Odds & sods

We had our final inspection for the garage and mudroom last week, and everything passed. (Yes, this means our missing door arrived.) Our contractors are done. That feels like a nice way to wrap up the month.

When I look back over August, this seems like a long month. Time is still flying in the weird pandemic time warp that we’re in. But a lot has happened–including a lot of tragedy around the world.

I’m working on being thoughtful in my own choices. Being kind and generous as much as I can. Finding simple joy in family, friends, the farm and Ellie.

Here are some of the things that have made me think or given us joy this month.

Canada is going to have a federal election on Sept. 20. After all of the outcry about residential schools just a couple of months ago, I’m disappointed to hear very little about Indigenous communities in the campaign so far. On the topic of making thoughtful choices, this election is important for me.

The Olympics seems like a long time ago. I didn’t watch a lot, but I’m glad I caught this inspirational story.

This series made me think about what I share of Ellie online

Matt’s Mom got these sticker mosaic puzzles for Ellie and they’ve been a huge hit.

How to reduce your carbon footprint

Ever wonder what happens to things thrift stores don’t sell? This book made me think about what I bring into our home and how to reduce the impact our “stuff” has on the world.

Some we love, some we hate, some we eat

Do you feel like you have a purpose? It can make you healthier and happier.

I’ve lost count of how many loaves of zucchini bread we’ve baked this year. This chocolate one is still Ellie’s favourite, but I think this lemon one is mine (I cut the icing in half).

Any favourite summer reads to share? Or summer bakes? What’s been thought-provoking for you recently? How are you balancing the weight of the world with finding joy?


4 thoughts on “Odds & sods

  1. I have been sending extra zucchini to my mom and she has in return made me loaves of citrus zucchini bread! It may be similar to your lemon. I have also had grilled zucchini several times which is my favorite way to eat it.

    So many of your links are meaningful to me. It is smart for you to focus on the joy!

  2. It’s ironic that I can’t see the one about sharing too much online, haha. How do the sticker mosaics work? I’m thinking my granddaughter, who is also 3 (as I believe Ellie is ?), would enjoy this. I was gifted a giant zucchini so maybe I will try the lemon loaf. And the carbon footprint one was a good read. It gave me a couple of new ideas. Thanks! 🙂

    • The mosaics have foam stickers in different shapes and colours. You have to match the appropriate sticker to the matching spot on the picture (we’ve had animals, vehicles, princesses so far). Ellie is three and I’d say it’s appropriate for her mostly. It’s not a challenge for her and she can easily figure it out on her own (or teach me how to do it). She likes crafty and methodical tasks like this.

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