Thanks for popping in. March 23rd. Always been a big day in my life – well at least for the last 31 years. It’s Grace’s birthday, you see. So thirty-one years ago today, I was just coming round after an emergency C-Section, to the news that I had given birth to a beautiful baby girl. Miracle baby numero uno! Grace by name, Grace by nature.
Happy Birthday dear Gracie!!!
One year ago today, the country went into a pandemic lockdown, so this year the 23rd March represents the anniversary of that doom n gloom day too. What a year, eh? Who could have foreseen this past year?
I found a very apt video online, which about sums up the last 365 days…
Time for reflection today then.
If you are reading this blog, you are one of the survivors. A lot of people didn’t make it. So just for today, let’s get grateful. I give thanks to the heros who have kept the NHS going for us. I don’t even have words to describe my immense gratitude to the Doctors and Nurses and Helpers and Carers and Hospital cleaners and Ambulance Drivers and frontline volunteers and and and …
I remember right at the outset, at Clarity we went into full mask and Viser production for the NHS. Used all our acetate that we usually use in our Stampmaking process to help laser cut masks on the machines we usually use to make stencils and Groovi plates. Massive priority shift. A splash in the ocean, but it was what we could do to help until masks and PPE were readily available. Then spent a small fortune trying to replace said acetate and get it back in stock! Ah well. It was all for a very good cause.
Seems like an eternity ago…
Never thought we’d be locked down one year on, did we? And with another Covid wave on the horizon. It is indeed a challenge. But like it says in the BIG BOOK of wise words:
It is never the event but how we react to it that will ultimately affect us.
What else have we done to help, to contribute? Well, there’s the SHAC SHAC of course! Our 10am get togethers have certainly kept a lot of us sane! Me included!! Doodling and colouring along with each other has given our weeks a little structure, and our creative minds a little nourishment…
Within days of the Lockdown, we had set up a full on TV studio above the garage, so that I could do a daily SHAC session on Facebook LIVE, AND keep appearing on HOCHANDA.
Lights, camera – SHAC-ACTION
Amazing what you can do when you have to, isn’t it. We all stayed indoors -and did our level best to stay safe and sane.
We still are!!! Many of us have had one or both of our Vaccines now, which is a great big step in the right direction, but this situation is what it is, and will be for a while yet, eh…
Travel restrictions may have hampered our holidays, but haven’t we been on some fab trips in the SHAC SHAC Bus?!? Up up and away!!
We will be celebrating our one year birthday of the SHAC SHAC at the weekend. In fact, we just had a Clarity Zoom meeting to Make a Plan, and we are certainly gearing up to keep you entertained and smiling. There will be competitions, super offers and deals. If there’s anything you were thinking of buying, wait till Friday! I would….
We’ll be popping a special postcard in with each order placed at the weekend – a nice one to reflect on the SHAC SHAC..
We’re there to keep you company if you need us. One year on and nothing has changed there. As the Lockdown hopefully lifts and you are able to get out more, always remember that we’ll be hanging out in the SHAC if you need us. It’s free, it’s fun. And it’s safe.
And today, shall we all light a candle at 8pm and have half an hour of quiet reflection? I will. I think it’s important.
Love and Hugs