The Next 30 Days-Words of Encouragement

Hello, sweet friends.

Like you, I am trying to navigate this new world we’re in. In the blink of an eye, everything has changed. Because of that, I am really struggling to blog as usual. With so much fear, uncertainty, and heartache around the world, somehow writing about whisky and castles doesn’t seem fitting right now. In light of that, I have decided to take a little break from my usual topics and do something different.

This online community is so important to me, and I don’t want to lose my connection to you. So, aside from my weekly participation in the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, every day for the next thirty days, I am simply going to post some of my favorite photos with words of encouragement instead. I think we could all use a heap of that right now.

We live in an extraordinary time. Though we may be temporarily cut off from one another physically, we have the miracle of technology to keep us bound together. It really is a small world, after all!

Please, everyone, take care of yourself. Wash those hands, stay home when you can, and practice social distancing. We are in trying times, but we will prevail. We’ll get through this together, friends.

xo,

Day 16: Words of Encouragement

Ordinary people don't know how much books can mean to someone who's cooped up.  Anne Frank

Hello, and happy Saturday to you. What are you guys planning to get up to today? It is going to be a beautiful day here. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the lilacs are in bloom. As soon as the temperature warms up a bit, it is going to be windows open!

I bought a gorgeous standing mixer that I am super excited to try out. I have never baked a homemade loaf of bread in my life, but this pandemic has encouraged me to try to become a bit more self-sufficient. For a moment, it didn’t look as if I was going to be able to find bread flour, but luckily, I managed to snag a 5 lb bag of Bob’s Red Mill at The Fresh Market the other day.

Finding specific foods is a funny business these days, isn’t it? You go into one store, and you might find yeast packets but no bread flour. Another store might have bread flour but no yeast or eggs. Or, you might find several packages of steak but no ground beef or vice versa. I discovered at Kroger last night that all of the bacon was gone. And, of course, tp and cleaning supplies? Yeah, right. Good luck with that! I hope that people will soon start to realize that there is no disruption in the food supply. We aren’t going to starve, people! Unless, of course, you panic and buy up all the food!

Aside from today’s foray into the world of bread making – wish me luck – I plan to cozy up and read. I just started Jenna Bush Hager’s book pick for April, a debut novel from Elizabeth Wetmore called Valentine. I also purchased The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. That one, in particular, promises to be profoundly inspiring and relevant for the time we are currently living in.

What about you? What are you currently reading? Or baking? Or anything!

Have a nice day, friends. Stay safe! x

Day 15: Words of Encouragement

Hi, friends. Today is the half-way point of my thirty days of encouragement. Several of you have expressed your appreciation for these “cards,” and that means so much to me. It’s a difficult time, and I have needed to be encouraged as much as anybody else.

I hope you are all staying safe and healthy. Hang in there. We’ll be on the other side of things before you know it. x