Can you believe we’re already halfway through summer? Even under the most unique circumstances, it seems to be fleeting by a bit. It hasn’t totally flown by, but it’s definitely moving along somewhat swiftly. EEEK!
As we move through July, I wanted to share a few things that have been keeping my heart happy and my mind busy.
Even though I feel like there is so much missing this summer, I do love the gentleness of my schedule along with the opportunity really hone in on my home life.
These days it is exceptionally easy to find gratitude in the simple pleasures in life.
Below are a few things that have been providing me happiness the past couple of months.
Holy crap, you guys. It’s back. This reboot of the old school mystery show is pretty much as good and spooky as it’s predecessor except, of course, there’s not Robert Stack. He had one of the best voices in the biz!
It’s available on Netflix – buckle up, it’s as creepy as ever.
My favorite plant people on Instagram.
If you love plants and you’re not following @hiltoncarter , @oops_i_wet_my_plants, @two.plant.mamas, @houseplantclub, and @plantkween yet, trust me, you are MISSING OUT. Once you follow these handles, you will learn, laugh, be inspired, and feel excited beyond belief about houseplants.
One-on-one time with family and friends.
Catching up one-on-one is a silver lining when it comes to navigating a summer “social life” during a pandemic.
I am so missing hitting up street fests and outdoor concerts with my friends, but creating mini outings or back yard hang seshes with one friend or just a couple family members at a time is actually quite lovely.
A few ways I’ve spent time with loved ones: Sunday coffee and pastries, a trip to Promontory Point, tie-dyeing (duh!), walks around the neighborhood, and social distance cocktails.
Dolce Far Niente
The moment I heard about this beautiful Italian saying and way of life, I’ve been finding all of the sweetness in doing nothing.
Truly, it’s the little things.
Sitting lakeside listening to the waves crash onto the rocks. Watering my garden. Meditating in my andarondok chair. Reading in my kiddie pool. It’s remarkable how much beauty there is in the moments of nothing.
Here’s more on dolce far niente.
Lots of reading.
I am currently enthralled with Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. My goodness, what a beautiful read. I feel like I am being whisked away everytime I dive in.
Also in my Rolodex of things to read – anything about plants, how to keep a cannabis plant alive, online marketing, stuff about bumble bees, and of course, the Sunday New York Times.
What are you reading? Share in the comments below!
Plant baskets and planters. My new obsession.
Since spending more time at home is the cool thing to do at the moment, I have stepped up my plant game. Basket, planters and hanging planters have replaced money spent on shoes, concert tickets, and dresses for parties.
Here are a couple of my favorite planters so far. CB2 has a wonderful selection of simple, but earthy hanging planters. I currently have this fun planter from Target that I LOVE, but now I have my eyes on this one!
PS. Follow @cyrilcybrenated for some serious plant envy!
Growing my own cannabis plants.
I have long wanted to grow my own cannabis plant. Ironically, I don’t want it to flower as I am told it will die afterward so keeping it alive is my mission. If you know anything about growing a pot plant, and I don’t know a ton, except it takes a lot work. Looking forward to learning something new!
Fun fact: Here in Illinois, it is legal for medical marijuana patients to grow up to five cannabis plants in their home.
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Wearing my mask.
Because wearing is caring. Here in Chicago, where it is mandated, it’s very much the norm to mask up while out and about. There is no doubt that it felt very strange at first, however, I now feel like the simple act of having a face-covering protects one another. Thanks for wearing one.
If you’re in need of a mask, here’s a list of ten really cute ones!