Pandemic snowy-rainy day

These past few days, I’ve awoken to the sound of raindrops. They just kept falling from the sky, sometimes mixed with snow, sometimes plain, as if the sky was mourning. I can’t recall waking up and walking outside these days because that doesn’t happen very often with working remotely.

I summoned the courage to go out and meet my colleague on Friday. It was snowing heavily, and it was one of those days before the weekend where you just want to crawl into bed and sleep for a few more minutes before chores and work.

Despite her hesitation, I insisted on meeting because she had to offer a gift for my mother. I considered it a good day to go out, hoping for the snow to stop falling from the sky and the weather to change. I got ready quickly, didn’t pay much attention to the weather, and just dressed up plainly, with a spring coat and had light makeup.

It was Friday, and I was just a simple girl in another city forgotten by time. I sprinkled at the door, bid farewell to the cat, and skipped my chores for a few minutes, so I could get out and have some rough polluted air. And meet my friend.

Dashing through the sleet…

Under the curtain, the snow did not look so intense, but outside there was a different story. The small town traffic became mundane by sleet and snow. The cars appeared to be a collection of toys, driven by small children with attitude and no patience or consideration for pedestrians.

I was a little early for the meeting, so I took the opportunity to order two cappuccinos from a new local coffee shop. The waitresses didn’t bother to express their surprise at my spring outfit in the middle of winter, in March.

Needless to say, I was already drenched and had dirt on my shoes. But who cared? I was just another girl who left the house during a pandemic dressed for the coming season, full of hope and good vibes.

I met a friend at the bus station and we drank cappuccinos while walking through the heavy rain and shivering. We swapped our goods and said our goodbyes soon after. I then ran to my station and caught a micro-bus back to my house.

It’s incredible how people can judge and analyze you with a single glance despite not knowing you very well. I was escaping my everyday routine by going out to see a friend on an ugly-snowy-wet day, wearing only a short coat and forgetting to bring my umbrella. What a horrendous crime!

I could almost hear their mutterings: ‘Ahh, poor girl, look at her!’ She’s dressed shabbily and is drenched,’ while I’m listening to my favorite song through my earphones and enjoying a lovely Friday outside.

Instead, I wanted to concentrate on the bus window while leaning against the walls and listening to music. Life can be wonderful if you choose to ignore the curious, judgmental looks of others; it motivates you to attain your purpose and enjoy your time.

Home at last 😊

The bus eventually came to a halt, and I proceeded on my way home. At the traffic light, I noticed an older woman dressed beautifully, wearing colorful eyeshadow and carrying a red umbrella.

I could feel her gaze running through me; it had to be my mascara that decided to bleed and give me panda eyes. But there she was, serious-looking at me, and there I was, laughing and enjoying every drop of rain that was now falling on me.

I felt like a little kid, walking out in the snowy-rainy weather and forgetting to bring my umbrella, not wearing my usual winter coat or office shirt. It’s lovely to break the rules now and then, to get out, meet with a colleague, dance in the rain, and glow.

At the end of the day, snowy rain can be just confetti from the sky. In those days, meet a friend, have a sweet cappuccino, and allow yourself to play in the puddles and get soaking wet.

Full week going on

Hello, my dear readers, how is your week going? I am sorry for not posting for a few days but my time was really short, I had many multiple activities this week that I got involved in.

I started Monday with a wild chase for March Presents for our dear colleagues at work, in a desire to surprise these people and bring them a smile on their faces (and also, to respect the March Tradition 😁).

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We tried to limit ourselves to a budget, as the salary has not arrived yet into our accounts and there was no money to spare. In the end, everything went smoothly, the colleagues were happy with the presents and our work was fully appreciated.

Also, this week was pretty busy at work and we had to work on core hours, supporting the needs of the clients and meeting their expectations. This also included some work hours from home and new software testing.

I had to take care of the home (I like to see the home clean and spotless😁) to cook and to work out. Plus, completing surveys for a small income once a year it is always on the list.

It’s only Thursday but this week was so busy that I almost felt the rush in my bones, getting tired and trying my best to stay awake. Yesterday when I arrived home, I made myself a hot tea with linden and lemon and forgot about the food as it was noon. I ended up falling asleep and had the tea in the morning.

The best thing is that I woke up in the morning so relaxed and felt so good, having to sleep more than 6 hours. Now I am working around the house and took a small break to write on the blog and read my dear fellow blog posts and in a few hours, I have to get ready to go work again.

Conclusions

I don’t consider it a burden. I am thankful that I have a home, people that love and appreciate me, a good workplace with amazing colleagues and new opportunities.

Even if the salary income is not so big I am happy with what I have now and I am hopeful that in the future things will change for the better. I never had such a harmonious workplace and great people to work with since forever and I would like to thank God for bringing them in my life.

I am always eager to learn new things and got myself involved in a new voluntary project along with one of my colleagues. We get to learn new things about protecting the green space and work together for a better environment!

At the end of the day, I consider myself a lucky person and I am aware of the fact that God loves me and it only gives me the storms that I can go through. I have a role in this life and I make a difference in the lives of the persons I am in, as we all have.

We only have to be thankful for what we have in the present and live it fully as it is our only chance to improve our future, by being mindful and resilient. Always remember that we are not alone and thank God for every bad or good thing that happens to us because everything happens for a specific reason, to teach us a lesson and make us better persons.

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Spring quotes and joy

Today it’s first day of March 2020. A new year with new hopes and goals that become more achievable as the time goes by. I wanted to celebrate this special day with spring quotes and joy lyrics from all around the world with my special people, here on the Kate’s page Blog.

I wish you a happy bright spring with happiness and magic!

Spring quotes

“Blossom by blossom the spring begins.”
 — Algernon Charles Swinburne

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!’”
— Robin Williams

“Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is.”
 — Jessica Harrelson

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”
― Pablo Neruda

“What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.”
― Kobayashi Issa, Poems

“Is the spring coming?” he said. „What is it like?”…
„It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”
― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
― Anne Bradstreet, The Works of Anne Bradstreet

“It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.”
― John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga

“I suppose the best kind of spring morning is the best weather God has to offer.”
― Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

“I suppose the best kind of spring morning is the best weather God has to offer.”
― Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

“I heard a bird sing in the dark of December. A magical thing. And sweet to remember. We are nearer to Spring than we were in September. I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.”
― Oliver Herford

“I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright.”
― Millard Kaufman, Bowl of Cherries

“She’s a manner of speaking.
Even the flowers don’t come back, or the green leaves.
There are new flowers, new green leaves.
There are other beautiful days.
Nothing comes back, nothing repeats itself, because everything is real.”
― Alberto Caeiro, The Collected Poems of Alberto Caeiro

“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?”
― Neltje Blanchan

“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.”―  Lewis Grizzard in Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

“Our spring has come at last with the soft laughter of April suns and shadow of April showers. ” ― Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate Stephens

“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.”― Bern Williams

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