Author Interview

Greetings, dear pond readers! Today, my favorite YouTube personality, Amber Unabridged, published the interview that we did back in October 2020 after my newest short story, “Smithsonian Soldiers,” was published. If you want to learn more about my writing and Nerds for A Cure while enjoying some greenery, sunshine, and birdsong as we await Spring, check it out.

Have you had a chance to read anything mentioned in the interview? Anything you want to talk about or ask about?

Please, wear your mask, wash your hands, stay well, stay kind, and leave a comment or question below. Thanks for stopping by the pond today.

The gallery below are some of my favorite photos that I captured in 2016 in honor of the year I wrote “Smithsonian Soldiers.”

Crafting Through 2020

Crafting Through 2020

Greetings, dear pond readers! At last, I’m going to write about some of the crafting I’ve done through 2020 and now into the first weeks of 2021. Back when 2020 was all new and sparkly and only a couple super bad things had happened, I laid out a vision for the year that included a lot of crafting. I didn’t post much here at the pond about said crafts because I made several gifts that were not in their owner’s hands and then other things kept coming up. Now that it is a new year, I’m starting to take stock and sort through photos. Reviewing my pictures, I’m noticing some patterns. In 2020 I did a lot with paint & stickers in addition to my needle & thread work. I made a lot of scarves, a lot of blankets, more masks, and some miscellaneous small projects involving thread-work. I’m going to break up my posts between thread-work and painting based work with today’s post being all about the needle work. On to the pictures! Let’s start with scarves:

I also made a baby blanket for a co-worker (my first experience with minky fabric!), a quillow for a family member, progress on another quillow for me, and progress on a baby quilt for a different family member.

Finally, I made a couple small things including more masks, a new yo-yo Christmas ornament, and a small embroidery project courtesy of my local public library and my sweet husband.

I spent a lot of time trying to make the best of my way through this challenging time in 2020 and now spilling into 2021. I still need to finish the steampunk baby quilt, my Star Trek quillow, and several other projects but I’ve been having fun making all of these creations. How have you been crafting and creating, dear pond readers? Do you have any thoughts on your creativity during this time of pandemic upheaval?

Please, wear your mask, wash your hands, stay well, stay kind, and leave a comment or question below. Thanks for stopping by the pond today.

The gallery below are some of my favorite photos that I captured in 2016 in honor of the year I wrote “Smithsonian Soldiers.”

P.S. I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program here at Technicolorlilypond, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. If you buy this lovely: Clover Small, Large and Extra Large Round Yo-Yo Maker or this Clover Heart Shaped Yo-Yo maker, I will get a small advertising fee. These Clover yo-yo makers are fabulous and I love using them. There is no limit to what you can do with yo-yos and I hope you have fun with them. Even if you don’t pick a set up here, I hope that it helps you. If you do pick it up through my link, thank you very much; I hope that these fees will help support me as I continue writing and doing creative things here at Technicolorlilypond. Thanks for your support!

Vaccinated and Feeling Fine

Happy New Year, dear pond readers! 2021 has been an eventful year and it is only 24 days old. I have many thought on many subjects but tonight I am going to keep things simple. Before Christmas I was blessed to be among the first vaccinated against COVID-19 in my corner of the Upper Midwest of the U.S.A. Considering the horrific toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked on the world as a whole and the United States in particular, I feel humbly grateful to be among the happy few to have received a vaccine because of the science work I do. I want to use this gift well. While my second dose in early January did produce a more noticeable immune response than the first dose, it was a mild experience. Here is the historical action shot!

Vaccinated! I promise that the wheelchair and cane have nothing to do with the vaccine or my multiple sclerosis. I was injured when I fell on black ice. I am rocking a Walk MS T-shirt though.

