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Busy Hands

An old saying kept slipping around inside my head but it  never actually surfaced. I think the one I


pulled off the internet works and it’s by the author of one of my favourite books so bonus points. In the last few days it seems like I’ve been glued to the news. Surfing from one site to another, morning noon and night. I read a blog post yesterday called I read the News Today Oh Boy. It helped re-balance my mind and realize that I needed to get off my phone and the TV and stop focusing on the pandemic. Plus, finally after 14 months of being semi retired I’m finally forming (or forcing) a routine and that helps.

So I did my cardio, stretching and strengthening. Had breakfast and spent the morning in the kitchen and doing housework. I made Thai butternut squash soup and my third go around at french bread. One was a winner and the other still needs work but alas I am almost out of flour and so are the stores ☹️.I chatted with a few friends this afternoon while I “shopped” in my stash for material, cut, laid out and sewed together plus sandwiched a baby quilt top. We went for our customary afternoon walk. It’s such a great way to reconnect after his work day at the desk and mine in various locations. I gave him the updates for the various calls and texts I had been involved in as I reached out to those at a distance from me. Which is everyone but him.

As per our usual routine we worked on supper together and I also spent some time on a project while it cooked. Then after supper we completed the project and hung part 1 of the basement pictures. It’s been a concept for 3 years so I am amazed we actually completed it in just a few hours. It was a lucky find that we had glass the correct size and he didn’t have to cut it down. I’m so in love with the pictures and the old window frame.

Busy hands and a mind full of those details meant less time to fret. The updates from family and friends were all on the positive note so that certainly helped as well. The day has been busy and satisfying.

I will cap it off by watching the news which maybe isn’t the best idea but I do feel the need to stay informed of national updates. I did do some local updates on my “lunch” break and read an excellently written article by a young colleague of mine. The analogy was to get off the train tracks now and not wait till it gets any closer. He also had a lot of pertinent local medical details and I did share it to Facebook. So I haven’t totally been off social media but I’ve tried hard to focus on the present and be present.

Feel free to leave me a comment and let me know how you are coping in this time of uncertainty. You can email me at if you would like a shoulder or an ear in a private conversation. Oh and I checked; if you are local I’m well stocked with toilet paper and would trade for flour!



I have had a love of the written word for my entire life. It's no surprise that eventually I found a platform where I could write. It's random; sometimes funny, occasionally sad, maybe even at times from anger and I lean towards creative photography and hands on crafts. I have a few blogs that high light these interests.

6 thoughts on “Busy Hands

    1. Get into a project! I’ve now got a biggie on the go! Plus go outside and take that walk. It really helps. But yes appropriate news and not just social media.
      Thanks for stopping in, reading and commenting. Stay safe.

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      1. Oh dear you did. That’s the story of my whole adult life — it’s always an injury and then a long rehab and then get on track, get stronger and fitter. Then a sports injury and the cycle repeats. Take care of that ankle. Now is a time for Netflix and loads of ice pack time ((wrapped in a pillow case so you don’t freeze your skin)). Take care and thanks for stopping in and commenting.

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  1. Totally agree. If only there was a shorter news summary for the lowlights of this event. Too much information just leaves one feeling down. Good on you for keeping busy. Can’t wait to get home to my baking and projects and to a bit more space. We drive away in 2 hours and fingers crossed will make it home tomorrow afternoon. Hope the takeout places are still open along the way. Stay well Bernie. Allan


    1. I guess the lowlight of the news is that Covid 19 is here and it’s going to get worse so do your part by social distancing and self isolating.
      Have a safe trip home and enjoy the quiet time once you get there. Thanks, as usual, for the comment.

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