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Your Best Covid Project?

The cast iron skillet thread inspired me, as well as the “daily enriching things” thread. I’ve had a lot of bad news and a major death recently and simple threads have cheered me up a lot, so here goes: If you have tackled any projects due to staying home more, what are they? Have you learned a new skill? Do you have any tasks or projects you hope you can complete? I look forward to your answers and hope to give inspiration, if needed.

I learned how to make really good flour tortillas. I take long walks or an exercise class daily. I hope to start work on a miniature project based on an animal shelter adoption but it’s proving very difficult. I’ve spray painted many things gold or “desert rose” and I hope to strip two bookshelves and lighten the stain so they are more modern.

by Anonymousreply 6610 hours ago

I cleaned out my kitchen cabinets, scrubbed every surface, threw out a lot.

Probably something some of you do twice a year, but it was a big deal for me. Taking everything out and putting it all back.

by Anonymousreply 107/27/2020

Planted an herb garden in pots in my side yard. It’s doing very well. I now have the time and energy to cook at home and have been using fresh herbs from my garden. Last night it was chopped rosemary to help season my lamb chops. Last week I made bruschetta using basil from my garden. Tonight I will add thyme to my sautéed mushrooms. The possibilities are endless!

by Anonymousreply 207/27/2020

Making it through each day relatively sane. We're living in dystopia.

by Anonymousreply 307/27/2020

I started gardening for the first time. I’ve never had time to tend to a garden before. My tomatoes and basil are amazing, but nothing else survived. I also learned how to cook Thai food (my favorite). I had assumed that Thai cooking was difficult, but it was fine once I had the proper ingredients.

by Anonymousreply 407/27/2020

I've been repotting my houseplants (I have a lot) and rearranging my house for their benefit. I love having a window full of blooming orchids: I don't mind staying home quite so much.

by Anonymousreply 507/27/2020

I’m learning French!

by Anonymousreply 607/27/2020

Learning to cook a lot of classic Asian dishes, mostly Korean. Brushing up on language studies, but unfortunately, more time does not translate into more focus for me. I still have the attention span of a gnat.

by Anonymousreply 707/27/2020

I had a set of Ikea bookshelves sitting around for two years, and well. I now have a brand new and much more elegant library wall in my living room!

I always had something better to do before this, than to assemble Ikea furniture and reshelve all my books.

by Anonymousreply 8Last Tuesday at 1:45 AM

I started meditating each morning and I’m trying out different recipes each week for dinner. And I started a blog (of course).

by Anonymousreply 9Last Tuesday at 3:01 AM

I redid the caulking in my bathrooms. I scrubbed the hell out of them with a wirebrush and magic erasers. I bought new caulk to even them all up. They were just old and grungy looking and always bugged me. The caulking on them was uneven, and rough, so it constantly looked dirty. After I caulked them I tried to be meticulous and used a razor and ruler to get them super straight and even. They look great now. It was little but something I'd wanted to do for several years. Now the damn things better not get all mildewy again!

by Anonymousreply 10Last Tuesday at 3:09 AM

What’s it called when you start a project and complete maybe 80% of it and then jump to another project? Because that’s what I’ve been doing. I started to clean and organize my spices and never finished. I then went on to clean out all the drawers in my kitchen. I didn’t finish that either. Is it ADD or something?

by Anonymousreply 11Last Tuesday at 7:24 AM

I planted a vegetable garden, redid my backyard completely (installed flower beds and re-sodded), learned to bake bread and donuts.

by Anonymousreply 12Last Tuesday at 7:46 AM

I've taken up rock painting, primarily to enhance my newly-designed fabulous backyard of multiple planting beds (roses, daylilies, lilacs, azaleas, forsythias, butterfly bushes, and so on)!

Plus, I'm reading more, and I mean actual books! Currently my endeavor is "Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal."

by Anonymousreply 13Last Tuesday at 7:57 AM

R11, make a to do list of all your unfinished projects; order them according to priority, and get cracking. Don’t start any more projects until you finish the list.

by Anonymousreply 14Last Tuesday at 8:00 AM

R2, Likewise! I have, in planters on my driveway, Genovese basil, purple Opal basil, English thyme, lemon thyme, rosemary, sage, and parsley. And I love adding my purple basil to salads!

by Anonymousreply 15Last Tuesday at 8:05 AM

Proud of you, r10! You enhanced more than your bathroom!

by Anonymousreply 16Last Tuesday at 8:07 AM

R8, Are they "Billy" bookshelves? I have them in three bedrooms, one of which would be today called an office, given that there are also two desks and no bed! (I put the cases together eons ago!).

by Anonymousreply 17Last Tuesday at 8:11 AM

[quote] What’s it called when you start a project and complete maybe 80% of it and then jump to another project?

