Well! Aren’t things in quite a mess right now?
I was really looking forward to spring, for flu season to die down, and being able to get out and about again, but with all that’s going on, that’s simply out of the question.
Oddly, the COVID-19 pandemic has not changed too much for us here on the ranch — yet. I’ve pretty much had us in isolation since the end of last October because I’m scared for My Cowboy to catch even a cold, or especially the flu.
With all his various health problems, and his recent diagnosis of congestive heart failure to top things off, any illness could be very, very bad for My Cowboy.
When I made my trip to California in January, I was super nervous the entire time about bringing something home to him, and thankfully, I didn’t. Indicators say that the flu risk is still very high in our area, so up till now, I’ve been worried about that. Now I have something more to worry about.
Other than some extra stocking up to avoid having to go to town at all, we’re still here, staying put, still waiting for spring. And I’m guessing we’ll be keeping our warm weather activities right here on the ranch this year! But believe me, we have plenty to keep us busy all the time.
I am very lucky that I get to work from home. Aside from it being the perfect situation for my anti-social introverted self, it’s a very good thing for our current situation. I hope that you are all able to socially distance yourselves as much as possible, and if you work in the health care profession, my thoughts and prayers are with you daily. My oldest daughter is a doctor — in Los Angeles — so all those people in the line of fire are always on my mind, and I have the utmost admiration for you and the work you do.
My younger daughter runs a tech company in Orange, California, and her employees have been working remotely for a couple weeks already. So much extra work goes into putting together a contingency plan for companies such as hers, and this is happening all over the country. Sadly, some businesses won’t survive it.
I know this ordeal is super disruptive to so many of you. I can’t even begin to count the ways, I’m sure. I do know one thing for sure, tho — keeping a good attitude can really help, in the meantime — so I hope you’re able to focus on the good things and not let the worries weigh too heavy on your hearts.
I’m avoiding the news (easy since we don’t have TV), listening to my favorite music, quilting away, staying in touch with my friends through emails and texts, reading, knitting, and cuddling all my animals. I hope you all find your best ways of dealing with this.
I’ll try to post some fun, cheery, and useful quilty stuff for us over the next few months (and goats, too!), so you can always check in here if you need a pick-me-up.
For instance, we have four little babies here, who have no knowledge that anything at all is wrong with the world! Here are the two newest ones, Coco and Edgar, who will be one month old next week:
And there will be more in early April!
We’re also babysitting a little calf who lost his mommy, so we brought him here from the big ranch to be with our babies his same size. I’ll have to get some pictures of him for you. He’s had it rough, so he appears a bit bedraggled, but he’s getting better every day. All the mud we’ve been having doesn’t help, either.
I’ll be back soon with our organizing task for this month, links to some recipes I’ve been trying, and I have some quilts to show you, too!
So keep your chin up, stay in, stay well . . . and happy stitching! (Oh, and don’t forget to wash your hands — haha! That’s never been a problem around here — we’re OCD hand washers — because we’ve never been big on using manure as a condiment!)