Self-Care Ideas

There was a short discussion about self-care in a Facebook group I’m in. I decided to make up a list of easy things I can do to take care of myself and bring myself joy. I reread the list and realized many of these things can be done while in isolation/quarantine.

I’m sure there are many more things, but this is just what I came up with from one quick brainstorming session:

  • breathe consciously
  • lie down and close eyes for two minutes
  • stretch
  • pick flowers
  • water flowers
  • play a game
  • check Facebook
  • have a big glass of ice water
  • coffee, tea, iced tea
  • collage
  • pet the cat/dog
  • read a book/magazine
  • eat a small tasty snack
  • take a moment to observe surroundings
  • imagine a favorite location
  • listen to a favorite song
  • meditate
  • dance
  • sing
  • look at beautiful photos
  • take a photograph
  • draw
  • paint
  • write
  • take a shower or bath
  • do yoga
  • get active
  • get out of bed
  • start a new hobby
  • change posture
  • use lotion or favorite perfume
  • get exercise
  • lie in the sun
  • doodle
  • pray
  • take a drive
  • play musical instrument
  • cook
  • make a gift for someone
  • go hiking
  • crafts
  • sightseeing
  • give self a mani/pedi
  • watch a video of a play or concert
  • watch TV
  • playing with animals
  • text a friend
  • put on makeup
  • crossword puzzle
  • shooting baskets
  • jigsaw puzzle
  • playing cards
  • take a nap
  • make a card for someone
  • play a board game
  • wear favorite clothing
  • give self a haircut
  • watch stand-up comedy online
  • work in garden
  • blogging
  • nature walk
  • birdwatching
  • playing in the sand
  • reading cartoons or comics
  • read sacred texts
  • memorize poetry
  • listen to favorite podcasts

Poem: Free Fall


free fall night sky


free fall

lying on the lawn
gazing up
at the endless night sky
hanging on tight
to the damp grass
a strange illusion
in the mountains
where the sky is free
from city light

lying side by side
we both sense it
this overwhelming need
to hang onto the Earth

what would happen
if I let go
a free fall
into the eternal night
would the stars
catch me
would the moon
cradle me
would the blackness
comfort me
would I die
would I live
would I fly

that night
I hung onto the grass
beside you
I’ll never know
falling up
into the night sky
but I’ll never forget
that exquisite
strange feeling
of almost falling up
at your side

 

DL Taylor

Strawberry Angel Food Cake

There was an on-going argument in our family as to who first introduced this recipe to our family. My mom, Joan, baked it for me on my birthday one year, and that same year my Great-Grandmother Myrtle baked it for a Fourth of July family gathering. Some people in the family called it Joan’s cake. Other’s called it Myrtle’s cake. I just thought of it as our traditional family birthday cake.

So in honor of both of the lovely ladies who introduced this cake to our family, I’m naming it after both of them. But to confuse matters a little bit more, I found this recipe just now in my Grandma Madeline’s recipe box, written out in her handwriting. The plot thickens.

If you like strawberries and whip cream served on Angel food cake, you’re going to LOVE this cake.  It’s my all-time favorite.

Myrtle and Joan’s Strawberry Angel Food Cake

  • Bake (or buy) 1 10-inch angel food cake
  • 1 package (10-oz) frozen strawberries
  • 1 package unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups whipping cream

Thaw berries and drain off juice into a bowl.

Sprinkle gelatin over juice and allow to stand until gelatin is softened. Set dish in larger bowl of hot water until gelatin dissolves.

Combine gelatin mixture with strawberries. Do not allow to congeal.

Whip cream until stiff and sweeten to taste with sugar.

Fold berries and juice into cream carefully.

Cut cake into 2 layers. Spread half of whipped cream frosting on bottom layer and around sides, then top with second layer and use remaining whipped cream to finish frosting the entire cake.

Refrigerate several hours or overnight.