Chin up, Buttercup

It’s been a long and depressing summer so far, to be honest.  The feeling of goodwill from our #SpreadSomeLove promotion has run low and there is so little to be happy about in the news. I saw a post earlier that really summed it up:

Ain’t that the truth?  So there hasn’t been much by way of Blythewood adventures, festivals, crafting, or anything really.  Between that and the heat, what was the point?

I’ll tell you what the point is. Pokémon Go, that’s what!  I swear that game has done more to unite us as a people than anything else in the past ten years.  I’ve seen people driven to take their dogs for an extra walk, to get out of the house, to strike up a conversation with someone new, and all because of this game. It’s been fun.  It’s been a lightness that I think we all needed.  There have been more people on the state house grounds congregating for Pokémon than I have seen in a long time.  And it feels so good to know it isn’t a protest about a flag.  Just people having fun with friends and making new ones along the way.

Nine year old Wendi would have flipped her lid over this.  🎶Come with me, the time is right.  There’s no better team.  Arm in arm, we’ll win the fight, it’s always been my dream! (Pokémon!)🎶

Beyond that, Ghostbusters was everything I could have asked for.  And there is a new ice cream place in our little town which was a welcome escape from this triple digit summer.

Is anyone reading anything interesting this month?  I am stepping WAY out of my comfort zone to read The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone.

It is in this awesome slip cover.  And I kid you not, when you slide the book out, it says “There’s a reason we’re afraid of spiders…” behind the book.  As if I need another reason.  (I’m probably going to regret this.) What’s on your summer bookshelf?  Tell us in the comments!

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A Work in Progress

There have been a lot of disappointments over the past week.  From the chaotic political scene to the new Ghostbusters theme to Congress once again managing not to do anything at all.  Not to mention, the Rio Olympics are looking to be quite the spectacle and not in a good way.  Obviously some of these are heavier than others.  Like this ungodly heat!

So I’ve decided to focus on the things that make us happy.

We mailed out all of our #SpreadSomeLove cards which was strangely fulfilling.  If not the chance to bring a smile to someone’s face, then definitely that awesome feeling of mailing out an enormous stack of snail mail.  (I looove snail mail!)  There has been a lot of progress in the Etsy shop inventory!  Cards will be available for purchase starting on the Fourth of July!  We have a small selection to start with but it will grow, don’t worry.  And we will have a few options for custom crocheted goods.  Please make sure to come by and check us out then!

As for other news, our dogs got a chance to try out home cooked dog food this week.  We figured why not know exactly what they’re eating.

This particular recipe consists of:
3 lbs of ground turkey
1 1/2 cups of oatmeal
1 can of no sodium added peas
1 large zucchini – shredded
2 large carrots – shredded
1 package of frozen spinach
2 eggs (shells and all)
2 tbsp coconut oil

Cooked in a crockpot on high for four hours and then thoroughly mushed together.

And as you can see they LOVE it!

And of course, we couldn’t leave out our cat children, so they got homemade treats this weekend:
1 can of tuna drained
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 egg (no shells this time)
1 generous helping of catnip
1 tbsp olive oil
water to achieve dough texture

Roll into croutons and dry on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Mose was a bit hesitant at first, but once he realized there was tuna inside there was no going back!  (To be fair, they look and smell pretty wack.)  And then in usual cat fashion, he decided they were beneath him and refused to touch them again.  Tiny will eat them though.

In other news, Kira got a new day job!  Very exciting!  Congratulations, Kira!  In the spirit of the library, I made her this tiny book shaped card which I felt merited a photo.

 And also today is her fourth anniversary with my brother from another mother.  In honor of the two of them, please enjoy two of the photos from the wedding that took me four years to actually upload anywhere.

IMG_8127 Can you tell it was 107 degrees by these pictures?  I feel like they actually managed to not look too sweaty somehow.

Cheers everyone!  Go forth and #SpreadSomeLove

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Island Fever!

Hilton Head Island!  I was born there! 

And now I’m back.  Ahh there is nothing quite like the smell of marsh air and salt. But I’ll be posting all about the island at the beginning of next week! Stay tuned! 

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