Today marks four full weeks since I returned from my last trip and started stay at home measures. My only outings in a month have been to get groceries. It’s hard but what’s even harder is the news about so many deaths from COVID-19.
As I write this, the US has over 20,000 documented deaths from the virus and who knows how many uncounted ones that either happened before we realized what was going on or weren’t tested. I’m hoping we’ve turned a corner and this next week will bring hope and plans for how to move forward to the new post-coronavirus life.
It’s also Easter Sunday which is adding to my hopeful mindset. My church will post Easter services on youtube and emailed the order of service.
I’m sure the Easter bunny was an essential worker and made it to the homes of children who will wake up to baskets of eggs, chocolate and other treats. We have planned an Easter ham dinner for the two of us and this week and last was able to get all the groceries.
We made our weekly grocery trek yesterday and for the first time since this started found everything on our list. I might not have found my preferred brand but found the item! We have meals planned for the next week.
I got to say, cooking every night is not enjoyable but food is one of our pleasures. We’re not the only ones; many friends are posting their culinary creations on Facebook and Instagram. Even my work has a channel on Teams for employees to post recipes.
We made the best of my birthday at home and ordered steaks from Outback which my husband picked up. It was good. The highlight was the cake my husband made. The picture below is before he added candles (not one for each year thank goodness!).
I had gifts and messages which made the day special. The photo at the top of the post is a canvas one of my sisters had made of a photo from my Transatlantic cruise.
Our cat didn’t eat much for a few days but her normally voracious appetite has returned the last two days. We were worried about her and happy to see she didn’t need treatment.
It rained this week…five days in a row! We had a respite yesterday but today rain was back. No worries about a drought this year!
We finished my master closet decluttering yesterday. I ordered a shoe rack that will help keep those organized moving forward but did get rid of many pairs I no longer wear. Also had to donate lots of reusable bags, gym bags and purses that are just sitting there.
Next I’ll finish up the drawers in the master bathroom; two are done and two more to go!
Books and TV
I’ve read two more library e-books this week. This is something I plan to keep doing once life returns to some semblance of normal. It would make it so much easier to read while traveling.
Two of the shows I’ve been watching since the beginning had their series finales this past week. First was Schitt’s Creek. I loved the way the characters were left but sure am going to miss their quirkiness. One of my favorite things about this show (other than the obvious comedy) is how the residents just accepted each other’s flaws.
The second one was Modern Family. Although we feel the last couple of seasons had lost the way a bit, the final season was much better and set it up for a nice ending for the characters.
This Coming Week
It’ll be another week of working at home with one grocery outing. Fortunately, rain is only forecast for tonight and tomorrow in the 10 day forecast. Although temperatures aren’t really that warm low 60’s to low 70’s. Let’s continue to be hopeful for the curve to move downward more with fewer deaths. Stay safe!