If We Were Having Coffee…Back From Nowhere Special

Hello! Here we are on a beautiful Saturday in June. I realize I basically skipped the month of May in the blogsphere (and part of April and June if we’re being precise) but to be honest, there wasn’t much to report. Been no place, not done much, about sums it up. I have had one project going on and that has taken up much of my time. Sit and have some coffee and we can share our news.

If we were having coffee…we would be sitting on the deck enjoying this beautiul humidity free day, a rare occasion here in Southern New Jersey. We could have coffee, lemonade or juice, whatever you prefer and maybe a muffin from the local bakery, which I’m happy to report is now doing carry out.

The first thing I would ask you is how things are going, pandemic wise, in your corner of the world? Everyone is at such different places. Even those of us in the same place are in different places as far as our mind sets go. Some are ready to get back to normal and others, myself included, are inclined to take things slow. I’ll admit that I have the luxury to do that, whereas some people don’t. Are things opening up where you live? Are you no longer taken aback by the site of people in masks? I realized at the supermarket the other day that I wasn’t all that surprised to see cars with masks hanging on their rearview mirrors. I guess they are the new “fuzzy dice.” Weird.

(Of course in the past few weeks there have been many other scary, historic and challenging things taking place in our world and I have given them much attention and consideration in other parts of my life but here on my blog is my happy place so for now I’ll take a pass on all that except to say my hope is that we find our way through this to a place where compassion and kindness come out on top.)

If we were having coffee…I would tell you that yesterday was the official last day of the school year. This is my 13th year working as an instructional aide in the same neighborhood elementary school but as you might imagine, it was the strangest last day ever. I can’t imagine what the last few months of this school year would have been like without the internet and the advanced technology we now have. Even my third graders were comfortable and familiar with the world of virtual learning. They took to it pretty easily but I was happy to hear, during one of our Friday Google Chat sessions, that they all missed “real school” and seeing their friend’s and teachers in person. Fingers crossed for September. Did you know anyone learning or teaching remotely over the past months? How did it go for them?

If we were having coffee…I would tell you that the project that has taken most of my time over the past month was creating art. I have been learning all about watercolor painting, a medium that is comparatively new to me. I started painting in oils and acrylics when I was just 14 but watercolor was not something I tried until a few years back, I never realized how many techniques and styles there really were. I’ll admit, having that to focus on, having something to create and help me feel productive during this quarantine has kept me from going crazy. Even as an introvert all the time at home would have been too much without something else to focus on.

The result of all this time spent painting was that I had a lot of paintings!! A few Coffee Shares back I mentioned that I was thinking about opening an Etsy shop in order to sell some of my pieces. Well, I finally took the plunge and opened “The Curious Kat” a place to display and sell my artwork. It’s going pretty well. I’ve already sold about 8 pieces but those were mostly to friends and family who were happy to support my enterprise. I don’t really need to sell a lot though since I am creating everything by hand (not prints or reproductions) I can only work so fast!! It’s a lot of fun to share my artwork and I enjoy thinking of them becoming part of someone else’s home. Here is the link if you are interested: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CuriousKatStudio?ref=search_shop_redirect

Have you developed any new hobbies or skills to help you pass the time during the Shelter in Place?

If we were having coffee… I would tell you how much I’ve enjoyed our visit. I would also wish you and your family good health and happiness during this unusual time. Be well, my friends and don’t forget to visit our host Eclectic Alli where you can find the rest of the Coffee Share posts.

12 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee…Back From Nowhere Special

  1. This was a fun Currently. People are 50/50 here about wearing them. I’m still wearing and washing and sanitizing. But going out a bit more, too.

    I love to hear of people who delved into hobbies during this lockdown! We’ll all emerge a little changed. My grand addition was to make my morning mindfulness routine stick (nearly) all the time!

  2. Welcome back, Nancy. And glad to know you have spent such a productive stay at home period.

    P.S -At first I wondered what Julia Roberts was doing in the profile pic. It took me few seconds to register that actually it’s your image 🙂

    • It really isn’t the same. I’m especially sad about not being able to say goodbye to some of the 5th graders who will head to middle school next year. Best wishes wrapping up your year.

  3. I never thought I would get used to seeing people in masks now I find it weird to see people without masks, although truthfully speaking most people wear their masks dangling from chins and less then half of those would have them if not wearing one wasnt a criminal offence which could result in a fine or jail time.
    Restrictions are easing down, but yeah people just doing their own things.

    The art at test is artsy ^_^
    ~B

    • All the stores here are still requiring masks. I appreciate that the Governor of NJ is sticking to the guidelines given by the health experts and trying to keep us all safe. Its funny how different people present themselves when they are wearing masks in public. You can see who is cool with it, who is embarrassed by it and who is annoyed just by their posture and the way they move. I find them difficult to talk in but if it keeps others safe, I”ll do what I can. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. The paintings you have at “The curious cat” are awesome!!! What a great hobby. I love hearing about people using their extra time being creative. some of my friends have really been cultivating their artistic skills. Great for you! Enjoy your summer !

  5. Took a quick look at the art on etsy. Very nice. I’m sure online school has been very different! I hope your weekend is going well and that you are enjoying the nice weather. have a great week ahead 🙂

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