This past week went better than the one before, I was in a better place mentally. Not a good place – but I felt functional most of the time. The work was busy, some weeks are like that. I am grateful to have a steady job, but it is often draining.
The homeschooling is still going on, till the end of May. Sometimes it goes like this:
I will be happy when it’s done. Although we keep some level of learning and reading throughout the summer, to avoid the summer brain drain.
We have had this little birdhouse for a year, sitting out on the back porch. It was Phoebe’s school project. It’s pretty the way she painted it, and she didn’t want it to be ruined by the elements. She finally decided it’s time for it to be put to good use.
Over the weekend a couple of two little birds moved in and made a nest. The bird-feeder is right next to the birdhouse – a perfect place to raise a family. Smart birds.
Dylan the Villain still makes his daily rounds, we usually spot him outside the kitchen window.
So between the birds and the squirrel, we have had a good amount of entertainment going on.
The weather’s been perfect for walks around the neighborhood. We are lucky to have a green belt running just outside our subdivision. Since we can’t go to the playgrounds these days, exploring “the wilderness” has been a sanity-saver. We always find something interesting there. Sometimes it’s just rocks and a small creek to build a bridge over.
Lots of wild flowers too:
I made ciabatta bread yesterday for Italian sandwiches. Brian grilled the sausages and the veggies, so good!
It’s certainly a labor of love, but is totally worth it, it’s so good! Baking is so therapeutic to me.
On Saturday, Phoebe and I made blini, which to me is the same as crepes.
I don’t have a recipe, but follow the formula in my Instagram post. I like when she is helping in the kitchen.
My favorite tea: this Vinni’s Golden Oolong is very good. I prefer loose-leaf tea but this one is very good quality. My local grocery store (HEB) carries it, and I saw it on Amazon as well.
Sonia’s socially distant visit with her friend:
We are not ready to go out and about and start socializing yet. I know a lot of places are opening, inexplicably. Having a child with underlying health issues gives one a certain perspective on the situation we are in.
I started a new book yesterday, it’s a memoir by the former Editor in Chief of Gourmet magazine:
In the fall of 2009, the food world was rocked when Gourmet magazine was abruptly shuttered by its parent company. No one was more stunned by this unexpected turn of events than its beloved editor in chief, Ruth Reichl, who suddenly faced an uncertain professional future. As she struggled to process what had seemed unthinkable, Reichl turned to the one place that had always provided sanctuary. “I did what I always do when I’m confused, lonely, or frightened,” she writes. “I disappeared into the kitchen.”
Hope you are doing well and staying safe, and are finding a way to stay sane these days.