Notes From Home, Part 2

Notes From Home, Part 2

I don’t think I’m alone when I say that the last three weeks have pretty much been a complete waste of makeup. It’s not that nothing got done. I finished an old (and I do mean OLD) UFO, made a bunch of medical masks, and ate more junk food than usual. It is, however, a pretty sad state of affairs to find myself standing in front of the closet wondering what I should choose to wear to the drive-up window at Starbuck’s. Especially when the choice turns out to be a sweater and vest to go with my bedroom slippers. Here’s the finished oldie:

New Directions

And another:

Autumn Blossom

Autumn Blossom was a pattern from a magazine. I chose to hand appliqué the borders although the pattern didn’t call for that. It was pretty easy and I like the way it turned out. Took awhile to learn how to get my machine to handle shiny thread. It’s hard to see until you’re close up. At least I learned some stuff.

Quilt groups will be meeting using Zoom. My first one is Monday. We are so lucky that we have all these electronic doodads to help us stay in touch. Chats with friends, family and especially Adorable Grandchild are really helpful. It’s my turn to host a small quilt group in a couple of weeks, so we’ll Zoom that one, too. I’ll let you know how it works out

Two weeks ago, the weather was lovely. Weeds got pulled and natural vitamin D was enjoyed. The last couple of weeks featured rain, wind, chilly temps and occasional hail. This, I find, is not particularly mood enhancing. On the brighter side, my early tulips are starting to bloom, the hyacinths are finishing up, and we are healthy. So really there’s just some restlessness and whining.

I’m proud to say that local quilters and other sewists have stepped up to make medical masks. A Facebook group was started a couple of weeks ago to set this in motion and help people get the supplies they need and know the rules and where to bring the masks. I believe the group now has several thousand members. It’s amazing what we can do when we need to. Someone gave me some elastic while I was waiting for mine to arrive and I’m giving away some fabric to those without a stash.

I found a super cute baby sweater in a quilt and knit shop about a month ago. They were out of the book, but I found it online and ordered it. The book (and yarn I then ordered) were from England, although the book was printed and sent from Germany. Check out this gorgeous yarn that came all nestled in a paper nest.

Wild Bill is about ready for the wintry weather to be over. While we had some sun, he went out to check the neighborhood from our little balcony. Ella doesn’t do that so much anymore. She’ll be 13 next month and is still in charge. Billy lets her pin him and make mauling sounds (it’s all about the sound effects). Then she lets him up and he teases her until she does it again.

And yes, last fall’s flowers are looking a little the worse for wear. If the weather stays sunny and warmer as the forecast says, I’ll put on my mask and replace them with summer colors.

Stay healthy, everyone. This too, will pass.

Candy

P.S. Have some great coping skills you’d like to pass on? How’s it going with kids at home? I’d love to hear from you.

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