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Don’t know about you, but I am fatigued by the endless stream of mostly negative stories about EVERYTHING. You think you can turn off the rhetoric about the 2020 Presidential Election, only to hear some story about a shopper in NY being harassed because she didn’t wear a mask in the store and now the firestorm surrounding the white police officer who killed a black suspect who was handcuffed, lying on the ground.  In my opinion, the latter deserves all the coverage it can get because that was just plain wrong, regardless of the circumstances that led up to the arrest. That said, it does not give permission for the protestors to set fire to buildings and loot stores. Those types of actions kind of turn want-to-be supporters away.

Can we please be civil with one another?  It matters not one iota to me for whom you plan to vote, whether you mask or not or the race of your partner/children.  What matters is how you treat people, because we’re all PEOPLE.

Social distancing is a misnomer.  It should be physical distancing instead. Humans need social interaction and to feel like they belong (one of Maslow’s 4 needs).  The shelter-in-place has been really hard on me mentally. I’m accustomed to dozens of interactions with kids and adults all day long.  For several weeks, it ‘s been mostly the dog and a computer screen. Hubby is holed up in the home office all day working.  I relished any opportunity to get out to the grocery store.

Now, things are slowly starting return some semblance of normal. We’ll find out 6/1 what the guidelines are for re-opening schools. I sincerely hope there’s a bit of a delay and the first few weeks are done remotely, with kids coming back the 2nd quarter (after fall break). As I’ve said before, I’ll be ready when I can find hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and disinfectant spray stocked on the shelves at my local grocery store.

Meanwhile, be considerate, wash your hands and try to keep a 6’ physical distance if you can. But be sure to maintain a social connection with those around you.

For now, I’ll be on my lower patio piecing quilt blocks while I listen to books and podcasts.



0E7CA64A-01E6-4873-AAEA-E97774BBDC3F899138B1-A4AF-4D89-8A30-C29F23DEC7FEI made over 100 masks to donate to those who needed them. This was a great way to use up various bits of novelty fabrics that had been in the stash for a while! I used the basic 6”x9” mask with 2 pleats. Missouri Star Quilt Company has an excellent video tutorial if you need instructions.

Helpful hints:

  • Set up 2 machines, preferably one with a scissors/auto thread cutting feature for assembling masks.
  • 1/8” braided flat elastic works well. Similar size elastic cording will work, but you have to knot the ends prior to stitching so it won’t come out. Knots can also be an issue when topstitching later.
  • Mini Wonder clips are helpful, as is a wooden skewer for helping move pleats under the needle.
  • Use your machine’s straight stitch with auto lock feature for topstitching. I discovered that holding threads at the beginning of my stitching meant no big knot of thread underneath.
  • Allow 10 to 15 minutes of time for each mask you plan to make.
  • Make a pleater board/jig. It was a game changer for me.  Here’s mine:

Boomer on the “forbidden” bed at Grandma’s house. He looks so concerned. 🙂

I’ve been looking through photos to select the ones I want to include in the write-up I’m preparing for our therapy dog organization.  Grief is a strange thing. It’s taken me two months to get to a place where I could finally look at pictures of Boomer without crying. Then, I absolutely lost it when I ran across the above photo.

Once the tears dried, I continued looking at my pictures and smiled when I ran across various photos of my former quality assurance supervisor and quilt shop hop buddy.


This chapter of my life with dogs closes as a new one begins.

Enter one highly energetic young Labradoodle named Sadie, who came for a visit and ended up a permanent member of the pack. 


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