Monday, April 6, 2020

Seems Like Ages...

What day is this, oh yes, Monday. Sometimes I actually have to check my IPAD to summon up what day and date it is, you too? Every day is about the same for me. Get out of bed around 7:00 AM, let Lily out, feed  Lily and Gracie, make the coffee, wait for the coffee in anticipation, give Lily a chewy treat so she will let me sit and check emails, read the newspaper, check Facebook, check Instagram, read my daily devotionals,  and then every thing begins to repeat....let Lily out, check emails, check Facebook etc etc. Usually talk by phone with a friend or my son or daughter, begin a group text with friends. Somewhere between all this I wander to the kitchen to search for food.  Vowing that today I'm going to accomplish something. I am a big fat failure in that department. I know many have taken this opportunity to dig in and get those tasks done and I applaud them, but me, not so much. Please don't ask me where the time goes, it just goes and before I know it, the day is almost over. Honestly sometimes I get dressed, sometimes I don't. I usually get dress when the weather is desent and I can take Lily for a walk, but if the weather is crummy, cold, rainy, the robe and gown may stay on.

This being alone is sometimes a blessing, sometimes a curse.  Being alone affords you to get dressed or not, cook meals or not, eat what you want when you want. But if you have others living with you, you tend to get dressed, make the bed, clean up the kitchen, change lightbulbs, keep the refrigerator and pantry stocked properly, etc.

I have a friend that is ultra organized, she has not minded this "stay at home" at all. Gives her the opportunity to clean out her garage, rearrange her book shelves etc. She says "I may not be able to control things out in the world, but I can control my own space around me."  Oh I wish I would follow her lead. And kudos to all those who have that same mantra. So you are thinking I must be some kind of slob....and yes, you could say that. I tend to be messy, and not pick up after myself. Right now I have no structure and just like kids and animals I need structure.  Having a cleaning lady come every two weeks helps me get my house in order, gives me that structure...throw out all that mail that has been collecting in piles, hang up the clothes I have left laying on the chair, make sure the kitchen is clear of dirty dishes etc. but now with this "stay in place" order I don't have her to help. I know, don't feel sorry for me, I should be able to clean my own house, but since I have confessed my lack of gumption, I really miss her.

I said yesterday that my plan was to go to Trader Joe's today, well after I wrote that, I had a friend text me and urged me to order on line and either pick up my order or have it delivered. After thinking about it, and the fact I didn't have a face mask or the means to make myself one, I decided yes, I will order from Jewell (our largest grocery store). I thoughtfully put things into the virtual cart, ofcourse no TP, which didn't surprise me, and after $200  I thought it was time to check out.  When I began the process of date and time of pick-up I was shocked that I couldn't pick my groceries up until Sunday....what??!!  So, yes now I must make a trip out to pick up a few essentails in the meantime.

Good news, while grocery shopping on-line my (thoughtful, lovely, considerate) neighbor brought me a homemade mask. And she being a nurse, made sure it was a full face mask along with an extra bearier in between layers. Now, I feel a little safer when I do go out.  I felt like she presented me with a pot of gold, that's how excited I was.

And speaking of a pot of gold, that bottom image, and all the images above were taken at the Chicago Botanic Garden's Orchid Show in March. Such a short time ago but seems like ages.

Now I'm going upstairs, take a shower and get dressed altho it's hardly worth it since it's already 3:15 PM. See what I mean about where does the time go??

Until next time, stay safe, stay well,


  1. Good morning, sweet Deanna. I am so glad you are getting a lot of groceries soon. It's good to have healthy food in the house. What are you reading at the moment? Do you like jigsaw puzzles? Spring is really coming and that is a GOOD thing. I am glad your dear friend made you a mask. I read an article about a lighthouse keeper who had a lot of solitude and talked about the benefit of routines. I'm not one to have much in the way of routines but in theory I think they're sound. These beautiful photos you posted bring no end of cheer as I get ready for bed here. Are you on "Goodreads?" I think that's my news for tonight, headed to bed to read. Stay safe and strong and I sure wish I was having five o'clock glass of wine with you (and cheese and crackers and maybe fruit and more cheese...) Big smoochy hug from far away Nova Scotia. oxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

    1. You are a sweetheart! It's been awhile, glad to hear from you and that you are safe and sound in Nova Scotia. Yes, I am on Goodreads, but I have been mostly listening to audio books lately and haven't posted them. Take care, my friend.

  2. Ummm, rather, good night. You don't know what day it is, I myself seem to be struggling with time of day. Apparently it's night now. Haha.

  3. Very difficult to organize your day when your structure goes away. Especially hard when I look in the mirror and see my HAIR. Some really scary stuff going on there, and then to know that here, the hair salon may.... may possible be able to open up in a limited manner the middle of May.... Good to hear from you here Deanna.


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