The Weekly Recap:
School is still dominating most of my time and energy right now. It’s overwhelming, adapting to so many new safety procedures and protocols, learning all the new technology, teaching in so many different formats (in-person students, fully virtual students, and now the masses of quarantined students who also need some instruction while they are home for 2 weeks). It’s like being a first-year teacher all over again.
I’m going to be really honest, and just put this out there though. The hardest, hardest, hardest part by far, has been the lack of empathy of some people. It really is discouraging to read all the negative comments people post on social media, or send in emails to teachers/administrators criticizing and complaining about every little thing… the iPads aren’t working properly, the WiFi is too slow, the bus arrived late, you’re not communicating enough, you’re communicating too much….
I get it. Nothing is ideal right now, because we aren’t living in an ideal world. But teachers and schools are going above and beyond right now, and accomplishing some pretty amazing things for our students, all while the odds are stacked against us. I encourage you to take a moment to thank your child’s school and teachers. They need to hear some positivity right now, friends. Some kind words can go a long way.
I’ve been dropping into bed early every night this week, and sleeping like a rock until the alarm goes off. I still feel tired. I am really trying to build in some opportunities for self-care, to keep myself propped up and going. Here is what self-care has looked like around here lately:
Sunshine and Sips…
The hydrangeas are beautiful right now, and the vegetable garden continues to produce tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers like crazy. It’s relaxing to walk out back when I get home after a long day inside at school, and check on all my plant babies.
My daughter brought me a large bag of grapes and several banana peppers from her garden, so I spent an evening canning them. There is something about these old-fashioned rituals of the season that I find very rejuvenating.
Easy Dinners from Hello Fresh
We are continuing with 3 meals per week from Hello Fresh, as a way to get dinner on the table quickly without resorting to take out. It really is a big help. If you’d like to try it, you can use THIS LINK to get $40 off your first order.
Ordering Takeout when even cooking Hello Fresh feels like too much effort…
Netflix, for about 7 minutes each night before I fall asleep….
Sundays on Silverado Features of the Week:
Okay, time for another edition of Sundays on Silverado! There were so many great posts linked up this week, and I enjoyed reading them all. Catching up on all my favorite blogs is another form of self-care that I’m trying to make some time for this weekend.
Thanks to all you shared a post on the link-up! 💕
This is genius and so cute too! I have some vintage silverware already, and lots of herbs that need to be preserved, so I need to find a way to make something like this happen at my house! Thanks, Marie!
I love white pumpkins, and the way the work for a muted fall decor without all the orange. This tablescape is lovely with all the neutral colors.
So many things about this photo sucked me in… the vintage light fixture, the wide, old-fashioned wood trim and divided window panes, which we replicated in our new build home, the wood floors…. I love old houses, and the way Libbie and her husband updated this one, while still keeping the vintage elements, is so beautiful. You should definitely visit her blog to see the whole renovation.
And last, but not least, how adorable are these acorn cookies for fall? What a cute idea, and so fun for the kids to help put them together.
Thanks to all who shared, and I hope you will link up with me again!