It's a beautiful spring .. I just wish it was a happier one ..
Well, there you have it .. Gov. Brad Little ordered all Idahoans to stay home for the next 21 days, with some exceptions for 'essential' services.
'Our' county still has none and the neighboring ones each only one, but it's just a matter of time of course ..
Although some don't think so ..
Unfortunately, we don't fall under an 'essential' industry and after some deliberating (we're rural, pretty isolated, we might get away with it .. yeah, yeah ..) we decided to lay off all the guys but one.
Justin lives very close, he's almost a neighbor, and he's pretty much self-isolating anyways because of some health issues, so we keep him on for now ..
James has ordered a lot of materials lately and probably has enough to do for the both of them to keep them busy.
I'd already made a menu-list for 4 weeks and stocked up for that last week, so I added 2 more to it this morning (I'm not very optimistic), and went grocery shopping one last time (all the shelves were full and just a few items like bread, eggs and TP restricted to one).
Other than that not much will change for me. I'm very happy to be able to just carry on like usual, taking my walks, making my puzzles, reading, knitting/spinning, baking .. nothing different!
Funny enough it's just the 'not being allowed to' that makes it feel different and 'restricted' ..
Talking about walking, we had some gorgeous days this week so I spent some wonderful time outside.
Temperatures were soaring, I'm not kidding, into the low 70s!
Birds are claiming their territories and are making a ruckus doing it!
I think this is a Pine Siskin:
That's a California Tortoiseshell on the left and a Pearly crescent on the right:
I walked out to the river, which sparkled in the sun, and where the
beautiful weather had lured some fishermen out to try their luck ..
This last week the work-crew has worked mainly on getting the grounds rock free and as smooth as possible, in anticipations for the hydro-seeding that has been planned for next week.
Don also is still moving dirt, digging and closing up holes with the tractor .. and unfortunately, between all of them, they've hit the water pipes not once, not twice, no .. wait for it .. six times so far!
|You think they have enough parts to repair the pipes ?|
I know, it's hard to be precise with that big machine and those pipes are fragile but still .. they're talented!
It also means I have on-and-of water, since they have to turn it off each time when it happens .. (sigh)
After one of those breaks, James had to jump in the hole which was quickly filling up with water, to cap the pipe, since he was the only one that had spare clothes readily available!
Also, a small start has been made to sheet the roof, but since than it has started to rain, which made it too slippery to safely work on it, so it was put on hold:
This was before the stay-at-home order came about, and now that we're down two of our guys, the roof has to wait until we can get them back.
OK, that's it for this week, I think.
Some last numbers: over 500 deaths in total in Holland right now, almost 800 in the last 24 hrs in New York and over 900 (in 24 hrs) in Italy!
Maybe it's true ..