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Flowers in my yard: primrose and pansies between day lilies
Primroses and pansies right near the mason bee house.

Stay at Home, Friends.

The brief ways we're staying sane in my house:

🎙 Thank you, Disney+, for releasing Frozen II early, so I can be my own toddler singing "Into the Unknown" off-key.

😻 Hermione demands all the snuggles. She's currently on my lap as I type this.

🍞 Jacob has a sourdough starter, but there has been no bread.

🧩 We're on puzzle number two. It's a terrible one — a tan map of the world from Legend of Zelda.

💪 I worked out two days in a row with Chris Hemsworth's app. It's his trainers, sadly, not him leading the workouts. Working out is just as terrible as the last time I worked out. Hasn't changed.

🐝 Bees! Two of our boy orchard mason bees have chewed out of their cocoons and have gone into the unknown. I planted them some flowers.

📚 Me reading aloud the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews to Jacob and Zeta. Newsflash, cats cannot read. It's a tragedy! Also, there's a sexy werelion in the book, so target audience???

🥇 Contemplating, in the shower, how Bruce Springsteen only needs an Emmy to have an EGOT. I don't know why he didn't win for the crotch shot at the 2009 Superbowl.

Green thumb update

It's planting season! My seedlings are coming along, and I spent a lot of the day potting up those who'd grow two true leaves.

When seedlings first sprout, they have what are called cotyledons, or seed leaves. The leaves they grow after the two cotyledons are true leaves. Cotyledons can look very different from true leaves. This is why it's tough to identify just sprouted seedlings, and why you should always take care to label what you plant.

I also planted cumin, pumpkins, and sunflowers in my indoor starter tray. Tomorrow, I'll be in the garden planting cabbage, lettuce, swiss chard, and poppy seeds.

For the indoor friends, we're trying to save my variegated jade from death. It had some kind of fungus or bacteria. Hopefully, by removing the diseased parts, repotting it in terracotta, and changing the soil mixture, the healthy parts will root and grow.

One of my cacti is trying to bloom again, and so is my frizzle sizzle. The golden pothos I got in December in the "sad" clearance plant section of Lowe's is about ready to take over my office. The macho mocha mangave has four pups! We seemed to have stopped the spider mites on the alocasia micholitziana 'frydek.'

Pink tulip
Straight from the outdoors
Pink tulip blooming in my yard.
Right: Potted up five blueberries and one raspberry.

Recipe: Bok Choy Fried Rice

This recipe is from My Body, My Kitchen, and it's a staple in my house. We use all sorts of rice with it as older cooked rice is always best for fried rice. That means whatever's in the fridge! Though, we've also had to make fresh rice for it.

Also, don't be afraid to play with the veggies. The bok choy is essential but play with other stuff.


  • 2 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 2-4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 lb bok choy, washed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onions, diced (Sweet onions are also great!)
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp coconut oil (or what you need for cooking)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper (I always use black.)
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt & black pepper to taste
  • Optional: 14-16oz tofu, cooked and cubed (Omnivores can optionally use chicken.)
  • Optional: 1/2 tsp honey or brown sugar


1. If you don't have cooked rice already, start cooking your rice!

2. Heat large skillet or wok over medium-high heat and add some coconut oil. Add beaten eggs and a dash of black pepper. Cook and scramble egg for about 1 minute. Remove cooked eggs and set aside.

3. Are you adding tofu or chicken? Cook it now. Set it aside with your eggs.

4. Add coconut oil to skillet/wok. When the oil is hot, add ginger, onions, and carrots. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently.

5. Add bok choy and cook for about 3-4 minutes, or until the white part still has a crunch, but is cooked not raw.

6. Add remaining ingredients: rice, green peas, soy sauce, sesame oil, tofu or chicken, pepper flakes, white pepper powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss mixture for about 3 minutes until ingredients are evenly distributed.

7. Enjoy!

Friends, you got this! But please, stay at home. Let's flatten the curve.


Erica McGillivray

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