Outside there is a polar vortex and it’s been nearly MINUS FIFTY with windchill for the past couple of weeks. I am completely stuck inside and really been missing being able to go for my outside adventures in the forests to unwind a little bit.
But at least it’s toasty warm and I’ve been keeping busy doing all sorts of things that I love! Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:
♡ Decorating the house for Valentine’s Day (it doesn’t really take much to love it up ;))
Like everybody, 2020 has been one of the most challenging years of my life. We have had so much time to think, think some more, worry, feel, and learn about ourselves. I will admit that I have struggled a lot this year, but also experienced many great moments of joy and triumph. I thought I’d share some of the little happy bits from this year!
January: Knitted a lot, went thrifting a lot, and spent a lot of time outside of the house (a huge thing for me considering how anxious about leaving the house I usually am). It was a great, super refreshing new month to a new year.
February: Celebrated Sugar’s 2nd birthday, baked a cat cake, and threw a wild party with my family~ which would be the last get-together because of COVID to come…!
I also did my first big order of sugar cookies ~ a big batch of valentine’s conversation hearts.
March: Painted a striped wall in my living room
Then well, you know what happened! COVID hit and everything changed. Started working from home and Sugar became my suPURRvisor.
Wasn’t all that bad because it saved me a couple of hours on the bus each day and I got to catch up on a lot of tv at the same time. 😉
Animal Crossing New Horizons also came out in March which was the perfect distraction.
April: Learned to bake bread. And meringues. And cheesecake. And banana bread. And buns. There was a lot of baking going on!!
May: Things were a bit rough for me mentally because of work, so I started heading outside a lot more which was a lovely distraction!
June: Saw my parents and their dog Heidi for the first time since March! Heidi and Sugar admitted that they really missed each other as well (shh)!
July: Took some online classes which were a ton of fun, but a TON of work on top of working (way more than) full time. I met a ton of great people and learned a lot. But I was completely mentally and physically drained.
August: I took a math class (which was surprisingly… FUN) and then spent most of the time outside! There were a ton of deer around that I befriended.
September: Redecorated and finished painting and decorating my bedroom!
Got back into knitting and crafting again after a pretty draining summer!
And Autumn arrived!
October: Got ready for Thanksgiving, Halloween, did lots of relaxing, gaming, and knitting!
November: Spent a lot of time catching up on movies and tv (and avoiding the news…eek)!
December: Spent most of the month knitting gifts for Christmas, putting up the tree and decorations and of course more baking!!
And turned 31!!
And that was 2020 for me!! It was the craziest, somehow both the longest and shortest feeling year, with a lot of accomplishments.
It seems that I’ve drunk a potion and grown a bit since yesterday! Down this rabbit hole, everything is just a little wacky, whimsical, and not quite what it’s supposed to be!
You see, I’m thirty-one today! Hard to believe! When I was younger, I watched those thirty-something sitcom parents and thought being in your thirties meant the end of fun, and you were expected to wear a pressed suit and follow every rule to a tee. Honestly, THOSE thirties sound like a drag. I went a different way!
Instead here in my 31st year, I decided to bake an upside-down unbirthday cake and lick the spatulas, dance around the living room being judged by my cat, and taking a nap (pandemic lockdown or not, this is what I WANT to be doing)!
Perhaps this doesn’t look like thirty-one for most. But creating silly things, wearing bright dresses and pink and purple wigs, and jumping around my condo to some happy fun pop music IS thirty-one for me!
There are no rules for age so don’t be afraid to get older (whether you’re 13, 56, or 99)! It just means you have spent a lot more time doing what you love. The fact that some people don’t know how to have let others have fun means THEY might need to do a little growing up!
So bake a cake, make a little magic, dance around, play that game, take a nap! Life’s too short to be that beige, boring adult. Just be exciting adult you!
“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality” ~ Cheshire Cat