Happy Monday: Coming out of our cocoon!

Hello Everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. My daffodils are so vibrant and yellow just makes me smile every time I see it. With these warm temperatures arriving and our deck prepped, I feel like we are finally coming out of our winter cocoon! Spring is in the air or should I say summer is in the air over here. This past weekend we had great temps and tomorrow through the end of this week we are going to have seasonably high temps in the upper 70s, low 80s!! Since I knew this week would be warm, Leao and I took the time to clean out our garage and de-winterize our deck. It’s a three-season deck and in the winter we put a tarp on the sides to keep some of the blowing snow out and then we move all of the furniture and grill to the side and throw tarps over it.  So we spent all-day Saturday cleaning up the deck and re-installing all of the blinds.  I didn’t put the seat cushions out because I knew today would be rainy. But tomorrow, I will and will spend my work day on my deck. So from this point until early winter, I spend much of my time on our deck, working, reading, sleeping, eating and playing games with my family. So I am in such a happy mood because I look forward to being outside after a long and hard winter.

We hired our new landscaper to do a spring clean up and grass fertilization for our property and I have to say that it was truly money well spent. This time a year, I usually clean up the yard in phases. I do one side at a time and I have to say, I have never seen it this tidy when I have done it in the past. But my back is definitely so grateful that we hired help.  So now I can start planning my garden. I don’t think I am going to do any seeds in the house this year, I will direct sow some but will only work with plants for the rest of my garden. So the fun begins!! No planting yet, just planning as a “New Englander” I know you can’t quite rely on the sudden heat. We could have a frost any moment so I err on the side of caution and patiently wait to begin planting.

A major milestone occurred this weekend, Apollo surprised me and rode his bike for the first time on Saturday. Each year, I tried to encourage my boys to learn to ride and they try and then quickly lose interest after a fall. But on Saturday, when Apollo saw his bike in the garage while I was cleaning something just clicked for him. Then he sat on it and found his helmet (which surprisingly fit!) and said he would like to ride it. So as Leao and I were moving stuff out to toss in the trash, he zoomed by us on his bike. A little wobbly but all on his own. Wow! the moment you always dream about right before our eyes. It never gets old. Since I am one for not forcing them to do things that they express that they don’t want, there are some things they can not do just yet and bike riding is one. So this turn of events produced the biggest joy in my heart.  Leao took his bike to our rear driveway (where we don’t have to worry about cars) and let him try again and he did it! I am so happy for him because I remember how I felt when I learned to ride my bike. It was that new independence that came with it that made it so sweet. So bike trails are in our future. Yay! Well, I am off for now.

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

Well Hello: Girl’s trip, New York and Spring break

Hello, my friends! I sat down on Monday with all intentions of writing this blog post to reconnect with you and realized we were having server issues. The last four almost five months of posts on this blog were gone.  So I talked with my husband who managed to sort out all the details and restore my data. Talk about a panic attack, it was a big reminder of how much I rely on technology and assume it will always be available and functioning properly. So for those of you who subscribe, you might have received a few old posts in your email. I apologize for the confusion.

Ok, let’s catch up! First, I want to thank my son Apollo for looking at my blog this past Sunday and turning to me and saying, “Mom, you haven’t been very good about your blog. You haven’t written any posts in a long time.” There’s nothing like your kids keeping it real. Thanks, my little man!

The first photo is of my desk with a surprise gift from my husband… an Ember tea mug. A friend of mine recently showed me hers and I fell in love. The tea person that I am just had to have one. It is a temperature controlled mug. My office is on the second floor in our home and as you all know, I drink tea year round.  But I spend a great deal of time reheating my teacup because it has gone cold while I work. So this lovely is temperature controlled by an app on my phone. How cool is that? I can select a temperature and every time I sip, I am in heavenly bliss. I don’t know how I lived without it. Oh, and the tiny daffodils are from Trader Joes. I picked them up on Monday to add some sunshine to my office.Now, let’s see, what have you missed? I started off this month attending my annual  4-day girlfriend getaway. This was our 9th year so next year we are thinking we need to do something special.

