Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Hello, again...how are you?

Hello, friends...keeping busy?

Annie and I have been decorating our front window. Using construction paper and glue sticks, we have created a cheerful mural.

Still a work in progress, we add a little something new every day. We've titled it "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood". We have the best neighbors...more on that in a bit.

We can finish a five hundred piece puzzle in a little over twenty four hours. Luckily, I ordered several from Barnes and Noble after Amazon ran out. It's one of those things that there has been a run on. Also hard to find good construction paper and you can forget about sidewalk chalk. Because Annie is a paper hound, we always have plenty of art supplies.

Next up...courtesy of the Easter Bunny.

Making progress on HEIOTS. Sorry for the dull pic...it's a cloudy day here. Someone asked me the size of this beauty...24.5 by 36 inches. It's a biggie.

Tree was not that bad once I got my rhythm. It has been a wonderful, soothing escape to work on this lovely piece.


These are a few of the things we have been doing to fill the days. The smallest and most unexpected thing that has filled our days...and nights...has been a small calcium deposit my husband had the misfortune to develop in his kidney...a kidney stone. 

It was a harrowing experience for all of us, especially him! Two weeks ago it began with my poor fellow writhing in pain and a trip to the E.R...the last place you want to go during a pandemic. Fortunately, we have the best neighbors. Across the street our Fire Department Lieutenant, who is also a paramedic, monitored him all day and finally slapped a N95 mask on his face and took him to the E.R. Lots of tests, imaging, prescriptions...and lots more pain...a few days working from home and this week we seemed to be in a better place. Our neighbor next door is a physician's assistant and checks in, too. It surely is, "A beautiful day in our neighborhood."

We all had little sleep the first week, but are beginning to settle down now. I've been eating my weight in baked potatoes smothered in butter...sometimes with sour cream. My drug of choice.


My heart aches for all the souls this virus has claimed...their families and friends and loved ones are in my thoughts. Looking toward a brighter day... always hopeful for an end to the suffering.

I cannot say enough about the admiration I have for first responders...like my neighbors, they are in the trenches every day. And also for the grocery stores and the delivery services that we have depended on for the last few weeks. Annie and I are both immune compromised so we have not been out in several weeks. With my husband out of commission, we are most grateful for home delivery from Publix, Whole Foods and Sprouts. Keep those potatoes coming!

Hope you are all well and keeping busy.

Enjoy the day...

it's beautiful,

P.S. Hope to get around to all the blogs I've missed with all the happenings here.