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Hello, Greenleaf community! It's been a long time! The forum was down a lot longer than we expected but thankfully we're back now. Please read Dean's announcement if you haven't already: https://forum.greenleafdollhouses.com/announcement/27-back-and-better-than-ever-please-read/

Since so much has changed in the world since we've been gone, please check in here and let everyone know if you're okay! I hope everyone's staying home and staying safe. I'm in San Francisco where we have been under a stay at home order since March 16.

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I am in CT. All is well with the family. 

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So glad to see the forum back up! It's needed right now, especially. I work at home and truthfully I enjoy solitude, so staying home is no problem. Other than the worry about others and society in general, it's been very pleasant for me. I've started a small fairy house with paper mache recently and hopefully I'll have some progress to show once the gallery can accept uploads again. 

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Our orders in Nevada are until April 30th but I don't think that date is going happen. I'm sure you saw our cooky mayor's interview with Anderson Cooper.

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yay!!!!!! I didn't see the interview but I saw Memes about the interview and sometimes thats more entertaining lol.

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All is well on the Gulf Coast with the hubs & me.  We have been having great fun making & wearing our bandanna & rubber band masks out in public to run errands.  Just before everything came to a screeching halt and we all had to play turtle we spent a week camping and hiking with other old friends at FDR State Park in Pine Mountain, GA, and had a wonderful time  At two years shy of 80 we fell out after two miles' hiking the mountains, but what a lovely two miles!  Of course that was the week the Forum went down for repairs; I have been in serious withdrawal!

I finally completed Brimble's only to discover I have no idea where the pile of little rugs I stitched have gone; still looking.  I have opened Lily to discover she now wants to live in the NOLA vieux carre and not become a Tuscan Villa.

Sorry, Carrie, I didn't see the interview, either.  Our governor announced our state will reopen when the health specialists say it's OK to reopen.  The Gulf beaches in AL are open for a couple of hours AM & evening for folks to walk on as long as they stay at least 6' apart and any grouping is less than 10.

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Yay! So happy to be back up and running! We are all doing well and safe here. We are on “safer at home” until May 26th. We’ve been on it since the beginning of March. We picked up Sarah’s Cap and Gown because she’s a Senior in high school. We still don’t know if they’re just gonna mail her diploma or have a virtual graduation or if they are gonna wait until next school year... if school opens then! She's a CNA though and now is unsure if she wants to work at a hospital or a pharmaceutical company. Rachel is a dental assistant now, but they can only do emergency appointments because that field is too high of a risk. David is doing well but have an essential job too. I‘M so happy to be back here on the forum!  :) 

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When I told the hubs that Sarah's now a senior he had the expected reaction; it just doesn't feel like fifteen years!

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This morning I had just about given up hope of this place ever coming back online, but here we are. Goodie! I tried a couple face book groups, didn't like it.  Things are pretty quiet up here in Maine, and we haven't been affected much at our house, except that I do my grocery shopping during the seniors hour at 6AM. I made a southwest style roombox and I tidied up my blog pages over the past several weeks.

It's so nice to see your "voices" again.

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Whew-- Greenleaf forum is back! :flowers: (Sorry, Dean, I was one of those people checking every day even though you told us not to... :dunce:)

Still in stay-at-home here in NM, though my workload is even higher than it was before lockdown so no extra time for minis, but excited to post pictures of what I have managed to do when we get the go-ahead from Dean!

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Hi from Wisconsin. We are under a Safer at Home order until the end of May; I'm working from home (museum educator) and revising plans for the summer every other day because we are still trying to figure out when it will be safe to open in some limited capacity. I personally won't think it's safe until we have a widely distributed vaccine, or at least comprehensive testing. 

I've used the extra time at home to work on a number of projects, including minis. I put together a Halloween stand from a kit, totally cleaned up and reorganized all my work and crafting spaces, did some cross stitch and made a junk journal for a craft exchange I'm participating in, and started sewing masks for the maintenance and garden crews at our museum, for when they're allowed to go back. My youngest niece and nephew, who live just two miles from me, have been coming over for informal homeschooling sessions twice a week, and my niece, who's 4, asked me yesterday if she can help make the dollhouse I started building for her last year. "NOT just paint. I want to MAKE it. It IS mmmmmyyyy dollhouse!" Of course it's a DuraCraft San Franciscan, probably the most complicated kit I've ever put together! But I'll find a way to let her help, because she's right. It's her house. ;)

BTW, her brother is the baby in my little picture up there. He's 8 now, finishing up third grade, and the little girl in that picture, his cousin and one of my other nieces, is graduating from high school this year. Another niece is graduating college. We're trying to find ways to virtually celebrate them both.

