How to Make a Mask in a Minute

Yesterday was a much needed “take care of home” and “take care of self” day. I actually was awake at 4:30 and got up and began the day. I guess because we are home more, we are running out of things like jeans, gym pants, and gym shorts, jogging pants – as we wear those a lot around the house. Also I have been lacking on being faithful at getting George’s work shirts done (a golf shirt with their company logo). But they have video conferencing so he has to wear it still as if he is at work this week. So back at doing a mid week load. They didn’t give them enough to get through a whole week. It’s not a problem – I just have to remember to be sure and wash up another load of darks midweek.

While catching up in the laundry room, I listened to iTunes, and just had a huge peace wash over me, and also began to have a sprig of hope that this will one day be over and our lives will be back to the normal normal. Although I did find that yesterday I was quite happy to be at home with no where I had to be. An introvert’s dream. Much to do here and I rarely ever get bored. I think we’ve prepared our whole lives for such a thing – so much to keep our minds occupied. My only fears now are being exposed at work and when we shop.

My sister texted me – thinking about Mom- that many of the stores are delivering now and Publix was even delivering free and will drop to your door step. This sounds appealing for when this thing begins to peak. I think we are slowing the curve so it’ll take a long time to get over this period. We do like to go to the store though as we like to see things and get ideas, catch sales and so forth. Anyway, in case we have to get out, I want something over my face. So I had seen how people can take a bandana and pony tail holders and make a mask. Well, I tried it with a linen dish cloth and rubber bands and it took less than a minute. So this will do. You can probably see here how I did it.

Just fold the towel lengthwise, and slip on some rubber bands about 1/3 of the way through on each side. Then tuck in one end of the towel into the other.

And then pull the rubber bands to the outer folds and it’s ready to tuck behind your ears. Yes it’s a little bulky but with linen it was several layers but I could still breathe.

I also realized that my masks I’ve ordered from Etsy has been shipped. They will arrive mid-week. I’ll let it sit in the foyer for several days when it gets here. I really don’t want to wear a mask to work but as the virus gets more prevalent I may wear it in the common areas.

I worked in the kitchen yesterday and cleaned the surfaces. Made the kitchen pretty again. I dusted the den area and gave our coffee center some attention, replenishing k-cups, emptying the little k-cup trash bin I have sitting on the counter. I have a cute stainless steel “mini trash” thing set up there with a coffee filter on the bottom to catch liquids. So that is ready for the week.

I played candy crush til my heart was content drinking coffee yesterday morning. And I caught a few of my shows (usually little 20 minute You Tube shows) while eating left over peas and potatoes. Probably should have been doing liquids but since it’s a lighter case, I think light foods are ok. I do have some pain this morning a bit and will try to mainly do liquids most of the day. I guess I should have kept at my cleansing and shaking, because when I did this I had very little diverticulitis trends.

Thank goodness I’ve not developed a fever with it b/c I can’t work or be around others these days with a fever. I have to figure out what is happening but I just can’t fret over this right now. It’s just going to be what it’s going to be. It is too difficult to figure out what triggers it. It’s just a gut situation as a whole, probably with the muscles tightening triggered by stress and eating too much faster than digestion can keep up ad no doubt having too much sugar as we’ve increased our intake of bread and sugar. All those things I believe interconnect to make the perfect storm. I also sit intensely bent over peering into the computer screen in times of intense work with no breaks and this seems to kinda block my lower left intestinal quarters and shut it down. I also sleep on my left side as well. So all of these things play a part in my opinion. I’ve had exercise this week, but obviously many hours of sitting in a row without much movement is no good – even if you exercise at the end. I cannot just concentrate on my stomach 24-7. But apparently I am going to have to figure it out or this will be my life forever. The stand up desk worked at work. Since I’ve been home I’ve been sitting more for increased times.

At home, in order to be able to do this blog without pain this morning, I’ve had to create a standing desk. At least I could do this as the iMac will swivel. I think I remember the sales guy saying something about this when he sold it to us. I’m thankful for that.

I found the perfect basket to turn upside down and with the swivel on the iMac it’s perfect. I have to reach down for the mouse but it’s doable as it is totally within reach. I am also missing Tugie, our poodle of 17 years as she passed about a year ago. This little Sloth reminded me so much of her. I have found that I need to have this little Sloth around sometimes. So I set it over by my computer. She would have been by my side at this time if she was here. My Maisy girl is though, but nothing is a replacement for my beloved Tugie.

I found this posted in one of the Facebook groups I joined.

However, you have to be careful. Some of these folks are taking things like colloidal silver which has not had a lot of studies on it and its impact. It can permantly turn your skin tone blue/purple. I will refrain from that. It’s actually “silver” in liquid form, I read. I also wondered if that is where the term “blue blood” came from. hmmm. As it refers to wealthy people. Perhaps.

