Saturday, March 20, 2021


Jack and I both got our second Moderna vaccines on Thursday!  We both felt a little crummy, but not terrible, that night, and his arm was still very sore the next day.  I felt fine but, to my surprise, I kept falling asleep the next day, while Jack went about his regular schedule.   I had expected to be the Big Winner in the Bravest Person competition after this shot, but if there was an award ceremony, I'm afraid I slept through it.   That evening Jack went out for a walk and I was still hunkered down by the fire, eyes drooping.   But later that night, he set up the coffee and put on the timer as he always does, but forgot to put a coffee pot into the device, so I woke up the next day to find 10 cups of coffee all over the floor and in the drawer beneath the pot.  I think perhaps he wasn't feeling as 100% as he claimed.  No matter, we are both thrilled to be vaccinated and just hope that all the crazies out there, those who refuse to take precautions and even refuse to be vaccinated, don't spoil it for us all.

We have two more Sunday dominoes games and then the "season" will be over until next year.  I was far ahead in winning until last Sunday, when I lost every game.  Now Evan and I are neck and neck in the competition . . . and I am hoping he will win.  He really, really does not like to lose to me.

I am working on a menu, as low-stress as possible, for our Easter dinner when my son and his family will be coming over for the first indoor, unmasked gathering in over a year!  It has been SO long since we have had a meal together, I want it to live up to everyone's expectations, but I don't want to spend all day in the kitchen, either.   I am out of the habit of cooking large meals and generally out of the habit of entertaining.   So this will be a fun thing for me to ponder for a few days, and no matter what we end up eating, I know we will all be glad to finally be together again!

I did a few more sewing projects this week.  I made a little bunny mat for my front table, to decorate for Easter week and early Spring, and I made a mug rug of the same design for my Secret Santa. The little mats I've been making for the hall table are only 12 inches square, and the small size makes for a fun and very quick project.  I expect to make several more for the various seasons.  

I put a striped binding on the one quilt that was still sitting around without, and I got started on a birthday table runner, also a Secret Santa gift.  I am pretty sure no one in the secret Santa group ever comes this way -- I sure hope not!  

The birthday runner would be finished except for a series of broken needles that ruined one square and delayed all the others.  I am afraid we will have to take the Solaris in again, a huge frustration when one spends so much on a machine that has the bigger hoops and nicer features, but has never performed as well for us as the cheaper versions.  

This weekend is the beginning of Spring, at least according to the calendar.  I will need to mop the coffee-soaked kitchen floor and do some other housework tasks, but I am hoping to get outside for at least a stroll around my own yard.  Walking is increasingly painful these days, so, although I think it is likely that I will just have to live with it,  I do plan to see a doctor about it soon.  The foot that they x-rayed and diagnosed as broken is sore, but it is the other foot that is causing the most pain, making me wonder whether I broke that one, too, or whether it just wants more attention.  I need to find a solution because I definitely need the exercise, and I will want to be outdoors as the weather improves.  This has been a long year of indoor time, and the possibility of being out and about is just around the corner now!

Monday, March 15, 2021

The Ides of March

Beware the Ides of March.  Perhaps I should have heeded that warning.  If I were still married to my first husband (and I am so very glad that I am not), today would have been my 47th anniversary.  There has been a lot of water under the bridge since then and I am confident that he and I are both happier now than we would have been if we were still together.

The snow has melted out back and I've spotted a hunting hawk several times over the past week or so.  The chipmunks are definitely done with their winter sleep and they and the ground squirrels seem to be everywhere again.  It is still chilly, about 15 degrees when I wake up, but warming into the 40's or even the 50's by late afternoon.   I saw what I think is the first shoot of a daffodil today, although it is still too early to be sure.   

Life seems to be slowly picking up its old rhythm lately.  Evan is still coming for dominoes every Sunday -- only two more weeks in the season!  We celebrated Pi Day, 3.14, with cherry pie and with our traditional corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and soda bread, since St. Paddy's day is this coming Wednesday.    It is one of Jack's favorite traditions, with his Irish roots and decades as a (bag)piper.


We will be getting our second vaccination this coming Thursday and just the promise of it has freed some of the frost from our imaginations.   I have scheduled a haircut, a pedicure!, and a weekend on Lake Michigan for the two of us in the weeks to come.  Best of all, my son's family will come over for Easter dinner in a couple of weeks!  All of the adults will be fully vaccinated by then and the CDC advises that we can gather safely, indoors, without masks!  I am excited beyond measure!  My brother Bill is fully vaccinated, one of Jack's sons and his wife have also gotten appointments for their first vaccine,  and so has my sister,  so we are hoping that many family reunions are just around the corner!

I've finished most of the sewing tasks I set for this month, well ahead of schedule  -- in addition to the little shamrock table-topper, I finished my Christmas tree skirt, bound another lap quilt, made another secret Santa gift (the theme this month was "under the sea"), made a green rainbow-quilt block, and embroidered the blocks for two table runners.  I forgot to take photos of the quilt and embroidered blocks, and I know I still move like molasses, but trust me, things are finally getting done!  I plan to finish the (machine) embroidered blocks and assemble them, and to make a little bunny table-topper before the month is over.  I think the combination of impending Spring and vaccine-freedom have given me a bit more energy!   I know that precautions will be necessary for some time to come.  But I am hoping that this forward-energy will continue and that perhaps, just perhaps, we are nearing the end of this year of worry.