There are a couple of people who share their coronavirus diaries with us every day. They both add drawings to their daily happenings and make beautiful journals. I really enjoy getting to vicariously join them in their adventures, so I thought I would share some of my "adventures" with you.
Think of it is a "what I've done on my summer vacation so far." This replaces the photos of the month I usually present.
I bought a planter to take to my brother's funeral. I was too late to order one for delivery, so I ran out to a local nursery, hoping to find one that would be presentable. Much to my surprise, there were so many beautiful ones to pick from, and at wonderful prices. I decided to get one for my mother and sister as well as for my sister-in-law, and I got one for myself too. My mother and sister kept theirs in their pots where they look wonderful on their respective front porches. I planted mine in the garden. I really like the contrast between the orange and the purples.
Someone on Freecycle offered some handmade embroidered seat covers. There are about 10 of them. He said his grandmother made them, and maybe his mother too. Mom and I drove there and got a lot of beautiful works of art. I have to decide what to do with them now. My mother said she would take what I didn't use. I hadn't heard of seat covers, but Susan Lenz, an artist whose blog I follow, recently worked with seat covers. Whatever I do with mine will be much simpler.
I haven't planted any food in my garden for a few years. When I am working, I have a hard time tending to the garden, and I feel great guilt in ruining food plants or wasting any of the harvest. I have been planting flowers only, which have the beauty without as much guilt. This spring, I decided to make an exception during the coronavirus shortage situation. A victory garden of sorts. My brother-in-law planted one tomato plant and two pepper plants for me. As you can see, they are doing quite nicely, and I can't wait to start harvesting them. They are in tall pots so they will be easy to harvest. I also got some basil after I saw it in his garden.
My neighbor was throwing away her porch coffee table. She was just tired of it, so I took it to put on my porch. I need to do some painting anyway, so it won't be any big deal to scrape and paint this too. There are flaps on both sides to add lots of horizontal space when it is necessary.
My college friend was in town and asked whether I wanted to join her in geocaching. I haven't done it much, but it is a great way to enjoy the outdoors (parks, cemeteries, other public spaces) while social distancing. You use coordinates to find the treasures which are hidden all around the world. Most of them have a log to sign that you found it, and sometimes the container also has little trinkets you can take if you want them. You can also leave other trinkets in there for others to find. Now with smart phones, you don't even have to buy a separate GPS; you can just use the geocaching app. I've found 12, all of them with her. She has found 14,000. She said there are people who have found many more than she has!