Thursday, April 23, 2020

trying to read a library book


I've had no focus to read any of the library books I got back in March. Instead, I have been rereading flimsy romance novels because they are fluffy and easy to digest. So far, I'm digging this one. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

covid humor


Sending out a package of masks to the dear Zameander. Had to gussy up the enclosed card. Of course I did. 

Saturday, April 18, 2020

scenes from a lazy saturday


Though I suppose they are all lazy right now. Not much to report. Scones for breakfast, followed by neighborhood walk. A little netflix here, a little library books there, with a break for lunch (I mean look at that blue egg shell), a nap after, hanging out in the garden, dinner, and a puzzle. It's kind of like any other day really, I'm just not planning and prepping to make videos for class. Sigh. This is hard. I hope you're doing well. Stay safe. 

Friday, April 17, 2020

dear diary: garden goodness and garbanzo beans


We have a pair of visiting orioles hanging around the garden right now. One is a bright orange, while the other is this awesome golden yellow. Add in the occasional western bluebird, woodpecker, and grosbeak and we have a rainbow of birdsong going on. 
Our neighbors aren't awful, but sometimes they appear a bit clueless. I've talked about the bottles slamming into the recycling bins at four in the morning, and the trashcans being moved about just as early, it's a bit loud. Not intentional, I'm certain, just a little thoughtless perhaps. They have more cars than people at their house and park in front of ours (yes, I know they are allowed to, but they leave the spot in front of their house free for the last car that needs a space), put their trash cans in front of ours, and once they literally put their old Christmas tree on our yard. Their kids are now college age and have fairly large and loud gatherings that go past curfew, and now they leave their (really pretty) backyard lights on, which shine right into our windows. In the scheme of things, we lucked out with our neighbors, but I'm still feeling grumpy about it. 
Everything is bursting with blooms. The roses are lush and so colorful. The lavender is full of bees, the poppies are popping up all over, and the johnny jump-ups are jump-jump-jumping with joy. If we hav to be stuck at home, this is a pretty good time to be stuck. 
This salad is so freaking amazing. Our harvest boxes have been full of cucumbers, lettuce, and cauliflower and I found this recipe from Half Baked Harvest and well, it's a keeper! I don't know if you follow HBH on Instagram or not, but you should. So many delicious recipes. Her flavor palette is strong! 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

happy thursday


Today we had egg puffs for breakfast with strawberries that were left on the porch by a dear friend. I wrapped up some masks to send out to friends near and far, and the mister and I headed out for a walk in our masks. We were the only ones. I think if we continue to wear them, we can normalize it but most likely we will not. Mostly we get smirks. Fun times. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Monday, April 13, 2020

teacher life


I put together a curriculum bag for the next three weeks. I work at a private school and we're all pretty local to each other. Popped the bags on the porch and let the parents know they could come get them for a contactless but visible (for the kiddos) pick up. Lookie me, I'm a teacher with curbside pick-up! One parent brought me coffee, another brought me a scone, while another brought me a self-portrait and flowers from her kiddo. Man, I love these families! I miss my classroom kiddos so freaking much there are tears (mine). I've said it before, and I'll say it again, what preschoolers need cannot be taught digitally and I am so sad for this. In the end, I know they will be fine, children are so flexible really, look at me, I turned out fairly ok. I spend a lot of time on the phone with my parents, calling, emailing, and texting to help through various questions and concerns. I've done video chats with my kiddos, and sent along quick videos of me singing songs on requests. I've spent hours reassuring parents that they are supported and they will be fine and their children are good, and maybe set up a routine at home that mirrors school, and who cares if you make the zoom call, go outside instead, blow bubbles, have dance parties, sleep in, read more books, and here's a link of me reading books. We can do this. 

Have I told you how much I miss them? 

