Strawberry Oat Yogurt Scones

There’s a tendency for me to dream about lazy idyllic summers in a most idealistic sort of way.  I think of slow and free-spirited days turning into quiet peaceful evenings with lots of laughter in between.  Although no summer has ever been perfect, I do have memories of at least some resemblance to my ideals.  I remember many mornings of lingering around the breakfast table talking or reading aloud with the children.  We seemed to have plenty of space to plan fun and spontaneous outings to the berry farm, park, or whatever else might sound good for a given day.  For various reasons this summer has not quite been the same, and my role has become much more a cheauffer than anything else.  This may be just the reality of children growing up and them becoming more committed and involved in their own activities, but I’m still adjusting.

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Kale Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Goodness it’s already been several weeks already since my last post.  The extra quietness has been something I’ve needed as I continue to struggle with what I think must be lingering post-concussion symptoms.  I usually consider myself relatively stable emotionally, but there’s been a change in me over these past couple of weeks.  My days have been filled with unexpected mood swings where I feel fine one moment and then in utter despair the next.  The smallest things can set me off, and I hardly know what to do with myself.  You can imagine how the rest of the family feels.  I’ve spent some time reading about how and why concussions sometimes lead to emotional instability, anxiety, and depression, and while I prefer not to blame the concussion, I cannot think of another explanation for my sudden irritability.  This has forced me to be more deliberate with slowing down, reflecting on what triggers anxiety and anger, and to face my limitations.

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