It can be tough finding a smile when you are ‘shielding’ locked away from the world. That said when you focus on the positives in life they can far outweigh the negatives as you learn to adapt, develop new skills and appreciate things that a year ago would have passed unnoticed. So I’ve several smiles and a happy dance to share this week.
New website: After nearly eighteen months in the planning, we were finally allowed backstage to test our new website. Okay, it’s still in the development stage and won’t go live for some time, but I’m so excited a *happy dance* is in progress. Not only is the forum software more responsive and user-friendly the new blog plugin is amazing!
Wild Wednesday: In the last COVID lockdown (March 2019) a longtime acquaintance gave me a book, so I could identify wildflowers in our local area.
Despite restricted mobility due to knee issues which culminated in a total knee replacement operation last August, the challenge of locating and then taking passable photographs proved rewarding. The hidden benefit of observing life at a snail’s pace is that you have time to actually view the countryside with fresh eyes. The same eyes that failed enjoy nature as I strode at speed towards the horizon only a few years ago.
Some of the wildflowers are so small it’s hardly surprising I failed to notice. Last week I discovered the Wild Wednesday – Narcissus bulbocodium L – Hoop Petticoat Daffodil .
Weight Loss: I hit a new milestone over the last week. I’ve now lost a further 2lbs in weight which means the total weight loss is over 26lb since April last year. Okay, it’s not a huge amount but given my lack of mobility, two lockdowns and the strain on my mental health, I feel positive. It’s difficult not to binge eat when you feel isolated from family, stressed and anxious.
COVID has presented all of us with many challenges both physically and mentally so focusing on smiles gives us a real boost in these dark times.
Do find some smiles and join the Weekly Smile over at Trent’s Blog