April 19, 2020: The New Normal
We’re now entering our fourth week of being “sheltered at home” during the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ve adjusted to our new life style. By the door hangs our face masks along with hand sanitizers. Any errands are restricted to absolutely necessary ones, either for our business (bank, post office) or home (grocery store, hardware store). Birthday parties have been celebrated via Zoom and we’re accepting the fact that for the foreseeable future, plans remain uncertain.
Some activities have helped ease this time. Each day, weather permitting, we head out with our two golden retrievers for long walks in nature. Just getting outdoors in the fresh air has been remarkably restorative for our spirits. We’ve stayed connected with family and friends via phone calls and internet. Infrequent shopping trips have lead to better planning for our meals and in consequence, healthier eating. We’ve accepted the fact that the only certainty we have is to take one day at a time and be thankful that so far we remain healthy.
Usually we are excited for the beginning of our show season which normally is in May. We’re still not sure what the Governor of NH will decide to do in the efforts to stop the spread of the virus. But we’ve continued to be very busy designing new jewelry. All the extra time at home has focused our attention and creativity on what we can do and not what we can’t. I’m having fun looking for innovative ways to photograph our jewelry and Silversmith Ron has been on a creative “Rock and Roll” with new pieces for our Silverstone Collection.
We’re going to try something new this coming week in having a “live” session on Facebook. I’ve created many videos showcasing both the process and samples of our work. but this is the first time it will be “live”. I have to admit I’m a bit nervous, yet excited at the same time. It won’t be the same as engaging with people at a show, but it hopefully will bring more of a personal connection to share who we are and what we create.
What have you found to sustain you through this “new normal”. We’d love to hear your ideas and thoughts. Stay healthy and safe!