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Quarantine = Bored

Quarantine = bored. I am pretty flighty by nature. I know that much about myself. In 2016, when we bought this house, the first house that caught my eye was a little two bedroom house here in town that was for sale for $45k. I had my sights set on the tiny house movement and I was gonna pile all three of my growing boys in one bedroom and we were gonna have that sucker paid off in five or six years. Ability to own outright, fast, was all I cared about. Nevermind that the outside of the house was painted asbestos siding. We bought the opposite of that. Sort of. I mean, comparatively….. 2400 square feet is not small. Nor was the mortgage exactly, though in retrospect we didn’t assume more debt than was appropriate to do given our situation, or our debt-to-income ratio. I had to be talked into coming to see this house because I was not impressed by the photos. Once I saw it in person, it was all over mostly because of the parquet floor in the family room and Oliver playing in the yard during the showing, a yard that he refuses to step […]

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Slow Days

It is a season of slow days…..we are cleaning out around these parts, in slow motion. In lieu of laundry day, I am doing a little bit of laundry just about every day right now. I go easy on myself on the days I don’t feel like starting a new load. Plans are in motion for long held and wished for projects. A new handmade wooden kitchen counter. A matching counter for the bar. Painted ivory kitchen cabinet doors. A new roof for the shed. Maybe a she-shed later? Or a man-cave? Or maybe just a place to keep the lawnmower and some other tools. I have two crochet blankets in motion and even with all the time on my hands, they probably won’t be finished by the time quarantine and social distancing are called off. I crochet when I have literally nothing else to do, as a distraction to melancholy. We let the dogs out onto the deck the other day for the first time. Those squirrels that Trixie likes to bark at are not so friendly-looking when they are perched, ready to pounce from the roof. Trixie decided inside might be better. The dogs like to go outside […]

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Normalcy as a Thing: Controlling My Anxiety

Normalcy as a thing is what I savor right now. Like, cutting the grass. Jared and I took turns cutting the worst of the front yard last night. I worked on another part of it a little while ago. Out there in the sun, it is easy to forget there is a pandemic going on. It’s hot and beautiful. I appreciate my morning devotional site, http://incourage.me/blog. It’s wonderful to have the new posts to look forward to with my coffee every morning. While we are on the topic of coffee…..that’s wonderful and good to savor right now, just as it is every day. Lunchtime today was the first rationing of the shredded cheese. Porter chose to make a half quesadilla instead of a full one. We may make our tortillas last longer than normal if he continues like that. When I cool off from being outside in the sun mowing, I am going to work on laundry and swiffer the floors. I don’t know how normal those things are for me. I don’t do them with any regularity. But they are normal-type chores. It’s good that I still feel the drive to do them. Curiosity: Normalcy as a Thing There […]

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Self-Care in Tough Times

So….I’ve gotten to be pretty good at self-care over the years, so let’s talk about that during these weird times. My daily normal routine revolves around care for my boys and self-care. I recognize that’s a luxury most people do not have. But for this time where most of us are at home, self-care can take center stage for many of us when we are not in the midst of caring for others. Here are the some of the things that sustain me throughout the day right now: candles….scented oils….my coffee bar….ginger tea….meditation….yoga….crochet….writing Candles I used to be a hardcore candle fan. Then children came along and you know, safety. Then Click Away happened a couple of weeks ago and there was a candle in our gift bag, and so I thought, “Eh, Oliver is old enough and never bothers stuff on my desk, so why not.” I forgot how much I have missed candles these thirteen years. So, I went to Hobby Lobby and got the giant one in the picture. Oliver complains about the smell but everyone else in the house knows to pick their battles, lol. The scent of this one is sage teakwood. I couldn’t go […]

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Click Away & Social Distancing

I got to go to a photography conference (Click Away) last weekend, and that was tons of fun and I learned a lot. It was absolutely amazing to be around that many photographers and to see good people I’d met at the Clickin Walk last fall. Though, Click Away feels like it was a year or more ago now. It was a long, slow-motion week. The kids are out of school for at least two weeks and I bet it ends up being longer than that. Jared has to go to work through the break. You know, I did think about the dangers of going to the conference with a bunch of people from all over the country, while a virus was spreading. Reality had just not hit home yet. None of us were taking it as seriously as perhaps we should have. I’ve been remarkably calm as our world slowly gets smaller for the time being. I guess when one feels daily like the world could end any moment, as I typically do, it’s easier to deal when there is an actual crisis. Don’t get me wrong….I’ve turned to my long-held coping mechanism, crochet. I’ve got two blankets going […]

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Recycling Something I Love and a Confession

So….I’ve had a conundrum as of late beside the coffee, which I am back to drinking after an 80 hour hiatus….My photo gear doesn’t really fit in all the bags I have for it. What’s worse, is that the sturdy bag that protects everything as I slosh it around on wedding days is heavy, so it’s not really practical for bumming around town. One of the bags I have, a messenger bag, is really too narrow to hold the current cameras (it worked with previous cameras), so it sits unused most of the time right now. I cannot tell you how many bags I have purchased in the name of finding just the right camera purse or camera bag or what have you. It’s ridiculous, I know that. Thankfully, I bought a lot of them from Goodwill and I’ve held onto most of them. So knowing my recent dilemma, I set to brainstorming. I really needed something else I could also bring on wedding days if need be, but I really also wanted a bag that was okay for bumming around town with the biggest camera if I wanted to, and maybe also good for the laptop too. The same […]

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