Friday, April 3, 2020

I'm Back! :-) What's Been Happening Since This Coronavirus Outbreak 2020

Hello! How is everyone?!

My last post written was in December of 2019..... I don't think I've ever gone that long without updating my blog, yet the time has passed so quickly...... How is everyone coping with the whole coronavirus outbreak? Some scary and uncertain times we are living in right now. Hayley's college has sent the students home to do their work online and Kathleen's school as well. So we moved Hayley out, which was sad and disappointing for her as she didn't get to finish out her freshman year in the dorm, not to mention the abruptness of having to go and not a lot of good byes were able to be said. We are very fortunate to have access to the internet and the ability for me to be at home with them to get assignments done. It is definitely strange being on lock down and the only place I've gone is to the grocery store. Thankfully Jerry's job is seen as essential so he is still able to work, but he takes lots of precautions so as to not bring anything home. My dad has been staying with us since March when he had shoulder surgery done as he is healing and it was a pretty extensive surgery. He's not able to be with his 3 dogs right now as they would jump on him too much, so Jerry, Hayley and I have been caring for the dogs and house while he heals. Either Jerry or Hayley spends the night to take care of them and I go over during the day to let them out, clean, get the mail, etc. Plus still caring for our home here and all the animals etc. It's been a bit of a balancing act, but we are managing pretty well.

 Spring is arriving here in the South and I love being able to walk around and get some pictures of the early changes. I also shared a video on YouTube if you'd like to watch it. :-) It is really calming to just enjoy all the beauty around us.

I've been busy keeping up on family obligations, still running my Perfectly Posh business and I also started selling Pampered Chef. I'm also trying to find the time to get more YouTube videos done, but haven't had as much time lately. When things go back to being more normal of a schedule after my dad is able to go back to his house, I may have more time to produce and share them. Plus hoping to keep up with my blogging as well! I miss visiting everyone and will be trying to get caught up on that over the next few days.

I love dogwoods and wish their blooms lasted longer :-) There have been many changes in my yard just since I've taken these pictures!

         The beauty of these flowers get me every year! So gorgeous and such a rich pink color!

I think Kathleen is enjoying homeschool for the most part, though I know she is missing her school friends.

Part of her homeschooling includes daily outside time and some form of physical activity. She is currently practicing her roller skating skills.

The cats are happy to have us home and are quite content, though don't really like to share the furniture, lol.

                 Penelope was not happy to have a computer and paperwork on her table, lol....

I'm still cooking lots of different meals. This was a healthy parmesan chicken in my air fryer from Pampered Chef. It was a big hit with my family. I've started transitioning to a totally vegan lifestyle to help my health so no more meat, dairy, oils, etc. It's been quite a change!

I'm also still baking for Jerry's coworkers and he says they really appreciate it and the goodies don't last long! :-)

I also thought it would be fun to post a few pictures of the girls when they were little. Time has flown by so very quickly.... I miss those days..... More blogging to come, I promise ;-) Just wanted to do a quick catch up and let you all know I'm still here and say thank you to all who have reached out to me, I appreciate it. I hope you are your families are doing well at this difficult time. Please stay inside and safe as much as you can.

Kathleen has never liked keeping her socks and shoes on, lol. Anytime I would look back in the car seat, this is what I would see. Can't say I blame her though.... I also would rather be barefoot! Lol.

She's always been a good little helper too...still to this day! Hard to believe she will be getting her license soon!!

My dear, sweet Hayley.... always smiling and she always loved going to Friendly's for their cool kid servings and ice cream :-)



Vee said...

You are crazy busy! So many disappointments with this shutdown. I hope both girls will cope well. One thing is true, we’re all in this together. Your dad is blessed to have you to help. May he heal quickly and well. Those doggies are going to love seeing him again. Bet he misses them, too. Your yard is beautiful. Spring has def sprung there.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Well, at least you're surrounded by the beauty of Spring! Stay safe and well, all of you!

Billie Jo said...

Hi Jill!
Welcome back!
Blogging is a nice way to keep in touch these days.
I am glad to see you and your family doing well.
Thank you for the beautiful pictures.
They are a bright spot in these uncertain days.

Patti said...

I was glad to see a post from you! I have missed you!

So sorry about Hayley's freshman year ending the way it did. I hope college students will find next year to be normal. We have a lot of college students in our church, and several of them graduate this year. So sad that they won't be having a commencement ceremony.

Blessings to you,

Polly said...

Beautiful photos. Your family is lovely and your cats are delightful.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jill, Happy to hear from you and that you and yours are doing fine. We are staying in and ordering online. We only go out to mail letters. We purchased some flower seeds and six Pansy plants. We will try to plant some this week. Stay well and safe. God Bless.
Joan,Marion and Marilyn

mamasmercantile said...

So happy to see you back blogging. Glad that all is well with you. Stay safe and well.

Rachel said...

Beautiful pictures! Love the trees! Glad to hear that all is relatively well during this time. Your chicken parm looks amazing! Might have to add that to my menu-- I have everything I need to make it here at home. :) Hope this week of staying home goes well for you and your family!

McVal said...

Oh my, it's so pretty there! You live in a post card!