What I was doing naturally, and regularly, one short year ago:
- spontaneously sharing stories, jokes, recipes; handshakes, and hugs;
- enjoying large and extended family celebrations
- having healthy and happy conversations, with friends and strangers in their homes, on the street or in the shops
- spontaneously extending and accepting invitations for coffee or a glass of wine or a walk in the woods
- playing volleyball with 35 wonderful women
- going to concerts and listening to fabulous music
- mingling with the crowds on the boardwalk, or at the market, or in a restaurant
- seeing an abundance of welcoming greetings and smiling faces
- volunteering at my favourite Thrift Shops for Nova for a few hours a week
- hearing lots of conversation and laughter everywhere
- being my sociable self
- feeling joy at being alive and healthy and free to live my life
What I’ve sacrificed:
Volleyball is great for more than exercise, fun and socializing. It is also a super way to network and share our skills – off the court.
One of the women in my Saturday morning league is a doctor, and she had sent out a request for volunteers to sew cloth face masks. She needs them for patients who visit her clinic. So I took up the gauntlet and joined the ranks of other women who are doing the same thing — sewing masks.
Having been a seamstress for many years, I have accumulated more than enough supplies to put together some fashionably colourful accessories while also using up items I haven’t seen in years, and possibly would otherwise never have used.
I found a design on the internet, suggested by a nurse – it is for a double-layered mask with an inner pocket that could accommodate a filter. (I’m wondering if people actually use coffee filters?) With some slight modifications that seemed practical to me, I set to work cutting, and pinning, and stitching, and then trimming the hundreds of threads.
I ended up with 13 masks each with ties for the top and bottom. No, I will not be demonstrating how they are worn.