Janie's Quick Update
How are you all doing this week? I have to admit that I have not been feeling quite up to par. I am not totally sure why, but I think it is probably the combination of a few things all at the same time that have led my inner grouch to be around a bit more than it should! The silver lining to my dreary mood (and there always is one) is that I have some fabulous friends who have allowed me to rant a little and off load. They have helped me to put things in perspective and have encouraged me to pick up my big girl pants and get on with it.....
Like everyone around the world we have really struggled to see many of our friends and family over the last 6 months, but I have been so thankful for all the little virtual conversations I have been able to be a part of. I try to avoid social media when I am working at the studio during the day (because of the squirrels!) but I love it when my phone starts pinging the alerts to messages in Whatsapp Groups or in Messenger.
I belong to 2 fabulous groups on WhatsApp made up of knitters and crocheters. There is the amazing Magellan group, (which was formed by the participants on the cruise of Great Britain and the Faroes that I tutored with Arena Travel in 2018) and the Mysore chat group that was formed in January this year after our trip to India with Knit For Peace. The groups interact with each other every day, offering help and support, or sharing jokes and news stories they have found and I love to be a part of a chatter thread where everyone understands yarn and crafting. I think interaction with 'yarny' people is one of the things I have missed the most, especially now as we are coming into a time that would traditionally be 'show season' through to Christmas.
I am thankful too for the fortnightly Zoom calls with my lovely school friends Nat (in New Zealand) and Sally (here in Blighty). We have shared more laughter than tears since we started catching up for our virtual chats in April and seeing them (Sal and I in our PJs with a cuppa at 7.30 in the morning and Nat with her evening glass of wine in Auckland) really brightens my day! Then there are the family quiz nights on Fridays and Sundays and the Zoom meetings with Sarah and Gemma that are also much needed at a time when social interaction is so limited.
So this week I am grateful for my (virtual) friends for helping me put my personal monster (think Oscar from Sesame Street but with sharper teeth) in the trash can. Huge thanks too to the awesome Christina, who treated me to a lovely slice of (non virtual) normality by taking me out for a scrummy lunch| You are all fabulous, strong women and I love you!
And so, with all the negativity put well and truly to one side, here I am, happy and non grouchy, as we head into the weekend with a very speedy catch up of all things Janie Crow.....
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