How are you doing this week? I feel like everytime I sit down to write this intro it's all "it was the best of times, and the worst of times" but it's TRUE.
Last week I was so lucky to be able to take time for my own mental health at the same time my husband was doing the same. We went nowhere, just hung out and watched old movies and read while it rained. We worked only a little bit, and rode out our first tornado warning of the year. We ate good food. I managed to cut his hair for the first time in 3 months. It was nice.
But then, the flip side, the proverbial worst of times, is everything going on in the world. I get angry. I try not to let my rage get the best of me. I continue to worry so much about where we are at as a country. Do we really value the lives of others so little?
So I search for more people to support, and try to find joy amongst the sorrow (yay for babies!). I locate more ways to help. I find hope in small places. And I have to say, if you are in a position where it's possible, taking time for yourself with a 'vacation' - even if you don't go anywhere - is a wonderful gift. It allowed me to rest, reset and start figuring out where to go from here.
And I'm going to keep looking for joy, and sharing with you what I find, the best that I can.
Being home so much these past few months has me rethinking how backyards really get used - and how they can be a lot more fun. I ran across this pin by Tina Stuestol, a designer in Norway who has designed an amazing backyard at her own home. The pergola = great, the furniture = wonderful, but the movie screen? Genius.