Hello friends! It’s time to mark the beginning of another weekend, our fifth one of Staying at Home. Today I did three things that weren’t on my Three Things list. First, I swapped out the winter decorations (glittered pinecones, sugared fruit, red potpourri, dark throw pillows) for spring (eggs, a bird’s nest, different candles, lighter pillows). Then I helped Marc setup the screened porch (bless him, he cleaned it all by himself – even scrubbing the floor!).

and finally, I visited the Post Office to mail the masks I sewed yesterday for Katie’s family.

Those first two things really helped me feel normal – and lighter!  … and that last one … well. I was definitely sporting the most colorful mask (and I was kind of surprised how busy the Post Office was – of course maybe that was because only one window was open and everyone was minding a six foot space?)

In any event, I am trying to embrace “normal” where I can and TGIF is one of those things.

Thinking about … sewing some clothes. Now that I’ve dusted off my machine and had time to think about my wardrobe, I’m even kind of excited. The good news is I have fabric, thread and elastic (all of it purchased a while back with completely different projects in mind) … and time. plenty of time!

Inspired by … Tsh Oxenreider to keep a Quarantine Diary. I have a solid daily journaling practice so the structure is already there. I just need to make myself do the hard work to ponder a few of the answers. and then write them down.

Also, I’m sure you’ve seen/heard/read Queen Elizabeth’s speech from last weekend. These words struck a chord with me

“I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge. And those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterise this country. The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future.”

particularly the first and third lines. I do want to look back on this time and be proud. and know that I’ve put my best self forward.

Grateful for … see above. A clean porch. I can’t wait to move myself out there. and share a few of my beautiful porch views with y’all.

Fun … we have another virtual meet-up planned for Sunday afternoon. If you didn’t get an email from me yesterday with the Zoom details and you want to participate, please let me know!

Stay safe. Be well.

12 thoughts on “TGIF.

  1. Very good things indeed! (especially the porch!!) My porch is on my list, but I have not had any cooperating weather! Boo!

    Have a wonderful weekend. I will miss you all on Sunday – but I am book that afternoon for a Family FaceTime!

  2. I started a quarantine journal at the beginning of . . . All This. This is, truly, a moment in history — and a perfect time for a bit of documentation! Enjoy your lovely time on the patio, Mary. What a wonderful treat. 🙂

  3. Tracy has started setting up our patio—a screened porch, or better yet a sun room would allow us more opportunities to be out. It snowed a good part of the day here despite the daffodils in bloom. Another couple of weeks, and maybe it will be warm enough to sit outside. For now, I’m grateful to be able to walk outside most days without being uncomfortably cold. I’ve really expanded my nighttime journaling to include what’s happening now. I think even I will be glad to look back over this later and see how we fared. Have a blessed Easter weekend!

  4. Great masks! Not sure how we will be celebrating Easter with our group. I bought a 5 year diary in March and I’m trying to keep up with a few sentences every day. Will be interesting to revisit next year.

  5. Our deck is set up but the weather is not cooperating! Hopefully it will soon although I don’t consider it really “ready” until I have my container gardens done and that can’t happen until the end of May. Happy Easter weekend, Mary!

  6. We don’t have a screened porch, but once the weather is more predictably nice, I’m looking forward to spending more time on our porch. (When we were house shopping, one of my must-haves was a porch, and I really have not spent as much time on it as I could, so I think now is the time to do it.) I have been following your lead and, in my daily journal entries, I’ve been keeping track of three things I’ve accomplished and five things that have brought me joy, and I really think it’s done a lot for my mental health. I am definitely noticing small things that I probably would have overlooked if we weren’t in this extraordinary situation, and I’m learning to treasure small moments, like working on a puzzle with my daughter or taking a hot shower.

  7. Hi! Love the opening photo…and all the love from your post. See you soon. Excitement awaits…

  8. My bright pink mask fits perfectly-thank you!! I re-cleaned my screened porch yesterday lol and have sure been enjoying it – pollen and all. Of course, it’s now chilly enough to wear my new wool sweater I just finished so I’m liking that for today as well… and those Britons know how to turn a phrase…thanks for including that quote.

  9. Your masks are lovely, and I like the Georgia Tech fabric! Queen Elizabeth’s words are wonderful and something for me to keep in mind. I tried to muster my “quiet good-humoured resolve” all the way through the grocery store this morning!

  10. You look nice in your mask 🙂 My Easter was nice, we had a zoom with my family and it was nice to see the kids and my dad and my sister and all of their significant others. I had a two hour power outage that has since been restored. Yay! Now I am going to get all of what I want done done.

  11. Isn’t it nice to get the mask making finished? I made a few and found them very tedious. Perhaps it was because I’d rather be making anything else. I’m sorry to miss your Zoom meet up – maybe another time if you continue to host. Since it is an hour earlier for me, we were just sitting down to our Easter meal at 1:00 p.m.

    I journal regularly so am just including my thoughts about this pandemic time as part of those entries. Queen Elizabeth shared her wisdom so elegantly.

    Enjoy moving back into your porch. We had hail and freezing temperatures around 4:30 a.m. on Easter morning. Since then it has been cold and windy. I had to get my winter coat, cowl, and mittens out for walking. Milder weather is in the offing for next week.

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