After one of the most beautiful spring weekends I can remember, it's Monday again.
Time to . . .
As usual, on Mondays I share a bit of this and a little of that and things I discovered over the weekend.
(And I always start things off with my quote-of-the-week!)
"Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm."
--- John Muir
If you follow along with me on Instagram, you already know about the finch nest on the top of the forsythia wreath on my front door. The little nest is in clear view from one of the tiny windows at the top of my front door - so Tom and I have a ringside seat to all the finch-goings-on. (We also have to be careful -- because if we get too close, Mrs. Finch gets freaked.) All last week, Mrs. Finch was busy laying her eggs. Each day, we'd find one more! (There are at least 5 eggs.) Now, though, she's in the nest all the time, incubating. (Mr. Finch visits often to bring her food.)
It's exciting to watch this spring work going on . . . right outside our door.
It was 100 years ago this year that the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified and passed in the US. (That would be the one giving women the right to vote.) 2020 was meant to feature big celebrations commemorating this most important event . . . although, like so many other big celebrations, these events, too, are moving into the #together/apart realm.
Here's an interesting thing: The women's suffrage movement 100 years ago ALSO ran into a pandemic! Yes, my friends. Our suffragette sisters had to fight through the Spanish Flu to get their message heard! Strange how things come around, isn't it? Here's a great article about the women's suffrage movement and the Spanish Flu pandemic if you're interested in learning more.
A couple of Mondays ago, I shared an invitation to a free Zoom-workshop sponsored by The Makerie that my sister and I were planning to attend. It was called a Playful Pause, and it was just that! It was a well-done, little breath-of-fresh-air workshop that made both of us feel a little bit pampered - and a whole lot inspired.
Well. I'm happy to let you know that Playful Pause 2 is happening this Wednesday, May 6. (Here are the details.) This time, the group project involves paper . . . and I think that sounds fascinating and fun. It's free -- and easy to sign up. Come on along! Join us!
And now a word sponsored by CoronaLisa . . .
I'm sure many of you - like me - are emerging from your "pandemic trances" and settling in (at least a little bit and mostly begrudgingly) to our newly-changed lives. I know I am finding a little more focus in my days, though I'm still quite surprised by the bizarre nature of time (but oh well, we can't have everything I suppose). Still. It's easy for me to end up going down a rabbit hole of despair, thinking about what I've lost and, of course, paying too much attention to the news of the day.
I found this little article from The Atlantic - about two "errors" in our thinking about the pandemic - to be helpful for me in understanding my own despair and rabbit-holing. Maybe it'll help you, too? Let me know what you think!
Stuck at home . . . no travel coming up anytime soon . . . let's have some Armchair Adventures instead!
The New York Times has started a new feature: The World Through a Lens, a new in-depth look at some exotic locations around the world. Their first destination? Easter Island! Come along for a great Armchair Adventure with me.
That's it for me this Monday morning.
I hope your week is off to a great start!
(Oh . . . and how could I forget?)