In the time of the virus: day 51

Well, so much to do today!

One of the things I’d already decided to do this week was to make some face coverings (am adopting that description to distinguish from actual face masks needed for clinical settings or similar).  Initially unsure about whether or not they are a good thing, I’ve read around quite a bit and am now convinced of their usefulness – almost a paradigm of altruistic behaviour: my wearing one helps protect you; you wearing one helps project me.

Having stood firmly against their use, the UK government has now done an about turn and is recommending them for use outside the home.  I’ve offered to work through my fabric stash (which is embarrassingly large, and only now can I claim that it’s for the Greater Good) and make face coverings for all my family.  If that’s a success, I will extend the offer wider.  I’m sure there are many people who aren’t able to make their own and can’t afford to buy them but would nonetheless like or need to use them.  Let’s see how it goes.

I began with the pattern on the UK gov website.  Dead loss – makes no sense at all (at least not to me).  Fortunately I’ve saved patterns from several places, and the one suggested by the US CDC proved to be simple, easy to make and easy to wear.  So – thats my prototype made.  I hope to make more as the week goes by, and I’m sure they’ll get better as I get more practice.   This one was made with the sleeve of an ex shirt and lined with fabric from an old sheet.  I now realise I have even more fabric than I first thought – each of the sleeves  I saved from the shirts I used to make the picnic cloths will make a mask.  So – matching masks and picnic cloths for each of my sons and their families.  (By the way, before you think my hairdo is even wilder than usual, that’s a houseplant behind me, not lots of straight hair.  Just saying).

I’ve also arranged to give blood.  The next appointment close by isn’t till late next week, but better late than never as they say.  Mine is a relatively unusual blood group so always needed.  If you’re in good health, maybe you’d also like to think about donating.

So those were the planned bits of today that worked.  Unfortunately I didn’t manage to do most of what I intended to.  I didn’t go for that walk (so much for ‘no excuses’).  I didn’t do any yoga (again – missed that yesterday as well).  I didn’t get out to work on the allotment or the garden.  I didn’t have a catch-up call with a good friend (waving to you there in your chair with your coffee!  you know who you are xxxx).  All that went by the board because instead I got caught up in some other urgent and important things.  Which is fine, because sometimes that’s just how it is.

Tomorrow’s another day.  I hope you’re well, and I’ll see you then xx


About deborah @ the magic jug

Now I've passed 60 I'm still doing all sorts of things I haven't done before, as well as carrying on with the things I already love. I live a happy life with my long term love Malcolm. In my blog I explore local and low tech ideas, food, growing, making, reading, thinking, walking, and lots of other words ending in 'ing'.
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2 Responses to In the time of the virus: day 51

  1. Good job on the face mask. It looks like it covers everything it’s supposed to perfectly. I think I’ll be resorting to a pulled up buff, maybe with some sort of liner, as the sewing machine is in the loft; as my boy commented, good luck with getting that down the ladder. Love your hair! I did wonder momentarily if you had a straight ponytail to swish about. I wake up full of good intentions but in reality it’s an achievement if I manage to get out of my pj’s before 5 pm. Hope you’ve had another good day.


    • Yes a buff works really well. I wanted to make some because of needing to wash it every time it’s used. Luckily the sewing machine has been sitting patiently for about a year since I got it out intending to reacquaint myself with it. I know that feeling of waking up with good intentions and going to bed wondering where the day went! And I only have myself to look after…
      Hope you’re surviving ok and able to at least enjoy your garden when the weather’s good. Take care xx


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