Losing your motivation. The last 10-20% of a project can be the hardest.

by Anonymousreply 18Last Tuesday at 8:46 AM

I've been a better housekeeper, keeping to a schedule, picking up more and all that. I am going back to work part time so I intend to continue with it. Working a lot really does smother some of the finer points of daily life.

by Anonymousreply 19Last Tuesday at 9:03 AM

R15 are you going to make some nice pesto with all that basil?

I just added fresh dill to my scrambled eggs. It was delicious!

by Anonymousreply 20Last Tuesday at 10:15 AM

R20, I might! I've been known to!

by Anonymousreply 21Last Tuesday at 10:55 AM

First came the intense spring cleaning and manic Marie Kondo folding/organizing--I was dealing with the shock of lockdown, but I'm very happy with the results.

Then I returned to learning French, which I love; tried several kitschy dessert recipes from my 50s housewife cookbooks; learned to make samosas; sold a lot of stuff on ebay for small change which nevertheless added up. Next I'm going to tackle my cupboard full of boxes of snapshots.

All the best to you, OP. I've been cheered up by DL, too.

by Anonymousreply 22Last Tuesday at 11:00 AM

Salut, R22 ! C'est cool ! Vive le minimalisme !

by Anonymousreply 23Last Tuesday at 11:19 AM

Putain mais tu déconnes, R23.

Just kidding. I picked that phrase up from a song I found on the Foreign Pop Songs thread.

by Anonymousreply 24Last Tuesday at 11:28 AM

That was very "idiomatique" R24

by Anonymousreply 25Last Tuesday at 11:39 AM

Watching every Akira Kurosawa film on the Criterion Channel.

by Anonymousreply 26Last Tuesday at 11:41 AM

I've started learning Portuguese - beautiful, mad language - and picked up French again for the first time in a couple of years.

by Anonymousreply 27Last Wednesday at 12:43 AM

My vegetable garden is huge now, I have managed to expand it quite a bit.

by Anonymousreply 28Last Wednesday at 1:59 AM

I'm sorry to hear about your recent troubles, OP. I recognize your name and look forward to your posts, believe it or not.

by Anonymousreply 29Last Wednesday at 2:23 AM

Green-fingered DLers, what's a good herb to start off with for someone who manages to kill most plants they touch?

by Anonymousreply 30Last Wednesday at 2:30 AM

I've been going through one drawer or one cabinet at a time -- the goal was one per day but I haven't quite managed that -- and am tossing or donating a lot of stuff. Also coming to terms with the fact that I might be a hoarder! So good times all around.

by Anonymousreply 31Last Wednesday at 2:33 AM

Contemplating death more often than only once a day

by Anonymousreply 32Last Wednesday at 2:33 AM

I was learning Italian at the local university. Now they've decided they're not taking us older students next semester. Sono triste.

by Anonymousreply 33Last Wednesday at 3:37 AM

Parsley R30. Easy to grow and good results.

After 20 or so years I have resurrected knitting. My grandmother taught me to knit when I was a young kid. So far I have knitted a scarf and am part way through a cardigan. After the cardigan I am knitting a sweater. I have purchased all the wool and needles. I am really enjoying it so far. This is the scarf I knitted in the same colors:

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by Anonymousreply 34Last Wednesday at 3:47 AM

This is the cardigan I am knitting at the moment in a charcoal gray. It will look great with black jeans and a black t-shirt like in the pic below:

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by Anonymousreply 35Last Wednesday at 3:49 AM

Basil grows nicely if you have sun, r30. If not, don't bother.

by Anonymousreply 36Last Wednesday at 3:50 AM

And this is the sweater I am knitting next in navy blue.

I forgot to mention - anything I had forgotten about knitting I was able to easily find on YouTube.

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by Anonymousreply 37Last Wednesday at 3:52 AM

Finally putting in the wainscotting I designed decades ago.

