Monday, March 23, 2020

Monday Daybook

For Today, March 23, 2020

Looking out my window . . . the sun is shining, the sky is deep blue, and the snow is melting! Yesterday we went for a walk and it was warm enough to wear just a vest over my long-sleeved t-shirt. It's a far cry from the 10" of snow and freezing temps we had on Friday.

I am thinking . . . how nice it is that blogging has picked up again. For me, blogging is a combination of journaling and having pen pals in the form of other bloggers. It's so nice to hear from everyone and see what they've been up to.

I am thankful . . . for this little guy who celebrated his fourth birthday yesterday! And I'm thankful for video chat, so that we could wish him a happy birthday 'in person.' When you're four, just knowing it's your birthday is celebration enough. He wasn't concerned that there wasn't a party. He was just so happy to be four.  "Happy Birthday, Gramma!" he said, just before we hung up the phone.

One of my favorite things . . . adding art to my journal. Mostly clippings that catch my eye, sometimes I'll sketch something myself (not an artist, so for my eyes only). Kindergartner at heart, it is still fun to cut and past.

I am creating . . . still working on making order out of chaos around the house. Next up: catch up on my photo albums.

I am wearing . . . jeans, long sleeve shirt and sneakers. And make-up;) I'm finding that it's so easy to get dressed these days, with my usual at-home 'uniform.' I thought I would take a break from make-up for a while, but looking in the mirror was frightening! I feel better when I'm more put together.

I am reading . . . Just finished Emily's Ghost by Denise Giardina. Oooh, it was such a good story! A novel about the Bronte sisters, based on fact, but fictional in the account of Emily's unrequited love affair with a young clergyman. The descriptions of the moors and life during Emily's time were so vivid. While waiting on a copy of Wuthering Heights from Amazon (How can it be I don't have a copy?), I'm reading Daphe du Maurier's
My Cousin Rachel.

I'm watching . . . Octavia Spencer in the Netflix series Self Made. There are only five episodes, so Dan and I are trying to pace ourselves.

I am hoping . . . that for everyone who has to postpone or give up a traditional celebration or an event of something in their life -- a wedding, graduation, sports event -- that they will find peace in letting go and that they will find joy that the marriage, achieved education, ability to participate even happened. Like Bentley, be joyful! 

I am learning . . . the practice of self discipline. Watching the news just once a day. Checking in on social media less frequently. Having structure to my day. Trying to apply this to snacking so as to avoid the Corona 15!!

In my kitchen . . . A window over the sink is a must in any kitchen, in my opinion. Since I spend so much time there, I've surrounded ours with my favorite things. With a view of the backyard, I really don't mind washing dishes, something I do regularly since our dishwasher broke (see the big, empty hole to the left of the sink. We are still debating the merits of a dishwasher vs. more cabinet space. I suspect we'll have lots more time to do so these days.)

Dan made me a little shelf above the window where my cows stand watch. Left to right: a vase that was my grandma's, milk bottles from when we had milk and half & half delivered until a couple years ago, a creamer that was my great-grandma's and a creamer from my goddaughter because she and I share a love of the whimsical.

To the left of the sink: a collection of salt and pepper shakers, most of which were purchased on beach vacations. A little piece of the tropics to remember and dream of when I'm washing dishes.

On the windowsill: a couple of more sets of salt and pepper shakers, this one from my grandma. I could easily become one of those collectors who has a roomful, but I remind myself that dusting them would be a bear.

 A photo of my mom and grandmother in Grandma's kitchen.

In my garden . . . a salad garden. It will be nice and warm today, so we're going to work in the yard. Dan is picking up some lettuce seeds when he goes to the store this morning, and we'll start our lettuce bowl garden on the back porch.

Post Script
One of my favorite Instagram feeds is the U.S. Department of Interior. They post the most gorgeous pictures from our national parks.

Shared Quote
The world belongs to the enthusiastic. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A moment from my day . . . 

 Linking with Peggy at The Simple Woman's Daybook.


Dianna said...

What a love daybook entry, Karen! Oh that Bently. I could just squeeze him to pieces. And your words about self-discipline and trying to apply it to your snacking also so that you don't end up with the Corona 15 made me chuckle. Aren't we all? Our son has lost 50 pounds over this past year and while his job is secure and he works from home nowadays he isn't getting as much exercise plus he lives in a home with two fantastic bakers...his wife and his oldest daughter. And what do we women tend to want to do when there is a crisis? Well, I guess I can't speak for women everywhere but I tend to want to bake. Carroll has to put the brakes on for me some days. :) xo

Patti said...

I love this daybook entry, Karen. And it's made me realize that is how I can blog these days. Maybe a weekly daybook is just what I need to get back in the groove.

My daughter and son-in-law have a wedding to go to in April (son-in-law's sister), but they aren't keen on flying to Texas for the event. They are hoping the bride and groom will, instead, plan a reception for a later time.

I haven't used the dishwasher in over a year. And we don't miss it at all. In fact, I honestly love handwashing dishes. Sometimes, Gary washes, and I dry, and it's a fun job to do together. But I also enjoy doing dishes by myself. It's a nice time of quiet introspection for me.


Melinda said...

Love this post.
Your Farmhouse touches are very cute. The container that your
S&P shakers are in is so cool!
Trying to get into this work from home gig. Little strange without my kids
asking me zillions of questions.

Take my friend!

M : )

Dewena said...

I prize enthusiastic personalities and so the Emerson quote made me happy, as did your happy little four year old grandson. That face! And I too am one of those people so grateful for a window over my kitchen sink and a sill to put little treasures on. I still can't claim your enthusiasm over dishwashing though. But I do love having done it, until the next time.