This Week – May be May but still feels like April

Fave pic IMG_4097 Obviously I didn’t take many picture this week if this is my favorite, lol.  Spaghetti poked through hot dogs slices and then boiled.  They look more fun than that they taste.

Highlights I’ve been to the post office twice this week, for the first time in 5 weeks. and am happy with the precautions put in place.  I had to return something through UPS and was not happy with their business-as-usual attitude.  In our town we have 25-34 active covid cases and at the very least some appearance of caution would be nice.

We dropped off some books to a classmate and his mom this week and we chatted in the driveway for a minute.  It was nice for Gage to see a friend from school.  The uncertainty is starting to wear on him and he’s a little more anxious about things returning to normal than he was a month ago.  I don’t know what the new normal will look like, but our stay-at-home orders have been extended until the end of May.

I let my monthly challenges fall by the wayside in March, but I’ve started again.  New recipes for the rest of the year 🙂

Books finished I am starting to read the Who Was series with Gage and we did finish Who Was Helen Keller?  No adult books though.

Reading The Birth of Jesus According to the Gos… The Starless Sea

Listening A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock…

Reviewed Mount Vernon Love Story and My One and Only

Watching Finished the first season of Bosch and we liked it.  Still watching Survivor.  Looking for a good scary or horror-lite series on Netflix or Prime if you have a recommendation.

Monthly movies and a chance to contribute to charity.

Plans for the weekend  I cannot even begin to tell you how it exciting it was to write down a drive by graduation party on Sunday.  Something that will take up a total of 20 minutes tops round trip is something to be super excited about.

What about you?  Are things returning to normal where you are?


I’m linking up with the Sunday Salon.

20 thoughts on “This Week – May be May but still feels like April

  1. BermudaOnion says:

    Our state is starting to reopen and it makes me nervous. Restaurants can serve outside starting Monday. I bet they’ll be packed but we won’t be there. I was talking to a teacher who lives across the street and she said they’re not even sure kids will be back in the classroom in the fall. Take care and stay safe!

    • stacybuckeye says:

      Yes, as I mentioned to a few friends, just because Ohio is ‘re-opening’ it doesn’t mean we have to participate. It’s hard to imagine what’s going to happen in the fall.

  2. Mary says:

    Our gov. extended the stay at home order through May 26 and I won’t be surprised it its extended at that time. People in my area are getting impatient. I think it’s just all the uncertainty of many factors, you know? Have fun with the party 😀 We plan to enjoy 70 degree temps on our patio this weekend. FINALLY!

    • stacybuckeye says:

      We definitely need some nice weather for May. I feel like we’ve earned it, right? I’m okay with a ssllooww opening back up, which seems to be what we’re trying to do here. I don’t understand all of these states completely opening back up when their covid numbers are still going up. But, we’ll see. Unfortunately, only time will tell if correct decisions are being made.

  3. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says:

    Our governor is just a few steps behind Georgia’s governor. Restaurants were allowed to reopen on Friday, but should only be 25 percent full. I’m nervous that we are going too fast, too soon. I won’t be out until I get over this cough.

    I’m glad Gage got to see his friend even if it was for a short time. I miss people so much. I bet it is even more difficult for kids.

    The Who Was books were very popular at my school. Another equally popular set of books, a little more difficult, are the I Survived stories.

    • stacybuckeye says:

      I wish all states would use extreme caution, but it’s hard when some people fight them every step of the way 😦 Time will tell. We won’t be going out for at least another month except for my needed trips to school, Whole Foods or post office. We’re on to Who Was Benjamin Franklin this week. Such a fascinating life.
      I hope you’re cough is getting better!

  4. Vicki says:

    From what I’ve heard, the only changes in Florida are that starting May 4th, elective surgeries can resume, restaurants can offer outdoor seating with six feet of space between tables and indoor seating at 25% capacity, retail stores can operate at 25% of indoor capacity. No word of any other changes.

    I ordered 2 scrub tops for work from Bealls but they are too big. I was going to go to the Post Office on Monday to send them back and get a size smaller, but I may just buy an envelope and mail them from home.

    I’m glad Gage got to see a friend. It’s hard on my youngest grandkids not being able to see other kids.

    Stay safe!

    • stacybuckeye says:

      I felt like post office was a safe as they could be. Felt safer there than at the grocery store! We don’t have a date on restaurants yet. I miss eating out!

  5. Susan says:

    Things are starting to open up in western Canada … and there’s now more traffic on the roads so I think things are moving ahead. Hmm. We’ve watched 5 seasons of Bosch and were pretty hooked. Now they’re just made available Season 6 … so we are back onto it. I’d recommend The Crown and Homeland both shows we finished multiple seasons of recently. Hope your spring weather is nice.

