We are all being affected, in one way or another, by the Coronavirus. Last night, the Governor of California, (where I live), issued a statewide order for “all residents to stay at home,” all businesses are to close, with the exception of “essential services (which) will stay open, such as pharmacies, grocery stores, takeout and delivery restaurants, and banks.”
Sure, we’ve been “sheltering in place” this past week, by recommendation and choice, but not by mandate. It’s an entirely different ballgame now.
I think we need to stay informed about the virus, and I do; but, honestly, I also get tired of listening to the news. So I have begun a Silver Lining list. This is what I have so far:
- Two years ago I bought all of the necessary equipment to groom my 2 Bichons. (Bichons and Grooming). Dog grooming isn’t easy, even when you follow YouTube tutorials. So my dog-grooming equipment sits quietly in a closet, reminding me that I cannot do everything. But now I get to try again. There will be no dog-grooming appointments in the near future. (Poor Riley and Stella!)
- There will also be no hair salon appointments for me. I get my hair cut and colored every 5 weeks, so this will be a challenge! But this also means I’ll save a lot of money, and even though my hair will look awful, no one but my husband will see it! And he doesn’t mind.
- I am the type of shopper that has multiples of the supplies I use in the house at all times. So that means I’m not going to run out of Windex or Clorox or laundry soap. I have enough toothpaste to last months and toilet paper? I buy that at Costco in the multi-roll packs, so I didn’t even need to “stock up” like many were doing. I was already stocked up.
- I work from home, so staying in isn’t new to me. What is new is that I won’t be able to go into “town” when I want, which was usually once a week. I love my weekly trips to Michaels or Hobby Lobby. But the silver lining is that I have enough craft supplies to last me years if I decide to do some hands-on projects. Staying in will force me to actually use some of those supplies, instead of just collecting more.
- I stay away from sugar most of the time, but I do allow myself one treat per day. I absolutely love dark chocolate and mint. Last year I discovered Hersheys Cookie Layer Crunch (Dark Chocolate with Mint). I have one cookie (only 100 calories!) every night after dinner. This is my “thing!” I buy 5-6 bags at a time, and I was on the last cookie in the very last bag! Silver lining? I can order them from Amazon. Whew!
- I am an avid Flea Market shopper. I love repurposing or giving new life to old things I find. I have quite a collection of “treasures,” just waiting for their new life to begin. So I will not be collecting any more pieces for a while, but instead, actually working on some of the pieces I already have.
I can probably come up with more Silver Linings with a little more time and thought. I just started my list this morning.
How about you? What is your Silver Lining in all the craziness that is going on today?
Project One Completed!
I picked up this little beauty at a garage sale for $10. I fell in love with the detail work on it and knew it would be so pretty highlighted! The top was missing on the original piece. My guess is that it was a marble or granite top. I picked up a vintage grape-drying tray, stained it, and cut it to fit inside the top framework. I used Ash Fusion Mineral Paint to paint the cabinet and then applied Black Wax to deepen the shadows and used a little bit of Rub and Buff Gold to add some highlights. I also used a fine-grit sandpaper to randomly sand the edges of the piece to give it an antique look.
Now onto Project #2!