Spark Joy

I know a grand total of zip about Marie Kondo and the Japanese art of sparking joy – but I do know how to buy stuff off the internet which makes me happy. 

I woke up this morning feeling a bit meh. A series of events last night left me puzzled and my fitful 5 hours sleep did nothing to lighten my mood. To add to the meh-ness (fully aware that’s not actually a word), my phone charger is goosed and my peonie roses have died. Oh, the injustice.

Shopping makes me happy. The physical art of shopping. I miss going for a mooch around TK Maxx and Size? in particular. Shopping online is a poor substitute. However, it does at least give me access to items that will bring me some joy. I’m soon to be the proud of owner of not one, but two gloriously green, leafy house plants – and a new Apple lightning cable.

The balance hasn’t quite been restored. We’ve been spoiled with lots of blue skies recently and I’m feeling the weight of the thick blanket of cloud this morning. I’m determined to have a clean slate kind of day. All the laundry away, beds made, throw the Dyson around, prep something delicious for dinner and set up some fun science experiments for the kids (cloud in a jar here).

Maybe then, there’s an element of authenticity in the art of sparking joy. For me, a clean and tidy house, everything in order and a productive day has the potential to feel as good as wandering into town to try on and buy a brand new pair of kicks. Maybe.

We’re going to be continuing lockdown for a while yet. The Coronavirus R value keeps fluctuating in our area and after 12 weeks of keeping the kids safe at home (with the odd little bike ride and family walk), I’m not about to stand in a queue to get into Primark. Hell no.

I’m sticking with plants, paints and science. How are you getting by? How are you sparking joy at home during lockdown?

 

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