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Grow Where You Are Planted

Posted by on Feb 12, 2021 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned | 0 comments

Grow Where You Are Planted

After nearly a year of feeling the pinch of our collective sequestering, l’ve come to understand my ultimate importance. I maintain my family and I care for myself. The normalcy and the creativity are my realms. We all need both of these to keep our sanity. To feel that everything’s Okay in our tiny world but to also express our uniqueness. To hear and feel ourselves getting in touch with our own inner voices. That is what grounds me. Keeps me. Spurns me onward. Because this isn’t about product. This beautiful life we have a...

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Self-Care, the Next Phase

Posted by on Feb 9, 2021 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Homebody, Keeping House and Mind Aligned | 2 comments

Self-Care, the Next Phase

Self-care is a multi-layered endeavor. Brushing your teeth, taking pills, and exercising are all basic bodily care practices that when we are new mothers, seem to be more than we can manage. But eventually we get those done too. I have taken the past twenty years to really delve into taking care of my mental health. To this end, I’ve had a therapist I see regularly, I’ve scheduled procedures to take care of the aches and pains in my body that weren’t normal, and I finally asked for an anti-anxiety medicine prescription. I...

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Ah Do Do Do, Ah Da Da Da, S’all I Want to Say to You

Posted by on Oct 6, 2020 in Daily Shalagh, Family, Homebody, Keeping House and Mind Aligned | 1 comment

Ah Do Do Do, Ah Da Da Da, S’all I Want to Say to You

Am I doing it right? I dunno. Am I doing it anyway, Yup! This week is filled with anticipation of Autumn and all the cleaning and doing projects that seem to accompany the break in hot weather. Home and garden maintenance and cleaning. The windows look horrid. The bought potted perennials need planting. Things need painting. The littlest child is returning to school on Thursday. Seems no one died from the virus this week in Maryland. She will be masked and I will be driving her to school. But it gives me some hope that this will all be a...

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September Has Arrived

Posted by on Sep 2, 2020 in Creative Soul Living, Keeping House and Mind Aligned | 0 comments

September Has Arrived

September has arrived. The crickets forewarned me. The temperature dropped a delightful 15 degrees Fahrenheit although the humidity has kept its nasty reign on out region. I look forward to these things. To the schedule, rhythm, and routine of the school work week so I may advance with my own progress. To the planning, implementing, and shutting down of the garden workload. To bringing down the fuzzy rug and turning on the fireplace because it’s cold outside. To wearing clothing that covers the back of my thighs. To firepits in the...

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As Long as Never Enough Is the Mutter

Posted by on Aug 10, 2020 in Daily Shalagh, Homebody, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Midlife Motherhood | 0 comments

As Long as Never Enough Is the Mutter

I waste moments in my day thinking about how lucky other people are. Well of course they can work out for two hours, grab a coffee with a friend, or sit and read for hours, they aren’t parents of small people. I’m comparing my apples to their oranges. One day, I’ll have that time back. And this just goes to prove my underlying understanding of my life : there’s never enough time, energy, or money to do all the things I want do. So you’d think I’d go ahead and lower my standards to feel better about my life....

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Just Five Things

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Community, Creative Projects, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Family, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Just Five Things

I have joined a week long exercise in mindfulness and community expansion this week. Created and run by Michelle GD, The Just Five Things Course is asking me to pause three times a day and list five things based on the prompt word of the day. I must admit that “Gratitude” was a hard prompt for me to be inspired by yesterday. However, what came to my attention is that maybe I truly need way more intentional time carved out for myself for my well being. My boundaries are a little wobbly sometimes. Today is Home and I wanted to share...

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What’s a Sunday Feel Like?

Posted by on Apr 22, 2020 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Homebody, Keeping House and Mind Aligned | 0 comments

What’s a Sunday Feel Like?

My son said he wanted the weekend to feel like a weekend. A Sunday to feel like a Sunday. Because when you’re home bound, the days can start to feel the same-ish. So today, I made sure we didn’t wake him up. He had a “real breakfast” as in not cereal or frozen microwave breakfast sandwiches. And we didn’t give him too many chores. I asked him if it felt like a Sunday. He said “yes”. What is a Sunday supposed to feel like? I have always been a big supporter of special food and lots of luxury and doing...

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Stories of Us in Captivity

Posted by on Apr 10, 2020 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Midlife Motherhood, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Stories of Us in Captivity

The complete halt of our lives has given over to some super awareness of family life. Mindfulness on steroids. As the tension subsides and we do find a rhythm, I am also watching and noting how lovely the weather is turning. And how wicked lucky we are. The classroom Beth teaching Fiona sign language clementine candle Fiona on her bed with Chessie Dutch Baby Recipe central Teaching Fiona how to play the piano Teaching Eamon how to chop saw Company in the kitchen Crackers in the sunbeam Kinda Kimchi Reading on rhe lawn kitchen table I hope...

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Keep Safe and Keep Walking

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in Community, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Random | 1 comment

Keep Safe and Keep Walking

Besides wanting to fight off the extra pounds that will be attempting to attach themselves to my butt during this plague season, the reason that I exercise regularly is so that I can sleep harder and better. It’s good to alleviate stress and get me away from my family who is getting on my nerves and, Yes, I know it’s good for my heart and essentially will allow me to live longer to see my kids grow up. But I hate not sleeping well. It’s a waste of downtime. But with the recent restrictions piling up about keeping distance...

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The Gift of Me to Me

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in Blogging Along, Creative Soul Living, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Self-Discovery | 0 comments

The Gift of Me to Me

The holiday has been holding me hostage, as it does. Asking me to do be do be do be do all those Christmas chores that I find necessary. Buying presents, decorating the tree, sending cards, while all the while keeping up with the regular boring chores that I haven’t enough money to hire out. You know, life plus the Christmas special event planning. And what I realize, as I missed one day of blogging for all of this, is that I am an everyday hero. I show up to the laptop and this community with honesty, integrity, and intention to be...

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