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May 18, 2020

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Carla

I think most of us are feeling like this in some sort of way. I'm trying to work from home as well at the minute and am feeling very unmotivated. Mind you staying up late isn't helping! LOL

I'm loving the cow parsley at the minute and I brought a big bunch home from our walk a couple of weeks ago and have it out on my little pallet table in the back garden, it lifts my spirit when I go out there. We also do the dandelion clock thing here (n.ireland) and last week my daughter (16) and I found one on our walk that looked like 4 had merged together. The clock part was thick like wool and the stem was fat but flat. We also checked the time! LOL

I have fallen out of the crochet mojo lately and there hasn't been much done at all, I just can't seem to get that passion back for it.

I have realised however, that time was never the issue. Now that I have all the time in the world, I'm still not doing all those things I told myself I could do if I only had the time! LOL

Geeha

I feel guilty about feeling sluggish and demotivated, trapped in a small gardenless flat with most of our possessions in storage as we are house hunting having sold in another area. Try to count blessings as have good pensions and all family in good health but can't get motivated even to knit or sew. In retirement we've kept busy so being with husband 24/7 can become a trial however much I love him. Thank you for giving us a window into your life.

CJ

It's odd isn't it, I've been feeling exactly the same here. I think the bits of the day that exerted pressure before - having to eat by x o'clock before going somewhere or trying to fit in getting everyone in the right place at the right time, kept me going at a faster pace all day. Now, there is more time, but less pressure, so I am a bit more drifty. Also, it's much harder to get that deep focus when someone is speaking to me every 90 seconds. I'm not complaining at all, but like you I was a bit surprised that my productivity and motivation wasn't higher. I have lots to get done in the rest of the year though, so I am trying to up my game a bit. Lovely to see a post from you, and your photos are sublime. All that beautiful spring greenery. I second what you say about that kitchen. Mine is tiny. But it doesn't take long to mop the floor! CJ xx

Charlotte (MotherOwl)

Hi Lucy, in Denmark children does not tell the clock by blowing at a daffodil and counting the reamaining seeds. They count their boyfriends - or girlfriends - and optimally only one should be left.

EV80

Isn't it a bit the same with an upcoming vacation :-)? When you tell yourself that you'll catch up with all the chores once you have time off from work. And when your vacation finally arrives, you only hang out to read, sleep, crochet, stare at the sky, call some friends, bake some cookies, do one thing of your to do-list just to feel less guilty,...;-) It's the art of doing nothing, of being lazy and benefit from being lazy! Seems perfectly normal to. I can still work from home and I love my job but boy, it's starting to be difficult to get behind that laptop every day 'cause being lazy feels so comfortable ;-).

Pam

Lucy , I remember the dandelion clocks from my childhood. It’s funny, I hate it when they appear in my garden, but one of my most treasured possessions is a dandelion clock. It s a dandelion seed head preserved in resin that was my mums. She got it in 2000 as a commemorative millennium paperweight (time/millennium). I always was fascinated by it and of all her jewellery and ornaments etc she left that was the only thing I really wanted.

Linda Kennedy

Dear Lucy, you've expressed my feelings entirely. I was going to finish all my craft projects, blog till my fingers bled, clean everything within an inch of its life. Well you can guess where that all ended up. I feel distracted all the time.

I'm flicking through magazines and craft books and not settling on anything.

My flat complex has beautiful grounds with a big pond but I can only look out on it as there are some residents here who make your life miserable if you show your face (and they are all old men who should have more sense!). I long for my own space too and am working towards it. But it is hard at times to keep the motivation going!

We will all come through this and I wish you peace and happiness in the months to come. BTW I love your little tortie!

Linda xx

Linda

I think we are all feeling the same Lucy, I feel like the time is drifting past in a haze, I have started writing on my blog again after a years break and I've started a private blog which is more like a journal where I try and capture a bit of the time which rolls by with nothing to mark the passing days, I take lots of photo's through the day just to catch the passing moments maybe a snapshot of a nice lunch I've made, yesterday it was clearing out my wardrobes haha. Just so I can look back and say oh yes now I remember. I'm also enjoying mosaic crochet it takes a lot of concentration and yes I too have had to pull out rows of work and start it again. It's lovely to hear from you and see the lovely photo's of your area, I'm lucky I have lots of lovely places to walk too. Take care and stay safe. xx

Suzan

Lucy it is so brave of you to share your feelings. I just adore the photos you post of your walks. I always feel sad that I stayed close to home and didn't leave a climate that does not suit me. Sadly in subtropical Australia we don't have as many blossoms etc. Apparently there is a rare display in westernQueensland but we can't travel there this season.

As you warm up we are cooling down. I am looking forward to cooler days and crisp nights where sleep is a real treat.

Christine

I am losing the ability to walk at the moment so I really appreciate your photos. I have a small patch of wild garlic growing by the side of our pond....I see your vistas when I look at it.
I now have sorted my life into 'one project' days and have found that this gives me an aim for my day, maybe this idea will help.
Xx

Kate T

I must admit I have not really experienced lockdown like most. I have continued to work in my local surgery and I am very glad I can do my bit. I would say be glad you are doing your bit and hopefully this will be a small memory in the past. I do love your photos and your words make perfect sense, hang in there. X

Maria João

Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures with us - people who live in small busy cities without that amazing nature landscape....