Lord, how I love a miter saw.

by Anonymousreply 38Last Wednesday at 4:00 AM

My mother is an excellent knitter. It's an activity that occupies your brain and leaves you with a nice finished product. Really like the final sweater you posted.

by Anonymousreply 39Last Wednesday at 4:11 AM

I cleaned out all the kitchen cabinets then started cleaning out all the closets and threw out a ton of stuff I have two more closets to do. I planted flowers on my terrace and was going to add tomatoes and basil but decided to grow weed since my supply is getting low I have 6 plants which are 5 ft. tall I should have a good crop by November.

by Anonymousreply 40Last Wednesday at 4:14 AM

R30, Rosemary, thyme, and basil. The last doesn't like too much water! Mint and oregano grow like the proverbial weeds, so plant only in pots!

R31, I hear ya! I have a Hefty bag in my dining room, ready to empty bureau drawers. I'm a past collector of Wedgwood, Edward VIII memorabilia, wine glasses, books (thousands), and other stuff that I'm done with, and nobody else wants!

by Anonymousreply 41Last Wednesday at 6:10 AM

R33, I tried it once in an Adult Non-Credit class, as I live two minutes from our local community college. Alas, I remember only "coniglio" ("rabbit"), learning much more simply by traveling!

by Anonymousreply 42Last Wednesday at 6:15 AM

Deep cleaning, basically. My area has very hard water so I finally bought some pumie stones and tackled the toilet bowls. They are sparkling like new.

by Anonymousreply 43Last Wednesday at 6:17 AM

When I was first laid off I thought about doing some much needed back yard work/cleaning. I live in a Townhouse so nothing takes much time. By the time I had bought new/upgraded tools to do things it was summertime. Now it has become a fall project. I also am in the middle of putting together my Personal Health Record. Up until this year I only went to my Primary and the Dentist. I let things go that I am know ready to do something about. Primarily I am now a Rheumatoid Arthritis patient. And I will probably be having an arthroscopic procedure on my elbow that has two cysts in the joint. Being out of work and having Medicaid has given my the ability to do this.

by Anonymousreply 44Last Wednesday at 6:27 AM

I wrote a soon to be grammy-winning album that left the haters fuming

by Anonymousreply 45Last Wednesday at 6:48 AM

Well, I guess I'll just zip off to Milano tonight, r42!

by Anonymousreply 46Last Wednesday at 7:10 AM

I started working out again. Freehand, no weights. Now my moobs are spectacular, and they are real!

by Anonymousreply 47Last Wednesday at 7:31 AM

Thanks R34, R36 and R41! I'll give it a go with some pots on a nice sunny windowsill.

I have an unfortunate tendency to neurotically over water my plants. I'm really much better with kids and animals.

by Anonymousreply 48Last Wednesday at 11:41 PM

[quote] have a Hefty bag in my dining room, ready to empty bureau drawers. I'm a past collector of Wedgwood, Edward VIII memorabilia, wine glasses, books (thousands), and other stuff that I'm done with, and nobody else wants!

I cringe thinking of the sound of Wedgwood and wine glasses being tossed in Hefty bags.

by Anonymousreply 49Last Wednesday at 11:43 PM

I've been re-arranging the chairs on my deck

by Anonymousreply 50Last Wednesday at 11:54 PM

Thanks R39!

by Anonymousreply 51Last Thursday at 12:50 AM

R49, Or I could trundle them all to some flea market and hope to get a buck apiece. Or go nuts with a "Wear a Mask!" yard sale. How DO collectors downsize?

by Anonymousreply 52Last Thursday at 1:58 AM

Like some others, I've been doing a bit of closet-clearing. I've been in my condo for 19 years and just kept putting new stuff in front of old. It's a slow process right since it's hot and humid right now but I know it's a marathon, not a sprint. The biggest project is my hall closet where I keep OTC stuff. Some of it expired in the last decade!

The project I'm most proud of is my second bedroom. It was just sort of a dumping ground as I cleaned out other rooms. Now, it has a small couch (I really want a day bed in there but it's not a priority), a TV and stand, and a my Spin bike. In the Fall, I will tackle the garage. I still have paint cans from the PREVIOUS owner!

by Anonymousreply 53Last Thursday at 4:12 AM

R49, I know exactly how you feel. When my sister passed away, I had to hire a company to clean out her apartment. She had lots of glassware, pots and pans, etc. I thought they'd wrap it up and sell it somewhere to make money. Nope, they came in with huge trash bags and cleared the place out in about 2 hours. I felt bad because my sister had some crystal goblets. I took a few but couldn't take them all.

by Anonymousreply 54Last Thursday at 4:15 AM

[quote]Your Best Covid Project?

