Thursday, January 26, 2023

Thankful Thursday: January 26, 2023


I Am Thankful For:

Getting a late start

Getting back on track

Valentine decor

A positive outlook

A delicious pasta dish

Tickets to see one of my favorite comedians this spring

A warm house on a cold and windy day

A cranberry muffin and coffee

Finished painting

A quiet afternoon

Comfy pants

An unexpected visit

Quiet moments

Finishing a good book

Cautious optimism


Thursday, January 19, 2023

Thankful Thursday: January 19, 2023


I Am Thankful For:

Sunshine through the clouds

Dog videos

My husband taking care of me after mom dental procedure

Sleep, sleep, and more sleep

Hot cocoa

Getting the dogs back safely after they escaped the house

Friday evening

A dusting of snow

Rescuing the bird trapped in the garage

New phones

My son helping with the grocery shopping

Birthday cake outlays

Red sky morning

Some good news

Meatless meals

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Thankful Thursday: January 12, 2023


I Am Thankful For:

When the storms are past

Mushroom ravioli

My husband

When the dogs stop barking

Relaxing on a Friday evening

Trying a new drink

Brainstorming trip ideas for this year

My husband taking the dogs out so I can sleep in a little longer

A beautiful new rug

Homemade sausage rolls

My husband helping put away the Christmas decorations

A warm bowl of gumbo on a rainy day

Starting a new project

Sweet potatoes

When a cold morning turns into a warm afternoon

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Thankful Thursday: January 5, 2023


I Am Thankful For:

A day at Biltmore Estate

The beauty of a frozen fountain

Winter landscapes

Lazy days

A cup of afternoon tea

Planning for the new year

Chips and queso

Warmer weather

Creative ideas

A good night's sleep

Phone calls from my daughter

Music from the 80's

Appetizers for dinner

Start of a new year

Two blue days in the pear tree

A beautiful January day

A day with my grandson

New ideas for my Etsy shop

Healthy and delicious breakfast

New wine cabinet

Tuesday, January 3, 2023


 If you've read my One Word for 2023 post, you know that this year I decided that I will also have a word for each month.  (if you haven't read that post yet - go ahead and do it now. I'll be right here when you're done)

My word for January is Create.

What does this mean?  Well... for me, it means...

To explore ways to be creative in my work and hobbies.

To create healthy habits for the new year.

Create time for the people I love.

Create time for the activities I enjoy.

Create pleasant spaces in which to work and live.

To create the best possible me.

Create a life I love.

Monday, January 2, 2023

January 2023

Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2023!

For me, there's something extra special when a new year, a new month, and a new week all start at the same time. It's like the ultimate "fresh start". Just me? That's ok. I said it, and I don't regret it.

I don't know about you, but I am so excited for 2022.  The Man of the House and I are already floating some ideas for trips we'd like to take this year. We will be keeping our travels within the states this year while probably planning for another bigger trip next year. And our new grandbaby is due this winter.  Obviously, I can't wait to meet him! 

Speaking of grandchildren - January will find us celebrating Grandson #1's birthday. I can hardly believe that he is going to be 11. He's getting so big.  He's already almost as tall as I am! 

I received a small embroidery machine for Christmas. I am looking forward to learning how to use it and making some fun new thing.  Embroidered burp cloths, bibs, and blankets for Grandson #2?  Definitely!  I also have some ideas for items to compliment the crocheted pieces I sell in my Etsy shop.

I have created myself a reading list for January.  This is something I plan to do for each month this year. My list for January is: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I also hope to be able to finish The Next Right Thing by Emily P Freeman just as soon as I can get it from the library again. (My loan expired and someone else had put a hold in it so I couldn't renew it).

January is typically a month for purging the old and trying to get organized.  I'm no different when it comes to this. I'm back at it - working to decorate and organize my home office and create a pleasant workspace for myself. I also have some projects planned for the dining room.

My goals for the month include:

  • File sales taxes for shop by January 10
  • Put away all Christmas decor
  • Create a pleasant workspace
  • Create a plan with the Man of the House to take at least 2 trips this year
  • Create some items for the grandkids while learning to use my new embroidery machine 
  • Read at least 3 books

What are your plans for January?

Friday, December 30, 2022

My One Word for 2023

The end is near!  No... Not in some cryptic "person on a street corner with a sign" kind of way.  Tomorrow we'll see 2022 come to an end, and then we're moving on to 2023! 

For many people a new year means a new set of resolutions. For me it means a new word.  One word which is my focus and guide for the year. 

That word for 2033 is Explore.

Explore: to investigate, study, scrutinize, or analyze look into, to become familiar with by testing or experimenting, to search into or travel in for the purpose of discovery.

But, here's the thing...

As I began considering the word Explore and how it might take shape in the year ahead, something didn't quite feel settled. As if something was missing. At first I thought perhaps I had the wrong word.  I kept getting clues and signals that the word for the year was Explore. Yet, that feeling of incomplete didn't go away.

Then, one morning during my quiet time, I had a thought that changed everything.  

Perhaps a year of exploration isn't meant to stop at just one word. What if each month had its own word? A new word to explore each and every month.

Suddenly, it seemed as if all the pieces had clicked into place. That idea of one word for each month felt right. It was new and different. But also exciting. 

So, my one word for 2023 isn't just one word at all. While the word for 2023 is Explore - each month of the year will also have its own word.  I am not choosing all twelve words in advance. I trust that the word for each month will come to me according to where my focus needs to be and what I need to explore each month.

Do you set resolutions or make goals for the new year? Do you set a word as a focus for the year? Or do go in without any expectations, just waiting to see what the year brings?

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Thankful Thursday: December 29, 2022


I Am Thankful For:

Packages mailed

Kisses from my husband

New space heaters

Baking Christmas cookies with the grandkid

Jackets for the dogs

Every day I am given

Wrapping presents

Finding a bag of Christmas candy I had forgotten about

A surprise gift

Baked goodies from the neighbors

A quiet night before the busy weekend

Family gathered for Christmas

Games that make everyone laugh

Christmas morning

After Christmas deals

Christmas dinner leftovers

Toys that keep the dog entertained for a long time