Last March, when our country was shut down as a result of the Coronavirus, I found myself quarantined at home for about two months. My husband was working out of town, so it was just me and the dogs.
Well, it didn’t take long for boredom to set in. I mean one can only watch so many re-runs of “ER” and “House.” I started with finishing up some old sewing and crocheting projects I started years ago. That t-shirt quilt I started making from my son’s sports jerseys finally got finished —nine years after he graduated from high school!
I then began making baby quilts and became obsessed with that, finishing quite a few of those as well. I also turned my attention to our house and things that needed done in the house -- specifically, my son’s old bedroom that was pretty much as he left it other than the bedroom furniture he took with him when he moved out. The room was in dire need of a makeover, so I started transforming it into a guest bedroom.
It became necessary for me to venture to Lowe’s to pick up some supplies at one point, and it’s safe to say everyone else was working on home projects during this time because I’d never seen the store so crowded.
I painted his room, ordered a new bed and mattress, cleaned the carpet, bought new wall décor, etc. It took about two weeks to end up with a pretty nice little guest room. I think during the two months I wasn’t going to work, I also set a personal best online shopping record because I bought a complete bedroom suite for my room and purchased a camper online.
When my husband finally made it home from working out of town, he caught the remodeling bug too. His biggest quarantine project was putting a new metal roof on the house. We had the materials for a couple of years, but he couldn’t ever seem to find time to do it. With the help of our family, he finally got the new roof on.
In the past few months, we have also completely remodeled our recreation room downstairs, remodeled a bathroom, and finally put up some trim we’ve needed in our dining room for years.
It has been a lot of work and a lot of money spent, but it has been worth it. Not only did we make much needed improvements to our home and finished projects that have needed completed for years, but it also gave us something to do to take our minds off of the virus and what was/is going on in our country today. We turned what was a negative situation in to something positive, and I’m so glad we did.