I have lost count of the days I’ve been home lately. At some point, I’ll look back at a calendar or journal entry and know the exact number. Sometime in March though…so definitely a couple months, give or take a day or two.
I looked out today and started thinking about what I have added to my space during these days. What five things could I list? Which five things are items that bring me happiness and are things I might not have purchased in my pre-covid life?
1) cast iron skillet—-a little luxury that I’ve made excellent use of already—-more time to cook and cook well. It is also a nod to nostalgia—my family cooked a lot with cast iron as I grew up. If you like home cooking, there is a terrific lady named Brenda Gantt that you can look up for easy home cooking tips. She uses cast iron all the time.
2) an extra hummingbird feeder and two shepherd hooks—-happy hummingbirds already bringing me smiles as I watch them dart to and fro. Most springs get away without me getting feeders ready, but this spring it’s routine to clean feeders and refill the nectar. I love looking out of each window in my home and knowing there is some new item: feeder/plant/color to view.
3) double embroidery hoop with stand—-getting more hand stitch time in these days…a welcome diversion from the stream of news. The luxury of not having to grip a hoop while sewing means I can spend more time doing the stitches on bigger projects.
4) zinnias and tomatoes and herbs—-things to plant and nurture and watch grow…things to care for during these days. Yeah, I likely would have bought flowers…but it is fun to try new ones and see what I can help thrive.
5) maybe the best item: extra SD cards for my 35 mm camera. This was one of my first covid purchases…I hadn’t used that camera since my last big vacation, and all the cards were full. It’s been a welcome activity to sit and watch things in nature and capture them on film.
What about you? What good things have become part of your days lately? Tangible or not, it’s good practice to think of the good things. Celebrate the little things they bring joy to the days.
Stay safe and well, dear reader. Surround yourself with good thoughts and good things. 🦋