Hello my beautiful sparkling friends!
How are you doing in this crazy new world?
I'm coping...but I'm not particularly happy with this new lifestyle.
I must say leaving a recently bereaved on their own in isolation is not the best way to cope with psychological mindsets.
Sooooo...what have I been doing to keep myself sane?
I have been working on my Corona masks and hope they will help our local community. It's been quite the challenge just instituting this tiny little cottage industry.
You would think I couldn't get in much trouble confined within the comforts of my own home but you'd be wrong on that assumption.
First the big screen TV died! May Day...May Day...how is one to survive without a television during these stressful times?
It started acting funky a few days before turning itself off after it was turned on. The first day I was able to turn it on at the TV without the remote and it stayed on. Then the next day...not so lucky.
I started googling and YouTubing and found that it was probably a pretty major problem. I think the TV is about 7years old and they have a lifespan of about 10...so a repair would be costly and probably not the best use of money anyhow.
Luckily Best Buy had a spectacular sale so I was able to get a BIGGER set and have it loaded right into my vehicle by ordering it online. YAY!
But NOW how to get the monster TV down from the big antique French buffet we had it on...AND the new bigger TV into the house, unboxed, and UP on the French buffet.
Not a job one fairly strong but not THAT strong spunky little lady was capable of.
What to do...what to do? I called my wonderful neighbors and they immediately offered their help and helped me unbox and hoist it up.
THEN...the challenge of programming it...oh my...that was always Don's expertise and he had SO many components hooked up to the old one. I think I have most of it together except I can't figure out how to rehook up the apple box or the soundbar and I can't figure out how to get the power on and off switched back over to my Xfinity remote...but oh well...I do have a picture and I can still see my beloved Prime and Netflix movies...so I feel very accomplished!
So after the TV died our big Sequoia truck (we call her Taz for Tasmanian Devil...she's JUST that big) the battery died. What the? I just purchased a new battery from AAA maybe 2-3 months ago...it should not be dead so quickly. I called the AAA guy and he speed charged it but told me if the vehicle isn't driven at LEAST 2-3 times a week for 20 minutes on the highway..it would not hold a charge. He told me to get a charger so that I could charge it up on my own...WAIT a minute...I HAVE a charger...now just to find it in our cluttered garage.
I did...we plugged it in and I learned so much about batteries!
This is not only a time of self-isolation for me...it's a time of learning self-sufficiency too.
After putting out those two fires...I lugged my sewing machine downstairs because the upstairs A/C is STILL out and I don't when I'll be able to afford the considerable money it will take to replace it. When I went up there it was 88 degrees...yes this is Florida my friends.
That worries me because I know that kind of heat makes the downstairs unit which is CONSTANTLY on the fritz work harder. If I don't get it fixed I'll have TWO dead air conditioners at the same time. Not a pretty scenerio...not pretty at all.
But....I digress. I brought the sewing machine down plugged it in the light came on...I pushed the foot pedal...and the crazy thing started sizzling and smoking...it shorted OUT.
Oh my gosh...what ELSE?
this was my very expensive and coveted Viking sewing machine.
No way am I replacing that! I got a cheapie one from Joann's Fabric and might not have spent the money on that...but I have all of these masks cut out...went on an EXTENSIVE hunt for elastic and fabric...so the show WILL go on!
It's for a good cause. I'm donating to Hope Hospice since they were truly Don's angels when he needed them so much. I will also donate to the Fire Department since Don was a firefighter for many years. They can get the masks to people in our community most in need. I will also drop them off to the soup kitchens that send volunteers out to serve our underserved in the community.
Disasters are horrible but I have found that the indomitable human spirit always rises up for the best to help each other during the most harrowing of times.
Check out my cute fabric. I'll be showing the finished product pretty quickly.
I love the happy colors and print! God bless our front line heroes risking their own lives to save humanity!!
In the meantime, I've been cooking, cooking, cooking!
Lots of soups, sloppy Joes, Meatloaf...this food also goes to the soup kitchens who so sorely need the support during these times of extreme stress for our less fortunate in the community.
This virus brings home a pretty life learning lesson! It doesn't care what party affiliation you belong to, it doesn't care how much money you have in the bank or if your stocks are dropping by the moment. It doesn't care how fancy your house is or the car you drive. I must say in many ways it is the great equalizer and I think our entire civilization should take note of that.
Be kind, do your part, protect yourself and those around you by self-isolating. The money we are all losing is painful...but none of that will matter if we have no humans left to worry about it will it.
Yikes...me thinks...I have TOO much time to think!