Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Friday, November 3, 2023
Hello Friends! Happy Friday! ♥
Before I get into this post I wanted to give you a little update.... My mom came home from the hospital on Wednesday night. She's being treated with antibiotics and doing much better. She has a physical therapist, occupational therapist, and visiting nurse that have been coming to the house for checkups and therapy. So far so good! We have a long road in front of us, but we are heading in the right direction. Thank you for all your blessings. We have felt them!
With that being said, I am full of gratitude this week. I was trying to think of something to write about today and it seemed only fitting to do a "10 things I love" post. I always say it's the little things in life that bring the most comfort and joy. A really big chocolate chip cookie. A warm, soft blanket. Your favorite movie on TV just when you need it most. Those things are the best things. What would life be like without them?
Here are ten VERY random things I currently love: ♥
Dark chocolate. I have one square a day. It's delightful...especially when I dunk it in a cup of tea. I look forward to it every afternoon. Yum.
Amazon, QVC, or any home delivery service. It's hard to remember a time when Amazon didn't exist. I currently have a cart full of Christmas presents ready to be ordered. What a feeling to know packages will come right to my door and I never have to leave the house. No crowded stores or waiting in long lines. RELIEF! I'm even considering ordering a Thanksgiving dinner this year (fully cooked and ready to eat). What a time saver. Our grandmothers may not approve, but I do : )
The Libby App. Have you heard of this? I'm sure I've talked about it before. It's an app that hooks into your local library. You can get books, magazine, audio books, all for free. All you need is a library card. I am obsessed with it! I am constantly listening to audio books while I work and it's wonderful to be able to get them for free through my library. I just downloaded a book called Don't Let Her Stay. I love thrillers and so far this one is really good!
Hot Cider. Every fall we make hot cider. I take store bought apple cider, add orange juice, cinnamon sticks, and cinnamon. I heat it on the stove and pour it into my favorite fall mug. Its the most comforting drink on a chilly October or November afternoon. It's fall in a cup. And it makes the kitchen smell good too.
Baking Bread. I've talked a lot of my love of bread making on this blog. I have a deep love of dough. LOL This year for Christmas I'm treating myself to a Food Nanny dough hook. There is nothing like homemade bread. It's better for us and the act of making it is almost as good as eating it. I find it very therapeutic and it brings me joy.
Panera Bread's Autumn Harvest Soup. Run to Panera and get a bowl ASAP. You're Welcome!
Words With Friends. I'm back on this app again. I do my words throughout the day. I'm currently in three games. Let me know if you want to play : )
Neutrogena Hyaluronic Acid. I've been using this on my face under my moisturizer for the past few months. It adds extra hydration to the skin (something I really need!) now that the weather is changing (and my aging skin is changing!). Don't let the name scare you. It's very gentle and I've notice my makeup is looking a lot better since I've been using it. Sharon left a comment on my blog a few weeks ago about doing a fall/winter makeup and fashion post. Thank you Sharon, it's coming! ♥
Vintage Jazz on Spotify. There is something so nice about jazz music. It creates the perfect background and sets the mood for a fall day. I've been listening to a Spotify playlist called " Autumn Vintage Jazz" all week. It's beautiful and brining peace to my days. There are also some really nice ones on YouTube too. In a few weeks I'll switch to "vintage Christmas Jazz"....haha
And speaking of Christmas...
Hallmark has started it's Countdown to Christmas. All Christmas movies all the time. I know some of you are rolling your eyes. Yes they are corny and predictable but I like corny and predictable. We need more if that in our lives. Better than real life I say. My favorite movies are the Lacey Chabert ones. If I had to pick an actress to play me in my life story, she would be the one. And you best believe it would be set in the cutest Christmas coffee shop or bakery you can imagine. I love her and I love Hallmark. IYKYK ♥
Watching Hallmark Christmas movies is getting me excited for the holidays but I still have a lot of fall left in me to enjoy. The next few weeks are some of my favorite of the year. The stillness of early November is something to appreciate before the rush begins. You know what?....my decorations don't have to go up on a specific date. And I've decided to allow myself to accept help when I need it.
I am going to try to take it slow this year ♥
Thank you so much for visiting me today. I'm off to put a lasagna in the oven for dinner tonight. I'm so glad the weekend is finally here. I'm praying for good health and strength for my mom this weekend. And John has a band concert on Sunday afternoon that Rob and I are looking forward to attending as well.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! xoxo
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Hello Friends! Happy Halloween and Happy November 1st ♥
September and October looked a lot different to me this year and in some ways are a blur. I apologize for my absence here these last few weeks. My poor mother, who is literally the strongest person I know, has really been struggling. Since I last posted she has been in and out of the hospital twice battling a bad infection that has attacked her immune system. She is currently in the hospital again and we are awaiting test results on how to treat it. The last time she came home and was able to get home care. I am praying we can go that route again. Its been an emotional roller coast ride and I know I have to be strong for my family, especially my Dad. I just want her to get well and be comfortable and happy at home. If you are the praying kind, I ask that you keep my mom (and Dad) in your prayers. They are the best people I know who have given so much to their family. I pray for strength every day to know what to do and how to do it. I understand this is a natural course of life. It's just really hard when you are going through it.
One day last week John and I went for a walk around the neighborhood. I needed to get out of the house for a few minutes and get some fresh air. To my surprise I looked up to see that fall had finally arrived. I'd been so preoccupied I almost missed it. We walked in the crunchy leaves and I smelled the crispness in the air and someone must have had a fire burning because I smelled that too. It was really lovely and just what I needed in that moment.
