End of March

As we close out March and head into April, it is a time in all of our lives like no other or as a VT blogger noted – we’re living history.

Each state seems to have its own challenges and directives. NH went from ‘social distancing’ to ‘stay at home’ as of last Friday. We had already been staying at home since returning from South Carolina so we are at Day 15 today.

Outside gardening is off the potential list of things to do because it is raining almost every day which also means it’s gray dark and gloomy which matches my mood sometimes. ๐Ÿ™‚ I ordered seeds and two Somerset Seedless Grape vines, but they haven’t arrived yet.

Speaking of ordering, are you doing more online ordering from your favorite chair. I am, and it is kind of alarming how easy it is to rack up the dollars spent, but in this situation it keeps me from having to visit the big box stores.

I’m doing okay with sewing and even have a finish to report.

A couple of friends had made a tissue paper pieced wall Christmas tree, and I really liked it. So, I pieced it while at the beach and quilted and bound it here at home.

I’m happy with it, and look forward to pulling it out when the holidays roll around.

The pattern I used is called ‘A Little Bit Shorter Tall Tree’ because it comes in two sizes.

Today, I’ll start a new project. Hmm, sewing, quilting or embroidery, I’ll have to decide.

I’m not usually a telephone talker. Why? I guess I got so burned out when working that I viewed not having to talk on the telephone as a perk of retirement. But, during this issue, I’m forcing myself to call friends and check in with them because I always feel better after hearing their voices and sharing a few chuckles.

A big applause to those states who set up roadblocks and went door to door to stop Covidiots from moving around the country and extending this process. You’d think we could all understand what ‘stay at home’ means, but apparently not. As one ME blogger friend noted, even duct tape can’t fix stupid.

Are you craving any food items that you don’t have on hand? I wish I had the ingredients to make key lime pie in a jar but guess I’ll go with apple crisp shortbread bars until I make an early morning senior grocery run. I’m going to be honest, once this is over, I will never be grocery shopping at 5:45 a.m. ever again.

So, anything interesting going on at your house this week? Take care, stay home, and above all stay safe.

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86 Responses to End of March

  1. Thank you Judy for this post. I hope you are able to get outside soon! I am grateful every day that we live where we can go outside and we have had good weather. I’ve planted my sunflower and zinnia seeds, pulled a bunch of weeds, gone for walks in the neighborhood, read a few books and watched some movies and tv. I’ve also had plenty of time to relive some of our travel adventures by going through some of my old photos. We will get through this!

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    I like the Christmas Tree quilt, Judy. That will hand as a “what I did during the great world lockdown” ornament. I’ve given up on senior shopping. I’ve slipped back into my 10:00 am routine. The crowd seems smaller and nicer.

    Projects are lined up here, but I need a few more degrees and I need the rain to end, or at least settle into a 1-2 day pattern.

    Hang in there, and take care.

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  3. Oddment says:

    Covidiots! Thank you! I need that word! And I also needed the comment from Maine about how duct tape can’t fix stupid. I feel better already. Your quilted tree is a real tribute to spirit, and I hope you congratulate yourself on it for many a Christmas to come. As for food cravings, I am craving anything made by somebody else. Thank you for this post; I will likely return later to check on other comments sure to come in — they are always good!

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    • I can’t take credit for that word. I saw that it had been included in some ‘new’ word dictionary and have just had to use it a couple of times. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, food made by someone else would be a huge treat, and for sure the comments are always worth a smile including yours.

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  4. Jnana Hodson says:

    Hey, neighbor!
    Like you, I no longer like being on the telephone. Conversations feel awkward without the face to face element. I much prefer to text, short and sweet. Only when that gets complicated will I go to voice. As for online meetings? I’m still avoiding them. The ones I’ve seen my wife participating in seem clumsy or apologetic.
    Love the duck tape line, though my wife wondered if it was about those idiots up on Vinalhaven who blocked their neighbors in because they were from out of state … even though the hadn’t left the island in ages. Oh, my.
    Interesting here has included watching a streamed Metropolitan Opera production every day. Our neighbors delivered some mulch hay yesterday, so I’ll probably be out applying it to the garlic bed and strawberries. Normally, I’d be hitting Seapoint beach for seaweed, a great mulch, but since Kittery and York have closed their beaches entirely, that option’s out.
    I might get a hike in on Agamenticus or around the York Water District ponds, depending on the weather this week. Had a fine one in Friday along the Isinglass River in Gonic, here in New Hampshire … even though I thought it was Saturday.
    Other than that, it’s stay at home, write, read books, do some housework, and stay away from alcohol until Greek Orthodox Easter, which is another story entirely.

