Last Friday was the first day that no contractors were scheduled here for the kitchen project. It was just us and the cats. There have been days where no one showed but we had been expecting people so the normal routine was out the window. Our kitchen contractor was wonderful. No radios, drop cloths removed every night and quiet except for the power tools. He was very considerate. He became like family but it still required that the cats get fed early and everyone was up and dressed by the crack of dawn. Friday was like being on vacation. There will be more workmen here as the last pieces come together but the worst is over. For now we are enjoying the solitude. I keep looking out the window hoping to see the beach but it’s not quite a vacation!
One weird side effect is that without commotion going on all day, the cats have become more “needy.” They like a lot of attention. If I sit, there are at least two cats swarming over me. It’s not a bad thing, just a new thing.
A relative of a distant relative contacted me this week about my mother’s ancestors. Her great grandmother was my mom’s sister. She’s applying for dual citizenship so she’s looking for documents proving country of origin. Almost all of us have emigrated from somewhere else so at one point our ancestors were the immigrants that people treat poorly today. A generation or two from immigration can sure make people “uppity.”
I fell down that rabbit hole — the ancestry research hole. I plunked down a bunch of time updating my tree. New information was available to fill in more holes. I find it soothing. When I think about the true hardships people went through leaving their home country never to see it again, I’m amazed at their grit.
I saw something this week I haven’t seen in a while. People wearing masks at the gas stations. At the beginning of the pandemic, people wore masks pumping gas even though they were more than six feet away from another person. Many people including me, wore disposable gloves. As the scientists better understood the virus, most of us dropped the gloves. The virus was airborne rather than touchy. Masks at places where you are not close to others (in parks, walking paths and pumping gas) also stopped but the recent uptick in cases put people back in gear. We are one of the states where the numbers have dropped so I expect in a few weeks, people will again drop the masks outdoors. I will be happy to put this in the rearview.