Just some things making me smile these days

Some days, it seems like this new world will never change. That we will be isolated from our friends and family forever, that life will never go back to “normal”. Other days, I have more faith than that; that our smart science people will figure this out and we will no longer be as afraid to go grocery shopping or being closer than 8 feet apart.

And then, how much back to normal do we really want to be? I don’t want to go back to the crazy rush of life, where we miss things and take people and life itself for granted, ever again. To fully appreciate the little things, because life really is about these little moments.

So many moments still make me smile – sidewalk chalk in a colorful jumble on my walk, cats all snuggled up together in the sun, naps and a surprise gift in the mail, nature and gardens and butterflies and dandelions and my snail Sampson. My friends sending me photos of their gardens and toads and treasures they find throughout their days too. The other day my cousin orchestrated a family Zoom meeting where he played for us a DVD that he had made from old film footage from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s that his parents had taken. It was bittersweet, to see loved ones who are no longer with us, vacations that we all took together, my mom as a young girl, my 2nd birthday. And these days that we are living in are becoming memories too – one day our children will remember this time and what we did, how we adapted and tried our best. Our masks will become heirlooms we pull from cedar chests, and remember how family and friends made them for us to keep safe, that is how much they loved us. But for now we keep on moving, one foot in front of the other, one moment at a time. Finding solace and smiles where we can.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date

We had a crazy week last week. If you read my homeschooling post, then you already know that we had to spend an overnight in the hospital with Wyatt for an overnight EEG to see if he was having seizures. Which unfortunately he was, but he was able to get on meds right away so that is good. My husband also had a bike accident and hurt his elbow, so our week was all messed up. However up until then our week was actually going pretty well! Lol.

Anyway, I didn’t get much reading in at all, but I did read a little bit of Watership Down. It’s my favorite book and so I know it backwards and forwards.

Reading This Week:

I’m not sure where I will land with reading this week, but I will try these two and see if one works!

Posted Last Week:

Homeschooling: Interrupted

A Day of New Life

Little Wanderings

Watching:

We are just finishing up When Calls the Heart, only a few left! What will I do without my happy show? We are also watching Midsomer Murders…

Stay safe all!

My Sunday-Monday Post!

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Sunday Salon is hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there! Today we are just having a quiet day at home…lol. We are going to have a virtual chat breakfast with my mom soon – and my husband is going to make me chocolate chip pancakes, yum! I do have that pancake obsession you know. Then since it is cold and rainy I think we will take a drive, then bake a cake and play some games with the boyo. I wanted to stop by and visit with my mom outside for a few minutes but it is too cold and I don’t want her to be outside in the rain. Last week was busy with zoom meetings for Wyatt – it makes me laugh that he now has meetings. We have been doing some therapy with his therapists online – let me tell you, that is pretty tough! They direct me and I have to do it for physical therapy and occupational. But I am learning!

Read Last Week:

So I wasn’t going to read another Witches of Palmetto Point book but then I realized this was the last one that is published so far and I felt like a quitter so.. I did. Then I started Reading Up a Storm and I am able to focus on it so yay! I’ve progressed in my quarantine reading!

Reading This Week:

I am rereading my favorite book Watership Down, like I do every spring, and I will probably also read (or try) Ever Faithful.

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Homeschooling: Snail Week!

Quarantine Book Tag

Currently.. May

Rolling With It

Watched Last Week:

We are still working our way through When Calls the Heart, and we took the plunge and started Midsomer Murders. I wasn’t thrilled with our choices for movie night this week – we watched Doolittle which wasn’t bad, really, just silly (which I expected) but Billy and I couldn’t handle whatever voice RDJ was using in that. Then we watched The Lighthouse on Saturday, which I have to say I really really didn’t care for. It was not my kind of movie at all. I will say the cinematography and sound effects were awesome. But that is it. So those were bummers but hey you win some you lose some.

Stay safe everyone!

