This has been my labor of love lately. I used to love to sew so when this horrible pandemic descended I knew masks would be necessary.
It's the craziest thing but when I left my little part-time job at a Tropical furniture store of 6 years the owner gave me a TON of fabric samples that she had in the store. It was the coolest store, all tropical furniture that was very reasonably priced and you could select your own fabric for any upholstery. So I've been holding onto these samples for a long time wondering what they could be used for. They weren't terribly large so it was a challenge to think about how they could be utilized.
Ta DA...pandemic! Sad this had to happen to all of us...but thrilled I finally have a huge supply of fabric to use.
Of course, I ordered some 100% cotton also with adorable prints...if you have to wear a mask...you might as well be cute and stylish at the same time...right?
I'm just so happy to have something to do that keeps me occupied that actually is needed and necessary. I think we will be wearing masks for a good long time. They are now telling us this pandemic may not clear for 18 months...HUH?
I closed my consignment gallery 3/13 and I'm worried if I will ever come back from this. I honestly think that retail businesses are 'cooked'. As more and more people become reliant on online shopping there is really no other way this can go. I have applied for some small business help from the SBA...but I'll believe it when I see it.
During Hurricane Irma here in FL they put small businesses through SO MANY hurdles...I basically just gave up on receiving any help. I stood in line for HOURS to meet with a counselor and the paperwork challenges were immense. I finally just said the heck with it and I truly feel that a lot of so-called help from the government is more lip service than action. Sounds good...money in your pocket is something I'm still hoping to see for all of us who have been so horribly impacted.
I've managed to have drama...even in the safety of my own home. The neighbor lady has decided she now wants to BFFs.
She had quite an extended conversation with my Ring doorbell!
Holding a bottle of wine and saying she knew we lived next door for a reason and it is to BFFS...yikes...she and her husband and her two grown kids have lived next door since about 2005. Don and I have never been buddy, buddy with our neighbors because we were bombarded with people all day long in our jobs so our time home with each other was pretty sacred.
I did relent and have Susie come to the back lanai and had a glass of wine with her but her conversation was so distorted and disjointed I had a hard time following her. I'm sure she was pretty crocked, to begin with. She wanted another glass of wine and I poured her one and declined a second for myself.
I pretty much walked her to the front door and told her this was a very sad and bizarre time for me missing Don so much and cut off from my grief group for support. I told her this was something I really needed to work through myself and I needed the 'alone' time. Knowing the whole time that she would probably never remember a word I said.
Correct on that...she was back two nights later...yacking away to the ring doorbell this time with a beer. Saying we needed to be BFFS and we needed to be together...nope...this time I didn't answer the door. She left..then came right back to continue her conversation with herself...then left and came back again..this time saying some really disparaging things that frankly insulted me to the ninth degree.
I will be ignoring any additional visits and if she doesn't stop sadly I'll just have to say I have no interest in pursuing a friendship with her. I have NO coping skills right now and I certainly can't cope with CRAZY! It's so sad that she has thrown her life away in a bottle. I really don't think I've ever seen her when she isn't guzzling beer or wine. Just sad...but not my circus...not my monkies.
This pandemic is putting everyone on edge and those that have mental challenges, to begin with, are over the edge as witnessed by this neighbor.
I'm sending you all positive vibes for health and happiness...we all are such a wonderful support for each other I'm truly grateful!