Tuesday, March 31, 2020

One Little Word: March 2020

Well friends, we've made it to the end of March. I'm fairly confident in saying that this has been the longest month I can ever remember living through. The end of the month doesn't necessarily mean an end to these uncertain times, but at least we've adapted somewhat to the new normal.

It's also the final Tuesday of the month, which means it's time to join with Honoré and friends for a reflection on my One Little Word for the year. I think I must have been somewhat prescient to choose savor as my word this year, because these strange times of social distancing have caused me to really appreciate so many things I previously took for granted. For example, here are some things I've been especially savoring the past couple of weeks as we've been at home:
  • An extra half hour of sleep (I don't have to commute to work anymore, and my morning routine is faster, so I can use that time to sleep in a little!)
  • Time to drink my two cups of morning coffee at a leisurely pace
  • Three meals a day with my family
  • When the weather cooperates, long walks through my neighborhood
  • Sunshine, when it appears
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Snuggles with Rainbow
  • Working on a jigsaw puzzle
  • Extra time at my spinning wheel
  • Writing in my journal and focusing on daily accomplishments and joys
  • Toilet paper (especially now that we have plenty and I don't feel like I have to ration it!)
My increased focus on the good things in my life right now has really made me extra aware of how lucky we are to have what we have. Yesterday the local news showed a really long line of cars with people waiting to get food from our local food bank. For all that I might complain on what I'm missing right now, there are so many basic things that I've been taking for granted that so many people are struggling with right now. The Mister and I are able to work from home so we're still getting a paycheck. We have a roof over our heads and don't have to worry about not being able to afford our mortgage or utilities payments. We have enough food to eat and can easily get more. We'll definitely be increasing our donations to food banks and other relief organizations during this pandemic, and if you're able to, I encourage you to do the same.

One project I've been particularly savoring during this time is my granny square blanket. Here's a size check-in for you (with apologies for the odd perspective, gloomy lighting, and clutter in the background):

That's a queen-size bed, for reference. I've just joined in the second of six 20 g mini skeins I'd set aside for this, and I've used up nearly all the leftovers I had. I think it's getting close to being done. I know I'm going to miss working on it when I've decided it's finally Big Enough, so I likely will be starting another one for Rainbow. I've floated the idea of using a number of skeins of Knit Picks Felici I have in my stash, and she's considering it.

I'll end this by sharing some photos from my walks the past few days. First is a response that I found taped up to the "thank you for being such good neighbors" sign I shared previously:

It says: "Thank you for making my walk so cheerful! It will be okay!"

And here's a painted rock I spotted in someone's front yard on Sunday and made a point of photographing on yesterday's walk:

Stay calm, friends, and savor the good in your life right now.


  1. I love how lots of chosen words seem to fit so well with our current situation, and Savor certainly does! I took many of the things on your long list for granted, and I do hope that I make a concerted effort to continue appreciating all of them when this is over. I love the photos from your walk and your granny square blanket. I don't know if I crochet well enough to make one of my own but now is certainly the time to learn!

  2. Excellent update, Sarah. This post is full of things to savor (and I am going to borrow some of this for my days!) Thank you!

  3. You live in a great neighbourhood! Maybe we could do something like this here ... We have also donated to charity, and will continue to do so. It's so important and while it's certainly stressful for everyone, we shouldn't forget that we are complaining on a very high level here ...
    I am so glad that you can see the good things now, and that you like staying with your family! (I've seen a few posts with people complaining about the fact that they have to stay with their kids and partners/spouses right now and ... phew.)
    The blanket looks amazing! (And I'm curious what you have prepared for April)

    1. I've always liked where we live, but these extraordinary times are really bringing out the best in people, and it's really helping me to stay positive!

  4. Love this, Sarah! I'm trying to be more mindful in the moment right now - to pause and be present - it's helping me not worry as much about tomorrow, or next month. I'm going to be picking up more crochet for my #100day project (stay tuned!)

  5. Sarah, I love the signs you seen on your walk! We don't have anything of the sort in our n' least, not that I've seen. Makes me think it's time to get out the paint and spread something GOOD! Loved hearing your savor reflections...from another One Word Savor girl :)

    1. I have a suspicion that if you start putting out some encouraging signs, you'll quickly see some more from other people -- happiness is contagious!

  6. I love this post. And I love all of the things you're savoring!! I especially enjoy the Keep calm and carry on rock. I also feel incredibly lucky, given that I've been a stay at home mom for the last year so school cancellations have caused minimal disruption in our lives. My husband is still working and we're not hurting financially any more than usual. Thank you for the reminders!

    1. I've been regularly reminding myself of how lucky we are. It's the only way I've found to reliably calm me down when I start to get anxious!

  7. Savor is an excellent word and practice. It seems to lead to gratitude, another good thing. Carry on.