Pillow and Blanket Fort, Anyone?
How are you dealing with the stress that everyone is feeling right now?
We have always built pillow and blanket forts, but these days they’re a bit different. It’s kind of a kindergarten for Baldur, a place for Alda to study and read – and it doubles as my work space! All at once. Can you imagine working inside a pillow fort? It’s AMAZING.
Often we’ll listen to audio books while cozying up under the blankets – both stories and educational books, of course.
A blanket fort is a great example of how you can be together with your kids, enjoy yourself (because who doesn’t love a fort!?) and make your boss happy because you get your work done. All in the comfort of a giant, fluffy pile of pillows and blankets.
Life hack, you know.
Nadia and Den
Foraging in Denmark
In Denmark, Nadia has been spending some time on learning how to make sour dough, which is fun for everyone (especially watching it rise).
She is also making food from things she and her family find outside. Imagine that, optimists? Foraging in 2020! These times have created such a unique opportunity to try new things with the family (or whomever you are stuck inside with!)
Nadia’s kids are now showing interest as well. They search for dandelion leaves, nettles (small plants high in vitamins), and more.
Den wasn’t sure what nettles were or how to use them, so Nadia told him.
“They’re a certain type of plant. They sting so you have to be careful. It’s the new shoots of nettles that are good to eat. Collect, wash, dry and put them in the freezer. Smash them up and put it in your dough. Boom. Vitamins galore.”
Sounds like fun! But with Den’s luck he would collect poison ivy by accident.
Nadia & Den
Facetime is the New Playdate
This week, my neighborhood is doing something nice for the kids.
People are putting teddy bears in the windows. Why, you may ask?
Well, with all that has happened, people are walking around the neighborhood much more. We walk during breaks, or on nice days, or just to get our kids (or ourselves) out to move around a bit.
Someone had the brilliant idea to start a trend; put a bear in a window that can be viewed from the street…then take the kids out to look for the teddy bears.
It’s called a BEAR HUNT! And it’s fantastic.
Den and Nadia
P.S. Nadia says in Denmark they are doing something similar with rainbows. Is anything like this happening where you live? Let us know in the comments!
Everyone is Nicer
Den called Nadia.
“Nadia. It’s time.”
“Dood, I know.”
Dear Optimists has returned. Like everyone, we are watching the news, talking to friends, and hearing stories…and if the world ever needed more optimism, it is now.
New content is right around the corner. For now, check out our past, remember us, and get ready for new reasons to smile…because right now, we all need to feel a little more optimistic.
Yours in Optimism,
Nadia & Den
New Book & Facebook Page
Hey all! Since Den just had his third book published, he got an author Facebook page! So head over and like him here so you can keep up to date on what’s going on with him.
He misses you all (and posting here) thoroughly. But he IS feeling quite optimistic still, and things are quite well for him. He got married, went to London on honeymoon, and in general is quite happy.
Here’s a description of his new book:
If you miss us, dear optimists…
we apologize! We were finding it a bit tough to come up with content, what with the craziness of life and all. But if you miss us, here are some things to check out that Den has been up to:
Den’s blog, of course. Some of you probably already follow it, but just in case, he writes on there sometimes, and of course most of his stories are at least a little optimistic.
Children’s Literature: Den has been writing and self-publishing some kid’s books with his time off from D.O. He has been lucky enough to work with some TERRIFIC artists and has learned to create ebooks with some diligence. Here is some info on them:
A Day in the Dumps: the story of Joey, whose favorite toy is thrown out and his mom takes him on a quest to find the dump and locate the toy. It’s a nice bonding experience for mother and son, and Joey also learns of the importance of recycling. Artwork by Monica Minski. Available on Kindle and in the iTunes bookstore.
The Princess of the Land of Black: Princess Onyx is tired of her father, the king’s refusal to use anything that isn’t the color black. She knows there must be more out there, so leaves her father’s kingdom on a quest to learn about the world. Artwork by Lyndsaye Greke. Available on Kindle.
Even if you don’t have kids, they are fun reads. Or maybe you could recommend them to others! Either way, Den misses all of you and hopes everyone is well.