It was 50 years ago that the first Earth Day happened. I was just graduating High School and trying to figure what came next. Wow the next, I got married, had a child, got Divorced and joined the Navy in a span of three years. Oh I also attend a couple of college classes in Wichita State University. I still remember being in one of those auditorium type class room and have my purse dump and out came a child’s pacifier fall out. I spent my son’s first birthday in Navy boot camp I felt bad about that but felt it was the best choice to be able to support my little family since I was a single mother. So after boot camp I went to my first duty station took a couple month to settle in and get base housing. Then my son joined in me in Sunnyvale California, which from what I understand I would not be able to afford a place there now that it is silicon valley.
I ended up spending twenty years in the Navy, it was in the Navy while stationed at Pax River, Maryland that I met my husband and we married a few years after I retired, but that another story. And I seemed to have wondered from my reason for this post. I don’t remember much about the Earth Day Actions I was just to busy working in the Military and raising a son. It was only after I retired and moved to Las Vegas that I began to be aware of it and civil action that were going on. Mecury Nevada is the site of nuclear testing and every year there would be a big march to the site with civil action- being trespassing and getting arrested. I never took part in the marches or the civil action but would go to the Veterans camp and help where I could with cooking, cleaning etc… alway a behind the scenes action.
This year theme is climate action and from behind the scenes I am working on reducing my carbon foot print. I us towels and rags instead of paper towels, my group of friends have all made feast bundles which means when we get together we bring our own reusable dishes, silverware and drank containers. I am also spending time during this pandemic to research and see what else I can do.
I am taking part in the Digital gathering for Earth Day 2020, I will have an online zoom gathering at 7:00pm central time, plus will be attending some of the Digital events. You can see the link below. I hope you might join me. If you would like to attend the Zoom let me know and I will send an invite.
Yep just doing the new normal. Practicing social distancing and enjoying my own company. Spending a little time with my husband before he wanders off to the gargage to do whatever it is he does. Yesterday he made me some buttons so I can make headbands with buttons for mask so I am going to do some more sewing today.
I am finding its hard to remember what day it is, today I laughed because when I open my daily pill box I said oooo its Friday. I was wondering how many people are finding the same thing happening to them. I have started at night to say thank you for another day and in the morning my husband and I ask what each other are planning to do today. I find that if I can find projects and things to get busy that helps the day to fly bye. Like today I woke up seems that I just had breakfast and now its almost lunch time.
I am hoping that soon life might return a little back to normal I don’t think for me it will never be the normal as I had before. People will pay more attention to health issues, hand washing even to the possibilities to keeping a two or three week supply of non-perishable food on hand. Cleaning supplies, paper towels and of course toilet paper on hand. Then things changes and many years in the future again like the Spanish Flu they will have forgotten and it will happen again.
Well yesterday was a pretty day warm with a light breeze and I just couldn’t set here in the house so we decided to take a ride in Serenity. Serenity is my 2000 Roadtrek170 popular a class A RV. We went to the lake near our house and pulled out the lawn chairs and set and enjoyed it for a couple of hours. While there my friend Linn and her dog Radar came to visit in her Roadtrek Mora we kept our distance from each other but just enjoyed being out and being able to talk to each other in person.
I have also been busy sewing, first I completed a jacket I had cut out along long time ago. then the media started asking for cloth masks and now they are saying we should wear them when we go out SOO I have been making masks. I use to make cloth dolls so I collect a lot of fat quarters to make clothes for them so I have a lot of cloth that I can make into masks. I also found a box that was full of fat quarters that I know I didn’t buy but someone must have given me, which included some star war material. I have had a trial on the masks first couldn’t get earloops right then tried to make ties but just didn’t work. Then I broke my sewing machine, well I have two one is a brother with lots of neat stiches and stuff, that’s the one I broke or course, and a singer that a simple straight and zigzag machine. I couldn’t find the plug for the singer so ordered one from online. It came in and I got to work I have figured it out and now I am making a few a day. I can only set at the sewing machine for so long before my back start to hurt and I have to change positions.
For those who don’t know I have COPD and need oxygen when I am up and active, I am over 60 and so that puts me in a high risk category so my husband does all the errands in town like grocery shopping. So I counted yesterday I had not been out of the house for 28 days so I did need a little R&R ride to change the view. Today I am right back in the house and going to go back to making mask after lunch.
I also thought I would ad a little note here about masks and glasses. I got this information online not sure if it works but so far I have used the metal in my mask and don’t have a eyeglass foggy issue.
If you are wearing a traditional mask, you can squeeze the metal nose piece tight so warm air from your mouth and nose won’t blow up to your glasses.
If you made your own cloth mask, you can sew a paperclip into the nose bridge. You can then fit the paperclip to your nose and cheekbones to limit fogging.
You could also fold a piece of tissue like an accordion and put it in the open space between the mask and your face
Well last night or sometime yesterday they extended the shelter in place to the end of April. Things are getting real here the dogs are complaining cause they get no alone time, they can’t go through the trash with someone around all the time. The cats yea they are highly upset since I moved all the toliet paper up were they can’t reach it to play with anymore.
We are doing okay here its nice that we both have a place in the house where we can get away from each other so I still have a bit of alone time and so does my husband. I reach out to my friend through the week just to check on them and checking on family during this time. I know they keep saying social distancing but I say physical distancing social connection. Last night the Greater Kansas city Interfairth group had a online (ZOOM) pray gathering and my and my husband took part in that and it was kind of nice to do. As I was getting ready for going online looking to see what kind of mess you can see behind me I got to thinking about what I was going to say. I remembered hearing about the drum you can hear all over the reservation in South Dakota and hearing how since people are staying in things are improving less pollution, cleaner waters, animal returning. So this came to me:
Can you hear the drums? They beat the heart beat of Mother Earth. The Mother Earth will heal us but first we must let her heal.
