Wednesday, June 24, 2020

What's Up Wednesday: June 2020

Welcome to What's Up Wednesday for June. For context, our province is just starting to open up regionally. Thankfully, we're in one of the regions which can open a little more so I got a massage a couple of weeks ago and our pool will be opening next week. And as of a couple of weeks ago, our library started doing curbside pickup. Whoo hoo!!! We can gather in (socially distant) groups of 10. We can't yet go to church or have larger gatherings but I feel like we're headed in the right direction.
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What we're eating this week... We've had our first two CSA (community shared agriculture) pick ups. So last week we had salad with fresh greens and ate steamed bok choy a few times. YUM!!! We're just so happy to have fresh, locally farmed veggies again! Yesterday I was able to chat with a few friends but it sure does feel different. And inspired by a What's Up Wednesday post I read last month, we also grilled some cauliflower a few weeks ago and it was so good!!! I have to remember to add cauliflower to the grocery list so we can have this again soon.

What I'm reminiscing about... Three years ago today we were enjoying the first day of a two week trip to Kenya to visit our friends. During that time we went on safari, climbed a volcano, and made so many great memories. You can read more about that trip, starting here. We've been talking a lot about that trip recently and have been grateful that we took the opportunity to travel while we could. Eventually we will travel again but we know it could be a long time coming... I am sad for those of you reading this who had to cancel big trips this year.
Riding on the roof of our friends' vehicle -- the better to spot zebras!
Eating lunch with a giraffe in the background.
We climbed the volcano in the background.

We went on safari and visited a Maasai village.
Giraffe kisses!!!

What I'm loving... Inspired by a woman in the US, my friend took on the project of diversifying the Free Little Libraries in our area. I've been so excited to support her by buying books and printing labels for the books going to the libraries as a part of this project. You can check out the original project (which is US based) on Instagram here or you can check out our local project here. (Since we live in Canada it doesn't make sense to support the US project due to cross-border shipping and the exchange rate which is why my friend started a separate local one.)

What we've been up to... Since some restrictions have lifted, we've been up to a lot.

Getting fresh library books (and returning old ones)!!!

Making an (unsuccessful) attempt at tie dying with food colouring.

Celebrating Rachel turning 9!

Going into the school to do a small bit of work, mask and all.

What I'm dreading... Almost every day since the beginning of June, I've had a headache. I need to take a nap (and Tylenol) to feel better. I am so sick of not feeling well and I don't really know how to get good answers as to what's going on. So I dread my daily headache and just not feeling great. Boo :(

What I'm working on... We haven't done a lot of take out during this time but now that the weather is nicer we're working on taking more walks and supporting local businesses.

This was a walk for ice cream. Mine had lavendar and something else.

This was a walk to take things to the thrift store with a stop at a local bakery. I had a chocolate croissant. Deliciousness!!!

This was a walk to the library, with a stop at the local bakery/cafe around the corner.
I LOVED my strawberry-basil gelato.
We should probably be working on getting more exercise without stopping for treats but that doesn't seem to be happening.

What I'm excited about... DID YOU HEAR BASEBALL IS RETURNING?!?!!?!?!?!?!? Is there really anything else to be excited about?!?!?!?!?! If you missed this news, you can read it here.
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What I'm watching/reading... I haven't been watching much of anything lately. We did watch a couple of the new "America's Got Talent" show but then it fell off our radar. We watched Coco as a family on Friday night and we all loved it. We're kind of boring lately.

In terms of reading, after months of light, fluffy quarantine reading, I've been trying to delve into books with deeper topics. I read Know My Name by Chanel Miller on Sunday. And right now I'm reading I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

What I'm listening to... Flies buzzing in our house. We have a fly problem right now and it's so frustrating. ARGH. One has been buzzing around me while I've been writing this post. This seems to be a new problem this year so ugh...

What I'm wearing... I bought a palm tree printed headband and I've been wearing it a lot. It's really fun and is helping keeping my hair off my face. Of course, I might not be wearing it as much after next week when I am getting a haircut!!! Whooo hoooo!!!!!

