Thursday, June 11, 2020

Heavy Sigh

Well, Iowa has been open for over a month with no ill effects.  My husband's hospital is closing the covid clinic because there are no patients.  It should be a joyous time, but as you all know, things are much much worse.  Even after 9/11, I thought my country was invincible, that the republic would stand and our freedoms would remain intact.  I am doubting that for the first time in my life.  Too many people I know are pretending antifa is a good thing.  I don't even know what to say.  Burning the country to the ground is a good thing?  A good friend actually posted something comparing them to the men who stormed the beach at Normandy "they are both fighting fascism!"  I have no words for such complete foolishness, I can't believe someone I know believes this lie.

July 4th has always been my favorite day of the year, antique shows, hot sunny weather, hot dogs and popsicles all crowned with a glorious fireworks display.  I could just cry that we aren't even going to celebrate as a country this year.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

He didn't know. He didn't know anything.

My title is a favorite line from The Enchanted April.  Frederick is in a social situation in which he keeps asking himself who people are and what is happening and the author repeats "He didn't know.  He didn't know anything." after each question.  I feel much like Frederick, a bit bewildered and admitting I still don't know anything.  "Peak" infection time has come and gone, and it hasn't been that bad in Iowa.  Number of patients at my husbands clinic have dwindled, everyone is being treated and recovering without hospitalization.  The state is officially open this weekend, although you wouldn't have known it was closed by the crowds at Walmart and Lowes and Menards over the last few weeks.  So, once again, we are waiting two weeks to see what happens.  Will it be fine?  Will it be a disaster?  I don't know.  I don't know anything.

Antique shops have opened and I went and shopped--a lot.  8 weeks without antiques was too much, that I do know.  I did my part to stimulate the economy--I am hoping all the shopkeepers haven't been too badly hurt.

Here a few projects I have been working on before all my shopping:

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Still Waiting....

Things have not come close to a peak here in Iowa, supposedly we are due at the end of April, on my birthday, in fact.  Not joyous news.  In the meantime, my husband has treated several people and they have all recovered.  The number of patients his hospital has been seeing has dwindled, which seems like good news, but the facebook crowd will certainly have none of it.  Just try being positive around that place---Jeez!

I was really surprised to still be selling on eBay, but that has dwindled as well.  I have been planting herbs and lettuces in pots, cleaning up the yard, taking walks and doing a lot of puzzles--I find them very therapeutic.  I have kind of been getting some projects done, not as many as I should.  One thing I put off forever was dying a box full of egg gourds.  It turned out to only take about 20 minutes and they are beautiful!  I don't know why I waited so long!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Working Waiting and Wondering

I relapse into panic some days and keep myself calm some days.  Today was a good day.  The sun shone and I was able to get a lot of work done for my ebay store.  My husband has seen a few patients that tested positive and they have been improving.  I worry a lot about him getting sick and also bringing it home to the girls and I.  I have lobster hands from all the washing and I swear, my eyes are itchy just to get me to touch my face.  So, like every one else, we are just waiting and wondering what is next, and hoping for better days.

Here are a few pretty things I photographed today:

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Quarantines Panic and Peace

Well, last week was something wasn't it?  I spent the majority of it trying to breathe through blind panic and looking to make some sense of it all.  I have calmed down immensely and think I have found the peace of good sense at last.  My husband is a physician, so he is on the front lines, and we both are 60, so "at risk".  All through the end of times stories they keep pushing on the news, the statistics have just not been in line with the hysteria.  I have come to the conclusion that either there is something they just aren't telling us, or this shut down of the country is all for nothing.  I have finally been able to "let go and let God".  I have come out of the frozen fear phase and I am going back to work--it feels good to be somewhat normal again.

The flowers are blooming outside and now I am blooming inside as well.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Broken Wrists and Signs of Spring

A month ago, I was out scouting antique shops, when I spied an old house with an "antiques" sign out front.  The steps were cement, obviously an amateur affair as none of the steps were the same height, especially the last, which was at least 2" higher than the previous step.  I caught my toe on the edge and as there was no hand rail to grab, down I went onto the cement porch floor, catching myself with my hand.  I cried a little, but kept thinking I was over reacting--oh no, wrist was and is quite broken.  It is improving, as I can almost type, but will keep this short, it is starting to throb again.

Here are some spring things to list tonight and tomorrow...

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Winter Blahs

It has been a typical January, trudging through the gloomy days, dealing with ice and snow, falling on ice and snow-- oh, does it hurt to sit down!  I have been trying to keep my mind busy with creating, which has kind of worked, but I really need a dose of sunshine.

I did go on a quest to find German kitchen toys and ended up ordering some from actual Germany (still awaiting that shipment).  I found a few things from my Iowa dealers at the frozen in the ice show in Anamosa last week, so glad it was worth venturing out into the arctic.

I have also been wrapping things in blue paint and feedsacks and calico--fabric scraps are everywhere!