What’s New, Pussycats?

I know my writings have been few and far between lately. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with something new and exciting or even worthwhile to write about. Sometimes, it’s just that I get doing mundane everyday things, that I either forget to write, or just don’t allow myself the time to do it.

And with lockdown dragging on like a slug, there hasn’t been much of interest happening anyways. I remember last year, when I was put on a “temporary” medical leave, due to being at a higher risk of catching Coronavirus. Being able to sleep and wear whatever I wanted in was great for awhile. But it got boring in a hurry. Then I was asked if I’d like to contribute a short story for a compilation book about making changes in our lives. So, in between selling some of my personal belongings and preparing for my move home to Scotland, I ended up actually writing four pieces for the book. The book was a hit, and became an Amazon top 5 best seller, so I felt very proud of all of the wonderful authors who shared some very personal and heart warming stories.

Who would have guessed though, that Coronavirus would plaque us (sorry, no pun intended) for a whole year. It has been hard on everyone affected, either with their careers, travel plans or health-wise. But a lot of good has come out of it too. Creative talents who had never before been heard of emerged, people cheered for brave and hard-working healthcare workers, and checked up on their neighbours stranded at home due to lockdowns. Lots of people started or took up once again, a favourite hobby. And home-based business opportunities gave us something useful to do with our time, and earn at least a little while laid off or stuck at home.

I also have been doing some of the above mentioned things. Trying to do more writing, with a couple of book projects either in the works, or planning stages. I took a couple of free online courses (which were also popping up all over the place), and created a photography calendar and essential oil products to sell at a Christmas craft market. My most recent venture was re-joining Avon. I used to be a representative for several years back in Canada, and since I like their products and excellent value, I thought it would be a good idea to join Avon UK. I like that I don’t necessarily have to go out canvassing with brochures if I want to stay safe (from Covid, that is…). Avon has a web link that I can share with my customers and also a digital brochure. All very easy to use, and helps to keep our customers safe. Ordering online also means delivery directly to their own address, so no middle man (or woman). And being a household name is also a plus.

I’ve also been training my kittens to do some tricks. Yes, it is possible! There are even Instagram accounts showing off how to train your cats. Tomorrow my fur-kids, now 8 months old, are off to their vet for their neutering’s. I believe in being a responsible pet owner, plus I want to take them outdoors when the weather warms up. But there are other cats around, so I want to keep them safe. And they’ll only be outside under my close supervision when they do go.

So, what has everyone else been up to? Have you started a new hobby, written a song or poem, learned a new skill? Accidentally joining a Zoom meeting as a cat? Lol! Whatever you’ve been doing during this pandemic, just remember to hang in there. If we all keep taking the necessary precautions, hopefully it will be over sooner rather than later.

I’d like to thank you for taking time to read this post! Please show it some love by clicking the “Like” button, and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog. And if you’d like to support me during these trying times, please consider donating. Below, you’ll also find the links to my Avon (UK) store and Facebook page. If you are in the United Kingdom and would like to sign up as a rep, please go to my store, or message me directly.

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Published by jenmcnaughton

Born in Scotland, I moved to Canada in 1980 with my family. I was 10. I became homesick in my 20's, and longed for my beloved Scotland. Happily, I recently returned home for good! I am a photographer, freelance writer and bestselling author, and entrepreneur. I am an animal lover and advocate. My other hobbies include exploring, collecting sea glass, reading and music.

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