Well, helloooo there! How are YOU??!! Sooo my break was longer than I anticipated... I really needed a good break and time for a reboot. And we're finally having a taste of spring here! Gotta savor the season while it unfolds! Loving walks down by the beach near our home...
...and shells collected from the beach!
Two weekends ago at church, as part of an evening Sunday service--Gospel music! Members from two local church choirs led us in song. So much fun and spiritual inspiration! We are enjoying our new church/community experience so much!
Using up some of the last of our dried herbs from last summer's garden, I made myself a little sleepy dream time pillow--stuffed with relaxing herbs of lavender, chamomile, mint and rose... Laid across the forehead or eyes, this is very calming for headaches, stress, etc.
Working on remedying the iron deficiency... adding more spinach and leafy greens to my diet, as well as taking this liquid iron supplement, Floradix Iron & Herbs.
While finishing up some spring cleaning, I cleaned up my desk and work area. I added the fun pink & white baking twine "line" and mini wooden pegs to keep tidy a calendar, notes, reminders, etc.
For quite a while now I've been using my iPad and phone for making lists, to-do's, calendar reminders, etc., and I still use my devices for a lot of things. But I was really missing the act of writing things down, so I've gone back to some "analog" daily calendar/ journal keeping. Just a simple spiral bound notebook, nothing special, and dividing up the pages with a little chunk of space for each day of the week... combining my to-do list, reminders, notes, and menu for each day, and a new Bible study for each week. Sometimes this is the only time during a week when I actively hand write something. I really like writing things down. And using pretty, happy colored pens. During Sunday afternoons with tea, I take a little time to plan the week ahead. I'm going slow lately in a lot of ways and appreciating it!
My first knitted sock! In case you missed my post last week about this adventure, click here.
And a new-ish project, that I actually got started during Easter... These funky crocheted bits and pieces are on their way to becoming a mini crocheted cactus garden! Stay tuned...
This wall is in our entry hall, and usually I have one of my small quilts hanging. Lately, I took down the quilt rail, and from the hooks have hung a trio of beautiful paper heart garlands from LaMiaCasa, one of my favorite shops on Etsy. I love how the late afternoon light is looking pink-ish... and how this looks a bit like an art installation, of a sort...
Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting! I based my cake on this recipe, but added some cocoa powder to the frosting. It was ages since I baked a sweet treat. Our stove has been misbehaving, so I was thankful the cake turned out well. In a couple of weeks we're getting a new stove delivered.
During the past couple of weeks, my fur-girl and I have had some good nap and rest time together...
Again, thank you to all who left comments lately, and for those who took time to send an email to check in and be in touch while I was on a little break. I'm feeling OK. Better...not great, but OK. I hope the boost of iron and extra self-care will help. As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, changes in my vision and bad headaches have also been happening. A trip to the optometrist confirmed it--I need new glasses, and not just new glasses, but progressive lenses. Welcome to age 45… LOL! It’s meant that yarn time--time for other things too, like reading, screen time, etc--has been less for the moment. And with a wait of 3 weeks to get my new glasses, I’m doing the best I can in the meantime. I had no idea how bad my sight was getting until taking the eye test! Anyway, just being as brief as I can, because no one wants to read a medical report, right?! But wanted to share what’s happening on my end, and why I might be a bit slow getting here sometimes in the next few weeks. But it’s all good... I rest when I need to, am taking my supplements, new glasses are on the way, working on it all--hooray!
Oh... my end-of-month foodie and book posts will be shuffled to May, where at the end of next month I'll do a combo deal of goodies eaten and read during April and May. It's good to be back!