225/366 :: Wednesday 12 August 2020
the first of the hibiscus flowers by my front door! I love these flowers so much.
226/366 :: Thursday 13 August 2020
this is actually the only fake plant I've ever owned, aside from some tissue paper flowers that I still have in my kitchen from a lifetime ago.
227/366 :: Friday 14 August 2020
I take so many photos of these flowers because I know I'll miss them when they're gone.
228/366 :: Saturday 15 August 2020
sometimes I get to pretend she's my dog for a few hours.
229/366 :: Sunday 16 August 2020
and then a red one finally bloomed! these ones are definitely my favorite. it's a shame they only last a day.
230/366 :: Monday 17 August 2020
I'm guessing that this was a sunrise.
231/366 :: Tuesday 18 August 2020
call me a child, but Annie's makes the best snacks.
218/366 :: Wednesday 5 August 2020
219/366 :: Thursday 6 August 2020
you know I had to get animal print face masks.
220/366 :: Friday 7 August 2020
good mail day.
221/366 :: Saturday 8 August 2020
you know you make tips when you have this many coins at the end of the week.
222/366 :: Sunday 9 August 2020
birthday Blizzard. (it was frosted animal cookie and it was great.)
223/366 :: Monday 10 August 2020
birthday flowers from my dad and stepmom.
224/366 :: Tuesday 11 August 2020
first little hibiscus flowers in my yard for the year.
211/366 :: Wednesday 29 July 2020
do you have favorite freckles?
212/366 :: Thursday 30 July 2020
the plant that won't stop growing.
213/366 :: Friday 31 July 2020
these are my favorite leggings.
214/366 :: Saturday 1 August 2020
215/366 :: Sunday 2 August 2020
a place to hide.
216/366 :: Monday 3 August 2020
I ordered lipstick from Sephora because it was national lipstick day, and then I remembered that I wear a mask all the time in public.
217/366 :: Tuesday 4 August 2020
birthday cake from my supervisor. (:
204/366 :: Wednesday 22 July 2020
rereading a poetry book here and there.
205/366 :: Thursday 23 July 2020
I took this photo on my first trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum back in early April 2017. I miss that city so much, and I had to get this art block from my Redbubble store to remind me of this beautiful place and the beautiful memories I made in that city.
206/366 :: Friday 24 July 2020
amethyst from my aunt next to some barely alive succulents.
207/366 :: Saturday 25 July 2020
I can't stop listening to this album. (mad woman is my favorite, but it's all so good.)
208/366 :: Sunday 26 July 2020
I don't remember why I took this photo - had it been cloudy for days, or was it the first cloudy day in a while?
209/366 :: Monday 27 July 2020
my SBSF2020 shirt finally arrived! I love the Carley Baer unicorns. (:
210/366 :: Tuesday 28 July 2020
yet another reread, like many books I've read this year.
a few months ago, I felt like I needed to write a back to school-esque essay about what I did over the summer. a lot has changed this year, and I never would have guessed that this is what my summer would have looked like.
my last “normal” day was Monday, March 16th. it wasn’t really normal though, because the St. Patrick’s Day parade that was supposed to take place that weekend was cancelled and we all knew that things were changing rapidly and soon the state of Wisconsin would be on safer at home orders. the day before, I told our coordinator at church that it would be our last children’s liturgy for a while. I don’t think I even stayed for the whole Mass.
I got up on Monday morning like usual to get to my tumbling class at the Y. I left a few minutes early to go out of my way to drop off all of the library books that I had at home. I talked to some of the parents and grandparents after class, with none of us knowing when we would be back together.
my manager at the hotel told me that I should make sure to go grocery shopping that day, so I headed off to Pick N Save. the thing that really stood out to me was that there were no bananas left. I’m not necessarily a hoarder, but I also like to get a back up of things as I’m getting low, so I wasn’t one of those people scrambling to buy toilet paper, and I am grateful for that.
I wandered down the frozen food aisles trying to figure out what to buy since we were supposed to be stocking up for fourteen days. I doubt I had a list, and I had my headphones in. I ran into the woman I usually teach children’s liturgy with - I don’t think I had seen her in a week or two - and we briefly chatted about how weird everything was. she had already been to Wal-Mart that day looking for laundry detergent, and she said that they had bananas.
so it was off to my least favorite store, where I bought bananas, eggs that weren’t super expensive like the only ones left at the grocery store, and hot cocoa mix. I headed back home for lunch while watching story time on Instagram Live with my favorite children’s author and illustrator, Oliver Jeffers. he kept doing these for a stretch of weeks and they made my days brighter.
that afternoon was my last normal shift at the hotel. I’m not sure what I did, but I’m sure it included laundry and laughing with pat in the diner while I made coffee. melanie (and Toad) and I sat in the lobby for a while that evening and talked before I left.
I returned home to find a package from Grove. I had ordered some cleaning supplies and peppermint essential oil, and as I put things away, I realized that the last box in the box was too large to contain the peppermint oil. I opened it up and laughed to discover toilet paper instead.
