Some weeks are more about getting through and making it to the other side, and this week had a little bit of that in it for me. With all the hustle and bustle of soccer and ballet runs, and some fairly dreary weather, I felt a little off this week - tired, busy and a bit sad. I also had to dial 911 due to a driver swerving all over the road in a delivery truck, nearly missing a head-on collision three times because I was furiously honking my horn. Talk about stressful. This mama is glad Friday is upon us.
Here are 5 things that got me through and saved me, even if all I needed saving from was an afternoon downpour:
I made these almond flour muffins using the Almond Flour Lemon Yogurt Cake recipe over at GOOP. They're delicate (the cracks are visible), but they hold up just fine. I often slice one in half and put yogurt over the top and a handful of berries. It's like having berries and shortcake for breakfast. These are a big hit in our house. The men love them.
Yesterday, after spending a few hours with a depressing book (more on that later this month), I decided to shake off the funk and get cleaning. I cleaned my bathroom top to bottom, while burning this candle. The weather was warm enough to open a window for a bit, and the whole thing was literally a breath of fresh, well-scented air. My day had a quick turn-around.
This was my wine for the week, and it's been nice. It's not knocking my socks off, but it's a balanced, light kind of wine. This has come in handy when, every single night this week, my husband has been late coming home from work and we're all rushed and frantic to make it to practices and scarf down dinner and barely take a breath before we all flop into bed. I enjoy a small glass of wine either with dinner or after the dust has settled, and it feels like a little treat.
Last week, my mother sent me a winter care package, which included this tea. I love it. I'm not a huge tea person, so to find one I truly like has been a bit of a boon. I got distracted earlier this week and the hot tea I made got cold. I poured it over ice and have now found my go-to summer drink. Either way (hot or cold), I'm loving it.
This book, which I read as a child, is the perfect antidote to all of the depressing, intense books I've read this month. It's the journal of an orphaned six-year-old girl living in a lumber camp in Oregon at the turn of the 20th century. There's all sorts of controversy regarding the diary, with some skeptics saying it was written as an adult hoax. This has since been proved false, but the whole thing is nothing short of fascinating. There is an accompanying book, The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow, which delves further into Opal's biography. If you ever feel the world is closing in or there is only negativity broadcast around you, pick up this gem and take a deep breath into Opal's world.
Here's a tiny excerpt:
Today the grandpa dug potatoes in the field.
I followed along after.
I picked them up and piled them into piles.
Some of them were very plump.
And all the time I was picking up potatoes
I did have conversations with them.
To some potatoes I did tell about
my hospital in the near woods
and all the little folk in it
and how much prayers and songs
and mentholatum helps them to have well feels.
Here are a few pieces from around the web that gave me a little boost this week:
Why creative writing isn't frivolous (from a RPCV)
I bought this soap at TJ Maxx for $4 and LOVE it (my whole bathroom smells good).
This article on divorce is interesting. Thoughts?
The key to success via Snoop Dogg - so Atlas Shrugged.
I love this Photo of the Day over at National Geographic.
I hope everyone is having a lovely week, and if you're not, I hope you found a few little things along the way to help you have well feels.