• How I’m Coping With the Pandemic

    About 4 months ago, our school district shutdown and we started school from home. About a week after that, our mayor, and then our governor, shut down the county and state, respectively. About a month and a half ago, reopening in our county began. It wasn’t looking good, but it wasn’t horrendous, either. I was actually getting quite excited about all the things I might be able to do in July. Like go to the beach or take my kids to the zoo. Basically anything to get them out and about, at least a little. I had been cautiously optimistic that the numbers would stay low, that it would be kind…

  • The Lily Cafe Digest #11 - catch up on my posts from the past 4 weeks and enjoy some from bloggers I follow

    The Lily Cafe Digest #11

    Is it already time for another Digest? Yes, it is! This was a short 4 week round, but July has some big dates for my family, so I’ll be taking the next 2 weeks off. The past four weeks just flew past. My son virtually graduated from Kindergarten, which was different, but still really nice. The teachers had each student record their favorite memory from Kindergarten and it turned out most of my son’s class, including him, really loved math. Mostly, though, I’m astounded by just how quickly he picked up reading. A year ago we were struggling with letter sounds. Now he randomly reads words all over the place.…

  • A Breakdown of Social Media (that I have attempted) (revisited)

    I’m not at all amazed that my feelings about social media have not changed in the approximate two years it’s been since this first posted. I guess I’m just not a social media person, but I keep the accounts around just in case. Do feel free and stop by, but I can never guarantee there will be anything new or interesting any time soon. First published June 26, 2018 I am not the most enthusiastic fan of social media. I’m still not. It was a huge time waster years ago and I often found myself not caring about what people I barely knew were doing today, yesterday, or a minute ago. Still…

  • A Brief Tour of Some Changes

    I mentioned before my break that there would be changes to this blog. I’m delighted that almost all of it has been done, though it was all extremely easy and absolutely makes my life as a blogging mom so much easier. It also gives me more time to read, which is amazingly nice. The Mother’s Corner is Semi-Closed As I mentioned, I’m cutting back on the motherhood posts. The Mother’s Corner is still accessible, but I won’t be posting my Finding Magic in Motherhood series anymore, nor will I be posting quite as many parenting-related posts. As much as I had enjoyed writing about being a mom, I don’t find…

  • The Lily Cafe Digest #10 - catch up on blog posts from the past 6 weeks and enjoy some posts from bloggers I follow

    The Lily Cafe Digest #10

    Wow, an entire cycle of 6 weeks of posting done completely during the quarantine/isolation/stay at home thing because of COVID-19. It’s been…something. Fun some days, not so fun other days. It all depends on whether or not the Kindergartener wants to do school from home that day and whether the toddler has sufficient activities to get her through a morning where I have to teach her older brother. But I haven’t completely lost my mind. Yet. I mean, California isn’t as bad as it could be thanks to our governor and the mayor of LA county. We shut down quickly and now our county is slowly reopening. The school year,…

  • To Be Like a Dolphin - blog changes coming

    To Be Like a Dolphin

    Last year, or maybe the year before, my husband took us to see a film at our Natural History Museum. I don’t really remember which one it was or what it was about, but I do remember something about one type of dolphin. They live in not quite friendly waters, where the waves are large and a bit dangerous. But they thrive in it. They can be seen jumping and playing and having fun. As dangerous as their home may be, they still prefer to have fun. For a long time, I would think about them and motherhood. Being a mom isn’t easy, but, if dolphins can live with a…

  • The Lily Cafe Digest #9 - a summary of what I've posted between February 24, 2020 and April 3, 2020 as well as some favorite bloggers and blog posts

    The Lily Cafe Digest #9

    Well, the past six weeks have been interesting. Let’s see. As soon as I came back from my week-long blogging break at the end of February, my daughter and I were involved in an unexpected, unfortunate incident that completely knocked me down for about a week or so. And then the coronavirus spread to the States and now has us all in a stranglehold. My state is under a Safer at Home order, so, other than about 3 walks, I’ve been inside for the past 3 weeks. So, yeah, fun six weeks. My best friend moved to China several years ago, so I had a bad feeling the coronavirus would…

  • Getting Back to Normal

    Last week I was involved in an unfortunate incident. Nothing too serious as no one was really injured, but still really scary. Emotionally and mentally, I’m still recovering, and trying desperately to get back into the swing of things. I’m so very grateful for all the kind comments here and the good thoughts, and can’t tell you how much they mean to me. But, even more so, I can’t express my gratitude to the kind souls who helped out at the time enough. Everyone was helpful and supportive and I couldn’t have made it through the day without them. At a time when people would rather walk on by as fast…

  • You Ask "Again?" I Say "Because I Can" - changes coming and an explanation of why I like to change things up on my blog

    You Ask “Again?” I Say “Because I Can”

    I must at least be a princess of blog changes. Let’s see. I started up again a little over 2 years ago and have made…well, I can’t remember now how many changes. Then again, I’m probably one of the most indecisive people you’ll ever know, so it can’t be surprising, right? Okay, in all honesty I’m not making too many changes. Actually, it might not even really be noticeable. But, first, I’d like to explain myself, if I may. I Want You to Know…I Am Privileged Some people blog because it’s their job or side hustle. Other people blog because it’s a hobby. I blog because, well, it’s just something…

  • The Lily Cafe Digest #8 - take a look at what I've posted and posts from other bloggers that I've enjoyed

    The Lily Cafe Digest #8

    Well, that was fast. My first blogging break of the year is here. I contemplated whether I should continue to take breaks every 6 or so weeks and decided that, yes, I should. Not only do they give me a bit of breathing space, but it gives me time to really turn my focus back to my family. Also, as an introvert, interacting with people, even if it’s over the Internet, is exhausting and I really need to recharge. The most important thing I learned I needed to do was to just take some time to pause, to stop, to come to a standstill so I can look back and…