Sarah Browne

Thank you for writing exactly how I feel. I live alone in the UK, I don’t know if my voice even works anymore it has so little use, I cannot hear on telephone, so life is truly isolated. Usually a busy gardener and stitcher I have lost all enthusiasm and powers of concentration non existent, it’s a horrible feeling isn’t it? So pleased you are not alone and have a lovely loving family. Sarah Browne UK

Susan

Hello Lucy,
Your blog is the first thing I turned to during our shelter in place. It provides with such a wonderful escape...while cloistered in my bedroom with a cup of coffee of course! I love your amazing countryside and all the beautiful things you create. You're not alone in your feelings of inanition. Take care, and all the best to you and yours.

Rosie Rogers

Hi Lucy, oh I do so look forward to your posts. Your gentle ramblings and beautiful photos instantly draw me to your part of Yorkshire. We did have a holiday in the Yorkshire Dales and Skipton back in 2010, but we definitely want to come back as soon as we are able to. So thank you for reminding me how beautiful it is. I also love hearing about the progress on your Aria blanket and look forward to it’s release very soon. I am just about to start the border on my dune blanket, am halfway through a sweet Pea harmony and have just done a tension sample for my woodland ripple which is next on my list. Keep smiling.

Wendy

Lucy, you might like Country House Gent or Cruising the Cut on YouTube. Both show a bit of what it's like to live on a Narrowboat on England's canals. We enjoyed watching the former's trip through Skipton! I'm just finishing the border of your Granny Patchwork blanket. The colors are bringing me joy during these odd times. Thank you for sharing your creativity and experiences with us!

Cindy Huxtable

Hi Lucy,
Its funny as you describe how you are feeling and its EXACTLY the same here in midwestern US. I love your pics of the willow horse and the archer. You have no ideal how much I look forward to your posts. I taught myself to crochet on youtube so I could do your blankets. You mean a lot to me.

Helen

As to having 'larger' rooms/house...my ex-in-laws were in the US Army and lived in SanAntonio, Texas at one point. They didn't live on base but in the city. I visited one day and she took me to the base for some reason I don't remember and we went through the officer housing area. They were some really interesting houses. However her comment was about the number of 'cleaning areas'. So there is a payoff with more space. :) Love your posts.

Janice

Thank you for inviting us to join you through your week. I think we all feel a little all over the place at the moment. I seem to flitter here and there, with no direction, but I’ll just go with the flow. I loved the perfectly formed dandelions. Yes, we have them in Australia, although they are considered a weed, and the old traditions that go with them are here too.

Rosanne (USA)

Once again, thank you so very much for this blog. I live alone and sometimes talking on the phone just doesn't fill that need to "hug" someone or give your grown kids/grandkids some loving kisses. It's lockdown for 2 months now and today, while my grandsons were delivering my weekly groceries, I asked: "oh! how much longer do you thinK?".......I didn't like his answer. Came in the house and saw your new blog post and I feel better already.

Bonnie Brocklehurst

Oh Lucy, thank you for sharing your withering with us, you open your heat to us and make us all feel that it is ok not to be happy all the time. I look at all of the lovely photos of where you live and your sweet cozy house with all of your coloured blankets and it makes me happy too. I am lucky too in that I live close to beautiful walking trails and parks, it is so nice to walk in the woods and see everything coming back to life after our long winter, gives me hope and makes me so happy, I look forward to buying your new blanket pack when available, can’t wait.

Take Care
Bonnie from the Island of Newfoundland

Teresa Kasner

Hi Lucy, I am so glad you posted.. your honesty and sharing makes the rest of us feel better as we experience the same feelings. I enjoyed seeing your countryside and especially the river with the canal boat there.. I also would love to even spend one month living in one of them.

I lived aboard my 26 foot sailboat in the San Juan Islands of Washington State USA for 4 months and I just loved it. Except for having to use a public shower and plug quarters in it to keep the water going. LOL! So.. hang in there my friend and we're here for you.

((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Sole

Thanks for a lovely blog Lucy :-) You can check out The green bean podcasts on you tube, where Katie shows her knitting and drawing projects, it's very calming to watch, it may be ideal for your little relaxing times xx
Sole

Hedy

I’m with you about feeling rudderless. At first, I thought I’d get so many jobs done around my home. But now that it’s gone on so long and will go on longer for me and my hubby, I’m starting to set small jobs for me to do or I’ll just goof off. That’s an old American expression meaning ‘not accomplish much while kinda playing around’. I do love your posts and pictures since they are exactly opposite of the type of area I live in. I so wish I had your area to walk through. We do need to be grateful right now and that’s what I keep my mind on daily.

Elvira

You're so lucky to live in a beautiful place. We're getting into lockdown part 4 here in India. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos. Take care!

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