The quiet and stillness outside is now alive with the sounds of children playing. I can hear the ice-cream van coming nearer and nearer to our house. I can see other children getting ready for his arrival where we all stand in line at a socially distance level.
Most of the children are with their parents as like most of us, we have no cash, so our debit cards need to be handy. Smaller children trying to push through while Mum and Dad try to explain why they must stand so far apart. Every time he calls, I say we should stop this regular delicious treat.
As lockdown eases slightly, we ventured out a little. We have had a good run of fine and warm days now. I admire the baby-blue sky with the odd clouds like puffs in the sky. We enjoyed a day at the beach and have made a few trips to different garden centres since lockdown eased eager to find new plants for our garden.
The lovely weather started to inspire me to make our little back garden into an oasis of calm and tranquility. With my persistent back problems, it is especially important that my seating is comfortable so I can enjoy being outside.
We decide our outside furniture needs a complete revamp and I find a company online who will cut foam to size so I can have it nice and thick. I then bought some fabric that would be ideal to use with my mini sewing machine and as I have never made boxed cushion covers before I follow an online video of how to do it. I am thrilled with the results and excited I could make them myself.
We were soon able to sit outside comfortably enjoying the important rays of sunshine we all need to top up our Vitamin D levels.
I enjoy being in my craft room, which is painted in cosy fashionable off-white tones. One of my walls is filled with photos of my beautiful granddaughter who’s eyes sparkle at me. The photos are arranged to look like they have been done by a professional which I am certainly not, but something I have copied from a magazine.
I am quite happy to sit in my little den with a warm coffee in one hand and a writing pad in the other on a comfy chair I have in the corner and a throw to wrap myself in if it’s a bit nippy. I jot down blog post ideas for my back pain blog or more craft ideas I have seen on Pinterest. My back pain blog has been nominated for an award and I am thrilled. I did not get many awards when I was at school so just being nominated is enough for me and I am like a child filled with excitement.
I also have a large cupboard in the other corner of my craft room which is full to the brim with craft products and dried flowers I have been drying in the shed ready to put on some cards. The room is filled with sunlight and I can hear and see children from my window playing outside near the climbing frames which are all wrapped with police tape to stop anyone using them. It’s still a strange feeling everything that has gone on this year. I sometimes feel as if I am in a dream and I will wake up and everything will be back to normal.
I can happily stay in my craft room day or night and find it encourages my mind to think of nice things instead of my pain. Pain is invisible, I have nothing to show for it. Aches are worse always taken to be less. Sometimes I think the reaction a person has to another person’s pain can tell you more about that person than they would like.
I think everyone should have a quiet corner somewhere in their home, a nook to sit in quietly. My next project is to design and make a sensory book for my granddaughter who will be one in August. I have found lots of ideas online and it will be made of felt with different pages having different items for her to touch and feel. I am starting to plan my pages and I cannot wait to get started on it.
Come back next month so you can see my finished product. You never know by then I might have started another project.