May 2021

This VIEW!

May has been a brighter month for me. Earlier in this year, when I learned we would have to prolong our isolation because the COVID vaccine was not approved for kids yet, I fell into a sad slump, which was made worse by other circumstances. However, similar to the experience I had last year — when I realized we were going to be stuck at home for a very long time vs. a 2 week lockdown — I eventually accepted the situation and felt much better. (I am a huge fan of the word ACCEPTANCE. For many years now, I’ve realized that this is a magic word. If you wield it, it has power.)

It goes without saying that beautiful spring weather can lift anyone’s mood. We’ve had a beautiful month, and I’m soaking up the breeze, the birds, flowers and plants. I love sitting on my front porch. It’s my favorite place to be.

Smoky Mountain National Park

After being at home for nearly two years (we had other health issues we were dealing with before the pandemic), we finally got away for a week this month. We rented an Airbnb in the mountains of North Carolina, and I’m sharing photos from that trip in this blog post. The best part of that trip was the view from the porch of our Airbnb. Never in my life have I been so lucky to stay in a place with a view like this. We went birding along the Little Tennessee River Greenway, hiking on the Bartram Trail, and one day we went into the Great Smoky National Park. (We’re planning to go back because there’s so much we couldn’t see in one trip.) We got groceries, ordered take out, sat out on that porch and played games. We had a terrible cell phone signal and no wifi, but we had cable television, which we don’t have at home, so we watched our favorite cooking competitions, Chopped and Iron Chef, and another guilty pleasure, Shark Tank, but that was the only T.V. we watched.

The view at sunset.

Now that we’re home I feel refreshed, and I’ve enjoyed thinking about the homeschool lessons that my boys need to finish up for 5th and 8th grade. They will work until mid-June, and then they’ll enjoy some virtual summer programs. That will slide us into August when we have birthday month, and hopefully by early October we’ll all be fully vaccinated, and the boys can resume face-to-face lessons and other activities. We are especially looking forward to attending music concerts in person again!

William Bartram Trail

At the end of April my 14-year-old received some happy news. He won 2nd place in the state piano competition again, and on top of that, he won 3rd place in a regional competition (8 southern states). You can view his latest performances on his YouTube channel, if you’re interested, and I know he’d love for you to subscribe too. 😉

Little Tennessee River Greenway — Great place for birding. I will share my bird photos someday.

I am also happy to report that I have finished a short PDF resource about homeschooling 8th grade. I have no idea when I’ll have time to post it in my store, but I’ll try to do that soon. Meanwhile, if you have any questions for me, you know where to find me. 🙂 I hope spring is lifting your spirits. Please leave me a message, if you have a moment, and tell me about your favorite part of spring.

Gosh I’m going to miss that view.

2 thoughts on “May 2021

  1. So lovely to hear that you were able to enjoy a (beautiful, I should add!) change of scenery and that things are on the up. We are 15 months into socially distanced living (mostly at home) but were recently able to get away for a week and a half. May weather in the U.K. has been oh so disappointing (it’s usually reliably sunny but has been a complete washout!) but we made the best of it, and wore layers and took waterproofs to the beach! I’ve had a lot of time at home to read am churning through so many unschooling books! I’m really inspired by Gina Riley’s work and am also currently reading and really enjoying “changing out minds – how children can take control of their own learning” by Naomi Fisher. I’ve just finished taking a Montessori course too. Planning on following an eclectic path (borrowing from unschooling ideology/reggio/montessori) with our home ed! Getting our first jabs next week, which is exciting! 🙂

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    1. Lou, It’s so good to hear from you. I’m sorry that the weather hasn’t been so agreeable in the U.K. this month, but I’m glad you were able to get away for a bit too. Your books sound very inspiring indeed! I haven’t heard of those authors. I have several alternative education books on my shelf that I never read, however! I admit that I don’t enjoy reading non-fiction/how to books very much even when it’s a subject I’m interested in. I think that’s because I read before I go to sleep, and the subject matter excites me too much and then I can’t sleep. LOL! Yay for first jabs! I hope all goes well for you. 🙂

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