Happy Midsummer!

After Hours, Ahem Ahem!

True to my Finnish roots, I’m taking a few days off to enjoy the midsummer. It’s especially important for me this year when it’s practically impossible for Husband and me to visit Finland to see my family and savor the summer.

Moonrise Jun 2008

While the black nights here in the south are exotic to me (Massachusetts is south to me – I grew up only two hours away from the Arctic Circle), they’re no match to the magic of the white summer nights in the north.

Both the Playfully Grownup Tumblr and my personal one will keep tumblin’, however, and I will keep an eye on Playfully Grownup on Etsy. I’ll resume posting here on Thursday 25th.

Hyvää juhannusta! Glad midsommar!

May 2020 Recap

Ahem Ahem!, Newsletters, Thumbs Up

At the end of the month, Massachusetts moved into the first stage of gradual opening. Accordingly, I’m happy to announce that Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy is open!

2019 Nov Dec Green Blue Collage

Please note: Due to the difficulties and delays in shipping internationally, at this point I will only deliver orders to the USA.

(I’m very sorry to have to do this, but as long as it’s impossible to tell how long shipping will take – or whether an order is going to reach its destination at all! – I can’t in good conscience inflict that kind of stress on my customers.)

From May 25, the first non-essential businesses were allowed to open, as long as certain precautions were in place. I have to say that, of all the business-related paperwork I ever expected to have to fill out, this wasn’t on the list: Massachusetts state Covid-19 Control Plan template form.

Covid-19 Control Plan Form

Fortunately for me, since I operate a one-person microbusiness, the procedures were really easy. I did write an outline of how I work during the covid-19 pandemic. If you’re so inclined, please have a look and let me know if you have any concerns.

Also during May, the Massachusetts confirmed cases finally, FINALLY, leveled! It took about 2 months, a month later than originally predicted. The hospitalizations graph had been trending down for longer than that, though. We’re not out of it yet, but I’m so happy and relieved we’re seeing definite signs of improvement!

The mild symptoms I mentioned in the April recap are unfortunately still with me, plus my eyes have started to itch. As far as I can tell this means they’re allergy- or asthma-based, so I’m not too worried, only inconvenienced. Other people are also reporting a bad allergy year, so it’s not just our neck of the continent.

May is also when the nature here absolutely, definitively moved on to spring: we’ve seen so many critters and birds come out to enjoy the sun, including this wild bunny hiding amongst tall grass:

Bunny Hiding in Tall Grass

We’ve puttered around the garden since it warmed up and finished some long-running outdoor projects. (And mowed for the first time.) My latest one is trying to transplant some wild violets into what I hope will become a natural bed by the backyard flagstone landing.

Violets Transplanted

I love our violets. You can’t really see it in this photo, but there are both white and purple ones. They’ve been especially welcome this spring, as are the other flowers. The best thing about them, though, is that the violets came along for a ride with some raspberry canes we got from Husband’s grandmother, who is no longer with us.

Foodwise, we’re managing with 2-week grocery runs, although at times it means ex tempore solutions and trial and error. Husband experimented with store-bought puff pastry and unsweetened apple sauce. Voila – an apple puff pastry loaf with pearl sugar on top.

Apple Puff Pastry Loaf

It was as delicious as it looks – instead of just sugar, you could taste the ingredients. This will be a keeper.

Stay safe. I know it’s more difficult now, 2 months into our new covid-19 world. My urge to go out to eat, go see a movie or visit the library like in the Before Times comes and goes. Mostly I’m okay being at home. I’m missing the ease of getting physical media from the library most of all. Maybe soon! ❤

Massachusetts Still Remains at Home

Ahem Ahem!, This Is Important

Last week it was announced that Massachusetts has extended the stay at home advisory and the closure of non-essential businesses until May 18, 2020. Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy will, therefore, also remain closed.

