Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone, may this wish find you safe, happy, and healthy!

The COVID-19 virus has reached Attila’s extended family. We had a lovely chat with his Mom today, she is well, and is staying at home thank goodness. Attila’s step-father’s niece was one of the people who died on the cruise ship the MS Zaandam, and her partner is now hospitalized. Attila knew her, but I had not met her, or her partner. It is sad news.

Here at home, we keep ourselves busy, and as far out of harm’s way as we are able. Last week I got out my sewing machine, which is 51 years old this year. I know how to sew. I am good at sewing. I taught sewing in the public school system. I dislike sewing. When I was younger I would force myself to remain positive and focused to accomplish whatever sewing project was at hand, be it clothing for me, or for my children, or mending. But as I have “matured” I have become a lot less willing to spend time doing things I dislike, and sewing is right up there with bookkeeping on my hate-to-do list. But needs must, and we need face masks, so the little sewing machine came out of the storage box.

I saved many scraps of fabric over the years, so luckily I have the scraps I need to make a few face masks. I do not however have elastic. No matter, I found two old headbands that were 12 inches long, they would have to do. It has been a while since I last sewed, a decade or so I guess, so I am a bit rusty. I cut the material for my mask incorrectly, which means I have to devise a way to work around that error. So I decided to start with Attila’s mask, because the material for that one was cut correctly. It took me all day to drag out all the equipment, set it all up, make the mask, and put everything away again.

Attila’s new face mask, 3 layers of high thread count cotton.

Much to my dismay, my trusty little sewing machine had a problem, for the very first time in 51 years of use. It now will only sew a zig-zag stitch, no more strait stitches. So the mask was made using the zig-zag stitch. The results were acceptable. The second mask, my mask, will have to wait until next week, when I will gather resolve to drag everything out again, and create a mask for myself.

When we lived at the country house, I had taken up clay and pottery as a hobby. I didn’t get very far with that, as our power supply was only 100 amp and the kiln stretched that to its limit. But I still have all the equipment. And guess what, I have one used NIOSH N95 non-medical grade mask, and a used welding face shield, both needed for sanding and working with slips. They are still good, so Attila can use them when he has to go to the grocery store to pick up our groceries, later this month. That is good news. He will look like an alien, but he won’t care one bit.

Yesterday I baked a loaf of sweet bread, with raisins and cranberries, also a dozen sour cream raisin muffins. These are our Easter treats. Today Attila is roasting a small chicken, with garden vegetables, carrots and our very own Brussels sprouts. Something to look forward to!

Meanwhile, in the garden, the radishes Attila planted are coming up, and small rhubarb leaves are beginning to unfurl. Everything is turning green, and even though the weather is gray and dreary and cold out there, the green is very cheerful, and hopeful.



Date: 5:00 PM EDT Sunday 12 April 2020
Condition: Cloudy
Pressure: 101.4 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 10.3°C
Dew point: 0.5°C
Humidity: 50%
Wind: SSE 15 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.”
Madeleine L’Engle
1918 – 2007

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Happy Easter Maggie & family! The N95 will protect Attila well at the store. Will he wear the welding mask too? That would be total protection. I saw a guy with what looked like a gas mask the other day.
There’s some thought now that, if you’re infected, you can share the virus simply by talking loudly or laughing. Again it’s the old droplet in the air scenario. That would explain how the virus has been transmitted so quickly. All those asymptomatic people laughing and talking loudly.
So protecting your head and sanitizing when you get home is the way to go. I think this is somewhat rebirth-oriented since there IS hope if we take precautions.

Stay safe, Maggie.

Eileen Barton

Happy Easter to you and your family, Maggie. How you all stay well.


Oops … Sandy


Happy Easter Maggie. Good to hear you are taking all necessary precautions to keep safe and healthy. An abundance of caution is our strategy. We have much to be thankful for this Easter Sunday, a safe, warm home, good nourishing food and gardens to soon replenish our supplies.


Happy Easter, Maggie and Attila!

I’ve also attempted sewing masks, though I’m not great at it. In the end, I ordered masks from Etsy. They’re only cotton masks but I do have heavy twill fabric with cotton backing, which will work as a good filter inside the masks.

We had a wonderful Easter Day, today. The temp was up to 17C/63F with blue skies. We sat out on the deck for a number of hours, just enjoying the weather.


Now there’s a good reason for not giving everything away – it did come in handy some day:)
Happy Easter Maggie (and Atilla)

Bex Crowell

Happy (belated) Easter to you both. Just another day in isolation for us. For me, it’s just another ordinary day as I isolate on a regular basis anyway. I’m keeping the televised entertainment (?) turned off these days – just checking in from time to time to make sure the earth is still spinning – and then shutting it OFF again. It’s too depressing to keep on anymore. I am personally thankful for my yarn stash.

Joan Lansberry

Happy belated Easter! Julia and I had chicken, too. She cooked it with a jar of the Indian Goan Coconut simmer sauce. There’s some leftover today, which we’ll eat with hot rice. (Yesterday’s we had over left over smushed potatoes.) Nice to see your mask efforts. I made Julia and I some out of some thick flannel scraps, but when we went to the grocery store, found them a little hard to breathe through. So I have an old blouse, souvenir from a 2008 trip to the Grand Canyon, with trains all over it. I loved that shirt, but it torn in the shoulders, frayed at the edges. But the bottom is still bright and firm…. So that part will have new life.


Happy belated Easter to all. It sounds like everyone had a good day. Maggie, I think your process with isolating and cleaning your outdoor clothes is excellent. I did read somewhere that nonwoven spunbound (?) fabrics make great filters. Here’s an article: https://news.ncsu.edu/2020/04/a-necessary-filter/


Hello Maggie and Attila…and all of your friends on here. We had a very quiet Easter. For the past 13 years, we have always been with Jeremy, Natalie, and the grandsons. Yesterday,it was only FaceTime…better than nothing. We watched several different church services that were telecast here. Our weather has been crazy….last week, up to 90, then last night, we were in the 30’s, with windchill in the 20’s. Mother Nature is just not sure what she wants yet. I am almost disgusted with the media and all of the blaming…it makes it difficult to believe almost everything on the different news outlets. I am relying on medical sites, and hoping they are distributing correct information. Tonight, I heard they are thinking that the old polio vaccine may be of some use in combating COVID…now, that would be something. Still doing a lot of reading…a little housework….listening to my music. Hope to have the ground dry up some so that I can do a little work in my flower beds. We have had so much rain I. March, and now, so far in April…it has been way too wet to do anything. Main thing..we are staying uninflected. I was so sorry to hear about Attila’s niece…what was her age, and did she have other health issues? Take care, my friend. Xxoo Margarett