As I went through the house yesterday, I made a list of supplies we were getting low on, but made it in terms of what we would need after 2 weeks. I wanted to do a Target order and see if I could get it in. But I figured it may take 2 weeks to get it. So if I shop and give bigger lead times, I just have to really watch that when I open one household item, I need to go ahead and order the next one so it will be here by the time I need it again. I figured I wouldn’t have much luck on the Target order without having to sign up for Shipt but it let me order several things. At the end I had a message that I needed to edit my order as some items were not available. What? Had I wasted all that time as it let me put it in the cart. I was willing to wait for it – even if it took 3 weeks to a month. (I also have to wait several days before opening the box in case that darn virus is on it.) So I removed the items that were not available to the “save for later” feature and moved them back one by one watching to see if the “edit cart” notice came up again. It didn’t. So it let me place the order and said that it would come in three shipments as it was slow since supplies were in great demand. They did not have toilet paper. But I was able to get almost everything I needed, including canned tuna, canned chicken, applesauce cups, fruit cups and various things I can take to work. As a reward for them (Target) and me, I shopped for tops and bought 3 of them. I really usually don’t ever find anything at Target for me, especially on line, but there were 2 linen tops, very similar to tops I’ve had before and loved. And also a long sleeve cute top I can wear to work.

Then I got on Thred Up where I had some credit. Not much but a little. I ordered two more tops from there that were “New with Tags”. So I have some things coming in.

I also got to open boxes that came in – in the last week or two. We let things sit before we tear into them. We bring it in but leave it in the foyer for several days.

Took the dogs out and we walked around some. It was just an overall pleasant and much needed day. I also trimmed and filed my nails as this “dip” grows out. It’s not gonna be pretty. I had a similar color. Mine was darker, so I “did” my nails yesterday the best I could.

Today my plans include putting sheets on the bed, cleaning the bathroom, putting up my laundry from yesterday, checking on Mom, doing my magazine project, and watching some shows. I had said we might give dogs a bath. They did not get their grooming yesterday of course. So I may begin looking at pet trimmers and watching videos on how to do this. I don’t think we can wait til July. Also want to do some on line church today.

Plenty of things to do around here today. I’m a little upset that it is Sunday. Mainly b/c work is tomorrow. It’ll be ok though. I’m just needing more of a break from everything I think. Quite frankly, I’m just having a hard time wanting to have to go back into a COVID state of business and be reminded of it. But it is what it is and with God we can get through anything.

I will say this, during this time of ________________ (whatever it is you wanna call it) you really start to think about a few things. I imagine we’ll all be different, with different goals, different priorities, a boundary as to what we are willing to settle with or put up with, and just an overall sense of doing things differently when this is over. There are things that I have decided will definitely be different when this is done. There will be things most of us will rise up saying “oh no this will never happen again”. We’ll all be prepared for a long time as to how much toilet paper we stock, what kind of people we are around and how they handle stress or not, what resources we have, and on the flip side we’ll likely not take for granted things like gatherings, seeing friends, church worship, going out to eat, and so forth. And when you realize that there are only a few things in life that REALLY matter, when things get in your way that stand b/w you and what really matters – that means making some life size and life style changes. In big ways. Big enough ways to make a difference in meeting your expectations of life or not. So yeah, there is a LOT of thinking going on in our world right now. When we emerge, it’s gonna be a bit different. There are some things I’m thinking I’ll definitely not be going through again or putting up with again. And I have some goals now that I’ve decided no one or no entity is getting in my way of. I’ll mesh with life until I get it the way it needs to be. Family is most important – over everything else. That is just the way it is.

5 responses to “How to Make a Mask in a Minute”

  1. I always thought the term “blue blood ” meant “pure”, like 100%. But I don’t know. There certainly can’t be many blue bloods left in the world today.
    I made a couple of masks using bandanas but I like the dish towel idea. I’m going to try that too. I hope your mom has groceries and whatever else she needs.
    I’ll be making a few changes to whatever my new normal will be when this stretch is over. 😷

  2. great job on mask. i tried but mine fell apart. i used a scarf not a bandana. i do have several medical ones. my hubby has copd and uses them in the winter months. all of this has changed us. hopefully for the good.i’m taking it a day at a time. my younger daughter is being treated for covid. its hard being so far away. take care. stay safe.

  3. I am ordering a couple of masks for us. I feel guilty every time my husband runs into the grocery store to get eggs or milk or bread. I try to order what we need ahead of time but run short sometimes. I am high risk because of asthma. So I wait for him in the car.
    Take care and stay safe.

  4. We us colordial silver at our house. It is a natural antibiotic A friend makes it for us. We also give it to Coco in Her water several days a week. It helps her little system that has been racked by so many chemical when she was just a little pup. We use as much natural as we can. So far our health has not suffered as we are not on medications. I am quite sure that a lot of people are going to rethink a lot about their lives when this is over. This is a time of peace to us. We are finding that it is great to spend some time home, watching the nature around us. Waving and speaking to neighbors. Helping people in our area. We have been finding that a lot of people are more kind now.

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