Pushing Forward

Now nearly a month into social distancing, I’ve been thinking a lot about things I wish I had done more. Here’s my ever growing list:


  • Hugged my sisters harder the last time I saw them
  • Lingered over my last restaurant meal without being impatient for the check
  • Followed some “prepper” advice about how to stock up for a disaster
  • Spent more time in the community garden taking dirt baths alongside longtime foodie friends
  • Purchased leggings in a bigger size
  • Savored the last birthday cake I ate which was smothered in icing and the wishful breath of my loved ones
  • Bought more red fabric scraps for postage stamps

Note that I am not complaining. We are all safe, warm, fed, showered (well, most times), healthy, and my sewing machine is working and I have a lot of fabric to play with.

While I have to take a pause on the postage stamp project, I’ve spent the last few days finishing a quilt for my friend.

We started a quilt project more than a year ago (Turning Twenty…Again) and then we abandoned it because quilting (or my teaching skills) were not her jam. I’ve been feeling guilty about it ever since. So this week I finished piecing the top for her.

My friend picked out the browns and tans. The border came from my stash.

Early this morning I ordered the wide backing for it from Keepsake Quilting.

Duh — I forgot to add red fat quarters to the order so I can cut some new postage stamps. Just to be clear: I am not out of red fabric. Rather I have fallen out of love with the red fabric I own. I cannot make one more solitary postage stamp with that pile in the corner. You know the feeling, right?

The finished quilt will be a fun surprise to drop at my friend’s door in a couple of weeks. Of course, I’ll make sure that she doesn’t open the package for a week and that she re-washes it before using. Sigh. Our lives have lost so much spontaneity (and I feel selfish for saying it).

What else have I been doing? I’ve spent more time wandering around the farm and making sure that everything is ready for spring. We are officially ready for spring.

Barbed wire, a stone fence, moss and me.

It feels like NY is turning the corner. I hope that is true around the world.

Stay safe and healthy, friends.

11 thoughts on “Pushing Forward

    • sandradny says:

      Thanks Wendy! I am no much of a fashion model for sure. But I’ve been forcing myself to turn my video camera on all week during business meetings. I miss seeing people and it is what it is!

    • sandradny says:

      Good news arrived in the mail today — Cindy sent me bunches and bunches of cut stamps! Maybe I can finally finish????

  1. laura bruno lilly says:

    Good list…especially the bit about leggings…grocery stores just don’t have that sort of thing on their shelves. But then, even if they did, all the ‘larger’ sizes would be sold out!!!
    Take care.

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