We moved here nearly two years ago. We busied ourselves with making changes to create a cosy home – having cracked roof tiles replaced, installing carpet, buying some furniture, arranging spaces to suit. In the garden, I discovered what had been planted and added a few of my own.
When we arrived here, the area had been in drought for some time. A mere two months later, the fires were to the east, north and south of us in the state. We were always safe but had to deal with periods where we were confined to the house because of heavy smoke. We were grateful yet felt the grief of people who dealt with the fires and those who lost everything.
Then we had heavy rains that, fortunately, extinguished the last flames. Flooding ensued and caused trauma again for people in already damaged areas. Our local creeks and rivers flooded.
Following this came Covid. It was only March – five months after we moved here. There hadn’t been an opportunity to set up a routine in our new community. I had joined the local quilt and garden groups but we had only one meeting of each before everything was cancelled for most of 2020.
Covid continues. 2021 has been just as disruptive and, tragically, life-threatening for so many people. Another reason to worry.
Focus on the small things
I’ve been anxious the whole two years. I can’t control any of the bigger things that are happening to us so I’ve tried to take comfort where I can and focus on the small things. That’s why I write about gardens, quilts and books. They are tangible and give me pleasure and I hope you enjoy them as well.
I can’t deal with toxic positivity – the belief that people should put a positive spin on all experiences. That’s not a truthful way to live. Who wants to live in a make-believe world?
Are you feeling anxious and discombobulated, too? It wouldn’t be surprising. I’d love to know how you’re dealing with all these uncertainties, so please leave a comment.
We’ll get through it – I know that. So please come back to read my future posts. I promise you more stories, gardens and quilts!