Puttering Around

The word of the day is “putter.” Putter: to busy or occupy oneself in a leisurely, casual, or ineffective manner (Dictionary.com)

I have been puttering around the house today.

Washing my hands.

Throwing together warm water, oil, salt, flour and yeast in the bread maker.

Going through a pile of papers that are from an activity that has passed.

Stepping down to the basement to see what printer ink I need to order from Amazon.

Wait, what did I touch? I feel the need to wash my hands again. My hands are chapped! (That’s a shout-out to my cousin Suzanne, who started a fun and productive email exchange with our family with that title.)

Running the water to fill a pot and put it on the stove.

Walking down the stairs to look for the laundry basket in the basement

Whoops, it’s already upstairs!

Washing my hands again to throw some noodles in a pot of boiling water.

Puttering around, doing little things that need doing, without doing much at all.

All this puttering reminded me of one of my favorite series of books that I used to read to my daughter: Mr. Putter and Tabby! And so I wondered; did I ever blog about Mr. Putter and Tabby?

Indeed I did! And I found the cutest pictures of my two, and discovered that yes, I did do fun things with my kids!

I even let them decorate their own pink cupcakes! Check out this link to see their cupcakes: Cupcake Help

Stay well, my friends!

The world is staying home…

Today I watched a movie. A whole movie, just like that, in the middle of the day.

The movie was Julie & Julia; Julia, of course, is the famous chef Julia Child, who my children have never heard about. Julie is a blogger, who blogged for a whole year and made every recipe in that year from Julia Child’s cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. In the movie, so it goes, cooking helped both women find a purpose in their lives.

One of the first scenes of the movie shows Julie’s husband helping her start a blog on Blogger. I remember clicking the a similar button when I was a stay-at-home mom when I needed to something, ANYTHING, more than just cleaning, cooking and changing diapers! (Now that I’m far removed from those days, however, OH, how I miss those little darlings that I took care of day in and day out!)

It’s been twelve years since I started blogging, and as I got busier with a job, my older darlings (who thought they would keep me even busier now that they are 12 and 15?) and graduate classes, this blog went by the wayside. I’ve still been writing, but more along the lines of papers with names like, “Interviews with English Language Learners” and “Conceptual Preview Strategy” as I work toward getting an English as a Second Language endorsement with my teaching certification.

And just like that, a couple of weeks ago, everything was online or canceled. Covid-19 entered the scene. And I now have time to watch a movie IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY!

And perhaps, I have time to write on my blog?????

The only trouble may be, since we are all staying at home, that there is nothing to write about……………..

But with the window open and the breeze bringing in the scent of newly thawed soil and the robin’s song, and the smell of bread baking in the kitchen, (twice I failed in finding flour in the stores, and my neighbor bought me some!) I’m going to hit publish and see what happens next…

How are you, friends?

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