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 spread here eventually. I kept up with what was happening with her through social media, and can’t help but remember that, even while under quarantine, she was still able to take walks and buy essentials. You know, like toilet paper. And food. And she offered some beautiful words of advice. Well, of course, she did. She’s one of the most beautiful writer-poets I know!
So, six weeks ago, I was a bit banged up and dealing with trauma. Then I was worried sick about the coronavirus. Then I was preparing mentally for a school closure. I’m glad the district closed fast, but having to juggle everyone and schooling has been an interesting challenge. Thankfully, there are some wonderful people in the blogging community offering resources.
Other than dealing with life, I’ve been trying to read and write as much as I can. Reading takes precedence as I have review obligations, but I’ve managed to write a few more lines in Queen of the Garden of Girls. Oh, and baking. I’ve done a bit of baking. Not too much as it’s now challenging to fit in homeschooling, playing with my almost 3 year old, having a part-time work from home husband (he’s still considered essential for now), chores, blogging, reading, and freaking out because my asthma is not yet well-controlled (it’s a relatively new diagnosis).
Yup, it’s been fun. Hoping the next 7 weeks will be better, but I’m not holding my breath. How are you holding up?
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Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed from the Blogging Community
I have to admit that, with COVID-19 shutting things down and keeping people home, I haven’t been keeping up with as many blogs and haven’t been too focused on noting the posts I enjoy, so I apologize for the short list, but I’m including a list of some of my favorite bloggers, particularly the ones who offer a bit of a respite from what’s going on in the world.
5 Ways Gaming Can Be Good for Kids from Geek Mamas – as a mom married to someone who enjoys video games (while I do not) I constantly worry about the amount of time my 5 year old is playing video games and Roblox, so this post really helped me see how it may not necessarily be a bad thing.
Writing Villains: Top 10 Don’ts List by Joan Wiley – as someone who writes fantasy quite I bit, I’m well aware that there’s often a villain that gets thrown into the mix, so I really appreciated what Joan had to say about what makes for a less than perfect villain.
It’s Really Not “Just Stuff” from Tidy Little Mama – I adore the idea of minimalism and would love to practice it, but my family has accumulated so much stuff over the years that thinking about getting rid of half of it makes me wonder where it would go. While minimalism seems like a great idea, all the discarded stuff has to go somewhere, as this post points out.
Reblog – The Real-Life 3 C’s of Blogging from Degrees of Maternity – I love this blog because it’s such a wonderful resources for plenty of real life related things. Since I’m a relatively new follower, I love that she’s reblogging older content, and really enjoyed this short and sweet one about the 3 important C’s of blogging. Simple, but so important! Also, as many parents now find ourselves teaching our kids, check out her Creating Schedules for Children post.
To the Graduating Class of 2020 from Write Side of the Road – This is just so sad and so sweet at the same time. I hadn’t realized this year’s high school graduating class had been born just after 9/11, and now to have to graduate into the world as it is now?
Boondock Ramblings – I adore Lisa’s blog. She’s got everything from beautiful photos of her kids to fiction stories to faith-centered posts. Right now she’s busily working on and posting some fiction, which has been a welcome relief from the sad daily news, and has shared several homeschool resources.
Our Little Red House – I adore the crafts, especially since many of them are great for young kids (of which I have two), but I also love her honest, genuine voice that always sounds so soothing in my head whenever I read her posts. She’s something of a breath of fresh air.
Housewife Hustle – I was an early follower of Jenni’s blog and have been so happy to see how grow and bloom. So I’m really sad she’s leaving blogging. Her content will still be available for a few more months, so be sure to stop by and enjoy her words while you can. But, if you enjoy her as much as I do, don’t worry; she’ll still be active on social media, so be sure to follow her.
Bits and Dragons – This is such a fun blog. It’s a mix of tech-oriented posts I completely fail to understand, fictional stories that are always fun and packed with funny lines, and now he’s sharing what life in quarantine is like. It’s fun and funny.
Chelsea Ann Owens – A mother of five, she also has a mom blog called I Didn’t Want to be a Mother, but this is her main blog that she most frequently posts to. I adore her honesty and wit. Her stories are fun and the bits of life she shares are always easy to identify with.
By Autumn Rain – Primarily a fiction site, she does once in a while write about life and being mom, but I really love stopping by for her stories. They’re fun and always have happy endings, which is so dearly needed right now. Her current story is Alice and the Warden.
Brooke Cutler – My goodness, what can I say about this lovely soul? She feels deeply, and shares her heart on her blog. Reading her is like being wrapped up in a dear friend’s hug. Always a ray of sunshine, even when there’s a bit of melancholy. A balm to the soul.
Most Sincerely, kat
You can find a list of all the Digests plus some bloggers I adore over here