Not Complainin’, just sayin’ (and askin’)

If you find that you are thumbin’

but there’s no place you can go

’cause the trains, they won’t be comin’

and the cars, they’ve all been stowed

Just ponder momentarily

where it is you’d like to be

The perfect place

that you’d embrace

to let your mind roam free.

I’d love to know what image you have of a carefree place to hunker down. Please find a picture and ping me back. Let’s dream together.

Here’s mine:

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Finding things to do with Kids!

You may have seen my previous post about being locked down with my hubby, daughter, and two grandkids. As I type this, my four-year-old granddaughter is sitting beside me on the desk chair while my two-year-old is blowing the recorder in my left ear – truth.

We are still in the process of making paper mâché easter eggs. Two days ago we made the board game.

Pause from writing – We “had” to watch an episode of Bo on the Go.

Okay, grand babies are taking a walk with mom and dad so I continue.

Where was I? Board game. So I printed off photos of family members, found large piece of cardboard, glue and a left over piece of laminating paper.

If you landed on a person, you had to imitate their action. Unfortunately, some family members were not with us. If we landed on their picture, we would call out their name and say, “HELLO!”

Other spaces include –

  • Dog Farted, go back two
  • You Washed Your Hands! Go ahead two
  • Amazon Delivery! – go ahead two

Let me know if you make up your own game. I’d love to hear about it and, as always, any other ideas are appreciated!

— Carolyn

Locked Down, Brain open

I’m an avid gym-ster. Most weeks I hit it at least five times a week. Last time I went was March 12th and it seems like months ago.

On lockdown with husband, daughter, her boyfriend and my two grandkids (ages 4 and 2), I have managed to hit pads and leave the compound to play tennis.

Grandkids? Alrighty, then. That’s where the real workout comes in.

This brain is ticking but attention spans are short. Here’s what we’ve done so far:

  • painted a wooden crate with glitter paint which turned into body painting
  • made printouts on the computer of our favorite things – two copies for matching (two year old is learning about scissors and is cutting them up as I type this)
  • created a cozy reading center (not a huge hit)
  • washed tricycles and “cars” (weather’s warm in Texas)
  • watercolor
  • after watching an episode of Daniel Tiger it gave us the idea to bake a bear cake and then we decorated its face and body (didn’t have “real” butter in the house but process not product, right?)
  • took a walk in the neighborhood and found spring wildflowers that had not been exposed to the coronavirus
  • started paper a mache project with balloons and found it’s hard to wait for the end product, but we can do it!

The next project – I will make a game board with pictures of family members. After we roll the dice or spin the spinner, whoever’s picture we land on, that person must do an action for us to imitate. We’ll see on that one!

More later.

More ideas are always appreciated – especially if they are different from the standard stuff we find on the internet.

This “episode” of life requires thinking outside of the box! But right now? I’m going to curl inside my box for a good nap.