  6. Literary Feline says:

    It’s a fun idea–spaghetti with hot dog bits on the ends. People are getting so careless the longer this goes, feeling more secure than is safe. I’m sorry you ran into that at the post office. Even our county Board of Supervisors are considering going against the recommendation of the county’s head of Public Health and removing the face mask order and opening up more businesses. Fortunately, the state supersedes anything the Board of Supervisors might want to do beyond that, but I worry this is all too soon. We haven’t seen a downward trend yet–not even the beginning of one. Just a slowing of the rise. My husband’s work extended his working from home to mid-July. My agency hasn’t given a date, but they did say there will be a gradual return to the office when the time comes. As it is now, we are all rotating in and out. Us supervisors each have one day in the office (with the exception of one who is in office two days a week–there are six of us all together) and then our staff rotate in a week at a time–a week in the office, three weeks at home. Some of our staff prefer being in the office to working at home, and so they don’t have to work from home. It’s working well so far. I think a lot of our staff wish they could telework all the time, but I am doubtful that will happen.

    I am sorry to hear Gage is having difficulty. I know Mouse is as well. 😦 I am glad Gage got to see his friend in person. Mouse waved to her friend on the corner house the other day while she and her dad were walking to get the mail. There was one day she was riding her scooter and she asked if she could stop at his house and check in on him. She was so disappointed when I said no.

    I hope you are enjoying The Starless Sea. That is one I am really looking forward to. I also want to read Sherry Thomas’s novel.

    I hope the graduation drive by party is a big hit! I really feel for those seniors who aren’t getting to have ceremonies this year. One of my coworker’s sons is having an online ceremony, I guess. Not quite the same, but I suppose it is something.

    I hope you have a good week, Stacy. Stay safe and well.

    • stacybuckeye says:

      I find what is going on right now scarier than the lock down order over a month ago. So many people think the whole thing is a hoax and act accordingly and push politicians to make decisions that may or may not be informed by medical professionals. We’ll be staying home for the month at least, and we’ll see what opening up brings. It’s good that Marty will be home for a while at least. Jason’s work can open back up, per the state, next week, but they haven’t decided anything yet. So many unknowns.
      I need to spend dome escape time with the Starless Sea tonight!

  7. Diane says:

    We still have many cases in our town as well Stacy. We’ve have had a good number of deaths as well because we have several nursing homes and/ assisted living facilities in town. My daughter thinks that the girls will return to school in September and masks will be required – the new normal for a while I suspect. I doubt things will start to reopen here until at least the end of the month. I think anxiety among children is common as well, it’s hard for sometimes a parents anxiety not to catch on….I see it with my own family.

    Stay well.

    • stacybuckeye says:

      I think when Gage heard that summer camps were being canceled he realized that normal wasn’t going to happen any time soon 😦 I just learned that a 3rd cousin who lives up here was in the ICU last week and then was sent home but he’s still very sick with it. He’s a good 10 years younger than me. People seem to forget that people are still getting it and it’s causing major damage, even if not death. I don’t know what school will look like next year. Gage misses it so much, but I like having him home 🙂

  8. Athira says:

    I love the Who Was? books. Short enough to learn about someone quickly but detailed enough to get a very good introduction to the person.

    Those spaghetti sticks look very interesting! Did you do it with your son? I can imagine my daughter would to do it, but yeah, I understand it wouldn’t take too good.

    I’m glad things are not changing much in terms of the stay home order. Still too early, I feel.

    • stacybuckeye says:

      I like the Who’s books just as much as Gage! We’re reading Ben Franklin this week. I did the spaghetti thing when he was really little and still eating with his hands. Somehow it came into my head this week and decided to try it again, but now we’re gluten free and it really didn’t work with GF pasta. I’m anxious to see what this opening up of the state will look like.

  9. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out says:

    Our government is slowly lifting restrictions, but nationwide we have flattened the curve with currently less than 1000 active cases and less than 100 deaths since our first case on March1st . Still we plan to continue practicing social distancing for quite some time where possible.

    I think Peaky Blinders might fit your horror-lite wants, hubby and I are currently watching the Lethal Weapon tv series.

    Wishing you a great reading week and good health

    • stacybuckeye says:

      I’ve heard the name Peaky Blinders before. I’ll look for it. Ohio is opening up full speed in the next few weeks. We’ll see what happens. We plan on staying put until June and then taking a look at some ways to bring a little normalcy – at least for Gage.

  10. gulfsidemusing says:

    Today is the day restaurants open at reduced capacity in FL, but I won’t be in a rush to visit just yet. A break from cooking would be nice though. We’ll wait a few weeks and see what happens…

    The spaghetti and hot dogs does look fun! Had to laugh at the 20 minute drive by being the highlight of your day… our calendars have never had so much blank space. Have a good week!

    • stacybuckeye says:

      I miss going out to eat so much! Our outdoor seating opens next week with the inside the week after. I think we’ll be waiting a bit longer to see how things shake out.
      Seeing familiar and happy faces made the parade a worthy highlight of the weekend 🙂

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