KAS Sisters, here we are, living a global nightmare, with almost every country in the world affected. We are all worried, many of us fall into the vulnerable senior group, and it seems the ‘new normal’ is to stay away from people, go out as little as possible, just hunker down and hope we and our loved ones don’t succumb to the virus.

Fortunately, our Forum is one of the safest places we can be.  We can reach out to our friends, chat, share our feelings about this pandemic and how it is temporarily changing our lives.  We can share ideas on how we are protecting ourselves as much as possible, how we are managing to keep from going nuts if quarantined, and maybe, just maybe, we can even find something to giggle about in the midst of this tragic event.  In other words, anything goes.

I hope we can fight this pandemic, armed only with knitting needles, crochet hooks, balls of yarn, our sense of compassion, and even our sense of humour.  I hope we can share our feelings in this safe place where no viruses can go (unless your computer has one).  It’s OK to express frustration or fears, and it’s OK to rejoice if you feel like it.  None of us have ever faced anything like this before – let’s get through it together, ’cause that’s what Kas Sisters do.

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Thank you for this, Anne :)  We are all on our guard and taking whatever precautions are needed.  Here in Nova Scotia, we were slow to show signs, but yesterday our first cases were reported.  It seems we're all in this together.

I found this very interesting - and entertaining.  While Italy has been hit extremely hard, there is music in the air there.  Bless them all ...


Being a "lady of a certain age" I have watched the news with horror over the last couple of weeks because I know I am in that vulnerable category.

I decided to do my grocery shopping early last Friday morning, when the store would normally be empty, just to miss any crowds. The parking lot was almost full! However, I soldiered on... got my cart, took a generous squirt of the hand sanitizer on the wall and smeared it on my hands and the handle of the cart, and in I went.

I could not believe how busy the store was... and what people were buying! I saw people with carts filled with toilet paper (hey, guys - corona is a respiratory flu, not a gastrointestinal one). Others had their carts filled with bottled water (as far as know corona is not transmitted in our water supply, nor does it destroy the plumbing in our homes).

I picked up the few items I had gone for and as I stood in the long line at the cash, I wondered why all these folks felt the need to almost deplete the store of toilet paper and bottled water, when what I was thinking was "Did I buy enough 'munchies' to get me through the week?"

LOL ... munchies would have been on the top of my list too, Anne ... xo

A 'Random Act of Kindness (or good sense?) There's a new drugstore in our village and most people haven't discovered it yet. A friend heard that they still had hand sanitizer for sale, so she rushed to the store and asked for a bottle. The pharmacist looked at her sternly and asked if she was over 60. Somewhat taken aback, she asked why he wanted to know (she's 84). This very kind and sensible man told her that he had a limited supply and he would only sell it to the people who likely needed it most - those over 60.

Working from home today..........

Thanks for the giggle, Rebecca.

hahaha ... good one, Rebecca.  I must send this to my friend at Lismore Sheep Farm ... xo

I have underlying health conditions, so am on avoiding all social contact.  All I can do is knit blanket squares.

Rosamund, I'm sorry to know you have health issues, but glad to know that you're taking proper precautions to protect yourself.  Making squares for the children's blankers is a great way to spend your time.  Good for you ... xo

Well, Rosamund, we're certainly glad you dropped in here.  So many of us are in the same boat!  Even though this is an unpleasant and worrisome time, I am convinced something wonderful happens every day - for example, even though it is still winter in my part of Canada, the snow has disappeared and the Robins have come home.  Add to that the fact that my dental appointment got cancelled this morning, and I'm dancing a little jig.  Keep knitting, and come back her often to check up on the others who are posting

Sorry to hear this too Rosamund. I managed 5 squares for KAS over the weekend! I'm afraid that I'm not sure when i'll next get to a post office. KAS might find a bulge of squares in the autumn...

Thank you Anne!   It’s early days for many of us, but I have no doubt we will be glad to pop in from time to time, particularly if we feel isolated from ‘life outside of our front door’.

I  thought I would share something with you..... through the years a number of words have been ’hijacked’ and now they have another meaning. I was thinking about this when I first heard the name Coronavirus. As a child, it was a real treat to have a bottle of Corona pop, (my favourites were lemonade and limeade) and great excitement to have the the pennies back when we returned the bottles!

........ I’d much rather have the Corona pop than the virus! :))



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