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As has been said so many times in so many other places, the world is a crazy place these days. One of my favorite books ever written is Station Eleven, but there’s a small part of me that kind of regrets ever having read it now. Not that what we are experiencing now is as bad as the book, but the word “surreal” has come to mind often lately. I look at the headlines sometimes (though I’ve tried to stop doing that as much in recent days) and think….is this real? Is this really happening?
We were (understandably) asked to stay home from our co-op last Friday due to C and I both having coughs (which I assumed was just leftover from the sicknesses we both had in the previous weeks). We’ve been at home, other than a stop at the library on Saturday morning (it has since been closed), a milk run on Tuesday (these trips will continue for the foreseeable future for which I’m thankful), and a few drop-offs at the outside box at the post office, ever since. E, B, and myself are all introverts, so this staying home stuff isn’t much of a challenge, but it feels different when it’s what everyone is doing….what everyone has to do. We’re all in this together….well….at least six-feet-apart together.
I’m trying to find beauty in small things. I was loading up my Azure Standard order this month and noticed that they already have quite a few Ellie’s Eden plant starters available. It makes me think about gardens and springtime. It makes me hopeful for the future.
From the internet…
What Hands Are For “…as I think about the person I want my children to know as their mother, the person I want to be, I know that I must renew the legacy of making. As I mentioned before, I was skilled in my former profession, but before I began homeschooling, there was little else I knew how to do. I don’t think I am alone in this either. My generation of thirty-somethings wasn’t brought up to build or repair, to sew or to can; we were brought up to go to work and use our earnings to buy what we wanted. When I first came across Charlotte Mason’s philosophy, living books and nature study drew me in, but handicrafts is what made me at home, so perfectly did the ideas behind them complement the feelings I already had toward “honest work.” The ember burning in my heart to do burst into flame and I set out to learn what else I could do with my hands.”
Plant Therapy Essential Oils – Did you know that some essential oils are not safe to use around kids? I didn’t until I started using this company’s products. They have an entire line of oils and blends that are specifically formulated to be safely used around children. I use their blends often in my diffuser (Germ Destroyer is my blend of choice right now) and their oils are high in quality, but also well-priced. They also have a rewards program, free shipping on all orders, and you can get 10% off your first order!
FREE Butterfly Nature Study Lessons – My friend Joy is offering these free nature study plans for learning more about butterflies! These would pair wonderfully with the Insect Lore Butterfly Garden Kit!
How to Be Thankful For Your Life by Changing Just One Word This + COVID-19 puts a lot of things in perspective.
March Nature Calendar & Nature Challenge Activity Pack I printed one of these beautiful, FREE calendars for both of my kids to brighten up their walls. I love that they offer nature-related activities to do each day!
From the blog…
Junior Ranger Badges to Earn at Home Of course the best way to get Junior Ranger badges is by visiting the National Parks, but there are quite a few that aren’t park-specific that you can actually earn at home! We’ve gotten a few of these badges and it’s a nice way to make virtual visits to the parks when you’re not able to visit. Here’s a list of links to these special badges, as well as a whole list of parks that offer ways to get their badges even if you can’t visit them.
(2016) Simple Swiss Steak This is one of my favorite ways to use stew meat. Comfort food at its best.