Thursday, August 31, 2017

August is a Wrap!

and brings the mental end of summer.  All in all, not a bad month; ups and downs; good with the bad.  Which brings me to a quick list for the last day.
  1. air conditioning (just warm enough that I appreciate it, in the house and van)
  2. free hair cut
  3. cheesy tomato tortollini
  4. getting caught up on Sky Scarf
  5. catching up with friends
Here's a link to the Cheesy Tortelinni.  We'll be having it again!

With that, I can say:

Goodbye August

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Technically Still Summer,

but fall and everything about it!  I heart it.  Here's a few of my favorite things:
  • fall wrapped candy
  • plaid flannel
  • blankets
  • sweat shirts
  • crisp, crunchy leaves
  • stews and casseroles
  • fires
  • cooler temperatures
  • Skyline drive
  • walks through the woods
  • coffee creamer

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

No complaints!

Homebody kind of day today!  Everyone seemed to sleep in.  Bed time couldn't get here fast enough.  In all things, finding joy.
  • rained pretty much all day
  • minimal trips out
  • grilled cheese and tomato soup kinda day
  • half way through August on sky scarf

Monday, August 28, 2017

Diving In

Just like being at the pool, sometimes you just need to dive in, all at once and start something!  Here's my thankfulness for the day:
  • much cooler temperatures
  • leftover meatloaf for a sandwich
  • trip to Dollar Tree for fall decorations
  • prepping front porch for fall decorating
  • easy dinner ~ taco mac
  • relaxing evening
  • early bedtime

Sunday, August 27, 2017


What does that mean for you?  Is it just sleep?  Or is it taking a break from physical activity?

Having a day of rest today! Woke up feeling horrible and easily winded.  Not a full fledged cold, thankfully.  A list so far today would be:
  • guys pitching in to help clean up
  • not a whole lot on schedule
  • planning ahead on meals
  • time to kick back
  • PBS cooking shows
  • finishing up the month of July on my Sky Scarf

Saturday, August 26, 2017

What a Day!

Lots of shopping to be done!  Lots of hanging out! Lots of walking at various stores!  Feel worn out! But hpthere is always a bright side:
  • another cool morning
  • shopping alone, at a favorite store
  • picking up library books for a co-op class
  • trying a skillet chocolate chip cookie recipe ~ turned out fairly well
  • trip to the butcher ~ no clue  why it makes me happy but it does
  • pondering fall decorations


    Friday, August 25, 2017

    Sunshine, Breezes, & Hobbit

    photo from Trip Advisor
    No ground breaking statements to open up today's list.  Just the beauty of the day, it being Friday, a good night sleep.  Know I should be moving and getting things accomplished.  Sitting and pondering sure has been nice though.  Nothing deep, just being; savoring the moment.

    Do you count your joyful things?  Any you want to share?
    • sunshine
    • sound of crickets
    • chapter in "The Hobbit"
    • joy of Friday
    • Faith Hill station on Pandora
    • windows open for hours
    • pizza 
    It's still early afternoon here.  May publish and come back if I think of more!  Either way, have a great afternoon.


    Thursday, August 24, 2017

    Big Exhale!

    Moon in our back yard!
    That started the day.  Woke up from an anxiety inducing dream, with both heart rate and blood pressure racing, almost hyperventilating.  When I realized it was a dream, and not reality, at least my brain was quick to calm down.  Other things calmed, too, reasonably quick.  Large scale anxiety has been something I have been dealing with, for a few years now and a main reason I started this blog.  Not only did I need the medication for my brain and exercise to work off the fight or flight gitters, I needed something tangible, to visibly see the good, the beauty, the joy in life.

    Neglecting various aspects, has not been good for me.  Bare with me, as I work to get back into a healthy routine.

    The quick, thankful updates:

    • All high-school year is going well so far.  Oldest is a senior while youngest is a freshman.
    • Made it through the purchase of a new car without to much stress (finances are a trigger for me).
    • Made it through the busiest summer yet!
    • Son recieved accomodations for ACT's, the first time around.
    • Working on getting caught up on my sky scarf.  Earlier this month, tore it almost completely out because the side I carry up the extra yarn looked horrible.  I am now back into July.
    • Boys are learning life skills around the house.  Will miss this terribly when they are gone!
    • Solar Eclipse, the other day was cool.  Even got to borrow glasses from neighbors.
    There is way more I could type about, but this is all I can think of easily.  Will be back, hopefully on my computer, to update the layout and other thinfs around here.

    For now, hope your day is joyful!