Hey family and friends! Happy St. Patrick's Day again. We are at an interesting moment in history huh? State of emergency being declared by POTUS, schools closing, indefinitely, people going crazy over toilet paper. They've even started closing bars and restaurants. Never did I ever expect something like this in my lifetime. I thought my biggest moment of "where were you when...." was gonna be 9/11.
In light of all of this craziness, I'd like to keep you guys updated on what's going on where we are. Not the gloom and doom of the media, mind you. Just the everyday things we are doing to keep busy and stay ahead of the potential chaos. Feel free to chime in and share what you're up to, or even how you're feeling. Let's stick together and support one another. I truly believe that's how we as a country are going to get thru this and come out stronger.
So for my first update:
Our schools are closed for "at least a week". They moved up our April vacation to cover for it, but sent all the kids home with their chrome books. I'm certain it'll be longer, but there's been no official word on that yet. They even closed down the daycare centers. Some may think this is overkill, but in our area I think it was warranted. We had a local elementary student, and a pre-k child both test positive for COVID-19. Self quarantines were recommended, and everyone is a bit on edge .
As for the length of this "crisis", well some close to me are speculating that we will be out for the rest of the school year. Even Trump said, in one press conference, that he thought this would last until at least July/August. With that being said, I am now officially a stay at home mom again! I have mixed feelings about that. On the one hand, I get to spend time with Gummy Bear and Goomba. We get to go outside more, and learn together. I love that. On the other hand, I had just really started going out and getting back to being me. I enjoyed making my own money, and I very much love my job. I'm gonna miss all my bus kids. Every single one of them.
So, to recap, schools are closed, for who knows how long. I'm out of a job, scary things are happening and I have mixed feelings. What else? Oh yea, the fun stuff!!
What have we been up to these last four days? A LOT. That's how it feels anyways. Its crazy how when things are chaotic, days seem to last forever and fly by all at the same time.
Anywho, we got tons of cleaning done, which we needed. I've been on top of laundry and dishes. We visited a couple local parks (all open air, no people close together). I made some beef jerky which came out so good Caveman nearly ate it all. Oh, sorry, did I call him Caveman again, I mean Ralph, force of habit. Goomba and I made a batch of peanut butter chocolate chip banana oat muffins. They were a little dense and I forgot baking soda. Oops, Live and learn right? I'll have to get that recipe on here soon. We cleaned up the garden, took down some trellises, and I built a cold frame (post to come), In all fairness, the cold frame was built last weekend, but still. I did it. We also got our spring veggies planted, which I'm sure we are gonna need this year.
I've got plans to get some canning done too, so stay tuned for that. And my light boxes for seed starting. It is that time of year. In fact, I'm actually a little behind, especially with the warm weather we've been having. People were calling this March-pril. Once things settle in a little and we get on a routine, I'd like to have Goomba and Gummy Bear do some painting. Fingers crossed on that one. I'm not much for patience or messes.
What have you been up to? What are your plans? I'd love to know!
Kita , Caveman, Goomba, Gummy Bear and Peanut are native New Englanders, who are working to live more self sufficient and sustainable lifestyle.