My daughter and her family have been hunkered down with her dad and I for the last two months. Today is her birthday. The above box is her “wrapped” gift.
In the 1920’s, before gift wrap was readily available, they used brown paper – but decorated it with flowers, lace, etc.
I found a magic marker – orange. The red seems to be missing.
Missing like my gift bags and wrapping paper, hence the brown paper.
I can’t blame CoVid 19 on the masses rushing to buy out wrapping paper and hoarding it like toilet paper.
But I can blame CoVid for this: my husband’s new mission to “declutter” and organize every room in the house. This includes, but is not limited to, the pantry, his side of the closet, every cabinet and drawer in the house, and the laundry room.
That’s where I kept my wrapping paper.
No, we can’t blame everything on CoVid. But we can blame it on restlessness, the need to do something different, and missing wrapping paper.
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)
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 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.