Thursday, March 31, 2022
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
"From there, you go down a big ol' hill; at the bottom, on the opposite side of the road from a pasture, there's a big Sycamore tree. We lived right up the road from this bend..."
Monday, March 28, 2022
Sunday, March 27, 2022
Saturday, March 26, 2022
- cozy, kind, nourishing, loving connection and time with my husband, Tony; we have really prioritized this, in many ways, including walks, talks, dinners, even our evenings on the couch just binging shows together
- having a minimum of two days a week when I can completely lose myself in the magical playful world of young children, thanks to babysitting my sweet granddaughters "Frog" (age 3) and "Bird" (age 1)
- my sons, always my sons; being more intentional about regular connection during this time...at least weekly ... how incredibly special it has been to have my sons and the in-laws all living close by, which meant we were able to form a 'pod' very early on in the pandemic, and this has led to many beautiful 'whole family' times - two sets of grandparents, the granddaughters, their parents, four uncles, a fiance - sharing holidays, birthdays, special events...this has been so, so dear
- my girlfriends! long rambling phone conversations with my high school buddy and my college buddy, both of whom live far away, but we seemed to find a way to get closer during this time; same is true for others...I think I have been hoarding these friendships, hahaha - my local buddy and I doing weekly runs in the woods, another dear friend who meets me for long walks and talks, my sweet bookgroup, just four of us - we managed to "zoom" through the hard pandemic months, eat outdoors lots, and we've read and discussed so many great books together...we made it work...
- dear couples in our lives...meeting one at the playground with our grandchildren together, another for hikes every now and again, still others for special lunches or dinners...I have truly been blessed by these friendships
- my gratitude circle - only one of whom I actually know/have met - how close we've become through the years, but how important this has been to me these past couple of years, to share our gratitudes via email on a regular basis, to have a window into each other's lives, and to support and care for one another
- all my own siblings and my husband's siblings - sadly, grief and loss brought us together too many times these past two years...we grieved the death of my Dad, my sister-in-law's Mom, Tony's brother, my uncle/godfather, Tony's sister just recently...it's been a lot of sorrow, but I have really loved how we siblings held each other up, sharing honestly and openly our memories, our love - and we connect with one another regularly through phone calls and some visits, knowing how important it is, treasuring our time together
- my church community - what a joy to have this to lean on, to depend on, every single Sunday, whether a zoom service or in person, the ministers offer love, hope, support, inspiration, prayer, guidance, open arms, welcome to all
- my neighbors/my neighborhood, the friendly, welcoming vibe, the looking out and caring for one another
- being quiet, alone, developing my spiritual practice, making time for contemplation - I have been very intentional about this, able to grow, pray, and reflect deeply, making this intentional each day; much of this is done through my daily personal writing/journaling, but also through books and podcasts, reading and listening to understand, hope, grow; plus, I have a dear 'friendship circle' of women from church that I connect with, too.
- my online writing communities (again, there seems to be a theme of me hoarding 'connections'!), how I have loved the Two Writing Teachers slicing and my poetry writing with EthicalELA, how I have enjoyed reading and commenting on writing of others, and hearing from them about mine, how I feel I have made real friends through this practice
- NATURE - I had to capitalize this because it may be listed last, but it is not last; I seek it out all the time - through gardening, time with kids, walking, hiking, running...how the natural world has supported me through this time, oh my! It is a blessing to live in the Washington, DC area, where there are innumerable parks to explore....
Friday, March 25, 2022
Thursday, March 24, 2022
My Thursdays mornings have become
I feel the warmth of my ceramic mug in my hand,
radiating throughout my palm and fingers,
this soft caressing comforting heat,
I smell the subtle earthy waft of my green tea, and
indulge in sips of tea at its finest temperature,
an impossible treat in the midst of children
now my morning's delicacy
I hear the delightful echo of yesterday
with each sip
their young chatter laughter hurts joys movement
these precious moments
I settle deeper into my chair
the cup in one hand
the pen in the other
the journal open on my lap
my body is still calm relaxed
how I love
the unfazed day ahead that
Thursday morning brings.
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
"Nana, shouldn't we do a flower experiment?"
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Monday, March 21, 2022
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Friday, March 18, 2022
|(This is the sky right now, in Silver Spring, Maryland.)|
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Definition:overwhelm-bury or drown beneath a huge mass
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
- Peanut butter and banana sandwiches
- Yogurt and fruit
- Water bottles
- Paper towels
- Sun hats
- Toys for the sand box
- Changing pad, diapers - just in case!
- getting the three year old dressed for the day, her teeth brushed, her hair tangles out (I punted on this last one - hahaha)
- getting a clean diaper onto one very wriggly sixteen-month old before leaving the house - what is it with snapping a onesie that seems to signal to the toddler, "time to make a quick escape!!!"?
- finding everyone's shoes, socks, jackets (it got so warm, we didn't even need the jackets - hooray!!)
- three year old to the bathroom, one last time, before leaving
- at the playground, so much wonderful running around...and running quickly, keeping alert - to the big slide, to the yellow slide, to the 'mountain,' to the sand box, to the balance beam, to the water fountain, to the blue twisty thing, to to to
- trying to curb their interest in the dog poop near the water fountain
- keeping food from blowing away, water from spilling over, hands relatively clean, bodies seated on the bench, during lunch
- keeping them awake on the car ride home, so that they both take great naps - woohoo! WIN for the grandparents!