I have received some excellent and awesome invitations to tea. I used to turn them down because I was insecure. I did not think I was the type of person who would enjoy high tea. I thought I was too busy or not fancy enough to do that . I am so glad that one of my favorite friends in the world (and a lady I truly admire) invited me to take some time from my often (overly) busy schedule for high tea. I had such a wonderful time that I went out to tea – a lot. The tea and food was nice, but it always struck me as a relaxed setting to catch up with what was going on with my friends. I miss that. I really hope I can get back to it every now and then when life is more normal and more safe.

Plans and Meetings.

I want to take rock climbing lessons so I can do stuff like this photo. This is Abby Dione. She is the first Black woman to own her own climbing gym.
Mentally, I feel like I already did a lot of climbing today, just getting from one task to another to another to another. I had two evening meetings back to back and they were exciting and mentally demanding at the same time. I have the opportunity to participate in an event that I have been dreaming of experiencing for the past twenty seven years. The other project that I am working on is challenging me at every turn, but I know the outcome will be beyond anything I could imagine, because it is beyond anything I could imagine already. I want to do well at these things, but they require lots of hard work and life with my family during COVID is already hard work. I will not give up, even on days like this, when I feel like all of my get up and go has been long gone.

The Cottage.

My kids’ school is doing block scheduling for now. I think that a lot of the students and parents felt it would be an easier way to process remote learning. I hope it works out for the most people, but I think that new routines are often challenging. One of my goals for this year has been to find a plan for a cottage that I want to build on my parents’ property so that my kids and I can spend more time with them and my family once COVID is over, or at least under control (according to the experts) and truly travel friendly. I think I have found the plan. This is a sketch of it.

The view from my window.

Today marks the first time in a while that I could just sit down for a little while and look out of my window. It also marks one of the few days recently that the sun has been out. My kids are wrapping up their first fully remote semester of school and they have learned and accomplished a lot considering that. Before all of this, they had done home schooling, but this has been somewhat different, especially in light of all of the other closures and social distancing. Sometimes I hope that we can adjust to being around people again when it is safer and things go back to, um, more normal (?) Some days, I know we all mourn the loss of the way things were before, but today I will be thankful for the progress and the sunshine.