooperative!!
As I wrote in a previous post, we had resigned to do our food shopping on-line as it becomes increasingly dangerous to visit the market. That idea stalled, due to a shortage of ‘personal shoppers’ in our local market and Malcolm is once again our designated procurement officer. We haven’t abandoned the idea completely and will revisit that option as the dust settles.
It has been at least a year since I last used my sewing machine, but providing Malcolm with a face mask was reason enough to dust it off. A search through my considerable stash of fabric remnants produced an acceptable color for my fashion conscious husband. 🙂 Wipes and hand sanitizer complete the outfit. Covering him up and restricting frequency is the safest adjustment we can make for now.
There are numerous patterns on Pinterest that can be used to make this mask, but honestly, just measure from cheek to cheek, cut a rectangle and add 2 or three pleats that will allow it to open up and cover from nose to chin. I attached elastic from side to side, rather than just over the ears, for extra comfort.
Day to Day Happenings
Finding space for alone time has become a new challenge, but as good weather permits, I am spending a lot of time floating in the pool, or lounging on the patio when I need quiet time.
The pool floats are courtesy of UPS delivery, ordered on Amazon, of course.
In the photo on the left I am setting up for a FaceTime chat with friends who live in our neighborhood. It is the first time I have applied makeup in over a month. My girlfriend commented that I looked ‘dressed’ for the occasion. If that means wearing something other than a big tee shirt and baggy gym shorts, I guess she’s right.
The cell phone Tripod that I wrote about here continues to pay dividends as I use it to make FT calls more tolerable. I don’t know about you, but holding the phone while trying to find a vantage point that doesn’t highlight my saggy neck is challenging.
The tripod takes all the guess work out of positioning and is the perfect vanity tool. We had a full on happy hour with our friends that was almost as nice as seeing them in person and I didn’t think about my neck once.
Our neighborhood park is still open, but closely monitored for group activities which are not allowed, so I continue to enjoy my daily back board workout there.
Sharing time in our home gym has happened effortlessly and without the need of a schedule. Malcolm still takes his daily walks through the neighborhood and occasionally to the park. I am planning to incorporate water aerobics into our daily activities next week; water temperature permitting.
Watching and Reading
I just finished reading The Woman In Cabin Ten, by Ruth Ware. It is the tale of a travel journalist on assignment aboard a luxury yacht. As in Woman in the Window and Girl on a Train, the main character is painted as an unreliable witness by the author, which keeps us guessing as to what is real or imagined. Good thrill read for those of you who like a solid mystery.
Five episodes of Little Fires Everywhere are now available on Hulu. I read the book last year and loved it. Reese Witherspoon and Carri Washington are perfect in the main roles and I highly recommend this series.
For those of you with a warped sense of humor, you might like the Tiger King series, on Netflix. It is somewhat akin to watching a train wreck in slow motion, but weirdly entertaining. I blame this one on the kids. It was their turn to pick.
A friend sent this YouTube video to me on Palm Sunday and I thought it would be appropriate to share with you today. Without a doubt, music soothes the soul and we could all use a bit of that right now.
For the past month, I have not posted anything new to my Instagram feed. The photographs I share there are generally taken at our local beach, which is now closed. Of course it is killing me, but what’s a gal to do. Last week I scrolled though some older photos, made a few new edits and posted them.
The response was overwhelming and indicative of just how much we need peaceful images and serenity right now. Two of my pictures were re-posted (with credit) on local sites this week and have been very well received. It is gratifying to know that pictures I take are being used to soothe frayed nerves.
Adapting my favorite hobby to our current conditions has been challenging, but editing old photographs satisfies my creative needs at the moment.
Pearls of Corona Wisdom and other Unsolicited Advice
This week looked a little different from last week and that is a good thing. The world is making progress. My advise is to carry on. Adjust your life to ‘what is’ and make the best of your situation. Connect with people you love, take care of your self, maintain some sense normalcy in your daily routine, develop new interests and dust off old ones. Putting your life on hold and waiting this thing out will likely contribute to sadness and even depression and who needs that?
I don’t know about you, but I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I watched some YouTube travel videos with my daughter a few nights ago and actually got excited about where to go next. Wishing you the very best this Easter Sunday. Stay healthy.