July 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up

July went by so quickly. I can’t believe it’s over! Health-wise I struggled a lot in July, with some difficult new symptoms on top of my usual ones. I went to physical therapy each week and had five additional medical appointments, a couple of them last-minute affairs in an attempt to get some relief from these new symptoms. (I also hit my 50th medical appointment of 2020. How exciting.)

Despite all of that, I was also able to do some fun things this month: a couple of voice lessons, lunch with Victoria, a brief visit on the Fourth of July with family and friends, visiting Brooke at her work with Kenna, watching one of Joshua’s baseball games, a photoshoot at a local sunflower farm with Kenna, lunch with Andrea, visiting a Bible study with Kenna, and lunch here with Mom, Joshua, Mrs. Celeste and Emma, plus a few other times with family.

Overall, in July I was glad to have more time at home, and I really enjoyed the little daily things!

This month I’m…

Reading: The Ministry of Ordinary Places, Shannan Martin. The First Four Years, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Field Notes on Love, Jennifer E. Smith (reread). Save the Date, Morgan Matson (reread). A Spoonful of Sugar, Brenda Ashford. It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa Terkheurst. If I’m Being Honest and Time of Our Lives, Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka. The Boxcar Children, The Yellow House Mystery, and The Bicycle Mystery, Gertrude Warner (rereads). Spring Days with the Moody’s, Sarah Maxwell (reread). The Bridge Home, Padma Venkatraman. Girl in the Dark, Anna Lyndsey. The Midnight Society, Marie Lu. Nothing to Prove, Jennie Allen. Love from A to Z, S.K. Ali. Proud, Ibtihaj Muhammad. Just Breathe, Cammie McGovern. American Royals and The Thousandth Floor, Katharine McGee. The Trumpet of the Swan, E.B. White (reread). 22 total.

Listening to: Axel Mansoor (especially Cold Sweat and Talk To Me). Chainsmoking, Jacob Banks. Never Gonna Let You Go, Ben Rector. Sad Girl Summer, Maisie Peters. I Feel Good About This, The Mowgli’s. Love & War in Your Twenties, Jordy Searcy. Okay, Peter Fenn. Graves Into Gardens, Elevation Worship.

Watching: Hamilton. Shayla Kelley and Stephanie Buttermore on YouTube. Sessions from Diamonds 2020 and 2019. The Frey Life (like, obsessively, many videos a day).

Eating and/or cooking: Watermelon Rice Krispies (never again). A Fourth of July charcuterie board. Blueberry muffins (never again). Homemade pizza (never again). Medium cantina salsa from Walmart. Turkey lunch meat with red bell pepper. A piano cake. Chicken and baked potatoes. Cucumber (never again). Pear. Oatmeal banana peanut butter cookies. The best sandwich ever: Turkey, red bell pepper, avocado, red onion, and mustard on a toasted ciabatta roll. And, believe it or not, many days not much.

Writing: Outside of work (I’m only able to work a few hours a day right now), I did four more interviews for the nonfiction book I’m writing. Then I decided to take a break from interviewing so I could transcribe the interviews I’ve already done, organize the information, and work out outlining the book. I also wrote 52 letters and received 40 in July.

Buying: Washi tape and other stationery items from Shein. Some cute dishes, mugs, and washi from Hobby Lobby. A small trash can to go in my room so my trash from letter-writing sessions doesn’t get all over the floor (and in the cat’s tail…). A necklace from Handstamped Stories by Stephanie that says “still good.” A sweatshirt from The Frey Life (which I am never taking off ever again). A new symptom tracker journal. Sweatpants that actually fit (which I’m also never taking off).

Learning / grateful for: As detailed in this blog post, this month the biggest thing I learned was that when you have to live day to day, it’s easier when you recognize how beautiful the day to day can be.

What did you do in July? What are your plans for August?



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