Currently…May

I am slightly late to the party – but I am linking up with Anne in Residence for her Currently post.

Today we are talking about making, missing, learning, loving, reading.

Making: Bread! This house is on the sourdough train and have been making so many things with our starter, Yukon Jack. I am also making lots of lesson plans and plans for activities with the kiddo.

Missing: Well, my family and friends – I miss them so much, as I am sure everyone misses their loved ones too. As for other things, I miss the library and the zoo. Going to Starbucks for a coffee, or out to a fun dinner. My book club with my friends.

An older photo from a past zoo trip..

Learning: How to plan a week ahead for groceries! Lol. I have to order my groceries a week out right now, and it feels weird to anticipate what I might need. I am also learning more about myself, and the things that I will no longer need when this is over.

Loving: When Calls the Heart for sure. This show has helped me through some sad moments! I am also loving Stephanie Hathaway Designs and Chickie and Roo for my homeschooling needs! I have found that I also really love homeschooling…

Reading: Reading has been tough for me lately. I found that the only thing I can focus on reading were ghost stories and witch stories! I have read the whole Wendy Wang Witches of Palmetto Point Series – it was pretty darn good!

And that’s about it for this month! I will be linking up again June 3rd when we will be talking about what we are feelingwearingbuyingcraving, and discussing.

My Sunday-Monday Post

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Sunday Salon is hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date

Shelter in Place week….something or other. I’ve lost track. Lol. Last week we spent time playing outside with chalk, learning about caterpillars, making things with our sourdough, and just basically getting through. Today we are going to get outside and do a little gardening which I am excited about. I am not one of the brave souls willing to go shoulder to shoulder in one of the recently opened nurseries so we are starting everything from seed. And some of the seed we planted earlier has begun to bear fruit (or vegetable rather).

Read Last Week:

A few more Wendy Wang books for the win over here.

This is just a great series for me right now, I am enjoying them thoroughly!

Reading This Week:

After 8 books into the Witches of Palmetto Point series, I think I am finally able to step away and try something different. So I am going back to the Lighthouse Library Mystery series, another series I was enjoying.

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Homeschool Week 3: Caterpillars

April Reading Round Up

Mini Post: Super Simple Caterpillar Craft

The Almost Obligatory Sourdough Post

What We’ve Been Watching:

When Calls the Heart and Sanditon, although we are one episode from finishing Sanditon. And then for our movie nights this weekend we watched An Inspector Calls on Amazon, which was amazing – I highly recommend it. And then we watched Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which was also crazy good. I know we are late to the party on it but wow, so well acted. We loved it.

Stay safe everyone.

My Sunday-Monday Post

My Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Sunday Salon is hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date

Last week was, well, another week. Lol. Wyatt and I really dug into homeschooling, with lots of projects and learning about weather. Then yesterday was my mom’s birthday. She is hanging tough, quarantining alone, but we did go over and drop off a gift that I ordered for her. I ordered her a DIY card making set, since she likes to send cards to people and also because it will occupy her time as well, making them. I also added a set of Flair markers because I love them and I thought she might like them too. We had started a plant from seed for her but either it didn’t make it or hasn’t emerged yet! We had a surprise when we visited too, a raccoon living in her tree! We visited for a bit, in the front yard and 8 feet apart, then later we had a video chat birthday cake and ice cream with her. My brother and his family visited her in the same way, and spent a good while chatting with her. We do what we can!

Read Last Week:

So yeah, still reading this series. I figure if it’s working I will stick with it! I did try to read two different books, and I just couldn’t, so it was back to witches and ghosts. These are pretty good though, and I will just keep reading them until I am done I guess! (or get tired of them)

Reading This Week:

I am obviously enjoying this series. Lol. The main character is intriguing and I think she is practical and tough and relatable, despite being a witch and psychic. The stories are interesting, the supporting characters are just as interesting as the main, and they are quick reads that are holding my attention at a time when I am finding it difficult to concentrate on reading.

