Posted by: morrowsl | December 21, 2020

COVID Christmas and Eggs for Everyone

So, for quite some time now, I’ve been sharing my surplus eggs with friends and family. When the girls are at full production, we can’t possibly eat all the eggs they lay. And, while eggs are cheap enough at the market, they aren’t nearly as fresh. This fall, however, even The Crazy Eight have stopped laying and we’re only getting a couple of eggs at a time.

Add to that the COVID-19 pandemic that isn’t going away anytime soon. We’ve already had a really close call ourselves. Families we know have been affected. People we know have died. Just when it looked like we might finally be coming out the other side, selfish people have jeopardized any chance we might have had to finally be shut of this virus by the end of 2020.
Thankfully science, unlike politicians, stayed the course and vaccines are now available. And, while it will take the rest of this year and most of the next one, we may actually be able to hug our loved ones again next Christmas.
I had toyed with the idea of having a tree outside and trying to get us all together. But the risks are just too great. This Christmas, we will gather virtually. And we will probably be more appreciative of the time we get to spend with each other when that time is finally ours once more.

With all of this in mind, I ventured out in November and shopped for Christmas fabric. I would have made my purchases online, and did for most of my solid colors, but sometimes it’s really hard to actually tell what a fabric looks like from the website’s images. I managed to find about a dozen designs I really liked and bought in small batches. Then I set about making COVID masks for Christmas giving.

Late last week, Captain Neighbor Boy, Director Neighbor Girl, and The Little Blond Neighbor Girls packed up and decamped for their annual winter trip. That left us in charge of bunnies and chickens. When I went down on the first day I realized that their chickens, seventeen very friendly and sweet beauties (and one rooster I hadn’t met yet) are in full production. They literally had cartons of eggs stacked up.
I sent a message to my egg delivery list to see if anyone had a need and relieved the neighbors of a few dozen.

Yesterday, van filled to the doors, I set out to make a huge circle around the DFW metro mess making deliveries. Roughly eight hours, a tank of gas, and 200 miles. I came home tired. And really happy.

Recently, my oldest grandson and I had a discussion about Santa. He, like most budding teenagers, is quick to share his beliefs, or non-beliefs, about Christmas and Santa and flying reindeer. I, like most older people who have now come full circle on this very commercialized holiday, refrained from explaining that the date has more to do with Paganism than Christianity. I tend to be a little cynical about the whole birth of Christ as well, since nobody knows exactly when that event took place (Nobody Knows). But I did at least try to instill in him the idea that Christmas is more to do with how it makes you feel in your heart. I do believe there is magic in the holiday if it brings families together and offers time for reflection. And, this year especially, Christmas needs to be about healing and forgiveness and love and trust. We’ve been pretty short on all of that lately.

Merry Christmas to those of you who visit here. I hope there is some magic waiting for you this year.


Responses

  1. Merry Christmas Sheree… I hope that the blessings of the season fill your home and your heart and that 2021 brings you much to be grateful for… And eggs, lots of eggs.

    • Thank you, Judi! I hope the season finds you snug in your little mountain home, surrounded by visitors at your feeders and a pair of heartbeats at your feet. Much love to you my friend.

  2. Merry Christmas my friend! This year will be a mostly Silent Night – but I hope next year is filled with laughter, hugs and family!

    • Merry Christmas, Sharkbait. Here’s to a much improved New Year!


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