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    • Hello to you too! I read the article about the armed neighbors felling a tree to block the folks in who had been there all along. Funny but scary at the same time. I’m glad no one got hurt. Forgot the day? I’m doing it all the time. The days just drift together. It sounds like you are keeping busy and enjoying our great outdoors. Just don’t go hiking on Mount Major because there’s way too many people there. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I’m not a phone person. Much prefer an email. Today is day 15 for our stay at home in PA. It’s gonna be a long haul. I was thinking of the garden centers with all the flowers (they are closed here). It’s a huge loss.

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    • It is going to be a long haul, and each day is a challenge to do some productive and keep our minds focused on something besides the rising statistics. We have two garden centers near us, and I noticed one is promoting curb side pickup. Place your order and pay online and drive up and they will put it in the car/truck. I’m thinking about that.

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  6. Murphy's Law says:

    Covidiots! They are as plentiful as the virus! I’m with you on the 6am shopping hour. I’m grateful that ShopRite is offering this to seniors, but I like 9am….or so….much better!! Lol.

    I’m not craving any particular food, but I am craving shelves to be stocked again. Weeks now of empty shelves and freezer and fresh meat units being empty is nerve wracking, to say the least.

    Persistent rain here as well, so no gardening taking place. I did get out one sunny day and raked the winter debris up, so that felt good.

    Just love your Christmas tree wall hanging. You should embroider, “Created during the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020”. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

    Stay safe at home as much as you can. We WILL get through this.
    ๐ŸพGinger ๐Ÿพ

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    • I’ve seriously thought about putting a label that said Pandemic tree of 2020 on it. ๐Ÿ™‚ The empty shelves are definitely nerve wracking even when you don’t really need what is missing. It is just the idea that we are living through something that has emptied the shelves. I’m home and maybe will go out once this week with all my safety gear with me. You stay safe too – bored but safe is good right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. A friend of mine went grocery shopping at 6:30 a.m., and the place was packed with seniors unsuccessfully trying to practice social distancing. He said that aside from Christmas, it was the busiest he had ever seen the supermarket. After hearing this, we thought it would be best to continue with the online ordering.

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    • Your friend just described my experience. When I saw the crowd, I started at the opposite end of the store, but there were also couples shopping with two carts so they could get the limit on tp, paper towels, eggs, and anything else that was being rationed. The worst part was, they’d stop and have a long discussion about whether they should buy product A or B, both read the label, and with both people and both carts, they’d stop traffic and you couldn’t get a safe distance away. I wanted to say, people bring a list, pick it up, and move on out so the rest of us can do the same. When I got done, the line to checkout looked exactly like a holiday. So I went immediately to self check, and I was there all by myself. I think the safest time might be 45 minutes ‘after’ the senior hours start. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Wha a change in our lives! In the past two weeks, I’ve come up to speed on Zoom and helped coordinate our church services and book club! I’ve met with girlfriends on-line, and also have done a bit more cyber shopping than usual! BTW, I love the wall hanging. I was just thinking this morning that I needed to dip into my fabric stash and start a new quilt. I have the time! Stay well!

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    • Good for you keeping up with local organizations. I need to look into Zoom. I participated in a gardening workshop a couple of weeks ago, and that worked great. Glad you liked the wall hanging. It took me quite a while, but let’s face it, I have lots of time. You stay well too and keep cooking. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Joyce says:

    Senior shopping: I’m glad it’s working for you, but here, the report on neighborhood FB was that a line was miles long to get in a favorite store, distancing was impossible, and shelves were not fully stocked. Later in the afternoon you could breeze right in and grab from pallets in the aisles.
    Your quilt is beautiful! What an accent for next Christmas! My first thought was to sew buttons here and there for ornaments – but naw, that would detract from the simplicity of the design and the subtlety of the fabric pattern.
    I’m quilting away, too, and nearing completion on a queen size pink rose that is project #1 of the ten (10!) I intend to leave the grandchildren. This one, working off and on, took me about 4-5 years. Do you think I have time for nine more? LOL So, I sit and quilt, then cook and eat, and wonder why the pounds keep creeping up! That’s pretty much my experience – but at least I’m not a covidiot! I stay home!