I rode with my friend Ashley as usual and it was so much fun. Our friend Kathryn followed us in her car and we stopped for a yummy lunch at an organic grocer. We left so early that we were the first to arrive from our group of 13! Kathryn decorated the tables and had a goodie bag for each of us.I overindulged at breakfast every morning with no shame. It’s so yummy and I typically have oatmeal or smoothie for breakfast so this was a marvelous treat. I spent each night before bed and an hour before heading to breakfast reading my book in bed with the fire going. Truly paradise. I took my usual daily selfie in my bedroom mirror to send to Leao and the boys. I started doing this a few years back and have continued the madness.The following weekend, Leao and I rented a car and headed to New York to attend a baptism. Leao was to be the godfather of his friend’s daughter. The weather was fantastic when we drove up but the rain came in for our return trip home. We listened to and completed an audiobook on our journey.

The ceremony was beautiful and what a pleasant surprise when baby Kasieobi who was meeting Leao for the first time went right into her new godfather’s arms. She eventually fell asleep. It was the sweetest thing to see. We all went out for lunch after the ceremony at the Cheesecake Factory and yummed it up. The ride home I wanted to catch this cool tunnel but the rain blurred the picture. Leao is my favorite person to travel with so if I was going to do this drive it would be with him. The conversation is always lively and also because I like being the passenger!!Last week was spring break for the boys so we staycationed it. No far away trips just hanging out at our home and visiting family. I love how they both will still squeeze into a chair with me. It fills my soul!!I believe we are all caught up and I will resume a “regular” posting schedule again.

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

Happy Monday!

Hello everyone! I am back to hang out a bit. It’s freezing outside but the sun is blasting so that makes it better.  Another storm is heading our way on Wednesday, hopefully, it doesn’t bring any significant amounts of snow.  Spring is tomorrow so I have no interest in seeing any more snowstorms.

Last week was a fun week despite the Nor’easter which dumped quite a bit of snow. So you can see why I might not be in the cheering section for another storm. The one thing I love about big storms is snow days and my boys get to stay home with us.  I love having my peeps around.

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Yesterday I took my boys to see, “A Wrinkle in Time” and wow it was fantastic. I liked the messages in the story and the visuals were amazing.  I was taken aback by the marketing that this movie was for “Father-daughter or mother-daughter dates”. My sons enjoyed it and the messages were important to everyone. So I am quite confused why anyone would wish to limit the exposure of this movie. I also found this lovely interview with the granddaughter of the late Madeleine L’Engle. She believes her grandmother would have loved the film.

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Lately, we have been picking winners to see at the theaters. The last movie we saw was Black Panther and I loved it. I rarely want to see a movie again on the big screen but this one gave me all the feels and I am so tempted to go see it again. My hope is that everyone gets to see this film because it isn’t just important for black people to see themselves portrayed as strong superheroes. It is important for everyone to gain more exposure and then maybe one day he will just be a celebrated superhero.

As you know, I still have reading sessions with my youngest son and our latest book is blowing my mind. It is called, “The Other Mozart: The Life of the famous Chevalier de Saint-George“. I first heard about him on an episode of The View in which they would feature a different person each for Black History Month. So I wrote it down and checked it out of the library. I listen to a variety of music including classical and I have never heard of Chevalier de Saint-George.

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (December 25, 1745 – June 10, 1799)[1] was a champion fencer, a virtuoso violinist, and conductor of the leading symphony orchestra in Paris. Born in Guadeloupe, he was the son of George Bologne de Saint-Georges, a wealthy planter, and Nanon, his African slave.[2] During the French Revolution, Saint-Georges was colonel of the ‘Légion St.-Georges,'[3] the first all-black regiment in Europe, fighting on the side of the Republic. Today the Chevalier de Saint-Georges is best remembered as the first classical composer of African ancestry.

We read half of the book on Saturday and then found his music to listen to online. We will finish the second half tonight. But what a pleasant surprise to learn of this man and his achievements. I love finding opportunities like this to expose to my boys so they are reminded what is possible.

Well, I am off and I hope you all have a blessed day!

Belinda

Well Hello!

Well hello everyone! Wooha! It’s been a crazy few weeks over here. We had a nor’easter on Tuesday and it dumped over a foot of snow.  We had two snow days which made my kids very happy.  I really love being snug inside with them during storms knowing we have what we need and don’t have to go out. Prior to all this, I had the flu which took me out of the game for almost two weeks. Hence my lengthy absence.

I am so happy with our new plow guy because he did a remarkable job on our driveways and all of our walkways. I was so grateful not to have to shovel at all.  Just stayed inside and played board games with my son and video games with my oldest.  Aside from the flu and snowstorms, I have been doing a lot of reading and coloring with my colored pencils. I have a few fun posts planned so come on back.

My kids are back in school today so I am sitting down at my desk and look forward to finding my rhythm again for creating and publishing posts.

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

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