Results From My Garden!! The Photos Are From My Hubby!

My progress!

This is a rose from my garden. I have done a pretty good job with keeping them alive so, I will buy a new bush and give it family.

These are the veggies I planted. They are growing!!

I am still working on how to keep my leaves from dying in my rose bush.

I fear this little baby might be in trouble.

You Have The Ultimate Power To Stay Safe

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As the nation ends preventive measures like Stay-At-Home Policies across the nation, many of us are starting to feel a little uneasy and even forced into a situation that we do not feel comfortable with. For the majority of us, we understand that the timing is very questionable, but the government has placed many of our sisters and brothers in a difficult situation. At the current time our country lacks the very items that are needed for many of us to be safe. Hand sanitizer, mask and other things that are extremely important however they are nowhere to be found. I have ordered two different sets of mask from Amazon and have yet to get either order. I have also ordered two small bottles of hand sanitizer and those haven’t come yet either. My husband is essential and his one bottle has started to run out. He had an extra bottle at work, but it was stolen. He now has to use the one bottle that was supposed to be for all of us and siphon what little hand sanitizer we had for the cleaning of his hands. It is now used as his travel bottle because he isn’t always near water and a sink. As for the rest of us, we do not go out. We are at home until we can get the items we need to be safe on the outside.

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Our family will do exactly what we started before the shelter-in-place ordered was instituted. We had already started avoiding large crowds and finding other ways to stay safe. https://shellzonit.com/2020/03/03/moving-around-during-an-outbreak/ Not only will we continue to be careful, but I will start making our own hand sanitizer. I have found out that the little stores down the road never have hand sanitizer which leaves the clerks in danger. I will give them some bottles as well as my husband and his coworkers some bottles to keep them safe. I will have a stash for my blog readers, it will only be a certain number because the rest I will have to sell in order to continue making the sanitizer.

I am still waiting on my supplies and I will not post any info until we have used the sanitizer on ourselves to make sure they are safe for all. We have eczema in our family, so we want to make sure no skin type is harmed by the mixture. It is the CDC’s formula which means it will be followed by what they are referencing. I cannot promise a date because again a lot of the preventive measure items that I have ordered are still missing in action. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/20/fda-says-it-wont-take-action-against-manufacturers-that-start-making-hand-sanitizer.html If I am able to get my stuff up and running, it will be at a price that allows all people to afford. The biggest obstacle I see will be shipping, I have to find a way to afford shipping without charging too much for shipping. We shouldn’t be selling anything costly when we have a pandemic and especially when people are being forced to participate in something that could end their lives. Here in Texas our people have little or no choice when it comes to returning to work. They must either return or see their financial help cut off. That’s not fair, but that is how the government is treating their citizens. If you ask me the government should be giving people the gloves, mask and hand sanitizer to stay safe, but safety isn’t their man concern. Their main concern is making money and keeping the markets from going under. So, stay safe as always and we are in this together.

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The Pieces Of Childhood Our Children Will Never Get Back

We are coming to the end of the second month of school closings. As we approach the months ahead I think it is important for us as parents to talk to our children about their feelings and their anxiety over missing out on special events. Many of these milestones are once in a lifetime events which some will never get a chance to make up. Many of our children have had to say goodbye to relationships, trips , visits to their favorite teacher’s rooms and some have seen their prom preparations go up in flames.

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In my own children I can see an uneasiness that I haven’t seen before. My 18 year old talked about going to college all the time before COVID-19 took place. We found out that our Alma mater is offering classes to high school sophomores and up for 90 dollars per credit. One of the classes is Introduction to Sociology and there are a couple of other classes. We were excited because this was something our daughter had been talking about for almost a year. When we presented her with the idea, she had a mini freak out session. She didn’t want to go to college online and it didn’t stop there. She continued to explain if she could not go to school inside the classroom,then she wouldn’t attend college at all.

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My first thought was to insist that she would be enrolled in one of the classes, but then I started thinking about something. Right now her entire life has been turned inside out. While we are talking about college classes, she is still getting used to doing her high school classes online. I think we were wrong to press the conversation at this point because it brings a sense of long term changes that these children are not ready to deal with. It’s one thing to tell our children you cannot go back for the rest of the school year, but it is something else to tell them that their college dreams have been placed on hold for who knows how long. At any rate, I’m trying to be more thoughtful about her feelings and her fears.

Right now there are a number of adults freaking out about not being able to go out and get perms, nail jobs, or have happy hour with their pals. I would ask them to look to the plight of the young person today. It is a unknown road with unspoken fears. While many of us talk about the things we miss, we are at least in a position to get those memories back. Some of our children will never get to embrace the very events that helped to shape our school year experiences. The key word for this week in understanding. Understand that our children are dealing with the same situation we find ourselves in, but they do not have our knowledge of recovery. Have a happy week and be strong.

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My Coping Skills Are Working, Sort Of!

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This week started out kind of hard. If you could imagine a turtle trying to skirt back into its shell, then you would pretty much get how my mood has been. Freaky anxiety for no reason, but I’ve been pushing back mentally. I have been working with my plants and trying to get more supplies from Amazon! I purchased a small greenhouse for my veggies because our cat crawled into the pot and tried to claim it as his home and I can now see little buds. Just being able to work on something new is helping to ease the uneasiness to a small degree.

Here is the page if you want to get one. https://www.amazon.com/GOJOOASIS-Portable-Garden-Greenhouse-Outdoor/dp/B0774FN8Z8/ref=sr_1_12?dchild=1&keywords=greenhouse&qid=1587730889&sr=8-12

I was finally able to find a small freezer online from Walmart’s. My refrigerator is too small to hold our frozen food, I purchased the cheapest one Home Depot had last year, and now I am having to deal with the error of not getting what I needed the first time around. My husband wanted to buy a larger fridge, but I felt like a small freezer would do the trick, plus I didn’t want to waste money.

I only paid 40 bucks for the greenhouse which was also a money saver. I’m trying to make sure we can at least have veggies if all else fails. Last year I planted a group of veggies and the snails got a hold to my garden and that was pretty much, all she wrote. I have tried for least ten years to grow a vegetable garden and something always happens. From landscapers cutting them down, snails, cats or too much rain, I have no luck. So, this year I am determined which is why I ordered the greenhouse. I think they are supposed to keep water and insects out of the veggies.

A lot of crazy is transpiring today in different states across America. I have chosen not to dwell on it because at the end of the day, you cannot force people to do the right thing. Plus, thinking about this stuff constantly makes you stressed out. I would say we are all feeling at least some level of acute stress, if not more. There are just so many crazy things happening right now. It just overwhelms you if you dwell on it too long or forget that life still goes on. As for this second, I want to think about my Girl Scout cookies that have yet to arrive. I thought for sure I would be smacking on some shortbread cookies and having myself a glass of milk.

Anyway, I just wanted to pull myself out of my isolation box and say hello. Normally, I would just let this feeling keep me hostage, but for some reason I don’t want to be sucked in right now. Maybe it was getting up to water my plants, or seeing life grow when there is so much death around. I just feel a little more hopeful and I think I owe it to my plants!

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