We are all in this thing together so we’re gonna make it out. Are you singing this song yet? We are definitely seeing the light throughout this lockdown and instead of getting down about it, we are quite hopeful.
Here are some of the things we have been up to and also some of the snippets of hope that continue to inspire us. We hope that it will inspire you too and that you will help to spread the inspiration.
Facts we’ve learned in helping us in seeing the light throughout this lockdown
- the earth is healthier
- the seas are cleaner
- the air is less polluted
- teachers were actually keeping the country running
- most NHS workers are superheroes
- most people can work from home
- most jobs don’t require you to be pent up in an office
- all the workplace bullies are pent up at home wondering what to do with their evil thoughts
- petrol didn’t have to be so expensive in the first place
- We didn’t need to go to the supermarket so often
- shopping on Amazon and other online shops isn’t bad
- sickness, disease and a major pandemic are no respecters of social class, status, nor wealth
- the days run faster when you make a list of all of what you want to accomplish and tick them off as you go.
- there are a lot of free courses running that you can sign up for.
- Now is a good time to start a blog. This course is very affordable at the moment
- Now is the right time to top up on your Vitamin D from the sun
- don’t forget self-care
Sewing for the NHS
It certainly feels like our services will no longer be needed! We have joined hundreds of others in a Facebook group to make ear protectors, headbands, and scrub bags for NHS workers for the past few weeks.
We think we might have covered all hospitals and care homes in our area so production is grinding to a halt and our living room is going back to its normal look and decor.
It is good to know that we have played our part to help. And we also know how we can help again if we ever have another pandemic. I know that’s a scary thought, but it is better to be prepared than not.
Learning new stuff
In the blogging world, things are always changing and we do have to keep up if we don’t want to be left behind. So with the time we have now at home we have identified at least two courses that we want to do. Yes, the courses are free. This will no doubt improve our knowledge and keep our blog up to date. We have also taken the time to adjust and adapt blog posts which we have on our site to make them more relevant, more readable and also more relatable.
Sunday nights seem to be our new games night where we indulge in a bit of Scrabble, Iknow, and Uno. I am pleased to report that Jo won the Scrabble game the last time we played and this was purely based on luck, as this has never happened before. Leisa usually win the scrabble games but for the most recent past, she has not won any!
Each day, we come up with something random that we are grateful for, and that in itself has been a real blessing. Some of the ‘little’ things we are grateful for include”
- The fact that we have each other. We keep in touch daily with some of our elderly friends and they all bemoan the fact that they have no company at home. Of course, they are grateful that we check on them each day, but we do also understand that there is nothing like a ‘real’ company.
- The internet is a vital part of today’s existence! I think this one ranks quite high on our teenagers’ list. We watch a lot of ‘how-to’ videos on tv and then actually try some of them.
- Our young people are intrinsically motivated and so there is no push on our part to get them engaged in continuing their education.
- We have a garden which allows us the opportunity to get some exercise without leaving home.
- We are grateful that as a family, we have always got along. We know there are many families at war with each other now and to think that they are holed up together…..have mercy!
- Our fruit basket has not been empty even though neither Leisa nor I have stepped foot into a supermarket since the lockdown. We are grateful for kind and caring friends
These are just some, but honestly, we come up with many things on our grateful list and we want to encourage you to come up with your grateful list and then when all this is over, you can look back and hopefully be even more grateful.
Talking about things to look back on, we have decided as well that we are going to save at least one of each item that we have been making for the front line workers so that we can share them with our grandchildren. Because why not?! This whole pandemic thing might seem so unbelievable to generations to come. Perhaps without some evidence of some sort, they won’t believe us! What do you think?
Anyway, continue to hold on, think positive, and save some mementos, just because!
Jo and Leisa