TARA is HOME!!!!
My dear friends - early Wednesday morning of last week - 1:30 AM to be exact - I was supposed to receive a text from Tara (my daughter) letting me know that her car service had arrived to pick her up (6:30 AM her time in England).
Nothing. No text.
I wait till 2 AM.
Nothing. No text.
So, typical me - I have now envisioned the worst. I imagined that she lost her phone or forgot it or the car didn't arrive and now she is trying to find some other transportation or the car picked her up but it is some psycho who has taken her off on a wild ride or they went off a cliff......
Mind you - her travel was going to be three hours from Durham, England to the Edinburgh, Scotland airport.
Her plane was due to leave Scotland at 10:45 AM her time (5:45 AM my time).
I stayed up, constantly checking my phone for ANY message from her until - FINALLY - she texted me from the Edinburgh airport to let me know that she didn't have WI-Fi until she got to the airport - so she had "Messaged" me via Facebook. Was I looking at my Facebook when I was expecting a text????? I finally allowed myself to go to sleep at 6 AM. I was exhausted but relieved to know that the worst part of Tara's journey was over with. Now, she simply had to board her plane in Dublin, Ireland to arrive at JFK airport in NYC. Which she did.
Brianna and I then headed down to JFK airport to meet Tara's plane which arrived on time at 4 PM. The three of us greeted each other with proper distancing. It was just so wonderful to see her and know that she arrived safe and sound. I could not believe what a ghost town the airport was.
Turns out, her driver in England, was a fascinating individual. He was a retired homicide detective from Poland!!! Tara said the two of them chatted the entire three hour journey.
Tara, Brianna and I have been quarantining at home. I have been keeping my distance from Tara and the three of us wear our masks at all times except when we are in our own bedrooms. I've been basically staying either out on the deck or in my bedroom. Tara had a Covid test done on Friday and the results came back negative - but we are still being overly cautious. My hubby, in the meantime, is staying out of town. He has underlying conditions that we are not willing to take a chance with when it comes to this horrible Covid-19.
October 14th marks the date that the professional movers arrive to move Brianna's stuff from her Camillus, NY home to her new Dresden, NY home. Thankfully, Tara is here to help. I will and won't miss Brianna's apartment. It was very spacious. However, the pipes made a lot of noise whenever a neighbor turned on a faucet or flushed a toilet. When I spent a few weeks living with her after her car accident, I discovered all the pros and cons of her place. I am thrilled that she will live only an hour a way and will probably spend more time at home with all of us anyway (especially now that Tara is home).
Little by little, I feel that I am getting "my life back". I have struggled mightily trying to figure out how to get my business back up and running under all the "new regulations" and safety/health concerns.
And who, among us, is not affected by the news that greets us daily? I know I certainly am. My heart breaks at what is happening to our country, our environment, our climate and our humanity. We are living in strange times right now - no question about that.
It has been interesting to be able to watch basketball, golf and football again - as if things were "normal". I have been encouraged that professional football teams have played for three weeks (thus far) without any major outbreaks of Covid. That is really encouraging. It's fascinating the way they "pipe" in the spectator noise during the football games on television. As a television viewer, one almost forgets that there are no spectators in the stadium.
I have enormous respect for those of you out there that are somehow figuring out how to juggle your children's education needs at home, plus your own job responsibilities and everything else you are juggling.
I highly suggest watching "Masked Singer" for a fun get-away from reality for just an hour each week. It airs on Wednesday evenings at 8 PM Eastern Standard Time on Fox network. My husband, Brianna and I have become BIG fans of this show and we know Tara will be joining us this season. The costumes are over the top - and the concept for this show is wonderful. Celebrities are in disguise and sing. The judges try to figure out who the singers are. The "audience" votes for their favorite and each week, a celebrity is revealed and thus, eliminated.
In the meantime - I am going to enjoy watching the leaves turning gorgeous colors while I also get to chat in person with Tara and Brianna each day. Bliss, bliss, bliss!!!!!
We will all get through these challenging times. I am feeling very optimistic that in just a few months - The Crafting Cottage will be back to hosting in-person classes, events and guests at the Inn. In the meantime - the virtual classes and events are working out - who knew????? :)
Sending you all great hugs of strength!!!
Remember - Stay Crafty My Friends!!!!