I didn’t know what to title this so decided on Joy. Everyday I try to find some but it isn’t easy as everyone knows. So, to put a little out there, here is what joy I have found lately:

  • We got birds in our birdhouse for the first year since hanging this 2 summers ago. It’s fun watching how hard the parents work to feed these baby birds. It will be so amazing if we happen to see them fly the coop.
  • We put our landscaping in the summer of 2018 after building this home. We planted 3 Rhododendron buses, 2 of which flowered last summer but the 3rd didn’t flower until this summer. It was great to see it after waiting all this time and we had forgotten what we selected but it is beautiful (as all Rhodies are) and worth the wait.
  • Hobbies. I find joy in my hobbies and am so grateful that fiber stores are helping me out with supplies as needed. I ordered some new yarn for my next weaving project and asked the seller over the phone if two different yarns would look good together and she thought so. I was never an on-line fan and loved to shop in person to feel and see the purchases, so this is difficult, but I’m learning to trust in my fellow citizens to select for me, and being rewarded for it.
  • Still being able to learn new things and more about myself. I’m learning that I’m more resilient and less resilient than I thought before. It’s both.

Today a friend and I met in a park with masks on and at least 6 feet apart and caught up with each other. It was wonderful. I believe it was safe and hope we can continue to do so safely. I don’t know how things will be in the winter but maybe by then we’ll have more access to testing of the general public. I realize that we all need our social outlets for our sanity and I’m grateful for friends who understand my exceptional level of caution and are willing still to be there for me.

The mask making continues but people seem to be covered (literally and figuratively) for now. It’s fine, I have some art ideas to start and want to enjoy the outside as well. I don’t need to be making a large quantity of masks to have purpose now but am grateful that I had that early on.

I hope this finds you all well, safe, secure and managing emotionally.

2020 05 14

Life is settling into a ‘new normal’. We have our protocols for how to manage and are grateful that so far at least seem to be working to keep us healthy and safe.

Each activity is questioned, will it benefit a small business enough to justify the risk to their employees and ourselves. We of course, wear masks everywhere outside our home, so hopefully, should we be one of the asymptomatic transmitters, we are not sharing that with others.

I know that most Americans better angels are showing. Each time I ask a store or restaurant to wear a mask to protect me as I engage with them, they are all more than willing to do so. I hear the concern in their voice and reassuring message that they will do everything within their power to protect me, so I can get supplies to make the masks or food to eat.

Everyone would love to have our old life back. We all want everyone to be gainfully employed and know this is incredibly difficult for so many people right now. Let’s all show as much love and compassion towards one another as possible. It’s so powerful and together we can get through this and find solutions. United we will prevail! Divided we will fall. Let’s be the “UNITED” STATES OF AMERICA!


It’s nearly 2 months since I started self-isolating. At this point I am so grateful to so many people. My dear family who is understanding and supportive of my need to stay healthy for starters. My dear friend Mary who encouraged me to start constructing masks when the need for masks for health care workers was so great and who later donated a huge amount of flannel to me for my masks. I’m grateful to the people who have helped me with mask making when the demand was great and also helped me to make hats for the ICU nurses at Legacy Hospital (Joy and Alyssa). Grateful for batik fabric donations as well from a family member of a neighbor.

Yesterday we were able to safely get take out from a favorite Vancouver restaurant La Bottega Peter and Lisa (owners) decided to make masks mandatory for their employees and offer curbside pick up and cashless and signature free transactions. The food was wonderful and the wine capped off a lovely dinner (out/in). I am so grateful for people who recognize the risk of the asymptomatic transfer of this virus and do everything they can to keep those of us at high risk from this virus safe. None of us know if we are in the asymptomatic group or not.

2002 04 25

It’s beautiful here in the Pacific Northwest. Today I planted some veggie seeds and hope they sprout. Our strawberries have flowers so we are looking forward to strawberries soon.

This last week I distributed #100 mask and am now making to get to 200. Yesterday I received a video from CO comparing the mask style I’m making compared to 2 other masks. It is on the About The Masks Page and you are welcome to watch it. It’s encouraging but I still caution everyone, it doesn’t give you super powers to be reckless.

These are difficult times and we are all asked to sacrifice. I remember my parent’s generation suffering through a decade of the Great Depression then WWII and all the rationing and loses of lives they suffered throughout those years and think to myself that we American’s have this in our DNA to handle these sacrifices and to help each other through. Let’s stay connected, keep jokes flowing, make a phone call to those who live alone and donate what you can to those less fortunate.

2020 04 19

It’s a pretty day here. I am grateful for my loving husband who in addition to doing shipping of the masks to places all over the US is also doing the website, keeping us in food and most of the cooking. I am grateful for family and friends who check in on me via text, e-mail and calls. It feels great to have the tools and ability to do the masks and contribute to helping keep people safe but like everyone this is a difficult time. I’m a big time social being, love my groups, tennis, fiber arts and miss it all so much as I’m sure you all do. Still, I can’t complain as that is a good problem to have. Mostly I’m grateful to all the people who continue to work and provide those of us in the high risk group with food and other necessities for daily life. I’m sure my next list will include some hair management devices as not getting a haircut is making me a little crazy!

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