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What projects have you taken on? How have you accomplished tasks by being resourceful with what you have on hand? What advice do you have to help others through similar projects? Share your ideas here and earn 50 AARP Rewards points for participating in this weekly discussion. We also will choose one post as our weekly winning post for an additional prize: a $50 HelloFresh gift card. Click here to see our Rules for participating.
The hospital is washing masks, they have an opening for a filter which is disposable after use. They have specified cotton that is washable and able to withstand washing in hot water and soap to sterilize them. Is the oven method for the filter material?
First, I turned off the TV. Next, I turned on music that both motivated me and made me happy. Then, I began cleaning, I mean really cleaning! I've incorporated stretching along with crawling around on my hands and knees (HA HA seriously!!) to conquer those pesky dust bunnies.
Unfortunately or not, they continue to reappear every other day - so, my work continues.
I have a lovely cat who is my assistant, when she's not watching from he perch in amazement at the human in her life.
I'm also tackling closets, one by one, and will have donations galore, when the time comes.
You can guess, the theme is cleaning, organizing and in general, staying busy.
I take time each day for a live steamed Mass. I pray while I work. I either call, text or email friends and relatives every day to see how they are faring (uring this unprecendented time in the History of our World).
It's difficult for me because I want to help but I know that "sheltertering in place" is best - for now.
My advice; if you can't find something to do - if you are down and don't feel like you can do one more thing - take a deep breath. Be grateful for the gift of life. Write down (at least) one Blessing or something positive because there are so many people and families who are in pain.
Try to smile!! Love conquers all - even dust bunnies :-)))
Where do I begin?? I am an avid gardener and have been cleaning my beds of leaves and weeds. The leaves I put in a pile a run the lawn mower over a few times and this will make a great mulch and you can add to a compost pile. I planted some new periennials and flowering annual plants. I cleaned out many closets and started a bag for clothing donations. I have sorted through papers which will be recycled for the bimonthly paper pick up and personal papers to be brought to the library during shred-it day. Cooking and baking are fun, experimenting with new recipes, some my husband and I have loved. I started painting some bedrooms and cleaning the windows. My local home improvement store loves when I come in every other week to purchase home improvement products. Take care and be safe!!
Sorting through and organizing loose pictures into albums. This accomplished something and is also enjoyable to look at pictures long forgotten. Getting rid of old medicines, etc. Donating clothing and household items no longer used to a local charity.
I've organized handwritten recipes handed down by friends and family, as well as favorites printed from the internet. Previously I would look through a stack of recipes kept in a bin, now they've been organized into binders. Each recipe has been put in a sleeve, and there is a binder each for chicken recipes, beef, seafood and misc. Tabs then categotize by crock pot recipes, instant pot, soups, and misc. Much easier to find favorites!!!
Turns out you can grow many things from cuttings of vegetables. I have scallion, onion,bok choy and celery bottoms sitting in water on my windowsill. Just cut off bottom third of each. After only a few days they are growing roots and some are sending up green shoots. The scallions can stay on the windowsill and be harvested again and again. The others will get planted in my garden as they establish roots and should become full sized plants.
My project involved regrowing veggies and fruit from the grocery store.
I saw watched many videos online and wanted to see if these claims
were a hoax.
I bought green onions with roots, a bunch of celery, juice oranges,
and a pineapple. Now I have an endless supply of green onions
in my kitchen window. I have a recycled nursery pot full of bushy
celery leaves and thin stalks on my back porch. The orange seeds
grew white roots and green shoots. I put them in mini plastic pots
and they look cute on my sunny deck railing. The pineapple top
rooted and was planted in a large planter. It is growing long
spiky leaves and looks very nice on my deck.
This project has been so rewarding and has saved me money.
Re-growing produce and fruit is low maintenance. Staying at home
more during this COVID-19 has allowed me to learn something new.
I advise Seniors to give this rewarding project a try!
I, and my quilting group, have been making masks for about a month. We give these to friends, neighbors, family, the local homeless warming center (which has stayed open past their intended close date here in Minnesota in order to keep the guests safe), nursing homes, assisted living facilities ... basically anyone who needs them. Our biggest “order” to date has been a nursing home which asked for 100 masks and we delivered – 100% free of charge!
