And with the snow we were surprised with yesterday, that means that the annual outside work will wait a little longer before we start to tackle that. This makes it more necessary to have those indoor jobs to do.
There are all kinds of ideas for keeping busy - ways to keep kids occupied with art work and games and job jars. One of my cousins was telling me that her grandchildren have been doing things like cleaning out the pantry and rearranging furniture. I think all school age children now have school work being sent to their homes to help them keep going so they're ready when school opens again. Parents who never had planned to home school are now finding out how good they really are at it.
One of my nieces has started an on-line family game night. I haven't joined that yet, but I see that they had a game of Risk a few days ago. What a great way to keep connected with others, as well as fill some time. This sounds like a good one to keep going even after this all ends. Hmm...might have to see if I can play Scrabble this way! Or we like to play some card games, not sure how that would work.
A few days ago, a neighbor borrowed some jig-saw puzzles that I had tucked away - something else to think about and do besides watch TV. Re-lending them once they've been open will take some thinking, but at least the first time the box can be wiped down to be sure it's virus-free.
For myself, I have some sewing and quilting to do to get ready for babies coming - our own grandchild in about six weeks, and a nephew's baby in about 3 months. Pictures - well, they'll have to wait until I can actually show them to the parents.
As for sewing projects - in this new world, where they're telling us to start wearing face masks when we go out, but not to use medical masks, it's got me thinking. A few years ago, a sister-in-law made a neck scarf for our dog, and we still have it! It's perfect for a face mask - kind of like the old-west bandit masks from their bandannas. I'm going to start making up a bunch, and make them available for family, friends and neighbors. A square of fabric about 20 inches should do the trick. It can be cut in half diagonally to make 2 masks, or simply use the square folded to make it a double mask. A large size cloth napkin would also work. They're washable, and reusable, and won't add to the land-fill, and will use up some scrap fabrics that are hanging around.
Another project for myself is organizing all my genealogy information. I started working on genealogy back in the 1990s, with little to no internet. I spent many, many hours at a library reading microfiche of census reports. There was also letters to family, and to a couple of genealogists. Off an on over the years, I've received letters and messages from various people who are distantly related, and they helped fill in some gaps. In the last few years, I've recontacted cousins to help to fill in the family tree with more recent information. I use Family Search to record names and dates, but there was anecdotal information picked up here and there. It's been, and will continue to be, an on-going project. But for now, I want to ensure it's all in my computer, including scanning some documentation, to preserve it for the future. This is a photo of the tree my sister M made for a family event a few years ago, and has updated a couple of times since:
How are you filling your time? Wishing you creativity in keeping from getting cabin fever! Blessings, Peggy