Saturday, April 11, 2020

dear diary: muffins and masks


It looks like we'll be needing to wear masks soon. Ideally you wear a mask if you have been sick so as not to spread your ick to others. If sick people are not wearing masks it really doesn't help too much to wear a fabric mask. I have a lot of friends who have been stitching up for their local hospitals and they have been super productive. I guess fabric hoarding is good for something? Most of my pieces are fairly small, but the mister has been dutifully pleating and stitching up masks for the family. We don't have much elastic, but we do have some t-shirts I am going to cut up for the ties. 
The mister found tiny bags of flour and so I made some brown sugar oat muffins. They are pretty good. We'll see how they taste tomorrow. Recipe from Tornadough Alli (which took me forever to read write. Torn-ug-dough? Huh?) They were quick and easy to come together and I used all purpose flour as we did not have any whole wheat. Does anybody have any whole wheat flour? Oof. Crazy times. 

Friday, April 10, 2020

good things

I know some pretty nifty people. My school has closed due to the pandemic and sadly we had to lay off support staff which means I am not able to see or work with my co-teachers which is a super bummer because we are a pretty nifty team. As it stands, I am creating online content with the teacher that I share my room with who works on the days I do not. She too is pretty darn nifty but working online and via zoom is not the same as being in the field with your team. I miss them! I miss my kids! Ugh. Stupid overpopulated world with its stupid viruses. 

One of my co-teachers lives to the south of me, while the other lives to the north.  We're talking twenty or so miles in each direction. I'm the middle ground so we did a quick meet up at my place to pass along baked goods, virtual hugs, garden goodies, and eggs. Oh how I covet these backyard eggs! The best part was discovering al the silly puns she added to the box. I know some pretty cool people. 

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

time for a bike ride


I have not been on the beach cruiser for probably a year. I can't remember. I do know that I. Am. Out. Of. Shape. Good gravy, all the huffing and puffing! Admittedly, I decided that I maybe needed more malted milk eggs and that a bike ride to the drugstore would be a good way to switch things up. The only problem with ridging the bikes to the drugstore is that there. Are. Hills. I had to get off my bike and walk it up one of the hills. At least I tried it and got my heart rate up. Oof. I waited in the parking lot while the mister ran in to get stuff for the mama-a-go-go, and my eggs. he's nice like that. he thinks I'm crazy, but he's nice like that. 

Monday, April 06, 2020

making the bed: a preview

Today is a day where pretty colors and linens were needed. I splurged on these birdie sheets from The Company Store. They were quite spendy but...birds! I call them my pandemic sheets. I need to flip them around so those birdies are not upside down! 

a day in the life safer at home


How cool is this? One of my parents did a surprise porch delivery of pastry and coffee. Swoon! I make a pretty decent cup of coffee at home, but Scout? Scout lattes are my favorite. I would have taken a picture of the scone she delivered, but um, that one didn't last quite as long. In all transparency, I have to admit, this photo is of an empty cup. I drank it all up immediately so, yeah. Not everything you see on the internet is totally true. Ahem.
Box cake cupcakes. There is a batch of homemade sour cream frosting in the fridge and we have been adding a swoosh of frosting as we go. I'm low on flour and the mister won't be hitting up the market for another few days.  I hope you are all able to find what you need and make do with what you have. I have expired cake mix. So there ya go.
Poly really wants to be outside but we don't let her out until 10am. She is a howler and is especially bereft when the mister goes outside. She is also unsure about my slippers here and has attacked me more than once today. Speaking of today, I had a panic fit over well, everything. My track record for health is not really good and I'm worried about this pandemic. I spent an hour watching videos on treatments for people with cystic fibrosis. Breathing and coughing techniques to clear the lungs. Everyone keeps asking me if I think I had covid when I was sick this winter and part of me wonders the same thing. I was awfully sick. Sicker than I have ever been and it was not the flu. The doctors all ordered tests, so much blood was taken. I was freaking out. I was told it was most probably pneumonia, but they always said it with a question mark at the end. I did have fluid in my lung,s and there is scarring as well. I took three different antibiotics and a super round of prednisone and while I am breathing better and not afraid I'm going to die in the middle of the night anymore, I am tired all the time. Pneumonia can do that to you though. So who knows? Stay safe. Wash your hands. Take deep breaths.