Coronavirus

I have not had much time to write in the last year. I stay busy working in my business, Little Hawk Yarns, and running kids around. As of March 16, 2020 though things have come to a screeching halt. Well, not halt really, just more focused on the one location of home. Our world got introduced to coronavirus around January. This meant that by the time March came around we had figured out that it isn’t a nice thing and we as a society needed to do something to try to stop it. So, along came social distancing. What did that mean for you? For my family it meant spring break got extended first by one week, then two more weeks, then until May 1st, then as of the 31st of March they said my kids will not be back in the school building for the rest of this year. Our district gets out May 22. That has put us into a sudden home/remote/online school situation. I’m not sure anyone is happy about the situation. We are dealing with it the best we can, but I can’t say we are very happy.

Besides kids school changing, my shop is closed other than by appointment (online is open), the colleges have gone all online, most states have stay home orders, shopping for anything other than essential groceries is basically non-existent and everyone is on a roller coaster of emotions.

I am finding solace in making things and gardening and getting outside even if it is only to get the mail or go work in the garage. Here is a quick list of things that I have done that has helped my brain deal with the unknowns of this situation.

  • Re-organize the pantry and assess what I have in there
  • Plant seeds inside to for the garden that will be
  • Prep the garden area and remind myself not to get too excited. I prepped the garden almost a week ago and we’ve been snowed on twice since then and last night we dipped below zero. So, not time to plant much yet.
  • Work on a new to me weaving loom that has been neglected and needs repairs.
  • Work on a new to me drum carder that has been sitting and needs a couple of parts to work well again.
  • Spin the wool I carded two days ago on the drum carder. Gosh! It is lovely wool that I’ve been wanting to spin for some time.
  • My to-do list is a mile long so I try to remember to keep it to a minimum.
  • Make sure the kids are doing something with school-like activities. For example, we read a lot and are now working on a family book project. My middle schooler will be missing the April book project they would have normally done which was a diorama. He was very much looking forward to this so we as a family have picked books to read from the literature section and we have a literary lunch on Fridays where we talk about our books, then at the end of the month we will all build dioramas of a scene from our books. We haven’t been too strict on the sticking to literature, but we have tried. Our books are Becoming, by Michelle Obama (mine), Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (my husband’s), The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (my nine-year-old), and Maus by Art Speigleman (my middle schooler).
  • Remember to enjoy the time without obligations outside of our house.
  • Teach my kids more about cooking and life skills.

I am hoping that overall we will come out of this whole thing with a new appreciation for our families and human connection. I’m hoping this teaches us all to slow down and appreciate what we have. We don’t always need to be busy just to be busy.

Take care of yourselves. Stay well. Stay home.

 

 

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Decision

So I made the decision to not race up at Mt. Rushmore.  I went back and forth for quite a while, but ultimately I decided that I’d be better off going with a flatter half marathon for a first time or even doing a 10K before I jump on the half band-wagon.

I’m not sure how people do the training. My motivation has been nil and my schedule has been bonkers. I don’t even work outside the house anymore. That has actually been part of the issue as far as scheduling things. My kids don’t go to daycare. So I either have to get up super early to run or run in the evening after Dad gets home. My kids aren’t quite old enough to be on their own for the length of a run. Soon, but not yet.

I’ve been awful about staying up late too. That means no getting up early for me. By the afternoon I can find all kinds of excuses for not going. A-number one is the heat. We have already hit triple digits twice this month. It is early for that.

I am determined to get back to it this week. I am working on going to bed earlier so I can get up early. I have my oatmeal ready to go so I can actually make it through a run. Now to complete the process and set the alarm and get up and go. I know I will feel better and be happier for it. Despite my inside voice who justifies sitting around all the time.

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Not an easy journey

Running is not an easy journey. Especially if you don’t run. I’ve been on a pseudo-break. Nope, scratch that. I was on a break. I didn’t run for about 2 weeks. There was nothing pseudo about it. I haven’t been sick or injured. Just didn’t want to run. It is that much harder to get out the door when you just don’t want to.

