Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Spirit of Gratitude: December 14

It has been a week that has been, well... not exactly stress-free. Fortunately - as usually happens - everything works itself out and all is well with my soul.

I Am Thankful For:
Welcome Home kisses
The first snowfall
Snuggling up to stay warm
Having a generator for when the power goes out
Answered prayers
Chances to help out the Man of the House
When the internet comes back on sooner than estimated
Doing some Christmas shopping with the Female Offspring
Completed orders

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Winter Wonderland

It's difficult to truly get into the spirit of the Christmas season when the temperatures we mild.  At least that's the situation for me.  It just doesn't feel like Christmas time until the winter weather kicks in.  Give me some chilly temps and a few snow flurries and I start feeling like a happy little Christmas elf!

This past weekend, Winter decided to make its presence known a good two weeks before it's official arrival.   And this was no mild little cold front and some flurries. It was a full on winter storm with 10+ inches of snow!

All week long they had been predicting a slight chance of snow.  Maybe up to a half inch.  Nothing much at all, really.  By Thursday the weather man was saying... "perhaps 1 to 2 inches in some areas".

When I woke up Friday morning, that 1 to 2 inches they had predicted was already on the ground and the snow was pouring down.  At that point the forecast was for 3 to 6 inches.    And by 9am it was updated again to 6 to 9 inches.

By the time it was all said and done on Saturday - we ended up with over 10 inches of snow at our house!

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

End of Autumn Recap

Technically, Autumn isn't over until the end of next week.  But with the first snowfall this past weekend and Christmas quickly approaching - I am in full Winter mode already.  Which makes this seem like the perfect time to recap my list of fall activities!  I've highlighted all the ones I completed in red, and in most cases added a little commentary...

  1. Make pumpkin muffins
  2. Read outside
  3. Go for a hike  - I certainly did! More than one!  And you can read all about it HERE  and HERE and HERE
  4. Enjoy a pumpkin spice latte  - or two... or three... or...
  5. Make a big pot of chili
  6. Watch a football game  - only pretty much every Sunday!  And a few Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays also.  We're a football loving family.
  7. Paint your nails a fall color
  8. Decorate the front door for fall
  9. Eat candy corn - much more than I should have.  πŸ™„
  10. Burn cinnamon apple and/or pumpkin spice candles and/or wax melts 
  11. Go for a scenic drive to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage
  12. Take pictures of the fall colors - In all honesty, the fall color was  a little below average this year. I think the warm weather affected the trees and then every time leaves would start to change we would have a windy storm system come through and blow them all off the trees.  I did manage to sneak in a few colorful shots. 
  13. Watch a scary movie - The Man of the House took me to see "It".  Talk about one creepy clown!  Yikes!
  14. Wear a comfy sweater and the perfect pair of boots - It was so WARM this fall, I was wearing summer and transition outfits until December.
  15. Decorate the mantle with autumn touches
  16. Drink warm spiced apple cider
  17. Walk through crunchy fallen leaves - Took care of this one during one of my many hikes! 😁
  18. Made a delicious soup in the crockpot
  19. Snuggle under a blanket with a cup of tea and read a book on a chilly afternoon
  20. Celebrate my birthday in style
What are some of the fall activities you enjoyed this season?

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

A Spirit of Gratitude: December 7, 2017

Things were a little crazy in November and I didn't get around to posting my usual Thankful Thursday posts.  But as we find ourselves in the last month of 2017, I want to be sure to share my blessings and hear what others are thankful for as well.

I Am Thankful For:
Pulling out all the Christmas decorations
Christmas present planning
Staying up too late watching college football championship games
Lazy Sundays
White chicken chili cooking in the crockpot
Quiet mornings
Good bye kisses at the airport
BOGO meals at Zaxby's
Long distance "I love you" texts
Mucinex and Excedrin
Christmas cards
Christmas trees
Cinnamon gummy bears
Spending time with the Male Offspring
When the Man of the House comes home
Colder weather
A forecast for snow

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Change is Coming

The weather is about to change.
I know this because our trusty local weather person has been telling me so for over a week now. But even without their meterological knowledge, I could have told you that change was in the air from the very first thing this morning.  Before I even saw the sky full of gloomy gray clouds I could tell that fronts were on the move.  It was obvious when I woke up with a ridiculous amount of sinus pressure and a bad headache.

I'm not claiming my sinuses can correctly predict the weather.  It's not like I know if it's going to actually rain or not.  Or what the high temperature is going to be today.

But I certainly know for a fact when the weather is about to change.  Every. Single. Time.

Now... if you will please excuse me -  I'm off to search for some decongestant, a couple of Excedrin, and a cough drop.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Currently... December 2017

This year is almost over y'all!!  I'm still wondering what happened to November.  I'm pretty sure that just a few days ago it was my birthday and then all of a sudden - the entire month is gone.  It was such a whirlwind.  Besides my birthday and Thanksgiving, the Man of the House and I managed to get away for a few days to enjoy our 25th wedding anniversary.  It was a wonderful month!  And now we have December to enjoy...

Reading:  I've been focusing on a little light seasonal reading right now.  Some Debbie Macomber holiday stories like "Trading Christmas" and "Call Me Mrs. Miracle".  If anyone has any suggestions of books I should add to my To Be Read list in the new year, please leave me a comment!

Eating:  Let's just not even go there.  OK?

Working On:  Pretty much the same thing as just about every one else! Getting my house decorated for Christmas and getting the shopping completed.  

Enjoying:  Listening to Christmas music in the car!  I found the holiday channel on my XM radio and it has been going for a few weeks now.  The family may veto listening to Christmas music in the house before Thanksgiving, but when I'm alone in my car - I can listen to what I want!

Anticipating:  All of the upcoming Christmas festivities, obviously.  But also a little quiet time to relax.  The Man of the House has some time off coming up at the end of the year and I am looking forward to having him home for a little while.  I'm also looking forward to setting my goals for 2018.

Feeling:  As if there just aren't enough hours in the day

How is your December shaping up so far?


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