Bullet Journal: October 2020

For my October 2020 spreads, I looked to my daughter’s journal for inspiration which she was kind enough to let me use. I wanted a spread simple this month that would incorporate the quintessential pumpkin.

I love the simplicity of the drawing and the minimalist colour. I do admit, though, that last night I grabbed a green brush pen and added a bit of colour to the grass.

The calendar for the month was quick and easy to draw. There is not much to add to it at the moment as all of our celebrations will be taking place at home due to Covid restrictions.

The mood tracker is cute – and is definitely my daughter’s idea. Each day I am drawing in an expression on a pumpkin and it is certainly looking fun!

Last month I did not use my planning pages too much for my blog and Instagram posts. Hopefully I will have more energy for social media in October.

I love the way my weekly spread looks. And the bonus is that it did not take too long to create. 🙂

What theme are you using in your bullet journal this month?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge)

A Turkey with a Difference

Next week is Thanksgiving in Canada which means that in class we are talking about this holiday: what it is, why we celebrate it, and what it means to us.

One of the tasks I usually set is for the children to copy a sentence from the board onto a colouring page and which they then work on when their tasks are done and we are waiting for everyone to finish the activity. Today a number of children completed filling in the lines with colour.

These turkeys may have the physical form of ones seen in reality but their feathers have been filled in with an array of colours. I kinda like the look of them! 🙂

What colours would you use to colour in your turkey?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to The Escapist Colouring Club and Becky’s October Square Challenge)

The Structure of a Story

Last week I started Writer’s Workshop with my grade 1 and 2 students. Before they begin writing, I like them to analyse the structure of the stories that they read. We begin with a read aloud and then, as a class, we discuss the beginning, middle, and end of a story.

The next step in my lesson is for them to work in pairs. The story that I give them to work on is a simple one in the which structure can be easily determined. Working in pairs means that they can discuss their options – and it also gives them the confidence to do the task.

Tomorrow I will encourage them to work solo to figure out the three parts of the story I will give them. Some children may make errors but it is a first step – they can only improve from there. I do not look for perfection but for the sense that they kind of understand the concept. After all, they are emerging readers.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s October Square Challenge)

A Delicious Dish

Yesterday my cousin was kind enough to take me with him on his monthly trip to Costco. As always, I found some good deals for my family. And the best deal was finding some prawns – prawns which my husband cooked for the family.

The dish was absolutely delicious: the vegetables a perfect compliment to the marinated shellfish. I always appreciate it when my husband generously takes on the task of feeding the family – it gives me a break and I get to taste cooking different from my own.

How do you prepare prawns?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s October Square Challenge)

BookMail: The Rest of the Series

I love receiving bookmail – especially the unexpected kind. Jessie Kwak, an independent author that I read and review for, launched the two final books of her science fiction series during the pandemic. The borders between the US and Canada were closed so I knew she would be unable to send me review copies.

This week I received a brown package that made me grin from ear to ear – the two final books in the Bulari series. Jessie’s kind gesture means that this month I will be able to binge read the rest of the story and find out what happens to the characters that I have grown to love.

And aren’t the covers gorgeous? I adore the artwork on the covers of this series.

What was the last book that you received in the mail?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Trent’s Weekly smile and Becky’s Square Challenge)

A Sunday Stroll

Over the weekend I accompanied my cousin to the Toronto Botanical Gardens for a walk. I have been to the gardens a number of times and, while there, have always admired the flowers and the feeling of being surrounded by nature. In one of the flowerbeds in the gardens, we saw a message had been planted to encourage people to stay safe during the COVID-19 crisis.

Not all of my time, however, was spent walking among the pristine gardens. The enjoyable part of the walk is when we pass the streams and untamed parts of the trail.

I love listening to the sound of trickling water and the sound of life near the water. I also enjoy seeing the wild flowers that grow near the edge of the streams.

The sight is really beautiful to behold and always lifts my spirits. Even the steel frames of man-made bridges are made to look beautiful.

Our walk ended as we moved through the controlled gardens once again. The beauty of the flowers may be contained, but they are a sight to behold nonetheless.

I enjoyed our late afternoon walk in the gardens. I am sure that we will go back soon another time.

Do you enjoy strolling through gardens?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge on differing perspectives and Jo’s Monday Walk )

Chocolate Fruit

A friend of mine has a YouTube channel, Under 300 Calories, on which she posts nutritious recipes. Her most recent post inspired me to follow her instructions and make my own chocolate fruit:

I purchased ripe cherries and baking chocolate as well as fresh strawberries. I decided to take the opportunity to cover some of these berries in chocolate as my daughter does love eating them like this.

My friend melts her chocolate in the microwave but I prefer melting mine in a bain marie on the stove. I feel I have more control over the chocolate this way – and I have less chance of burning it!

I washed my fruit carefully before drying each piece with a paper towel. I decided to take the pits out of the cherries and followed the advice given in the video.

Using the technique described by my friend, I covered the fruit in chocolate. I lay the pieces straight onto the pan as I did not have parchment paper. Next time, though, I will have to purchase a roll as it would make it easier to take the cooled down chocolaty fruit off of the pan.

As expected, the chocolate covered strawberries were a delicious treat after supper. But the cherries were even more so. This is definitely a treat worth taking the time to make – and I will certainly make them again.

Do you enjoy chocolaty fruit treats?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge on differing perspectives)

Book Covers

As part of my participation in the bookstagram community on Instagram, I often take pictures of book covers. I take these pictures outside sometimes so that the background to the book may look a little interesting.

I take these photos no matter what the weather:

Sometimes I take them at home and surround them with silk flowers:

Or I place the book next to my potted plants and pair it with a snack,

a candle,

or even a drink.

Sometimes I photograph the book with only the potted plant accompanying it, showing off its green leaves

and sometimes its flowers.

From time to time, I pair a book cover with some of my students’ work:

Recently I have taken to listening to audiobooks during the social isolation period and have even shared these tops with the community.

I enjoy opening the covers of the books I read and often try to think of ways in which I can show off the work created by the artists who designed them.

Do you enjoy looking at book covers?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge. During the month of April, we are challenged to share photos featuring #squaretops)

Broken Tree Tops

On my morning walks, I pass by many trees that are still uncovered, their branches reaching strongly towards the sky. I have noticed, though, that some trees have had their tops broken off.

This does not matter, though, as I am sure growth will surround this stump in a few weeks.

Have the trees in your neighbourhood unfurled their leaves yet?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge. During the month of April, we are challenged to share photos featuring #squaretops)

Breakfast Topping

This morning the wind was blowing eerily between the city buildings and I did not want to go out in it. Instead of walking, this morning I placed a Zumba DVD that I have into my DVD player and danced in our living room.

After building up a sweat, I wanted something juicy for breakfast and a bowl of freshly cut fruit was the perfect solution. I topped the sweet fruit with a layer of trail mix.

The added nuts were crunchy and delicious. I often feast on fruit (with a yummy topping of trail mix) for breakfast. This meal normally keeps me going for a couple of hours until I eat an early lunch.

What topping do you use for breakfast?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge. During the month of April, we are challenged to share photos featuring #squaretops)