I did not order any seed catalogs since I am trying to minimize the amount of paper coming into my home, but I did look at them online and checked out a few gardening books from the library.
With all the travel I did this month and the multiple days off of school from weather, I did not volunteer anywhere new. I did do some research and hope to check this off early this month.
I did make hot chocolate, had an amazing Vision Board weekend retreat, took a walk in the snow, made chili for the nightshade eaters, made rocks with my words for the year, read a winter setting book, donated unused holiday decoration, and had many fires in the fireplace.
I have always made lists. There are multiple ones on my counter at all times and my planner is full of them. Mostly they contain thing I have to do for my, job, my kids, household chores, and appointments to make.
I wanted to start doing more things that made me happy, started in December with my Hygge moments. A list of events that made me move forward through each month/season with intention and purpose.
For February I want to enjoy the winter, celebrate the holidays, and of course cook some wonderful gluten-free/dairy-free treats.
The end of May always is full of endings and beginnings. So many of the school year activities are ending while summer activities are beginning. The schedule seems to be topsy-turvy very day with extra events and tasks. Keeping my online calendar up to date and making lists help me keep things going smoothly.
What I’m cooking…..
I’m cooking things that are fast and easy. We’ve been having a lot of bone broth with noodles and fast breakfast food. All the extra events and long nights mean you need an immune boost, be sure to be taking your vitamins and supplements and a lunch or dinner of bone broth will help.
What I’m organizing….
Chicago weather, one day it’s the hight of summer and the next we are back to fall. I’m putting all our winter outerwear in bins and donating anything that is too small. Now if I could find all the PAIRS of gloves.
In the garden…..
I’ve been spending time weeding, and hauling compost and mulch to the garden. I have a few areas ready to plant and bought some seedlings and seeds. I hope to get them in the ground soon. I bought more of my favorites lemon balm and lovage!
This week I’m listening to Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly.
What an amazing book. Many with clutter issues have shame and blame and should’s about their situation. The same goes for those with food allergies. Letting go of the shame and blame helps put you on a path to healing and living a happier healthier life.
What is blooming in the garden…..
There are hues of purple everywhere. I have Lilacs and vViolets and my Red Bud tree is an amazing iridescent pink.
I’ve used lovage in tuna salad and am almost ready to plant this years crops.
What is going on at Cygnet…..
I truly enjoyed my first NAPO conference (retreat) a few weeks ago. I am currently using most of my spare time to finish the course work to get the NAPO Certificates.
What I’m cooking……
One of my goals for this year is to become a better bread baker (gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, nightshade-free). I made yeast rolls over the weekend and they were not too bad. A little too dense to call a success but a great start.
Productivity tip of the week…..
Use the reminders on your phone! I always put in things I don’t want to forget and have it pop up at least half an hour before I need to be at the event/need the item. I’ve been known to set them weeks in advance.