As the caption says, the wheelchair and cane are due to black ice causing a fall and subsequent injury. I’m happy to report that my multiple sclerosis is behaving and I’m otherwise fine. In terms of the vaccination itself, 12 to 14 hours after the injection I developed mild sniffles, mild sore throat, some slight vertigo, periodic cough, mild headache, and some fatigue. The injection site hurt if I poked it but my arm did not hurt otherwise or become numb like with dose one. My second dose was on Friday in the late afternoon, this suite of mild symptoms developed late Saturday morning, I took a three hour nap on Sunday, and I felt absolutely fine by Monday afternoon. The clockwork aspect of symptoms was surreal but convenient. If I had had a normal leg, I would have been bopping around my house as usual regardless of the immune response. As it was, I enjoyed the silver lining of being able to read library books and watch some streaming without the guilt I often feel when I do such activities.

Even though I’m going to keep watching my distance, washing my hands, and wearing masks, it is really tremendous to know that I’m basically immune from COVID-19 infection for the coming months. I’m looking forward to being able to do more things in my community with others as the number of vaccinations rise. Everyone, if you have the opportunity to get vaccinated and your medical team says it’s okay for you, I strongly recommend that you do so. Until everyone is vaccinated, no one is truly safe. While there isn’t a whole lot that I can do at the moment to make the vaccine more equitably available, we can all do our part to make sure the curve flattens and more people survive to spring & summer & vaccine availability. It is so simple: wear a mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands. Together, we can get through this crisis. As beautiful and necessary as this memorial at the US Capitol is, I really don’t want us to need another one for 500,000-1 million U.S. deaths.

Lights Against the Darkness: Advent Wreath 2020 by E.A. Schneider

How has your 2021 begun, dear pond reader? Do you have COVID-19 vaccine questions?

Please, wear your mask, wash your hands, stay well, stay kind, and leave a comment or question below. Thanks for stopping by the pond today.

The gallery below are some of my favorite photos that I captured in 2016 in honor of the year I wrote “Smithsonian Soldiers.”

Here is something you can think about the next time you’re struggling to wear a mask: My Favorite Word as Inspirational Art Designed & Photographed by E.A. Schneider

Vaccines Save Lives

Greetings, dear pond readers! Thank you for joining me here at the pond today. I’m writing a brief post to give you a very important update. On Friday, I was fortunate enough to receive my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer that was granted an emergency use authorization from the FDA. This opportunity was randomly offered to me because the science things I do 9 to 5ish during the week involve direct contact with COVID-19. I accepted the chance and I feel richly blessed. Getting this opportunity feels like winning a golden ticket aboard the Apollo 11 mission. This is ground breaking science making history and it is humbling to be a part of this moment. Here is an action shot:

Vaccinated! Part 1 action shot by E.A. Schneider

While I was initially hesitant to take a vaccine after what appeared to be a short time of development, with the help of some coworkers I did some reading on the vaccine in the time leading up to the FDA’s decision. The science behind the COVID-19 vaccine is incredible and a long time in the making. The CDC has put together this fascinating and helpful breakdown to understand the incredible mRNA vaccine technology. I recommend you read it; I think it is a preview to the future of preventative and palliative medicine.

More good news, I’m feeling fine. Historically, my family calls me the special snowflake because I tend to get a lot of symptoms, side effects, and weird things when it comes to health. I wasn’t sure what to expect in the initial aftermath of this vaccine but I was keen to find out. The shot didn’t hurt. The vaccine felt a little cool as it diffused through my muscle but not unduly so. The site did not swell and only felt somewhat bruised and stiff but not in a debilitating way. Remember, I live with multiple sclerosis. I know all too well what it is like to have limbs that don’t work. My vaccine injection site felt like I had bumped my arm on a door frame instead of getting a life saving vaccine. Two days post vaccine, I feel fine. My immune response has consisted of some mild sniffles and a little fatigue. That is way better than COVID-19. We’ll see how I feel after the second dose in a few weeks but honestly I’m not worried at all.

What does worry me? The rising case numbers and the impending wave of death facing the US. We have already lost more than 300,000 Americans. That is more than the American casualties sustained during four years of active combat in World War II. Unfortunately, we will probably hit 400,000 dead all too soon.

