Saturday, April 4, 2020

Week 3 Staying Home Journal

Hearts and Teddy Bears

7 pm standing outside to make the 1 minute of noise, to be together apart every day.

Saturday 28th - Day 14

I think that I should not wear my outside shoes into my home. So washed the soles with soapy water and scrubbed and put them outside to dry.

Sunday 29th - Day 14

I went for a walk at noon - and more families were out so I did the moving to the other side of the street, back again to keep clear of the next walkers etc. Sunshine when the weatherman said rain. It was lovely. Every day I have been walking a bit further. A good day to take spring blossom photos.

Slow and gentle day, minimal tasks, just enough to keep everything on track.

Monday 30th - Day 15

 This morning we exercised the truck so the battery would stay charged (the truck is a work truck and has a huge handful of wires going to the battery - and 3 little wires can't be turned off so the battery runs down often if it is not driven). I grocery shopped for the week. I am carrying clorox wipes in the truck now - and using them before I have to touch something like opened a door or pumping gas. Someone suggested using plastic shopping bag over our hand/s when buying gas so I am now carrying grocery plastic bags in the truck.

My afternoon walk was like a slow snake in cold weather, crossing the street, whoops here comes a mom and two kids, cross again, Ok, its a couple with two dogs, cross again and repeat again and again... I guess 4 pm is not a great choice for walking alone either. Took a different route today so I saw a few more hearts in windows.

Tuesday 31 - Day 16

Oh my what a stunning tree. It was backed with a cherry blossoming tree.

Wednesday April 1st - Day 17

Today's date, April Fools Day, was the day my Mom and Dad were engaged. I do think about my parents, my in-laws, all those in our family who have passed. Their parents lived during the tough years in after WW I. Then with their children (my parents were the youth of that time) lived through the Dirty 30's and then WW II. They married in 1945 and moved to my Dad's family ranch to take up the ranching work again. I remember their life stories. My dad had a blog and wrote about his memories.

Worked on spring cleanup in the back yard for an hour and added branches to my front yard pile.

Thursday April 2nd - Day 18

Long drive up the back road with its many hills and curves, across the Stave bridges, toward Mission, bridge over to Matsqui and onward to Fort Langley. Most of the drive was country - the leaves on the bushes are showing their spring colours. Skunk cabbage is growing in the shallow stream beds near the roadways.

Snow along the roadway up in the hills.

Friday April 3rd - Day 19

Wind was fresh, some blue sky showed through, some sun too and I went for my walk. Picked a road less followed.

My journal is short this week, the facts available and world wide life has changed. Take care of yourselves.

Thank you dear friends
for visiting today

Keep well 



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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Garden Start - Weeding and Bedding Plants

Bought the bedding plants before doing the 'before planting' work.

This is the 'before' weeding.

DH did make another frame last fall, not yet installed. Plan is to decide on its placement, haul some of the bags of soil and dump it in. I think it would be just the right size for tomatoes.

Laity Farms has been my go to  for bedding plants. Not this year.

This year, with the stay at home and respect social distance safety rules, I am guessing there may be a shortage of places to find garden plants from the greenhouses, so I picked up a various collection of starter plants on Saturday from the small grocery store I am in love with (safety, 2 metre/6 feet spaces between all, smart people)

I put the bedding plants outside in the rain for most of the first afternoon the first day and brought them in and found a 'place' for them to spend their first night. Next day it was too cold and rainy. Last 3 days it was cool with some sunshine so they got more outdoor time.

A small tray of hope.

Checked out the Old Farmer's Almanac online. 

Potting soil picked up when I bought the plants.

Looked around my back yard and collected all the various plant pots and bases which I used once upon a time. 

Washed pots and saucers in dishwasher, first time try (yes, I cleaned them prior to putting in the dishwasher) but should have scrubbed them thoroughly. Had to clean the dishwasher filter.

The 6 small pots will be for the tomato plants that need more growing time inside.

The carrots and peas will go in when the soil has warmed.

