I think it is fair to say that the Covid pandemic has affected everyone in some way. Some of us have had to change the way we work. For some, the changes have been insignificant while, for others, they have been devastating.
This is the third in the series of Catholic Saints Feast Days. See September Feast Days here and August here. 1st October Saint Therese of Lisieux
Following on from 'Lockdown Crafts', I wanted to share some other things that I have been doing. Looking back on that, I have done something completely different. There have been no further woodwork projects or sewing projects. There have, however, been a couple of knitting projects.
Working, furloughed, out of work, home from school. We are all in different situations as a worldwide pandemic continues to impact our lives. While I am lucky enough to be able to work from home, I have also found time to get on with hobbies. Interested in many things - from arts to adventure - I do have a tendency to procrastinate. I will start something without finishing. I will decide that I want to practice another hobby when I have several unfinished projects awaiting completion.
When thinking of all the things I plan to do when it is possible to do them, there are so many choices. I already have a bucket list, which seems to get longer as I add two things each time I tick off one. My family and I have so many ideas from a meal at our favourite pub to holidays to helicopter rides. I've thought about how nice it would be to revisit the warm, sandy beaches and clear blue water of Mallorca but, just as much, I would love to enjoy some of our more local spots again.
Introduction Beltane is a pagan celebration, on of the eight sabbats on the Wheel of the Year. Celebrations often revolve around fires - Beltane means 'bright fire' or 'fire of Bel'. Bel, or Belanus, is a widely-worshipped god of Celtic tradition.
After making so many memories in 2018, and the enjoyment of looking back on them, I did the same for 2019. The idea is to make a note of something good that happened each week, put each note in a jar, and have 52 memories on which to look back. I tried to get at least one note per week in there but was lucky enough to have even more experiences that I wanted to remember.
The Past At first, it did not occur to me that he was abusive. He didn’t hit me. It wasn’t until after I left that I realised it was abuse. Every type of abuse except he didn’t hit me. He shouted, he lied, he stole, there was financial abuse and gaslighting (I didn’t know what that was until I read about it and realised that’s exactly what was going on). I wasn’t even sure he knew he was doing it. When he took money from me to spend on drink, I don’t know if it occurred to him that it was wrong or if he thought it was somehow acceptable.