This month makes 12 – a full year – COVID-19 looking back posts. February 2020 was the last one I wrote pre-COVID and I thought it would look a lot different than this year. The cherry trees and daffodils bloomed earlier last year, but the amaryllis didn’t. There’s plenty of knitting and books. and then I saw that group photo – my mom, SIL, sister, me, and Holly on Sunday the 16th. We had gathered at my mom’s for our second “cookbook club”. and that was the last time we did that – both cookbook club and that kind of get-together. Fortunately we live close enough that socially distanced gatherings are possible (we saw each other in January!) and we’ve also Zoom’d a couple of times. but getting together to share a meal – and take a “get closer selfie” – … still seems like a long ways off.
I guess all of that is one of the things I love best about this daily photo AND looking back practice. Last month I tried out a shorter list of reflections – here goes again!
A Gratitude List: the constancy of the seasons. the blooms were late, but they were there. knitting. books. having a space where I can just be (all day!). occasional blue skies. tennis. having workout-at-home options. FaceTime Bananagrams to celebrate my niece’s birthday (Monday, Feb 22). longer days. and always, the dark-early mornings.
Life Giving: Katie in real life (Thursday, Feb 25). We planned this “girls night” for weeks – wine, dinner, book talk, and a little TV … the weather was glorious (we had wine on the porch), the food was fabulous (we each cooked a dish from one of Alison Roman’s cookbooks, plus olives and cheese, crusty bread, and a bakery dessert), and the book talk was The Best. Also, all the on-line knitting and book communities (I especially love that many of them are knitting AND books!)
Life Draining: complaining. oh my, y’all. you knew it was coming, right?! giving up something always makes you super-aware of it. and whoa. complaining is everywhere. also, pretty much anything relating to the former President.
A (short) Happy List:
- We watched the new All Creatures Great and Small on PBS and it is hands-down the best TV I’ve seen in a while. We love the book(s) and the first series (I remember watching when Katie was a baby) and this re-boot is all of that and more. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
- My favorite breakfast (or lunch) is an apple, cheese and crackers, a handful of nuts, a 30-minute timer, and a book.
- Olive&June. Our painting project (especially the two weeks of cleaning up and putting everything back together) took a toll on my nails. I finally got back to my Monday manicure routine the last week of the month, just in time for their new spring colors. (I have Cockatoo on my nails this week and it is both Happy and Life Giving.)
I also read 13 books (stay tuned for a separate post later this week). and you already know about the socks and the sweater I finished.
and that’s another month for me! What’s one thing you’d like to remember (or forget) about February?