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    Another check-in to see how everyone is faring. Are we all in "isolate in place" states, or are some of us in the few remaining states that have not ordered such.

    DD in in Iowa City. While Iowa has not ordered isolate in place and social distancing protocols, she and her roommates have not seen anyone or been anywhere in over two weeks. I think they need to make a grocery and pharmacy run, but I trust they will be careful. One of the roommates used to work in a research lab on viruses and suspected what was coming--they started being careful long before everyone else around them.

    The company DH works for instituted a 4 month pay cut. While not optimal, we are thankful he still has a job and we still have health benefits.

    Even better, DS was assured that the job offer he got in October still stands as is. He's been working part time for them remotely since January while finishing his last year at Purdue, so maybe that helps??

    Still going on long walks or short runs, working in the yard, and deep cleaning the house here. Also getting more reading done than usual, which is nice. Just trying to make the best of things and be thankful as other have it much worse.

    How are you all doing this week?
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Roll Call, 4/7
    Sorry to hear about DHs paycut, I hope it saves them from layoffs. Is he working at home?

    Ive been making masks for the last day or so....i dont like the ones that look like a napkin stuck to the front of your face, and that inflict ear torture.
    The pattern I found (through a quilting website) assumes one can sew, and is a little over-engineered.... has a pocket for a nose bridge insert, and a filter insert. Im grateful that it is comfortable and I can breathe with it on. (Grama made me an ear torture variety that I wore for grocery shopping yesterday, it is what prompted me to make my own.)
    Heres the pattern I use, note “Woman” size is too small for my head. Also, I added more allowance on the sides for slipping the straps through.
    https://www.craftpassion.com/face-ma...ace-mask-video

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    (I also didnt have elastic, so made some ties out of knit material (aka tshirt type).

    Other than that, nothing much has been going on here.

    I hope all is well with the rest of us!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Thanks for the pattern. I've been looking at a few and plan to get started on some masks for my neighbors. They'll be a bit festive, as I think most of my fabric is Christmas/holiday season themed!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    As long as it doesnt look like you raided some old lady’s clothes closet!

    If you go the knit string route for fastening, I think if you had a piece about 36” long, you could loop it through the bottom half so it only ties on the top. (These two pieces I made are 24” each, and I just tied the bottoms together.)
    I also suggest marking on the wrong side of the fabric where the final seam will be - it was hard for me to get it right since I wasnt sewing straight lines (like I do in quilting.) I just used pen, no fancy sewing supplies for me!
    And choose your least favorite fabric to go first, because its not gonna look as good as you figure things out.
    Good luck!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Here in Northern BC we’ve been social distancing since March 17. DH or I make weekly solo trips to the grocery, pharmacy and post. We’re trying to make it two weeks this cycle. Doing lots of the same things, INMOM – deep cleaning the house and yard, seedlings on the go, home schooling both kiddos. We still have 40cm of snow, but it’s melting fast and we’re able to get out for a walk or bike everyday.

    DH’s work is in the field, so no changes for him. I will likely be laid off in two weeks, although Canada is offering a 3-month, 75% wage subsidy for charities. We’re trying to find a way for the budget to cover the other 25% and keep me around, so maybe it will work out. I’m going ahead with my hummingbird season, as it can be done while following social distancing rules – but the Bird Banding Office has implemented additional hygiene measures.

    I’m feeling very fortunate that we are all healthy and have a safe home with enough food. The activist in me feeling impotent though. We can/do drop groceries and meds off to a few friends who are quarantined or self-isolating due to other health issues. The biggest issue facing our community right now is food insecurity for those families who rely on the school system to provide kids two meals a day.

    Edited to add: we're just using our winter neck gaiters as masks for now. I still have a little time to make something more warm-weather friendly!
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    Home schooled two kiddos from a remote location for seven years. DD16 has transitioned to public high school. DS8 tried PS, but likes home schooling better.

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    INmom - sorry about DH's job. Hang in there. But super good news for DS. Sounds like DD is living with a good group of like minded people, it would be hard if one roommate was in and out all the time.

    @AM - they actually had an article on NY Times the other day - listing quilter's fabric as the best for face masks. It was interesting.

    I've been doing grocery pick up about once a week, but tried going to the store I usually shop at the other day - what a bust. It was anxiety producing, I think I'll just stick to the Kroger pick up. DS's meds are already on mail order. So we have an easy time sticking to home. I've done a few Zoom happy hours with neighbors and coffee dates with friends. I only have had in-person contact with my backyard neighbor over the wall - as we've exchanged needed items with one another (hand sanitizer, hard to find food items).

