Week 2.5: Letting go in a time of covid-19

I struggled a bit this week. It started on Monday. Now, some of it I attribute to my allergies blowing up over the weekend – teasing of spring emerging from the ground, Kansas wind and the burning of the fields will do that to an allergy sufferer. But I hadn’t slept well all weekend due … Continue reading Week 2.5: Letting go in a time of covid-19

Day…I have no idea: Tele-working in the time of COVID-19

It’s been eleven days since I began working from home. Eleven days when our world went from a cautionary tale to survivalist novel. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions, to say the least. I’ve had at least two good cries and a handful of moments when silent tears come quick and I don’t even … Continue reading Day…I have no idea: Tele-working in the time of COVID-19

Day 4: Tele-working in a time of COVID-19 and the therapy of cleaning.

Monday arrived in not its usual fashion, but I’m trying to create a new schedule. I’m a list-making-keep-to-a-schedule kinda gal. I thrive on organization and consistency. How I’m not a basket case in today’s world is beyond me, especially now. I’ve yet to find the perfect work schedule but I keep reminding myself it’s only … Continue reading Day 4: Tele-working in a time of COVID-19 and the therapy of cleaning.

Day 3: Tele-working in a time of COVID-19 and teaching mom new tricks

The wind howled through Thursday night into the wee hours of Friday morning. I mean, howled. Like a tormented wolf, it shook the window screens off the house and at one point I stared through the dark at the ceiling just waiting for our roof to peel off. The creaks and groans made Beatrice, Executive … Continue reading Day 3: Tele-working in a time of COVID-19 and teaching mom new tricks

Day Two: Tele-working in a time of COVID-19 (pass the ketchup?) and Gratitude

Well, my internal alarm clock must’ve readjusted because I slept until 6:30 am. I decided to forgo the fleece and Mukluks and actually shower, put on jeans, a Dolores Huerta Foundation t-shirt, black cardigan and black Chuck Taylor All Stars. After an early morning thunderstorm, the sun began to peek through the clouds and you … Continue reading Day Two: Tele-working in a time of COVID-19 (pass the ketchup?) and Gratitude

Day One: Tele-working in a time of covid-19 and my hopes for the future

Today, was my first day of tele-working due to the coronavirus. I’m good with it, though. I help care for my 87-year-old parents and I know plenty of people who have autoimmune diseases or children with cystic fibrosis. This is not a hoax nor is it being blown out of proportion by the media. Has … Continue reading Day One: Tele-working in a time of covid-19 and my hopes for the future

Gratitude and Joy

Wednesday afternoon as the familiar smell of sweet potato pies filled our home, I took a moment to think about the year and was filled with an immense sense of gratitude. I try to always take a moment each day and be grateful, be it for a great work day, the weather, my family – even such small things as a beautiful sunset, the sighting of deer on my way home, a great book, a great sentence, an unexpected call from a friend.

Cooking for Comfort

I’m not talking a quick and easy throw-together meal, but a meal requiring time spent with a recipe I’ve possibly altered more than once and will continue to do so far into the future (there’s always a rewrite) or something new. The prep and pace should be savored just as the-end-result meal. Leisurely, slow-paced, sips-of-wine-in-between-stirs cooking.