As quilters, we all have a stash of fabric on hand that we use. We've experimented with several different patterns and have used homemade ties, pony tail bands, cording, and elastic to fasten them. We're all doing this from our own homes, and we share information and ideas through a text thread that we're all in. We have each eventually come to be making our own style of mask, and most of us want to use the elastic rather than ties as they are easier and faster to make and we feel that they are easier for the wearer to use. However, we've had a difficult time finding that elastic.
That shortage of elastic is where my advice comes in. Anyone who has been making masks is probably well aware of the shortage of elastic. Two members of our group had ordered elastic in late March or early April, but the anticipated delivery date was mid May, so we were stuck on where to get the elastic we needed.
I was told by someone that he had been told that you can just go to Etsy, order it, and get it within a few days. I was skeptical, especially since he had not tried out this hearsay information, but I immediately went to Etsy and found a lot of elastic! Most of the vendors had it on hand and would ship it within a day or two. I noticed that a lot of it was from China, which I figured would take a fairly substantial amount of time for shipping, and we needed it quickly. So, I looked for sellers that were based in the United States, hoping I would get the elastic much faster. I found one in Southern California, ordered it on Sunday, and received it on Friday of the same week! I ordered 155 yards, and we're almost out of it already! Another member of the group went to Etsy a couple of days ago and purchased more, so we're hoping that arrives as quickly. Anyway, my advice is that if you're looking for elastic, check out Etsy!
We've been so busy making masks that a couple of the group have had their sewing machines go down. One has a couple of backup machines so she could use one of them. Her husband still had the other to use to sew the ties! The other was able to borrow a machine from another member of the group, so she could continue, too. Her husband does most of the cutting for their masks. The member from whom she borrowed it has a husband who does just about anything he can to help get the masks made. He's made trips to Home Depot to get electrical wire to use for the nose area to allow it to be molded and fit better and the cording that she's been using for ties. The guys are not members of our quilting group, but they sure have stepped up to help get these masks made.
It's been quite an endeavor, but we are all committed to getting them made because we know we're making a difference and probably saving lives!
Looking for gifts that would be able to fit in Mothers' Day cards for my sisters, I came across charming DIY Victorian decoupage-inspired bookmarks. They are topped by butterflies that poke out from closed books. Both my sisters are readers, so I jumped into the project--a craft totally new to me. I have scissors that will work for cutting around printed roses, and I'm awaiting glue and brushes by mail. Now all I need is patience!
I have been doing LOTS of things since I am to be sheltered in place for the duration of this event. If i am not looking outside at the squirrels and birds going about their daily routines without any regard for the virus, I am finding odds and ends tasks that I have really been putting off for some time but now I find myself doing time consuming chores that should already have been done but were not.I am even staying ahead of mowing the yard for once!! Halleluia. Thank you Jesus.
Being stuck in the house has found me disliking many of the accessories I normally have put around. Since I can't go out and but new ones, I decided that there was a possibility of just changing them around in various rooms-which I did. Surprisingly the old living room throw pillows look just as nice on my bed as the previous bed pillows look in the guest bedroom. Then because most of my bedspead were reversible, I turned them over for the first time ever and got a completley new look in the bedrooms to match the pillows. I generally buy a spread because of one particular side and have never turned it over until today. Change is nice and practical.