Last night was Halloween. John carved his pumpkin and I cooked the seeds (which I've been snacking on all day). He went to a friends house last night with some buddies to hang out and play video games. He had a great time and I'm SO glad! We are trying our best to say positive as well as keep normalcy and traditions. Our neighborhood was full of trick or treaters. For the first time in forever I put a bowl of candy outside with a "help yourself" sign. My Dad was at the hospital with my mom and since I live upstairs I didn't want to be running up and down every time someone was at the door. I could hear all the chatter and laughter from the the little ones outside which made me smile. Needless to say at 8:00 when all was quiet I went out to retrieve the bowl and it was completely empty.
It was a BIG bowl too : )
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Hello Lovely Friends! ♥
As I type this post I am cozy warm in my home office. It's raining today so it's a bit gloomy and I have little pumpkin lights strung over the window. It's giving the room a warm orange glow that I am really enjoying. In case you hadn't figured it out already, I am a lighting person. I love twinkle lights and little lamps and mood lighting. Anything resembling candle light (or actual candle light) I'm here for. I detest bright lighting and I recently saw on YouTube that you can actually paint your lightbulbs to create a softer glow. Whose doing this? Have you ever heard of such a thing? I hadn't but you better believe I'm going to try it : )
This weekend I took an hour to myself and pulled out all of my warm sweaters and pajamas and socks. I fluffed them all up and brought them to the front of my drawers. I folded and put away anything resembling summer until next year. It's cozy time now. Sweater weather has arrived. I put an extra blanket on the bed and made a mental note that it's time for me to get new slippers. Holiday ones perhaps. I like to get mine at the Hallmark Store. They have so many cute ones. And I live in slippers. Cardigans and slippers.
Two of my favorite things ♥
These colors make me so happy : )
I just made myself a steaming cup of Earl Gray Tea. You all know how much of a coffee girl I am, but in the afternoons and evenings I do love a hot cup of tea. Especially this time of year. Lately I've been obsessed with it. I love all kinds of tea but my favorite is Earl Gray. I like it with milk and sugar or a little bit of honey. So good. There is one pumpkin muffin left and I'm saving it for Rob so I just grabbed two biscottis from the panty to dunk in my tea. I'm also a dunker. I live on the edge :)
Thank you so much to everyone that reached out to me about my mom. She's doing ok. She has a nurse, physical therapist, and occupational therapist. It was slow getting started, but now they come here to the house a few times a week (each!). She's being well looked after, that's for sure. It's definitely a slow process but she's improving. I'm just glad she's home and is able to recover and be comfortable in her own house with all of us around her. Yesterday I brought out the storage bin with all her Halloween decorations. She pointed to where she wanted the stuff to go and I put it there. It was fun and really make all of us feel good and festive. Things like that are really important.
I think so anyway. She does too.
Isn't this cute? She painted it a long time ago : )
And that's where I am today friends. I just finished working for the day and it's almost time to start dinner. I'm roasting chicken thighs and potatoes tonight which will make the kitchen smell like heaven. Last time I made this it was a big hit so hopefully this time it comes out just as good! : )
**update - this was last night and it came out YUMMY!**
I'm going to finish my tea first and see what's on QVC. I love QVC btw! I've been watching it for years. For some reason it's a comfort to me. My favorites are the cooking shows (I love David : ). I get the best gift ideas from watching the hosts and I find it just plain entertaining. I can remember my mother and I watching Joan Rivers Jewelry I was a teenager. In fact I still have some of the jewelry, which is quite pretty. I just came across it when I cleaned out my jewelry box last month. I'm keeping it all for sentimental reasons ♥
Have a wonderful Tuesday, friends! Wednesday I'm going with Rob to a doctors appointment and I'm hoping to get a breakfast (or at least a coffee : ) out of it. Haha! And then on Friday John is going with his friends to a Haunted House. That should be interesting! Me personally, I hate haunted houses! I get freaked out in the parking lot! Lol : )
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Monday, October 9, 2023
This tree is smack dab in the middle of our front yard. We call it "John's tree" because my Dad planted it the weekend John was born, 16 years ago. By now it's usually much more colorful. I was beginning the think I was never going to change but yesterday I saw the beginnings of something magical happening. Yay ♥
That window there is my office window so I have a PERFECT view. I'll be doing daily checks. In a blink it will be covered with snow and ice. I don't want to miss the foliage : )
My neighborhood at night ♥
I snapped this picture one night on a walk. I love the look of houses at night with glowing lights on the inside. It was very peaceful and quiet. I do not know who lives in this house. I wish I did. Something tells me we would be friends : )
I moved this plant the other day to here, in front of the window. I think it will get more light here and I like looking at it. No one in my house has said a word about it and probably don't even care. Just me. And the plant. Looking at it now I realized this is where the Christmas tree goes so I'll have to move it again next month. Oh well. For now I'll enjoy it. (side note: thought of my Christmas tree really made me smile : )
And that's everything I've been up to the last few weeks. Except I don't think I told you about the day John and I went to Salem, MA. We went with my friend Julie and her son Sean. We had a really good time walking around and exploring before it got too crowded. Here we are in front of the Bewitched statue!
I hadn't been in years and it was really fun. We went to a museum of horror movies and horror movie props. Since John loves all movies he really enjoyed that. I enjoyed the iced pumpkin spice latte we got afterwards. We also went to the Hocus Pocus house, the House of Seven Gables, and a TON of gift shops. It's definitely a unique place : )
I hope you are all enjoying FALL and having a great day!
I'll be around vising your blogs this week to caught up with everyone. I love this little space so much. Thanks for being here ♥
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Make one for yourself and one for a friend. It's a very cheery cake and I think a perfect gift. Susan Branch just gets me. I say it every time. She's the best.
Thank you for stopping by today friends, and thank you for your continued prayers and well wishes for my mom. They are working ♥
Have a great day! Next week is officially autumn and I cannot wait.