There were lots of lovely worms enjoying the soil when I was weeding. I had help when DGS came out and dug up most of the clumps of weeds, I shook the dirt out before adding the weeds to the recycling greens paper bag. I love putting worms who started toward dangerous areas like sidewalks and roads back into their soil homes.

Since I was outside and the rain hadn't started I clipped the grape vines and a few other misc. branches to add to my front yard pile.

More garden prep work coming soon.

I was looking in my big storeroom this week and there was my Mom's gardening book signed and dated by her in 1953. Mom was a wonderful gardener. 

This week was my beginning of getting the small garden ready.

Branch pile Wednesday afternoon.

Thanks for visiting dear friends

Take care of yourselves, keep social distance, wash hands often, stay home, stay safe.

I am seeing more hearts and teddy bears in windows on my social distance walks and short drives every day. 



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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Week 2 of Staying Home Journal

Over the past week a young family with children, a block away down our street, made a heart for their window to share - started with green masking tape, painted in the colours, removed the tape and ... 

A Heart in the Window

Day 7 Saturday 21st late afternoon...

Visited the small grocery store today (I asked permission to take the photos below) - the small bushes on the plastic milk carriers have ... been replaced with plexi-glass walls that protect the cashiers.

Outside a sink with hot/cold/soap and paper towels and directions had been installed since I was there Thursday last week. The garbage can with the used paper towels was emptied after I washed. Clear sign on how to wash hands for 20 seconds right over the sink.

When inside I noticed that an employee was continually wiping down shelves, surfaces, signs, shopping carts, everything.

The people in the store were keeping 2 metres or more away from any person. About 6 people were carefully shopping and avoiding others - but remaining very polite. 

Employees were being very careful to keep the distance, plastic bags were provided. Polite and careful.

Day 8 Sunday 22nd ...

Staying home - this has been my 'put stock in my booths day (as are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday). Since the Antiques Mall is a business with shopping customers it too is closed until further notice.

The curve is on my mind, hand washing continues before and after and sometime between everything I do, keeping 6 feet (2 metres) from others is the new reality. Socially distant is a gentler phrase that Rita used today. The other is don't touch your face - not as easy to NOT do but serious.

Only outings were DH driving the truck for 1/2 hour (battery) and I did the grocery shopping at the small store. Picked up a few groceries - now there is a chatty friendly 'guard' outside to make sure hands are washed before entering, only one person in a group may enter the store, 6 feet is marked on the floors by the cashiers now and people shopping were very careful of staying 6 feet away from anyone.

I have (mostly) limited my online viewing/
watching the news to once a day when the Canadian statistics are gathered and shared. had a summary of the coronavirus for March 21, updating the health regions in BC (with links to the other provinces) on statistics to date.

Read posts this morning - many bloggers had written that they are either on a self planned routine for the day or they discussed what they had begun to plan each day with activities, projects, walking, meals, home chores, gardening prep work, homeschooling, phone visits with elder parents, on line visiting with friends...

I have felt the lack of planning and following my normal routines. Today's extra job is roughing out a flexible daily plan.

Day 9 Monday 23rd - 

Slept in because getting to sleep took a long time. Need to get outside and walk. Checked online and the small grocery store added a FB short video (staff person holding a sign in front of her and then replacing it with another etc.) showing the same rules for safety they have posted outside of their store. 

Worked outside for awhile, trimmed dead branches and twigs and added them to my front yard pile. The peonies have started their spring growth.

Did a couple of 15 minutes search and tidy forays into my large storage room. 

Listened to classical music as I did small tasks. Supper is in the Instant Pot. I am thanking Susan of Sustainable Cooks for not only introducing her readers to the Instant Pot but for all the recipes she creates and shares. 

We (DH is the driver) went for a 1/2 hour drive. Made supper, dishwasher loaded/run. Went about our evening routines.

When I took out the recycling at 10:00 pm I went for a short walk - crisp cold air, took deep breaths, was grateful I was outside. No one else was out walking. The stars were visible.

Day 10 Tuesday 24th -

A rainy day till mid afternoon is forecast.

