So much

I was surprised to find it was one week since our last grocery delivery … surely it was just a couple of days ago, right? Not so much, no. Time, as noted by many of the Kindred Spirits, has shifted as we shelter in place. Strange indeed.

As previously reported, we’ve been working on a dollhouse renovation for P’s upcoming birthday. Don has been painting furniture …

while I’ve been stitching a replica of P’s bedroom …

And we’ve both been priming the previously barn red exterior and beige/wood interior of the house …

Don has also gotten back to painting, seen here in a series of “in process” photos taken over the course of a couple of weeks …

While I’ve been making face masks on request …

As always, we drop everything for FaceTime chats with the grandkids, while grinning over their moms’ whimsical, and often rueful, posts about working from home with a houseful of kids.

And so, for the record …

And last, but not least, what does a sixteen-year-old granddaughter do for entertainment? Try on her mom’s old prom gowns, of course …

And what does her mom do for entertainment? Send her this …

on April Fool’s Day … ha!

Good therapy

I can’t remember the last time I stitched, but fortunately my fingers haven’t forgotten what to do.

P’s 3rd Birthday is coming up, so Don and I decided to refurbish the doll house that his dad made for our girls 30-some years ago …

It was one of granddaughter Logan’s favorite playthings in her preschool days and we had much fun picking out new furnishings for her. One decade later, they still look like new …

Over the past several years, our three grandsons called the dollhouse a “barn,” given its rustic red coloring. But this past Christmas our girls opined that it was looking a tad bit outdated compared to this nifty dollhouse remodel in Young House Love.

So noted. We put our heads together and came up with a similar monochromatic color scheme. Yesterday Don painted the roof slate gray and we ordered some light gray paint for the exterior.

Today we turned our eyes to the furniture, deciding on a soft ballet pink for the the bedroom. While Don painted, I stitched a miniature quilt to match the coverlet I made for Parker’s big-girl bed last year …

I think she’ll see the resemblance …

and I’m pretty sure she’ll recognize the new family, too …

What it is

How we communicate these days …

in a world turned upside down.

Sending hope-full messages …

reading stories together …

making art …

looking forward to each new text …

remembering back at Christmas when things were so much simpler …

and reading together looked like this …

These days, talking on FaceTime, reaching out any way we can …

Hoping for a better day …