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 )

A Haircut For Some Me Time

On Wednesday I went to the hairdresser for a much needed haircut. I was going to wait until mid-August and a few weeks before going back to school. However my hair was getting too long and the weight of it was starting to bother me.

The stylist cut quite a bit of hair from my head – over six months of growth. She layered my hair to make it thinner and lighter – and it feels so much better.

I asked my daughter to snap a quick picture of me – which turned into a lengthy photo shoot as she changed my position a number of times in order to get a photo without shadows on my face.

One of the last photos she took is a perfect picture. I like the background too as it shows the perspective of the city that I see everyday.

When is the last time you went for a haircut?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge on differing perspectives and the Six Word Saturday challenge)

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)

Some Plant Colour

Four years ago my family gave me a beautiful flowering plant (name unknown) for Mother’s Day. The plant has not flowered since, but I have enjoyed seeing its beauty everyday in my living room.

About a week ago, I noticed a little red amongst the green and was excited to see that my pot plant was about to show a little colour.

The flower has unfurled and is small – smaller than the ones the plant had when it was gifted to me. However, I am excited to see that after so long, the plant finally has bloomed.

As I sit on the sofa or at the dining table, I look over and cannot help but smile at its presence.

I am not sure how long the flower will last – or if another one will eventually show. What I do know is that I will enjoy it for the time it is present.

Do you have any flowering pot plants?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge on differing perspectives and Trent’s Weekly Smile.)

A Mouthwatering Dinner

My daughters love roti. The few times we ate it while they were growing up, I had bought them from the supermarket – or we had taken an hour bus ride to buy it from the store that sells homemade ones. During the imposed COVID-19 isolation, my husband tried to make some but he did not get it quite right. Now that I am on a school break, I decided that I would try to remember how to make them (before marrying, I used to make them all the time). After checking ratios with my mom, I set about mixing the flour and butter with water to make the dough. After rolling the dough and cutting it into small pieces, I set it aside for a while before frying.

As I rolled out the dough, I tried to remember how hot the plate should be for cooking. I tried different levels until I realised that a medium-high heat is perfect.

I made the balls for the roti small as my frying pan is not large. The small size fit perfectly and I knew that the entire surface would be browned. Once all the roti were cooked, I set them aside and handed the kitchen over to my husband to make the curry.

The chicken curry he made with the right blend of spices was absolutely mouthwatering. And my roti? With some more practice, I will unlock all my memories and make them perfectly flaky. They did taste good, however, and were deliciously soft.

Or dinner last night was perfect even though we didn’t have quite enough roti to eat. Next time I will definitely make more!

Do you enjoy eating roti with curry?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

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