“We’re sorry, but the person you have reached has been disconnected.”
Yep, that’s me. Disconnected. Forgive me while I vent for a moment. Just skip this paragraph if you want. My usually busy schedule is now blank, no quilt meetings or shows, no retreats, no classes, no sew-ins for charity or anything else. Quilt of Valor presentations postponed. Mountain State Fair canceled for this year, so no competitions. No gathering of photos and quilts, crafts and recipes for entering contests which usually takes up the entire month of August. All dinner events, overnight weekends, speaker events, parties, holiday events and socials canceled for the rest of the year. Invitations to friends not seen for months for socially distant activities are met with ‘sorry, other plans’. No explanation, no ‘hope we can do it another time’, just nothing. Everyone has apparently had enough of Zoom as evidenced by the lack of participation in the last two I attempted to organize. So discouraging. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday, what day is it? Inspiration for creative activities is hard to come by now as well.
Does this sound like your life, too? I want you to know you are not alone. We have to find new strategies for interaction as we are in this for months to come.
I was researching ideas to combat these feelings of isolation, and came across a good idea from WebMD. We need to flip our thinking around, and no longer be ‘socially distant’ but ‘distantly social’, putting the emphasis back on the social and less on the distant. Let’s have more driveway visits, and six-foot chat time with good friends who say “YES!!!” when we ask, or at least suggest a different date.
Seeing faces is important to feel connected while staying at home. I recently had a video chat with the two lovely ladies that moderate our Friends of From My Carolina Home Facebook group, Pat and Mary. It was so nice to see them and we had a fun hour of conversation with a bit of show and tell.
Plan some distantly social outings, where the event is outdoors, and you can maintain a safe distance while still being connected. My Sweet Babboo has been planning another distantly social drive that includes ice cream for later in the year for our MINI club.
Send more Happy Mail! I cannot tell you how much these surprise happy mail cards meant to me. Thank you so much, Carol and Daryl!! You lifted my spirits when I really needed it.
Dig out a magazine and make a new project for a gift or donation to a cause. I started going through these for inspiration, and to winnow out the ones I can donate. Planning for something in the future is helpful to me, so I am beginning the design work for Autumn Jubilee. This year, more than ever, I think we need something to look forward to. It is always fun to see all your comments on those posts, and helps all of us to feel like we are part of something. Share your projects in our Facebook group, Friends of From My Carolina Home.
Something that usually helps me feel more connected is doing something for someone else. This past year the Safelight Project was more successful than ever, with enough bags to last until next summer. Dear reader Ruth Coleman has been thinking about another way to contribute, and came up with a great idea. She sent me this link for Soap Sacks, made by crocheting or knitting with 100% cotton yarn. I know it will take a bit longer to do these, so I wanted to give you all a head start.
See the link for patterns, tags, and yarn recommendations. We will definitely add these to the bags next year. I’ll get some nice soaps to add to them in packing to save shipping costs. Here are Ruth’s first ones, she’s getting started! She made some face scrubbies too.
I’m working on the next Dahlia quilt for Bullington Gardens fundraiser now. I’ll share that with you soon.
How are you keeping busy, and staying distantly social?