Each and every one reading this in real time is facing a new kind of normal. Some of us are feeling stress….. (raises hand) some of us are facing job losses. Many of us are worried about loved ones. We are concerned about the future.
This post is more personal than I typically share, but I simply cannot ignore our current situation. I will for sure be sharing crocheting and knitting posts in the very near future (look for an amigurumi tutu tutorial very soon…hint, hint).
But for now I feel compelled to share a little day in the life, a little “how I’m coping with chaos” as a knitter, crocheter and amigurumi maker.
I consumed waaaaaay too much news yesterday and after a fitful night I awoke to a tightness in my chest and a weariness in my bones. I just want everything to go back to normal. But that’s not going to happen for some time.
My two boys have had their own schedules turned upside down. School has been cancelled. Activities they once enjoyed are not only closed, but in jeopardy of going out of business.
Life has thrown us a curve ball and it’s time to get our mitts ready to catch it. I could sit around watching the news and scrolling Facebook, but all that’s going to get me is a big ole dose of anxiety and a stomach ulcer.
Or I can choose to inform myself about what I need to know and then turn it off and be productive. Cooking, crafting and time outdoors are the ways I’m coping with these abrupt changes.
Although our lives have been rearranged without our permission, not all is negative. My husband has been home for over two weeks, and folks, let me tell you, I can’t remember the last time that happened. His job requires him to travel from home a great deal and sharing life together right now is balm to my weary soul.
Crochet to the Rescue
In times of stress I reach for crochet. Sometimes it’s granny squares and sometimes it’s amigurumi, but it’s always crochet. This time I went straight to my all time favorite amigurumi book, Animal Friends of Pica Pau.
It could also be that Yan Schenkel has a new book set to come out sometime this June and I absolutely cannot wait. There is a lobster pattern that is simply the cutest thing I have ever laid eyes upon, including my own children.
See what just happened there? I’m already feeling better just writing about amigurumi and thinking about adorable grinning crocheted lobsters.
The weather could not be nicer right now in North Carolina. Everything is in bloom, the grass is green and the skies are the perfect Carolina blue. Yes, the pollen is also thick and I’ve been sneezing like the dickens, but it’s a small price to pay for such beauty.
Every evening we take our dog Jersey-boy and our kitten Olive for a walk. You read that right, we walk our kitten. We’ve been doing it since she was itty bitty and now at almost eight months old she looks forward to it almost as much as I do.
She practically jumps out of my arms as soon as we get near her pet stroller and enjoys every minute of our forty-five minute walk. If you fancy seeing how cute she is in her stroller, check out my above video.
Everything is Going to be Alright
At the halfway mark of our walk, we turned the corner onto a familiar neighborhood street and noticed something different. The road wasn’t its typical black asphalt, but there were bright colors in childlike handwriting.
At first I thought it was just a hopscotch game and maybe a few cute portraits. But as we got closer I could see that the children had written words of hope.
They wrote in big colorful letters HAVE A GREAT DAY! GOD LOVES YOU! DANCE PARTY – YES OR NO. But my favorite one was a quote from the late, great Bob Marley.
Don’t worry about a thing. Cause every little thing is gonna be alright.
My Wish for You
Dear reader, that is my wish for you. I can’t promise that everything is going to be alright, but that is what I hope for, it is my prayer, for you and for me.