I’ve had my first Pumpkin Spice/White Chocolate latte,
and real pumpkins just started to be found around these parts.
The cardigans and boots and scarves and leggings are still hoping for a day cool enough
although all you northern folk sure make the layers sound alluring.
There is something so invigorating about the air this time of year.
Only 70* instead of in the hundreds?
I declare as I stepped outside this morning,
that 70* (or somewhere there about) felt actually very crisp and cool!
I am so very happy you are near.
Weather such as this almost makes me feel giddy.
Just as a rainy day can put me in a mellow mood.
This time of year may very well be my favorite.
After the blistering heat of the summer,
being able to step out my door without breaking into a sweat.
Excitement about exercising without feeling like 200 degrees at the end of it.
It’s almost as perfect as it can be in this area.
We can’t boast of much natural beauty here, not many leaves that change colors other than brown.
No mountain peaks, although my girls consider the only overpass in town “a mountain.”
But this is perfect weather for visiting the ocean…
Be jealous, be very jealous.
For me, it’s often really the small things that bring so much happiness.
Not the huge events as much as precious, sweet everyday things.
So here’s my happy list right now…
… a few precious hours of quiet while Husband took the two girls with him.
I am grateful indeed. I can’t even express how grateful.
… tea parties mid-afternoon with two giggling girls.
They loved the little tea party.
They weren’t nearly so thrilled about the etiquette lessons I desired to teach them.
“But, I don’t wike being a wady.” – Olivia
… paint brushes are being pulled out often.
…re-doing little chairs.
… re-doing little footstools
… re-covering old chairs and pillows with happy fabric
… fiiiiinally stripping, sanding, sanding, sanding, scraping, sanding, and painting the old doors in the house.
yes, we’ve had them installed. yes, they’ve looked terrible for 2.5 years.
there is a reason we’ve procrastinated.
but what a good feeling to be getting them completed one by one.
… a laundry door painted a light aqua
[yes, the picture is intentionally on the side.
i really didn't want to show the cat food, the overflowing shoe rack,
or the piles on top of the freezer.
i.e. in our limited-space cottage, it's my messy room of the house!]
… coffee and biscotti for little girls on the front porch
… Zoe’ practicing cursive letters on the chalkboard
… a very rapid trip to Pennsylvania, the three kitties and I, with a friend ♥
… a fall-ish bouquet from my husband upon my return home from said trip
… mini-quiches, inspired by my friend Ruth, to freeze and pull out for quick breakfasts
… pumpkin roll! probably my most favorite autumn dessert.
wait, there’s also apple dumpling…
… first soup
… a fun little soap dispenser. who knew that a normal top fits in a coke bottle?
it was a happy moment of discovery.
and mrs. meyers. she makes me anticipate cleaning day.
… happy stripey straws amid glass vases
Why are little shoes so cute?!
… Daddy and his Little Man. ♥
Who ever knew you could be in love with two men?
… and who knew that being a mommy to these three would be the hardest and best thing I’ve ever done?
I am so so blessed.