I have been listening to Stephen Fry’s narration of the Harry Potter series overnight since that evening.
the next couple weeks involved a lot of staying home, finally caving and getting Netflix to go with my Hulu (I watched The Office for the first time!), and visiting cemeteries. I did a few projects at home, like cleaning out the lint trap in my dryer, hanging a giant print on my bedroom wall, and some weeding. I drank many smoothies with the NutriBullet that I bought myself five years ago, tackled a few sewing (mending) projects, and sent out some mail. it was my first spring in my house, and I enjoyed watching the flowers bloom. I found a few tomato knives stuck in the garden, which is a different story. there were a couple grocery trips to Green Bay in April that I was scolded for, but we all make choices in life. I spent many hours at home reading, listening to podcasts, and coloring. I also finally took the time to put together a couple photo books that I’ve been putting off - one for months and the other for a year.
in early May, my grandpa called me up to enlist me to do some wood staining for their new house. this evolved into varnishing, vacuuming, helping lay floating floors in about half of the house (they did the rest without me), and other odd jobs. that was a big learning experience.
I took Maggie on many walks and watched her at my house some evenings, and I played a small part in pulling off a virtual songwriting festival in June. I did some baking too, which included using the rhubarb from my garden. there were also some desserts from my grandma.
the motel was closed for three months. I came back to help out a little bit with some evening cleaning and laundry a few times, but occupancy is being kept at about 30%, so there aren’t enough hours for me yet. and so, as the end of July came nearer with the end of the extra funds for people on unemployment, I had to figure out where I was going to be working.
July also brought with it a few hikes with my best friend and helping my dad move some cars around for his business. I also knew that I would be covering a few days of Y camp for someone who was on paternity leave.
as it does, everything happens at the same time. I started working at my stepmom’s coffeehouse at the end of July, and a couple days later, the baby was born so I was at the Y in the mornings instead, and I also covered a few hours at the hotel, did some filing for my aunt, and helped finish up a few things for my grandpa.
a birthday somehow slipped in there too, along with a little family time, and August wrapped up with a surprise visit from a friend I hadn’t seen in years.
the past six months have been such an odd time, with lots of hard moments, but there were some really beautiful moments that I never saw coming either. things will probably never return to the way they had been before, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t great things ahead.
197/366 :: Wednesday 15 July 2020
Maggie, counting raindrops.
198/366 :: Thursday 16 July 2020
if you cut back your dreaded tree to heaven weeds, you might find some more lilies.
199/366 :: Friday 17 July 2020
open skies in one of my favorite hiking spots.
200/366 :: Saturday 18 July 2020
I love writing mail and using stickers.
201/366 :: Sunday 19 July 2020
always so many things on my desk.
202/366 :: Monday 20 July 2020
purple carrots are actually the best.
203/366 :: Tuesday 21 July 2020
receiving mail is pretty fun too. (:
190/366 :: Tuesday 8 July 2020
cemetery wanderings on the way home from a neurologist appointment.
191/366 :: Wednesday 9 July 2020
it was a little windy and I didn't have the windows closed so this mirror fell off the ledge and down the stairs, narrowly missing me as I ran up them in the middle of the night to close the windows because it was raining.
192/366 :: Thursday 10 July 2020
193/366 :: Friday 11 July 2020
another day, another cemetery. this one is a favorite of mine to visit in October when the leaves aren't green.
194/366 :: Saturday 12 July 2020
George always makes me smile.
195/366 :: Sunday 13 July 2020
these stickers in my Pipsticks reminded me of my home away from home.
196/366 :: Monday 14 July 2020
my favorite Door County Land Trust property.
183/366 :: Wednesday 1 July 2020
I miss places.
184/366 :: Thursday 2 July 2020
I made so many smoothies when I was home every evening. Kroger sells a great blend of frozen strawberries, mango, peach slices, and pineapple. it's the best.
185/366 :: Friday 3 July 2020
my aunt's flowers are really pretty.
186/366 :: Saturday 4 July 2020
birthday bridge. and I love being stuck on the bridge when I have my camera with me.
187/366 :: Sunday 5 July 2020
this made me laugh when I was at my cousin's house checking on their cat.
188/366 :: Monday 6 July 2020
I don't even remember what the premise was of taking this photo, but my car is pretty cute.
189/366 :: Tuesday 7 July 2020
I finally read The Elegance of the Hedgehog after two previous tries years ago, and this is also my favorite easy meal.
176/366 :: Wednesday 24 June 2020
I noticed this morning that my niffler's foot fell off! I haven't searched the bottom of my purse yet, but it might actually be at a cemetery somewhere. anyway, it made me sad because I've had him on my keys for almost four years now. but I still have two full-size Funko Pop nifflers on my bookshelf.
177/366 :: Thursday 25 June 2020
you may remember that I tried to buy peppermint oil from Grove in March and then they forgot to send it to me (they gave me a credit for the cost). so I still needed to buy some because I use it when I have a migraine and can't be bothered to take my medication (even though I really should). I found this at Target and was so pleasantly surprised that they had it!
178/366 :: Friday 26 June 2020
I miss going to Goodwill and Half Price Books and adding more used books to my shelves. so I finally bought a few books online from HPB. Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Let It Snow were both first time reads for me (after watching Let It Snow on Netflix). I already had The Elegance of the Hedgehog, but I never made it through the whole book. I had tried it twice before and just got stuck, but third time's the charm and I am almost finished with it! I might reread A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares next. (or finally finish All You Need to Know About the Music Business.)
179/366 :: Saturday 27 June 2020
a new lake view for me.
180/366 :: Sunday 28 June 2020
almost fully opened.
181/366 :: Monday 29 June 2020
this is a salad when you don't have a lot of fresh produce. there were some really tiny cute baby spinach leaves in there.
182/366 :: Tuesday 30 June 2020
a photographer with the desire to hide behind the camera a little less and let the light shine through.