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A voyage of discovery during two lockdowns

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Many of us have discovered hidden talents this year while we’ve been grounded for our own safety. I’ve seen neighbours take up cycling or running. My social media timelines are full of images of breads, cakes and artwork never attempted before. If anything positive comes out of this, its all these new skills.

In the Dean household we’ve learned to cut and colour hair. Mr D hasn’t been back to the barber since he found out I’m reasonably ok with a pair of proper scissors and a number 2 guard on a hair trimmer! The first cut took me over an hour, but now I have it down to 30 minutes. I find it quite therapeutic too, apart from the cut hair getting up my nose!

I finished a dry riverbed planted flower bed this summer, playing around with solar-powered lights that look like rockery cobbles in the light of day. Watching the plants grow and flower, while chilling out on the sun deck, made lockdown 1.0 more pleasant than it might have been in an inner city. It certainly made me thankful for living in a rural location. The added benefit is our COVID infection rate was lower than the surrounding cities. I say ‘was’ as we’re in lockdown 2.0 and the infection rates are high everywhere. At least keeping good distance from others is much easier when you have so much empty space around.

Tapping into intuition

As I mentioned in earlier posts, I enrolled in an on-line course on tarot reading. I successfully completed the two courses during late Spring – early Summer. All I had left to do was complete a big old document for my final submission. As Mum’s health failed, I parked everything up to concentrate on daily video conferencing with her. However, I told you last week that I plucked up the courage to complete my submission and send it in. The receipt email let me know it had made its way to the examiners and to wait until the end of November for results.

Well it turns out I didn’t have as long to wait. The results are in…. and I’m now fully certified. Mind you. Mr D thinks I’m certifiable enough without a piece of paper to prove it! Cheeky boy! He shouldn’t cast aspersions like that as he’s due a haircut! My scissors might slip while I’d doing his fringe. Anyway, I digress. I have been awarded the right to use this image in connection with future readings.

Yay! Go me!

For my next lockdown project, I’m learning how to write a business plan! My idea is to have a little sideline in reading tarot online – no worrying about face masks or symptomless carriers when you do online readings. If it works, then I’ll have something fun to do when I decide to retire in the next 2-3 years.

Hoping this finds you safe and well.

Cath xx

Blog Posts, Menopausal Mutterings

Aaaaand breathe

Last time I wrote in this section, the Dean household was at maximum occupancy. This has since changed, much faster than I’d expected. As you know from the last post, I was expecting the change to happen around the end of November. Instead the number reduced by one last week. The situation here in England with COVID became too serious for me. Our guest, with underlying health conditions, needed to go home to the USA as soon as possible.

Going back into lockdown has been hard for many of us, but for me, it has provided some much needed space. The energy in the house is more relaxed and peaceful now that we are not subjected to daily wailing sessions (for no good reasons) and non-attendance to the dinner table for evening meals.

The pupster has been on longer walks than normal due to my need for quiet and space. When it comes to visitors, I feel they broadly fall into two categories. Some bring happiness when they arrive, others when they leave. For me, I’m relieved to have an emptier house. I couldn’t stand the loss of peacefulness in our home. It’s almost back to normal, just a small cloud hovering around Cost Center 2’s room as he adjusts to her being back home again. I won’t be letting him wallow for too long, nor will I allow future return visits for longer than 2 weeks. This is non-negotiable. One of the benefits of being a postmenopausal woman is people expect me to be a smidge more grumpy and aren’t as surprised when I decide to put my foot firmly down!

Meanwhile, I’ve managed to make good use of the extra time lockdown provides. I started a tarot certification course during lockdown 1.0. I completed the required online courses, offered free readings online to get more practice, and now, in lockdown 2.0, I completed a huge document for final submission. In fact I sent it off this week. I hope to have the results by the end of lockdown. Fingers crossed I need to buy a certificate frame!

During the rest of lockdown, I’ll make plans for setting up an online reading service… that will keep me out of mischief and give me something to look forward to – something that is not dependent on our COVID situation.

Stay safe and healthy my lovelies.

Cath xx