    I had some plants mail ordered from Bonnie. Ouch, they were expensive, but I really wanted to replace my artichokes that have died. Nurseries and home improvement stores are still open here, but I didn't want to be messing around with that. Some of the local nurseries appear to be pretty empty (one up the block from my house), but they don't always carry unusual items. We planted another apple tree and have a peach tree on order (but I always buy trees from an online supplier). I think we've maxed out our space with fruit trees - ha!

    I've planned out school for the year. I think we'll go until the first of June, which is late for us, but I don't think summer is going to be a wealth of fun this year, so why not. I do still think we need a summer break, for the sake of our mental health, and it will give me time to map out sophomore year - since plans have changed slightly with that (due to the virus). I think we will take 4 weeks off and plan to spend a couple of days a week in the mountains - so we have a change of pace from the day to day.

    We had our Seder last night and I just finished the left over Matzo Ball soup - yum! I've also been snacking on this cookie https://www.hummingbirdhigh.com/2014...zo-crunch.html

    Anyone do any fun spring celebrations?
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    Sorry about your dh's job INMom.

    AM, That is the best mask I've seen. I actually like that pattern, thanks for posting it.

    RTB, I had to break down and replace my strawberry bare root plants that I bought earlier this year. I had planted 12 of them but only two survived and started growing. I got lucky though and found a six pack of year old strawberry plant starts for $6 a week or so ago. They are thriving now with lots of blooms! I usually won't buy plant starts because it is cheaper to start from seed but I bought those strawberries and a dill plant this year because neither would grow for me from seed/bare root.

    I also took some old steps that we took off our house when we moved in and make them into my herb garden holder. I think it is really cute if I do say so myself lol!

    We don't have grocery delivery or pickup around here. We are too rural I guess. I already go to the store as little as possible just because I don't like going shopping so all this virus stuff really hasn't changed anything for us. Well except I can't always get everything I need at the store now. Even worse than it was before all this because we are hesitant to go to the larger cities with a higher virus count in all this mess. So our garden has become our #1 priority. Oh and our chicks. They are thriving too and getting bigger everyday. We won't get any eggs until this fall but ds loves them and has told me repeatedly he can't wait until they mate so he can have more baby chicks lol. At least one I'm fairly certain is a rooster.

    I also finished our back porch, well the deck part anyways I haven't started the roof yet. Maybe when we get these stimulus checks we will get the roof done. But I added an 8ft x 8ft section of deck to finish the deck portion. It took me the better part of a day (which I think was excellent for me and having to stop and take frequent breaks) and I messed it up at first and had to fix it but it is done now :-D We don't have a nightmare of a ramp to walk across to get to the door anymore. LoL!

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    @ MHA - uh oh, I have some bare root strawberry plants on order - wish me luck!
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    I tried to make sure I kept the crowns at surface level but, at least for me, it is harder than it looks lol! We also had some really cold days that probably didn't help matters. I'm sure yours will be fine RTB ;-)

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    Roll Call, 4/7
    Solong: Wow! Still snow?!? So glad you're able to get outside though; it's a sanity saver for us around here. I hope your employer figures out a way to keep you at 100%

    I had some plants mail ordered from Bonnie. Ouch, they were expensive, but I really wanted to replace my artichokes that have died. Nurseries and home improvement stores are still open here, but I didn't want to be messing around with that. Some of the local nurseries appear to be pretty empty (one up the block from my house), but they don't always carry unusual items. We planted another apple tree and have a peach tree on order (but I always buy trees from an online supplier). I think we've maxed out our space with fruit trees - ha!
    RTB: Our nurseries are doing call in with curbside pickup. My mom got some seeds and seed potatoes that way. We ordered ours through the mail. DH did source some Hatch pepper seed from a supplier in NM, so we'll give it a try!

    Anyone do any fun spring celebrations?
    Does weeding the flowerbeds count? Actually, I'm finding it very therapeutic.

    I also took some old steps that we took off our house when we moved in and make them into my herb garden holder. I think it is really cute if I do say so myself lol!
    MapleHill, I am very impressed. I've done plenty of work on the structure of our house, but I'm almost always the "helper" to DH, the idea man. Share photos?

    DH and I are making two separate grocery runs this week. He's going to the store with the best produce and meat today, while I'm tackling Aldi for the basics tomorrow morning. We've been able to stretch shopping to every two weeks. I've not been in a grocery store yet since all of this happened, so I'm a bit apprehensive. I'll be taking our P95 mask instead of the fabric ones I've been making since there will be a higher density of people.

    I've been spending a lot of time making masks--for us, several neighbors, my parents. Most of my fabric is left over from when I sewed for the kids 20 years ago when they were toddlers. My dad actually requested the dinosaur fabric below. These also have a pocket in which to insert a filter of some sort. They're not perfect, but better than nothing.

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    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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