Oma Sue's Blog
Hi – I’m Sue Reyzlik. I recently realized my life-long dream of building a writing hut in the backyard. The writing hut serves as a creative space and home office for Oma Publishing. This blog will be intermingled with family history, varied experiences and insights on being a Grandma (Oma), creating my special backyard space, as well as, my “retirement” career as a self-publisher of children’s stories. And perhaps a little bit on the 32 years I served as Executive Director for Keep Fremont Beautiful and the wonderful people who are sharing this adventure.
In the last blog entry, I stated that I would try to write more often... well I didn't. It has been over a month and I am just now getting around to putting some thoughts together for a new entry. I seriously thought that I would use this format to impart vast quantities of family history and funny stories... that hasn't happened. I'm kinda feeling like a slug... not getting a whole lot accomplished.
Oh - the kitchen is done. That is nice. I love the kitchen. That is a big accomplishment - not so much for me but for everyone who worked so hard to get their part completed. Having a dishwasher again - after a 30 year hiatus - is lovely. Yelling "Die Germs" as the plates, bowls, cups and cookware sanitize during the final rinse, isn't probably necessary, but is strangely comforting as we continue to battle the real and imagined fears of the Covid19 plague.
Uh... so Rai is still staying with me as her Mom continues to work. We have settled into a routine of sorts... we each spend time on our computers watching our own shows and playing games. We go outside to garden and play in the dirt. And just recently chasing lightning bugs - hooray!
A significant amount of our time is spent scrounging around for something to eat. Buying our groceries online is getting old. Both Rai and I share this desire to go shopping - like in the old days. We want to search the aisles - view the products in their natural surroundings. We want to be surprised. We want something delicious to jump out at us on the end cap - we miss impulse shopping...
It's not just shopping for food - we look forward to the day when we find surprises in the garden... when we can pick a ripe tomato, cucumber or green bean - waiting for the plants to grow and bloom is taking forever this year. Everything takes longer during a pandemic or at least it seems longer!
We finished up the home schooling and Rai was the student of the month for March, April and May. June came around - no baseball for the boys and the pools remained shuttered. I bought a pool for Gracyn for her birthday - so at least my grands in Ceresco would have something to do...
Fremont opted not to open the Splash Station but is preparing to open the smaller pool for swim lessons. I belong to the Club and they decided to open the pool for members. Rai and I have gone out to the Club a few times - later in the evening when there aren't so many people. We are able to maintain our distance from the others in attendance and still enjoy some outdoor time.
Sara and Colby have a camper and they came out to the lakes for a weekend. Their camping spot was on the end and they only had a single neighbor on one side. They were able to keep to themselves even though the camping area was crowded. They had their own little path to the lake - so that was good. The boys fished from the boat and avoided - well - everyone.
Rai and I went out to the camp site both nights to eat and spend some time at the water's edge. We maintained our distance fairly well - we bought our own chairs and ate outside. It was good to have a place to go. When you haven't gone anywhere for a long time, it's just good to go.
As the States open up, we hear how there are spikes in Covid19 cases. Over 120,000 deaths in the United States with 1,000 of those deaths being health professionals. The virus is still active and by the numbers quite deadly. We want this to be over. We want to get back to normal.
I think normal is a ways off... we cancelled our trip to Disney Land in October. The pediatrician advised against it for our little Gracyn. Everyone has to decide for themselves what they feel comfortable doing. We don't feel comfortable traveling during the pandemic. Hanging around close to home, getting outside occasionally and staying away from people is a more appealing option - at least for now.
I will continue ordering my groceries online and refrain from travel or any social gatherings in confined spaces. OH! Speaking of confined spaces... I did get out in the shed and finished a few more layout designs for the third book. That really doesn't count as an accomplishment until they get delivered to the printer... maybe that will get done in the next month...
And who knows - I may even get the urge to write. It could happen!