One Year Later

One Year later – Many of us are coming up on the one year anniversary of the beginning of lockdown. That is
an odd sentence. Isn’t it?
I was sitting in my classroom, after making Clara’s annual vet appointment and setting up my tax appointment, when the “One year ago” thoughts started to sprout. You see, Clara’s vet visit was the last mostly normal appointment I had prior to lockdown, and I was sitting with my tax consultant when the
lockdown announcement came. The feelings I had as I thought about those last days of teaching in a full classroom, of the students arguing over a balloon, of the student who made me cry when he came back to apologize, were mournful. I don’t mean that lightly. The feelings were very much those of mourning, those felt on the anniversary of someone’s passing.
I want to take a moment to acknowledge and reflect on this One Year Later and the feelings that accompany it.
For the past year, I have said and written very little on my blog or in my videos about the state of the pandemic itself. I know my Community Cast was a retreat for many; a short time to step away from the weight of the world, from the pain, confusion, loss. My initial reason for starting the Community Cast was to stay connected with people. It quickly became a much needed norm for me and from what I understand my
watchers. It became part of my mental health practice.
A year later, I want to check in with everyone. Some of us are coming up on the year later, some are already passed it. How are you doing? I invite you to comment in the blog comments or in the YouTube comments.
Or, send me a message. I want to know if you are okay or if you are not okay.
Having reached this one year, there are so many feelings. This has been a year of loss, great loss, for so many.
We have lost loved ones, friends, coworkers, acquaintances.
We have lost ways of life, careers, jobs, homes.
We have lost connections, friendships, relationships.
How are we taking time to recognize, remember, and honor these losses?
Some of us have accomplished amazing things this past year.
We have dynamically shifted nearly every aspect of our daily life.
We have reworked and rewritten our livelihoods, what we are passionate about.
We have created new ways to do what we love, or to simply survive.
We have reinvented ourselves.
How are we taking time to recognize these accomplishments?
We could …… Light a candle? ….. Plant a flower? …… Hang a memorial?

In the Town of Vo, a town in northeastern Italy, the community planted a tree in memory of a retired roofer
who loved to play cards; the first known person to die of covid in Italy on February 21, 2020.

Christmas with Clara and Love from a far

I’ve spent the last hour or so as this video uploads listening to the purrs of an incredibly happy Clara.

I am as content as she is. Though, I only made it half way through before needing to rest. Thank you all for the sweet gifts you sent. I feel loved and blessed this Christmas Day.

Whimsy Wednesday: A Quick Gift Card Holder

Originally, I planned on doing some extra fun projects this past weekend and today. But, things didn’t go as planned. Instead, I caught a germ. My awesome Doctor says it sounds like C19. So, while the halo of fire seems to have passed, I am on quarantine through Sunday. I am much, much better off than so many people. For that I am grateful. I am sulky that I missed visiting for Yuletide as well as the village parade and luminaries. But, it is what it is.

I was determined to have a project for this last Whimsy Wednesday before Christmas. My brain fog made thinking of something a challenge. Then I realized how many people out there have packages in limbo and could use a cute space-holding gift or gift holder. This cute card holder can hold a gift card, a membership card, or a photo of a gift on its way.

My version uses a piece of melton wool 4″ by 8″ with one end rounded off. My snow friends are from my cabbage patch (scrap basket.)

You could use melton wool, wool flannel, fulled wool, felted wool, cotton flannel, felt – They key is to use a fabric that won’t ravel. If you are concerned your fabric might ravel, use a little fray-check. If you are in a hurry or have young hands helping you, a glue stick will work nicely for decorating.

Remember: I have several free projects available. These can make nice last minute gifts or fun ways of packaging. Please use them if you need.