Whatever we can do to help encourage someone, lift them up, or just share a kind word or act of kindness; it all matters no matter how big or small. Maybe it’s just sending a card, checking by phone on someone, just calling to say hello, or just listening… Each of us can make a difference. Thank you for visiting today ~
Whether you are doing your part by staying in social distancing, working to serve others or taking care of your family; don’t be too hard on yourself. Be sure to do something today just for you. Maybe it’s fixing your favorite warm drink, opening a window for fresh air or listening to the birds sing… just take a moment to slow down and take a breathe. Be gentle with yourself and with those you are with. Turn off any negative self talk while doing what you have to do. You’re Doing the Best You Can! That’s all any of us can ask of someone, including ourselves. Take care. terre~
No matter where you are or what you are having to do at this difficult time, staying positive can be oh so hard when our world has been turned upside down. But you can do it. Just finding one positive or lovely thought a day can help you get through and make such a huge difference in being able to do what needs to be done. Thinking of you all… we will make it through this and hopefully when it is all done, we will be a kinder, peaceful and more loving world. Blessings for strength and courage wherever you are. ~terre
Getting low on bread? I’m finding myself during these times of shortages at grocery stores doing more things for myself that I haven’t done in many years. This is one of them…making a sourdough starter. If you are reading this, you can find many good starter recipes online, but you only need one to get going. Once you get it going, it’s almost like having free food as long as you have flour and water. You can use your sourdough culture to make many different recipes. The first one, I made was an improvisation from a recipe I found on Pinterest. However, it called for blueberries that I didn’t have. Instead I used finely chopped walnuts and cinnamon. They turned out very tasty and definitely have already been requested to make again from the hubs. Have some fun and be creative adding your own favorite ingredients.
Some important things to know about sourdough:
you will need to feed it (half amount of flour to an equal amount of water) at least once a week (two times is even better). You probably want to slow down it’s feeding by putting it in the fridge when not using. You will still need to feed though as already mentioned. When preparing to use your sourdough, remove from fridge and feed equal amounts flour and water at least 3-4 hours before you start baking. You will know your sourdough is doing good when you see some small bubbles on top.
Do not store in or use metal utensils when working with sourdough, as sourdough can pit them (Baking in metal pans is okay). Store your starter in a crock or glass jar with lid that just sits on top. It does not need to be airtight as sourdough uses cultures picked up from the air in your home, which helps with the flavor of your sourdough culture. Wooden, plastic, or silicone mixing spoons work well.
Be sure to keep at least a 1/2 cup – 1 cup of sourdough with each bake so you do not deplete your supply. If you find you have too much: you can discard, share, or find other uses with many sourdough recipes online. If your sourdough smells foul or turns black, discard and start over. You can learn more online if you have questions about sourdough baking.
Since we still need to care for our families, ourselves, and each other; I will try to post more helpful articles to come in caring for yourself or others, so please check back or follow my blog. In the meantime — take a breathe, maybe do some meditation, pray, get out in nature if you can safely (even just for a short walk), exercise, and find some activities that help bring you some peace and calm. If you found this post helpful, consider posting a comment or photo about what you made. Thinking of you and yours wherever you may be. Thank you for visiting today~ terre
Another great teacher and friend of children, Mr. Fred Rogers said that in scary times to look for the helpers. It is true! If you look for the positive amidst the alarming news stories, you find incredible stories of people helping others. One story in my own local community that brought happiness to my heart was when our local sheriff’s department asked for donations of personal protection equipment of masks, gloves, etc to have available for our first responders. Before the day was out, one of our renovation construction companies had donated the needed items! So as Mr. Rogers says, look for the helpers when times are scary. Also if you have extra, please consider sharing with others in need. Curbside delivery or outside the door delivery can still be done even with social distancing. Hope all is well with you and yours. After all, we’re all in this together.
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The hubs recently surprised me with a road trip where I didn’t have a clue where we were going from day to day. We also have in our family sort of a contest to see who can get to all fifty states first. Imagine my surprise when we went here to see where “Build It and They Will Come”! Plus, Iowa is now one of the three new states we got on this trip. This was a very fun and memorable trip!
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(American Cardinal, male. 1/1000sec. f8 600mm, Iso 560.)
Yea, after many years, I’ve updated my camera and added a bigger lens! This is one of my first attempts. I have a pretty big learning curve. Thank you all for letting me share. Thank you for visiting and a huge thank you if you’re a Follower! –Terre
“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” –Yogi Berra
Do you ever float through your day and then wonder whatever happened to all of your time and not accomplishing what you had planned? I know that I do this on some days and then have to step back and regroup. The many demands on our time from tending to children, spouses, aging parents, household, and work demands can all add up to more than the 1440 minutes in a day. Wow! 1440 minutes in a day might sound like a lot to some of you, but then not very much to others. Of course, you have to consider if we are taking good care of ourselves and getting 360 minutes – 480 minutes of sleep every night there is a huge deduction. To those who are committed to getting in their 10,000 steps a day, 1440 minutes definitely sounds small! But good news, you only have to take 6.94 steps per minute, which is a piece of cake, right? Oh, sorry, I didn’t really mean a piece of cake.
Everyone has the unexpected appear even in their best laid plans. But when it becomes more of the normal and makes you feel like everyone else is in control of “your” days, then new strategies may be needed.
12 Tips for living “your” day:
Keep a calendar that is reasonable
Have a plan. Don’t just go with the flow.
Make a to do list. Prioritize your list with the most important items that have to be done. Determine those that can wait or move to another day, eliminate those that are not necessary or that you really don’t enjoy
Not everything or everyone has to be on “your” list. It’s okay.
It’s okay to say “No” if it is your own personal time
Eliminate or limit activities that do not add quality to your life (checking email, committing to last minute requests, talking for extended time to negative people, checking social media or texts) especially after work hours
Be mindful of your attention you give to those you are with. Live in the moment
Don’t work consistent overtime day after day, week after week. Do not lose vacation days because you didn’t make time to take them
Share what needs to be done. (Preparing dinner together, laundry, taking care of pets, let extended family and close friends help when they offer)
Plan ahead & organize. (What everyone needs to take for the next day, quick meals on busiest days)
Make “Sleep” a priority. Even if you have the most chaotic day, enough sleep will help you be more resilient, feel better emotionally and physically. You will be able to be deal better with stress and problem-solving.
Make time for yourself. This is not intentionally last, but often that is where time for ourselves fall on the list, if it makes it on the list at all. (Take a short walk somewhere in your day, reconnect with nature, develop a spiritual practice, meditate, be grateful, do yoga, listen to your favorite or calming music, read a good book, bathe with some special body wash)
Hopefully, you can find one tip above that will help to make your days more enjoyable, manageable, more yours, and to end up where you want to be! Thank you for taking time out to visit today.
Probably like many of us, I’ve turned to my Bible and prayer even more these days. I came across this verse in my readings and thought that maybe it would speak to you too. Today is sunny at times, blustery winds, and just a good day to reflect. If you can maybe you will get out and take a walk, enjoy some fresh air and nature. Hope your Sunday is one of calm and peace.