5 Things Tuesday – Beating the Pandemic Blues

Dr Tanya over at Salted Caramel is our hostess for the 5 Things series. You can join in here

She says:
Last Tuesday we did a post on your five most common emotions during the pandemic. Going through all your responses, the balance was predominantly negative – sadness, anger, frustration, loneliness and many similar ones. Yet we have come through the last 14 to 18 months somehow.

This week I ask you to list the ways you kept those pandemic blues at bay.

In no particular order:

Despite losing Maggie, we have tried to continue our daily walks throughout. In the beginning it was difficult trying to avoid visitors who didn’t care, but we kept our options open in respect of our routes, always able to have an exit should there be too many people in our path.

We changed the way and time we shopped, doing everything to a list and getting in and out of the shop as fast as possible. We still do, and are actually saving money!

Card Making.
I made over 200 cards last year, and gave several away as gifts for Christmas. I’ve made a lot this year too, and still find it relaxing and rewarding when an idea comes together. Here are a few of my favourites:

Letter writing
I’ve always been a keen letter writer, and a lot of the cards I make have been what I call ‘Hello’ cards. Every month, I write to our friends made on and off the water when we were on the boat.

Having treated myself to a new camera for my 65th birthday, I have been taking more photos of the ducks and geese in the park and our roses, which have been stunning this year.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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19 Responses to 5 Things Tuesday – Beating the Pandemic Blues

  1. murisopsis says:

    Your cards are gorgeous (second only to nature’s artistry with the roses)!! We tried walking this evening only to get 4 houses down the street when the rain came. We did a quick step retreat home. No walk tonight!

  2. Sadje says:

    Love your photos Di. Great list.

  3. I love the giraffe card! Do you have one of the fancy cutting machines for your letters and such?

    • I have cutters for circles, squares and rectangles, and a couple of stencils which | can’t really get on with. I buy stickers (like the giraffe and have birds and cats like those) or decoupage kits plus trimmings and ‘play’. Sometimes it works, and sometimes not. That’s half the fun.

      • a girl I went to school with has one of the Cricket machines. They do all the work though. Not sure how but they also seem like quite a bit of money. I like finding my own stuff.

      • I was never really creative at school. or if I was, it wasn’t tapped into. I enjoy what I do though, and half the fun is when something out of the blue actually works!!

  4. You have found wonderful ways to experience joy during the pandemic. Great job.

  5. Carol anne says:

    awesome ways to get rid of those pandemic blues di!

  6. You have found very creative ways of keeping the blues at bay, pandemic or otherwise.

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