Monday, September 14, 2020

We Are Not Etching Anything In Granite Because 2020 Has Been...


When it rains, it pours. And I'm not talking in the literal sense because we're in a severe drought and there's no rain in sight for the next 7-10 days. I'm referring to the sudden outpour of emails, texts, voicemails, and private messages. 

Are you going to start creating and sharing homemade dog treat recipes again?

Did you start making dolls this year?

Have you launched your food page on Facebook?

When will you be making DIY Dog Mom Projects to sell?

I love hearing from people and I answer each time when someone reaches out to me. 

To publicly answer those questions...

I published a blog column back in December about my quest to start making dolls again. You can read about that here

Little did I know that less than a week later, we would apply and be approved for a house loan. Then, a few days after that, we would tour the perfect house for us and our family in the morning, make an offer, and the sellers accepting the offer that evening. 

The following week, I started packing while Lisa was at work. It was a lengthy process. The first room to be packed up was our home office. Then, my Bodacious DIY Dog Mom Workshop. 

A month later, we closed on our house, and 3 days after closing, we moved. 

At the time, I postponed making handcrafted dolls until the Summer months. We wanted to take a couple of weeks to unpack and settle in. We also wanted to give ourselves enough time to make our usual Spring DIY items to sell. 

But, none of that went as planned because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It all happened so fast. Lisa was working 12+ hour days because she's an essential employee. Schools closed. Stores, restaurants, salons, etc., shut down. People were strongly encouraged to stay home unless they needed to run an essential errand. 

It was beyond crazy.

We were not able to go out and buy supplies for Spring DIY Dog Mom Projects or dolls. Creating new dog treat recipes wasn't an option because grocery store shelves were empty. It was almost impossible to find flour, eggs, chicken, baking supplies, etc.

I spent a lot of time making mask bands for the people Lisa worked with and beyond. Between April and May, I made almost 200.

On the weekends, Lisa and I worked on indoor and outdoor projects utilizing what we had on hand. The sellers left a lot of yard work tools behind so that helped out considerably. We even ripped down wall shelving in the bedroom and repurposed that wood into making birdhouses for our yards. And, we made a DIY squirrel picnic table

Toward mid-Summer, things started to get back to...whatever the word is (I refuse to say "normal"). We continued to work on indoor and outdoor projects. We made DIY end tables and a DIY entertainment center. We collected enough supplies, thanks to our awesome Bodacious peeps, to make decorative DIY dragonflies for our yards

In the here and now...

I'm almost ready to launch my Facebook food page. My goal is to have it up and running this week because...

On Monday the 21st, Our Big Bodacious Painting Project will begin. No, Lisa is not on vacation. My goal is to get all of the painting done by the time her week-long vacation begins mid-October. That way we can enjoy her vacation. At home. 

Staycations are blissful in our Bodacious Dog Mom Life.

That's kind of a combined response to all of the questions. 

This year has not gone as planned for so many reasons. But, aside from the COVID-19 pandemic and some of the obstacles related to it, that has not been a bad thing. It's definitely been a year of lessons and gaining new perspectives and becoming wiser. 

That's an entirely whole new blog column right there.

I'm so excited about Our Big Bodacious Painting Project to begin next week. This time, it's for our house. Our home. That makes a world of difference.

When will the other stuff come into play?

As mentioned, I'll be launching the food page this week. I want to have that done and active before Our Big Bodacious Painting Project starts.

When Lisa is on vacation in October, we're going to brainstorm some Bodacious DIY Holiday items to make. We're definitely making ornaments. 

I probably won't start making the dolls until after the first of the year. It could be sooner.

If we don't have another surge of COVID-19 and the grocery store shelves stay stocked, I'd like to continue creating and sharing recipes for homemade dog treats around Thanksgiving. 

Those are our tentative plans.

Keep in mind that it's 2020. This has been a year of "firsts" for a lot of us. A pandemic that led to a lot of places closing, events cancelled, empty grocery store shelves, etc. The hottest Summer in weather recorded history for our area. A severe drought. Tropical Storm Isaias. Smokey skies that will appear tomorrow because of the fires out west. I'm sure there are other items on the list of 2020.

We're not etching anything in granite. 

We're taking things day by day. Week by week.


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