I MUST remember that what happens at the retreat stays at the retreat; however, last night, the conversation of our current pandemic arose as we all sat in the living room, and these conversations drive me crazy.
All I can say is that common sense does not prevail even in our group! Why? Well, the future of our world is going to be riddled with epidemics, pandemics, and such. Even the common cold and flu can be a hazard to many people's health.
My suggestion is to get more rest, drink lots of water, don't use antiseptic wipes for everything - small common basic things that CAN (but NO guarantee) help improve our health. We need to find ways to boost or prevent our immune systems from declining. I get it that some people already have compromised immune systems -- I get that, and I also get that perfectly healthy people can contract a disease and die. Maybe, they weren't so healthy after all??
Anyway -- the point is that I suggested some BASIC ways to decrease stress (a HUGE factor in unhealthiness) get more sleep (also a HUGE factor in our health), and I got jumped on! Words got put in my mouth, and well --- I should know better. NOTHING is a guarantee, and some situations are unavoidable, but if we can make small changes in our lives and try to stay healthier, why wouldn't we do that? Yep -- I also have issues sleeping from time to time -- just move on and have a nap!
The current pandemic is an OFF-TOPIC for me going forward, and I NEVER want to talk about it again. Not putting my head in the sand, but sheesh -- let's get over this and STOP watching the news.
Here's an interesting thing, though, that did come out of our conversation last night and another reason to not watch the news. The news (for the most part) is NOT catering to our age group. Nope -- it is geared towards the younger generation, instant gratification, and many other things. Yep -- that's a good reason to NOT watch it.
I had to laugh because, at lunch, we chatted about something -- like we all still like each other after being together for 5 full days. And so, there was no drama. There was drama last night, and I had trouble getting to sleep. NO MORE discussion about the pandemic. Just walk away -- walk away -- do NOT argue because everyone has their perspective, and I'm over it.
Anyway, just remember when you are a guest at the retreat -- we should NOT talk about controversial subjects and complaints? Well, I don't listen to complaints! However, the complaints could influence who comes to the next retreat -- just saying!
Sorry -- I needed to get that off my chest.
Well, it's time to wind the retreat down -- it's the last day of the retreat, and it's been loads of fun. It's the one that we stayed at the house the most. We had one trip to Thimbles and Things - three of us went. Two people went to Cobwebs and Caviar, and I went to the grocery store and one Tims run. That's it -- the rest of the time, no one budged. Although Helen Anne and I walked every day - regardless of the wind and the temperature.
Two of the group ran out of sewing projects last night. WHAT????? I've barely touched my bag of projects, and I was a bit bummed, but then I think back to what I did, and I really can't complain.
Here's my sewing table last night, and I must say that it's looking pretty clean, and it's even cleaner this morning.
|My sewing table|
So what did I do? Well, I had a lot of writing to do, and I had to sew my project for that. You'll see that later this week. I have a wee bit to finish on it this morning, and then it'll be done. I'll finish the writing part later today.
I had all those half-square triangles that I was making into hourglass units. I've been using them as enders and leaders, and I have made good progress.
|My hourglass units|
|More hourglass blocks to trim|
|The purple flannel scrap blocks|
|All that remains of the purple flannel scraps|
And I should say that some of these scraps have been hanging around my studio for YEARS, so it's good to get them used up!