What I'm doing this weekend... We might do some yard work. We might put our new BBQ together. We might do some housecleaning. Dave and I might have a date. We really don't have any concrete plans. We should probably figure that out.

What I'm looking forward to next month... Swimming at our pool!!! And now the return of Blue Jays baseball!!! Whoooo hooooo!!!!!!

What else is new... On Monday, Dave and I will be celebrating our twelfth anniversary. HOW has it been twelve years already?!?!? If you want to read about our wedding, I wrote extensively about it in July 2012. You can find the first of those posts here.


  1. I just heard about baseball! Yay! Sorry you're getting headaches...have you increased your water intake maybe? I'm sure you thought of that...

  2. What a fun trip to look back on and something most people never get to do. My boys joke that we always get treats after hiking and walking too!! I guess it's better than treats and no exercise. LOL. We were thrilled when our library began offering curbside pickup. Hope you can figure out what is causing the headaches.

    1. Yes, it was a very fun trip with lots of really unique memories. And you're so right -- at least we're getting some exercise, even if we do almost always get treats!

  3. ahhh - 12 years - that's so awesome.
    I love that movie cocoa - its really a heart tugger!!!!
    A chocolate croissant? mmmm - yes please

  4. Happy Anniversary :)

    Sorry to hear about the headaches. I heard or read recently that sometimes caffeine can trigger migraines. I hope you find some answers soon. Please remember to take care of yourself. You matter too!

  5. Happy almost anniversary. What a pretty wedding photo!! Hope you can do something special to celebrate.

    Good for you walking to some of the local shops to support them. Ice with lavender? Yes, please. You look especially cute in the brown skirt!!

    Kenya? How exciting! I am wondering if we will ever travel again. I know that sounds very doomsday-ish but I am just feeling very tired of Covid today.

    1. I totally understand the way that feeling exhausted by the whole Covid situation fluctuates day to day. On the worst days, I feel like we'll be stuck at home forever and the kids will never go back to school. It sucks.

      We love being able to walk and to support local businesses so it's absolutely a win-win situation!

  6. Okay so I don't listen to the podcast, but Melissa Urban (who founded Whole 30) was sharing some info on IG about her latest episode of her podcast (Do the Thing) about taking cold showers. I think it's not your whole shower is cold but you get in for a few minutes. Well, someone commented (I'll email you the screenshot) about how a cold shower really helps with migraines because it makes something in the brain shrink that is swollen. I wonder if that would help with your headaches? Like get in really fast, get your body and face wet and get out? Happy anniversary!!! And yay for things opening up and especially THE LIBRARY!!!

  7. Your Kenya trip looks amazing! Love seeing your photos! So lucky you are able to walk to your local shops to support them! Happy Anniversary!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

    1. I love being able to walk to support so many local businesses. Walking to be able to do errands is one of my favourite things!

  8. Ohhh I'll have to donate some books to your friends' cause!! A great idea. Also, love grilled cauliflower... so delicious! HAppy 12th anniversary!

    1. Thank you for supporting diverse little libraries. If you live in the States, please support the original project as my friend doesn't want to take away from Sarah's awesome work. However, if you're local (or live in Canada), yes, please support my friend's project!!! It's just exciting that no matter how, so many more diverse books are getting out into the world!

  9. Happy Happy Anniversary! Glad things are opening up there- it really helps mentally! Thank you for the prayers for my husband- truly appreciate them :)

  10. Happy (almost) Anniversary! :)

    I love that headband by the way.

  11. We just got our first library book pickup and it was very exciting even though it was only books for aaron and none for me. Also, I’m sure you’ve received enough advice on the headache already (I saw lots of comments but didn’t read them all), but my suggestion would be to see a functional medicine doctor. The more I learn about functional medicine, the more fascinated I am by the field. It’s an area of medicine that targets the underlying cause versus just treating the symptoms.

  12. I did hear that baseball is returning. I am soo excited about that. Yay for getting out and going to the library. I am not sure if ours is open yet. I keep getting ebooks from the library.


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