around here

it’s tuesday, 8:47am and Lilian is up, dressed and having breakfast at the dining room table while listening to a fractions video her teacher made for her class

spring break is officially over and homeschooling is back on

supposedly they will go back to school on may 18th however, i highly doubt it especially since the last day of school is may 29th

most states have already declared that students will not go back to school

we shall see

anyway, how are you guys doing?

i have reached the highest of highs and the lowest of lows

i’ve gone from getting up and going on my long walk and being happy about spring to wanting to stay in bed all day with my head under a pillow like it was winter

between the quarantine life we are all living right now, life changes that i have not opened up about on here yet, spring break here instead of in miami, pms and the full pink moon in libra, i cried for three straight days last week

i couldn’t help myself

it was all i could do

it was all i wanted to do

once i did, i felt better

sometimes you just have to cry

i do anyway

miami memories with my brother from 2006

from a spring walk

quarantine roots

our art sofa/wall

did a little cleaning in the basement and found this beauty from 1994

how we do sundays sometimes

it’s all about the beets

she gets ready and dressed for homeschooling every morning

made some of these. it had been a long while

William built two boxes and planted some things

after dinner walks

where we would have started our spring break this year. with our K in st. pete

and then in miami at the same building we have stayed the past three years for the remainder of the time

Lily’s crying rabbit that she painted when she was two, was a mood for a few days last week

ARTsy wednesday

stitching has become like therapy for me

while i am stitching, it is like i am in a meditative state and all worries go away

i feel like the only thing i have control of these days is stitching my paintings

yet, it is not lost on me the irony that the more i stitch, the more life unravels around me

happy ARTsy wednesday friends! (on a thursday. it is thursday right?)

UPDATE: it’s friday. i totally lost a day. it’s ok. i’m ok…

around here/homeschooling

this week was our third week of homeschooling and today is the fifteenth day and the last for a week due to spring break

homeschooling has been a pleasant experience for us so far

Lily wakes naturally, has breakfast, makes her bed, gets ready and then sits herself down at the dining room table where she opens up her chrome book and begins her school day

her teacher has been wonderful and very present during the whole process

there are plenty of emails from her, assignments on IXL and live video conferences with all the kids

she has truly stepped it up and is a true boss!

while homeschooling during the day, we break things up with snacks, walks, scooter rides, trampoline time and crafts

being at home doing things is not unnatural for Lily and i

it’s what we have always done

ever since she was born and we lived in the apartment in southbeach

there have been times in the past where Lily was curious and asked to be homeschooled and now she is having an opportunity to do so (silver lining)

and i must say that she is pretty good at it

she is disciplined, focused, gets all her work done…

not any different from how she is when at school really

the hardest part is not having the freedom to see or get together with her friends

but facetiming with her besties makes that a little easier too

when school work will be done today, we will officially begin our spring break

in a healthier and freer world, we would be on a plane to st. pete where we would hang out with auntie K for the weekend and then monday rent a car and drive to miami where we would stay at an airbnb in the same building where we have stayed the past two years until next friday

that was the plan anyway

obviously we had to cancel everything and are staying home

i’m trying to be grateful for all the things we have but in all honesty i am having a hard time being here

may better freer times come back sooner than later

happy friday friends

week two, day six

outside trampoline break

week two, day seven


crafting break

week two, day eight

outside scooter break

week two, day nine

week two, day ten

week three, day eleven

outside walking break

week three, day twelve

outside scooter break

around here/physical distancing

yesterday i thought about how the term “social distancing” should be replaced with “physical distancing”

i find that in a way, people are more social than ever before because they finally have the time to be

when i checked in on my girlfriend Connie who lives in los angeles, she told me that online dating is on its peak out there

i see through instagram and facebook that people are more present on there than ever before

and i think in a way, that is a little silver lining to all of this

like so many who are fortunate enough to have food, a comfortable home, good health, the right finances…. we are counting our blessings and trying to find our own silver lining in all of this

for me, it has been waking up naturally with the sunrise again

to create more art

to enjoy having Lilian home all day

to go on nature walks and be thankful for all the open space we have around us

to cook simpler meals

to enjoy and be thankful for our home. all of it

hope you are all well friends

despite everything, i am happy it’s spring

have done some foraging and keep bringing spring inside

slower and later mornings

i keep creating art

i also keep saging the house. not only is sage a great spiritual cleanser, it is also great for purifying your home by getting rid of germs and bacteria

watering day

open window weather

we’ve been having such beautiful spring weather that we have been able to have a handful of meals out here already

and although i know it is way too early, i want to fill this space with all the green babies!

an afternoon dog walk and a puddle reflection

trying to support local businesses

music! it is always playing in our home. now more than ever. the alex cameron pandora station has been a favorite of mine for months now

ARTsy wednesday

with homeschooling taking place and all after school activities cancelled, Lilian has had more time to create more art

she painted and stitched her own canvas, has created some really sweet watercolors, sewn felt donut animals (pictured in last week’s around here post), and made yarn kitties (not pictured)

there is some good with the bad…

happy ARTsy wednesday friends!

Lilian and her bestie Bergen. because she misses her like crazy

spring flowers. a birthday card for our neighbor who turned seventy two

Lilian is obsessed with black widow and has organized a red room group. i am the head mistress

she actually created this while school was still happening for a third grade friend who always likes to wear black but was being questioned by another third grader (who was wearing a rainbow) why she never wears happy colors