I also ordered some mini/crafting supplies for my Orchid project and for my LaserTech beach house. Got some absolutely adorable pillows for the beach house from Brae, and they're having a merry trip through the USPS system. Hopefully they'll show up soon, but if not, I can wait. I know everyone's routines are off right now, and USPS is under an incredible strain. Just grateful that they're still up and running at all at this point! I have a couple of repair projects on my work table for this weekend, and a lot of dreams of what I might be able to do now that I have my supplies and spaces organized. Went through a creative lull through most of March, with crafting and writing both, but now I think something's shifted and I'm starting to adjust to this "unprecedented and unbelievable time," as my boss keeps calling it. He's not wrong. I hope all of you are doing as well as you can, and that you're taking care of yourselves in all the ways you need to. 

 

 

 

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Hello everyone!!!!! Thank you Kathy for the heads up. My husband and I relocated  to our Vero Beach property in mid March as our south Florida county was shutting down (spring break in Ft Lauderdale was a dangerous mistake). It’s just so much easier to maintain and control this smaller footprint than the old homestead. Plus, I’m allowed to walk on the private beach and search for sea-glass. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring any mini tools with me. However, last week my son met me half way to give me my sewing machine so I’ve been making masks with my many choices of fabric. In the evenings I’ve been playing with a “paint by number” kit I picked up at Michael’s.  
Other than laying low and staying safe we are in good shape and trying to stay upbeat and healthy. Take care everyone, I missed you all very much.

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So nice to 'see' everyone again!  Here in NZ we're in our fifth week of complete lockdown.  On Tuesday (Monday for us is a public holiday) we're going down to level 3 lockdown which basically means that most people can go back to work although they're not opening any retail stores except non-contact online places.  Same with takeaway food - it's all been closed but drive-thru's and delivery options can start again next week.  Kids will stay home from school as much as they can.  They've put online schooling into place so that'll just continue.  Here our school year is from Feb to Dec and our summer holidays begin a week before Christmas.  Workplaces have to put things in place so that their employees aren't working too closely together etc.  For our business we're going to run our workshop in two different shifts to half the number working at any one time.  Those who have been able to work at home have to stay working at home.  It's been good for me as I've spent most days in my craft cottage working on my latest project!  It's been nice having my daughter spend so much time at home too - I've missed her since she started working (we used to homeschool).  Her boyfriend lives with us and as he's a nurse at a hospital he's been continuing to work.  Thankfully our numbers in New Zealand are exceptionally small and we've been in single digits of new cases for a week.  We have less than 20 deaths and all of those are over 60's with underlying conditions.  Unfortunately 2 rest homes here got it so many of our deaths have come from those.  So....what a strange world huh!!!! 

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Hello from Georgia, where even though virus cases continue to climb, our misguided governor has authorized the opening of massage parlors, hairdressers, barbers, movie theaters, and gyms. Try keeping a 6-foot distance in those situations! Thank goodness the word on the street is that most Georgians are smarter than that and will not be participating in the above activities. 

Today is day 42 of Safe at Home for me. I joined a Czech cooking group on Facebook and have been trying out recipes from my past with a fair amount of success. All four of my grandparents were born near Prague, and one set ran a restaurant for years, so my childhood was filled with good Bohemian cooking. I've ordered groceries from Instacart, kept busy with HOA stuff (those silly people elected me president just before the shutdown!),  and doing a bit of prepping in the garden, which is coming on beautifully.  Amazon has become my personal shopper. Wanted to work on the Beacon Hill the other day and discovered my glue bottle has disappeared. :dunno: Three more bottles were delivered a few days ago. And I've been reading up a storm; love my Amazon Fire tablet -- a new book in a lightning fast download. What's better than that?

So glad to be back. Special thanks to Dean and the intrepid techs who powered through what must have been sometimes heartbreaking difficulty with the upgrade. :flowers:  Keep safe everyone!

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Hi all!:wave:

safe and well here in Oz ... we have been in lockdown since 30 March and all the state borders are closed... there are large fines for breaking the essential rule so that has helped us get onto the right side of the curve with only single digit new cases each day. Myself and my husband work fir an airline so the work situation is a little dicey.. flying both domestically and internationally was shut down some time ago with only repatriation flights and trunk route flights every other day. Hubs has been stood down (20000 of our staff have been stood down) but I am deemed essential as I work in the engineering department. So I still go into work. My role isn’t suited to work from home. I was due to go to the bishop show this year so it’s been quite disappointing to give up that dream but a small price to pay given the alternative. So glad the forum is back up, it’s great to see everyone on here safe and well. Let’s all stay that way! :cheezy:

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Soo happy that the Forum is back again and to see the "family" again as well. Thank you for the upgrade work that I can imagine has been a lot of work to get everything in order.

t sure has been missed during the hiatus but as I said in the toher thread we have had out time well filled with dealings connected to my FIL's health, not due to Covid but to his nelwy diagnoses osteoporosis with all that that has entailed and then my bonus Grandma (who lives just a few houses away from us on the same street) broke her femur a couple of months ago and has been through the wringer while healing, in and out of hospital, two feared instances of Covid but tested negative. So as FIL is not allowed to do any heavy lifting etc hubby and I have been fitting out Grandma's house as to make living there a bit easier so that has taken most of the time during evenings and weekends. For a while there we were unsure if she would ever be able to return home but we are happily celebrating (albeit by distance) that she did indeed come back home Wednesday this week. She is 96 this year and a true warrior by all account to dealing with two bouts of breathing and heart scares, added a round of the winter-flue she got as a small gift in hospital two operations etc etc...

