It’s been months since I last wrote a blog post and so much has happened in that time, I have had a few weeks away from work with an unidentified sickness which was thought to be Coronavirus (this was pre-testing) which then developed into a 4 week, 2 lots of antibiotics, battle with a chest infection. On top of that, I have had to take further time off from work as I had been in contact with someone who started to show Covid symptoms to shield my co-workers and make sure I was not unwell. All of this and the uncertainty of the past few months in general have really knocked me off kilter with my routines and writing which has meant that blogging has been pretty hard to keep up with.
Though I have not been blogging I have still been writing, Iwrote an article for an on-line magazine called The Everyday that you can find here https://theeverydaymagazine.co.uk/opinion/working-from-home-before-and-after-covid?rq=suzi%20tench and I have written another article for them that should be published at some point in September.
I started the 100 Day Project(https://www.the100dayproject.org/), a free art project lasting 100 days, which started on 7th April 2020, where you aim to do something creative each day for 100 days. I started with the good intensions of being able to complete the 100 days but gave up around 20 days because I just felt so unmotivated to do any art. I had started with an idea to work on an 8×8 inch square each day that would link together with other squares to form a bigger picture. In all honesty, though I really enjoyed what I was doing, I think I was overly ambitious in the sizing of my squares that took more than a day to complete. I think I will do the project again next year with the same concept but use much smaller squares of either 4×4 inch or 2×2 inch as they will be quicker to complete.
I found a fab group on Facebook called Frock Up Friday thatwas set up by Susan Sims and Bevali Francis during lockdown and gave members an excuse to get dressed up on Fridays when much of the world was working from home in comfortable clothes. I joined and have taken part in frocking up on several Fridays during lockdown, which has helped me with my mental health during these uncertain times and has given me something to look forward to each week. The Frock Up Friday group are lovely and the outfit’s people post, not just on a Friday, are amazing!
The biggest thing that happened just prior and during lockdown was that I gained a new boyfriend who has moved in with me! I say new, though we grew up together, his sister and I were best friends through secondary school and her family became like my second family when growing up. We have been in contact much of our adult live, mostly via social media, and decided to meet for a drink one evening and didn’tstop talking all night. It has been lovely to have someone in my life who has known me through the years and has shared memories of things we did as kids. A few months ago, we made the decision to move in together, he gave notice on the place he had been living in and moved in with me.
Since Rob and I got together and lockdown has eased, we have been away several times for the weekend, once we went to St David’s for the weekend to visit his mum and other weekends we have stayed in Brean walking along the beach, going out for dinner, having a mosey around the market or playing games in the arcades. We have spent nights in during the week, watching tv, cooking food, having takeaways, listening to music and enjoying the odd glass of cider or wine. When it was really hot, back in July, we bought a large paddling pool that we put in the garden, filled with water and sat out in the evenings watching the sun go down and the stars come out. All this stuff, things that people take for granted in relationships, I didn’t realise I missed until I had it back in my life.
Anyway, that’s enough of the soppy stuff… What have you all been up to while I have been away? I hope you are all well and safe! Hopefully, this post will be the start of more regular blog posts coming from me as I have really missed my blog, blog friends ad my blogging routine!