And here we are at the end of May already, which seems to have come by quite quickly considering that we have spent the past ten weeks or more living in ‘lockdown limbo’.
Despite every aspect of my life seemingly falling apart over the past few months, I’m choosing to stay smiling, even though that requires a forced grimace for the most part. Here, therefore are a few of my #LittleLoves from the month of May.
It’s astonishing just how much comes to light during the darkest of times, tough times call for your true self – when things get rough you’ve got to ‘get real’ as there is simply no room for ‘fake amidst fear’.
Having been handed almost all of life’s lemons in one big basket, I have stopped caring so much as to whether people think I’m odd for delving into ‘the dark arts’, or whether they consider me strange should I fancy spreading my tarot on the table – it’s part of who I am and a way in which I choose to reflect and relax during a turbulent time, especially so on the more difficult days. Whatever gets us through right?
Alongside practicing and reading with my own tarot cards, I have also started reading three tarot based books, all of which are samples and I’m yet to receive in physical format. However, I’m rather enjoying reading Melissa Cynova’s ‘Kitchen Table Tarot’, Michelle Tea’s ‘Modern Tarot’ and Bakara Wintner’s ‘WTF Is Tarot & How Do I Do It?’.
Like most people living in lockdown, my husband and I have sucked the soul from our Netflix and Amazon Prime accounts watching endless films, series, and boxsets including each and every episode of Normal People, After Life, Workin Moms and The A Word, all whilst ensuring that we keep on top of our regular shows such as Gogglebox, Home & Away and Eastenders.
I must admit that following ‘The Office’, I wasn’t all that keen on Ricky Gervais. However, having watched ‘After Life’ my opinion of Ricky has changed entirely. Though it wasn’t the best idea to venture into watching an emotive storyline based upon cancer (given my current family circumstances), it was an amazing watch that I found offered me strength and which made me smile during what is a seriously shizzy time in my life.
Whilst the kids seem to be hooked on listening to distasteful dub-bass tracks, I on the other hand much prefer more peaceful playlists, most of which I’ve allowed Alexa to dictate as I’m struggling of late to decide what I fancy eating, nevermind what I’d like to listen to!
Whilst flicking through my Facebook, I did however come across a spine-tingling, outstanding orchestral tribute to The Prodigy put together by the Prime Orchestra. Watching and listening to this gave me goose-pimples!
Can you Adam and Eve it?! My not-so-little man turned eleven the other week. I really wish it wouldn’t but time truly does fly when you’re having fun.
Whilst I usually spend hours slaving away on stupidly complicated cakes for my kids, this year my little man decided he wanted to trade tricky for tasty and upon J’s request (and of course to celebrate his big day) I whisked up Delia Smith’s ‘Squidgy Chocolate Log’. It was apparently delicious AND according to J, THE BEST BIRTHDAY CAKE E-V-E-R!!! Given J’s comments and the fact that said log lasted less than four hours in total, I consider that a colossal cake success!
With the weather getting warmer, I’ve finally ditched my daily ‘jeans and a jumper’ in exchange for flip-flops, shades and summer dresses. Having plastered the kids in factor fifty before they played in the paddling pool, it somehow slipped my mind to protect my own skin from the sun and as a result, I’m currently wearing a fabulous ‘lobster look’.
There isn’t a whole lot for me to smile about right at this moment but when you’re living in lockdown with two kids in tow, there is simply no other option – you have to discard the depression and do your very best to get by – it’s no use being a mopey Mum.
I’ll level with you – I find it really hard and often feel quite guilty when I allow myself to let loose and have fun at present. However, when life is crazy out of control, you’ve got to try and mask the misery and make the most of the things that you can control.
Like most of the UK, we are unable to travel this year. I would say that this is due to the pandemic but in all honesty, there’s no way that we could go anywhere at present for many reasons and the pandemic is actually the last of them!
As we’ve had such fabulous weather of late, we’ve chosen to spend half time having our very own ‘holiday at home’. So what if we don’t have a hot tub, a lay-z-spa or a marvellous marquee? We’ve got a parasol, a paddling pool with a slow puncture and a few inflatables which I smuggled back from Spain in my teeny-weeny suitcase… what more could a kid want?!
I hope that you and your loved ones are all healthy, happy and are staying safe.
Thanks again for reading my blog and I hope that you enjoyed this month’s #LittleLoves. If you fancy sharing some of your own #LittleLoves, then why not join in either through your own blog post or by leaving a comment below, I would love to hear what your #LittleLoves might be.