100 Happy Thoughts – 2020 Edition – The First 20

In 2017 I participated in 100 Happy Thoughts – you can read the original posts here, inspired by Hazel from My Nutty Dubai.

In South Africa, it’s been 100 days of varying stages of Covid lockdown already, give or take a couple of days. I’m going back to March 28 to be exact, 2 days after a restrictive initial and level 5 lockdown began. Some days I remember clearly, and others not so. I’m going back to my calendar and the photos I’ve been taking.

Throughout this time (and still today), I haven’t been with my family, whom I miss terribly. I can’t wait to be with them again.

Like the 2017 edition, I’m going to split them into posts of 20 days each. Enjoy 🙂

Day 1 – Deep-dish pizza for dinner, made by Chè.

Day 2 – Planted spinach, lettuce, and tomatoes.

Day 3 – Chè made delicious fruit chutney, with apricots and peaches. He’s so good at that.

Day 4 – Collaborated with colleagues from the Netherlands to prepare for next week’s virtual training.

Day 5 – More yummy baking by Chè. The whole family is exchanging photos of freshly homemade baked goods 🙂

Day 6 – Nermal the most beautiful Maine Coon cat graced me with his company while I worked.

Day 7 –  It’s Friday! Need I say more? I work longer hours when remote working, so Fridays are still greeted with the usual glee.

It's Friday, Kermit the frog dancing up and down

Day 8 – Selfies with Nermal the most beautiful Maine Coon cat – he’s such a joy!

Day 9 – Searching for hot cross buns recipes was a mouthwatering experience – Easter is coming!

Day 10 – It’s my first virtual training in collaboration with my colleague in the Netherlands – my first virtual training, and it’s international 🙂

Day 11 – I discovered Urban Foods – an amazing shop where I can get fresh fruit, veggies, meats, and other deli items delivered. Their quality is exceptional and their delivery time fast. This makes me happy.

Day 12 – I did my first outreach Scrum training, and I met some wonderful people.

Day 13 – I’m so enjoying delivering training remotely.

Day 14 – Can I say “It’s Friday again?” Well, it is, AND I found an old box of Barney cupcakes in the back of the cupboard. I’d bought it for when my niece and nephew came to visit, and evidence shows that we didn’t engage in any baking at the time.

Box of Barney cupcakes making me happy
Look what I found – A box of Barney cupcakes ©2020ReginaMartins

Day 15 – I made apple crumble! I’m not a baker but I was inspired to do some. And perhaps all the surplus apples in the fruit bowl did too. Better than having them go all floury because we didn’t eat them on time.

Apple crumble image for blog post
I made apple crumble! ©2020ReginaMartins

Day 16 – It’s Easter Sunday – without getting together with my family, as we cannot due to level 5 (hard) lockdown 🙁 …I’m grateful to have a safe home to be in, with food in the fridge 🙂

Day 17 – Easter Monday, and a chaotic and wonderful Zoom call with my family! Yay!

Day 18 – More training outreach work! I so enjoy training.

Day 19 – Zoom call with my good friend Katrina, and my sister and niece 🙂

Day 20 – Virtual drinks with my social entrepreneurship group of friends.

These are the first 20 days of happy thoughts. The next 20 follow.

Ciao for now.