26 April 2020

Sunday Post - 26 April 2020

Hello and welcome, Sunday Post peeps!

I'm joining Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer (and the rest of the crew) for the Sunday Post this week.

Just for the purpose of my own personal statistics:

We've been out of school since March 13 - going on seven weeks now.

I've had to report to work four days since then. Once, March 16, to get our perishable foods out of our school kitchen and to a central distribution site, and the other three times to pack and/or hand out meals to kids in need. Our district distributes three days of breakfasts and lunches each Monday, and four days of breakfasts and lunches each Thursday.

The kids and I drove through the boonies to Linden, Michigan on Friday, March 20 to pick up a 1/4 of a cow from the butcher. Yay for not running out of beef any time soon.

On April 15, we drove to one of my daughter's friend's house to drop off a birthday present (and picked up a pizza order while we were out).

After work on Monday, April 20, I drove to the post office to pick up my packages, and then bought groceries at our local Meijer. On Thursday, April 23, I again got stuff we needed from Meijer, since I do not have another day out of the house scheduled.

This afternoon we're joining a local birthday parade for another friend of my daughter.

I've finished 17 books since March 13. I still haven't picked up my counted cross-stitch, but I would still like to, Right now I'm trying to bring my TBR list around to books published in 2020. I have one left from 2018 (up next), and two from 2019 (but I haven't received one as promised from the publisher yet). It's good to have goals, right?

Last Week on the Blog
Reviewed The Heirloom Garden - April 23
Posted for Mailbox Monday and IMWAYR - April 20
Also finished reading and reviewing Gotham High. My daughter and I really liked it, but hardcore comic fans may not be as fond of some of the characterizations. Check out my full review (and a giveaway!) here.

This Week on the Blog
Reviewing The Secrets of Love Story Bridge
Think of a post that isn't completely about books? LOL
I also plan to finish reading and reviewing Kill Code by Clive Fleury.

Around the Blogosphere
This post from Yes/No Detroit last year still gives a nice heads-up for several meal delivery plans. This is how we've been eating well, and having something to do by cooking new meals! Another word of warning, some companies are so busy now they aren't taking new customers, or allowing you to reactivate if you were with them previously but chose to suspend your account. We've used Home Chef the most, but have a Gobble box coming soon from another friend's referral link.

What are your best tips for surviving and enjoying the best parts of lockdown? If you're in an area that is not encouraging staying home, where is that??

Take care of your and yours :)


Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

I've debated trying some of those boxes. We have 5 full-time peeps living in the home and the Royals bounce between here and their Dads. I really should research costs on them. LOL Be safe and have a good week!

Greg said...

I have relatives in Fenton area which I think is fairly close to Linden? Anyway hope you are doing well. This lockdown is certainly challenging! The meal delivery plans sound pretty good, we haven't tried any of those but they look worth looking into maybe.

Have a safe and healthy week!

Katherine P said...

We used Hello Fresh a few years ago but kind of drifted away from it. I've been debating trying another one - Home Chef was on the list- but haven't seriously looked into it yet. Thanks for the heads up that some aren't taking new customers. I won't get my heart too set on it right now. I haven't been leaving the house all that much either and it's kind of weird. I had a doctor's appointment Tuesday and it was the first time I had to be somewhere at a certain time in over a month and I was absolutely terrified I'd forget. I hope you have a great week!

Becki said...

Actually, Greg - they are close. Our cow was raised in Fenton :)

vvb32 reads said...

I have enjoyed having time to get into a craft project - currently crocheting a throw blanket. Great video tutorials for inspiration as well.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I finally worked on a craft project last night! It was a lot of fun, and I know I need to make more time for it. I mean, I have the time - it's more the motivation of getting started. LOL


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

You seem to have a good routine going, and it's great that you do get out a bit.

Not so much here, but that's because I live in a senior residence with lots of rules.

Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I should say you will not run out of meat anytime soon!

I really thought I'd work on a quilt that I started in 2002 and still haven't finished. But no...

The birthday parades are such a fun idea.

Have a good week.

Northwoman said...

We're enjoying being home and doing all kinds of different things. We've had good luck with deliveries and have gone out minimally as you have. I've done a Walmart pickup, a drive through trip to the pharmacy, one trip where I had to go inside, and a trip to have my car tires fixed, and then my daughter's first trip out since March 16 to a doc appt.

I've tried Freshly and there weren't enough ones we liked. We do get the Butcherbox about once every 2 months and it's spendy but quality. It has meat, chicken and fish options.

Anyway, we plan to continue this way, at least until mid-August and we will see what my daughter's school decides at that time.

Anne - Books of My Heart

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction said...

Funny how trips to the butcher are the highlights of our lives right now, right? That's about as exciting as it gets. LOL!

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

the bookworm said...

How nice that you packed the meals for kids in need right now. I've thought about signing up for meal delivery like Hello Fresh, but never did. They look good.

I've been home for 38 days now. I've been working from home a few days longer around 43 days I think. The lockdown here in NJ is in effect until May 15.
We don't really go out much except once every other week or so my husband gets perishables from the grocery store. We do Target curbside pickup for other stuff like snacks etc. I have had zero luck getting a supermarket grocery delivery slot this entire time, they are booked.

Stay well and enjoy your books. 17 books is great since March.

crackercrumblife said...

We have been thinking about ordering meat from a small Michigan farmer - but I need more freezer space first! We were looking at ordering from Trillium Woods Farm near Lansing, which would be a drive for us too! I need to figure out the freezer situation first. That is cool that you did that.

I'm a Michigander too!

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

It’s wonderful that your school is providing meals despite the students absence, I’m sure it is appreciated by many. I’d love to have a freezer big enough to hold half a cow! I’ve just been grocery shopping weekly as usual, with a family of six, & most of them picky eaters, the meal box services aren’t really value for money for me.
With less than a handful new cases of Covid-19 each day in Australia, lockdown restrictions are slowly being eased here. It’s both good news, and a little frightening.

Wishing you a great reading week and good health

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra said...

Our new cases of COVID-19 are still climbing unfortunately so we'll be on lockdown for the foreseeable future. We're relying on curbside pickup as much as possible, but it has all been very challenging. This only box I've tried so far is Butcher Box for meat. It's a little expensive but we've been really impressed with the quality of the beef, chicken, and pork we've gotten. I've been wanting to try some of those meal kits but it's hard to find one that the picky eaters in my house will go for.