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A family friend picked up 82 masks from me on Tuesday. This is what she picked up.


She's a surgeon who works at the local hospital, so she could take them to work. I already had these cut out.

 


I've been continuing to make masks, which will get picked up when I have a sizable amount, enough to make it worth picking up. I'm using the pattern they provided. They provide the filter and the nose piece or wire. Here is the tutorial I wrote to go with their mask. A link to the original pattern is included in the tutorial, as well as a link to rotary-cutting instructions. One of the preferred fabrics is quilting fabric, of which I have a plentiful supply. I'm up to 115 total for the hospital. (There's a lot of Connecting Threads fabric in my stash.)

 


Meanwhile, our total cases for the county is up to 70, as of Friday night when the last reporting period ended. Two more cases had to be hospitalized.


We've been enjoying our sprouts.

 


We're growing them from sprouting seeds I bought through iHerb.

 


I have been unable to get more whole wheat flour, which is what I use to make my bread. I'm now down to my last 5-lb. bag, so I have been experimenting with adding wheat bran and wheat germ (toasted) to unbleached white flour to make bread. This one was made with 1 cup of whole wheat to two cups of white flour with my additions. It turned out OK.

 


I used 3 lbs. of frozen tomatoes to make spiced tomato jam. The recipe made two pints.



The pups are getting shaggy. Rocky needed to go to the vet to get a shot, so I gave him a good brushing. Dusty was really dirty from chasing the ball on the trail, so I brushed him and then gave him a bath. I was regretting having given our old dog clippers to our groomer in Park City before we moved here. I hadn't used them since we lived in Indonesia in the '90s, so why keep them? Little did I know.

 


Social distancing at the vet's was easier than I expected. We called from the parking lot. The vet tech opened the door. We let go of the leash and Rocky trotted across the parking lot to the door. After being weighed, vaccinated and checked, Rocky was brought back to the door and released into the parking lot. He came right to the car and was ready to get back in. We never got within 12' of another human being, although Rocky did.


I was getting the dolls ready for the photo shoot for Friday's story, dressing, fixing hair and then standing the doll on my cutting surface as I went on to the next. After finishing the fifth doll, I turned around and saw this.

 


Of course, I had to look to see what they were all looking at. It was the bicycles on the top of my fabric cabinet. The dolls come to life in my stories. Sometimes they really seem like real little people to me.

 

I haven't done much knitting since starting on the masks, but I have a little progress on Charlie's Kep. (See below.)

In other news, spring has finally arrived to our place.

Actually, tulips are blooming elsewhere in the neighborhood, but our front yard doesn't get as much sun, due to a beautiful huge fir tree in our front yard. (We need to replace the bushes. They cover the windows in the spring and summer and can't be pruned back anymore.)

What's on my needles: Still Charlie's Kep.

 


What's on my sewing machine: More masks


What's in my hoop: Still the Whole Cloth Quilt. Another week with no progress.


What's in The Doll's Storybook: Beliefs and Facts. The dolls discuss how to tell the difference between a belief and a fact.

 

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished Right Behind You by Rachel Abbott, then The Man on the Mountaintop by Susan Trott and Smouldering Fire, another novel by D. E. Stevenson and then The Golden Orchard by Flora Ann. Now I'm listening to An Argumentation of Historians by Jodi Taylor, another of The Chronicles of St. Mary's series.

 

What's in my wine glass: Montevina Skyland Ridge Zinfandel 2016. Excellent!


What's my tip of the week: We're being encouraged to wear face masks these days, but experts have been saying it's more for the protection of those around you than for the wearer. This week NPR reported on a innovation that new research indicates may make home-sewn face masks "match or exceed the filtering capability of medical-grade surgical masks."

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals or dolls were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 29, 2020 at 5:02pm

I’m looking forward to running out of fabric!

Comment by Mary Alice Espinoza on April 29, 2020 at 9:56am

I think that's fabulous!  Great looking masks!  You have been one busy lady!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 28, 2020 at 8:45pm

Carol Ann, LOL! I have one of those gremlins!

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on April 28, 2020 at 10:12am

Great job on the masks, and you really stuck with it! and they look great!  Housecleaning in my house is an unspoken, forbidden word!  You never get really done; as soon as I finish one room and move to another, there is a little "gremlin" who moves right in behind me and messes stuff up!  (Well, he's not so little!)

Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 28, 2020 at 8:52am

Chores? You must mean the H-word! I try to avoid it as long as possible. I don't consider cooking and baking to be chores. It's creative, so it's fun. Cleaning is a nuisance. You do it, and then it just needs to be done again.

Comment by Irene Gallway on April 28, 2020 at 3:38am

You are a very busy lady with the face masks and your regular chores. So far we have only had two known cases of the Corona Virus here in Washington County. I'm getting a bit anxious to get out and about.  I do take rides in my car for a change of scenery and I am working steady in the sewing room.

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