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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When I have been thinking about us all self isolating, the words from a a verse I used to sing as a child keep popping into my head.......’You in your small corner, and I in mine’.

We have been sheltering in place for about a week now here in California but are allowed to go out for necessities like groceries, medications, and walks for fresh air (as long as we practice social distancing). Our neighborhood is doing a "Teddy Bear Hunt." Some people put teddy bears in their windows so people on their walks can hunt for them.

What a lovely idea!  Here in South Africa we're not allowed to go for walks - I feel cabin fever coming on and it's only Day 1 :(((

Oh you poor thing, Lesley.  We can go out for walks if we keep proper distances so I guess we shouldn't complain too loudly :((  ... xo

Rosanne, this is such a great idea!  I just heard from one of our RJSK that her community is doing this same thing.  She says she has one teddy hanging in a tree and 4 taped to her windows.  Great for the children, but I'll bet the grown-ups are having fun with it, too ... xo

In the U.K. people are doing a similar thing with pictures of rainbows in their windows rather than teddy bears.

Just catching up with you all after a few days absent.

Chris, I remember that line of the song and am now have it in my head, but cannot think of any other part of the song.  :((

Rosanne, my son's girlfriend and her little boy have put a huge rainbow teddy bear(belongs to his baby sister) and two hand-painted rainbow pics in the front window. We are at Stage 3 of restrictions, which sound just like yours, though I haven't listened to the news this morning, so things could have changed.

Like you, Lesley, I normally only shop for two or three days at a time and have found it very frustrating as I followed our Prime Minister's request not to panic buy/hoard, but it seems only a very few got that memo and I am finding it hard to get the things I want...just the basics.  :((

LOVING all the song suggestions from all you witty folk.  :))

Shortages?? Rationing??

Since my daughter has me under 'house arrest', she has volunteered to do my grocery shopping for me.

On a trip to our local grocery store two days ago, she came back with the following report: We have not yet recovered from the panic buying of the hoarders.

The paper aisle was still absolutely empty - not a roll of toilet paper or paper towels to be found. The canned goods are very depleted and she could not find a can of diced tomatoes for me. Frozen entrees in the family size were non-existent. Fresh produce was available and so were fresh meats, although limited to two packages of beef and two of chicken per family. Canned salmon and tuna - also limited to two.

Hand sanitizer, alcohal and thermometers cannot be found in my town.
I am sure this will change soon, but I can't help wondering ...

WHAT IS IT LIKE WHERE YOU LIVE? Are you having trouble finding things you want/need?
Fortunately, I have not heard yet of anyone rationing yarn!

I have heard there are things that are hard or impossible to get here, but luckily, I haven't run into a problem yet.  I have heard, though, that many things are being rationed to prevent stockpiling.  

I had hoped not to have to go shopping, as my husband is deemed to be 'high risk' and we have been self-isolating, but today I had no choice as we haven't been able to have groceries delivered.  As we had a three day warning of the lock-down, most panic buying took place earlier in the week, and the shops have almost fully restocked - not even a shortage of toilet rolls!

I had drawn up a very long list, hoping to shop for 2/3 weeks instead of my usual 2 or 3 days ..... and left the list at home!!!!!!  Happily the supermarket was only allowing a few people in at a time, so I was able to wander around an almost empty store finding just about everything I needed.

Altogether quite an adventure, but what I will remember most was the gestures of kindness and consideration from complete strangers - totally AWESOME!

P.S. Yarn may not be rationed, but we are unable to buy it, as shops are only allowed to sell 'essentials' - the authorities clearly don't realise that yarn IS essential :))

I'd started doing online grocery shopping before my operation last year and had carried on with it throughout the winter. Now we're not supposed to go out I find I am forced to go back to doing my own shopping as there are no delivery slots available. I must say it was nice to get out though, even if it was only to the supermarket.

Hello all - in the UK the Royal Opera House is streaming a ballet or an opera each Friday from 7pm GMT.  I am attempting to attach the link for the page where you will find the You Tube link.  I hope that it will be of interest to some of you - a chance to go somewhere you may not otherwise get the chance to.  

Tiaras and evening dresses are optional!!

Royal Opera House Website Page



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