April weather is usually pretty wonderful in Texas. We often travel this time of year and end up missing out. But, with stay-at-home restrictions, we got to enjoy every single pretty day.
We avoided others on early morning walks and runs. We dared to have a picnic with our own chairs...
And we enjoyed our balcony, which is something we haven't done in over a decade! I can't exactly complain.
Instead of feeling frustrated by my lockdown birthday, I felt a little bit special. Not everybody will get to celebrate a Covid-Quarantine-Pandemic-Birthday this year.
Don managed a funny birthday treat, with cookies and candy and candle. My neighbor surprised me with birthday torte! Very yummy!
I didn't ask Don how he managed to shop. I was excited that I had some goodies to open. The 1000-piece puzzle, was a perfect pandemic birthday gift!
The best part of my day, was a Birthday Zoom with the kids! We like to add a theme to our Zooms... Western Theme for April! Don't ask why.
This month involved a lot more cooking and a lot more puzzle work.
"Alexa" provided us with lots of entertainment, while we cooked and puzzled. There was a lot of dancing in the kitchen in April. No photos.
Masks and Gloves
I wore my mask and gloves when I went out... all of about 2 times in April. (Besides walks and runs)
I wore a different kind of mask and gloves, when FaceTiming with friends.
It was quiet in our house on Easter. But it usually is. Our kids haven't been around on Easter for many years.
So we just invited a bunch of bunnies to our Easter dinner. They graciously watched us dine.
The ukes got played a lot in April.
I wish I could say I've improved tremendously, with the intrument. I have not, but we've had some fun. Don is a very patient ukulele partner. I so wish we could both sing!
This was the best Quarantine April, I think I will ever have!
Beginning the Month
The beginning of March felt pretty decent. Shops, restaurants and museums were all open in Houston.
Halfway through the month things changed drastically. I'm so grateful for those museum visits, in the beginning of the month.
Norman Rockwell: American Freedom
My visit to the MFAH wasn't exactly happy, but I was so grateful to see the exhibit. Reading about Ruby Bridges and her bravery, did actually make me smile.
Seeing the four paintings that represented FDR's Four Freedoms, was very moving. The image on the right, "Freedom From Fear" is very relevant for today.
At the Color Factory, I embraced my inner child with some hands-on exhibits with color.
Now, these happy photos make me cringe a little. On the day I visited, I was in heaven! The art installations were inspiring. Days later, I was worried that I'd put myself and others at risk.
Stay at Home Order
For the last half of the month, we were pretty much hunkering down at home. Spring weather made things easier. I pulled the canoe out for a little fresh air.
Houston didn't officially call for a "stay at home" order, until the 24th. I felt lucky for pretty weather and a home and husband.
We celebrated at home. Then again, we always do on St. Patrick's Day.
We worked on puzzles and painting projects.
We cleaned the garage and found treasures in there, that we didn't remember we had!
We made a little music. The ukuleles got dusted off and the piano music came out.
This has been an odd and eerie month, but we've felt connected with family and friends.
Thank goodness for technology! Emails, texts, phone chats... and Zoom! We had our first Zoom (Tiki-themed) Happy Hour with our kids! Smiles and laughter! Yay for that!