Masks, masks, masks … we’re certainly hearing more about masks than we ever thought we would. Especially since Gov. Gretchen Whitmer just extended the Stay Home order until June 12.
However you feel about masks – when to wear them, how to wear them, whether we need to wear them – one thing is clear. There are currently many places where you are not allowed in without one, including our own Peninsula Market. So it’s best to have a mask on hand at all times.
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Early in this global COVID-19 pandemic that we’re still in the midst of, masks suddenly became very important. The main grocery stores that Time and I freqent include Peninsula Market, Costco and Family Fare, and while we’ve limited our shopping to as little as possible, we’re still in at least one of these stores every couple of weeks. And we have to have a mask. Or, at least, I have to have a mask. With Tim’s health issues, he’s been staying out of the stores and I’ve been doing the shopping.
At the beginning of the pandemic, we assessed our mask situation and realized that we only had a couple of flimsy white dust masks here in the house. And after a few uses – and me trying to rinse them out and dry them – it was clear that our mask stash wouldn’t last long.
Fortunately, my crafty friend Marge Long – who has a lovely space at Red Dresser in Traverse City, by the way (she and others have masks for sale there) – began making masks with various fabrics and made some for my little family of four. I’ve yet to get a picture of all of us wearing the masks at the same time, but here’s me. I claimed the peace mask, and I love wearing it.
Tim’s mask has a very cool guitar fabric (he’s a lifelong guitar player), but if you’re not crafty like my friend Marge and need a mask, Tim came across this video that shows how to easily make a mask out of a sock (shared by our friend Beth Machado on Facebook).
In fact, Tim tried it and look! It works! I had to laugh because it looks like one of those sock monkeys we used to have as kids. Remember those? Sock monkey masks in the time of COVID-19. What a time we are living in.