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My April in a nutshell (2020)

I had expected April to really drag but surprisingly I found it to go by really quickly. Obviously it was another far from normal month, well I say far from normal but then this lockdown life is kind of becoming the new normal the longer it goes on isn’t it. I still have some highs, lows, and standout moments to share with you, so I hope that you enjoy.

Happy reading!

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The weather! I’m lucky that I have a garden so the great weather was certainly appreciated! To be able to go and sit outside and read a book or do some writing was a godsend for me. There have been quite a few occasions where the cabin fever was really starting to set in, and to be able to leave the house (if only through the back door, and only so far as the garden) really helped to make me feel like I wasn’t so closed in. Besides that I just love when the sun is out anyway, it made queuing to get into the supermarket less frustrating, it made me feel more smiley, and it helped to keep me motivated. As I write this we have just had a couple of rainy days and they definitely showed me that I much prefer the sunny weather.

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Reading. I’ve read many blogs lately stating that lockdown has caused a reading slump but luckily for me I have managed to come out of mine and have been reading more than ever! This was much needed because I had so many books to catch up on. Whether this was NetGalley, author requests, my books I plan on reading this year (2020) list, or even just the many books that have been sat on my shelf for ages, there were many waiting to be read! Anyway, I’ve really made some great headway through April, and have mostly loved what I have been reading which makes it even better.

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Oh my goodness, my hay fever really got going in April. Itchy eyes and nose, blocked sinuses, ear pain…I had the lot. It has been so frustrating and much worse than recent years. The only conclusion I have been able to reach is that something near my home must be triggering it (maybe something in a neighbour’s garden), and the fact that I’m at home all the time has meant no break from it. I usually only suffer until around late May/June time so fingers crossed there will only be a month or so to go. Taking hay fever tablets has helped but they haven’t completely kicked the symptoms like they usually do.

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Birthdays. April is a busy month in my family for birthdays, and whilst everybody celebrated in their own way (which is great), it’s still such a shame that we couldn’t get together. Singing happy birthday over a video call just isn’t the same. We did get to celebrate in person with my stepson which was lovely, but again it was tainted because the wider family could only participate through the phone. Having said that it did mean less people to share cake out between so that was something of a plus for me! Seriously though, I’m really looking forward to celebrating with both sides of the family when this is all over.

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This should really be moments because even though they are all about my daughter there are so many of them! She started crawling properly (how can babies move so quickly when their legs are so small?!), she’s talking more, she’s coming on leaps and bounds with her eating, she’s learned how to roll a ball back and forth, and she’s interacting far more with her stories which the bookworm in me is particularly pleased with! April more so than any month has really seen her change, and it’s been so special that both me and my boyfriend have been here to see the changes take place. Oh, she has six teeth as well now, which are so super cute! It really is such a blessing to have so much time together as a family with her being at the age where she is changing so much all the time. I can’t believe that she is turning one in a matter of weeks!

All things considered it really wasn’t a bad month for me. How was yours? Any highs, lows, or standout moments that you would like to share? 

Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!

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Until the next time…Jess x

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15 thoughts on “My April in a nutshell (2020)

  1. Hayfever, covid, and a supermarket queue..! Has this happened to you ?
    Bad moment, on our last trip to town, twelve days ago ..
    How to reassure fellow shoppers that you really truly aren’t ill ? Online mask instructions,
    sewing machine, some elastic.. Hopefully, the next shopping trip will go well..



    1. I hadn’t thought about a queue and what other people might think, I’m sure more than a few wouldn’t believe it to be hay fever even though it’s allergy season! People are more judgemental/paranoid than usual aren’t they 😕


  2. Glad to hear you’ve had a good month jess, despite all the current goings-on – I hate even mentioning it! At least you have your garden, you lucky things. And you still have your little one to entertain you and make you smile. Nothing cheers me up more than a little one smiling and giggling 🙂

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