If you’re new to my blog, welcome! Here is an explanation of the tater tot post.
I feel like I’m a mother hen. My ranunculus that came as roots have grown. I’ve never done anything like this before, so I feel very Mother Earthly.
I just put them in the ground a few weekends ago, and since we’ve had a lot of rain, they’ve been doing pretty well so far.
I’ll let you know when the first flower opens.
I always say, “I’d love to sit and watch the planes take off and land” whenever we drive by O’Hare airport. Well, a few weeks ago we had time to do that. We got to see planes take off for China and everywhere in between. It was beautiful and moving, and it made me cry.
If you have the time, I suggest it. Even if you don’t have time, I suggest it.
We used this website to find a place to sit where we could see the planes close up.
I got a check in the mail a few weeks ago. From Facebook.
As a reminder, I have not been on Facebook since 2020.
But before I left, I signed off on a lawsuit that was going around because Facebook did something with facial recognition that none of us knew about.
So, a few weeks ago, I got my big “f**k you” check in the mail, and I have to say, I felt very smug.
“I get so lost
in where I want to go
I forget that the place I’m in
is already quite magical.”
Every night around 5 o’clock, I try to sit in this room and read. It’s my favorite spot in our house currently.
I love it when my house makes me feel like I’m on vacation.
This month, I don’t have anything to say. I just have two pictures.
And I discovered this book at Barnes & Noble:
No, I didn’t buy it.
EDITED TO ADD:
I do have one rant. I found this while perusing Target:
What I’m reading
The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path of Your True Self by Martha Beck (highly recommend)
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows by John Koenig (also highly recommend)
Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg (also also highly recommend)
What I’m watching
Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders (Hulu) Tip-Fast forward through Kristen Chenoweth’s self-indulgent interviews. Celebrities…
What I’m listening to
Object of My Desire (thanks to Stranger Things, everything old is new again)
What I’m clicking on
Some Fans Have a Theory About PK Kemsley & the Home Invasion (for my Real Housewives friends…thanks Suz for sharing with me :))
What I’m quoting
“Being a writer is like having homework for the rest of your life“- Lawrence Kasdan (This article helped me find the quote)
“You are infinitely worthy. You are infinitely precious. You have always been enough. You will always be enough. There is no place you don’t belong. You are lovable. You are loved. You are love.” -Martha Beck from the book The Way of Integrity
“We don’t build statues of ordinary people. We don’t leave behind little plaques to commemorate the milestones of ordinary time:
HERE ON THE TWENTY FIFTH OF MARCH
NINETEEN HUNDRED AND NINETY FOUR
SOME NEIGHBORS WENT OUT WALKING THEIR DOGS
THE CHILDREN TOOK TURNS HOLDING THE LEASH
IT WAS A FUN AFTERNOON FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED
But it all still happened. all those cheap and disposable experiences are no less real than anything in our history books, no less sacred than anything in our hymnals. Perhaps we should try keeping our eyes open while we pray, and look for the meaning hidden in the things right in front of us: in the sound of Tic Tacs rattling in a box, the throbbing ache of hiccups, and the punky smell that lingers on your hands after doing dishes. Each is itself a reminder of what is real.
We need these silly little things to fill out our lives, even if they don’t mean all that much. If only to remind us that the stakes were never all that high in the first place. It’s not always life-and-death. Sometimes it’s just life-and that’s alright.” -John Koenig from the book The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
“When our minds are full of anger and hatred towards others, in fact we are the ones who are actually suffering, caught in this mind state. But it is not so easy to access that place inside of us which can forgive, which can love. In some ways to be able to forgive, to let go, is a type of dying. It is the ability to say, “I am not that person anymore.” Forgiveness allows us to recapture some part of ourselves that we left behind in bondage to a past event. Some part of our identity may also need to die in that letting go, so that we can reclaim the energy bound up in the past.” – Sharon Salzberg from the book Lovingkindness
Here’s to June…