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one second everyday – june 2020

june! nothing terribly exciting happened, and yet it was a brilliant month nonetheless. i guess my brain has recalibrated its expectations for the year, and they are pretty low at this point… but this is probably why i’ll remember this month with such fondness. every day was sunny and had one thing or another that made us smile.

the pandemic gardening started to bear some fruits, and we i can now eat tomatoes, physalis and passionfruit to my heart’s content, and there are also 2 butternut squashes that are coming along nicely! i cut my hair and died it red. kept on studying chinese. mail services everywhere are struggling, and yet, postcrossing hit 57 million postcards. i turned 38 and ate a huge bola de berlim. we tried out kayaking in the lagoon after 5 years of living here, and it was fun! and on the deconfinement department, we had one game night with friends, and some socially distanced knitting.

pretty good, in my book. july, bring it on!

one second everyday — may 2020

may!

the month was spent mostly working, cooking (baking even!), and doing random things around the house and garden. the boy’s computer suddenly died early in the month, but cousin d. had a spare one that tied him over until the new one arrived. the tomatoes keep growing, and we now have mini-butternut squash and physalis growing in our own garden (!!!). we had a slow “deconfinement”, with the return of game nights, some walks on the beach, and a trip north to stock up the family. no kisses, no hugs… but happy to see that everyone is doing ok.

it feels like summer, and june stretches languidly ahead, without any plans or expectations. i approve.

one second everyday — april 2020

april was the homeliest of months, calm and quiet, and just what the WHO ordered. after coming south, we did nothing besides work, study, eat and putter around in the garden.

improbably, there are now pumpkins, tomatoes, physalis, sage, mint, lemongrass, chives and lettuce growing… as well as an ever-expanding collection of succulents, and passionfruit. :| the hands want to keep busy, i guess, and things grow, little by little. i’m ok with this.

one second everyday — march 2020

march was… the longest year. i didn’t even remember we had been up north in the beginning of the month until we started compiling these seconds.

the first half of the month was fine. we played games, met with friends, went to a concert, walked the hills… and then the world changed suddenly, and we hunkered down to weather the storm. we spent our days struggling to cope with the constant changes in the postal world, fighting the slugs in the garden, and catching up with friends online. at the end of the month, we drove north again to help p.’s parents with groceries. we’ve been in my parent’s empty apartment ever since, and i can’t wait to go back home.

one second everyday — february 2020

february went by in a blur.

the big thing this month was finishing the rota vicentina hike, from aljezur to porto covo. a few days of sun, sand and cliffs, and the freedom to just walk with a backpack on our shoulders… bliss! i’ve tried to keep up the pace, reviving my half-dead fitbit and squeezing in some steps everyday or biking to town instead of driving — so far, so good. towards the end of the month, we took the train north, to check on family and plant some trees with other postcrossers. :)