Monday, March 30, 2020

Monday Message



"There will always be more blessings than burdens...even if some days it doesn't seem so" - Jeffrey R. Holland

It feels hard right now but we will get through this.

Watch out for others as well, we all are in this and we need to help others. So think to check on other people. This can be a phone call to see if they need anything. Wipe things with wipes to protect the elderly.

At the time of this writing it is March 14 and they said we've now gone into a community spread. So since we are in that demographic to get it bad we are staying home.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has cancelled church and other church meetings till further notice so we will have church by ourselves in our home.

There's things to do other than look at the four corners or watch each other's hair grow.

Stop fear. You may have kids at your house. You know what they are studying, so find work book pages or make some. You be the teacher and then let them be the teacher and have them teach you their homework after they're done. Have a book you read to them when you're all together, get pillows to lay on while you read. Or do a snack, something you can make together. Then do the dishes together and have a snack party.

Popcorn balls is an instant favorite. Mini marshmallows and popped corn and a fourth stick of butter or margarine and food coloring. Pop your corn in a bowl and move to another bowl so the seeds stay in the first bowl. In a pan melt the butter then add the marshmallows and food coloring of choice, as light or dark as you want. When melted, pour over the popped corn and stir well. Butter your hands or spray hands and then form the balls, when they are all done stick them in baggies.

Let me first say what our plan is....  

We stay in our car when we go to pick up our senior commodities. They are in box that they just set in the car for you. Then we have to pick up a picture of my husband's. We will be wearing rubber gloves and when we get back we will Clorox wipe everything.

Things we have planed every week... I will check on the sisters I visit but we are all in a high risk demographic so we will do messaging online. I think what I have in mind they will like :)

We will keep staying home and trade off going to the mailbox for mail, once we open it we'll wash our hands.

The Monday message will continue so there is that.

We play scrabble and chess online with one of the girls and phone and message the other. Skyping would be good as I can make a fun distraction for the grandkids.

We will play games...




I will catch up on the magazines I was given.



I plan to read for fun and read to learn and read cookbooks for  recipes I have ingredients for.



I will make baskets (Gus approves of this activity).



I plan to finish this hat.



I want to tat this bookmark and more.



I want to learn more thriftiness from these books.



I plan to do some more sewing.



I plan to spin and dye fiber.




I plan to keep weaving.



I plan to take as many classes I can take from blueprint, we paid $47 and I can take any for a whole year and any I want to keep, I can have twelve, but this was great timing to learn.

My husband will draw, oil paint, and has a stain glass project to work on.

So you see this sheltering in place will be okay.

Now tell us your plans. Tell us meals you will make and how you will manage.

The kitties say to stay safe while sheltering in place!



20 comments:

  1. We are thankful that our church is live streaming each Sunday morning. Somehow there is still community even though none of us 600 plus are there in the building. I have been amazed at how our food supplies are lasting and this is a good time to reach deep into the pantry and use up those items that have been here too long. We had several cans of chili without beans and some jars of cheese dip. These items with some chopped tomatoes, chips and sour cream have made delicious nachos for our lunches. The weather is warming up so we have been getting out and walking our neighborhood and just spending time on the porch swing. All the neighbors have told us to just ask if we need anything and we have replied with the same. Being out and just seeing others in their yards is a real morale booster. We all have 1 to 10 acres so there is plenty of distance!

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    1. That is good we get message for church on internet too it is good to be able to do that plus our general conference is this coming weekend so that will be good

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  2. Our church is live streaming, too. We are trying to walk everyday, despite the rain. We are watching more shows on TV. I've worked on a quilt I started a while ago, and put aside. I'm using up the oldest foods in my freezer and pantry. I learned from you to stock up, so we didn't panic when this all started. Thank you. I've been doing some spring cleaning. I've tried to put cheerful pictures on Facebook for my friends and family. Stay safe.

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    1. Great job yes everyone sure needs cheering that is thoughtful.....i don't plan to go to a store at all our numbers are increasing...they just put out the call for all Iowa sewers to make masks ...yikes

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  3. And I love your cat in the bag! Lately we have had a neighborhood cat coming by and napping on our deck. I enjoy seeing him out there basking in the sun.

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    1. I tried to get both in bags side by side but couldn't get that to work but got them each in a single bag at two different times

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  4. Our daughter is working from home but deals with mental patients and must have quite and confidentiality as she does teleconferences and with a 4,6 and 9 year old she cannot just leave them on their own so we are at her house M-F . Husband is with Walgreens so he is still working. We are almost 70 but have to be there and it is scary. Trusting in Him.

