Monday, April 05, 2021

April 5, 2021 Monday-1:45pm

Well, good afternoon!

A quiet week with me being super tired and still napping and sleeping a lot.  Took almost the whole month between shots for me to start to have more energy so no surprise I am still draggy and weak after the second one where I felt worse to begin with...only been 2 1/2 weeks.  So, still just peaceful, quiet days with Annie watching youtube videos and shows.  Second season of Homecoming was only 7 episodes instead of 10 so they might have gotten cut off due to covid, I would imagine.  Been watching Foyle's War again.   Rented some DVDs from Netflix--Grantchester latest season, The Undoing mini-series (wow!), and the last one I watched was News of The World with Tom Hanks--very good!  Tom in a western!  Has anyone else seen News of The World? Or The Undoing?

Still have a lone partridge that has been coming for weeks.  Poor thing.  No one to pair off with this year, I guess.

The only thing I accomplished all week (besides laundry) was to jazz up these striped cards I had put together a few years ago now.  I added a big die cut hello to the fronts of them.  Looked cheerier and a bit springy.
I did get out to take pictures of Grandpa's old desk.  Not very big.  When I was about ten years old I thought it was the perfect size for me--LOL!  Used to beg Grandpa to open it up so I could see the...

...cubby holes and little drawers...ahhh!  I still think it is marvelous!  Plan to turn this into my letter writing supplies spot.  :)

There is still newspaper lining the bottom drawer--Minneapolis paper from 1942!  Very fragile and crispy.
I also brought in the box of Mom's costume jewelry to look through.  I'll show you pictures when I go through that.
Leah sent me some pics.  She and Liam are pretty far behind Daddy and Ian on this walk.  Love the long shadows and Liam's walking stick.
Liam sleeping on the couch.  You know how this can happen some days when they are of an age that they don't think they need to nap anymore--LOL!
On Saturday the boys colored Easter eggs.  Ian...
...and Liam.
Very colorful!
Leah made a cake in the shape of an egg.  Had multi-colored whipped cream/cream cheese frosting, I believe.  Forgot to ask.
Easter morning the boys headed out for their Easter egg hunt in the yard.
Photo bomb by Daddy--LOL!
They found all the eggs.  (Liam told me later that Ian gave him the last one that Ian found.)
The egg peeling is serious business for Liam.  He has always been very good at it.
Ian eating a hard boiled egg, too.
When I got there on Easter Sunday afternoon Ian was deep into a video game.  He has a new eye mask that he hates to take off--LOL!
Liam is happy to see Gramma nowadays.
Even got so close taking pictures...
...that he was too close--LOL!
I quick took pics of Dagan and Leah in the kitchen before I forgot to take any more (which I did).
Leah's brother, Aaron, was there, too.  He quarantined for two weeks so he could come!
Leah remembered to get a picture of us before dinner.

I was so tired I got a ride home from Leah while Dagan was putting Ian to bed.  (Ian goes to bed about an hour after Liam.)  Was a wonderful, wonderful Easter!  I was so glad I made it--no matter how tired I was--LOL!  

Dagan got his second shot on April 1st.  He was achy for one day and that was it.  I hope Leah does as well.  Hopefully soon Aaron will be able to get vaccinated, too.  Be so nice when all the immediate family members get vaccinated.  Once my brother and SIL get vaccinated they plan to come up for a nice long visit around the table at Dagan and Leah's like we used to have.  Leah has a sister and BIL with two boys in town--and a grandma and grandpa, too.  Being able to see and hug family--and talk without masks--priceless!

This week will be busier...but I should slowly be getting more energy, I hope.  On Wednesday afternoon I have my video appointment with Elliot.  Thursday Leah will come over for a craft night.  She needs to make some teacher thank you cards.  Hopefully I will be able to visit at McFamily's on the weekend.  After Leah is fully vaccinated--beginning of May--I will be able to have Gramma Days again with Ian!  And eventually start some Gramma Days with Liam, too!  Things will be getting more back to normal.

Been such a long time and things won't be quite the same, that's for sure, but they will be lots better because of the vaccinations.  The shots are our hope for some normalcy again.  So exciting!!  We must share them all over the world.  :)

Spring is trying to arrive as best it can.  We go from 70 to 30s and back again.  The spring roller coaster is very similar to the fall one--LOL!  I am planning on buying some new planter boxes for the patio since my cheap plastic ones have been cracking and are being held together with duct tape...well, I really do need new ones.  Leah and I are going to take measurements and search online Thursday night.  I am going to go with something sturdier this time.  That's a huge excitement in my life, I tell you!  

My relief check is pending at the bank for Wednesday.  But there are 30 million of us on SS and SSD who didn't get our checks.  I think they are just starting to get to us on Wednesday.  Regardless--should be soon!  Last time I was so very practical.  I stocked up on household goods, personal care goods, and cat food & kitty litter.  This time--well, still cat food & kitty litter--but I'm mostly stocking up on supplies for letter writing, art, cards, and my fun stuff this time.  Oh, yah--there will be the practical, too--like filters for the Britta and for my humidifier, for example, but a large percentage will be for those food-for-the-soul activities this time and not just toothpaste and laundry soap and window cleaner--LOL!  ;) 

I am hoping to be feeling better and able to do more the rest of this year.  Leah will be able to come back for Craft Nites again!  My mind is full of plans and ideas.  Now, if my body will just catch up--LOL!  ;)

 I guess that's it for this week.  I hope to at least get some letters written this coming week.  I'm glad you snail mail friends are such a patient lot.  ;)  I love the blog comments, too--even though I can't comment back like I used to since Blogger decided to cut off that route for me.  I read every single word! Some of you email me and I love that!  I appreciate every one of you.  Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with matter how.  :)  Till next week...may you have sweet days that fill your heart.