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    • I’m exercising restraint because I’m only going to my local grocery store. I order stuff that is cheaper from Walmart on line and let it be delivered in as many packages as it takes. I haven’t gone to a big box store, and the senior line that morning was ridiculous. I’m going this week, but I’m planning to arrive 45 minutes after it starts which is still 15 before regular time and see how that goes. I thought about buttons too, and a friend suggested snowflake ones which sounded kind of cute. This friend turned hers into an Advent calendar and put one ornament for each day on there for her great grandson. She has tremendous hand skills like you do so it was spectacular. Oh, please email me a photo when you are done with your quilt, and I will ned one up close so I can ooh and aah over your hand quilting. I hope your grandkids know how really special you are. Stay safe because you have nine more to go. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Marilyn says:

    Senior shopping was busy. I found it hard to avoid people at the required six feet distance. I think my next shopping trip will be at another time and another day. Iโ€™ll see how that works. I have no real projects going on but decided this would be a good time to straighten closets, drawers etc and maybe do some cleaning that isnโ€™t done weekly. Iโ€™ve called friends to check on them. In fact, i just got off the phone with an exercise friend. Weโ€™re both are trying to do some exercise each day.

    I look out the window onto the small garden in front of our condo and watch my tulips, daffodils, and iris get taller each day, I hope and pray it doesnโ€™t snow.

    Iโ€™m the chair of our high school class reunion and the committee has decided to postpone our reunion until next year. Now the big job of notifying everyone. That will be fun. Glad Iโ€™m stuck home and have time to take on this big task. Stay warm and safe.

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    • It is busy and very hard to maintain distance. I think we have to find what works and go with that. I’m going but plan to be there well after it starts so hopefully they’re all still be waiting for someone to check them out, and I can shop and check myself out. We don’t have any bulbs coming up yet, and I heard snow is expected up in northern Maine where our mutual friend lives. A high school reunion is a big project especially this year. We are most likely going to have to cancel our annual plant sale and will have to address about 400 plants already potted up. 2020 will not be a year any of us forget that’s for sure. You and hubby stay safe.

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  11. Your Christmas Tree wall hanging is lovely! It will be nice to bring that out in December to enjoy all month.

    Yesterday there were some sunny breakouts and He-Man and I headed over to a trail to hike instead of walking to the mailbox. OMgosh I’ve never seen so many people out walk at one time since I moved here! There are a lot of people feeling confined and cooped up. We had to change to plan B because at our preferred trailhead there were way too many cars so that meant way too many people! We chose a lesser liked trail and only came across 3 other couples we easily melded into the desert bush and keep 6ft or more away from them and they did too.

    I hope the weather clears up for you long enough to get out and putter in the garden.

    Take care, and stay well!

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    • Funny you mentioned running into too many folks out hiking. Over the weekend, they showed news coverage of the cars lined up on the road for people hiking Mount Major here. They had to intercept some folks and remind them of the social distancing requirement. Good move finding a less traveled route.

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  12. Ally Bean says:

    So happy to see that you’re here still blogging, dealing with our new realities. I want to be outside in the garden but our weather has been either too cold or too wet. Also without garden nurseries open where will I get my flowers? As for my plan’s for the week, well– continue writing my blog & reading everyone else’s blogs, continue going for daily walks around the neighborhood, continue sorting through items in the closets, continue…

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  13. pastpeter says:

    Weโ€™re used to being home alone, so thatโ€™s no big deal. I too gave up on overcrowded senior shopping, just drop into convenience stores. We have food enough for months, and area eating too much! Friends and neighbors offer to shop. One very good friend delivers home made soups and Italian meals to our doorstep weekly. Meanwhile blogs are a lifeline! Sitting on the porch and smoking a cigar is an escape. Long Island is getting very infected, so we are all hunkered down. Going out to the drug store means mask and gloves. Spent this morning rescheduling Dr appointments for June; hope thatโ€™s not too optimistic! Friends own a nursery with all their Spring stock just sitting there. This week they are starting phone-in orders and curbside pickup. Hang in there; at least there is not nighttime bombing to endure – we are children on WWII in the southern U.K.!

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    • Good to hear you and Marion are doing well in a pretty hot part of the country. You take advantage of those home made soups and meals and stay hunkered down right there at home. One of my husband’s doctors called and rescheduled a June appointment until September. That much of an extension certainly blew us away. I use the mask and gloves too. I don’t know if they work, but at least we’re doing everything we can to not catch it and bring it home. You are right – no bombings. That comparison remind me of the comment going around about us being asked to sit on the couch and watch Netflix. Stay safe and we’ll do the same.