Headed for the small grocery store for their 9 am opening. List in hand, I know the routines. Wash my hands, don't touch my face, stay 6 feet/2metres distance for all persons, don't touch something you are not going to buy, only buy what you need, wash your fruit and vegetables when you get home, don't take a bag in to the store, pack your own shopping in the bag the cashier put on top of your purchases, and yes, I did smile and thank the cashier for being there.

Road work crew are back, week 2. You can see my black truck parked in front of our house. My dear friend Val did a spring cleaning of the front yard a few days ago (and we both kept very far apart).

Rest of the day was made up of the routines of daily life. Music helped too.

Day 11 Wednesday 25th -

DGS is back from staying with his other Grandparents for 10 days. Got here after supper and will be here for about 10 days.

DH and I went on a longer drive today on the back roads to Mission - all country - and back on the highway. Nice hour to look at scenery.

I did get some work done today - it was cloudy/sunny and I dried my duvet outside as I had hoped to. Boxed up china taking up space in the kitchen to begin clearing things off. Future stock doesn't need to be in sight right now.

Took a picture of the backyard trees as the sun was going down.

Day 12 Thursday 26th - 

March Thrifts Personal Collectibles was posted (my usual time for my regular once a week post). 

Rain forecast for the next 7 days.

I went for a longer walk - I have so missed going out - it was raining, it was noon and I had the streets to myself. I felt peaceful.

Spring violets (I think)

Other than us taking the truck for a drive today was a 'stay at home' day for DH and me. Laundry, boxing more things that could be put away for now, making meals, home stuff. Read a bit, listened to Leonard Cohen.

Day 13 Friday 27th -

Grocery trip today - the store I go to is small, family owned and run since 1948. The safety for all who shop and work there is amazing, they will shop and deliver or have ready to pick up, the 6 feet/2metre spaces are kept, safety for all is a priority, only a few shoppers in the store at any time, staff remains positive and welcoming/polite. Everything is wiped down all day. 

Worked on small jobs today, laundry, dishes. Watered the house plants. Went for another walk and took heart and rainbow pictures that had appeared on front windows this week.

The hearts and rainbows in windows is growing in my area. The house across from us has two young kids sharing their art, bit blurry because I was taking this from across the street.

Thanks for dropping by today - keep safe. 



Thursday, March 26, 2020

March Thrifts Collected Over the Years

Day 12 on self-isolation. The flow of my days has changed and it is taking time to work out a new normal. 

Keeping away from others and not touching my face are the two actions that take concentration and raise the most fear for me. I did (mostly) cut back listening/reading on line news except for the end of day statistics.

I decided to put as many of my routines back where they once were and my once monthly post of collectibles was ready so I am sharing my personal collectibles today since the 'going out to find' part of thrifting is on hold.

Gathered small treasures - an old collection of wooden darning eggs in a vintage kitchen bowl,

 batik samples - stiff with wax,

sweet little vintage ornaments, most from the 50's/60's,

wonderful Poole cereal bowls collected about 30 years ago,

differently shaped Poole small dishes.

Another 30 year ago collectible - a repro metal Ice wagon with horses - and while I was doing some 'search and clean' this week I found the driver out in my shed,

dust and all.

Take care of yourselves dear friends

Thank you for visiting today

Hugs and love


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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Week 1 Staying Home Journal

Seven days and many changes

Sunday the 15th - went to the mall, stocked my booths, left before Antiques Mall was open. Social distance.
Picked up a few groceries.


Things here seemed pretty normal. 

The world news wasn't.

Monday 16th - stayed home except for a short drive (the truck battery dies if it isn't driven for 1/2 hour each day). Read that all gatherings of people - church, entertainment, 
shopping venues education, restaurants, gathering places are to be closed in our province. Many workers are working online from home if possible. Grocery stores and pharmacies remain open - and stock is significantly down.

Tuesday 17th - took DS to see his Doctor (outside in the Doctor's parking lot) - she came out for his appointment fully covered masked, gloved, head cover plus hospital clothing over her own, kept her distance, said he was progressing well. 