I'm about halfway done molding a Hummel figurine entirely out of virus fragments collected from plastic grocery bags.

by Anonymousreply 55Last Thursday at 4:19 AM

Cleaned out my shed. Cut down a tree. Fixed my Harley. Cleaned my fridge. Planted some of a friend's excess mother-in-law tongue that seems to be doing well so far. Clipped weeds my weed eater can't get to. I fixed my bicycle and I've started to ride it around the neighborhood, which I haven't had the courage to do since I broke my back and knee four years ago. I still (always!) have yard work to do ( I have a 1/2 acre) that will probably keep me busy until I drop dead.

But best of all, I lost the 10 "corona shutdown" lbs. I gained, and I've lost almost 10 more. Yippee!

by Anonymousreply 56Last Saturday at 9:29 AM

R56, Congratulations on getting back on your bike after your previous injuries. I don't think I'd have the courage.

by Anonymousreply 57Last Saturday at 3:30 PM


Thank you for such a lovely reply! I didn’t want to play the martyr in my original post but to fill in the gaps, my stepmother just died after over a year of paraplegia and dementia and my beloved dog was diagnosed with bladder cancer. My son was about to head off to college but that’s now been put on hold so I get to hug him a little longer. ❤️

by Anonymousreply 58Yesterday at 6:23 AM

R43 I’ve tried the pumice stone on toilet trick but it just seems...scrapey?

by Anonymousreply 59Yesterday at 6:25 AM

r59, I pick up a gallon of Muriatic/pool acid (weaker HCL) and get out the handled scrub brush when I notice the ring returning.

A cup drizzled around the ring, let set 15 mins, swish, let set another 15 and scrub.

Wear rubber gloves.

by Anonymousreply 60Yesterday at 10:39 AM

Apartment declutter /purge project in progress. Started with food (fridge, freezer, pantry) & medications (rx & OTC). Clothing was next (got rid of one item, in particular, that was hard to get rid of). Office supplies. Recently did my bathroom / medicine / linen cabinet.

The big surprise was cleaning out kitchen stuff (non-food). *Lots* of stuff I wasn't using. Gone. Now, I know exactly what I have & I use everything (I think).

Final frontier 😬 : Computer files declutter (work files / personal files). I've organized these files before, but I really want to delete unused things, this time. (Aside from financial /tax records that I need to keep for possible audits.)

by Anonymousreply 61Yesterday at 11:21 AM

Whenever I try to declutter my house I find it difficult. Seems like if I have a personal attachment to things it’s harder for me to throw away. I’ll go into my bedroom and declutter for 10 minutes and have piles of things and have no idea how to organize them. Any ideas how to overcome this?

When I help other people declutter their place it’s so much easier. Maybe I should have a stranger decluttering my place.

by Anonymousreply 62a day ago

R56 how did you break your back and knee?

by Anonymousreply 63a day ago

R62, I think you hit the nail on the head: it's hard to declutter when you have personal attachments to things. That's why it's easier to tell someone else what they should discard (you don't have a personal attachment to their things). Maybe it would help to get a respected friend in there with you to help make decisions.

by Anonymousreply 64a day ago

1-800-Declutter and 1-800-GotJunk are lifesavers when you need to declutter. And Two Men and a Truck is great if you need to move some heirloom piece of furniture to an interested party's house. I used the moving service to move a lot of old furniture down from my 2nd floor to the 1st floor, after first decluttering the first floor. I handled the emotional strain better working through specific rooms, rather than tackling the whole house at once.

by Anonymousreply 65a day ago

R62, I feel the same way you do about pictures.

My Mom had one of those cameras that spit out the photo immediately, She had YEARS and YEARS of them. When I cleaned out her house, I put them in a bag and brought them home. There are pictures of long dead relatives and special occasions. My sister said just throw them out. No one has asked about them or is thinking about them.

But I lost my Mom to Dementia in July 2016. In March of 2017, I lost my brother and 6 weeks later in May, I lost one of my 2 sisters. Both died from cancer. Ugh! I'm planning on doing some Fall Cleaning (it's too hot and humid right now). Maybe I will have summoned up the courage to do it by then.

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