Lockdown

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17.3. - Schließung

Do you remember the good old days? The ones when we had so much to do at our workplace, then rushed home to juggle household tasks and family stuff, all the while trying to squeeze in some creative time? Did you - like me - keep saying how you longed for some quiet time at home, without the need to rush anywhere? Well ... I suppose it's a case of "be careful what you wish for". 

The boutique I work at has been shut down since 18th March. Clothes stores are not relevant in times like these, so my coworkers and I (plus all our coworkers in all the company's stores all over the country) have been sent home on circumstantial unemployment. I don't know if any of you are familiar with the German concept of "Kurzarbeit" - it's a means for companies struggling, usually due to financial crisis, lack of contract work etc, to pay reduced wages to their employees. To make sure workers affected by "Kurzarbeit" will still be able to pay their bills, their reduced income will be supplemented through unemployment benefits of 60% of their regular income. It's not ideal but at least people won't be sacked, and will still have some income to make ends meet. For me, it's not as bad as it sounds, since I only work very few hours anyway, and am more or less just earning some pocket money. Steve's job continues just as usual, he literally puts food on the table since he's also the one doing most of the shopping right now. 

I don't really mind being at home, on the contrary. While I'm not happy about the way Covid-19 has spread and harmed the entire world, I'm trying to make the best of it and concentrate on the good. Like finally having the time and peace of mind to do some of the things I had been planning and thinking about for ages. I tidied up the walk-in closed, rearranged some things, sorted through my yarn stash, begun a new sweater, made a sourdough starter (which is actually coming along so lovely that I might be able to bake my first sourdough bread tomorrow), learned more about photography, and read an awful lot of books. 

And I've come back to regular, old-fashioned blogging. To be honest, I never thought I would as I hadn't felt comfortable with writing long, wordy posts for quite a while. Having some kind of photo diary seemed so much more "me", and I will certainly keep it up (you can find it on http://photographic-memory.de), but I felt I wanted somewhere to post process pictures of my knitted and crocheted things, and write about my cooking and baking adventures, and share my creative and crafty journey with you. There are so many things I want to do and try, and sharing them in a mere photo diary just didn't feel right for me. 

Yesterday we learned that the lockdown will continue until 19th April. Well, that should give me enough time to develop new ideas, finish some WIPs, and start some new projects. And who knows, if it ever stops snowing, I might even get to spend some time in the garden. 

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