Have you ever had an online friend or blogger disappear and wonder what happened? We’ve recently had a couple long time HeartStrings members lose touch. We learned that one had passed away after another member found an obituary and the other we’re praying is OK. We started a contact list with a family member or friend’s email that we could use if we were unable to reach someone. There are those more casual members that may choose not to provide a contact but there are a bunch of us that have been participating for years – some since Dec 2006 – and we’d notice and worry if someone went missing. I feel better knowing I could reach out to the family and check on someone if we stopped hearing from them.
And along with organizing that list, I have some other “instructions” for Keith and Chris if something were to happen to me unexpectedly. One of the things I like about WordPress is that I have the ability to email a blog post. I asked Chris to try and post to the blog just to make sure that he was able to post without me adding him as a blog author and as you see, he was able to email a short post and photo. So, I don’t need to worry about leaving you guys hanging if something were to happen to me. Of course, now that he knows how to post … some unplanned content might show up now and then!
I don’t belong to local groups but there is a quilt group I donated quilts through last year and I’ll continue to “use” them for that and there is a knitting group too. I’ll leave contact information for Keith and Chris for them too and they can grab what they want of my fabric and yarn stash in the event I haven’t used it all up by the time I die. Yeah, like that could ever happen!
And I’ve also told Keith that he’d need to send all my finished tops to one of my HeartStrings friends so she could quilt and donate them. Last night I was counting my unfinished projects and I’m very pleased to say of the 26 unfinished projects, all but 2 are finished tops. One is the Friendship Star I’m working on now and the other is my oldest UFO from 2009. A hand pieced apple core quilt. I work really hard these days to get my projects to the finished top stage and not put them away in pieces.
Anyway, just a little food for thought about advance planning.