Happy Monday: Spring planning!

Hello and happy Monday! I hope you all had a great week last week.  Last week was our spring break so we did a few activities close to home and it was wonderful. I’m always a little sad to see them go back to school. I like having my boys near me but I have so many projects to do this spring that I need the time to work on them without interruptions.

Above is my first infused water of the season. I need to up my game with water intake and this makes a major difference for me. This one contains lemon, basil, and strawberries in it. It’s pure yum! I am also back in the gym starting today with more vigor because I have about 2 months before our family vacations begin and this one wants to fit into some shorts! Wish me luck!

I think I’ve already mentioned I have started playing in my garden in an attempt to prep for spring plantings. I will be starting my seeds indoors tomorrow. I feel like I am a little late on this because I couldn’t locate my mini indoor greenhouse. But Leao found it yesterday so I just need to get some soil and some popsicle sticks for markers. I am also trying to get my mason to come by and repair some walls that are damaged. It is normal “wear and tear’ but needs to happen sooner rather than later.

In my literature adventures, I have some great reads that I need to sit down and complete. I have some announcements about a new initiative with regard to my reading journey so stay tuned in Belinda’s Book Nook for an announcement.

My family history research. As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve also really geared up my genealogy research and education over the past few months in preparation to finally start an Ancestry.com membership. This is such a rewarding project and I consider myself a newbie when it comes to genealogy work. Hence, why I have been watching a lot of YouTube videos and even purchased a few reference material. Something about this work really fascinates me and I am so happy I am finally committing real time to do it on a regular basis.

Product Development. I also have a long list of ideas that I want to try out for new products for Belinda’s Crafts that I somehow have been neglecting. One of my latest endeavors is to learn brush lettering. I would really like to learn how to do it.  Recently, I have begun to do the foundation research of all the materials that I need to buy and the resources to begin learning how to brush letter. I have to admit I’m truly intimidated but I’m up for the challenge. It would be a great asset for some of my products as well as for my personal projects. I have numerous craft projects that have been neglected and I will be setting aside time to re-establish some new deadlines. This time of year, my work schedule has to incorporate my gardening so lot’s of careful planning has to occur on my part or it becomes one hot mess.

The weather is supposed to be great today so I’m going go help Leao put prepare the lawn and put down grass seeds. If time allows I will also work in my deck flower garden and amend the soil in preparation for plantings.

The sun is shining and I am ready for a great day. Have a blessed one!

Belinda

Me Time on This Rainy Day!

Hello and happy Friday everyone! I am currently sitting in my front room with an intoxicating candle burning, a cup of green tea, lovely jazz playing on my Bose speaker and doing some genealogy research. About two months ago, I decided to take off Fridays from work and divide my time to genealogy and reading. At first, I felt so guilty not putting in work hours but I decided that if I really wanted to make headway with my genealogy research that I had to commit scheduled time to make it happen. So Fridays seemed liked the best day to end my busy workweek with my genealogy pursuits. Since I didn’t want to overdo it, I divide my typical work hours between genealogy education & research and pleasure reading. Which we all know that I indulge in on a daily basis but to know I have a scheduled date with my books has been so wonderful.

So today I am in the process of finishing taking notes from a book called, “Mastering Online Genealogy” by V. Daniel Quillen. I have several of his books but this one is a library copy that I will soon need to return so I am moving rather quickly through it today to finish.  I also watch Youtube tutorials so I can continue to learn more about researching and then I spend time entering information into my software or attaching photos to people in my software.  I consider myself a beginner and am trying to soak up all the information I can find to avoid common mistakes and to create a good system.

For my reading today, I discovered this new UK magazine called, “Breathe and make time for yourself”. This pairs nicely with my efforts for my OLW (One Little Word) efforts to become more authentic.  Self-care is something we often neglect and I have to catch myself often from burying myself in my to-do lists rather than pausing and caring for myself. So I am hopeful for great inspiration from this magazine. I will let you all know what I think after reading it.