 

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I confess there are days when I get really frustrated and annoyed. I want shops and businesses and services to open. I want to travel. I want to visit the library, go out to eat, see a movie with Husband, and I want to do it now!

The rational part of my brain knows that I’m just reacting to the uncertainty. This will pass. It’s just a matter of when, and of how many people will suffer as a consequence of our actions as a community. Massachusetts is currently working on a plan to ease restrictions; we should hear soon what is deemed safe for now.

I’m lucky enough that even though I have chronic conditions, they’re (typically) under control. Having them, however, and having family working in health care, makes it clear to me that those of us who are able to must take every protective measure we can for all our sakes, and especially for the sakes of those who are in the high risk group. So I stay at home, and keep physically distancing when out.

Stay safe. ❤

Massachusetts Stay at Home Advisory Remains in Effect

Ahem Ahem!, This Is Important

Just after I published the March recap where I gave details of my situation in our new covid-19 world, Massachusetts Governor Baker announced that the Stay-at-Home advisory and the closure of non-essential businesses would be extended until May 04, 2020.

 

Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy will, therefore, also remain closed until May 04.

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Stay safe. ❤

It’s a Valentine’s Day Sale!

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In honor of Valentine’s Day – or friends’ day as it’s known in Finland – I’m running a sale at Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy.

Get 15% off orders of $20 and above, no codes nor coupons needed.

2020 Feb PGH Valentines Sale Collage

Here’s the small print:

  • Sale ends on February 15, 2020, at midnight (EST)
  • Minimum order: $20 (USD)

P.S. Remember that I also have a shipping promotion: $35+ orders ship for free (sorry, U.S. only).

Brexit and PGH

Ahem Ahem!

Brexit is now reality – since 31 January, 2020, at midnight (CET), Great Britain is no longer a member of the European Union and is therefore considered a third country with regard to trade agreements and other regulations.

A transition period due to last until 31 December, 2020, is currently in effect. During that period, Britain will negotiate new contracts with EU (and presumably its other international partners where needed). What shape those contracts will take is anyone’s guess at this point – it is perfectly possible that the export and import procedures may change radically, or they may not.

Flickr Banksy does Brexit detail

Dunk via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Sadly, this creates too big of a paperwork burden for me in light of my current commitments. I am truly sorry to have to exclude – and apologize for disappointing – potential Playfully Grownup Home customers in the UK.

If the situation changes, I will reconsider and let you know.

Increase in USPS Rates

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On Sunday, January 26, 2020, the USPS shipping rates increase will take effect. As I ship with First Class mail through the post office, the shipping and handling costs for my Etsy shop are also affected.

Weighing and Measuring

However, like before, Etsy will automatically calculate the cheapest shipping option a seller is offering. When viewing an item, buyers can enter their country or a U.S. ZIP code to show shipping costs.

If you have any questions, please contact me either here or through Playfully Grownup Home at Etsy.

Happy weekend!

Shop Open Again

Ahem Ahem!

Hello, everyone – how was your holiday time? Relaxing, I hope? Mine was wonderful. Sadly, both Hubby and I picked up a rather feisty virus while visiting family, so I had to postpone re-opening my shop.

However, I’m happy to say that now Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy is open again!

2020 Jan PGH Collage

As usual, in addition to this blog, I have also resumed regular posting on Tumblr, Flickr and Twitter.

Hope your 2020 is off to a good start!

Reminder: Today Is the Last Recommended Order Date for Christmas

Ahem Ahem!

Today is the last recommended order date for Christmas at Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy!

2017 End of Year Collage

I deliberately set the date so early because USPS shipping speeds are beyond my control, and I’d rather not disappoint anyone with an unduely delayed package.

Also, now through December 10, 2019, save 15 % off orders of $29 value at minimum, excluding taxes and shipping. I also offer free U.S. shipping for purchases of $35 or more.

And, a final final reminder: I will close my shop for the season on Wednesday, December 11 at 9 p.m. EST.

Happy shopping! 🙂