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Same, but different, morning

Hi from my kitchen! I usually get out of bed and into my shoes and out as soon as I wake up. Today I’m sitting here responding to emails and blogging. My hips hurt as fuck, which is a big reason why I go out to loosen them up. I will go out when Johan wakes up though, we have a mission and I promise I’m keeping a very big distance to other people due to the current situation. Will keep my walks to the very early mornings when hardly anyone else is out. Enough about that, I don’t want the virus to take over this blog like it has done on my instagram (I don’t need more messages about what a jerk I am for going out, I take a lot of care & have decided not to even see friends. Please, spend your time helping others or shame people like the couple I saw the other day who was fake-coughing at others and then laughing at them when they saw how afraid they were (if you really feel the need to shame others). So, stay safe, respect each other, keep the distance, the situation IS very VERY serious!

Yesterday I went to my local flower lady to buy some soil and she begged me to buy flowers You get really good discount, tell your neighbours! So I bought a bunch of lilies and pink carnations (Sorry Carrie Bradshaw) and told my instagram followers. Hope she sold out!

In times like this, we need more familiar things to feel safe, right?

Maybe I can use these petals as toiletpaper now that it has run out in the shops?

Being more of an introverted person (>80% according to several tests), my life doesn’t change much. I already work from home, I can read a book half a day, I don’t need social contact except for facetiming Elvis the dog. Johan says he doesn’t understand how someone so introverted can talk “all the time”. Helloooo, I’m diagnosed with bipolar disease, yo! Hypomania. Imagine if I was extroverted, I would be the most annoying person on this planet. Gonna keep in mind though, to actually shut my mouth every now and then to spare his already sore ears. Maybe get some of it out here instead? Now that I’m strong enough and not afraid of “offending” others, because what blogging has taught me is that a stranger on the other side of the planet can get offended by such a simple thing as me, without knowing the person or their favourite colour, write that their favourite colour isn’t a favourite of mine. Yes, this used to happen and this was just the simplest example, there were much more horrible reactions and comments from people who I had no idea of who they were. I was extremely sensitive at that time and to protect myself, I stopped writing and began censoring myself both online and offline, which actually led to severe depression.

Enough about me, I really hope everyone out there is safe and that you take care of each other. Even if you’re not afraid of getting sick yourself, keep in mind that others are and could die from the asshole Covid-19 – so keep distance! Stay home (hope as many as possible of you are in a place where you feel home/safe even if you happen to be somewhere else) as much as you can.

A list of things to do at home: repot your plants, paint a wall, go through old pictures to fill your mind with happy memories, try a new recipe, go offline for some hours and see how that feels, call your family, facetime a dog, help a neighbour walking their dog if they’re sick, try to laugh at something, fake-smile until it’s real (I know it sounds silly, but it’s proven that it works and gives you serotonine or something similiar, feel free to fact-check this (and fact-check the news, so much fake news out there)), make your balcony spring ready if you have one, have a facetime dinner with your BFF, get drunk if you enjoy that (might make you feel more locked in though if you’re a very social person), listen to old records and take the chance to CREATE (easier said than done, I know).

Hope you find this helpful. Take care, Sandra x


  • Alexandra
    March 19, 2020 at 9:13 am

    I am one of those lucky people who has a garden, so today I will tend to my lavender and possibly also my veggie patch. My dog doesn’t like FaceTime but he loves being in my face all the time… He is very busy barking at people daring to go out for a walk although we are on a partial lockdown.
    The weather is very sunny in the Paris region today so I shall head out and enjoy my garden very shortly. As you said, stay home, take care, stay safe and be kind!
    Happy confinement!

    • Sandra
      March 25, 2020 at 9:46 am

      So happy you have your garden and dog, he sounds like an amazing individual!
      Happy gardening <3

  • debdor
    March 19, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    I follow your Instagram, and really look forward to your photos. I hope you don’t have to stay in – I would really miss them! Stay well…

    • Sandra
      March 25, 2020 at 9:45 am

      Thanks a lot! I want to share my walks, but get so many angry messages that really drains my energy. Gotta put up a shield and do what makes me feel good as long as I don’t hurt/infect anyone. Stay well you too, x

  • Cynthia
    March 19, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    I remember when you set up that table and mural. Lovely spot, especially with the flowers. Taking walks is a great idea, keeping up some exercise. Your other suggestions are good, too!

    • Sandra
      March 25, 2020 at 9:43 am

      Hope you’re safe 🙂

  • sonrie
    March 19, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Take care, yourself! This is a tough time – toilet paper was one of the first things to go in the States. I think we will all make it through, but it is definitely a huge life shift for everyone – very abruptly changing how we generally go about our days. Some things have actually been nice changes for me but others are really challenging. For example, I like that people are off the roads and stores are quieter and I don’t have to feel bad about saying no to an invitation once in a while…but I like being at home most of the time and have many needs met. My heart goes out to people whose situations are less than what they would desire for themselves. As a therapist, I have abruptly transitioned to virtual visits but already I miss the in person of a 1:1 session. I hope we will be able to resume those in due time. The flowers are lovely!

    Also, thought you might like this blog post:

    • Sandra
      March 25, 2020 at 9:43 am

      Thank you for the link, hope you’re all safe. Happy to hear you are a person who likes to be at home, I am as well and think I could live like this pretty much longer than the average person as long as I have books to read and preferably allowed to take a walk every early morning.

  • Jenny
    March 21, 2020 at 3:59 am

    I love your pictures and the things that you write. Thank you! Stay safe.

    • Sandra
      March 25, 2020 at 9:41 am

      Thank you Jenny, hope you and yours are well <3


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