Happy Friday, dear friends. I like to share some snapshots from the week on Fridays. I’m trying to take more pictures this year and knowing that I’ll be sharing them on my blog helps keep me accountable to that goal! So please, come in and look at my flowers, garden, and home!
The last few days have been on the warm side, but most of this week was perfect. We spent a lot of time outside and on a quilt under our maple tree for shade. Our first week of learning at home is in the books and it went better than I expected! I’m trying to keep in mind that it’s totally beautiful outside and it would be cruel of me to force Bear to stay inside. It’s impossible to expect children to concentrate when there’s so much to do out there! So I’ve been using the strewing method outside: I put down a quilt and a pile of books and started reading aloud from our book of Greek myths. It drew him right in, which led to some independent reading of Dr. Seuss. I call that day a success!
Has anyone else hit a wall with their reading lately? I’m finding it really hard to concentrate on anything in print, so I’m very thankful that I’ve rediscovered audiobooks. I have all of these books waiting for me – including a pile of library books on my desk and shelves full on my Kindle… and yet, I just can’t get beyond the first few pages of anything. This has happened before (often), but it’s always shocking when it does because it seems to come out of nowhere!
I’m being very careful in general right now. I’m worried about depression – I’ve felt the urge to sleep all of the time and have noticed an increased irritability with everything around me. So I’m focusing on my successes, being gentle with myself when I feel like I need rest, and doing my best not to get overwhelmed. I’m thinking of taking Instagram off of my phone again because I’m not feeling happy when I scroll through it. I feel as though I’m not doing enough, which is ridiculous. So I’m going to spend the weekend without Instagram and see how I feel on Monday morning!
I bought this chai mix recently and am learning to make lattes at home. I was surprised by how small the container was, especially since it touts that it will make 100 cups of chai. The scoop included is tiny, just about 1/4 of a teaspoon and I thought there was no way that would provide enough chai flavor to make me happy. Wrong! That little scoop packed a big punch! I’m going to have to practice a lot, but I’m excited to have access to some delicious chai at home for an afternoon pick-me-up.
Okay – that’s it from me this week. I’m looking forward to having everyone home this weekend and lots of food on the grill. I’m going to try to grill romaine lettuce! I wish you all a quiet and restful few days. Stay safe!