That just about says it. IN. If it wasn’t for my phone I wouldn’t even know what day it is. They just seem to flow together. I have been busy completeing some sewing projects tried to make some mask but so far not being very successful. I am not giving up yet after all got a few days to play here in the house. Starting to get phone calls from the VA rescheduling my appointments to telephone which is fine with me the longer I can stay away from people and practice socail distancing is find with me.
Yesterday I set my alarm and my husband came in and we did some chair exercises and today I went up and down the stairs which for me is a bit of a workout. I think I will look into some other exercise things for Monday. Today the Government said GM would be making ventilators so I don;t know how that’s going to work or how it will affect my husband but maybe he will be back to work soon. He is getting unemployment so hopefully we will be okay. Hey its not like we didn’t just go through this for 6 weeks during the strike. We have plenty of food and even more art supplies and gobs of things to do. I even have a honey do list that he is avoiding.
There is a local company that is making hand sanitizers instead of brewing and just this week they made so you could buy it online and pick it up, before that you had to wait in line in your car and hope they didn’t run out. So I order some yesterday and we will be picking some up tomorrow at 9:00 am so I will at least go on a car ride. But all and all we are doing good and taking time. Each day we come together, him from the garage me from the art room and check in. Trying to keep it normal.
This is day 5 of my self isolation, they have announced here in the Kansas City area that it will be a month of shelter in place starting this coming Tuesday. The government is trying to flatten the curve, and I hope they are able to achieve this.
I was sitting her thinking about those who were alive during the World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, 9-11 and events like that how fired up we as Americans would get we would fly our American Flags out the front door and our young would gladly enlisted in the military to fight the good fight.
Well now we are in a World War again the enemy is unseen but very aggressive. For many it seem there is nothing they can do to fight this enemy. Yet many are fighting it, the medical are working hard, the government doing what they can, companies stepping up make hand sanitizers instead of beer. Many people are sewing masks. But what can you do as a single citizen ? You can adhere to the Shelter in Place. Do what you need to not be part of the problem not be the canon fodder that is out there helping to spread the enemy. Do your best to not allow the enemy in your home, wash your hand after handling boxes, bags and things that come from outside of the house. This is hard try not to touch your face unless you have washed your hands.
I want to take a moment and talk about mental health of this War no I am not a therapist. I can only speak of my own feelings. I know as I watch television I feel the fear of what is coming, I feel helpless. So this is when I turn off the TV or news and get busy cleaning, sewing, drawing, talking to a friend on the phone. There are many out there who are doing home concerts or just getting together online. I will not forget the social aspects of my life but I will continue to Shelter in Place.
How many of you are asking this, I know I have been. Have we become so comfortable with touch and being close that now we are forced to put distance between ourselves and others. As a person who suffers from PTSD I personally have been avoiding large groups and even in a large group I try to create a bit of a bubble (distance) but that just my disease.
I think the most positive thing to say about this time is to remain calm, yea what happens when someone tells me to remain calm….How am I going to do that.
1. Watch less of the news about the virus, it’s good to be informed but not obsessed.
2. Find projects that I have had on the back burner and work on them, like this blog.
3. Do something I enjoy.. read a book, paint, sew, cook.
4. Find a movie even if it’s one I have seen before and set back and enjoy it
5. Have a quiet conversation with your family.
6. Play some board games or cards with your family
7. Listen to music and get up and dance no one’s watching
8. I f you are missing social contact… there are several programs to do face to face talking.
So with this list I think I might just find something worth keeping me busy during this time of Social Distancing. I bet you can have a list of your own if not feel free to use some ideas on my list.
All I can say is DO NOT PANIC, stay centered and breathe.
Tomorrow is Halloween and today we are in a freeze warning, might not get many trick or treat kiddies out and about. I am actully turning out the lights. I don’t think that I am really ready for winter and the cold. I find that in the winter I have the habit of hibernation and just stay in. I am even looking at catalogs for warm pajamas to just hang out in the house. However, I need to make my self got outside and keep busy. Life is quiet here now that the strike is over my husband is working weekend to make up for the 6 weeks of no work. So I now have a lot of alone time.
Well I have spent my whole day in the computer room working on this website. I have neglected it for to long.
We waited almost 6 weeks for my husband to be able to return to work. He is a subcontractor at a GM plant. So they were on strike and he couldn’t cross the picked line. So he got a bit of a staycation. I did have a bit of honey-do for him while he was hanging around the house, but often found him hiding in the garage I think to avoid the list.
It sure brought the reality that it is important to have some savings set aside for emergencies. But like so many Americans who live pay check to pay check it’s not always easy to set aside money for savings. I do want to figure a way to do that but first we have to get caught up from the 6 weeks of no pay check.
Today they were to find out if the contract passed or not. So he was checking his phone ever 15 minutes. Then around 3:30 he got a call from his Boss about soon it would be approved. So he told me he was going to get gas in the Jeep so he would be ready to go. So he left, I was so involved in updating the website that after a half hour and he hadn’t returned I called him to find out where he was (kind of knew he got the green light to return to work) but just wanted to have a call to know for sure.
But we both survived and now his back to work and I get my alone time again.