abrandar | slowing down

Há muito tempo que penso que temos tanta coisa de que, verdadeiramente, não necessitamos. Foi seguindo o blogue da Raina ( um fotógrafa de primeira) há já muitos anos, que comecei a ter essa certeza. Entretanto tornou-se “moda” e muita coisa apareceu a confirmá-lo. Perdi o rastro da Raina mas agora consegui voltar a encontrá-la.
Dito isto explicar-vos que nestes dois/três anos em que abrandei as vindas ao blogue fui-me interessando por outras formas de utilizar tecidos, linhas e agulhas, nunca deixando de adorar o bordado, que, com algumas dificuldades nas mãos, me sai cada vez mais imperfeito.
Mas continuo a ter uma preferência especial por blogues. Por isso decidi voltar e partilhar alguns pensamentos, sentimentos que me vão ocorrendo nestes tempos tão insanos, neste mundo que parece queremos mesmo destruir.
O meu marido e eu estamos em quarentena desde final de Fevereiro, quando foi anunciado o internamento por covid- 19 do escritor Luís Sepúlveda (infelizmente entretanto falecido), que esteve nas Correntes d’ Escrita Na Póvoa. Este ano não fui, mas estive em contacto muito próximo com familiares que lá estiveram. Correu tudo bem e comecei a fazer um projecto que tinha na cabeça há alguns anos – juntar as camisolas das netas mais velhas trazidas de diferentes países pelos quatro avós sempre que viajavam (no artigo anterior podem ver o slide show do que já está feito) intercalando com leituras atrasadas.E ia seguindo notícias nacionais e mundiais, é claro.
De repente, há cerca de cinco semanas começo a ter dores agudas num ouvido com uma borbulhagem na pele à volta do ouvido – tive uma zona – doença vírica – não vos vou aborrecer com pormenores, mas só vos digo que é de enlouquecer a dor no ouvido! Depois pensei que ia desta com a medicação que tive, mesmo, que tomar, apesar das interferências com outras que também tenho mesmo que tomar. Já tudo passou, penso eu, mas “sinto” sempre o ouvido… o que não é normal. Desliguei-me dos cuidados caseiros e das notícias – valeu-me o marido que tenho quer para os cuidados caseiros, comigo e manter-me minimamente informada. Estou a voltar à normalidade mas tão saturada de boatos, notícias falsas, péssimo jornalismo que não escreve e investiga sobre o essencial do momento que estamos a passar, de políticos com uma má-fé insuportável, uma sem vergonha que me perturba. Estou cansada e vou dedicar-me a abrandar no percurso do reciclar, refazer roupas que tenho a mais, remendar e todos os erres possíveis e só ler mesmo o que me interessa. Espero conseguir e continuar a partilhar tudo isso com quem ainda me lê aqui no blogue. Obrigada e cuidem-se.

I think for a long time that we have so much that we really don’t need. It was following the blog of Raina (a first-rate photographer) many years ago, that I started to be sure. In the meantime it became “fashionable” and a great deal appeared to confirm it. I lost Raina’s trail but now I managed to find her again.
That said, I explain to you that in these last two / three years that I slowed down my visits to the blog, I became interested in other ways of using fabrics, threads and needles, never failing to love embroidery, which, with some difficulties in my hands,comes increasingly imperfect.
But I still have a special preference for blogs. So I decided to come back and share some thoughts, feelings that are coming to mind in these crazy times, in this world that seems we really want to destroy.

My husband and I have been in quarantine since the end of February, when the admission in the hospital of the writer Luís Sepúlveda (unfortunately since deceased) who was at Correntes d ‘Escrita Na Póvoa was announced. This year I didn’t go, but I was in very close contact with family members who were there. Everything went well and I started doing a project that I had in mind a few years ago – putting together the shirts of the older granddaughters brought from different countries by the four grandparents whenever they traveled (in the previous article you can see the slide show of what is already done) interspersing with delayed readings. And I was following national and world news, of course.
Suddenly, about five weeks ago I started to have sharp pains in one ear with a pimple on the skin around the ear – I had shingles – viral disease – I won’t bore you with details, but I just tell you the pain inside ear is something insane! Then I thought I fall away with the medication that I really had to take, despite the interference with others that I have to take too. It’s all over, I think, but I always “feel” the ear … which is not normal. I disconnected myself from home care and news – thanks to my husband for home care, my care and kept me minimally informed. I am returning to normality but so saturated with rumors, false news, terrible journalism which don’t care and investigate the essentials of the moment that we are going through, of politicians with unbearable bad faith, shameless that disturbs me. I’m tired and I’m going to dedicate myself to slow down on the recycling path, remake the clothes I have too much, mend and make all the rrr‘s possible and just read what really interests me. I hope to achieve and continue to share all this with those who still read me here on the blog. Thanks and be safe.

4 thoughts on “abrandar | slowing down

  1. Dear Meri–so sorry to hear that you had shingles–it is so painful.
    as you know, we are dealing with this covid 19–sadly, too many people are following the idiotic advices of our politicians –no masks, no social distancing, no respect for humanity–they are following the lead of the commander in chief.
    Take care of yourself and your family. Slow down but don’t go away–it is heart warming to hear about Portugal.

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  2. Hi Meri
    I did the same thing by altering old clothes during this lockdown, it’s a very good thing to do.
    The fashion industry is apparently going to try to reduce fast-fashion now, or so they say, by cutting four new seasons down to three.

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