It's Monday morning, the sun is shining and I'm tired of all the doom and gloom so thought I'd set this thread up. Only good, happy and positive thoughts allowed - let's have one thread that is an oasis amongst the chaos for those struggling to come to and leave with a smile. My first positives this week are:
It's wonderful having the windows open and fresh air through the house all day
I'm finally going through all my theatre programmes to streamline them and list what I've seen and who was in them
I've had a lovely long letter from a friend, also filled with good thoughts, which has made me smile
Not a cloud in the sky where I am. Loads of sparrows, though, and I can hear wood pigeons somewhere.
Where I sit while I'm working I'm looking out on to the weathered tiles and red-orange brickwork of the neighbour's roof, and when it catches the morning sun it always makes it look warm outside even when it isn't.
This is a lovely thread! I had a great team meeting with my colleagues, and it was lovely to 'see' each other, virtually, as we're all at home and only going into the office individually on a rota so we don't pass anything on to anyone else.
Can't wait for my lunch time walk in the lovely weather and I have discovered some amazing routes since only being allowed out once, through beautiful residential streets and even countryside, although I live in London.
This is such a lovely topic! :) In all honesty, small joys are what is getting me through this quarantine (and through life in general), so having a topic all about them (as odd as mine may seem sometimes) will certainly help!
So far, mine have, today, included: - starting my day with a big cup of coffee and the last GoGo Penguin single on repeat (I am a 'repeat' person: I've been listening to the same stuff for a week now, and can't seem to get tired of it - this has been a new addition over the weekend, and I am completely enchanted by that piano intro) - treating myself to some TheOrdinary cosmetics, because I seem to be running out of everything (and my usual stuff would take weeks to arrive under the circumstances); I got some stuff I know is good, but also a tiny thing I haven't tried yet and am looking forward to (of course, I expect nothing less than for it to transform me from an 'ugly duckling' into a fully fledged 'swan' until the theatres finally reopen, in case I bump into any of you in the foyer somewhere!), - a lovely email from my boss, who is such a wonderfully smart and kind and funny person, about London under lockdown (triggered by my empty Covent Garden photos I shared with him and a colleague, because they miss it), - a wonderful email from one of the staff at the Almeida: I'd emailed them about some tickets and told them I missed the Almeida and couldn't wait to go back; apparently it hit a spot (I love it when people are lovely for no reason), - loads of sunshine, too!
Hopefully will still include: - a walk to... somewhere... anywhere; - watching the remaining episodes of Quiz!
I'm enjoying the lovely weather and the relative quietness even in my part of London. No aircraft flying overhead and less traffic on the street outside. We have a local Facebook group in my street and the streets nearby and lots of kindness there with people giving things away and helping each other. Someone gave me a tomato seedling at the weekend. Just a small gesture but I was thrilled. I kind of like working from home one day a week as there is no commute, can eat my lunch in the garden and when I finish I am home in about 10 seconds. But I quite enjoy going into the office as at least I have people to talk to. Otherwise I dont have anyone to talk to apart when I phone my dad in the evening but we dont have anything to tell each other as we have not done anything. Have to say although there is a lot friendliness about that all goes out of the window when commuting and people are as rude as ever.
On our walk today - Rescued a ewe who had her head stuck through a wire fence and couldn’t get back out. I think she knew we were helping because she stayed calm and let us do what we needed to do; saw our first swallows of the season and then had a flock of wheatears buzzing around the garden! Haven’t seen them around here before. Not to mention all the butterflies fluttering by.
I'm a firm believer in not having to play the hand you're dealt
The weather has been exceptional over the last few weeks, nothing better than being outside in warm sunshine to lift the spirit even if limited and made more so with nature taking full advantage of our absence.
I've ticked something off the 'to do' list that's been there for years! Finally got all the things I'd like framed together, photographed and measured them so that next time I'm in a shop with odd sized frames I know what I need to get as very few of them are 'normal' sizes. Of course, i now need some extra walls and to find someone who makes frames and sells them at lovely low prices but still a sterp in the right direction
Think the good weather will have helped in this crisis.Can you imagine if it had been a month of rain? Our garden has been a godsend for me.The big problem is for people who don’t have a garden or even a balcony on their flat.Feel sorry for them. Trying to avoid the national news.Local news seems to feature more ‘feel good news’ in our area so am sticking with that. Got a nurse next door to us and she is having to live in a caravan at the front so that she doesn’t potentially contaminate her family.The NHS and carers are all solid-gold 🦸♀️ and 🦸♂️ in my opinion.
My daily stretch session has properly sorted my back out, and my new savings account for future theatre tickets where I'm plonking all the money I'm not now spending in the pub and Franco Manca is giving me hope for the future!
My one year old niece is getting quite adept at facetime, she loves the phone and will wander off with me so I see quite a bit of ceiling and a bit of her chin. We have learnt it is possible to play hide and seek virtually, since her hiding is just covering her eyes and my seeking just requires me to yell where's Hattie down the phone. And probably as i'm not adept at facetime my picture often go sideways and upside down and her and her brother think it the funniest thing and giggle and their laughter is like bird song and makes me smile.