Cherry blossoms are out, so David and I walked to "our" park, Hinokicho-koen, Saturday in the sunshine, and Sunday in the shade. Perfect place to photograph baby girl's quilt.
We stuck to the periphery of the park away from the crowds - the hanami parties (cherry blossom viewing parties - with picnics, tents, drinking, food, etc.). Aren't we still supposed to be social distancing in Japan? Mmm.
I didn't care about the directionality of the doggies in this quilt;).
Simplest possible quilting:
Sending it on to Kaela and Joe in Austin soon. Can't wait to label it in July, when I can include baby girl's name and "with love from Gramma." The PLAN and HOPE is that I will visit shortly after she's born in late June.
Sunday morning we had a good leisurely casual "get together" with all our kids on Facetime. Kaela and Joe in Austin, Noelle and Keenan in NC, Tommy in UT in off campus housing. Tommy reassured us by showing us ALL the contents of his fridge, cupboards, etc. and made us laugh, sort of, sort of nervously I guess.
How are you coping? Are you social distancing? On full lockdown? Are you OK?
For me, having a routine and rhythm to the day is helpful, especially when activities were curtailed and David started working from home most days, a few weeks ago. It was an adjustment.
1. A consistent at-the-kitchen-table morning routine (to- do list, scripture, neck/back stretches, breakfast, genealogy work). A little reaching out - Facetime, texting, emails, calls, notes.
What else helps me cope?
2. Audible books, podcasts, Spotify (Happy Folk is a great playlist - I dare you to listen to Mumford & Sons' song Fool You've Landed, sitting down and sad! You can't!)
4. A little fresh air outdoors.
5. Quilting... obviously, but not necessarily. So distracted...
6. Popcorn and TV with David in the evenings (yes lately that has included watching and processing some news)
7. And finally, to end the day, nothing beats Japanese bath culture. I will talk about that in another post!
Sincerely hope all of you are coping well in your circumstances... whether or not that includes quilting projects. I don't think anyone should feel pressure to be super productive during this stressful time or meet imaginary expectations!
p.s. if you need three minutes of random DELIGHTFULNESS right now, look up "Stella's best leaf jumps of all time" on Youtube and watch til the end. You're welcome. I'm not sure where Stella lives but I'm thinking it has to be Massachusetts!