Sunday Seven - April 22, 2018.

It feels like the weather has finally taken a turn - spring is here! It's an incredible feeling...moods have lifted and I'm inspired to get out and accomplish things in the yard, run errands and take on various tasks that keep getting pushed back onto the to-do list. Winter is definitely a struggle for me. I get a bit stir-crazy and feel more sluggish and bummed out. I'm so happy to see the sun now and to feel like I can actually start my seeds because yes, we will have a seasonal change and a warm-up! Huzzah!

1. Today is Earth Day and I thought of doing a post focused specifically on that, but I also know there are PLENTY of them out there today and this weekend in general. Trying to take on more sustainable practices is an important value to me and something I think we all should be doing. It's not always easy though and I think we need to focus on progress rather than perfection - it can be easy to feel like we're not doing enough, or can't possibly do enough, because we're not doing it all. This article which is a rather long one, touches on the historic drought in Cape Town, South Africa. It's a wonderful article on a fascinating story - I think it provides so much food for thought!

2. I suppose sticking with the Cape Town theme, I HAVE to mention the new album from Jeremy Loops. I ordered Critical as Water ye old fashioned way via a CD that came from across the pond in the UK. It took awhile to get here but it was well worth the wait. I feel like I'm the only one left who still listens to proper CD's but honestly I prefer them. I know that no matter what happens to my tech, I've still got the actual disc. I've lost whole hordes of music before because hard drives went kaput. Anyways, back to the CD - it's seriously so incredible. I can't get enough of Freak and really, the whole album is incredible. I've been listening to it on a loop (ha), rather than skipping past particular songs which I often do with albums. It's hard to find an album where you fully enjoy every. single. song. The sound is incredible, the production is incredible...the whole damn thing is incredible. <3

3. Let's talk TV for a minute. I feel like I haven't talked about TV in a minute here. It's not for a lack of opinions, I've just sort of being absorbing programs and not sharing my thoughts for no particular reason. Trust me, I still have plenty of them!! But I've got to mention this new show Splitting up Together because it's just a damn great sitcom. It's based on a Danish show called, Bedre skilt end aldrig, and follows a couple who have decided to divorce but co-parent together in the same house (essentially), for the sake of their children. It's funny and sweet and at some points sad, but it's all lovely. Jenna Fisher is great and I have no complaints re: Oliver Hudson who looked incredibly familiar to me, but I don't know why. Splitting Up Together is on ABC and follows Blashish, Tuesdays at 9:30pm.

4. I've been working on some serious spring cleaning and organization the past couple of weeks and this week I went and picked up this metal cart from Target and I honestly love it way more than I thought I would. I was drawn to it because of it's functionality for the particular project I have in mind, but I've found that I actually really like the look of it as well. Right now it's not totally full up yet, but I've got the top shelf (for now) filled with some of my house plants and I just love it! The cart is a dupe for the Ikea one, but I don't have an Ikea anywhere near me so this works!

5. BLUEBIRDS. The end of this week brought about a turn in the weather - finally. I was looking out our front picture window the other day and watching the birds and I noticed there was a little bird on one of our two bird houses. I put them up years ago specifically to try and attract Eastern Bluebirds. When the bird turned, I noticed it was a Bluebird!! I went out yesterday and got some fresh meal worms and filled up their special feeder. I haven't seen them eat yet, but they're incredibly interested in our one bird house and I'm so excited to be seeing Bluebirds. I'm really hoping they stick around - this has been years in the making!

6. This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins. I finally finished this book this week. I feel like I read it rather slowly, but that may be because I've been trying to not pressure myself to achieve a certain speed in my reading (especially pleasure reading). It was a really good book. I feel like it was so many books in one. There were memoir style aspects that of course, appealed to me because that's one of my favorite genres to read, and then there was commentary on society. So really, it was many of my interests rolled into one and I just really enjoyed reading it. I think Jerkins writes really well - she has a talent for sure. She taught me things, made me think and entertained me all at the same time. I hope that she comes out with more books because I'd absolutely read them.

7. I've really been enjoying some of the essential oil blends I've been working on. I've been playing with essential oils in different ways for a few years but recently I've been utilizing them more as remedies for various issues, like pain. The blend I'm currently using is the best I've created thus far and I find myself using it for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and so much more. I'm definitely an essential oil fan. But more on that in another post! ;)

Hope everyone has a great week ahead!

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