Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Hello, everyone! Happy Friday and Cinco de Mayo!  It’s a bit gloomy outside but that’s alright, my plants need it. This week flew by mighty fast. Sometimes I will prepare a meal for the occasion but today we decided to geek out and see the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 at the movie theater tonight with the boys. We all enjoyed the crazy first and the second doesn’t look like it will disappoint.

My photo above is this week’s flower in our sitting room. I love watching the transformation of these beauties from the initial bud to this alien-like explosion of shape and color. They are truly magnificent. Yesterday, I kept stopping to look at them instead of reading my book. It’s funny how flowers still keep me in awe. In this photo, it hasn’t fully opened but each stage is stunning.

This weekend is date night with my man but before we drop the boys off with their grandparents, Saturday is Free Comic Book Day so the boys and I will wake up early and hit up some local comic book stores. It’s really fun. This will be the third year we have participated. Nick started talking about it a month ago. For those of you that haven’t experienced it, most of the local comic bookstores and chain stores, have free comics and other novelties available on this day. The first year, we walked out with a bunch of stuff. It’s really fun for the comic book lover.

Well I am keeping this short so I can wrap up some things before it’s pick-up time.  I hope you have a fun Cinco de Mayo and a blessed weekend!

Belinda

Happy Monday!!

Hello, and happy Monday! It’s a bit gray outside this morning and I await possible rain to nourish my plants. Oh, and happy first day of May. This morning I am enjoying an amazing cup of Mahjong Chai Oolong blend from Teavana. It’s like love in a cup! I mean it, the aroma is intoxicating and the flavor is so satisfying. I am actually working on my second cup right now. I love loose teas because you can mix them for quite an amazing experience.

We had a lovely weekend. On Friday, I was on a little dandelion hunt in my side yard. Trying to stay on top of those pesky weeds. Leao and I headed to Lowes and purchased blinds for the deck. We installed them on Friday and they are amazing. They create a great ambiance and privacy when closed. On Saturday, my in-laws visited and while my father-in-law helped Leao replace broken areas in our fence and then paint them, my mother-in-law and I caught up and Apollo helped her set up her new cellphone. Then we indulged in some Kelly’s fried clams, shrimp, and scallops while sitting on my deck.  Yup, you heard me right, I had some fried food.  I rarely eat fried food so when I do, it is a real treat.  We had fun watching the squirrels and birds eat all the bird food I put in the feeder. We even saw a chipmunk and squirrel sit rather close eating the food! The temperatures were rather hot so it was nice to be outside. However, Apollo’s allergies were aggravated so I kept him off the deck for much of the day since the pollen count was extremely high.

On Sunday, we took Apollo to a friend’s birthday party to rollerskate. He gave it a try but will have to try again to get the hang of it. I was so proud of him for trying. I used to rollerskate when I was a young girl and I had those inexpensive skates that strap onto your shoes, then I moved up to full skates. I used to skate on my driveway and then the road then I moved up to going to the local roller rink and loved it. I didn’t skate on Sunday but told him, I would another time just in case I need to reacquaint myself. I had no desire to fall in front of all his friends that’s for sure.

I didn’t have much time for reading this weekend so I didn’t finish my intended April reads. So catch up this week is on my list of things to do.  What I really need is to find some larger chunks of time to immerse myself.

I hope you have a blessed week and I will check in later this week.

Belinda

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

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