Stodgy New Englanders who might on a normal day in a normal week nod hello, now yodel out their greetings. “Good morning!” “Good morning!”
“Washing your hands?” I ask one neighbor.
Instacart order left on side porch yesterday. I donned one of my masks and washable gloves and got to work. Two big pots, one filled with soapy water, the other with hot water. Four rags.
I washed everything. The bananas. The boxes of soup stock. The cans of pineapple chunks. The quart of milk.
K thinks I go overboard (a bit of contention there), but I have a friend who put her bags on newspaper, washed everything, and then burned the newspapers and paper bags!
My order came in plastic bags and I stowed them in the garage, untouchable for now. Would’ve thrown them out, but our town recently banned plastic bags and well, we have a dog.
Here Finn is, near where I want K to build a raised bed. It would use up a lot of lumber that clutters the garage (who am I to say anything with, um, all the fabric?) It’s the only full sun spot in our yard. Secondary benefit: a raised bed would avoid the toxins the roots of a nearby black walnut put out.
The descriptions of dying with coronavirus prompted this digital collage. It’s like drowning, they say.
I finished this yesterday. Two cloth notes:
1) The madras window came from the last garment I bought for my sister. She was wearing the dress when the fire fighters came to transport her to the nursing home where she died a couple of weeks later. There’s a whole story there, in other words, and that little rectangle speaks to it.
2) The hanger is a cloth-mask-tie that I decided wasn’t long enough. So there’s that reference.
I really enjoyed working on this yesterday — even the binding finish. Says something about how I feel about making masks!