For 7 months I have been a responsible citizen. I stayed home and followed quarantine orders. I did not go out for any non essential tasks. I ordered online whenever possible. We cancelled our vacation in June. No celebration for birthdays or graduation. My kids have had very limited contact with their grandparents, cousins and friends. As in – drive by visits and 1 overnight visit against my better judgement. I have not been perfect by any means, but did what I could to limit the spread of the virus and protect those around me.
One of the events that was cancelled was my spring women’s retreat. Twice a year 12-14 of us rent a large home for 4 days and 3 nights and haul our crafty selves away from “it all” whatever “it” is. We sew, scrapbook, cardmake, (sometimes we even work) or other creative pursuit. It doesn’t matter as long as we are together! Our event was scheduled for April… everything shut down in March… so no get away for us…
We were unsure about rescheduling, but decided to go ahead and transfer our date to October and “see what happened” – risking losing our money if we were unable to meet. Well October arrived, and 12 of the 14 were able to make it work. I am one of the 12. After being one of the strictest people I know for 7 months, I packed my bags and went on vacation with 11 other people to get away from “IT ALL”. I’m deeply sorry for those of you still unable by choice or situation who have not gotten a break.
As expected, my 4 days, 3 nights were the proverbial chicken soup for the soul.
Episode 2020 – the one where we break Quarantine… I mean after all this time how do you even spell quarantine?
I firmly believe everyone needs friends like these…They are why I broke quarantine.
Julie is such a good listener, we get along so well. I was so excited when she wanted to carpool. We just talk and talk and talk and get “it” all out. She lets me be me and say whatever I need to so I can move forward when things are bothering me. I love to bounce things off her. I’m pretty sure (I hope) I do the same for her! I firmly believe everyone needs friends like these…They are why I broke quarantine .
I brought my earbuds – but forgot my laptop is older and doesn’t have bluetooth. I had signed up for an online training relating to my curriculum writing business. Mary didn’t think twice and walked her headset over to me. She is now a 1% shareholder in all future earnings or maybe a starbucks when we meet again… Because as it turns out I needed those headphones 3 times over the weekend! I firmly believe everyone needs friends like these…They are why I broke quarantine.
My wi-fi problem followed me on vacation… when 1.) all I brought was computer work and 2.) I had a meeting with my confirmation candidate that I hadn’t seen in over a year. So what happens? Gini gives me her phone as a hotspot so I can complete the sponsor-candidate meeting without being dropped. I firmly believe everyone needs friends like these…They are why I broke quarantine.
I have a standing roommate on these weekends – Judy. Judy is the saint that agrees to share a room with me and sleep with the light on. You see when I am away from home I have to have the light on to feel safe. Just doesn’t mind – and has always been my ride or die roomie! No teasing at all! I firmly believe everyone needs friends like these…They are why I broke quarantine.
This season I was THRILLEd to be joined by dear Valetta. Not to call her out or anything, but she went to bed before I did, and that’s unheard of. In this group we accept one another for the beautiful souls we are and you can stay up late or go to bed early. I firmly believe everyone needs friends like these…They are why I broke quarantine.
As a joke I asked if anyone was a closet accountant. I had no idea Bella and Ronna knew the ins- and outs of Quickbooks so well and were so happy to help me with the accounting I brought with me. Turns out my level of quickbooks was uber simplistic and perhaps an upgrade is in order because these ladies KNEW their QUICK BOOKS and although I held my own in the conversation – YIKES. Math is still not my thing. I was treated with nothing but patience and LOVE through it all. I firmly believe everyone needs friends like these…They are why I broke quarantine.
I tend to get cold. Well, I haven’t left the house in 7 months. I didn’t bring a sweater. When I got cold Donna gave me her sweater to wear. No thoughts of cooties, just taking care of her friend, who was cold. I firmly believe everyone needs friends like these…They are why I broke quarantine.
Laura and Sharon are like 2 peas in a pod. They have funny story after story and I have them to thank for my membership into the “Squirrely Scrappy Sisterhood”. You see, you must 100% absolutely love squirrels to scrap with us. I was an easy sell. I’m now feeding them and watching them out my window. I firmly believe everyone needs friends like these…They are why I broke quarantine.
Lyndell is the type of person you easily get along with right away. She and Valetta are customers from about 5 years ago and our paths just haven’t crossed again until now. We sat across from one another and did lots of talking. The smooth easy kind when no walls are up and love and kindness fills the room. I firmly believe everyone needs friends like these…They are why I broke quarantine.
Every woman in the room bought SOMETHING from my store… I’m sure they wanted/needed it…but they can easily shop at another scrapbooking or home decor store. I feel their love and support in every purchase. The bonds of creativity are deep.
We had 2 who didn’t join us. The gap that left was felt deeply, like a hole in your heart. We understand, because that is how this type of friendship works. The reasons don’t matter, the understanding is given without question. It’s not the first time friends have missed and it won’t be the last.
We will gather again in April (God willing) and fill our spirits with more chicken soup! Until then the Squirley Scrappy Sisters, all of them… those that were there, those that could not make it, those who have not made it in a few sessions, and those that are no longer with us, are in my heart and soul today and always.
I firmly believe everyone needs friends like these…They are why I broke quarantine. After this weekend I’m so sharp I may poke someone accidently, ha ha!
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