My funk has finally lifted! I dont’ know if April was just sucky or what, but its May and I’m starting to feel like myself again. Maybe its because I completed a LOT of major tasks in April, and my mind is finally free, or maybe its because its sunny and 85 degrees right now, but whatever it is I’m grateful for it!
1. Taking a step back from the cook-style-shoot-blog tizzy I’ve been in for the last 2 and a half years has been a major blessing. I needed to refresh my perspective and I can see it happening. I love being an artist and working in a creative field, but art is very personal, and when you’re feeling uninspired or things are poorly received, it can be very hard. What I realized this week was that I need to keep my creativity more well-rounded. Alex and I filmed a new betsylife video last weekend, I’ve been working on my new painting, and I did a few non-food posts this week. All of these things resulted in new ideas both cooking-wise and other. If you’re ever in a creative rut, never stop! Just change direction for a bit, and eventually you’ll be able to see your true path.
2. Some birds built a nest in the rafters of our covered patio. Generally I think birds are kind of scary and gross, but small birds in their natural habitat are so interesting to watch. I loved seeing them bring in stick after stick for the nest. Fortunately they don’t seem to be too bothered by us or the dogs. I can’t wait until there are eggs and tiny little baby birds!
3. My garden is bumpin’! Except for a few pesky inch worms, my garden is sprouting up like crazy. The zucchini and eggplant have already bloomed, and the tomato plants have doubled in size. With the garden, the wildflowers and jasmine I planted, and the new pool chairs, I have a feeling that this summer at The Wet Spot is going to be beautiful! If this hot weather keeps up, we should be swimming by next weekend.
4. I’m gearing up for a month of travel. First stop, Chicago for my twin nieces 1st birthday! If you remember from my Great List last year , these are VERY special girls, and I cannot wait to see them and their brother. I haven’t been to Chicago since last summer, and I know the girls are standing, crawling and bursting with personality. Probably the only thing that sucks about living in San Diego is not being able to watch my nieces and nephews grow, but that’s what makes trips like this all the more meaningful. I’m also excited to see my old friends and meet/see their children as well. Oh yeah, and the beef sandwiches. I’m looking forward to that too!
I’m off to finish baking for the Food Blogger Bake Sale this weekend! If you’re in San Diego, please come down to Great News! in Pacific Beach tomorrow to buy some delicious treats and help a great cause. I’ll be selling mini versions of my famous Samoa Bundt Cake. If you’re not in San Diego, you can donate and win some fabulous cookbooks over at Seasonal Potluck. THANK YOU to all who have donated so far. I am TRULY grateful for your support.