Week 3 of remote learning will wrap up today! Three weeks of being at home with everyone, doing my best to limit time in front of screens, constantly tidying despite knowing that it’s useless, and waiting on bedtime. We’ve managed to dodge the raindrops every day this week and get in some good outside playing, which has helped a lot. Have I told you lately how thankful I am for this little 1.5 acres of ours?
Thank you to everyone who has been checking in with me. I’m feeling much better – just some lingering joint pain in my hips, knees, and ankles and a small overnight cough. I would say I’m about 90% back to normal.
Here’s a few tiny things that have helped me cope over the last few weeks. I can’t do anything extravagant because I’m still entertaining three little kids and getting them through their days, but there are little things that are helping!
I’m still making face masks. I feel so helpless in so many ways, and this feels like a tiny way to do something. There are reports that the White House is expected to recommend that everyone wear face masks to slow the spread of the virus. This article states that cloth masks are fine for the general public – because it’s not necessarily to protect yourself, but to prevent the spread if you happen to be asymptomatic. I started making some simple masks earlier this week but as I become more confident in my sewing skills, I’ve found this more complicated pattern that includes a pocket for a filter (shop towels are recommended online) and a pipe cleaner to fit around the bridge of the nose. I’m using this free pattern from Tiny Orchard Quilts and her video was invaluable.
It feels good to be at my sewing machine for the first time in over a year – and it feels like I’m Rosie the Riveter using my skills to fight in this war. Totally dramatic I know (!) but it helps energize me after the kids go to bed and I head down to the basement to sew.
We’re now referring to our garden as a victory garden! It’s still too early to plant anything, but we’re hoping to get some seedlings started in containers this weekend. The food supply chain is affected by the virus so people are being urged to plant their own gardens this year. We’ve planted gardens every year since we moved into our home with varying success. It feels like the ante has been raised this year and I’m really looking forward to gardening season.
There’s so much about this time that is inspirational. It’s scary and tragic that so many people are getting sick, yet this is such an opportunity to lean into the life that I’ve imagined for myself. Gardening, sewing, homeschooling… I’m so happy that I’m finally feeling well enough to embrace it!
And now is totally the time to fire up Home Fires. Gorgeous vintage knits, beautiful sets, and the WWII Keep Calm and Carry On spirit. Check out those aprons! I watched the first season several years ago but am thinking I should go back to the beginning again?
I’m trying to avoid carbohydrates and dairy, but buttered toast and tea have been everything for me lately. The smell of bread in the toaster is something I’ve always loved. Add a lovely smear of butter? Yes! It’s simple and inexpensive, but feels completely luxurious!
I’m also toying with restarting my sourdough starter. I’ve killed so many of them in the last few years, but feel like now might be the time to try again. My husband isn’t impressed with this idea but he does love all of the baked goodness that comes out of it, especially these sourdough biscuits. We shall see!
I am still loving my Plum Deluxe teas, especially the Reading Nook blend. With rose, lavender, and chamomile, it has a light floral flavor that took a minute to get used to, but I’m totally on board now! Isn’t that picture gorgeous? It’s from their website and has a perfect mix of the dried flowers. I also love their Royal Wedding Black Tea and Heritage Blend Black Tea.
That’s it from me this week. I’m looking forward to the weekend – my husband won’t have to work and we’re getting started on our gardening. I also hope to finish the colorwork on my Birkin sweater and get going on the body. I had a goal to finish this by Mother’s Day weekend for the NH Sheep and Wool Festival, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be cancelled so I don’t have to worry about any deadline. Whew!
What’s been keeping you sane these last few weeks? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!