I missed you my blogland Friends. I got around to visiting some of you during the week I was gone, but I know I still have more catching up to do. It feels good to get back to my routine, although having our special Uncle Don visit was wonderful!! We packed a lot of fun into one week....which also included a road trip to Green Bay (home of the Packers) to have some fun with relatives there too. We didn't go to the Packer game (they won - yay!!), but we did go to a Green Bay Gamblers hockey game. And the road trip there was GORGEOUS as the colors are about peak right now. It was all lots of fun and went really fast.
I'm ready now to get back to my routine and jump into this week.
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
Definitely cooler than yesterday. It was beautiful yesterday and hit about 80* out! Today started out sunny but breezy. Now the winds are picking up and blowing in the clouds so it's getting pretty gray out there. It's supposed to maybe rain a little later and hit high 50's or maybe hit 60* today.
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:
I had a piece of whole wheat toast and some pumpkin spice coffee with natural bliss hazelnut creamer.
AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
I can see the beautiful colorful trees waving around in the wind. The leaves that have dropped on our hill are swirling around at times, and the gray cloudy back drop makes it all look quite dramatic - and pretty. If Pooh bear were here he'd say it's a blustery sort of day. Lol
RIGHT NOW I AM:
Relaxing as I sip my hot water with lemon and coconut oil (great health benefits) as I type this and watch the Today show. I'm also listening to the wind blow the leaves around as my wind chime sings out a constant song. My Mom took my MIL all day today so I could have a catch up day from all the traveling recently (so nice!) and I will take care of my MIL then all day tomorrow. I really could use this catch up day so I'm very grateful and ready to accomplish a lot!
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:
Pretty tidy from being gone all weekend (my Mom stayed here with Ruby and "held down the fort" for us). Definitely have laundry to catch up on and some other "trip related debris" to put away. Lol We didn't get home until last night so everyone left things were they were just to rest and decompress before going to bed and regroup to face a new busy week.
ON TODAY'S TO DO LIST:
House chores, catch up on my newspapers that have accumulated, tidy up some craft area things (& finish project to hopefully share this week), then go wash my car (lots of bugs on windshield from trip) and grab groceries for the week.
I finished my Susan Branch book (it was SO GOOD!!) and I'm now reading Alice Sebold's Lucky right now. It's kind of a dark memoir, but I find her a very fascinating writer. I read The Lovely Bones, several years ago, that she wrote and it was just a wonderfully haunting book (be a great one to read this time of year if you haven't). They made that one into a movie with, I think it was Stanley Tucci, but I never saw it. I think I picked up this "Lucky book" at our local library's yearly sale a while back. It's been sitting in my nightstand so decided to dig in.
ON THE TV TODAY:
We caught a few of our shows in the hotel this weekend, but we have The Amazing Race to catch up on and I have some Hallmark Movies taped and some cooking shows. I watched The Good Wife last night - goodness I LOVE that show!!!
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
MONDAY: my hubby is requesting corn dogs (don't know why- Lol) and we'll just do chips, pasta salad, raw veggie platter with it. I have wallyball so I'll go get some exercise to make up for all the eating I did this weekend!!
TUESDAY: meatloaf, cheesy potatoes, green beans and dinner rolls
WEDNESDAY: slow cooker homemade chicken noodle soup, ham & cheese roll-ups
THURSDAY: leftovers or easy pick up as my Crew has hockey and my daughter has volleyball this night...plus it's my birthday so I'll take a break from cooking
FRIDAY: french toast casserole with cinnamon apples and sausage/bacon
* I picked up a mix I'll bake this week for pumpkin bars with a gingerbread crust
WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT:
Working on a Halloween decoration, plus I have some jewelry projects lined up! Also, picked up a fun kid's stitching project book with my daughter and there's some fun things we'll be working on together.
NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
Nothing is a really new recipe, but will probably share chicken noodle soup recipe this week or corn chowder one I made a previous week or both.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
Try drinking a cup of warm water in the morning with some lemon juice and coconut oil in it. I still need my coffee in the AM, but I'm now trying to drink this warm coconut drink later in the AM for its health benefits. Both lemon and coconut are fat flushers, plus the lemon has huge vitamin C benefits and the coconut will give you an energy boost. I keep a big jar of raw, cold pressed organic coconut on oil for it's wonderful health properties - from a hair mask to helping my rough feet and heels get better. I pinned some of this info on my pinterest page here. - here's a passage:
Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and may even be able to fight the spread of cancer. There are many uses for coconut oil. It can kill a wide range of infections, and may also help your body get rid of parasites like lice and tapeworms. It can kill certain viruses, and your body can easily digest it to absorb all its nutrition. And of course it is natural and side-effect free.
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PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
Here are some photos of some of the Fall beauty by my house and on our road trip to Green Bay as well as some of the fun we had with Uncle Don:
PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.