It has been a while since I have waded into the stream. Frankly for the last six weeks, my mind has been streaming everywhere. I was not sure what would be of interest to my friends.
1. Button Jars.... After stitching Collector which featured a Button Jar, my mind went back to my Grandmother Henderson's house. She was my gentle grandmother. She enjoyed home pursuits and had one of the sweetest natures of any one I have ever met. Let's just say I inherited her love of hand crafts but that is about it.:) One special memory I have from her home was sitting on the bed in the bedroom that blonged to Grandmother and Granddad. She had given me her button jar to play with that afternoon. I am not sure where my parents were. My sister, Kristi, had an eye condition that required her to go to Chattanooga to the doctor there and I sometimes stayed with the grandparents while Mother and Daddy made the trip with Kristi. So perhaps that is where they were. Oh how I loved playing with Grandmother's buttons. She has so many different ones. Back then, people saved everything knowing that they might need it one day.( We are getting a dose of that during the quarrantine). I would sort them by color. Then I would sort them by size. I would make a pile for my favorites and a pile for the ugly ones.:) It would keep me busy for a good while. Do children even know what button jars are? I have a couple but I have never allowed my grands to learn the joy of playing in the button jar. And NO I never put one up my nose, ate one or put one in my ear.:)
2. I have resorted to using what I have during this sheltering at home. Sheltering at Home sounds much better than quarantine. The other day when I was baking, I was lacking an ingredient. Instead of hopping in my car and heading to the store, I texted my next door neighbor Janet and she let me borrow what I needed. It reminded me of the I Love Lucy episodes where Lucy and Ethel were always borrowing things from one another. When stitching I have substituted flosses from my stash for a called for floss. I have gone shopping in my home, moving some things around. I did not spend a penny. So some good lessons learned during this time.
3. I did order The Crown Season three from Amazon. Marvin and I enjoyed the first two seasons of this series so we wanted to keep watching. And no we do not have netflix. I also had to order the Rise of Skywalker so that we have the complete series of Star Wars. Because, yes, we are nerds. I got excited the other day when I heard Vera Bradley is coming out with a Harry Potter series of bags this summer. I will admit to looking forward to seeing them! But back to the Crown. Several of my stitching friends have already seen this season with the new queen and they tell me that it will take a while to get used to her voice. Very high pitched and a bit annoying. Since the local library is closed, I have been re reading Kitty Kelly's The Royals. I do admit to being nn Anglophile as well. I keep up with the Queen. I even follow Kensington Palace on Instagram. Update regarding The Crown. We have watched the first two episodes and I rather like the Queen in this season. She has much more maturity and she and Prince Phillip seem to get along better. Margaret is well played by Helena Bonham Carter. She is much prettier than Margaret was....I thought Margaret was a legend in her own mind.
4. If you enjoy You Tube, I have found a channel that has been very nice to watch lately. Sweet and Simple Home. Rachel is a young wife and mom and she has the most calming and sweet voice. Yes those kinds of things either draw me to a channel or turn me away from it! She has a pretty little home and she loves vintage things.( I E the things that we in vogue when I was a child.) Maybe that is why I like her channel. I am watching less and less Television and more You Tube.
5. I have also used this time to purge some of my social media. I realized I had a lot of Facebook friends who are really just acquaintances and some of their posts veer to the political a bit too much for me. I have been unfollowing and in some cases unfriending. I told Marvin that all I want to see on my FB scroll is needlework, photos of family, recipes and encouraging messages. I keep that in mind when deciding if I need that facebook friend on my FB feed. I really like Instagram because you can look at pictures and there is a lot less drama there. Marvin got so fed up with FB the other day, he decided to just take a FB break.
6.We are back out and about here in Alabama....there are restrictions but it is good to have the option to do some shopping. I think most of us who fall into the vulnerable category are retired and able to stay in as we feel led. I went out on Saturday morning by myself and it did feel strange. Marvin and I have been going everywhere together and he drives so just driving again was different. Marvin says he thinks everyone has forgotten how to drive as their skills are rusty.lol I did experience several episodes of people cutting me off and one driver almost backed into me in a parking lot. But over all it was good to just be out and experiencing some normality. I went to the local gift shop and it was very easy to social distance in there. Hobby Lobby was more crowded but lines were marked on the floor and most everyone had on masks. I felt safe there. Hobby Lobby has a hand sanitizer station on the way out which was nice. So far everything seems to be going well.