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  • Writer's pictureSandi B

Starting out 2020 with some challenges...

Thank you to all my supporters and followers for a fun and successful 2019. I did more craft shows than previous years, met a lot of wonderful people and made some great contacts.

I started 2020 with plans for more shows. Typically I only participate in indoor shows, so I don't have to worry about the weather (of which I have no control) and don't have to go through the hassle of setting up a tent and weighing it down so it won't blow away! But, I decided to embrace the outdoor shows and have signed up for two so far...The Socastee Heritage Festival over near the swing bridge in Socastee, and The Blessing of the Inlet at the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet. I'm also considering the Lazy Gator Spring Show, but at least I'm on the porch so I do have some protection over my head and don't have to lug the tent. With these additional shows, I knew I had to get busy making more baskets to add to my inventory.

Unfortunately, as you may notice above, I am saddled with a brace on my right (dominant) arm and am not able to coil baskets for at least a few more weeks.

Around the middle of January, I thought that adding "pickleball" to my weight loss activities, would be a great idea. On my second day of play, about 30 seconds into my first game, I dove unsuccessfully for a ball that I truly had no chance of reaching. I scuffed my foot on the court and then, in what seemed to be slow motion, I lost my footing and hit the pavement, fracturing my radius and dislodging some bones in my wrist. Surgery occurred on January 22nd, and I have started occupational therapy last week. Ever optimistic, the GOOD news is that in a few weeks, the act of coiling baskets can be incorporated into my therapy, as it will be helpful to regain full range of motion.

So I am now on a forced hiatus from baskets and I am going through withdrawal! I am using these few weeks to attempt organizing all my basket "STUFF" that is currently scattered all over my bonus room upstairs. Each day I spend at least an hour sorting, arranging, purging. I bought several containers to hold all the "STUFF", and will be neatly arranging and organizing everything. Hopefully in a few weeks, I can get back to the business of baskets and make up for lost time - but at least I'll have by then, a nice neat work area upstairs!

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