While we aren’t meeting face-to-face these days, Haystack Heights Cohousers continue to work and play actively behind the scenes! Your blogger, Sarah, is in Ecuador where she and Doug are “stuck” for the time being—no rides home yet. Nonetheless, she’s able to report on many of the highlights and goings-on of our intrepid and caring community through delightful spying on various Slack channels. These are some of the gems she's seen:
*Zoom Farkle Night! Instigated by Mic and Mark. The first of more to come…
*We’ve continued to connect with, and sign on, more provisional associates for our waiting list.
*We’ve expanded our Slack channels, adding covid information and supporting each other (and even folks outside of our LLC) for errands and more.
*Slack channels have been very busy with frequent postings from sharing onion sets to chicks!
*We’ve converted our monthly LLC and regular team meetings from face-to-face to Zoom.
*Jeremy headed up a bike-sharing survey, with a special category for kids’ bikes.
*The Process Team tested out Zoom vis-a-vis small break out groups. Apparently, funny hats were part of the test?
*Garden projects are gaining momentum: a tree pruning workshop, pruning the climbing roses, getting ready to plant and even talk of a future root cellar.
*Joyce headed up a pet inventory and survey of concerns for non-pet owners that the Pet Polity team will be discussing in our April meeting.
*Shop news: The heat is up and running! And more: the wallboard is up! The chain link fence in the construction area has been removed.
*A newly formed open-to-everyone communication skills group studying NVC—Nonviolent Communication using Marshall Rosenberg’s groundbreaking book on communication skills.
*We’ve added new Zoom meetings such as Haystack Heights Antidote to Social Distancing: COCOA (Chats for Cohousing in the Covid Age) several times a week. 15 people participated in the very first one!
*And this just in: Pat, now with angle wings, is offering to make EVERYONE in the community a personalized mask! Not infinite choices, but certainly enough to match your mood: stripes (honey do these make my face look big?); fancy floral; Save the Planet; Peace Out; Aww?; Apple for the teacher; Picasso's version of an apple; sexy chambray!
*Jump onto Slack if you've got more ideas on staying safely connected!