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.