It’s been a hard week.
I was already struggling with a little bit of holiday melancholy. You know, when all the busyness of the holidays is over, the decorations and pretty lights are down, and there isn’t as much to occupy your time and mind. Suddenly January arrives, and it’s just back to reality again. Anyone else feel that way, too?
Winter break ended and I went back into the classroom on Monday, followed up right away by the anniversay of my mom’s death on Wednesday.
January is hard month for me. It’s the month in which I lost both my parents–my dad last year on January 24, and my mom two years before that on January 6. January and hospital rooms and grief are all kind of intertwined for me.
So on Wednesday–the 3rd anniversary of losing my mom, I was already struggling, and then…. then reports of the siege on the U.S. Capitol started alerting on my phone. I did my best to ignore them, because I was busy with students all afternoon, but by the time I left school, and got home to turn on the TV, I felt drained and hollow.
It felt personal to me. I’ve been leading an annual student trip to D.C. for more than 20 years. The corridors and halls of the Capitol are nearly as familar to me as my own home. Despite my dozens of visits to the Capitol, the rich history held within those walls never fails to awe me. Watching it be assaulted was gut-wrenching.
Thankfully, the end of the week held a bright spot. Yesterday was my husband’s birthday and we celebrated him last night with a King Crab and seafood family dinner. He’s generous, and selfless, and compassionate, and fun, and always, always a bright spot in the dark cloud of January.
The Weekly Features
Planners, Calendars, Journals | Common Ground
I was drawn to Debra’s post because of the beautiful nature pictures in the planner she highlighted, but as I read what she had written, I was touched by her sharing some of the health struggles she’s experiencing in her life. I read so many blogs, and interact with so many other bloggers, that I sometimes forget that behind all the pretty pictures, everyone is dealing with their own real-life issues and challenges, just like me. I always admire bloggers who aren’t afraid to include, at least once in awhile, a “behind-the-scenes” look at reality.
Winter Decorating Tips | The Ponds Farm
Reading blogs, and creating my own, is a happy respite for me. This picture of Rachel’s dining area looks so calm and peaceful to me. I collect white ironstone dishes, too, and her collection is drool-worthy. Add in the shiplap, the chippy white painted bench, the bird figurines and touches of winter greenery…. I love everything about it.
Happy, Hopeful and Healthy 2021 | Mille Fiori Favoriti
This post by Pat caught my attention immediately. During this turbulent year, nature has been a source of comfort to me. I love watching the changing scenery, and the animals surrounding our new home. We have yet to have a deer peering in our windows, but we did have a skunk peek in the back patio doors one night! 🦨 😜
Plus, it reminded me of a night a couple of weeks ago when we went driving around to look at Christmas lights, and saw this….
At first we thought they were decorations, but quickly realized they were real. There’s three in this pic, but all told there ended up being about 9 as best we could count. Just lollygagging through the neighborhood… 😂 🦌
A special thanks to everyone who linked up this week. Looking at all your lovely creations was relaxing and fun for me, especially during a hard week. 💕
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