I decided to run for the Watauga City Council. Unfortunately, the elections were moved from May to November 2. I took time off from the campaign to adjust to on-line shopping and on-line meetings.
I have really enjoyed being at home with Stan and we have found lots to do. I crocheted six cat beds of various sizes for our animal shelter and some bird nests to send to Australia after the fires. I made a yellow afghan, several rag wreaths, and several rag garlands for the fireplace. I made a few other 4th of July decorations. I worked on several cross stitch projects. One is finished and I have a little more work to do on the other. They will be pillows for next year.
For the 4th of July, we did not do our normal trip downtown to watch the fireworks. Instead, I helped organize the first ever permitted parade in Watauga. No one in the city remembers there ever being a parade and there was no permitting process for one. I worked with the Director of Public Works and his staff and they developed one for me. Our wonderful Police Department participated with three motorcycles and two patrol vehicles. The awesome Fire Department sent a fire truck and ambulance. It was not a large parade – just a few very decorated personal vehicles - and the route took less than 15 minutes, but we were all thrilled to see people out in family groups along the parade route. It is undoubtedly the most fun I have ever had on the 4th of July. I think everyone who participated felt the same way.
Watauga has survived so far. A few businesses have closed but some of them were already in trouble before the pandemic. There have been some bright spots for growth also.
We had not been out to a garden store all season, but we had to be out last week and when we drove past Tropical Greenery, the parking lot was empty. We bought some plants and a container, and Stan has most of them planted already.
We decided to stay home from the first of March until the end of July. People were not taking the advice of doctors and leaders seriously. Now that masks are mandatory everywhere, I am willing to venture out in situations where there are low numbers of people.
Very few people are likely to know how to get to this blog. This is mostly a note to myself so that I will be able to recall how we were doing during this time of great stress for our country and our friends. We did well. We are both retired and not dependent on a job or outside income. We have helped where we could, sharing what we were able to forage with friends, family and even total strangers. We got creative at times and found replacements for those things that became unattainable, but we are old enough to remember what a dish towel is for, so paper towels were never an issue. We went back to using our Fiesta rather than disposable plates. Even though food prices are higher, we have saved quite a lot of money not eating out, something we used to really enjoy. We have done local take-out meals to try to help our Watauga businesses. We used some of the stimulus money to replace aging appliances in our kitchen. We are planning for the future, even with all the problems our country is facing right now. It will get better and we will be more than ready to be out and doing things with our friends.
If you got here, I hope you enjoyed reading something positive.