Welcome in for a virtual coffee in front of the fire place. It is 7am, about 10F/-12C outside, and the sun is shining. I just poured a second cup coffee for myself, what can I get you?
I’ve been lingering in bed this morning, highly unusual for me. The reason was an owl. I was trying to figure out what kind of owl I’ve been hearing. I am still not sure, maybe a Pärluggla (Boreal Owl) or Kattuggla (Tawny Owl)? These are the two most common owls in the area. I haven’t been able to see it, but I hear it every day, more and longer periods this past week.
I’ve been staying at home this week with a cough. The schools, and most businesses are still open here, but anyone with even light symptoms of a cold is advised to stay at home due to Covid-19. I feel better now. If I don’t hear anything new today, like that the schools are being closed, I’m going to work tomorrow.
I’ve kept my daughter at home with me this week, and we’ve been having a mindful, peaceful week at home. One of our biggest joys at the moment is to watch the seedlings in our window sill grow. You can visibly see them get bigger over night.
I took these photos yesterday, and they are already much bigger!
I have plenty of seeds for a vegetable garden at home, but I was running low on my favourite kitchen herbs. I ordered some online and they arrived the other day. I’m going to plant them next week.
How are you holding up? Are you working from home now? Do you have everything you need? What’s the recommendations where you are? We are advised to limit social contacts, stay at home when we are sick, wash our hands frequently, big crowds of more than 500 people are not allowed, the older children get their lessons online, the grocery stores have somewhat limited supplies, and older people are advised to stay at home.
My daughter and I have been talking a lot about the situation, gratitude, and what the consequences of the virus may be. She is so wise for her age. I still cannot believe that she is this incredibly intelligent, thoughtful being that she is, and not a helpless little baby or toddler anymore. We’ve been discussing gardening, and where our food comes from, and we’ve been experimenting with baking bread without yeast. She loves baking and fresh bread as much as I do. We’ve also been talking about our homesteading/off grid dream that is still very much alive, even though I see us doing it in Sweden and not in the US now. I got a message from my daughter’s dad, which is unusual, saying that he was grateful for her being here with me in Sweden. That was touching.
We’ve spent most of this week inside, literally, the only exception going to the woodshed to get more firewood. Last night my daughter asked if we could go on a short walk. We did. We are surrounded by several lakes, and we walked to the closest one, its only minutes from our house. It was very beautiful.
I hope that you are safe, healthy, and in good spirits.