It’s been warm and it’s been cold, it’s been sunny and we’ve had rain, but through it all, I have enjoyed every (well, almost every) moment of this time of year. I looked out my bedroom window recently and marveled that the leaves had fallen off all but one beautiful tree.
When I looked out again, just a few days later, this tree was bare too.
I honestly don’t mind spending more time indoors on the cold rainy days. I’ve been quite happy puttering around the kitchen, crocheting and reading. No, I don’t have a cleaning service coming in to clean the toilets and wash the floors, but I relegate all these fun chores to early morning, or skip them altogether when the mood strikes. Yes, I make my bed every day and I don’t usually have any dishes in my sink, but on those cloudy mornings it’s very hard to notice the tumbleweed floating across the floors or the dust on the tables.
I’ve had time to wade through some wonderful magazines. Taproot from Amanda Soule is always inspiring.
This month there was a feature on making bowls out of clothesline. She made a pile over the summer that she dyed first and they were all fabulous.
She made it look so easy that I may have to give it a try. I also made it half way through Stampington’s latest issue of Where Women Create.
I love peeking into these womens’lovely studios and seeing what they’re making.
One of my new faves is called Prairie Style.
The warm cozy homes featured on these pages are right up my alley. Nothing too fancy, just plain comfortable and lived in.
There’s been a bit of catalogue perusing taking place these days too, as well as some list making. I’m getting a nice head start on my Christmas shopping.
Of course, there’s the beginnings of a couple of hand made gifts too. I had a few request so I thought I’d better get moving. I enjoy working on these projects in the evenings while I watch any one of the many Real Housewives shows that, for some reason, I am hooked on.
And look who else likes getting cozy this time of year. She hops into our bed at around 7 and warms it up for us.
I’ve been doing lots of cooking lately. Of course, most things I make are simple. I wouldn’t have it any other way. How about a baked potato topped with sautéed onions and peppers or any other veggies I have on hand. It’s really so delicious, healthy and filling.
And, I love a quick supper of pasta with oil, garlic, shrimp and spinach. I add a bit of red pepper flakes to add a real pop of flavor and it can all be done in the time the pasta takes to cook.
Though things may get hectic around here at times, as it does in everyones life, I really do enjoy the down time. Reading or craft projects or trying a new recipe are simple pleasures that really bring me joy.
What have you been up to? Planning your menu and shopping for Thanksgiving – working on Christmas gifts? Whatever it is, I hope you’re enjoying yourself.
As always, thanks so much for stopping by.