Nearly four months have passed since your coronavirus questions were answered. Since then, though we’ve all been stuck at home, the landscape has shifted beneath our feet. First, the virus kept us inside. Then, our efforts seemed to flatten the curve. In many parts of the United States, we prevented an overload of our healthcare systems, which is a major victory. Still, infection rates are on the rise again.
With vaccines still months away, it appears that we’re in this fight for the long haul now. What I feared, namely that the widespread protection of life would result in widespread damage to livelihoods, has come to fruition. I still believe that the best course of action was to move slowly until we got the information we needed. However, now that the pandemic has become so politicized, we have stopped moving at all. Rather than working together to get through this trying moment, we are tearing each other apart on social media, reducing complex, nuanced views into 150-character strawmen.
There is an antidote to all of this. From my youth until today, I have consistently seen nature bring people together. When I visit Crater Lake (my favorite place on the planet), conversation flows freely. I transform from my usual introverted self into a person ready to discuss the shared beauty my fellow hikers and I are enjoying.
It’s not just me. People who think, act, look, and vote differently than each other share in this moment when cell towers are out of range and their attention is focused on the majesty of creation. Shakespeare once wrote, “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”
Still, nature is hard to come by these days. Perhaps your local natural area is still closed, or your favorite getaway is simply too far away from home. Even if you’re a high-risk individual compelled to stay within your property lines, we can bring nature to you. Home Sweet Habitat has always been about bringing nature to life on your front porch or backyard. Now more than ever, we need that.
To that end, over the next few weeks I will be sharing “wildlife hacks” that will greatly enhance your ability to enjoy nature from home. You’d be surprised how much new wildlife a fresh perspective can reveal.
In the meantime, I wanted to share a fantastic resource on how to make your own face masks. Happy DIY Home reached out to me to share their post on DIY mask designs, and these designs are fantastic. I don’t personally have much experience making my own clothing, but I have been concerned with the disposable nature of most protective masks. The team at Happy DIY Home has done the hard work for us, sharing five DIY mask designs, including two that don’t require sewing. The mask designs adhere to CDC guidelines on homemade masks, so you can rest assured knowing you’re keeping yourself and others healthy with your custom threads.
Until next time, here’s a hint about my first wildlife hack.