But, I changed that this morning. I went out and ran a mile. Yep, only one. Nothing fancy or fast. Just a quick mile under my belt to get me back in gear.  And then I checked my email and the person who talked me into signing up for the half marathon has not been able to make the logistics work. Such as life. Now I need to decide if I am going to continue on and make this crazy route my first half marathon or if I’ll bag this one and do a 10K about the same time of year (mainly due to schedules).

I’m undecided. There are a couple of other races, including half marathons, that are about the same time of year and on much flatter courses. I may just have to do one of those. A couple of deciding factors: One is where we just moved from and is a road race. The other is in my new town and is a trail race. A trail race sounds a lot more interesting but the appeal of getting to visit friends is a strong bonus for the other race.

I know I won’t run without the incentive of having a race coming up. I especially won’t run in the summer. Ugh. I hate running in the heat.

So I’ll wrap this up staying undecided. I’m not asking for a refund and pulling out of the race yet, but I will be doing some hard looks as some of the other races around the area.

 

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Running/training

Slow going lately. I am trying to remember that until January of this year I’ve been working a desk job. That means I’m terribly out of shape and was gaining weight on top of weight I’d never lost after having kids. And yes, those kids are 7 and 9 years old. Too long to blame “baby” weight and yet that is a lot of it. I just never took that off. I only added to it. Ugh.

As I’ve aged and changed after having kids taking weight off is even harder than it was before. I’m slowly re-learning how to get healthy and take the excess weight off so my heart and joints don’t have to work as hard. I used to just be able to work a physical labor job and the pounds would melt away. I used to have to have a milk shake with my lunch to make it through the afternoon with the amount of physical labor I was doing. Now, I can starve myself and run and I still don’t lose the weight. Changes are frustrating when they hinder what you want to do.

I don’t have a job that works my physically like that anymore. I’m learning how to feed me and the family on a healthier bit of food that will keep me feeling full without overwhelming me with calories that won’t come off as easily.

Why do I talk about this with running? Well, because I have to get into shape for a half-marathon I signed up for in September. That means in order to run that half my body would be a lot better off if I lost a lot of the excess weight. I’m packing a 50 pound pack of extra weight if you think about it. Imagine how far and fast I could run if I could set that down. Wouldn’t that be great?

I will say that I don’t really give a toss about my body image etc. I’m still rather comfortable with how I look. Its how I feel that bothers me. I want to be able to run with ease. I want to set a good example of health for my kids.

Those are big parts of my why I’m running.

A quick overview of my running plan for the summer:

May-June: prep for a 10k. I may or may not actually run one. I haven’t found one that doesn’t conflict with my schedule yet.

July-Most of September: My actual half-marathon training.

Most of what my training will consist of will be walk/runs with my dogs. And hiking. The half I’m doing is all on a mountain. It is a pretty steep route too. Of course I couldn’t do a nice flat route for my first one. Figures.

A couple of notes for me to keep track of… I am finding that I can run a lot longer and feel better after eating instant oatmeal with added protein for breakfast. Those mornings my runs feel pretty good. The mornings I don’t eat that I feel pretty crappy.

Like I said, this is a learning process to figure out what to eat and when to have the energy to run and still pull the weight off to make running easier.

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Whew…

Mid-December left us with knowing we would move but that was about it. We made it! Our old house sold, we bought a new house. We got the kids into school and they are adjusting just fine. Tom, my husband, is settling into his new job nicely too. I am adjusting. We bought a place in town so that is a large adjustment to make. In a lot of ways good adjustments despite missing my acreage, large garden, chickens, and even the adventures of living where we had all sorts of critters to protect our pets from. The good stuff is that we walk a lot. We are basically across the football field from my daughter’s school, a 15 minute walk from my husband’s work, and a couple of mile drive from my son’s school (although he’ll be across the football field next year). I’ve actually met people in the first 3 months of living here because we live in town.