So if it should rain all day, it will be perfect for my garden and my activities today so I am not complaining. I hope you all have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by.

Belinda

Easter Happenings with the Family

I really love our time spending Easter with my in-laws. We decided to pack our bags and head over on Friday so we would be able to spend more time with them.  My mother-in-law always makes an amazing spread so the extra days give us time to catch up and play games before the actual celebration of Easter.As Apollo gets older I realize even more how important it is that he grows up spending a lot of time with my in-laws. I say this because he can’t remember things as clearly from 3 years ago. Now, things really seem to stick and form long-term memories. I don’t have memories of my mother’s mom because she passed on when I was very young. I want for my boys to have solid memories they can share with their children. So our frequent visits and outings with my in-laws remain a top priority for us.The weather…wow, we had great weather over the weekend. It was well into the 80s on Easter so we spent time hanging out on my in-laws deck.The Easter meal didn’t disappoint and the conversation was lively as usual. I also didn’t manage to snag first place in the egg dying decorating once again. I even considered bribing the judges.  Leao unanimously won the top prize so I will have to regroup and think of a cool technique for next year!I hope you all had great moments big and small over the weekend with loved ones because, at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

 

Spring at Last, So Let’s Catch up!

Wow, I apologize for being away so long and for getting this post out so late. I have been a Busy B so we have some catching up to do.

Let’s begin with my annual girlfriend escape to a charming Inn up north. I missed it last year because I went to my girlfriend’s wedding in Jersey. So I was rearing to go this year. It all went down on March 30 – April 2nd and when I tell you it was so good for my soul, I’m not lying. There is truly something about the whole experience that moves me. I always enjoy the road trip because of my girlfriend, Ashley drives and we talk and laugh the whole drive. It takes between 2 1/2 to 3 hours to get there. The weather was sunny on both our drive up and drive home so our drive was so stunning especially when we got closer and could see the mountain views. When arrived, we ate lunch and then settled our stuff in our rooms which are oh so lovely. Mine has a fireplace so I am in paradise the whole time being that I don’t have this experience at my home.

The talk is always fun where we share home happenings and even recent traveling adventures. One of my friends just arrived back from a trip from Japan so she shared truly fascinating stories.  It’s also fun to see the beautiful craft projects everyone was working on during the weekend. My friend, Joan had some great photos from her trip to Alaska and was working on a really amazing scrapbook. Some of the ladies have even moved to the digital realm and were making digital scrapbooks.  I managed to color up some great images for some new cards. Much of the time, I played around with new techniques. Oh and let’s talk food.  Well, let’s just say the breakfasts were quite yummy each morning and  I managed to snag basically a meal and a half each day because I didn’t want to miss out on any yumminess. However, upon my return home, the scale reflected my extra indulgences!!!

Since my return, I have been treated quite nice by the boys and Leao. I think they missed me. Leao even surprised me this past weekend and baked a few loaves of Portuguese Sweet Bread. It is a bread I grew up eating so it took down memory lane while I indulged in its yumminess.  They came out so pretty like what you see at a bakery.

For the past two days, Leao (who is working from home) and I dropped off the boys at school and took a morning walk on the beautiful lake near us. The weather has been exceptionally warm these past two days so we were excited to get out there. I also started my yard clean up for the spring. I completed 1/4 of my yard yesterday and I hope to complete another 1/4 of my yard today by cleaning up my raised veggie beds and raised flower beds in my back yard.  Over the past month, I also completed some great books and will be posting some reviews soon. This time of year becomes a bit of a battle of staying in to craft and work on projects for work or being out in my garden or on my deck with a good book. For those of you that have been reading my blog for a time, will have seen the patterns. So soon, I will be posting more outdoor happenings. Because that is where I most want to be.

I hope you all have a blessed day and I hope to improve my frequency of posts.

Belinda

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