I feel weird, anyone else? I never thought in my lifetime anything like this would happen, and it’s incredibly sad to think of all the lives, businesses, and countries being affected during this terrible time. My heart goes out to anyone hurting or dealing with the loss of someone. I’m going to continue to pray, practice social distancing, and do whatever I can to help stop this. It’s put things into perspective and opened my eyes to how quickly things can crumble, and hopefully, after all of this, I’m reminded how fast things can recover. I know it’s a devastating time, but it’s my natural reaction to remain optimistic and positive as I can through it all. Even though I come here to bring upbeat blogs, I still have the fear as well, and you’re totally not alone if you’re feeling overly emotional right now. History has proven that we will get through this. Don’t forget to take the time to thank all the nurses, doctors, staff still going into work, the truckers, grocery store workers, delivery drivers, restaurants providing food, and the list goes on. Send them a gift card from your favorite local restaurant, or offer to help in any way you can.
This recap post is as exciting as one can make it while being under the weather and practicing social distancing. I hope it brings just a little light to your day during this time. I have my pancake recipe coming soon, and I can promise that the recipe will make anyone stuck inside turn a frown upside down (i can’t believe I’m keeping that line in this blog!) okkkk let’s get this recap post started.
I finished up my work on Monday, made some of my favorite scrambled eggs (spinach, eggs, bell peppers, tomatoes, Applegate chicken maple sausage, everything but the bagel seasoning, and Tessame’s habanero ranch.) I took the boys for their walk, and then cleaned up the house. I’ve slowly been packing each week because we move out of the house in thirty days. That is going to fly by, so I want to be ahead of it all. I’ve been a little worried about how things will go during this time with building, closing, and home selling, but I have a feeling it’ll all work out. And if it doesn’t, that’s OK too.
For dinner, I made a Purple Carrot’s Gochujang Veggie Bowls. They were fabulous, and the perfect way to end the night while watching American Idol! Kyle and I have been watching this show ever since it returned to ABC and it’s something we really look forward to. The talent this year is incredible! So far, Arthur Gunn is my favorite, although others are creeping in! Jonny West is my second.
Things took a bit of a turn during the beginning of this week. I’m not someone who gets fevers, EVER. I woke up around 1 am on Tuesday feeling a bit nauseous but thought it was just my cycle since that’s something I experience often. I woke up feeling fine, walked the dogs, but I was SO tired. Again, I thought it was my cycle. I went upstairs to take a nap, something I NEVER do. An hour later I had the chills, extreme headache, body aches, sore throat, and a fever. We called the doctor to see what they recommended and they sent me over to a virtual doctor visit. The fever started at 101 and crept up to 103.7 within four hours. We never got through after waiting t six hours. The next morning, I had an appointment with a doctor online, and she “treated” (not diagnosed, since you can’t do that without a test) me for strep throat. My throat was blood red, hurt so bad, and I didn’t have any shortness of breath, no sneezing, prolonged fever, cough, or other Covid-19 symptoms. After three days of taking the antibiotics, my throat has healed, and I’m feeling 99% better. Of course, I’m staying FAR away from people just in case it wasn’t strep. Testing is so limited in our area and it’s hard to get seen, so I’d rather stay home and heal than risk the wellbeing of others. I finally felt 100% by Thursday.
After three day of chicken soup and Pedialyte, I was ready to get outside and get some fresh air finally. My parent’s neighborhood has a pond, so I drove out their and walked it with Grumples.
On Thursday, when I made my grocery order online, they were entirely out of chicken or turkey at the store. I decided to get a rotisserie chicken and make my homemade chicken salad to enjoy for the week (it lasted 24-hours.) It’s always a delicious go-to! You can make the same recipe with tuna or chickpeas. I have another Purple Carrot box coming, so I’m looking forward to some creative recipes this week.
It was so lovely to have the sun shining on Friday morning. For some reason, the sun with a side of singing birds makes me feel like everything in the world is good. I often go outside with my coffee in the morning just to meditate and listen to the birds. You should try it. I had two slices of cinnamon raisin bread with honey and cinnamon and two eggs. The perfect weather called for a coffee and dog walk.
