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Shower Writing

I just mapped out a whole blog post while taking a shower. Does anyone else do this? Let’s see if I can get it down in digital form without leaving out the important stuff.

SUBTITLE: Positive Effects of Social Distancing

I know everyone has to be as tired as I am of social distancing. Really, what’s to love about it besides the fact you can work from home – in your pajamas – with no makeup? Believe me, that gets old pretty fast. I also saved a ton of money on gas. Who knew my car could travel for two months on one tank of fuel?

My kids have taken it all in stride:

Kerri has worked from home until last week. Her girls resumed a few dance lessons on Zoom and the youngest finished out fourth grade via distance learning online. The oldest was already attending school through online schooling.

She painted four rooms in her house and started daily walks and a few hikes which they never had time for before. Dance had been the center of their universe.

Out for a hike!

Terri had a house full while trying to social distance. At least she had runners to grocery shop and run errands. She pushed Will through his junior year of high school, but said there was no way in H E double L she was going to home school a senior in high school. One of them would end up dead!

On a positive note, she learned how to crochet and the needles have been working overtime. I just ordered her some yarn to crochet me a throw.

This is the first throw Terri made. Such bright colors!

Jessie has had quite the experience in teaching from home. She has now decided that she enjoyed it to the extent she will be homeschooling the three oldest – grades 1, 3, and 5, in the fall. Pierson is only 2.5, but I bet when he does start school he will be way ahead of his peers.

These four children had cousins who lived a few minutes away so they got a lot of bonding time together in the last few months.

Clockwise – Kerri, Jessie, Cadence, Lia, Sydney, Charlee, Ethan, Davey. Pierson is missing? He may have been napping.

Amie is a teacher and so is her husband, but she learned that teaching her own children through online schooling while trying to also keep her classes going is quite the experience. She also had two college age children home at the same time. I believe she is more than ready for school to start up again and life to return to normal.

She did enjoy that reprieve on her gas budget, and…together with her family, they built a deck!

Alli and Abby enjoying their handiwork!

Andrew had to finish out his second semester of his doctorate through zoom meetings. There is nothing quite like giving a music recital through Zoom! 😂 He was not a fan of that.

He did enjoy the break from all his duties as a graduate assistant to work on his composing, and actually had two pieces finalized and published last month. You can listen to “A Castle In The Air” here.   This is someone else performing it.

He is more than ready to resume normal activity, but wonders how normal a marching band will be in the fall.

Andrew and Xochi came to visit for a few days last week. They brought Mia with them so we did a little dog sitting.

Mia on the hunt for squirrels in the park.

H is still teaching his music lessons through Zoom, but will start teaching back at Playground Music next month. Between you and me, that will be a good thing! 🤫 I know more about Zoom than I need to.

I have not written much in the past few months. I’ve spent a lot of time stocking up pillows in my Etsy shop. Here’s what I worked on yesterday.

Plus – I was still working my regular job making pillows for decorators in the area. I do that from home anyway. I’m thankful my business didn’t go into a slump.

What I want to happen soon is for the restaurants to open back up safely. I’m tired of eating groceries! And cooking them!

Overall, this experience has been a positive one. Kitchens and rooms and tables have been painted. I even found the time to chalk paint this small chest.

We’ve all learned how to get along together in close spaces. The grandchildren have learned to help one another and the parents have learned to practice more patience. Kids have learned to cook and do laundry. Numerous houses have been decluttered and outdoor projects have been started and finished. A lot of reading has been going on with jigsaw puzzles taking up the slack. And Zoom has been at the top of everyone’s learning curve!

How is your social distancing going? Life as we once knew it may not resume. I believe it’s time for a change. Stay safe and enjoy your families!


What I’ve learned during the lockdown and other strange things

What I’ve learned during the lockdown and other strange things

I’ve always been a homebody, but after having no choice but to stay at home, I’ve learned that I miss being able to come and go as I please – go being the operative word.

I’ve learned to order groceries online and pick them up. What are all those people doing in Walmart? The parking lot is full and the cars are empty. They must be shopping. It’s crazy!

I’ve learned to order necessities from Amazon – things I would usually just pick up at the dollar store or on a whim while out shopping. Last week I ordered Cricut supplies. Now if I could just find time for crafting.

I’ve learned to order clothing from Old Navy. They were having a super sale two weeks ago. I’m still waiting patiently for my order to ship. I know they are probably backlogged. It’s not like I have anywhere to go to have to dress for!

I’ve learned there is not enough toilet paper or hand sanitizer in this town for every household. Luckily, I have the first item. I can’t put my hands – pun intended – on the second item.

I’ve learned to adjust to the gray – no, silver, because it sounds much more elegant – streaks showing in my hair. I’m thinking about leaving it like this. I even ordered – online, of course – some silver wax to blend it in. Don’t tell H. He hasn’t noticed yet. I could use a haircut though.

Speaking of H – my living room has turned into a music studio. I’ve learned to use Zoom so he can continue teaching music lessons. I scheduled recurring lessons with each student and sent them an email. He just has to be there and click – START MEETING at the right moment. Of course his student has to also show up on the other side, and that doesn’t always happen. H isn’t enjoying this one bit, but it keeps him busy for 20 one-half hour lessons a week.

I’ve learned I really don’t like to cook and we were eating out way more than we realized. Last night H had bacon and frozen waffles for supper. I had toast and bacon. I think we have both lost our appetites. And…we have just about missed most of crawfish season and haven’t yet had the first raw oysters of the season. After April we will have to wait until September for some oysters.

I’ve learned my car will run on a tank of gas for three months. I just wish the gas prices would stay down when all this is over. If I only had a tank in my backyard I could fill up for later use. We will never see $1.57 a gallon again…

I’ve learned to be more patient and take this all in stride. I can see time slowing down and people being nicer and more polite to one another. On the rare occasion I’ve had to venture out to the grocery store, the aisles are not crowded – not at Walmart, I don’t go there – and the shelves in paper goods are bare, but if someone is coming toward you with a buggy, they quickly move over and nod, not wanting to get too close. 

In all this turmoil, I’ve learned some useful thing to keep my mind occupied. I really spend too much time on Facebook. Did you know when you type the year you were ten-years-old into the gift bar you can see what was popular that year? Mary Poppins was popular when I was ten.

Also, this new activity, I’ve learnedmay keep you and your significant other amused for a few minutes. It has definitely amused my grown children. They are just giddy from having kids underfoot all day everyday. It doesn’t take much to entertain them.

You can see an animal in your house if you Google search an animal name (on iPhone or android) and then press ‘View in 3D’. It opens your camera and soon will show you the animal moving in your room. You can walk around it and take a picture of it with people. Look for :
Emperor penguin
Angler fish
Brown bear
Shetland pony

Look who showed up for breakfast this morning!


H is turkey hunting this morning – I guess it’s safe to do that. I can’t get the picture of a turkey to work like this. If I could, I would send him a picture of one in our living room, because he hasn’t had much luck this season! 🤣

If you find yourself with a little reading time on your hands you can find my books here.

Stay safe everyone! Send me a pic of who showed up for breakfast at your house…


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