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National Parks Week

A Pancake Picnic

Week Two of Homeschooling…

Some of my favorite vacations…National Parks Week

Watching:

When Calls the Heart and Sanditon are our go-to shows at night right now. On weekends we are doing “movie nights” and this weekend we watched The Pale Horse (although technically not a movie) and then Blow the Man Down which was a recommendation from Greg at Book Haven. We are so glad he suggested it last week, we both loved it! It was totally quirky and well done and just so different. I told my mom and brother to watch it too. I thought The Pale Horse was well acted and held my interest, but I can’t say I necessarily liked it. Does that make sense? I haven’t read the book, but I did google the synopsis after watching the Amazon show, and saw the book is nothing like what we watched. I am putting the book on my list to read though!

How are you all? What are watching, reading, eating?

My Sunday-Monday Post

My Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Sunday Salon is hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date

Another week of shelter-in-place. Billy took the week off this past week and it was really nice to have him home. I was much more relaxed knowing he was home with us and not out at work. And while we did a lot of lazy things this week, we realized last night that being just sort of couch potatoes is not something we really ever do a whole lot of. So it was interesting to just lay about. The weather was horrid this week, we even had an all day snow on Friday, and we just stayed inside with the exception of a few rides around town to just get out for a minute. We also worked with Wyatt together for his homeschool, learning about the letter R and rabbits, and we had so much fun doing it! This week and next we are going to focus on weather, and I am in the process of pulling that all together still. We watched a stream of the DSO classroom edition, which was really cool. It was about the many moods of music and Wyatt absolutely loved it! Saturday night we tuned in to a virtual campfire program with Yosemite National Park. We set up the tent in the living room and went all out. It was fun! I am trying to take advantage of some of these virtual events as much as I can – or at least as much as I remember to do so.

Read Last Week:

I haven’t been able to really read since COVID started, until this series. I can only read about ghosts right now apparently. But since I am able to read this series, I am sticking with it! It is pretty good! And so far they have all been included in my Amazon Kindle Unlimited membership.

Reading This Week:

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I reviewed a few board games for kids here, and then talked about our massive craving for junk food here.

Watching:

Still watching When Calls the Heart, although we are nearing the end of the seasons available. Good news though, the newest season will start this upcoming week. Lol. Yay! We watched a movie, Brittany Runs a Marathon, Saturday night too, after kiddo went to bed. It was pretty good!

And that’s it from my corner of the world. How about you?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date

Easter has come and gone, and we celebrated in a very small way, as I am sure everyone else did as well. We had a virtual breakfast with my mom – I put my laptop at a seat at the table across from Wyatt, and we video chatted as we ate Billy’s special recipe pancakes. I love that my mom even got dressed up in a dress for it. Wyatt enjoyed a few gifts from the Easter Bunny, including peanut butter eggs that were obtained before lockdown at the beginning of March. Wyatt and I had a tea party with his bunny and badger, Billy baked bread, I made a quarantine version of broccoli cheese soup for dinner, and that was our day. A very small humble day, where we missed our family, but knew that being apart was important this year.

Like a lot of others, I am finding reading more difficult these days. But I have managed to read a book or two, somehow. One good, one not so much, but I read the not so good book anyway. Lol.

Read Last Week:

This was the good book that I read. I am enjoying this series about a library in a lighthouse. I would love to live and work there!

Reading This Week:

I seem to want to read ghost stories right now. I’m not sure what that is about, but I’m rolling with it. I miss the library! Without the library, I have been finding my books on Amazon – either the free ones or the books including in my Unlimited subscription. And if I really want to read one, I buy it. This one was in Unlimited, if I remember right. I only just started it but so far it is ok.

Watching:

We are watching When Calls the Heart – it is perfect for the mindset I am in. Plus there are like 6 seasons. This weekend though we watched The Miss Fisher movie, Crypt of Tears, and the new Little Women, which I loved just as much this time as I did in the theater.

