Weekend Coffee Share: Lots of Family Time…

Well hello Coffee Share peeps! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been around. Starting at a new school in a new district when I was already going through some things kept me away.

But I’m back!

We’ve got loads to catch up on, so grab a cup of tea or coffee, I’ll bring the strawberry cheesecake pie I made for Beltane, and let’s spill the T.

I wasn’t kidding about that pie… I made two of them to share with my family, and we couldn’t even finish the first one. It is delicious, though.

Let me back up. Normally, I am writing to y’all from Houston, Texas. Currently, I am staying with my brother and his wife on the family ranch somewhere near Austin, Texas, and I’ve been here since just before the quarantine thing started.

I’m officially not “company” anymore, but because I’m family, they’re not charging me rent. Thus, I’m paying my way via delicious foods.

Those are all just from Friday, when I was cooking for Beltane. For those of you who don’t know what that is, I did write a post about it, but the short explanation is that it is a Celtic/pagan/Wiccan/New Age holiday. I’m not sure which category I fit in anymore, so…

Other foods I’ve made (though, sadly, I didn’t think to take pics) include Lasagna stuffed Chicken, Beef Stroganoff from scratch, Shrimp in a Vodka cream sauce, and a variety of more basic dishes and casseroles.

It’s really nice being in a place where they enjoy my cooking. Half the dishes I’ve made since I’ve been here were things I’d posted on Pinterest but hadn’t had the opportunity to try because when I’m in Houston, even though I have a roommate, I basically only cook for myself because we like very different foods.

I think that might be why I’m not in a huge hurry to get back. That and, as my mother pointed out, being in the middle of 40 acres right now is a lot safer than being in a city neighborhood, even if it is a nice neighborhood. From where I’m at, it’s 8 miles to get to the nearest town, and 13 miles in the opposite direction to the next one.

Basically, I’m getting pretty good at the whole “social distancing” thing being out here in the country.

Though I definitely expected my apocalypse accessories to be less frilly.

Other things I’ve been up to this week: Bullet Journaling. I’m not to the point where I think I could teach someone else how to do it, but I am to the point of identifying my own style and layouts that work for me.

May’s theme goes with my research about Beltane: Flames and Flowers.

And, of course, I’m still teaching, though teaching from home is a whole new set of challenges. The biggest one being we’ve been told that our work hours are from 9-2, and that those are the only hours we are supposed to make contact with parents and/or students to help them. What I’ve noticed, however, is that my kiddos aren’t even waking up until at least noon. Some of them will email me after my “work hours” are over and tell me they just woke up!

I’ve had to be very flexible with my work hours to make it work. Plus I host a zoom chat/meeting/class every Tuesday and Thursday in order to give the kids plenty of opportunities to ask questions and to provide information they might need while they’re working at home.

It’s been… something.

Occasionally (like this week) I have to spend as much time as possible (while still getting the job done) on things other than teaching or else I’ll get a bit down. I really miss my kiddos and I miss being there for those lightbulb moments when they actually understand something on their own.

But that’s all that’s new in my life. How are things in your world? Give me all the details! I’ve got lots to catch up on!

If you want to be part of the coffee share, check out the host:  Eclectic Alli, or go straight to the link-up here

About Elizabeth

First and foremost I am a teacher. What I teach is a blend of grammatical art, literary love, and a smidge of spiritual awareness. My blog tries to combine the best of all three over a cup of tea.

9 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: Lots of Family Time…

  1. Being on a a ranch somewhere in Texas sounds pretty nice! I bet online teaching is challenging. The schools are open in Sweden and I have classes as usual. My sister who is a teacher in our capital city have half her students online, and half in person. I honestly don’t know how she does it! Thank you for the coffee.

    1. I’ve heard it rumored that we might be doing something similar next year. The students will be divided into 2 groups and then only come to school every other day so that only half are at school on any given day. The rest of the work will be online. Seems very complicated! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I’m also doing remote teaching and can identify with your experiences. You are quite the cook! Wow! Even the names of the dishes sound fabulous. I am sure you are much appreciated. I’m glad that you have found a great place to quarantine, I had not heard of Beltane before, so thanks for the link. Stay safe!

    1. Thanks for the compliments! Honestly, I like to pick recipes that sound fancy but are super easy. The vodka cream sauce recipe is a Rachael Ray 30 minute recipe that I tweaked and added shrimp to. What grade/ subject do you teach?

  3. Staying on a ranch in Texas during this social distancing time sounds very nice. It’s great that you’re flexible with your teaching and supporting your students. I’m sure the students and their parents appreciate your efforts #weekendcoffeeshare

    1. Thanks for commenting! I really do love my students, and I think (hope) they know that. It’s called a ranch just because they have livestock, but it’s not one of those big, fancy ranches. We don’t have herds of cattle, just 4 cows and a couple of horses. It always sounds more exciting than it is. Having said that, I think it is a good place to be social distancing. Hope to see you around!

  4. Hi Elizabeth,
    Wait – are you the Elizabeth from, umm, really long ago?
    I think I might recall you from those days. I was still trying to figure out how “blogging” worked and y’all put up with me.
    Anyway, perhaps I’m mis-recalling. You are welcome here regardless and I enjoyed reading your share for the weekend.


    1. Yes, I am the same Elizabeth. The last couple of years have been hard for me, but with the whole social distancing situation, I had time to actually sit down and get organized. Thanks for stopping by! It’s nice to be remembered. 🙂

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