Welcome June! I must admit, I was more than a little excited to turn the calendar page for June. May was not my best month. It was long…and draining. In all ways. A new month – which began on Monday (my favorite) and new week…bonus! – was a breath of fresh air and renewed hope for my depleted soul. Let’s see if I can complete this “Currently” post without any reference to or influence from the weeks of quarantine or even the world’s current situation. Certainly not trying to dismiss or ignore all that is bombarding us….but I am simply in need of some self-encouragement and heart refreshment!
FEELING – Oh bother. That is a tad tricky to answer after just typing the above paragraph; however, I am cautiously optimistic. I am feeling more hopeful and less tense, but, yes, I am cautious. I am even more guarded about what I allow “in” and what I dwell on. When my thoughts begin to spiral, I stop what I am doing and purposefully take my thoughts captive. I’ve been outside more often and have been connecting with others – in person – much more. It really does help me emotionally and mentally. Yes, feeling more lighthearted and more like myself…and I enjoy it!
WEARING – my cardigan on, my cardigan off….and then my cardigan back on. I repeat this process too many times a day to count. The weather is still a bit all over the place. (Today started off in the 50s. Tomorrow is supposed to in the 90s.) Some days are cardigan days and others are not. But even on the really warm days, I do not like the feel of air conditioning on my arms. So the cardigan goes on. But as soon as I step outside, cardigan off. You get the idea.
BUYING – replacement parts and fresh vegetables. The vacuum cleaner broke. We contemplated a new one. Shopped around a bit, stared at the crazy prices, and then decided to have ours repaired. It is working – and looking like new – with a twenty-dollar replacement part! The blender pitcher also broke – which I noticed while I was making coconut milk. Milk that has to blend for ten minutes…and a tiny bit was spitting out of the back the entire time. Not cool. I am also buying all the fresh vegetables. But there are no farmer’s markets open so I am still ordering mine from Imperfect Foods. Squash, zucchini, carrots, peppers in every color, broccoli, etc. etc. Anything but tomatoes!! All delivered right to my doorstep.
CRAVING – soft-serve ice cream. I do not need soft-serve ice cream and, typically, I can easily pass on ice cream. But something about these long, pre-summer evenings – when the sun lingers and the temperatures are lovely – that makes me wonder out loud, “I would love some ice cream.” And, by ice cream, I of course mean soft serve. I love it in a cup with at least two toppings. No whipped creme and certainly no cherry (yuck). I don’t even mind if the outdoor tables are sticky….because they always are and, well, that is just part of the lovely evening.
DISCUSSING – new opportunities and possible changes for several of my family members. It seems to be in most of our conversations. Some more than others:) I’m excited for them. Excited for the future and excited for change. I’m yearning for some change of my own….but that remains to be seen. For now, I will enjoy new futures for my people.
Currently….I am looking forward to returning to church. I typed that exact statement last month. Church did reopen this past Sunday; however, we (my husband and I) have not been able to go yet. For a variety of reasons. I will be patient and will look forward to returning soon. I am also noticing – and loving – the little things lately. There are plenty but I’m surprised how many can be enjoyed right from our front porch. (We love front porch season, as we call it.) We have been watching a dove nest in the neighbor’s hanging planter. She occasionally gets run off when they come and go through the front door…but she never goes far. Then she spends her time settled on her eggs – patiently waiting for her babies to hatch. Such a sweet mama:)
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