Signs of Normalcy?

October 22, 2021

I ran some errands this week. It was very exciting.

If you’re like me, you’ve been putting off errands, or ordering stuff online, or just doing without, because The World is Awful and What Difference Does It Make If I Have Potted Mums on My Front Porch Because No One Will See Them Anyway.

But Florida’s COVID numbers are down, and I needed to drop off some books at the library and buy groceries, so I figured, why not throw caution to the wind and go to a nursery and buy some pretty mums to brighten up our porch and lanai? You know, add a little fall cheer to our décor. (Plus buying fall flowers was on my Fall Fun List.)

So I did. And I bought one of those cute little pumpkins the squirrels love so much (but I’m putting that on the screened lanai instead of the porch, so there, squirrels.)

This week is the first time I’ve felt somewhat normal in oh, 18 months or so, partly because I’m doing “normal” things—buying groceries, decorating for fall, planning a family get-together (someone will see my mums!), focusing on seasonal pleasures like pumpkin spice lattes (had one of those this week, too).

I know in some ways nothing will ever be the same. Still, I’m encouraged to find that the simple pleasures of seasonal decorating, flowers, good things to drink, even running pleasant errands, can bring me joy again after such a long stretch of unhappiness and anxiety.

I hope you’re finding some signs of normalcy in your life—please share any simple pleasures and everyday adventures you’ve enjoyed recently in the comments below!

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  1. "I know in some ways nothing will ever be the same."

    This may be a good thing.

  2. Ah Kathy it is so good to read that you are once again able to return to some of the things you love to do. One of the things the pandemic did for me was to realize just how much the little ordinary things make our lives special. Hope your mums bloom well and bring you much joy. Hugs!

    1. Debbie--I'm feeling more hopeful than I have in a while this week. We shall see how long that lasts ;) Thanks for good wishes!

  3. Glad to hear you did some normal things that brought you joy. My husband had a doctor’s appointment in OKC today, so we combined it with lunch with our son (who lives just north of OKC) and some clothes shopping for me (which I hadn’t done in over a year and a half either). I bought 4 new tops for myself!

    1. Cheryl--that sounds great! Hurray for the simple little "normal" human activities.