Or perhaps even this:
As the weeks go by, I find fewer and fewer "real" things to post about, although COVID-19 is definitely a real thing, so maybe the numerous memes qualify. In any case, I will intersperse some pictures of quilts I have been hanging outside for something very fun here in the Central Valley called "Central Valley Outdoor Quilt Show," where quilters around the valley are hanging their quilts outside. I have been hanging a different quilt each day.
My Swedish Ex
Yesterday I was sitting outside and a neighbor from down the street was walking by pushing a stroller. She stopped and said, "I just want you to know that seeing these quilts warms my heart," so it seems like the right thing to do.
I would love to say that I am becoming more focused. However, that so far has not been the case. I haven't been sewing any masks this week, but I also haven't sewn anything else. The other day I trimmed three quilts for binding, and cut out some fusible interfacing, and felt like I had been extraordinarily productive.
For those non-sewers, here are a couple of ideas:
My friend, Ruth, sent me this one.
Speaking of masks, Mark and I had to stop at the bank the other day. It was kind of weird.
Andrew Lloyd Webber has been releasing one of his musicals each Friday for 24 hours, streamed on YouTube for free. Mark and I had never seen Phantom of the Opera, so Friday night we watched the 25th anniversary edition, filmed at the Royal Albert Hall in 2015. It was amazing! The next best thing to being there.
On Saturday, Mark made a batch of fritters and oh my were they scrumptious. He made the version with apples, and we gave most of them away.
The traditional version is made with raisins, and since he then had a request for raisin fritters, he made another batch on Monday. We took some over to our friends, Al and Dotty, as Dotty is recovering from surgery. It was good to see her (from a distance), and their yard is absolutely gorgeous, as Al is a Master Gardener.
Other than daily walks, we rarely leave the house, unless it is a major outing to the grocery store. Once in awhile we get a carryout meal. I wonder if this is how we are going to feel if we are ever able to go to a sit-down restaurant again.
We have been keeping the house pretty clean and uncluttered. That is not too hard because it's just the two of us. But I totally get this:
So often my thoughts go to the many, many parents who now have a full house all.the.time, and on top of that are homeschooling their children.
This one made me chuckle. I need to make sure Gabe sees this--he loves punny jokes.
I've also kept up with my "quatro colour" English paper piecing blocks--mostly because they are cheery and colorful, and I can actually finish at least one per day, so it's a bite-sized bit of accomplishment.
I would love to try this.
I'm still on the emotional rollercoaster. Are you too?
We watched a couple of Hallmark movies on Sunday afternoon. I got pretty excited when I saw this version of the I Heart You quilt in one of the movies.
We are big fans of America's Got Talent. Now that production of TV shows and movie has come to a halt, I believe this is what we are left with.
As the weeks go on, I'm often discouraged by the projection of how long this will go on. Of course, no one knows, but I know it will be a very long time before we are back to life as we knew it, if that actually even happens. And as my feelings of being unsettled go on, as I feel like I'm not accomplishing "enough" with all the extra time I have been given, I think it is important to remember this, written by the sister of one of my favorite IG friends, Erika.
This is important. Read it. Take it to heart.
I'll end with this beautiful illustration by my friend, Molly (@tokodots). Stay safe. Stay healthy.