Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April 1, 2020

Life is crazy with the Coronavirus going on.  We are now in a 30 day shelter in place quarantine.  John was required to quit working at the school building as a teacher and teach from home now.  Today he was setting up new videos for the kids including one I got to be the camera person for on using a multi-meter.  These teachers are really having to learn a lot and change everything they were doing in a short period of time.  I feel for them and everyone else who is having to change in a short period of time.  Change is hard, but in the end, I hope it is rewarding.

Having relaxing days but making progress.  Asparagus is now coming up.  Stir fries, soups and quiches are really nice.  Great timing too, as I understand it is a great pre-biotic for the flora in your gut to help your immune system.  It works best if eaten raw, which is one of my favorite ways to eat it.

I finished building the fireplace for the camper.  First, I only had 24" to work with, so I took an old mantle from a previous electric fireplace, took it apart and cut down each piece to fit the space and the new electric fireplace box.  My husband put a new outlet in the camper behind where I was planning to put it.  Then I got it installed.  Love how it looks in the space!

I had to put up some of the beadboard wallpaper before I installed the fireplace so it wouldn't get more difficult later on.   I also worked on the bathroom beadboard wallpaper, primed the faux five panel bathroom door, replaced parts on the shower curtain rail and put it back in, and hung the new shower curtain just to get a look at how it will fit in.  Can't wait to finish the bathroom!  It's coming together slowly.  So many details.

The ducks are getting really big, and I thought they should have a trial run swimming in the bathtub.

 We are going to have to move them all outside soon.  This morning one of the chicks escaped from it's tub and joined my husband and I in the living room for coffee!

Our raspberries came in today.  This time we are trying the ever-bearing variety (Polka) which has strong enough stems so we won't have to trellis them.  So they say. . .My husband will believe it when he sees it.  We got 25 of them and planted them among the elderberries so they will get relief from the sun.  We were watched over by the inspectors. . .

I have been trying to get creative with my cooking to use what we have, so last night we had ham and black olive calzones, and today we had homemade bean and bacon soup.  However, I am determined to do a better job of eating things in season, so today I purchased the books Simply In Season and Grow Cook Eat (used from Alibris) to motivate and inspire me.

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