WDIIA – Friday, March 27, 2020


I am coming off a rather sleepless night. I took a decongestant yesterday. One type keeps me completely awake and the other puts me to sleep. Yesterday was the stay awake variety and I am paying for that today.

Don’t talk about the virus, don’t talk about the virus…..there must be other things!

US Government, 4H Emblem, marked as public domain, more details on Wikimedia Commons

We watched an episode of Barnwood Builders the other night. They went to a 4H club and taught the 4H members how to construct a pioneer log cabin. It made me think back to the time when I was a member of 4H.

The 4 H’s stand for head, heart, hands and health. Their motto is to ‘learn by doing’. Growing up in the country, much of the programming centered around agricultural interests.

In addition to 4H, Future Farmers of America (FFA) and Future Homemakers of America (FHA) were also very popular extracurricular school clubs. These are all skills that would come in handy during the times we are experiencing. My sisters were both members of FHA. Then we moved to Ohio when I was in 6th grade and those clubs were nonexistent there.

I had a nice long chat with a good friend this morning. We talked about so many different topics – blogging, baking, cooking, gardening and art. It was really nice to just chat for a while. We were both inspired to get to work on some small focused projects. I hope we can all reach out and stay connected to one another.

It is another nice sunny day, so I will wrap this up and get outside and enjoy a little sunshine. I hope you are able to find some stress-free hours in your day.

What Day is it Anyway


11 thoughts on “WDIIA – Friday, March 27, 2020”

  1. I’m having a very stress free day thank you! Once I got my blogs off my chest, I provided lunch for my dad and brother and now I’m about to enjoy an hour or so with my Diamond Art project and watch an episode of Grace and Frankie. The yard can wait til tomorrow!

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  2. I think the younger generation is paying the price for the elimination of Home Ec, Shop, 4H and the like. I learned much of what I need to know right now in those settings.

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    1. I agree, Elizabeth. I loved our home-ex classes. We had mini-kitchens in our classroom. We learned sewing, cooking, design, and organization. 4H helped me appreciate the rural community in which I lived.

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  3. I took Ollie out for over two and a half hours today, in bright sunshine. Cold though, a sign of what is coming back. I had never heard of 4-H, but it sounds like something good.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. I learned to cook well largely on my own, as my mom was only an average cook, really, having had to teach herself as a very young married person. Her mom, my grandmother, was an excellent camp cook, who cooked for forest service fire fighters, timber operators, etc., many years ago in Northern California.

    But I’m thinking now, that my mom, as the way youngest of 3 daughters, rebelled against learning how to cook much, just as she didn’t want to learn about gardening or canning, both things that her mom did.

    I was entranced by my grandma’s garden and the old cast-iron stove where she cooked pancakes, in one of my earliest memories of visiting them in Northern California. I was probably about 7, as we moved to Texas when I was 8 ( we were in UC Berkeley family student housing as my dad was a graduate student before then.)

    Thankfully both of my parents were interested in being in the natural world, taking my sister and me hiking and camping — they weren’t naturalists, at all, but liked to out there.

    So now, cooking, baking, and gardening skills (acquired on my own) are proving helpful. But they’re all easy to learn, after all, now in a digital age.

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    1. PSA, my grandmothers were both amazing cooks, gardeners and homemakers. As children, we all took part in the production and preservation of food.

      You have such wonderful memories of your maternal grandmother. You have written about those times before.

      I always try to cook with my grandchildren when they are visiting. Such good memories!


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