Well, today starts week six of our self-isolation.
Even though I am pretty much a hermit anyway, it’s been very odd.
For one thing, Rod and Jack have (had?) active social lives and their comings and going added more rhythm to my life than I had realised.
For another, Rod really is a bit of a social butterfly, and this isolation thing is making him anxious, restless, and irritable. His restlessness is unusual in my experience of him, so that has been strange, too.
Going in, I thought I would have so much free time that surely I would find time to get to all of my projects. Six weeks in, I am still struggling to get to them. It’s not because I am doing something else, but that the days have been sweeping away, almost unmarked.
I get my daily chores done, and they are basically the only rhythm to my days.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I do laundry. Wednesday and Saturday, I don’t cook. I (sometimes) swab the decks on Thursday. I’m not sure where the rest of the time goes.
Today, I am experimenting with closing down the computer to see if Facebook is soaking up more of my time than I realise. Everyone is on, so there is much more activity than usual – I often wake up to 25 or more activity alerts, and chasing through the rabbit holes that people start me on with their posts could explain it all. 😉
I have signed up for two new online classes, both of which start tomorrow (Monday the 20th). The first is Understanding Autism and the second is The History of the Book in the Early Modern Period: 1450 to 1800. Given that I have spent the last 4 years researching autism – basically since my own diagnosis – I’m not sure how much I will learn from the first, but if I do, it will make me happy. The second, if it’s well done, could be fascinating. (I love learning about history and seeing how yesterday led to today and tomorrow.)
I am also following the artist, Mike Deakin’s, vlog and experimenting with the artistic techniques he teaches in his tutorials. This is very interesting and a lot of fun – but it may be the reason I am having trouble making cards. I am still absorbing the information I am learning and my instincts are to play with those – but I am not yet accomplished enough at them to use them for birthday cards.
I keep being very, very late with birthday cards as I try one idea after another and am not satisfied with any of them. I did find that going back to my original style is working better (just cut coordinating patterned paper and piece it together). I haven’t used patterned paper much in the last several years, but the most recent set of cards I made were the first ones I have considered “acceptable) in a long while. So, some of my cards will be highly unimaginative in the coming months while I learn some completely new skills. :p
In the last few months, I had noticed Jack being more hungry than usual – and he wasn’t growing as steadily as he had been – he was taller than Rod, but didn’t look like making over 6 feet like all of his brothers. I had a hunch that he wasn’t getting enough to eat, so I have (again) added lunch to the daily routine. Every other day, I make a couple of cups (dry) of beans and rice. Jack has had a couple of growth spurts since I started doing that a month ago. And Rod says he has been sleeping more deeply. I can’t have the beans and rice, of course, and they are making a mess of my pots and pans since I ran out of cream of tartar, which hasn’t been on the shelves for a long time. But it looks like this may be our new normal. I’ll have to keep a close eye on Rod’s blood sugar, though. His father died of complications of diabetes…
Anyway, we’re doing OK. I hope all of you are healthy and safe!