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I’m Enjoying My Extra Time

I started my garden last weekend. I sowed some seeds in Jiffy pots a couple weeks ago with good results. Everything sprouted except for the green peppers and chives. Last weekend was so nice that I couldn’t resist planting some of my seedlings. Our last frost date is in mid April, so I only planted my cauliflower, which can tolerate colder temperatures better than some other veggies. We’re still dipping into the thirties and forties at night.

I’m still working full time at my day job. I spend forty hours a week at the office, so I’m not spending as much time at home as other people, but I’m still there a great deal more than normal. I go straight to work and straight back home.

I didn’t realize how many stops I made until I quit making them. All of my meetings and dinners have been cancelled, leaving me with free time. I’ve limited trips to the grocery store to once every ten days or so as opposed to a couple times a week. With all of the restaurant dining rooms in the area closed, I’m eating out much less, which saves me time and money.

The extra time at home has been great. I’ve accomplished several home projects that I’ve had on the back burner. I put a freestanding shelf in my kitchen for my slow cookers, air fryer, pressure cooker, waffle maker, quesadilla maker, boiling bath canner, and roaster pan. I’ve caught up on my laundry for the first time in probably two years. I’ve baked bread, pie, cookies, and other yummy things that make my hubby feel special. I’ve written several hours a week, as well. Best of all, I’ve had time read!

I usually spend most of my home time writing, so reading for pleasure has become a rare treat. I read one of Lori Foster’s Buckhorn books, Garrett, last weekend, and I’m ready to start Angel Born by Heather Burch this evening.

I hope you all took advantage of the generous gift of three free Halflings ebooks that Heather Burch offered last week. If you missed out on her gift, Halflings Book 1: Angel Born is only 99 cents on Amazon. Her new book, Halflings Book 4: Angel Raven was just released today. You can pick up that ebook on Amazon for $3.99. Hard copies are available, as well.

Heather is a talented author, and I’m excited for her to be Ozarks Maven’s April Author Spotlight next week. Be sure to check back on Tuesday, April 7th and Thursday, April 9th to learn more about this amazing author.

I know a lot of people are sick of staying home. I can understand why if they’re cooped up with nothing to do. However, I’m loving my extra home time, even if it’s just more time in the evenings and on the weekends. If it comes to pass that I’m furloughed, I can think of dozens of projects to keep me busy and countless books that I’d like to read.

Life will return to normal soon, and I’ll get busy again. I’ll start getting home well after sunset, rushing through dinner, and doing the crucial chores to get by. My travel schedule will get back on track, and I’ll find myself blogging on my tablet from hotel rooms with spotty WIFI while eating peanut butter sandwiches or fast food.

Until then, I’m gardening, cooking, reading, writing, and enjoying the many projects I’ve put off for so long.

I hope you are all enjoying your time at home while you practice social distancing. As always, I encourage you stay well and be happy. Read a book, plant a flower, make a pie, or dance in the yard. Enjoy life! Thank you for reading Ozarks Maven! If you’ve enjoyed my little seeds of wisdom and joy, please subscribe to Ozarks Maven, Like Ozarks Maven on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter @OzarksMaven.

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