We’ve expanded our locksmithing skills to work on more styles of locks – deadbolts and lever locks – in addition to the padlocks and doorknobs we mastered earlier. Of course, one tenant had to live without an interior doorknob for more than a week, but we didn’t say we were perfect.
The scariest part is Dave’s expansion into lockpicking. You had to know that was coming right? He has watched hours of youtube videos on the subject. The goal is not so much to begin a life of crime, but rather to reclaim numerous locks and key cylinders that we no longer have the key to. You can’t reuse a lock, if you can’t first unlock it. With his new skills, he’s managed to reclaim several key cylinders that were previously unusable.
It’s hard to say what skills we will develop in another 2 weeks.
As March drew to a close, so did the ability to have drive-in services. The bishop indicated that all services had to be virtual. So, we moved inside on Sunday morning and set up our cellphone cameras in the sanctuary. It was actually easier being in the same “room” as the service. However, each Sunday brought another challenge or problem.
Some of the problems that appeared disastrous turned out to be in our own heads. Dave was distressed to find that the audio track was doubled and offset by several minutes to disastrous effect. Thinking the recording was ruined, we tried to figure out what could have been the cause. It turned out that Dave had been playing back the livestream on 2 different tabs without realizing it. The stream was fine.
So, maybe the best lesson we should be learning is to relax a little.
After making a few masks for Adam and his co-workers, we moved on to sewing masks for Bonnie’s family and several people around the church. Unfortunately, the pattern we used was a little too small for Adam and Troy, so Cathy re-sized the pattern and we made a few more using the bigger size that worked better.
So, it’s not all about work. We take a walk every evening, which have remained cool for the most part. We greet our neighbors while still maintaining social distance. There is usually an unspoken shift in our path or theirs to keep from getting too close. The church is open during the day for the parish to stop by, and we sometimes run into folks there as well. Not to say it’s not awkward on occasion, but it’s what we are all doing to stay safe, so it’s worth it.