On Friday, my daughter took me to Red Lobster for lunch for Mother's Day since she was working the weekend. We ate inside (both vaccinated) at a separated table and it was lovely. On the one hand I felt bad going to a chain as opposed to the many local restaurants and patios available. On the other hand I a had a huge craving for lobster, even if it was the flash frozen kind and where better to go. Future outings will be more of the "local type".
What I was missing for Mother's day was that homemade lemon meringue pie, which I have so often shared versions of on this space. My cast iron pie maker person is miles away. So it was time to search for an acceptable substitute. After waxing poetic on my local city page about where to get the best pies, I had a list. Sunday after church I popped into the first one and it was delicious. I cannot say the best because I still have to check out all the others, right? Since one of my warm weather goals is to find patios and outdoor spaces to read in once a week, as well as take a weekly drive further afield this goal of finding the perfect (lemon meringue) pie should be a fun challenge. I may have to try each one more than once. Just saying
Things are slowly opening in this part of the Lone Star state at least. I went to Silver Sneakers yoga yesterday and they allowed 15 people in the gymnasium at a time, with masks on till we get to our chair and then off while exercising. My new church has resumed it's crafting group weekly (with mask wearing except for drinking) and I expect other crafting groups and meeting groups may begin having get togethers (still masked, which I think works for me now). Some of the common areas here have opened up. Senior college is still virtual, at least for the summer. I'm looking forward to it all, but at the same time not interested in the level of social as before. I'm fairly sure that even if I still had the energy for it, restarting a retired women's group down here is not in my future.
Surprisingly (or maybe not, actually), opening up and going out just a teeny bit more has been affecting my creativity. While I've enjoyed getting out every day (and not just on the patio or around the immediate area) I've also felt a real call to spend longer times at my sewing table and to create in new areas like the wood painting and improvising in the area of sewing and quilting. My apartment and studio are still my castle and where I spend much of my time.
My patio is looking much better with a few more plants (I still need some hanging ones), solar lights, a mini flag holder and my flamingos. This picture was taken the other day, I'll need a less overcast one for more.
An up coming project is to revamp the old budget here a casa Barb. Things are opening and I have new expenses (fitness membership costs, entertainment). I also need to adjust based on other things: warm weather utilites, increased food and bas costs, upcoming travel goals, my improved one person cooking, creative goals and more. After I do my taxes though. Procrastination is my middle name, after all.
And who knows. Maybe I can get rid of some hibernation expenses. Especially the twenty reading and TV channels I've been binging on for the past year.
I should be back to normal twice or thrice a week blogging and catching up on my sidebar. I took some time to work on some craft writing and creating but am ready to get back into my normal writing (and life) routine.
I may need to make some brownies today.