Refocusing.

Not the blog! Just daily life. I’m so thankful that Spring is in progress here, for the mental relief and physical tasks that working outside provides is exactly the balm and reset I have needed.

I’m sure some of you know that I work in a hospital laboratory. We are not on the front lines by any means and we have less than 5 cases (as of today) in tri-county area served by our hospital, none of which are currently admitted. But the endless onslaught of information, concern, alerts, and uncertainty at work paired with the borderline hysteria and varying degrees of misinformation on my Facebook feed has led me to do a bit of Social Media Distancing too. This weekend spent baking and being outside has done wonders for my head.

Saturday we did some controlled burns on the prairie (more to come on this in another post), shored up our leaning tuteur, cleaned out areas next to the compost bins that have become overrun with raspberries and grape vines, pruned the deer-nibbled areas of trees and shrubs, and enjoyed the sounds of the returning red-winged blackbirds and sandhill cranes. Sunday we worked inside (too windy and chilly) but also worked on garden projects. I’m considering placing an online plant order to Digging Dog Nursery in the anticipation of most nurseries being closed. Such a strange time to be alive.

I’ve also been happily stress baking! So far I’ve made King Arthur Flour’s English Muffin Toasting Bread (very easy, very delicious), Smitten Kitchen’s “I Want Chocolate Cake” Cake (also easy, also very delicious and highly recommended for breakfast as well), the BBC’s Cottage Pie (delicious and easy, though we made ours with venison). More recipe recommendations are sure to come.

In any event, do be sure to get outside to break up the monotony of your self-isolation, and do wash your hands. Be safe and smart. Be well.

2 thoughts on “Refocusing.”

  1. Cottage pie sounds good (as do the rest of your baked items), what is it? I love savory pies and pasties. Also sweet fruit pies. I just love pies. Stay safe and if at all possible avoid the news.

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    1. Cottage Pie is less like an actual pie and more like a fancy, English hot-dish/casserole. Its ground beef with carrots, mushrooms, peas and onions in gravy topped with mashed potatoes. It is delicious! And all that talk of pie made me wish for a slice of my mom’s apple pie- she’s the pie-maker in the family! Stay safe too!

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