Hey, friends! How are you? I realize that is the most loaded of questions considering my last post here was in NOVEMBER OF 2019 (WHAT???) and just a few things have happened since then. But I really do hope you are well and keeping your head above water (and then some) in this wild time that we’re living in.
Being missing in action for as long as I have, it’s hard to know how to dive back in. Do I just post a recipe and pretend I was never gone? If you’ve been following along here for any length of time, you know that’s really not my style. I think an update is in order. But in addition to catching up in this virtual coffee date I am going to share some cool stuff that I’ve been working on that will continue to show up here in the days to come. Cool? Ok, good.
Back when I fell off the radar, I did so with the goal of having a low key holiday season and getting back into things in the new year. Then we decided to do a kitchen remodel (!!!) so planning that consumed all my free time and then some. Just as things were wrapping up and I started to get excited about coming back to the blog, BOOM. Pandemic. Fear. Toilet paper as one of my birthday gifts (I turned 41 two days into lockdown). One day my kids were in school five days a week, the next they were home 24/7. So was my husband. Zoom lessons and everything on the iPad and SO MUCH TOGETHERNESS. I love my family. I love love love love love them. But this extrovert learned that I have a secret introvert side. I’ll just tell it like it is. There have been a lot of low days for me. Anxiety and depression and irrational anger. Self-medicating with food and endless scrolling on my phone after everyone had gone to bed. The literal weight of those consequences taking a toll on my body. Not a good cycle. I know I’m not alone in that, but the thick of it can feel so very overwhelming. So I just let that happen to me instead of finding a way through it. There are a lot of days/moments I wish I could do over.
On a more positive note, I HAVE accomplished a lot of non-blog stuff. DIY projects around the house being a big one. Me and power tools are now BFF. Feeling productive and seeing a vision come to life has been a big help in those times when I’ve felt like all I do is babysit Zoom calls. The desk I’m sitting at now in my kitchen is one such project. I mounted this enormous monitor on the wall and made and installed a custom pull out keyboard drawer too.
Little by little, bit by bit, I’ve crawled out of the fog and started to take steps toward reviving my tiny corner of the internet. Just typing this feels full of promise and excitement, which is helped by the fact that I’m alone in my house right now because…these two cuties go to IN PERSON SCHOOL two days a week now!
These little ones are the joy of my life, and I’m so glad that they are getting a small sense of normalcy back in their life. We all need it.
Along with the quiet, the other thing that’s helping my mental state is that the sun is streaming through the window and I have about a bazillion seeds planted for my epic garden plans this year. Which brings me to…my jugs.
It took me forever to time that opening lip sync. But it was worth it. 🙂 And honestly the idea for that to be my first TikTok has been rolling around in my head for weeks. So it felt good to take the idea out of my brain and put it into the world. But you’re probably wondering what in the heck the deal is with this winter sowing business and why I have nearly 70 jugs in my planter box. And I’m going to tell you. In a separate post because I want it to have all the attention. 🙂 Oh, that was also my way of telling you I’m on TikTok now.
While I wait for all of those seeds to sprout (and some already have!), I park myself in front of my new Aerogarden that Michael got me for Christmas. He just gets me. So far I’ve harvested two big bowls of lettuce and now I have herbs planted and they’re taking off. I can practically see the sprouts grow with each passing minute. And now the area around the Aerogarden has become a propagation station to take advantage of the extra light spilling out. I’m sprouting sweet potatoes, regrowing green onions, and letting round 3 of the lettuce keep growing in jars of water after taking two cuttings. I can feel myself wake up a little more as I watch these plants grow. It’s like a metaphor or something. But I’m not that deep.
TLDR: Hi. I disappeared, and now I’m reappearing. I don’t have a rabbit up my sleeve, but I might have some potting soil in my hair.
And just in case you’re curious, no, this is not going to become a gardening blog all of a sudden. But I am going to do gardening posts because it seems, well, connected. 🙂 Grow the food…eat the food. That’s the goal, anyway.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to check on my jugs.
Oh, and…it’s good to be back. <3