July 3, 2018

Currently: June 2018

Currently June 2018 - a monthly recap from Tracy of Shutterbean.com

Currently: June 2018

I really enjoy looking at these posts every now and then and seeing how much my life has changed/stayed the same in the past two years. Here’s what was going on in June 2017 & June 2016, if you want to take a look. Also, there’s some part of me that’s happy I started this column because I know my Mom had a good time reading through them. It’s kind of like opening up my diary.

My Everyday Life: Week 24 on Shutterbean.com

June was all about baseball (mostly). Cooper was in the playoffs. We had practice all the time and then he was in All-Stars as well. For a few weeks, it meant that our dinners were rushed or on the go. It also meant that Cooper and Casey weren’t home for dinner so I had quite a few solo dinners. Not spending that time doing cooking was good and bad. I felt a little out of my routine and now that baseball is over, I’m glad to have family dinners that don’t require rushing off to bed afterward.

Right now, we’re settling into a Summer schedule, balancing a few camps and working from home.



Currently June 2018 - a monthly recap from Tracy of Shutterbean.com


Inspired By:

Are you also affected by color?  I got a few new watercolors this month and it’s changing my painting/color game.


My Everyday Life: Week 26 on Shutterbean.com

Colors that caught my eye:

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My Everyday Life: Week 23 on Shutterbean.com

I think the 100 day project of making paintings of flowers has really made me more aware of COLOR. I’m really happy about that.


We finally finished watching Friday Night Lights. Thank God! Not that I wasn’t into the show. I love the show, but every night for a few months we had it on and it was starting to wear me down. There’s a lot of conflict. There’s a lot of testosterone. I think just want to be inspired by something I haven’t watched before.

After we finished, we started The Handmaid’s Tale. Right now we are about 7 episodes in and I’m hooked. I do think it might be messing with my dream life. I find it all so scary and fascinating.  Have you been watching it too? I can see why it stresses people out. It is making me a little paranoid to be honest, but I want to watch more!


Working through 4 different books right now. That’s how I roll. This is what I currently have on my nightstand.


The Language of Flowers   – for fun

Bearing the Unbearable  -for when I need to work on my grief

Simple Abundance – I’ve been reading the copy my Mom gave me every morning with coffee. It’s become a nice ritual. Also, the author was on Oprah’s Super Soul Podcast and I really really enjoyed that episode. You can see more here.


The Power of Positive Thinking – I chatted with an astrologer this month and he told me to pick this book up! I haven’t started it yet. I’m hoping to soon! (That’s positive thinking)


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 Thinking About:

We have a couple of trips coming up this Summer. I’m wondering how to get my workload done before that happens. I also need to find my cooking mojo. I’ve seemed to have lost it since my Mom died and I’m not sure if it’s because I am tapped out, need a break, or what. I think my relationship with food and social media is starting to mess with the passion I once had with making new things. Right now I’ve been in basic mode. It’s not a bad thing. I think it’s probably that I’ve spent the past 11 years making new stuff for my blog every week and I don’t feel inspired to make something new. Also, what hasn’t been done already? That’s where my brain is at.  Maybe I just need to go on a trip or go out to eat more so I can get my taste buds back. I think that is it. Also, technology was not my friend this month (computer crashes/total frustration mode) so my brain is overwhelmed with the thoughts of how much I am reliant on technology.


Listening To:

This month I’ve been working my way through Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday podcasts. They’re really good. We put the Tom Brady episode on during a road trip. Cooper enjoyed that one!  I think I listened to about 6 of them this month. It’s been awhile since I listened to podcasts so I am glad to have that routine back. It really helps to make folding laundry less annoying.

This New York Jazz Vibes playlist on Spotify is my current favorite! It reminds me of all of my dad’s favorite music.


Dream Life:

I had a dream about my Mom in June and it made me really happy. Other than that I don’t remember much.  I was having a dream that I was in a grocery store (as per usual) and I heard a banging on the window. I looked over and it was my Mom. She smiled, waved and told me to come outside. I started walking over thinking “She’s not going to be there when I go to look.”  She wasn’t. But I was just really happy that she was there. I got to see her smile and wave. I’ll take whatever I can get!


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This month we’re eating lighter because of the weather!

Lemon Dill Capellini with Salmon is a great light Summer dish. A great use for salmon leftovers. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Lemon Dill Capellini for the win!

