Monday is Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the military. It is customary to spend the day remembering and honoring the countless individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country.
Traditionally, people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. It is also the weekend when some choose to honor ancestors by cleaning cemeteries and decorating graves.
Families also hold get-togethers and have cookouts. I think there are two reasons for that: 1) Honoring Memorial Day; 2) Celebrating what is generally recognized as the beginning of summer. Albeit, a bit early, the first day of summer isn’t until June 20.
COVID-19 seems to have thrown a monkey wrench into Memorial Day weekend activities. All the traditional activities seem to involve people in close proximity. While some people will ignore the pandemic and proceed unhindered, yours truly will not.
The state has begun opening the economy but that doesn’t mean we are out of the woods. I will, until I feel comfortable to do so, continue distancing myself from others as much as humanly possible. Yes, life must continue on so I go to work, buy groceries and pay bills. All those activities are a must. Socialization, sadly, is not.
So, I will spend Saturday, Sunday and Monday doing yard work -- if Mother Natural allows -- and working on projects. Projects quickly became my way of dealing with the isolation social distancing has created in my life. I will, on Monday as I go about my day, remember the reason I have these freedoms is because some lost their lives.
My projects are coming along nicely. I’ve completed three out of probably a dozen. Completed are a piece of artwork and a chair that I renovated -- wish you could see them -- and the previously mentioned cathouse made of discarded cardboard boxes.
My main focus seems to be my bedroom renovation -- a complete renovation that includes ceilings, walls, trim, floor, shelves, door, light fixture, etc. However, I have other projects going on outside. One of which is providing a nicer view from my bedroom, a continuation of my room renovation. As I work, I add other projects to the list. It is chaos, but it keeps me busy.
It has occurred to me that I might have completed more projects if I do them one at a time. However, I need variety or I’ll get bored.
This weekend’s goal is to complete the ceiling and upper trim replacement. If the weather cooperates at all, make progress on outside projects.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.