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  14. AnotherSlice says:

    It has been raining for days here too, but the sun came out today! Hang in there!

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  15. Joanne Sisco says:

    I just came back from my weekly grocery run and I despair about the future of the human race. I actually asked a woman this morning if she really was that clueless.

    She was wearing a mask, and yet was removing grapes from its packaging, handling them all, and then putting them back. I watched her do it 3 times before I intervened and pointed out that it was very unsanitary. She asked me what my problem was when there were so many other grapes to choose from. THATโ€™S when I questioned her intelligence.

    She walked away … without any grapes.

    I think Iโ€™m becoming a grouchy old woman ๐Ÿ˜ก

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    • Grouchy, no, but you’re definitely smarter and would prefer the least amount of hands touching your food. I think this has caused us to look around more and sometimes what we see is not pretty as in this case. Here’s your chuckle for the day – a friend that lives in a larger neighboring town and goes to a centrally located larger grocery store had an interesting experience at his senior hour shopping. He encountered a man dressed in a plastic rain coat, boots, hat, goggles, face mask, and gloves. The gentleman waited at the end of an aisle until everyone was facing and going in the same direction. Once that happened, he would proceed down that aisle, and the process would start over again at the next aisle. ๐Ÿ™‚ I wonder if this experience is going to affect our willingness to be in large crowds again and change our shopping practices permanently.

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      • Joanne Sisco says:

        I’ve only encountered one person wearing goggles (plus a face mask), and it took everything I had not to laugh out loud in front of him. I guess the moral of the story is that when you’re worried about getting sick but really NEED to get out, you’ll be creative in how you do it.

        I have heard about some stores that have made their aisles one way. I think that’s brilliant. In my experience, there are far too many people who don’t understand the concept of 2-way traffic in grocery aisles at the best of times.

        … and will someone PLEASE explain to me the logic in leaving your cart in the middle of an aisle … or better yet, at the end of the aisle which blocks traffic from all directions.

        Yeah, I’ve definitely got my grouch on.

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  16. Nancy says:

    I am always happy to hear from you! The quilt is wonderful! Projects are occurring here too. Iโ€™m sewing my felts… making strawberries at the present. We have been at home since they told us too… 16 days. Except to go the the grocery store twice.

    But getting outside is a plus for me during these crazy times!

    Keep posting … I always need to know you are doing well.

    We are going to get through this. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

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  17. The road blocks amaze me, mostly because of the psychology of running from something which one cannot outrun. In order to get from Point-A to Point-B, you’re coming into contact with more than you would if you had just stayed home. And yet…

    Sounds like you’re doing exactly what you should be doing. Sorry about using the phone. ๐Ÿ™‚ – Marty

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  18. We are “sitting tight” at home, since March 15th pretty much. Out for bike rides with the grandkids at the state park once, no close contact, and walks with them in their neighborhood, or rides around town. Delaware FINALLY told the tourists to “SHELTER IN PLACE” for 14 days. Our beach towns have been over run by seasonal visitors/part year residents. No road blocks yet, but I am waiting for that to happen. Stay well.

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  19. Love the little pieced tree. You have so many wonderful pieces, I’m sure. Keep sharing. I’m now making baby quilts and flannel blankets. I’m in a group at church who donates these to Project Linus. I so enjoy a small project that is easily doable.

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    • Glad you liked the tree. I do have a fair amount of pieces and decided to take some wall hangings down and put a lot of them up. It breaks the monotony while staying inside. ๐Ÿ™‚ I did a few small quilts for Project Linus a few years back. It certainly is a way to keep busy and have your handiwork go to a good cause. Stay safe.

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  20. Weโ€™re quite glad we moved up our moving date so that weโ€™re now in our rental house in Arizona. That way if things get even tighter as far as driving anywhere goes, will be in good shape. Of course we had to do grocery shopping and some other sorts of shopping since we got here, but weโ€™re very careful and use lots of hand sanitizer and wipes. I was heartened today at Trader Joeโ€™s where there was someone cleaning off the cart handles, were only letting people in as people came out, and had tape at 6 foot intervals so people would know where to stand while they waited. But here in Arizona it seems as if a lot of people arenโ€™t really paying enough attention to the idea of staying at home or at least not being in groups outside. I took a nice walk this morning early and didnโ€™t really meet anyone that was anywhere near me, so that was good. Having just moved, we have plenty of things to do inside, so Iโ€™m not too worried about that! Thanks goodness for being able to check out books online!!

