Driving from Texas to New York during a pandemic.


Okay, so two weeks ago I was driving somewhere through Tennessee with my sister, caravanning with our parents as we all drove from Texas to New York. It’s a weird time to take a road trip, but we still managed to hit all the hallmarks of a good one: excellent regional food (hello Memphis BBQ!), cute Airbnbs (a little farmhouse in rural Kentucky), and social distancing.

Wait, that last one just snuck in there.

Our waiter was carrying a gun, and the BBQ was the best I’ve had in a LONG TIME maybe ever?

Now I’m in New York and I’ve spent most of the last two weeks working outdoors, putting a garden in, and sleeping way too much. I think my normal schedule is something like, go to bed around midnight and read for too long and then wake up groggy. But now…it’s like my body/mind decided that now was a good time to catch up on a lot of bad night’s sleep from the last couple months, and in between wearing myself out with fresh air and raking out wood chips, I am going to sleep around 10 and waking up…well, still waking up late, but I’ll take it! Thanks to THE WORLD SITUATION all shipping is really delayed right now, so the bed and mattress I ordered to be here at the house has taken a couple extra weeks to arrive, and I’ve been on an air mattress. I’M STILL SLEEPING GREAT. It’s weird. I like it.

I’ve taken a couple weeks off as well, which has been bliss. I’ve been reading SO MUCH. For me, I think the ideal vacation is basically sitting outside and reading while someone brings me hot coffee and then, later, iced coffee. I’m easy to please.

Somewhere between Texas and New York

The thing is, when you work for yourself, you could technically take a vacation any time you want, right?

WRONG. You’d think it would be that way, but actually it means you have permission to work all the time, every evening, every weekend, with friends, while eating dinner, thinking about things to change and goals to achieve. It takes me a while to unplug, and with the extra addition of pausing on social media for a little while, I am finally starting to relax. I mean…just in time to get back to work, but I have honestly really enjoyed this time to unplug.

Everything is still pretty closed here in New York, so lots of time spent in the garden. We had topsoil delivered and picked up a few truckloads of wood chips from a local lumber yard. We are going with a “no dig/no weed” garden this year. The idea is that by creating raised rows and laying down lots of natural mulch, we’ll have very rich beds for the good things to grow and bad conditions for the bad things to grow. Fingers crossed! I’ll share a few pictures below, and if you scroll back far enough on this blog you’ll find posts from a few years ago when we first broke ground on our (then much smaller) garden.

Don’t forget to check out today’s Top 5 too–I shared some of my favorite things from the last week!

I also have a few commissions to work on and some virtual classes I’ll be opening up. I can’t wait to get back to teaching in-person, but virtual will do for now! The shop has been on vacation, and I’m adding some new paintings to it and will be opening it up for the summer in a couple days. And that’s all I’ve got for now! Any questions about a pandemic road trip? Any suggestions as to what I should read next? Let me know in the comments!!


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