Oh, and everything looks all nice and uniform.  I'm always amazed at what Blogger does to the post every week recently.  I wonder if it will play with font size again or mess with my paragraphs or if it has grown tired of being a prankster?  Let's see--she says as she is ready to click publish...


"When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in.  That's what this storm's all about."

Haruki Murakami


Rita said...

Mess with me it did. Made almost all the font size smaller and moved some of the text over to the left side instead of centered. But--that's Blogger for you. What's that saying--you get what you pay for...ROFL! ;)

Deb said...

Hi Rita - looks like a lovely Easter. So glad you are starting to feel better, even if you are still a little tired. Ian and Liam are certainly getting to be handsome young men. I love that little desk. That will be perfect for you letter writing supplies. Hope you have a good week.

Bonnie said...

How nice that you got to spend Easter with the family! I bet that was a wonderful day. IRS has a web site where you can find out when your check is supposed to come and it said I will get mine on this Wednesday as well. I guess I'll see. I absolutely love your Grandpa's desk! My Grandmother had one like that too. All those cubby holes and drawers are just begging to be filled, aren't they!

I hope you keep feeling better and better so you can enjoy Spring! Take care and give Annie some love from me!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I always preview my post before publishing, and then you can go back in and edit the fonts back to uniform size. Sorry to hear that you have had such a dire reaction to the vaccine. My wife and I have had our first shots. She had a bit of a sore arm for a day or two, but I had no after effects of any kind. The kids look like they really enjoyed Easter.

DJan said...

When I hear how sick you have been from the shots, I'm just glad you are safe from the virus. It would have been MUCH harder to recover from. Love the pictures of the kids and being reminded of what it was like to color eggs. Been a long time ago for me! That old newspaper is priceless now. Love the desk. :-)

Anvilcloud said...

My grandfather had a similar desk that intrigued me. I loved all of the little cubby holes when it was folded out.

I actually had it in my bed room in my teenage years, but I cannot noe remember the underneath part. Did it have drawers like yours?

Theoretically it was good for homework and studying, but I didn't seem to do too much of that. It got passed on years later.

Jon said...

I'm glad you had a pleasant Easter with family. I like dyed eggs so much that I think it should be done all year long. Those multi-colored "hello" cards are really nice - and I love your grandfather's old desk. It's a real treasure!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Had to laugh at your comment. I had trouble left justifying a post and I finally gave up. Blogger was on a rampage and I quit fighting with it.

Such a wonderful Easter. Love the cards, too. The boys looked so cute with bunny ears and eating hard cooked eggs. That cake was out of this world. Glad you had a good Easter and hope you feel better soon. Since they opened up to anyone over 16 in KS, I get my shot on Thursday.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

I had a decent Easter but with my Mum being in hospital fighting not to die, and struggling to hold her own

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hi Rita I can reply should be able to also!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Ok...Hope you feel better soon. I am still tired and it has been three weeks today since my last old folks must take longer to catch up!
That desk is a beauty! What a treasure for you!
Fun to see the boys with their ears and their eggs...such cuties! So glad you got to get out.
Sounds like a cool week:(

Janie Junebug said...

Such a cute cake! The boys are extra adorable with their bunny ears. I haven't seen The Undoing or News of the World, but I'm intrigued.


Juli said...

I have to tell you I'm bummed that I archived my old blog. I literally redid my grandfather's secretary that looked almost identical to yours. I painted it white, changed the hardware to brushed nickel, and did the insides of the drawers and pull down desk a light gray. I also did the balls of the feet in gray to make the detail on the legs stand out. It's one of my favorite projects ever. And I discovered that the pillars next to the center door pull out and are secret compartments. :)

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

So glad to read about and see how you spent the Easter holiday, Rita. We also were able to have our first family visit and even though we didn't do anything "special" just being together was special enough as you well know. Sorry that you had a reaction to the vaccine, but most folks who did have said it passed and they were happy to be vaccinated. And I agree that hopefully more people will see the wisdom of getting the vaccine and not vacillate about doing so. That desk looks great with all those cubbyholes and sure will put it to good use. And no worries about falling behind in snail-mail as it happens to me all the time as well.

Divers and Sundry said...

The Husband is on vacation, and even though we're not going anywhere or doing anything somehow I'm way behind on blog visits.

I liked Foyle's War, especially the earlier seasons. I love the "hello" cards. That desk will be the perfect letter-wring spot! The Easter eggs turned out well, and that cake is gorgeous! I'm happy y'all were able to have such a nice get-together for Easter. I think the vaccines will help, but I doubt we'll ever get back to the way it was. I look forward to seeing your patio arrangement :)

pearshapedcrafting said...

The Easter pics are great - good to see that you visited! We watched the first series of Homecoming but still to see the second. We are watching The Good Witch and When Calls The Heart on Netflix as our 'lighthearted' watches but are enjoying the new Midsomer Murders (ITV), The Line Of Duty(quite intensive!)and Faith (both BBC).
Hope you feel tons better soon! Hugs, Chris xx

Harvest Moon by Hand said...

The desk is SO beautiful. I love all the little cubby holes. The boys look adorable in their Easter Bunny ears!