” Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.” – Morticia Addams
I cannot even recall what day is it of the lock down; its been almost two months of it, I guess. While March felt like a shorter month due to the lock down, April stretched on into nothingness endlessly. I have been very listless and bored this entire month. No amount of pep talk pushed me to stay consistent with a workout routine, read books or even stay online. Last week of April saw plenty of messages and calls from friends asking if I was okay? My online presence sure is strong as most blamed my lack of tweets/insta posts for cause of worry. I can just say that I am superbly grateful for the concern and being in the thoughts of so many friends.
I guess that’s what has prompted me to be back at my desk to write out a Gratitude post for a not so normal April. And just like that all the good intentions went out of the window and this post stayed put in the drafts tray.
Dusting my blog now that June is here and will combine April and May gratitude into one post. But I am warning you that its going to be mostly about some kitchen endeavors and a whole lot of binge watching movies 🙂
I have attempted to find my silver lining in these cloud filled months. But will apologize in advance for the self pity that I have been indulging in these days.
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♥ I have been suffering from the heat and a lethargy of the mind all of April & May. I was so low on motivation to do anything other than lie in bed and watch the Gulmohars swirl down from the trees outside my window. But on the normal side, I let myself be and didn’t feel guilty or berate myself over it. I noticed parrots binging on the Gulmohars and ended up clicking them one day.
♥ So much of me has suffered in this period. I burnt most of my plants to death as I couldn’t be bothered to water them. I was just so grateful that I had given away more than 50% of my planters in February in a fit of de-cluttering my balconies. Haven’t planted anything new since two months now but I have been enjoying the curry leaves from the balcony and am grateful to this hardy plant for putting up with my moodiness.
♥ I ended up eating a tonne of junk as cooking was something that defied me daily. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I am missing ordering out. But I did manage a few home cooked foods and even made crackers, namkeen, cake and other stuff to ensure I don’t eat store bought junk much. I also ended up saving so much money in these past two months as I haven’t been ordering out at all. Made me realize just how extravagant I have been with money and health in past years.
” Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Aesop
♥ Not wanting to step out for groceries, led to a whole lot of fresh food being wasted as I over bought stuff and it perished. Temperatures here had touched 46 degrees Celsius, rendering the poor air-conditioner ineffective like anything. Then I realized that I had a roof over my head with cool air in the room and cooler water in the fridge, even as people died on the roads to get home. And all the heartache melted into my new normal.
♥ Thanks to the lock down, I was not able to step out for my walks and within a month I was back to a flabby self. You cannot imagine the loathing on that account. I tried to be motivated by so many of my wonderful blogger friends who were posting such amazing updates and pics of their fitness regime. Finally I took charge and signed up for yoga sessions on Zoom and though haven’t been regular; am happy to note that my body is back to feeling pretty normal now.
” This is a wonderful day. I have never seen it before.” – Maya Angelou
♥ My reading slumped to nil as I just couldn’t be bothered to pick a book. I tried listening to books on Audible, but that too was a disaster. I managed to find some interesting content on Netflix which kept me glued to the idiot box. So will heartily recommend these movies to make you smile, feel mushy and enjoy the humorous bits.
- Woman in Gold is a gorgeous tale from the World War era about how the Nazis stole/violated precious art pieces owned by the Jews. This one is based out of Austria and tells of a true tale of how a survivor fights for her family legacy to be back with her. Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds are amazing in this.
- Our Souls at Night is a sweet tale of elderly love between Jane Fonda n Robert Redford who are neighbors and decide to sleep together ( in the strictest sense ) to cure the loneliness that hits them at night.
- The Fundamentals of Caring turned out to be such a sweet n hilarious comedy about a very sensitive topic of being a caregiver Brilliantly enacted.
- Reese Witherspoon in ” Home Again” is about a newly separated 40 yr old mom of two moves back home only to find herself enmeshed in a romance with a 27 yr old who along with his younger brother and friend, ends up being her house guests.
- Rewrite starring Hugh Grant n Marissa Tomei is an easy breezy watch A faded jaded hollywood writer takes to teaching a class in an obscure university where he picks up his class based on their looks Witty, warm and very real.
- Watched Five Flights Up staring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton – a soft gentle tale of mature love with some awesome reminders thrown in.
” Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. ” – Zig Ziglar
♥ All the mental lethargy meant that I stopped writing and the blog was ignored for all this time. On the bright side, I found out that my blog has been selected to be featured in the list of Best Indian Blogs for the year 2020. I think this is three years in a row that this streak has continued and I am so grateful for this.
♥ I have been loathing the housework and it has simply overwhelmed my lethargic self. If you step into my home, you will see what I mean by it. I used to be such a neatness freak but without the help, am coping very badly on this front. Finally managed to get the Gala long handle mop machine and am now attempting to clean the house on alternate days. I have been keeping in touch with my maid weekly and been paying her monthly salary, despite her protests.
“I love those who can smile in trouble…”―
Am slowly but steadily on the mend and am focusing on getting back onto the healthy eating, sleeping and reading bits. I have picked up a new book to read from my TBR and have also engaged in a bookish play in Instagram as initiated by a fellow blogger. Hoping this will motivate me to be more active on social media and keep me hooked to take new pictures daily.
This new normal is here to stay and we need to re-align our priorities with the present situation. The lock down was a test of our patience and the opening up is the test of our strengths now. Hopefully common sense will prevail and we will get used to all the restrictions and restraints for our own good.
How have you been coping in this lock down? What have been your challenges? What are your tricks and tips? I would love to hear about it all from your guys; so feel free to share them with me.
Joining up with Vidya for the Gratitude Circle Linky