“We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.” —Joseph Campbell
The past year has tested us to find joy amidst lockdowns and closures due to the Covid-19 virus. Despite it all, we believe that there have been good things that will last. Have you seen this? Today, I discovered a display of beautiful flowers, like the primroses above, at the grocery store. Instead of walking by, I brought some home for the kitchen table. The past year has taught me to live in the moment.
And that is not all. For the Feltner Group and extended family, the year brought the revival of an old hobby, several new chefs took flight, reading and decorating joined forces, and cup of coffee started each day with great promise and great flavor. Read on.
I have always found needlepoint to be a calming respite against daily stress. During the pandemic, my canvases have been a welcome site each morning. I discovered a new website (needlepoint.com) that offers online classes; they even deliver! This might be the time to take up a new hobby; there are two wonderful knitting shops in Winchester, Knitting Magic and Knit One, Pearl Two. Both shops have helpful staff, “knit-ins” and classes. Give it a try!
A Christmas gift subscription to Cook’s Country has sent my daily meals in an entirely different direction. I have enjoyed experimenting and sharing with my neighbors. Who wouldn’t want cocktail hot dogs wrapped in pastry with homemade mustard? They will now be a staple at my parties when we gather in person again. And one member of the family is now an official taster!
The Mardis Gras parade was cancelled this year; instead, individual houses were festooned in colorful outdoor decorations for viewing. They are creative in Louisianna! In honor of the annual pre-Lent ritual, I re-read Julia Reed’s love letter to her adopted hometown, The House on First Street. The book details the hilarious steps of a renovation and the likely truth that all houses are a moneypit!
Yes, coffee! The Feltner Group and extended family are HUGE coffee lovers. Collectively, we have evey imagineable machine for brewing a cup of joe. In a world that has been turned upside down, waking up each morning to good coffee is a small and afforable luxury.
We hope you have found joy admist the madness.
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