It has been seven weeks since my last outing with friends, and I am hitting a wall. The only activity we’ve had is going to the post office and grocery store once a week, otherwise we are at home. We did take a short drive to see the apple blossoms, but we were a bit too late for them. I’ve tried my best to find different things to do, ways to fill the time, creative ideas to try to inspire and help me keep from pulling my hair out in boredom. I’ve done a bit of photography and gardening, a LOT of sewing and quilting, and a fair amount of cooking and baking. I have enjoyed watching spring bring warm days and green leaves to the landscape. But some things are becoming a chore instead of a diversion, like the applique work I’ve been doing on a quilt repair.
I have lost count of the fun trips and outings, dinners with friends and club activities canceled. We did a Zoom call with some of our MINI club friends recently, just to have a bit of fun since we all should have been at Fontana Village for a multi-day event. Last year was such fun, with drives and bingo night, dinners and drinks with friends outside on warm spring evenings. Each of us was thinking of and talking about what we would have been doing that night if we had been able to have the event. It is so disappointing not to be able to do it this year.
The parks and trails are still closed, so we cannot go hiking. Even the Arboretum is closed for now. This photo from the waterfall at Graveyard Fields makes me want to go up there again, and hopefully soon we will be able to do a little hiking, even if we have to wear a mask.
I talked about this in late March, and decided that the lack of something to look forward to was part of the problem. So, I made some goals for myself, and posted them. I decided it was time to take a look at where I am, and see if there has been progress –
- Deep clean the kitchen, run the oven cleaning cycle, wash cabinets. Sharpen all the knives. Weed out utensils I never use for donation. Go through the spices and toss everything out of date. – Done
- Flip my closet to spring, trying on everything, and compiling at least one bag of things to go to the thrift store when they open again. You can do this too, see my system on my post What’s In Your Closet? – Done, although it was a bit depressing to take out pretty spring clothes and know that I have no place to wear them.
- Tackle the last of my mother’s papers and mementos for sorting, storage, or throwing away. – Mostly done, shredding will take a few more days.
- Clean the windows, including lubricating the tracks for the casement windows and vacuuming out the outside sills where dirt collects. – Started, but not yet completed.
- Clean out all my old magazines, catalogs and other detritus from my sewing shelves, organize what I want to keep, and recycle the rest. I’ll use the same plan as I did in my Organizing Recipes post. – Not started
- Finally, go through the photographs and organize them at least into years, topics or places, scanning the precious ones that I want to be sure to keep just in case they deteriorate. – Not started
Then, I planned to spend each day in my sewing and crafting space, and a bit in the kitchen, with some goals there as well. Here’s how I did over the past seven weeks.
- Finish the quilt repair I have to do by working on it at least 30 minutes a day. It is a hand repair with a lot of patches to do, so it will take weeks. – Finished this week, will post it soon.
- Find an embroidery or hand stitching project to begin. – Not done, as the repair in goal #1 is all the hand work I can do at this time.
- Sew the next four blocks in the Vintage Christmas Quilt Along. Write those posts and schedule for the fourth Monday in April and May. – Finished April and posted, will get to May soon.
- Quilt the next Quilt of Valor in the queue. – Done – Quilt of Valor
- Add borders to Scrap Dance Twist and write the next steps. Quilt and bind it when the QOVs are done. – In progress, binding almost finished, label and hanging sleeve to go
- Make my Coronacation Placemat and write that post. – Done
- Begin a quilt for Hands2Help. – Not started
- Make some cards for friends, spread cheer wherever I can. – Happy Mail sent
- Leave lots of comments on the blogs I follow, to keep up the connections and feeling of community. – Trying to, but so many blogs that I follow have dramatically reduced the number of posts, or stopped posting at all. Not as many readers are leaving comments on my posts either, so perhaps everyone is bored of being on the computer.
- Plan a virtual lunch each week, and learn how to use a video chat app on the tablet. – Learned Zoom, had a couple of video chats, called a bunch of friends on the phone.
- Develop a new recipe. – Done – Ginger Chicken with Yellow Squash
So, now what? I’ll continue to plod along on the projects I haven’t finished as we have made the decision to stay home at least to June and likely beyond, regardless of what the state says we can do. I’ll try to come up with some new ideas to help pass this trying time. I’ll keep posting, and hoping for some online conversation. Please comment and let me know how you are doing, how you are filling your days.