I have sat down to write something literally about 35 times, but each time I do, my brain goes blank, which is odd because it's filled with a million different thoughts. Quarantine is not easy when you're an extrovert. My husband is way better at this than I am.
First and foremost...how are you? Are you okay? Are you healthy? Is your family okay? Are you home schooling? Are you working from home? How's your life changed? What's it like where you live?
I don't remember a more gorgeous spring in Franklin. The trees are still blooming...there are a million different shades of green....the sky is brilliant blue (when it's not raining) and the clouds are billowy and bright white. The temperature is darn near perfect. My peonies in my garden are just opening and thankfully not all at the same time. I'm always torn as to whether to bring them inside or leave them be. This year, I think I'll let them stay in their natural habitat. These beauties greeted me this morning. The color is AMAZING. I buy all my irises and peonies at Iris City Gardens. If you haven't been there before, you need to go as soon as you can get out and do things. It's truly one of my favorite Franklin finds. (Actually it's in Primm Springs but you know what I mean. Every floral photo in this post are the beauties I purchased there.)
So...let's talk shall we? I have good days and okay days and then sometimes I have very emotionally messed up days and I can't figure out what's going on with that. I find that the worst days are the ones when I have to go out do grocery shopping. It's not because I'm nervous, but honestly, I am not a fan of wearing a mask and gloves and using hand sanitizer every time I touch something. Am I in the minority here? Once I've been to the grocery store, I'm generally done for the rest of the day, and I'm learning to be okay with that.
During this time, I've been keeping busy doing all the things I seldom have time to do. I literally shredded a million sheets of paper and cleaned out files from like 12 years ago. Oh Cindy...you don't have to save everything. My house is organized like never before and I've Marie Kondoe'd every drawer and closet. I'm sure there's still stuff to clean out, but it feels good to let go of so much stuff.
I discovered a really beautiful journal that I purchased a long time ago in Paris and I've been doing a lot of personal reflection. I'll not share all of this with you, but suffice it to say, when I take the time to really go deep, I learn a lot about myself.
I treated myself to a Peloton bike a couple of years ago on my birthday and even though I have a love/hate relationship with this bike, it's truly saved my sanity. When I get on it and take a class, I think of nothing else except getting through the class. So thank you Peloton for keeping me in shape and taking my mind off the craziness of life right now. I promise to keep riding even when this time passes. I believe it will pass.
I've taken my cooking to new heights because I've been following some amazing chefs on Instagram who are doing daily cooking classes from their homes. Tonight I'm going to make Chef Michael Symon's risotto. (I even had to go to the grocery store to get the ingredients, so it must look amazing.) If you love to cook and want to learn from the best, go find your favorite chefs and watch their cooking videos. I've learned tons.
And thankfully, I'm still working. Our Franklin Flannels' customers have been the absolute best and they are keeping us alive. I couldn't be more grateful for our customers and our business. We started making masks from our vintage flannels and we can't keep them in stock.
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine we would be making face masks. A portion of every sale on our website goes to support Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee. We are a company that believes in giving back and Second Harvest does beautiful work feeding those in need. We also donate to Snooty Giggles and the Gary Sinese Foundation. We've done this since our business began.
Small businesses are struggling right now, and personally I'm doing everything I can to support local restaurants and local business. I've probably ordered way too much take out food, but it feels good to do whatever I can to help out. If you want some truly beautiful produce, I'm recommending Red Thread Farm. I've never tasted such beautiful lettuce and produce - EVER! And to make it even better, this is wonderful family right here in Franklin.
And finally...I have a 10 month old Cavapoo puppy, Bailey, and he's quite something. His energy and sweet personality are sometimes the very best medicine on days that feel totally disjointed. Bailey is one of my many blessings.
So let me know how you're doing? Where do you live? What's it like for you? I'm looking forward to better days ahead and yet, there's something also peaceful about seeing all the acts of kindness happening around us. Planet Earth is cleaner and animals are walking where they haven't been in a very long time. I don't know what it is, but I believe something good will come from this.
Take good care. Be safe and I'll try and not take so long to check in.