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It’s been a minute…

Mini Post: Tiptoeing into Homeschooling

Stay safe my friends, and stay home if you are not an essential worker or have a thing you have to do, like get groceries and medicine.

It’s been a minute..

So, it’s been a bit since I have been here. It took me a while and the use of resources to feel in a better place. Last time I wrote, I talked about my overwhelming anxiety. I have to be honest, it got sort of bad – I was managing but not well. I was doing what I needed to but it was extremely difficult. So, I reached out. I reached out to family, to friends. And finally, to an online therapist and psychiatrist, which has helped me a great deal. I highly recommend looking into this option if you are struggling – I have found that there are free resources online for those who need it. And I needed it. I have learned some new coping techniques, and I also have started a low dose medication as well. Between all of these methods, I am functioning much better. I still have low key anxiety, simmering below the surface like a dormant volcano, but it is not all the time all consuming. I have even been able to read again, and do some different projects at home.

Things we have been up to:

Wyatt had received a butterfly kit for his birthday with live caterpillars – so we now have some butterflies! It is too cold to release them still so we are caring for them until we can let them go. They are a bright spot in our days.

We made butter! We ran out and did not want to go to the store just for one item – but I had heavy whipping cream so, we made our own until we could get some from the store.

We have been taking our daily government sanctioned walks, and noticing all the springtime changes in our neighborhood.

I have been giving baby sourdough starters to a few people who have wanted them, from my own big guy, Yukon Cornelius. The one I gave my sister-in-law has gotten big and she has used Baby Yukon to make so many delicious looking baked goods!!

I have even started making some sort of daily routine and lesson plan – I have always dreamed of homeschooling and I guess I am getting my chance. So, I am trying to get organized! Nothing like being thrown right in though.

We planted seeds, and even planted a little surprise for my mom, or Grandma Bird as Wyatt calls her. My mom’s birthday may be spent in quarantine, and she is quarantining alone. We can’t see her because my husband’s job is essential and he still has to go out a few days a week – so we are planting her a surprise gift. We will have a video chat breakfast with her on Easter Sunday as well.

Speaking of video chats, we have been video chatting friends and family. What a great use of technology. I know it brings a smile to my little guy’s face.

Watching When Calls the Heart on Netflix. It is perfect for my frame of mind right now.

And that’s where we are right now. Little bit by little bit, day by day. Minute by minute sometimes. And thinking about all of you too, during this time!

Poking my head out

Hey all. I am going to be honest, I have been having a very difficult time lately with my anxiety. Like, really bad. I have had to cut myself off from social media and the news, and my husband and brother have been telling me what I need to know. But, last night something happened. I made dinner, then we watched an hour of television, then took Wyatt to our room where he has been sleeping with us (he has been having some episodes lately that could be seizures) and we watched another episode of Doc Martin while Wyatt slept. When the show was over, Billy got up to do some stuff before coming to bed. As I lay there though, I began to think I smelled gas. And sure enough, Billy checked and somehow the burner had been nudged over and had been releasing gas into the house probably since dinner. After an hour of airing out the house, with Wyatt wrapped up in blankets, we finally were rid of it, and Wyatt and I went back to bed, while Billy closed up again. As I lay there in bed this time, I realized that I was so anxious about what was happening in the world that I had failed to notice something very dangerous in my own home. Billy has a cold (no fever) and is congested and couldn’t smell it. Wyatt couldn’t tell me if he did notice. It was all up to me, and with my nerves, I somehow didn’t notice. Thank God that I did notice before we went to sleep. It really put things into a different perspective for me, that I need to slow down. It was a wake up call for sure.

I don’t know what I will be posting here in the coming weeks, or how often. I think I might post inspirational photos or quotes or poems for a while, with some of our life interposed.

I don’t want to talk about the thing that is happening, here though. I need to keep this a safe space for me. 🙂

Know that I am thinking of all of you who I talk to here as well.