If you have the opportunity to get vaccinated and your medical team says it’s okay, please do. Vaccines save lives. Masks, watching your distance, and washing your hands save lives, too. I will keep masking, staying 6′ away, avoiding indoor gatherings, and washing up like crazy even after I get my second vaccine dose. Following public health guidelines is the safe thing to do to avoid carrying the virus to others or catching it myself, even when vaccinated. Saving a life has never been easier. Every time you mask, say no to a party, or sanitize one more time, you’re saving lives. That matters.

Joy candle light by E.A. Schneider

Later this week, I will post a a picture with my fully illuminated Advent Wreath but for tonight, last week’s picture of the shining Joy candle foregrounded against the dark seems most apropos.

How are you doing, dear pond reader? Is anything in particular bringing you joy?

Please, wear your mask, wash your hands, stay well, stay kind, and leave a comment or question below. Thanks for stopping by the pond today.

The gallery below are some of my favorite photos that I captured in 2016 in honor of the year I wrote “Smithsonian Soldiers.”

Hope, Love, and Crafting

Hope, Love, and Crafting

Happy December, dear pond readers! Wherever you are in time and space, I am glad that you’re reading this post at the pond. Today was the second Sunday of Advent and if there ever was a time when the world painfully needed the twin lights of hope and love to keep the dark at bay, it is now.

Advent Calendar and Hope ornament made with my Wee Bairn

As I have written about many times here at Technicolorlilypond, I am rather a Christmas elf. This is my favorite time of year to start a bunch of craft projects for people I cherish and struggle to get them in the mail in time. Every year as the leaves start to turn, my fingers get extra twitchy towards my craft supplies and I start making list after list, including lists of my lists, to finish things. Back in the beforetime in January 2020, I wrote about a rosy vision of crafting through the year. Even though things have been and continue to be super duper tough thanks to SARS-COV2, I actually have managed to be pretty crafty this year. Small mercies are nice. Over the coming days, I hope to write some posts about the crafts that I’ve managed to finish this year. We’ll see how far I get. In honor of St. Nick’s Day, the first crafting project I’m going to share is a Christmas stocking that I sewed for my Wee Bairn. Here are the pictures.

To make this stocking, I used about half a yard of double-sided pre-quilted holiday fabric for the body of the stocking. I did not use a pattern and just chalked out a rough sock shape that I thought would hold a lot of loot. I fussy-cut the bears and dogs from some Christmas fabric from my stash and zig-zagged stitched them to the fabric. The buttons, binding, bell, and yo-yos were also from my stash. My Wee Bairn delights in playing with yo-yos in continuously inventive ways so incorporating them into the Christmas stocking was a must. I used the Clover heart-shaped yo-yo maker and the circular yo-yo maker as well as some quilting cottons to make the yo-yos. The binding is leftover from a quilt that I made for a friend years ago and was the perfect color for this project. I haven’t decided yet whether or not to paint the Wee Bairn’s name on the stocking but for now the stocking is a big success.

Have you gotten to do any holiday crafting or anytime crafting this year? How are you keeping the darkness at bay this December?

Please, wear your mask, wash your hands, stay well, stay kind, and leave a comment or question below. Thanks for stopping by the pond today.

The gallery below are some of my favorite photos that I captured in 2016 in honor of the year I wrote “Smithsonian Soldiers.”

P.S. I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program here at Technicolorlilypond, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. If you buy this lovely: Clover Small, Large and Extra Large Round Yo-Yo Maker or this Clover Heart Shaped Yo-Yo maker, I will get a small advertising fee. These Clover yo-yo makers are fabulous and I love using them. There is no limit to what you can do with yo-yos and I hope you have fun with them. Even if you don’t pick a set up here, I hope that it helps you. If you do pick it up through my link, thank you very much; I hope that these fees will help support me as I continue writing and doing creative things here at Technicolorlilypond. Thanks for your support!