Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Life in the time of Pandemic

How has your life changed with the Pandemic?  For retired introverts such as myself and my husband, not a lot.  We shop differently, we see fewer people (if that is possible).  We are not camping, but we are doing the quiet things we have always enjoyed.  We are fortunate.

Others, I know, are not.  Those wondering how to make the rent or mortgage or next meal.  Those required to become teachers who never were and now are.  Those who are trying to save lives in the face of overwhelming difficulties.  I see my community coming together to help all of these people in any way they can, and I pray the same is for you and your community.

Maybe now is a good time for children to learn some different lessons.  How to fry eggs.  How to do laundry.  How to knit or crochet or sew.  How to bake.  All of these endeavors require some discipline, some math, some ability to follow instructions.  All good life lesssons, even if they are not coming out of a book.

And hopefully, you can find some quiet time for yourself.  If you don't know how to knit, try to teach yourself.  There are lots of YouTube videos to help.  Maybe you don't know how to recipes abound; try one!

My latest dollmaking passion comes from the patterns of Cottonflake, on Etsy.  I love the classic simplicity of her dolls; all you need to know is single crochet.  Mine are made with size 3 crochet cotton, and the results are magic.

These four dolls are all from patterns available in her shop.  The beautiful background was created my my friend Mary Parks.  You can find her artwork at Mary Parks Designs on Facebook.

Stay safe as you can in these perilous times.  All things, good and bad, come to an end eventually.  We may even learn and grow from this experience; turn the bad into a blessing.