Staycation 2020 #2

Summer of 2020. With school starting in a few weeks, George and I are trying to cram in days by the pool or at the beach, kayaking local waterways, and completing summer projects.

We had to have a “bee man” remove a swarm from a birdhouse too close to our window. I had no idea that birdhouse infestation was a common occurrence!

Our kitchen table was sanded and refinished. Sad to see years of memories erased (writing indentations from nightly schoolwork, wild “spoon” card game scratches, puppy chew marks…) but, the table was splintering in places. We quietly celebrated 40 years of marriage at our favorite dockside watering hole. Next week we’re ‘glamping’ for a few days with our daughter and nieces.

The local percentage of positive COVID-19 tests are starting to uptick and most of the area public schools are leaning towards virtual learning. As my school is private, has less than 200 students, has extra classrooms for distancing, does not offer transportation, nor participates in the federal breakfast/lunch programs; we are offering in-school instruction, Monday-Friday for all. Evidently, our enrollment has sky-rocketed. I’m not sure if that is a good or bad thing. Of course, our governor could declare a state-wide mandate for ALL schools.

Chaotic times. Have a good week and stay healthy! – – Joanne

Staycation 2020 #1

During the global 2007-2008 financial crisis, our family spent the summer exploring nearby localities in what was quaintly coined as a “staycation.” Flash forward 13 years and here we are again. Many venues are closed; either for social distancing or financial ripple effect. Right. Staycation 2020, it is.

There’s always a silver lining. Backyards have never looked nicer. Recycling or updating is in again. People are creating or building at astounding rates (just check the local hardware store) and revisiting nature to satisfy the restless soul.

We’ve replaced fencing, built a kayak rack, sanded and repainted outdoor furniture, weeded and planted, pressure-washed…you name it. Now that school is officially out for the summer, it’s time to have some outdoor fun!

More than anything, I look forward to the time when my WHOLE family and friends can safely gather together once again. Until then, it’s sprucing up, positive thoughts 😀 and staycation jaunts!

I wish you a good week! — Joanne

Florence

As Atlantic hurricanes are wont to do, Florence’s land fall was unpredictable on Monday as she menacingly threatened the U.S. east coast.  On Monday, Florence was a Category 5 hurricane.  Today it has been downgraded to a Cat 2. With the least provocation flooding is sure to occur with all the bays, canals, creeks, lakes, rivers, sounds, and streams crisscrossing the below-sea-level east coast.

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Non-Event in Virginia

On Friday, October 7, my school held it’s annual fall mile run event on the boardwalk.  A front was moving in from the west, coinciding with winds from Hurricane Matthew, which was curving east and heading out into the Atlantic.  At least, that was what the National Hurricane Center and our local weathermen were predicting.  The skies looked ominous, but not atypical of local frontal storms.  The students ran their mile with the wind slowing their times.

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something’s brewing

 

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blowing sand forming ridges

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Garage Laundry Nook: Part 2

As a good portion of the U.S. has been sweltering in this unbearable heat; we’ve continued to work on the garage laundry nook area while taking many water and puppy breaks. Wait. What? May I introduce little Tollach, better known as Tolly, our 9-week old maltipoo puppy.

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He’s a cutie, but when he naps we’re back in the garage.  A lot has happened in one week in our garage. The new wall has been taped and mudded, the cabinets and wet clothes hang drying area are installed, the ceiling and walls primed and painted. Isn’t it amazing how paint improves any area? 😉 Continue reading “Garage Laundry Nook: Part 2”

Garage Laundry Nook: Part 1

Most older homes, like our 1969 home, do not have laundry or mud rooms. The washing machine and clothes dryer are located in the garage. Not only is there something unpalatable about the cohabitation of delicate whites, lawn mowers and furnaces; but our garage had become a hoarder’s nest. We do not park our cars in the garage, so the decision was made to create a low-budget laundry nook area. 

We researched low cost ways to incorporate appliances, lots of storage, a utility sink, clothes hampers and a wet hang drying area. All in a small space. Reality check: We were not searching for “home-decor magazine-quality” laundry room plans . . . our space is in the garage! 😉 Plus, it had to be budget friendly. We found loads of inspiration online:

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