Doctor offices are now managing their patient-office visits by telephone if possible - if you need to talk to your doctor you phone to make an appointment and when it is your time your Doctor will phone you and will phone in your  RX if you require one.

I picked up RX for DS and a few groceries (lots of rows of empty shelves) and kept myself away from others. Used hand sanitizer provided (squirts out with no touching needed). Then stayed home.

Wednesday 18th - stayed home. Read blogs, a book, did some house work, some writing stock work and then had a nap. Went for a short drive, no stops. Fewer vehicles, fewer dog walkers, space between people walking.

Thursday 19th - went out for a short drive, picked up a few groceries, there is a somewhat 'new look' in a neighbourhood store - empty plastic carrying boxes for milk were topped by small shrubs and lined the check-out lineup area - clever idea, 1 metre + of distance, cashiers wore gloves and changed them frequently. 

While pulling out of the parking area a man wearing one shoe, carrying the other, while holding a staff ran up to my window (which I had open since it was sunny and 15 C. and  he grabbed the sill, held on and leaned in, saying he needed a ride to pick up his truck from the tow yard. Too close. Scared me. We told him to 'back off'. He swore loudly as we pulled away. We had seen him sitting on the sidewalk edge before we went to shop.

Window up, didn't touch the door when I got home, cleaned the sill, handle, door with soapy water and wiped with water/vinegar. Washed my hands and arms and face. Still felt worried.

Friday 20th - to pharmacy to pick up an RX, goodly distance between cashier and shopper. Picked up a few groceries - the fill a plastic bag and tag with the bin number ...' aisle is blocked and closed, soups and most tinned goods and packaged foods plus some meat cooler spaces are empty, 'choose your own' fresh baking product shelves are closed down and of course paper product shelves are bare. Many items have a limit on how many can be purchased by a shopper. 

Floors have 2 metre distance white tape strips on the flooring near the check-outs. Space. Bring your own bags is now a NO, not to be touched by staff. Plastic bags are 'free' for now. I packed my own bags (which was allowed), used the hand cleaner when entering and leaving and did not touch the shopping cart with my hands. 

That chain of stores just started early shopping for seniors and handicapped only - from seven to eight a.m. 

Decided to be proactive for me. Went outside in sunshine and fresh air and picked up winter wind blown down small branches in the back yard. Started a stack in the front yard in case the town 'grind branches for mulch' continues as it has for many many years. More to add another day.

Checked out all the work that needs to be looked at and tidied in the back yard.

Saturday 21st - wanted to try the 7-8 am shopping (yes, senior here). Slept in. Maybe next week.

Many blogs I read are sharing what they are doing to keep their spirits up and follow the safety rules as we all navigate the changes in our world.

Claudia of Mockingbird Hill Cottage  decided to write her post/log of what each day held for her. I find it every encouraging.

Laura of Simple and Serene Living writes about the changes to her life - and her Bloggers I Read writers contribute on their posts as well.

Donna of Funky Junk Interiors has been sharing what she is doing to keep spirits up and busy. Bike riding and fresh air, yard work, continuing her house sorting/refreshing.

Sue of Granny Sue's News and Reviews is also writing about what she and her husband are doing as they are self-isolating and carry on with their normal routines. 

Off Grid Islander posted how they are following the self-isolating changes after returning early from their holiday.

Zefi of Junk4Joy  lives in Paros, Greece and writes what she is doing while staying home.

Mrs. Frugalwoods of Frugalwoods writes what she is doing and her many commenters are adding what they are doing to support others in their communities that need help. 

Becky of Becky at Home writes about how she and her family are coping with the changes in our world.

So many bloggers are writing of their acceptance and managing the much changed way to keep themselves/ family /children in self-isolation and well. They are also sharing how they help others.

Rick and Jilda are two dear bloggers who look at good first.

Thank you dear friends for visiting today



Thursday, March 19, 2020

Our World


Follow the health guidelines

Do your part to flatten the curve

Be your best person

Kindness to strangers

Hugs Dear Friends


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