Following is my monthly wrap up of things that made me smile during the month. Earlier in the year I made a commitment to myself to make a concerted effort to think about the great and positive things in my life, and in particular, those things that make me smile. These days, most of the things that make me smile are the simple, every day things that many would consider to be unremarkable. No longer do I need big things or big events in my life, to make me happy.
When I decided to write monthly, about the happy moments during the month, of course I had no idea that Covid-19 was about to appear in our lives, causing life, as we know it, to change. March was mostly a sad month for most of us, as we tried to come to terms with the way our lives would look for the next few months. There was also the disappointment of events that we had been looking forward to, being cancelled. March, however, wasn’t without it’s happy moments. I’m so pleased I wrote these moments down, as they occurred. I have a feeling that, had I not, I wouldn’t have been able to remember them at the end of the month, due to virus overwhelm. Following are my happier moments during the month just gone.
Weather: The beautiful autumn weather that we had during March, along with a little rain, certainly did make me smile. It’s a pleasure to get out into the garden at the moment, and see that it’s actually not looking too bad after the summer. Usually at this time of year, I’m despairing of whether any amount of time I spend working in the garden, is going to bring the results I crave.
Garden: There were many hours spent working hard but having fun, while rejuvenating our vegetable garden and creating a new herb garden. We now have most of our winter veggies planted, except for those that will go in a little later in the season. So far we have broccoli, silverbeet, cabbage, lettuce, bok choy, peas, snow peas, onion, leek, and beetroot. I put in a new herb garden and planted a strawberry garden.
Blogging: April is Blogging April A-Z Challenge time, so during March I’ve spent hours making sure my posts are ready to go, come 1st April. This year I’m participating in A-Z on Best Bookish Blog. We had theme reveal day in March where I revealed that my theme, once again, was book reviews. Many hours have been spent in the past few months reading, in readiness for writing my reviews. If you’re interested in reading I’d love you to follow along as I post a book review everyday. Theme Reveal day was a March highlight. I look forward to that day every year, when I get to check out other participating blogs, and read about their themes. I’m always in awe of the topics and themes chosen by bloggers.
I’ve been loving participating in the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks challenge on my family history blog, Tracking Down The Family. This challenge requires me to collate research that I’ve done over many years, and turn that research into a story about an ancestor, every week in 2020. Each week is themed, which gives it an extra challenge.
Cycling: Late March was the time that I was due to get back on the bike, after months of knee rehab. When the day arrived, I was very nervous that my knee would be injured again by pedalling for a longer period. I tried to think only positive thoughts, as we headed off bright and early to the O’Keefe Rail Trail. Our intention was to avoid others on the trail, while practicing social distancing. I was quite hesitant at first but needn’t have worried as my knee passed the test with flying colours, as the pedals turned for 16k. It was just a short ride as I had to go to work later, and also because it was just meant to be a short test ride. I’m now very excited to start riding regularly and increase the distance.
What was the highlight of February for you? I’d love to hear about it and promise to reply to all comments.
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