Sorry I'm running late today. I ran around with my Mom all day today. We did some errands together, had lunch and even a little bit of fun shopping. We hadn't done that since before covid! So it really felt like a little treat. I also apologize for not getting around to visit you last week. Scott came for a visit and was here until Saturday. It was so nice and we had such a fun time. He's already back in AK working away. And then we celebrated my Dad's bday yesterday over here with a BBQ and fire on the deck. So needless to say it was a very busy final week of summer. Lol But I promise I will come around and say hello and catch up with you all this week!! ♥️
I can't believe that it's going to be September tomorrow! It feels like the weather just got the memo too, because it's really been a warm and beautiful summer here...especially for the northwoods. But all of a sudden the nights have gotten a lot cooler and the temps this week are looking more like 60's. Hello Fall! I welcome you now and I'm ready for all of your goodness. I need to get my favorite cozy mugs handy for hot teas and cocoas. Start pulling out some cozy sweatshirts and sweaters. Dust off the comfort food recipes. And get out my Autumn decorations. I've even picked up a couple new things recently. Yay for my favorite season!! 🍁 🌻 Do you love Fall as much as I do? Or is another season your fave?
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING
yogurt, watermelon, coffee
HOW I AM FEELING THIS MORNING:
It's late afternoon now - but I'm feeling grateful for a very fun day out with my Mom. 😊
ON MY MIND:
My heart keeps hurting because of all the uncertainty and unrest in the world. I try to keep focusing on the blessings around me and leaving a lot of the worries with the Lord. I believe in His purpose for all things and that he has everything in hand
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE
Pretty tidy from our gathering yesterday. I still see all of my summer decorations and I think I'm really ready to see them leave. Time to pack them away for another year
CHORE I'M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS WEEK:
some closet organization
I have a few books I'm ready to dive into right now - I just need to choose one of them. Stay tuned! 😉
ON THE TV TODAY:
Big Brother, HGTV shows, some movies taped, watching Parks & Rec on netflix. When Scott was here we were watching Northern Exposure. Do any of you remember that show from the 90's? It was one of my absolute favorites! So funny and takes place in AK. I own the CD set of all the seasons and Scott had never watched it. So we were watching them together all past week and he was loving it too
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
MONDAY - leftovers from BBQ here yesterday for my Dad's bday
TUESDAY - coconut curry chicken with kale over basmati rice (HF meal)
WEDNESDAY - pancakes, bacon, fruit, breakfast potatoes
THURSDAY - salsa verde enchiladas with poblano peppers, black beans & monterey jack cheese (HF meal)
FRIDAY - lemon tortellini palermo with roasted red peppers & parm (HF meal)
TO RELAX THIS WEEK I WILL:
Dive into some true book reading time and also some Fall magazines, do some meditative coloring I haven't done in a while, maybe do some scrapbooking, take Ruby for some walks and spot where the leaves are already starting to change! Geese have been flying over my house like crazy everyday. I have also smelled woodsmoke from the neighbor's stove some of the cool nights this week
FROM THE CAMERA:
Such a weird world when my Girl's first official day of school pics include her in a mask. Annie started last week and is going 4 days a week and one day at home and so far so good! 🙏
Picnic and fishing gear on the dock ready to go!
The captain of this boat 😎 One of the days Scott was here the weather was perfect for a day out on the pontoon. We took Ruby and it was just the 3 of us out on the big lake all day. Such a fun day ☀️
Unfortunately we didn't catch anything - even though we saw fish literally jump right in front of the pontoon! Lol I love that my pontoon has pretty blue lights that light up everywhere - like under the wet bar and even the speakers have lights.
After a while Ruby and I stopped fishing and might have taken a little nap in the sun and breeze 🎣 😉
under an old railroad bridge was a great fishing spot and I thought the graffiti was cute
Then that night my Mom came over and Scott and I BBQ'd for everyone and we all played games.
There have been some beautiful evenings, perfect for a cozy fire on the deck - as long as you wear a sweatshirt.
And sometimes the moon puts on a show
My Dad and step Mom here yesterday for bday boy time. My Dad turned 75 and was just in South Dakota on a trip and did a zip line there! Go Dad!! 🎉
I pray for an end to this virus. For peace, healing and unity in our world. And for all the teachers and students beginning this incredibly complicated and kind of scary new school year. May they all stay healthy and feel safe. For a friend in poor health. For Scott to remain safe and healthy in his job as a first responder. For answers to questions I have set before the Lord. 🙏