On the other hand, I have no idea what I’m doing with this yard/garden. The previous owner had quite a few perennials, which is great, but with everything snow-covered until basically now, I am just now getting to see what we have for a yard. No chickens this year. We’ll need a new coop and to figure out where exactly I want them. I have plans of moving at least one garden bed. It is in the way of the driveway. Because we have two cars we need that parking space more than the garden space.

I am working on building my yarn business back up. Slowly I’ll find my market again. In the meantime I have several avenues I’m working on.

The big thing besides moving to town… I am running again. I was talked into registering for a half marathon in September. Yikes! Tom says I should blog about that. I might add a page, or blog, or just make this one about running for a while. I don’t know yet. I do know that I am going from a sedentary desk job and next to no exercise to doing this half marathon. And it is NOT a nice flat race. So… I may end up talking a lot about that. I’m sure I’ll have some gardening, and family, and pets in there too. Those are all a pretty big part of my life.

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moving…

We are packing and moving. That is about all I know right now. We do not have a new place yet. My husband starts the new job on the 2nd of January and kids start school on the 4th of January. They have temporary housing, but that temporary housing does not allow pets. We have pets. Two large dogs and two cats somehow don’t fit into campus housing.

Lots of changes coming and I’m having a hard time putting words to it all. I have mixed feelings about this move since I really like where we are at. I really like our 25 acres and house, but the job is a good one that my husband has taken. I’m hoping this will give me time to work on my business as well. This is officially a bit nuts. All of the unknowns are kind of driving me bonkers. I can’t really know anything until our house sells. Uff-da.

Moving checklists are kind of a moot point right now. We don’t have an address yet. I don’t have a moving date for the pets and I yet. So many unknowns… Argh!

Yes, I’m having lots of small panic attacks. My to-do lists looks a bit like this:

  • Close my store and move inventory to the house — have to be out of my building by Dec. 31
  • Get kids done at school on the 20th of Dec. – Make sure they clean out desks because they won’t go back to this one.
  • Keep house clean to show
  • Finish Christmas shopping, shipping, wrapping, and get stockings hung.
  • Get stuff ready to leave at work.
  • Find home for single hen.
  • Get Luna, dog, updated shots.
  • Don’t forget husband and daughter’s birthdays.
  • Pack.
  • Find house.
  • Do inventory for store.
  • Keep tax documents available because I have to file payroll taxes and sales tax in January.
  • Make mittens for E.
  • Make snacks for 1st grade Christmas Party.
  • Kids’ dentist appointment
  • Make eye appointment for A. She is complaining about headaches when she reads.
  • Get bank accounts switched to bank in both towns.
  • Call on one cat’s microchip to update.
  • Piano lessons wrap up.
  • Swim lessons wrap up.
  • Get account at private school done.
  • Get kids registered at new school.
  • Once we have an address and moving day: utilities need to be cancelled/started.

We will get through it. Each day something comes off the list. The majority of Christmas is done. Probably the only time in my life I have been able to say that 10 days before Christmas. See? Silver linings. I just have to keep reminding myself of that. That way I don’t end up a blubbering mess under a desk.

Slowly I will adjust to this moving. I’m still very much in the processing stage.

 

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Coyotes are assholes

I’ve had a bunch discover my chickens and I’ve gone from eight chickens to two in less than two weeks. The ruckus woke us up at 5 a.m. this morning. Chickens squawking and dogs barking. My husband got up to see what all the noise was and saw a couple of coyotes in the backyard with chickens in their mouth. He let the dogs out and they did their job of chasing the scoundrels out of the yard and off the property. Two hours later when we left for work and school the dogs were still out on patrol and I was three chickens shorter.

I have one rooster and one hen. Of course it was the rooster I don’t like who survived. Such as life in the country. The big large guardian dog will be sleeping out tonight and the chickens will get secured this evening. Looks like I won’t be going through much feed this winter. I don’t think I’ll restock chickens until spring. I think this will be a good time to totally redo the coop and fence situation.

 

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