Did you make a lockdown project list? I did. Today I decided to take it out and see how much I’ve accomplished. No, this isn’t going to be one of those blog posts that turns all whiny and woe-is-me. Just the facts, ma’am, thank you very much!
I’ve always been one of those people who can get a lot accomplished in a small amount of time, especially if I can be 100% focused, with no distractions. So, going into this lockdown back in March I thought, “Well, it’s not good news, but let’s make a list and see if we can make some lemonade outta this.”
Here’s my lockdown project list
Make a quilt every week – Ha! I. Can’t. Even! We’re 9 weeks into lockdown and I’ve finished one quilt top. Oh, well. It is what it is.
Sew something every day – Again… Ha! I wish! I spent one full day making masks to pass out at the local family shelter, a weekend working on a table runner, and about three days working on that quilt. And I do believe that’s all the sewing I’ve accomplished.
Blog every day – Nope. Missed this one, too. I managed to get a few blog posts in but the kids are using my computer for schoolwork during the hours I would have been blogging so I’ve spent even less time blogging than I did when I was working full time at JOANN.
Start a new blog – Yes! Got it! The Fabric Swap Happy Mail community is up and running. This is an idea I’ve had kicking around in my mind since last year so this was high on my lockdown project list. I’m glad it’s up and running.
Set up a new website – Yes! Check this one off, too! It took a lot of late nights and early mornings but I did get a new site built and launched. On the upside I learned a few new skills for building better websites.
Get ready for the hummingbirds – Done! For the past 3 years the hummingbirds have arrived in our yard on Mother’s Day. We always set the feeders out about 2 weeks before, just in case. I knew I’d be distracted this year so I made sure to put it on my list of things to do.
Clean the basement – Check. Everthing’s nice and tidy again and we have a pile of stuff to donate to the next church yard sale.
Clean the kitchen cupboards – Check. Got rid of a bunch of old spices. Ditched all the chipped coffee mugs. No more sticky syrup mess!
Clean the refrigerator – Done! The kids helped with this one 🙂
Train the dog – Nope. Goku the Pug is still an annoying little shit. ’nuff said.
Cook dinner every day – Yes! Another one! Since I’m stuck here at home it didn’t make sense to not cook dinner every night. We’ve saved a lot of money and we’re eating better foods. On the downside? Dishes! Ugh!
Bake goodies for my family – I’ve lost count of how many days I’ve spent baking cookies, breads and dinner rolls. I love to bake, it’s very relaxing and rewarding. But baking also has a downside which I’m sure you can imagine 🙂
Make time to relax – Yep! I did a lot of binge-watching. Have you seen “The Outlander?” I’m just starting season 2.
Learn a new skill – I did learn a new skill. Originally I’d been thinking that this would be a good time to learn to speak Italian which is something I’ve always wanted to do. Instead, I learned my new skill out of necessity. Because everyone on the planet seems to be turning to baking to pass the time, yeast has become a rare commodity. So, I learned how to make a sourdough starter and use it instead of yeast. And yeah, I’ll probably never buy yeast again.
What kept me away from my sewing machine?
Life. And the lockdown. Our schools have been closed since March 17. The kids have been home all this time and that means someone has to hold down the fort, make them do schoolwork, keep them occupied with something other than TV and video games.
So, all in all, I think I’ve done pretty well with my lockdown project list. I actually checked off more than I thought I would and all the things I considered ‘important’ were done. I wish I’d done more sewing and quilting but now that I have the big things out of the way, maybe I’ll break out the ol’ Singer again and have some fun.
What about you? Are you happy with the things you did during lockdown?