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Isn’t Pinterest great? So many cool ideas! Decorating tips! Delicious recipes! Crafts, games, and all sorts of goodies to make and buy.

Imagine how excited I was when I came across a pin that promised to fill my house with the citrusy scent of lemon after growing a lemon plant from a seed indoors. It was the perfect little activity to interest a then five year old boy, who loved trying new things. Besides, how hard could it be? We had grown more than one of those little pots with the grass in it with impressive results.

We carefully filled our pot with soil, made sure there were holes in the bottom for proper draining, dropped in six seeds and covered them with more dirt. Added water and waited….. At long last three tiny sprouts appeared and we watched and watered and hoped.

One year later-

Okay, maybe this project required more attention than we realized. Maybe this was just a case of my cursed black thumb at play. Regardless, we did not have a lush lemony smell wafting through our house. And it was fun to dream about that possibility for a little while.

This little experiment has been logged in our Pinterest fail column. On to the next project!

This post is in response to Ragtag Daily Prompt- Seed.

Happy Pinning!

-Kat

Enough is Enough

rdp masksIf six months ago someone had told me that I would be sewing up face masks, lots and lots of face masks, I wouldn’t have believed it.

Maybe you are fortunate and THE virus hasn’t infected your area. Or maybe it has only had a mild impact on your life. If this is the case, I’m green with envy but also so glad that there are places where peoples’ lives haven’t been turned upside down.

Although my area is heading in the right direction….. for now…. there are so many places that are in the middle of the battle. I’m not going to pull out my soap box. I’m not debating the facts. I have researched enough and talked to enough trusted sources to firmly believe that wearing face masks (PROPERLY), washing your hands (PROPERLY), and social distancing (PROPERLY) are the key here.

What began as a task that filled a need for face masks early in our Corona days, turned into an ongoing project. As I became aware of the need for face masks in hospitals and other medical facilities and I heard the box of unused fabric calling me from the closet, I knew that I needed to contribute. I wasn’t using the fabric for anything and although my house is still chaotic, a person can only fill so many bags with donations. I have dedicated face mask time when I cut, pin and sew. I’m happy to be helping. I’ve lost count of how many masks I’ve made. And sometimes I wonder when enough is enough. But for now, it’s obviously enough. (Until people realize that they have to wear masks PROPERLY, wash their hands and social distance………….)

The truth is that face masks are going to be part of our lives for awhile, possibly longer than some people realize. If I’m able to fill a need, I’m happy to do it.

RDP-Enough

Stay safe,

-Kat

Goodbye, May!

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This really is the time that introverts have been training for all of their lives!

I blinked and it was gone. The month. Which is pretty hilarious considering time has slowed down so much it’s ridiculous. I’m fairly certain that each day has doubled in hours, if not more. I clearly remember the last day life felt normal. March 13th. Yes, Friday the 13th. I guess I should have taken that as a sign! And I know where the month of May went. It was consumed by that all too familiar thief of the times- The Virus. I can just picture it in my head…. like a secret agent complete with dark glasses, trench coat, dark hat pulled low over his forehead sneaking in the steal away with the month of May tucked under his arm.

After that day, while restrictions piled up on a daily, if not even more often, basis, normal everyday life just slipped away. In those early days I battled with anxiety in a way I had never experienced in my life. Luckily I got that under control and these days although it creeps up on my from time to time, I’m usually able to get a lid on it.

The thing is, I understood the need for the restrictions. They were for our own good. To keep us safe. To save lives. Maybe I wouldn’t die if I had it, but the at risk members of my family quite easily could. So logically I got it. Unfortunately in those early days, my anxiety did not.

In the months that have followed, I’ve discovered so many things. Here are just a few-

  • I learned that e-learning is the pits and I’m so glad I didn’t have to deal it with my own kids when they were in the 5-10 year age group!
  • It’s really easy to lose track of time. Although my month of May was stolen, I’m never sure what day of the week it is and I spend a lot of time checking the calendar, as if it’s going to shout out a message, “Welcome, Kat- today is Sunday!”
  • Living by Zoom meeting is a totally different experience than life before zooming.
  • It’s easy to get caught up in shopping online and spend, spend, spend.
  • If I didn’t want unexpected visitors before, I REALLY don’t want any visitors now.
  • I’ve never been so suspect of people that I thought I trusted. Face coverings and social distancing…. this one took me by surprise. In 2-1/2 months we have only had one person inside our house who is outside our 5 person circle. And the only house I’ve been in besides my own is my dad’s. Keeping him safe and inside (meaning not out in public) has been a challenge. (He touches everything and then his face.)
  • I found out what was truly essential.
  • My worry for the 2/3 of my kids who continued to work throughout grew in epic proportions. Both were essential workers- a first responder and store cashier.
  • Although my state has moved into the next Phase, I’m not ready. What little I’ve seen in the past two days causes me major concern. Face coverings and social distancing are being thrown by the wayside. For more reasons than I could list, people are desperately trying to grab onto their former lives and freedoms. I am not.

And last and most important of all-

  • While the world was shut down, life kept moving. There were birthdays, births, graduations, health issues, pet health issues…. some passed by with little fanfare and others will be celebrated like crazy when it truly is safe to do so.

And so, I’m saying goodbye to May and holding on to hope that June is filled with better things!

Please stay safe!

-Kat

Fandango’s One Word Challenge- thief

Ragtag Daily Prompt- For our good

Photo a day challenge- Goodbye May