Happy Monday, friends, and welcome to a new week! Based on your comments, a lot of you seem to enjoy my “What’s the Tea” posts, so I thought I’d share another one with you today.
This past weekend when I was looking at some previous posts and organizing the IBC archives, I came across a post I wrote YEARS ago. In the post, I shared a list of things I was doing, experiencing, seeing, etc.
I had so much fun reading through that old list that I thought I’d do it again. Check out the list below to find out what’s been occupying my time as of late.
making : a sourdough starter with Farmhouse on Boone’s recipe. In five more days, I’ll be baking bread and other sourdough goodies.
cooking : a few new recipes this week. I was able to get a grocery delivery so I could spend more time doing what I love in the kitchen. Stay tuned for more new recipes.
drinking : Jalapeño Margaritas. I made one this weekend while watching a sale at a local antique store via Facebook. It was such fun!
reading : stacks of magazines. I LOVE magazines and have let my stash get out of control. I’m flipping through issues I’ve had for at least a year, tearing out any inspiring images or ideas, and then recycling the magazines.
wanting : to spend more time creating artwork. I’ve been sharing some of my drawings and paintings on Instagram stories.
looking : forward to warmer weather, grilling, and spending more time outside. I’ve been taking daily walks or runs. It’s a delight to get outdoors.
wishing : I could visit my favorite local antique stores and coffee shops. I realize that staying at home right now is best for all of us, and I’m super grateful that I’m able to do so.
playing : Brené Brown’s new podcast. I’m already in love. As a fan of Brené’s work. I’m thrilled she launched a podcast.
wasting : time. It’s sad but true. This week I’m going to make more of an effort to limit distractions and focus on things that I want to get done.
waiting : to hear from my landscaper about some outdoor work and from a local carpenter about some indoor work. I’m excited to get these projects started.
liking : Rhoda of Southern Hospitality’s bathroom makeover. It was exciting to watch it come together, and the end result is beautiful!
wondering : when I can plant my dahlia tubers. I have new ones I recently ordered and some saved from last year.
loving : these Nut Thins crackers. I eat them with a little vegetable cream cheese. They are perfectly crispy and delicious. (The Cheddar Cheese and Pepper Jack are my personal favorites.)
hoping : to travel this summer and fall. It’s been ages since I’ve had a personal vacation. (Most of my vacations combine business and pleasure.) I hope to go on a beautiful adventure. Maybe I’ll head back to Hawaii. I’m also thinking about visiting Portland, Oregon again.
listening : to a few of my favorite playlists. I play this when I need a little empowering / happiness boost (This one, too!). This playlist is perfect at breakfast. I listen to this one while I’m working in the afternoon. I also love my current music playlist for other times throughout the day.
marveling : at all of the helpful people. There’s a quote from Fred Rogers that I love: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” It’s a reminder to look for the good in our world.
needing : sunshine! The spring brings lots of rain and gloomy days. I am grateful for every ray of sun that makes it through the clouds.
sowing : herbs. I typically just buy herb plants, but with extra time at home, I decided to order a few packets of seeds and grow my herbs from seed this year. I’m already looking forward to cooking with these herbs and using them in cocktail garnishes this summer.
smelling : the flowering bulbs in my new spring centerpiece. I’ll include a photo at the end of this post so you can see them. I love watching the flowers open.
wearing : mostly jeans and hoodies. I recently purchased this lightweight hood (in green) from Old Navy, and I’m loving it for this time of year.
following : the Creative Exponent Podcast. It’s been a go-to for me lately. I’ve listened to most of the episodes twice. (Episode 2.4 – Being an Apprentice with Jeanne Oliver is one of my favorites.)
noticing : spring’s official arrival. It’s such a joy to watch things come back to life. Robins, cardinals, and blue jays have returned, and flowers are popping up everywhere. The trees are also budding! Spring is such a beautiful season.
knowing : that joy matters. In this strange and scary time, it’s even more important to find joy, notice the good, and be grateful for what we do have.
thinking : about which room to paint next. It’s a toss-up between my office and one of the guest bedrooms. What would you like to see me paint and redecorate?
bookmarking : lots of art supplies I want to buy when I get my new art habit rolling. I’ve shared many of these items in my Amazon storefront in case you’re interested.
opening : my Tidbits planner and notebook and filling both of them with all the ideas whirling around in my head. (FYI: the Tidbits notebooks are currently on sale for $5.)
giggling : at this woman. This meme came out about a year ago, but it’s especially relevant today. I genuinely want to do the same.
Okay, that’s it for now! I hope you enjoyed reading a bit about how I’m spending my days. Perhaps you even found a little inspiration along the way. It was a pleasure to put this list together. If you found it helpful, please let me know in the comments below, and I’ll do this again down the road.
I hope all of you are staying well and finding little ways to add joy to your life.