    Stay well and carry on quilting!

    janet

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  21. Eliza Waters says:

    Glad to hear you are well. This is definitely the challenge of our lives. Staying home is getting old and I normally don’t go out that much, but I miss face to face socializing!

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    • Same here. I go out a lot in SC but not at home. But, knowing that you can’t go out is different than choosing not to go out. We went through pharmacy drive thru today and decided to just drive around town. Sad and kind of scary to see everything closed and parking lots empty. But, if we can all stay in as required the sooner we can get to the other side hopefully.

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  22. Your little quilt is lovely and please would you share the recipe for apple crisp shortbread bars. They sound delicious. Here the state borders are closed, we’ve all been staying home for two weeks, many shops and businesses are shut and the state and federal governments are doing an amazing job under very difficult circumstances. One friend started an online group sewing challenge, making a coin quilt, one coin for every day of isolation. I decided to do crochet coins instead and they’re looking nice. Mr ET’s brother has started an online darts competition. Every participant has to throw their darts and then take a photo of the dartboard to upload to the group. And another friend has started a Facebook virtual travel around the world group where we are all going on a trip together to destinations all over the world and posting photos we already have from previous trips. Of course, we all elected to travel first class! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • This is the recipe I use. I got it on Pinterest, and have used it numerous times. It’s a good one. https://www.soberjulie.com/2015/09/apple-crisp-shortbread-bars/#_a5y_p=4361521
      Our stores are closed as well except for what is considered ‘essential.’ I wish some of our roads were closed between states because people seem to flee hot spots and some wind up taking it to another state. We’re closed down for another four weeks. Long time, but I guess we all need to do what we can to bring the number of cases down so that is what we’ll do. I love all the creative ways people are staying active and in touch. Love your coin quilt idea, and for sure travel first class. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Wow, the recipe looks so tasty. We have apples in the fruit bowl so I’ll be making it for sure. Most of our shops are still open although I doubt there’s much shopping happening. Although oddly, there has been a higher than normal demand for alcohol and the bottle shops have been forced to apply limits. It’s so bizarre. Our state borders have been closed now for two weeks. And we’ve been told by the government we should only be going out to buy essential items, for medical appointments, to go to work or to care for vulnerable people. Otherwise we need to stay home.

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      • We have the very same requirements for staying in here, and the parking lot in our state liquor store has more cars than the grocery store right across the street. Alcoholics Anonymous may be doing a big business when this is over.

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      • It’s the same here. The bottle shops announced a limit on what people could buy – 24 bottles of beer in a case, 2 bottles of spirits and 2 bottles of wine. That would last me for a lifetime. I’m not sure why people think there will be a beer shortage.

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      • I made this recipe today. Oh my, it’s so yummy! ๐Ÿ˜‹

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      • I LOVE that base. I’ve tried it with other fruits, but the apple is the best. Glad you enjoyed it. Food has become more important since we’re stuck inside. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • I have other recipes this base would be great for too. I love the one with jam and a coconut topping but I find the base is too thick and heavy. This base would be perfect. Oh dear, I can see more baking in my future. Luckily Mr ET is happy to consume it all. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  23. I havenโ€™t even considered senior shopping here in Florida. Just about everyone here falls into the seniors age group, so Iโ€™ll rather shop at a reasonable hour with the other ten people. ๐Ÿ˜…

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  24. germac4 says:

    We do have senior shopping here too, which we have tried, and one of our daughters, although she has a busy job from home, offered to do our shopping for us…all nice, but you know,we suddenly feel so old!
    My other daughter has a toddler, who burst into tears today and said ”I just want to go somewhere!” …as my daughter said ”Here comes another week of walking around the street looking for leaves” thank goodness for craft programs on TV for kids.

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    • I know – who do they think they’re talking about when they use the ‘e’ word – elderly. I really didn’t like ‘senior’, but I dislike ‘elderly’ more. ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel just like your granddaughter! Stay safe, and hopefully we all see the other side of this thing soon.

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  25. Hi Judy, greetings from sunny Florida, where the beaches are finally closed!! There is a lot to complain about, but it won’t change anything, so we continue to do our part as best we can. You sound as though you are coping well in spite of rainy weather and no gardening. I love the patch work wall hanging.

