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Crafting a New Normal

Hello everyone . . .

How are you doing?

I'm hanging in there, as I hope all of you are. Life is certainly very surreal right now, but I am attempting to maintain as much normality (if not better-than-normal activity) as possible. I’m getting outside for walks as much as I can, taking time to do more deep cleaning and organizing than I’ve tackled in a while, and trying to elevate in my mind and heart any joys or reasons to be grateful. Here are a few I’ve identified:

1. I am mostly an introvert, so having an opportunity to be at home or work on projects alone and uninterrupted is somewhat exciting for me! I have time and space to let my thoughts meander while I keep my hands productive doing the things I love: knitting, cooking, writing, creating.

2. As a small business owner, I feel like I am never caught up. There never seems to be enough time to meet the demands of my business or needs of my customers and still watch out for my own needs and that of my family and friends. I’m viewing this lull in normal life as an opportunity to catch up on some (but admittedly not all) aspects of life, if not reset my current path and establish better routines. I find this healthy and healing.

3. Given #1 and #2, I have no excuse not to finish those WIPs or sew up/weave in ends on projects that have been piled up and ignored for months. And what a feeling of accomplishment to finally cross these items off my list!

4. Being home more and a little more isolated has given me more time to spend with my husband, to think and talk about future plans, and to focus on what is really important to us. Yes, there are irritations, and yes, I miss the variety of having other people around; but I am grateful for this opportunity to strengthen and grow the most important relationship in my life. 

5. I am grateful for the technology that enables us to “gather” in virtual ways, to participate in faith activities, to reach out to friends and family, not to mention continue business operations! Although nothing can replace in-person contact, I have found myself surprised and delighted by the opportunity to host a virtual birthday party with family spread far and wide, or to meet up with other knitters from the comfort of my own home. Other victims of pandemics throughout history were far more isolated than I am now, thanks to technological advances; and I am grateful that, for the most part, we can still be "together" now, even when we must be apart.

Thanks to that same technology, many of you have contacted me about shipping products to you, and I am so grateful that you think of Yarn Soup to meet your crafting needs! Please continue to let me know how I can help you during this time.

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Phone: 563-587-8044
Address: 1005 Main Street 
                Dubuque, IA 52001
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