I have been sprucing up a deserted rock garden that surrounds my patio. Lots of weeds, misplaced rocks - some large & too heavy to lift, others various sizes of many colors collected while traveling around the country. The "fill in" rocks are classic river rocks of varying colors. The problem with the rock garden was the connecting patio concrete slab that had a water drainage issue when it rains. For some reason, rainwater collected in one corner of the patio & since the rock garden has a slight upward slope on one side of the patio, dirt & fine gravel would wash down between the rocks & settle onto the patio. Always had to sweep or hose off the sandy dirt mix after each rain to keep the patio clean. Remedied the whole situation by digging a 3 inch narrow trench along that side of the patio where the rock garden meets the concrete patio. Also dug out a 3 inch trench along the adjoining side of that corner area about 3 feet along edge of patio. Then I placed 12 inch scalloped concrete edgers between the patio concrete slab & the rock garden on each side of the corner. To secure the edgers & keep the trench from moving dirt slush when it rains, I concreted the bottom of the trench, poured in a thin layer of dry concrete & used the water hose to wet it & let it set. That way, only water moves through the narrow trench, & should any dirt, sand, or leaves fall into the trench, I just use the water hose to push it out & keep it clean. To drain off the trenched water, I routed the flow outward from the corner edge onto the grass yard just beyond the rock garden, not on the sloped side, but on the flat side of the patio. It worked & now there is no puddle of water on corner of patio & the rock garden looks great as I sprayed the weeds with weed killer, then raked the river rock level & purposely placed the decorative large rocks in various areas of the garden ( with help from a relative & a lawn tractor). Am going to add a wrought iron windchime post & maybe put in a few colorful plants to add some beauty to the rock garden. If I could offer one piece of advice, it would be: don't buy an 80 lb bag of post concrete. Get a smaller bag or have someone waiting at your home to unload it. It is heavy !
This has been a great opportunity to clear out closets and the garage. I have successfully recruited my two kids who are finishing their senior years (1 from high school and 1 from college) with more free time. There was a truckload full of items they delivered to my aunt who owns a flea market. (With her permission, they left items for her family to move inside so that we didn't compromise anyone by physical contact. )They have helped get clothing ready to donate to a men's rehab center and a women's shelter. There is now enough room in the garage to put down the ping pong table. We've all played and it's ready for when their friends get to visit again.
We expanded our three-season oval flower garden and built 10 lovely birdhouses of various shapes to attract all sorts of birds. After painting all the houses with bright colors, we bought several stencil kits online and decorated each house with a different design; what a great couples project.
The birdhouses have only been up in the garden a short time, but we already have cardinals, yellow finches, robins, sparrows, starlings and wrens visiting the backyard daily. Much to our surprise, we also have several bluebirds that have already built nests within two of the houses. Seeing all the colorful birdhouses and beautiful flowers coming up and watching the entertaining bird activity has definitely lifted our spirits this spring bringing us both much needed joy.
My wonderful Horizon House (retirement community) neighbors - the sewing committee - have been making face masks for anyone and everyone. How wonderful to have caring neighbors! We, in Washington State, were part of the first to be hit............and we were the first to react in a pro-active manner.
It's Spring! I'm happy to welcome the spring and one of my favorite hobbies is gardening. First thing I did was cleaned things up. LOL! Pruned my rose bushes, move one hydrangea bush to a new location and planted lots of plants (Chamomile, Shasta Daisy, African Daisy,Japanese Painted Fern, Fantabulous Plantain Lily and more... I have to keep up the maintenance and it's a lot to do. The results are rewarding and my garden is so beautiful. I love it!
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We have planted a vegetable garden and lots of wildflowers. As for advice, we're used to being at home a lot but just not used to being confined to our home this much. So my advice is to make sure you have some alone time each day. Do something that makes you feel good like reading, watching TV, connecting to a loved one on the phone, etc. Everyone needs their own personal space especially these days.
I've been cleaning out drawers and cupboards and closets. These projects have been on my to-do list for quite awhile, but I've never gotten around to them. Now, with less working outside of the home (we own a small business, which, luckily, has been able to stay open), I've gotten to these projects. Accomplishment brings a sense of happiness!
We've also started planting our vegetable garden -- spring is here, and my outlook is positive!
I am doing some cleaning myself. I am over sanitizing toiletry items to stay busy. I currently have one laundry hamper full of items to sell at the next yard sale I am able to have. I still have several boxes I would like to give to Salvation Army/Goodwill. In addition to that, I have gotten back to reading and corresponding.
I've been going through digital photos, naming the pics, and then filing them away. I've let them get out of hand and now feel better about doing this, so I know what I have. I'm also cleaning out and organizing my internet bookmarks. I've been cleaning out my drawers and closet and donated stuff to someone on a local residents page who is trying to make extra money on ebay after her husband lost his job. Finally, I've started baking bread!
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