I hope you are all keeping safe and well out there? I know many of you ( myself included ) are feeling Covid fatigue, wondering when, or if, life as we knew it will ever return. It will, but just a little differently I'm sure. For one, I think my perception about being around large groups of people has forever changed. I'll always feel a little uneasy, wondering when the next tiny invisible enemy will pounce! Naturally, I already tend to be a bit germaphobic, and anxious but my down-time over the past few weeks gave me a moment to take a breath and recalibrate my position in relation to everything that has transpired.
It was a lot to take in. The enormity of this global pandemic is overwhelming and I realised it would only be at some point in the future, perhaps two or three years down the line, that we'd properly be able to integrate this experience. My conclusion for the time being: it is what it is. In the meantime, I am trying to live through this time consciously ( otherwise known as WOKE! 😆 ). Taking each day in both hands and doing the best with what I have, creating order, beauty, and joy. For me: fresh flowers, lighting candles, tidying clutter, listening to music ( not news channels ), using the good china, making healthy food, freshly painted walls, cleaning the roof gutters, skyping my kids, having fun on social media sharing funny memes and videos, zooming with a friend across the big pond, indoor air-cleansing plants, mucking around in the garden, taking many, many, many long walks in the woodlands of Cape Town. Like a mantra I chant under my breath; be grateful, be thankful, be kind. Practise makes perfect and the practice of appreciation and gratitude is ALSO so much harder to feel than to say. Especially when things spiral downwards rather than the opposite way. I happened upon this beautiful poem which moved me and made so much sense right now. Just watching Miss Augusta sleep peacefully in a sun-patch brings me a feeling of peace and contentment.
" My grandmother once gave me a tip:
Our GIVEAWAY today is the Woodland Cosy Cowl. I'll be giving away 10 copies of the pattern! All you need to do is remember to add your Ravelry name if you do comment below. BUT THERE'S MORE! Three of our winners will also get a copy of Noelene's gorgeously cute Sweet Strawberry Tassel pattern!
Lovelies, as always, I wish you well, I wish you love and joy and peace!
And as usual, Roxy insists on having the last pic. 😆