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When jumping into a new month feels like jumping into a whole new world
The world has changed so much in just a month, hasn’t it?
In the beginning of the pandemic, I panicked because I had read too many dystopian/apocalyptic books and they had influenced my thinking of what lay ahead, as well as the fact I didn’t know how to grow tomatoes – what the???
I actually sent my sister this message on our road trip home from Queensland to NSW – just days after we left, the borders between the states were closed.
I feel like I’ve read too many futuristic books as I get the feeling we’re fleeing the virus before the borders are shut or everyone is placed in lockdown! Will the highway be littered with broken down cars?? Otherwise I just have an overactive imagination.
My sister’s response: I think you’ve read WAY TOO many dystopian books!
I think I was struggling with the reality and am happy to say that now I’m back home I’m feeling a lot calmer.
Some of the lovely things that have come out of this weird time is we now know who the real heroes are. Just as the many volunteers fighting the bushfires here in January were seen as heroes, keeping us safe, now it’s doctors, nurses, teachers, checkout operators, grocery shop workers, drivers delivering supplies, artists, writers, performers, scientists and the list goes on…I can’t help but note that some of these people aren’t paid nearly as much as sportspeople…
Everyday I like to check in with actor Sam Neill on Instagram, just to hear him say in his deeply melodious tones, how are you? Listen to him here and tell me your day isn’t better for hearing this:
How are you?
Jump – WOTY
As you may know, I have chosen Jump as my WOTY (Word of the Year), so most of my monthly updates will contain the word jump somewhere! And I also try to show a jump pic for the month that was!
You can read more about my reasons and ideas for 2020 in my post Jumping into the New Year.
My March Jumping for Joy moment
Jumping in with the Family
During March we were lucky to see many of our family before coming home and social distancing came into effect. It’s hard to know when we will see everyone again.
We saw my daughter, son-in-law and their new baby; my mother; my nephew and some of his family; my sister-in-law; my daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter in Canberra; and my mother-in-law. Now we get to see everyone via a screen but it’s better than nothing! I’m glad we managed to see everyone during the month and we made some lovely memories in the process.
My daughters, two in Australia and one in England, have decided to have regular scheduled video chats at a time that suits us all. It’s lovely to have the girls ‘together’ with their babies all on the one screen – it makes my heart sing!
I actually met up with Sue again in early March while in Brisbane and it was fabulous to catch up, we talked non-stop for hours!
In these troubled times writing about and recording our thoughts can be a way for us to stay mentally healthy. This proved to be the case when I wrote a poem about feeling like I was living in a cocoon. The words were swirling around in my head when I woke up one morning so I let them out and I felt much better for it!
Jumping at home – what’s been happening?
Jumping into the winter woolies as the weather started turning a bit cooler in late March.
Jumping into my sunroom to enjoy the autumn colours in the garden.
Jumping into new ways of connecting with family and friends – zoom, Facetime, phone calls, messaging, screen time is on the rise so my phone tells me!
Jumping into daily exercise sessions with my mother, my sister and other random family members via zoom.
Jumping into regular Saturday morning coffee catchups with friends via zoom meetings. #stayathome
Jumping into social distancing at home!
Jumping back in time – on a recent video chat my mother and sister told me that my hair looked similar to how it did in a family photo back when I was 16. I went and dug the photo out and here’s the comparison. What do you think? These two photos are taken 44 years apart so obviously there are some changes going on!
It’s official by the way, I’m officially growing my hair now after having hairdressers shut for the next little while. Goodness knows how this will all end! Are you in a similar position?
Jumping to distractions
Reading – I have read A LOT of books during the month! Many of them have been easy, fast paced and pure escapism!
Watching – Feel good shows like Anne with an E on Netflix – I call it comfort watching. Nothing too thought provoking or scary like too much news!
Making – Cooking cakes, muffins, hearty meals – more for comfort than because I need food!
Listening – to music and the odd podcast! I’ve learnt how to play Spotify through my TV sound system and it makes the whole house come alive.
Doing – Staying at home.
Jumping on the rail trail
The Mathematician and I have been part of a team of volunteers working for many years, some have been involved for 18 years, to bring to fruition the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail. The recent months have seen a small group working on the official opening and then with COVID-19 all our huge celebrations had to be changed. So within a few hectic days we worked hard with professionals and put together the very first ‘virtual opening’ of a rail trail – maybe the first of its type in the world. I was one of those in the opening video!
Wow, with the opening now done, it’s a huge load off my mind, and I can use that time riding the amazing rail trail!
Jumping to rejection
A few months ago, after my granddaughter was born in England at 25 weeks gestation, I wrote her a story, Dottie and the Wombat. I shared it here on my blog and in a recent post 12 things to do before turning 60, I mentioned I’d like to have it published. To that end I sent it off to three different agencies, after researching my choices. During March I received my first ever rejection letter (email), and you know what, I wasn’t that heartbroken. I’d done my best and given it a try. There are still 2 more chances of it getting picked up but even if it doesn’t I’m happy with my efforts.
So, how was your March?
Let me know how you are coping with the pandemic in your neck of the woods.
I know it happened in April but…I was asked to be part of a series on Sue’s blog, Travel Tales of Life about how COVID-19 is impacting life in Tumbarumba – in the first post in the series Sue has guests from Thailand, Spain, Mexico and Tumbarumba! I was thrilled to share news of our little town amongst those bigger places 🙂
Let’s hope April is a better month around the world. Take care and stay well everyone. Thanks for the cuppa and the chat 🙂
Debbie is an award winning blogger and lives in the small town of Tumbarumba in NSW Australia. Married for 40 years, with three grown up daughters, Debbie and the Mathematician are avid travellers, cyclists and adventurers. Described by others as a ‘hummingbird on speed’ this active mother and grandmother has also received a bravery award from the Queen.
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