SO since last weekend there has been time to actually think and breath again and to enjoy time spent at home now both in mini-ing (but one can do a lot while sitting in waiting rooms as I have these boxes packed for travels otherwise) and taking care of the garden and our own home that has been put on hold for a while.

As far as the andemic goes, as many of you might know Sweden hasn't had a lock down as such BUT there are restrictions and encourgaments as of common sens, all students in higher educations are following along in virtual/distance lessons and at home, elderly and people in risks are strongly advised to stay home, use online services etc etc so the picture some media are painting of Sweden going about business as usual is not correct at all. When possible we work from home and it is a very changed pattern of people around in business/cities etc. 

The digital possibiities has really escalated during these times so lots of meetings are now virtual and lots of business are changing how one can place purchases and be able to collect items without having to venture outside ones car etc. 

 

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48 minutes ago, Anna said:

As far as the andemic goes, as many of you might know Sweden hasn't had a lock down as such BUT there are restrictions and encourgaments as of common sens, all students in higher educations are following along in virtual/distance lessons and at home, elderly and people in risks are strongly advised to stay home, use online services etc etc so the picture some media are painting of Sweden going about business as usual is not correct at all. When possible we work from home and it is a very changed pattern of people around in business/cities etc. 

Anna, so glad to hear that life is not as dire as described in media. Common sense and cooperation can do a lot to slow the virus. :) 

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34 minutes ago, KathieB said:

Anna, so glad to hear that life is not as dire as described in media. Common sense and cooperation can do a lot to slow the virus. :) 

Indeed it does, yes there were initial shock waves of people "stocking" up on necessities, but not at all as awful as described and also not just because of the hoarding as suh, but because it does indeed take more of the disposable items at home if one spends more time more home instead of at work and for the higher ed students... It took a couple of weeks for the delivieries to re-plenish toiletpapers and such items.

Then we have not had lock in but we have had very strict rules in regards of visiting our elders and old folks home/assisted living  (hmm, now is there a better word for that) etc and daily press conferences keeping people upated, Stockholm has been the epicentre of the virus, not surprisingly either as it is a hub for people with air as well as boat etc and the winter holidays also affected a lot due to skie trips etc when peopla came home again, espeially from the areas around Ischgl.

Afcourse the hospitals are under heavy pressure and the staff always to few but there has been a great will to help out from all around the comminities. Industries have been changing från what they might usually produce into producing sanitizing products to people using their 3D printiers for visirs and schools assembling the protection visirs as well as part of their practial ed.

So yes in ways as all ver the world everyone are under preassure, companies are going bust and people losing their jobs, but there is still a positive ambience still somehow, everyone is coming together in this. Lots of initiatives for helping out the ones who cannot do the things they usually do and needs to get done. Afcourse the staff at the hospitals are tired and worn out understandably but in which country are they not in these times? There has been initiaves for creating courses for those who areinterested in taking on easier tasks within the nursing home and things like that which is great. We can also allready see that there has been a great upswing in people applying for nursing school/health related educations which is a new trend.

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Hello everyone! It's nice to see all of you again:flowers:Everyone here in my house is doing fine, although my work has been exceptionally crazy.

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When I saw on the news that the governors of GA & FL were lifting some restrictions I immediately thought of you, Kathie!  I'm so glad our governor is listening to the health experts she has surrounded herself with.

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Just stopping by to say hi!  All is well in Houston.  We haven't been hit very hard here, and I have been going to work since we are considered an essential business.  Haven't got to work on mini's since right before this pandemic I decided to retire(not happened yet) and move to my house in SC.  So, I had packed up the craft room in preparation for the move.  Now, since moving has been put on hold for an indefinite time, I might just have to unpack it and get back to work on the Elliott Bay until life settles back down.

So happy to see everyone!

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56 minutes ago, 1martinimomma said:

 I decided to retire(not happened yet) and move to my house in SC.  

Oh perhaps when you do move we will be close together to visit! That would be fun!

Great to see/hear everyone coming back! Missed everyone terribly. My cats will be glad I have something else to do I have really been getting on their nerves!

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*running around hugging everyone* (oops, guess you aren't supposed to do that)  :wave: :clap:SO glad to "see" everyone again!  I was having forum withdrawal!  LOL

After a bit of a scare- daughter's family was sick, but she tested negative- we are all well here in SE Pennsylvania.  I had to leave work for 2 weeks because of the possible exposure, but have now only gone back PT (I work in the corporate office of a grocery store).  Hubby is still off and looking forward to construction workers being able to go back May 8.  He is doing a lot a fishing while I am working on 2 mini projects.  :) 

Looking forward to catching up with everyone!

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38 minutes ago, jbnmini said:

*running around hugging everyone* (oops, guess you aren't supposed to do that)

I hugged everyone here "virtually"; we can still do all sorts of friendly  stuff if it's virtual.

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