Odds and Ends

Just catching up with a few odds and ends here.

The first is about April’s Million Mile Month at http://www.Healthcode.org. This is the sixth year this pedometer geek has participated in the challenge. This pedometer geek chose 100 miles as a personal goal, but at this point in the month, it looks as if that goal won’t be met. Only 77+ miles have been completed so far for this slacking pedometer geek. Between the shelter-in-place/stay home because of the requirements of flattening the curve with COVID-19 and the weather, it is doubtful whether the goal will be met, but apparently this is also true for the global community as well. Usually by now, the community has met or exceeded the million mile goal.

Thus, http://www.Healthcode.org has expanded it into May with another million mile goal. They call it “rebooting,” but I digress. This means, of course, that it is not too late to sign up for May’s challenge. This pedometer geek did. Like previous challenges, there are options that allow the participants to choose from a variety of exercise types. Walking, swimming, running, biking, and even yoga are some of the choices. Even more important than achieving the goal is that 10% of the donations will go toward food banks through Feeding America; however, it does not cost to register.

The second is an update about the needlepoint canvas, on which I have been working. This canvas of a swan swimming underneath a full moon has been around for nearly forty years. Finally, a New Year’s resolution was made to complete it this year. At this time, the moon has been completed as well as much of the pond. Still, there is plenty to do before the end of the year.

The last is the decision to create some masks. Taking the directions from the CDC website, and then modifying the pattern, I have hand-stitched together several masks from old t-shirts and old pillowcases. They aren’t elegant by any stretch of the imagination, but they are just another way to protect others during this time of social distancing.



Photos by Nancy Brady, 2020DSC_4732cr





About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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5 Responses to Odds and Ends

  1. Jules says:

    I was just at my SIL’s for our Saturday check in and via the NYTimes if you add a doubled square of Queen pantyhose or stocking (possibly because there is just more material to work with… inside the mask it can act as a good filter (that is around your extra piece of cotton or other filter material…you might want to see if you can find that info from the NYTimes). Also Via the Hazmat son… though we haven’t tried it yet you can also cut up a piece of Filtrete (3M) 1900 home filter (that passed the test of keeping stuff out, but I’m not sure of the life/hours of use and I don’t think you can wash that either. Our 1 panel that we haven’t worked with yet is 20x25x1 – you might have to sew or tap the edges so you aren’t inhaling the inner filter stuff… we haven’t worked that out yet. We got one panel of the largest size because it cost was more than a normal home filter that we get for our own heating/cooling system.

    Turns out while it may be helpful the other filter material we were using didn’t pass the Hazmat’s son’s test (even though it supposedly had by a reliable source and should really only be washed three times). But then I suppose unless you can get the actual mask that healthcare workers have – one needs to do the best that they can with what they have.

    Good luck on your miles. I’ve been slowing down myself just a tad. With all the rain it’s hard to get out. The swan and moon look lovely.

    Stay safe and healthy! Interestingly enough the Little Free Library I frequent is still ‘moving’. But the one with the food seems to be stagnant. At least perhaps it always seems full… I just don’t know of any who are actually using the products left. I’d gotten a bunch of packaged plastic-wear that I stuck in a plastic container and added to the food cache as well as some canned goods. I think though that the area is, well just not in as much need. I hope that who ever is maintaining the ‘food-bank’ goes through it to take out expired products.

    ((Hugs)) Jules


  2. Jules says:

    (tap should be tape… )

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I loved your design for masks. I ended up not using it because I no longer have a sewing machine. It was difficult enough to create the ones I did. Four of the masks are strictly t-shirt and sheet material layered, but I also made some lighter weight sheet material masks, layered for the warmer days to come instead of all this rain.
    Rain definitely curtails walking for any distance and walking on the treadmill becomes tedious, and fast. Ten minutes tops before I am moving on to something else. Ten thousand steps on the treadmill? Maybe over the course of a day…nah, probably not. Continue to stay safe and healthy, and continue to write.


  4. Sandra Wright says:

    Love the needlepoint. Hope to see it in person one of these days.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Actually working on it right this minute as I am about to watch the news. Decided to check email and saw your comment. I will be happy to show you it, either the next time I see you or when it is finished.


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