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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Aaah!!! There he is!  The hat (and husband) look great! Thank you Karen! I always admire people who walk or run during whatever the weather might be. Deepest respect. I am a member of a sportsclub  but it is closed now up till January 19 at least and only 2 people at social distancing are allowed to walk together. What a beautiful landscape, covered under a little bit of snow. Love it. xo

Every year I make up packages of dried fruit (apples and persimmons), nuts (filberts and walnuts), chocolates and my honey cookies.  I thought that this year there wouldn't be such a need for these small tokens of appreciation, however I just finished baking 500 honey cookies.  

Oh Mili, this looks so lovely.  What a special gift to give!  

500 ... That's a lot of cookies!!  Please, can you share your recipe for honey cookies? ... xo

WOW Mili!! That is a LOT of cookies!!

I hope you will be enjoying a restful Christmas.  xo

I was thrilled to see that our conversion rate with the USD is the highest it has been in months,  I bought office rent and  some right hand man help.  :))

Remembering our Anne and others who have passed this year.

Chris and Rebecca, my love and thoughts are with you on this Christmas day.  xoxo

I know I have not kept up with a lot of the discussions these past months, but has Thomas left and now Bernard is helping at the Barn?  

When Anne started our Corona Corner in March, no one could have anticipated what the rest of 2020 would have in store, not least the sudden, sad passing of Anne just days after starting this discussion. 

I have no doubt that she would have been pleased that her KAS sisters had popped in and ‘chatted’ in this little corner of our forum.

As we journey into 2021, sadly Covid 19 is still with us; but we now have vaccines, hurray!!!

So with real hope for a safer, healthier future, I wish everyone a happy new year. xx

Chris, what you say is so right - Anne would be extremely pleased that she had been able to create a space for her beloved KASfriends to gather in such difficult times.  She would have been a frequent visitor to this little corner, contributing to our discussions with much love and humour.  Her take on the year we just came through would be priceless, I'm sure!

I join you in remembering our Anne and hoping for a better year ahead ... xo

May 2021 bring a healthier world.  I am sure Anne would have had a few words to say about COVID and people's response of lack thereof.  When you are able to get the vaccine please do!

Let us remember that things have not improved in South Africa and continue to work hard to warm the children with KAS blankets.

The most upsetting thing with SA is the mutation of the Covid virus.  I echo Amy's advice to get vaccinated as soon as possible. A couple of weeks ago, people here in France were very wary of getting vaccinated. Happily this has changed and most people think that it's a necessity.  As i'm in the age group that has priority at the moment, I want to be vaccinated However, getting an appointment s so difficult.

I had my first Covid jab this morning. How are other people/countries getting on with theirs?

Good news Patricia! I’m having mine next Tuesday, I was so thrilled to have a phone call offering the appointment.

My sister and I both had our first jab 2 weeks ago today. My Mum is having her second jab next Friday - it makes you feel a bit more positive about everything, doesn’t it?   I was a bit sceptical about Wales having a different vaccination schedule than England but it now seems to be the same, thank goodness. We’re all very fortunate, some countries are way behind us with their vaccination programmes.

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