If you’re reading this anywhere in the world, I don’t have to tell you about the Coronavirus, Covid-19 pandemic/ I am in Illinois, Chicago, to be exact and we are under sheltering orders until the end of the month – or we were. The governor extended it to the end of May but some businesses are reopening.So I am going nowhere fast.

For me, it doesn’t make that much of a difference because I work from home and my boss didn’t give me any time off.

The condo is filling up with boxes and the move has been scheduled. I am packing/cleaning. I have done some knitting but no photography. But this is what I’ve got thus far: The mittens to match the hat. The hat is at the condo and I haven’t been there since Easter. The Shale Cowl is really pretty and it’s now complete. I have another one in shades of gray that’s about a day away and another hat.

I was not going to jump on the mask train but along with the extended order came the mandatory wearing of face coverings. Might as well make some pretty ones. They aren’t medical grade so I don’t have to pretend they are anything other than pretty mouth coverings. I can make them in cotton or any of the blends or acrylic. 

I did have some sales. A pleasant surprise. If you feel the need to go shopping – here’s my shop.

I was going to take a photo of all my needles. They were all in one place for a hot minute but I packed some of them away and don’t want to pull them out until they are at new place. I had to select a different sleeper sofa. Mr. Honey took measurements and it won’t fit through the space. Picked put a smaller one that costs more – sigh.

Moving is not for the faint of heart. I hope I am doing this again any time soon. Unless I can find a way to be younger. A younger me can handle it.

 

 

 

For the record, for the people who may be reading this in the future. For me, who may be reading this in the future – at the moment, the entire world is facing down a pandemic.

Coronavirus or Covid-19, is sweeping the world causing illness and death. Entire countries are telling citizens to keep six feet apart from each other, only leave the house when necessary. There are no sports, no Disney World, no movies, no casual shopping. USPS is open. Restaurants are carry out, pick up or delivery. Churches – most of them – are holding services online.

But We Got it Good. 

I say this though there is an incredible amount of suffering going on. People are not working which means people are not making money, Which means people cannot put food on their table. Schools are closed. Food banks which normally serve 300 a day, are now having 2000 day show up. The food banks are having financial trouble meeting that need because no one is working to contribute funds to food banks and stores are having to limit groceries for those who can still go because certain items become hoarding targets. Bread, eggs, rice are all a crap shoot.

But we must have it good because we can do this.They suggest we wear masks in public. Some places it is mandatory. And we are worried about catching this disease and passing it on so we wear them. And then drop them on the ground when we leave the store. Litter? Nope. Got to rush home and get inside before something gets infected. Someone else will take care of that.

This isn’t the only place. We humans are leaving these things by the roadside. Because we can’t discard them in the house or even sneak them in a neighbor’s garbage can in the alley.

Because the world is sheltering in place, the environment gets a break from us. Pollution levels in the air have improved, animals are roaming more freely around the national parks and other places because man is not there to observe and interfere. The seas are catching their breath because we are not there to empty it for our food. 

But we’ve found a way to trash it still.

We Got it Good personally. I can sit here and have a rant about what other people are doing. My stocks took a hit but I think the bank account is fine and our fridge has food. I’m thinking about how to rebound my business when this is over and wondering if I should jump on the making masks train. No.

There are lessons. I have to make sure I learn mine.


Has there been progress made in the move? Yes and No. There’s nothing new in the studio but Mr. Honey and his brother have done the floor in the living room and the hallway. I’ve also done my first product shots at new place.

That’s something like progress. The floor is gorgeous. He and his brother left it covered in sawdust and I got out the vacuum and the Swiffer and it cleaned up great. It’s even more gorgeous than the photo. 

There are boxes in the dining room/kitchen, bedroom and studio but they can’t be unboxed because there’s no place to put the stuff in the boxes and that’s because we haven’t moved the furniture. I didn’t know moving companies were considered essential so I didn’t even think about scheduling them during a Coronavirus pandemic but they are working. Now the floors are done, we can seriously think about doing a shift from living at the house and coming to the condo to living at the condo and going to the house to get it ready to sell.

It’s not quite real yet. I’ve spent time in the studio and even in its present state, I find it comfortable. I like the bathrooms – better than the one in the house. But I still can’t imagine us being here. I think the shift will help with that and get me in the mindset of saying good-bye to the place I’ve lived the in the longest.

In knit news, like I said, I took some photos at new place.

These are not edited but they came out fine. There’s a small patio area – not even big enough to be a patio – can’t set a chair out there though you could get a small gas grill there. But it will work well for taking photos.

Though these have yet to be put up for sale, you can find the available market and beach totes right here at designbcb.

I also completed a hat and a pair of mittens which I will happily share once I get pics of them. 

I also had 3 sales – 2 patterns and 1 order for a hooded scarf. That’s always good news. 

So, not in the condo but getting closer. Decisions made and more packing to do but knitting goes on. Hopefully, there will be more to share next time.