With all the bad news these days, its nice to have little ones around to keep us firmly planted "in the moment." I found this adorable drawing of Elliot's the other day (the little Scotty is a sticker), and although it obviously isn't what he intended, I think it illustrates beautifully the challenges facing many of us today. Yet, the message is still cheerful and optimistic.
So, what is the bright side of all of this? Is there one? Have any of your families made choices that were at first painful, but had a silver lining? I'll go first.
Any relocation is a tough one, but this one has been particularly so because we have been unable to sell our home near Detroit. There really isn't a worse place to be trying to sell a home these days, and even after a large price drop a month ago, we have only had one recent showing. Of course, we are still well fed and warm, so I don't have much to complain about yet, but this combined with the loss of my income when Wondertime closed means that there is no "fun money" these days.
So what's the good news? Well, we've been staying close to home more, having fun nesting in our new home, and cooking up some yummy things in our kitchen. This morning I made some sourdough pancakes that Catherine Newman posted over here, and then pulled out The Pancake Handbook (from the cooks at Bette's Diner in Berkeley, CA) and looked up some more recipes, trying to decide just what makes the perfect pancake. (Is there really a bad pancake??) Now I'm thinking my little assistants and I may have a little cook-off to decide which recipe is best, maybe come up with our own variation.
What about you, what have you been doing with your family that was brought on by necessity, yet has had unexpected benefits?