It’s crazy to think that we move in 30 days. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was telling you all the news about the new house. This week they are going to finish doing the upstairs floors, exterior, painting, staining, and tiles. Yesterday, Kyle and I made it official and purchased our new couches. I cannot WAIT to see them in the house. We went back and forth between a few brands and decided to go with our gut and get the ones we kept going back to.
One of my favorite parts about our lot is that it sits up high from the road. It’s going to be fun sitting on the porch with coffee too because the sunrises and sunsets in this neighborhood look unreal.
There’s been so much done since I’ve updated you last. Make sure you’re following @cottagestory for all the instant updates! 😊 Many of you have been asking about when my vlogs will start up again, and I know it’s been since December! I will start them up in April, and a home tour will definitely be included.
I can’t wait for the bedroom views! This is where the sun will rise 😊 The trees are starting to bloom, and the fullness of the trees makes me so happy. Eventually, it’ll be all green when I look out the window.
And another thing I’m really excited about is our backyard, mostly for the dogs! They so deserve a big backyard to run around in 😊 We have the fence company coming to install our fence on day one because it’s a priority for us. I may end up crying when I see the boys run around for the first time.
One of the cool things about our backyard is that it’s all flat and level, but towards the end of the yard, it has a huge hill that drops down to the creek. You would never know unless you walked over to the edge. I’ve slowly been starting a wildflower meadow. I didn’t think it would actually work when I planted the seeds a month ago, but they’re sprouting everywhere! If this works and my wildflower meadow is a success, you’ll see me crying again. You can’t see the hill from the back yard, but you can from the bedroom window. It would be like a secret flower meadow, which is goals! I have a two-pound bag of perennial native species wildflower seeds coming in the mail this week and I’m going to go plant them all. I just use a spoon to dig about an inch and then add a few seeds into the hole. Try to do it if it’s going to rain that day or a few days after. I know some people just throw seed and they grow, but you’ll face the chances of birds eating the seeds, which wouldn’t be any good. Plus, when your flowers do grow, they help bees with nutrition!
These were the first few packs I bought that started the whole thing. You can get these at almost any garden center like Lowes, Home Depot, or Walmart.
The cool thing about wildflower seeds is that they do well in poor soil. Most of the soil in South Carolina is red and rocky dirt, so perfect for wildflowers.
I was happy to see how many people messaged me about the wildflowers and how invested they were in this! I think it’s a fun little experiment, so I’ll keep you updated weekly. While being in quarantine, it may be a fun idea to order some seeds on Amazon and plant a few.
I found some reputable sellers on eBay for a few, look for thousands of reviews + photos. I bought an entire bundle for $10, and I can’t wait to see them grow. I decided to plant them in some pots to see how they grow in organic potting soil.
Since my ranunculus won’t last after early summer, I planted them in the pot with it. I lightly covered them with soil, watered them, and…
They started sprouting up a week later! I was so excited! 😊
And they’ve been growing each day slightly 😊 In about 90 days we may see a flower!
And my other camellias and ranunculus are doing well 😊 Going out to check on them with my coffee in the morning has become a favorite part of my routine. The small things we appreciate during social distancing 😆
It had six new buds this morning and five big blooms.
And another one of my recent wildflower purchases has arrived. I think I’m going to plant these in the flower tins I bought.
On Sunday morning, I made my homemade gluten-free pancakes with blueberry syrup. 😋 They were incredible! Super fluffy on the inside and crispy around the edges. I could eat this every day 😊 We ended up watching Little Women, and it was amazing! You have to watch it if you haven’t already.
We had to get out of the house on Sunday so we took the boys for a long dog walk. It was weird seeing no one around, but they loved it! I think Grumples was disappointed that he had no one to bark at.
For dinner, we did a gluten-free turkey burger from Smashburger, Smashfries, and brussels sprouts. We had dinner, finished up a few things for the house, and then headed to the couch to watch American Idol! 😊
Luckily, we have our health. We will all get through this, even though things don’t look so promising right now. Remember to help your community and just stay away from people. Stay curled up on the couch, get outside for a walk, drive around the neighborhood if you feel like you need to go somewhere, get projects done around the house you’ve been putting off, read a book, watch so many shows, eat anything you want, and do everything in your power to stay home. ♥️ Stay safe!
Questions for you!
- How are you feeling right now?
- How are you keeping busy?
- What is your favorite positive quote?