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