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    1. That is what we all need to do put our trust in Him these are very scary time for sure here in Iowa they are calling for all who can sew in the state of iowa sew masks and deliver them to the hospitals

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  5. It's supposed to be Autumn here but it is still quite warm during the day. I am taking advantage and getting lots of seeds going in my garden. I walk on the wide open beach with the fur baby in the early morning. We come home and we do some housework, get washing on the clothesline, general clean up. I then spin, sew, knit or crochet. In the late afternoon I water, weed and collect from the vegie garden for our dinner. We too fit the high risk category and are staying away from others. Our daughter is dropping any shopping off to us. We do get to talk to neighbours over the fence and we are sharing produce, eggs and fresh caught fish. We do this carefully so as not to infect each other. It's not so bad.

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  6. DEAR BECKY: QUE BUENO LEER UN NUEVO MENSAJE TUYO, ME ALEGRA SABER QUE ESTAS BIEN, SIEMPRE DANDO BUENAS IDEAS, ME ALEGRO DE HABERTE ENCONTRADO. ESTOY COSIENDO MUCHO ULTIMAMENTE, HICE UNA BOLSA PARA GUARDAR PAN Y AGARRADERAS, USE LA TECNICA PATCHWORK QUE ME GUSTA MUCHO, TENGO UN BAUL CON RECORTES DE TELAS, ALGUNAS SON DE CAMISAS QUE MI ESPOSO YA NO USA, APROVECHO LOS BOTONES Y LAS PARTES QUE ESTAN BUENAS PARA USARLAS EN FUTUROS TRABAJOS, TAMBIEN ESTOY TEJIENDO UN CHALECO PARA MI HIJO ADOPTIVO MAS PEQUEÑO, EL TIENE 11 AÑOS Y TIENE SINDROME DE DOWN, AUNQUE SU MENTALIDAD ES MAS PEQUEÑA, EL ES UN AMOR Y DULCE NIÑO. SI PUEDES PASAR POR MI BLOG, VERAS LO QUE ESTUVE HACIENDO. TENGO OTROS PROYECTOS EN MENTE, TENEMOS ALIMENTOS PARA ALGUNOS DIAS,DIOS PROVEE TODAS NUESTRAS NECESIDADES. DIOS TE BENDIGA Y TE GUARDE DE TODO MAL.

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    1. Wonderful items you are making and frugal too

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  7. Hi Becky I agree it's time to finish up projects and learn new things. My husband was temporarily relocated to a different state so right now we are in a hotel room. When he goes to work I am left to shelter in place alone. I do talk to the staff and get interactions that way but otherwise it's phone calls to mom and family. I did bring my sewing machine and some projects with me so I do have things to do. Today I worked on some hanging tea towels and patched a pair of my husband's jeans. He has a talent for putting stains and holes in clothing lol. Tomorrow I will do some sewing of masks for us and to send to work with him for coworkers. We have been eating out everyday but as soon as we get an apartment I plan to cook all our meals like we do at home. I brought food from my pantry to stock us up with staples including toiled paper lol so we shold be ok for a while. Before the thrift stores closed I found a Oster bread maker for $5 I was thrilled!! Bread flour was one of the staples I brought with me. Stay safe and God bless Gaila

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    1. Great on the bread machine find i made cinnamon swirl bread yesterday using the recipe in the booklet I shared a while back yum thanks for sharing

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  8. Becky,
    I always look forward to your posts. You are right that we need to find ways to help and encourage others. I am doing more cleaning and disinfecting since some of my family members must go out each day. My daughter and I are staying home as much as possible. I think we have been out two times this month. I am baking more, working on a quilt for hubby's birthday, and doing some embroidery. I started some seeds for the garden and enjoy seeing the little shoots.
    Your kitties are adorable. Take care and be very careful.
    Ginger

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    1. Thank you and you be safe too thank you for sharing

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  9. I enjoy your posts as well. I didn't know about the online classes. I depend heavily on you tube for all my tutorials. I've been sewing masks for the local hospital using a tute I found on you tube. Husband and I assembled a dog run to make a place for the new chicks that are coming in May. I'm planning to can more kidney beans and peaches when they come into season in May. Thanks for your encouragement

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    1. Blue print is offering free classes for a week or something right now it used to be crafsy I use you tube slot too my husband gifted me the yr of blueprint for the forty seven dollar sale price at the time. Iowa governor is calling all who sew in Iowa to make face masks thanks for sharing

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  10. Ironically, I took a part time job at a chiropractor's office just before this started, so I am home less than ever. I am extra careful though.

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