    Being blessed with sunshine and good temperatures has been my saving grace, so I’m spending lots of time outside. If this thing lasts into summer, I’m screwed!! Solo tennis (back board at the park) has become a daily routine, followed by a run on the treadmill, (at home) and then some time in the pool (also at home). Household projects and ‘what’s for dinner’ fill my afternoons. It is actually a doable routine and not so different from RL, but I do miss seeing my friends. Lots of phone calls, group text messages, etc. to keep in touch. Wishing you sunny skies and happy thoughts.

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    • Yes, to beaches being closed so we don’t have to stay inside any longer than necessary. ๐Ÿ™‚ I envy you the sunshine and good temps because this gray, gloomy, wet weather feels way too much like how I feel about this being day 17 and NH is ‘stay at home’ until at least May 4. I have been using the phone more too, but I do miss chatting with people in person. Oh well, I better get over it, because I have at a minimum – 34 days more. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  26. joey says:

    I’m really enjoying the part of my work from home life that involves about 80% less phone usage, because no ringing in, just the occasional email notification of a call from our online number. We’ve been out a receptionist since February 28 and call volume has been taxing to us. We miss her so much. She’s there in NH and we must go on without her.
    Anyway, key lime pie in a jar just sounds heavenly. No one should do anything they don’t want to do at 5:45. Ick!

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  27. Yuni says:

    Glad to hear you are still healthy, still blogging.
    I agree to stay at home for a while. hopefully covid passes quickly

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  28. I am definitely racking up the online bills as I order all kinds of stuff, mostly garden-related or books. Or books about gardens. I am craving English muffins! Why on earth are they impossible to find? Our son Daniel just delivered a bunch of groceries and he couldn’t find any either.

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  29. You have the same miserable weather we have. it has been nasty, wet, cold, and rainy. The sky is gray with moments of sunshine that give me hope that one day it’ll hang around for a while. I’m not enjoying our spring but to be fair, spring isn’t our season. It’s always miserable until sometime in late April when suddenly, the sun comes out, the trees bloom and suddenly, it’s summer. Our grocery store is mostly empty.

    We eat one meal a day with toast and coffee for breakfast. This is fine, though occasionally I miss the option of lunch. But the deli is closed both at the grocery and around the corner. There are no frozen vegetables, no chicken, no eggs, no paper products … and since the trees are blooming, some of us are sneezing. A LOT. I think I sneeze more times than the dogs’ bark, and that’s saying something.

    I just hope the restock the stores before we run out of food. At least we still have toilet paper!

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    • Our local store has some empty shelves like pasta, canned meats, flour and a lot of frozen food shelves, and some dairy and paper products are rationed. I’ve ordered a few non perishables from Amazon and Walmart to avoid going to the store more than necessary. I’m going to hope yours gets restocked soon so you can shop for whatever you need to make these inside days more comfortable. Take care.

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  30. Oh, we did the early morning run. They STILL didn’t have any of the items we needed. I might kill for a piece of apple pie. Or a ham sandwich.

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  31. Brenda says:

    I find the idea that we are living history oddly comforting. Like you, I am itching for the rain to clear so I can get my hands in the garden soil. One of our local greenhouses is offering personalized shopping–they will walk around with a video camera so you can pick out exactly which plants you want and them deliver them to your car. I suspect they will be run ragged! I am starting everything from seed this year. Unlike everyone else, I haven’t been doing much housecleaning. It’s the last thing I feel like doing when I’m depressed. I’d much rather be weaving, spinning, sewing, or reading and have more than enough projects to keep me busy. Carry on!

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    • I raked leaves two mornings this week and my grumpiness lifted for a while. Loved it. Yes, your local greenhouse will give it a try and I bet will have to shut it down like personalized grocery shopping when they got overrun. You know what I did most of the afternoon? I pulled a nice wicker chair up to the window and watched a tree trimming crew take three trees down next door. It kept me entertained. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  32. I love your update. Whatโ€™s a tissue paper piece? Is it all made of tissue paper? Stay safe, Judy.

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  33. Forestwood says:

    A beautiful piece of quilting there. I am yet to get into my sewing but I do have heaps to do. I am not craving any foods in this crisis but it is hard to get vege seedlings as everyone is trying to grow their own now. Seedlings sell out in a couple of hours, so you have to be quick. Nice to find your blog today. I clicked follow to read more.

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