It’s funny the things that stay with us. I will never forget being seven years old and being in my grandparents’ Montreal apartment. As was typical, the living room was filled with the countless great aunts (and uncles), chain smoking and smothering us children in their bosoms. Auntie Yetta, lovingly blowing smoke into my face, said, “Honey, when times are tough you put your lipstick on.” She then told me all about her tough times. I don’t remember all those specific details, but I’ll never forget the part about the lipstick. Somehow, this one morsel of great auntly wisdom has become something of a mantra for me in my life.
I now pass this wisdom onto you, but with a slight variation. Honey, when times are tough you put your headband on. My physical shop is closed right now, but my virtual one is wide open and it is filled to the brim with new headbands. There are 3 pages of them, so you can headband away by clicking HERE.
Yesterday our little province of Nova Scotia went into lockdown. We have been so fortunate up till now. We really have a mostly compliant population….the key word being, “mostly”. Oh well, that’s the way the Covid cookies crumble. Here we are. I’m super grateful to our public health department and government for taking swift action and also to the many businesses who took action before being mandated to do so. We will get through this. I know so many other places have been feeling the brunt of this pandemic for the past year, but apart from our initial lock down a year ago we truly have been spared.
Thank Heavens for Spring and the many, many places to walk in this beautiful town.
And, of course, there is always knitting. I designed myself this colour work hoody. I’m rather in love with it. This one took a while. I was almost finished knitting it when I realized that I had miscalculated the sleeves and had to rip out most of the sweater and reknit it. Knitting is an excellent teacher for living in the moment.
So, I will go from Auntie Yetta’s wisdom to the wisdom of the knitting. Stitch by stitch and we will get there and sometimes you need to go backwards to go forwards. I hope you are all healthy and happy wherever you are.
With Love, Anna.