Thursday, October 27, 2016

A Spirit of Gratitude: October 27

I Am Thankful For:
Dinner out with the Man of the House
PF Changs lettuce wraps
Staying up late watching scary movies
Nap time
The grand baby declaring he would only nap if he can lay down with the dog

Reading The Wizard of Oz with the grand baby
Watching the World Series with my favorite former Ohioan

The Indians winning Game 1
The Male Offspring is learning  to drive a manual transmission

post signature

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Birthday Wish List

The countdown is on, y'all!  One week from today I mark another year of being in this planet.  I'm not sure if it's a good thing or not that I actually had to do the math to remember how old I'll be.  (47.  If you really want to know)

The Man of the House asked me last weekend what I want to do and what I want for the big day.  I still haven't answered him, because I honestly had no clue.  I decided it was a good sign that I don't have a big list of wants at the ready.  Maybe that means I have reached a point in life where I have achieved  some level of contentment.

But, I decided what with my birthday and then Christmas coming up, it was probably time to start putting together a wish list.

Besides the usual gift cards to Michael's or Hobby Lobby or a mani/pedi - which are always on my wish list - here are a few fun things I'm hoping for this year:

After the heel fell apart on my ankle boots toward the end of last winter, I knew I would be needing a new pair this season.  Somehow, I still haven't gotten around to picking up a pair.  Probably because all the ones I like seem to be on the pricey side.  But I could use a new pair...

I really love the look of these Frye short boots:

Or these by Lucky for a shorter bootie:

As an 80's gal, I had my ears pierced multiple times.  Over several years, I neglected all but the bottom piercing; but recently I have started trying to wear earrings in the top two piercings also.  That's why I am in love with these triple hoop earrings which are created by an artist here in North Carolina:
Phoenix Mountain Creations on Etsy

I adore a cute watch!  (And have several needing batteries at the moment)  I also adore bees.  So, when I saw this watch it was...  well, like a bee to honey.

And while we are talking about bees...  I'm completely  head over heels for this bee mandala t-shirt!!  
Astrolaboratory on Etsy

Last, but certainly not least is this crown ring which I have had my eye on for a while.  I think I would want this sized big enough to wear on my index finger.
Mountain Metalcraft on Etsy

post signature

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Spirit of Gratitude: October 20

I can't believe I have gotten this deep into October without writing a single gratitude journal post!  Yikes!  I could blame it on the month being very busy, in a good way - which is one more thing to be grateful for!

I Am Thankful For:
The Man of the House's birthday
Soup in the crockpot
Going to a Styx concert with my sweetie

Beautiful Autumn weather
Listening to the male offspring play guitar

The silliness of the grand baby
Late night crocheting

post signature

Friday, October 14, 2016

Flashback Friday: Just Words?

I originally wrote the following two years ago .  Today, I feel compelled obligated to share it once again.  What we say matters !  "It was just words" is neither an excuse nor an apology.  Words can hurt and leave deep scars.  Think first, then speak kindness!  

Are You Mean?

It seems to be an epidemic recently... a sort of social game to belittle, mock, make fun of, and say hurtful things about people - both those in the public eye and not.

We stand in line at the grocery store next to the magazine pointing out which celebrities have cellulite or the "worst beach bodies" and the like.  Mocking pregnant women for how much weight they gain, or obsess over how quickly they lose the "baby weight".  We read online gossip about who is cheating on who and which marriage is on the rocks.  We watch television shows discussing who wore which outfit better, or who looked fabulous (or not) on the red carpet to some awards show.

We post cruel comments on social media and under blogs. Hiding behind a keyboard to be our most hateful, judgmental selves.

Women gather and complain about their husbands. To talk about each other. Whisper across grocery carts, in school pick up lanes, and around corners in church corridors about what this one or that one wore/did/said.

We give others less than flattering labels. We focus on their short comings.  Point our their flaws.We build ourselves up, try to cover our insecurities - by tearing down others.

And then we wonder why our children bully. We can't tell them to "be nice" and then act the way we do.  Children learn by example.

It's time to break the pattern!  I challenge you today to only be kind and encouraging.  Build someone up by complimenting them.  Sit on your hands or bite your tongue when you feel hurtful, negative, judgmental words rising up in you.  Refuse to take part in gossip about others.  Speak love.

post signature

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Sunday Inspiration: Dwell

Dwelling in God.  It's not about busyness.  It's not a long to-do list.  It's not even a long "don't do" list.   It isn't constant working and striving.

It's resting there.  Finding peace there.  It's just BEING there in His presence.

May you enjoy His peace and rest today, friends.
post signature

Saturday, October 8, 2016

My Love

Today we celebrate the Man of the House's birthday.

I adore this man!  He's so much more than just my husband.  He's my best friend, my rock, my biggest supporter, my fellow explorer/traveler, and my heart's joy.

Happy Birthday to the love of my life!

post signature

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Autumn

As I mentioned in my post from Monday, I have been doing a little Autumn decorating around the house.  Fall is my favorite season.  I think because it's such a cozy season. And I love adding all the comforting accents of rich reds, oranges, and browns.  Along with the spicy pumpkin and apple scents in my wax burners.

I thought today I could give y'all a brief tour...

This has been my go to porch decoration for the past few years.  Now, to be completely honest I haven't actually created it yet this year; but it should be happening by the end of the weekend.  I also have a little wire basket I plan to fill with some little gourds.

In the entry way you'll find a cute wooden pumpkin and some candles on the small cabinet where keys are (supposed to be) kept.  And these pillows I picked up last year in the dollar spot at Target rest on the storage bench.

The mantle is pumpkin and candle central!  Lots of fun pumpkin finds over the years from Michael's.  My new yummy smelling jar candle from Kirklands.  And the Give Thanks box I picked up the night my youngest sister and I were thrown out of a Hobby Lobby.  (not really - we were asked politely to leave because we didn't realize they had closed 10 minutes ago.  But we like to make it sound dramatic and exciting.  LOL)

The kitchen table scape displays a simple runner (this year's Target dollar spot find), a red wooden tray from Kirklands, my napkin holder, a set of adorable  pumpkin salt and pepper shakers, a pretty thrift store find pitcher with some artificial flowers and berries, and a pair of candles.

There you have it.  Simple, but it all makes me happy.

post signature


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...