What’s the Tea: Life Lately

Life

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.

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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.

enjoying : painting tutorials from @craftberrybush (Check her IG story highlights.) and Miss Mustard Seed (She’s sharing all the details in this blog post.)

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.

watching : great new and old movies, including Onward, St. Vincent, Where’d you go Bernadette,  Little Women, and Penelope.

 

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.

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  • Ann at

    Michael, your post was just fabulous!!! Thanks so much –and stay safe and healthy!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you, Ann! Same to you and yours.

      xo Michael

  • Kimberly Westby at

    As a hospital worker, seeing someone ask others to remember us ‘helpers’ fills my heart. Thank you.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Sending so much love to you all. You are the good in all of the bad. Thank you!!

      xo Michael

  • Rhoda Vickers at

    Thank you, Michael for the shout out on my bathroom! These shares don’t happen that much anymore so it means the world to me that you did it. Love your lists and hope you are holding up under our crazy world circumstances.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You did such an amazing job! It was so fun to see it all come together and the final result is fabulous!

      xo Michael

  • MOM at

    I just love this post, it surely makes me Happy knowing you’re weathering the storm and striving to make everyone else feel good, love your words, hopes and dreams, keep them coming!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much! You always know the perfect thing to say!

      xo Michael

  • Peg at

    This is a lovely post, Michael. I love having time to finish unfinished projects, hang a few new pictures, and think about new projects. Special thanks to the helpers and to you for inspiration.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much, Peg!

      xo Michael

  • Kelly at

    So enjoyed reading this, thank you!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks, Kelly!

      xo Michael

  • Colleen at

    Love this format!! So fun and interesting.

  • Kimberly at

    I absolutely love this post! You shared such wonderful ideas for getting through this difficult time and beyond. Thank you!

  • Paula Afonso at

    Thank you so much. Stay safe and at home. You and your inspiration are precious to all of us!

  • Kristin at

    What a fun read! Made several notes from all your inspiration! Thanks for sharing the joy!

  • KARYN at

    Discovered your site while looking for a quiche recipe this afternoon – plenty of time to cook right now. I will be checking back frequently. Incidentally, the quiche – bacon, spinach, and Swiss – was wonderful!

  • Julie at

    You are great! Thanks for the inspiring words of wisdom and creative approaches about life, love and home.
    I have used several of your decorating solutions for staging my investment properties and rental houses. Thank you for making me look so good:)

  • Brenda Nicholson at

    I love your What’s the Tea posts and this one is especially inspiring! Thank you! We could all use some inspiration now. I especially loved The Creative Exponent link – something new to me – and of course Brene Brown.

    And you’re water coloring! I’m not any good at it, but I don’t care. It relaxes me so much. Mine are Crayola; looks like you’ve got a better set than me.

    Stay safe and well!

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