I made an orzo salad for a party.

Bourbon Sage Cooler- a refreshing cocktail with just the right amount of sweetness. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com in partnership with Nugget Markets!

Bourbon Sage Coolers for Father’s Day dinner.

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My Everyday Life: Week 23 on Shutterbean.com

A lot of you made the Cold Soba Noodle Salad this month and that made me happy! YAY.

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Farro salad made an appearance at our table on Father’s Day.

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It’s cherry season and I hope to make my Cherry Pie Crumble Bars soon!

Self Portrait for June

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What about you? How was your June? What are you looking forward to in July? Anything you love about July? Leave me a note! 

  • Marilyn

    Tracy, You’ve definitely inspired me to start my weekly phot albums. Nothing quite as fun as your posts but it really does help me associate the now with everything going on. Even if I forget to gather my weekly picture I always go back and do so because it reminds me to take a second and process everything that’s been going on! Thanks for the inspiration! I can’t tell you how long I’ve been a reader but you’re definitely my go to always. Thanks! Sending good vibes your way!

  • Katherine

    I too love the weekly photo albumn. It helps me slow down and acknowledge and celebrate the moment. Curious what you use to be able to write comments with each photo.

  • Sara

    Tracy, I always look forward to your emails. whether it’s your art, recipes, photos or whatever you choose to post. You are an inspiration to enjoy life and live in the present.
    I also struggle with cooking meals, especially after cooking for so many years I just don’t have the desire to cook every night.
    Also watching the Handmaid’s tale – disturbing and hard to watch but I also want to see what happens.
    I plan to try making Kombucha after reading your posts about making it weekly.
    Have a great summer!

    • Tracy

      We just finished the first season. WHOAAAAAAAAAAA.
      And thanks for your kind words, Sara! I appreciate it 🙂

  • Rachel

    I always love these posts and helps me think about the month ahead. I love the flower pics!
    I hear ya about the cooking mojo. I actually started a hashtag #btpinspiredby a couple of weeks ago just so I would force myself to try out a new recipe each week from various bloggers (your chicken enchiladas was one of the first!) and it’s starting to help.

    • Tracy

      yay! I love those enchiladas. Thank you for the reminder. I wish Cooper was into them. I’d make them ALLLLLLL the time.

  • Hillary

    I am thinking about making this kind of recap in my journal. I love the snapshot of time to refer back to.

    Reading: Handmaid’s Tale (excited/scared to watch the show), a few fantasy novels

    Watching: Glow Season 2

    Eating: Pasta Salad

    Thinking About: Time and the state of our country. And what a marvel my children are.

    Listening; Wait, Wait.. Don’t Tell me. It is the only thing that makes me feel lighter about the state of the world.

  • Rachel

    It’s so hard to keep churning out new content all the time, I appreciate your honesty about your struggles.

    Something I think about when I hit the wall creatively is allowing for a period of rest and nuturing. A plant needs water to grow, and that comes from another source. It helps me to be less anxious about producing and frees me to tap into other sources of inspiration “just for fun” and eventually I come around to the areas where I was stuck before.

    Just in closing, your “pep talks for when you need one” have really helped me in some tough days. Thanks.

    • Tracy

      Thank you, Rachel.
      I’m definitely in a period of what the heck am I doing and what is my focus here?? It is hard to keep content going when I am having waves of grief pop up. Some days are better than others.
      The internet moves so fast these days that it feels like a merry-go-round and I don’t know how to get on and off when I need to.

      I appreciate your support! xo

  • Alana

    My Aunt’s mother-in-law passed away a few weeks ago and during our 4th of July visit, she gave me a box of some things from her house. One of them is “Simple Abundance” (along with the accompanying Journal of Gratitude) and I immediately shrugged them off as a Chicken Soup for the Soul kind of books that aren’t quite my style. Seeing you post this made me go right over to the donation pile I was going to take today and pluck it right out!

    • Tracy

      yay!!! i hope you find some comfort in it. i’ve had my copy since I was 19 and there have been times in my life where I totally forgot about it. I’ve found that after all of these years, it’s always something that has helped me live my life with more thought.

      i love the serendipity in life. enjoy it!

  • Victoria Pease

    I loved The Language of Flowers, it made me think of flowers in a completely new way and the writing was just gorgeous!


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