Happy Monday: Beautiful Sunrises and Time Well Spent with Friends

Good morning and happy Monday! This time of year, I get a little cranky because we change our clocks and the days have earlier sunsets. It gets dark so early in the afternoon that I often feel rushed and begin to stress. One thing I notice is that I complain about the same thing every year and of course nothing changes, we change our clocks and so the process begins. But what I somehow forget is that the absolute best sunrises occur this time of year and I can capture them right from the windows in my home. I rise very early each morning for a mini workout before I bring the boys to school. I wake when it’s still dark outside and this morning was no different. I woke up, tidied up the light mess left behind from my kids and unloaded my dishwasher. Then as I walked out towards my living room, I could see this beautiful pink light streaming through the blinds.  So I rushed to the window and opened the blinds and snapped this photo.

My point is, that although I always hate that it is dark by 4:30 every day, I somehow managed to forget the magnificent sunrises. No two are the same and some are more spectacular than others. I always stand there for a bit watching it and being thankful for the blessing to be here to witness it. It’s my first real pause of the day and boy do I cherish it. So perhaps instead of my usual broken record complaining about the earlier darkness, I will remember natures beauty that I get to witness many mornings. This might be the shift I need to go through this season less cranky!This weekend I spent one day with my talented, crafty friends. It has been 4 weeks since our last gathering and longer for some of us. I packed light and only brought a couple coloring books and my colored pencils. I managed to finish a page I started a while back from Kerby Rosanes’ Fantomorphia coloring book. We ate and made each other laugh as usual and one of my dear friends brought me the cutest gift. This very cute bag that has pretty flowers all over it. It’s a great size to tote my coloring book and supplies.On Sunday we took our boys to the mall to do a little shopping. My oldest is getting his first pair of glasses so that was one of our objectives as well as finding a new winter coat for my youngest. My boys hate shopping but because there is rarely a standard size from store to store I bring them on occasion until I know their sizes in particular stores. We had a nice time despite some grumbling later in the day on how tired they were from walking. It’s so funny, I remember loving the opportunity to go to the mall with my mom. Maybe it’s a boy thing. Once home we settled in for some dinner and football.

Well, I’m off but I hope you all have a blessed Monday and please take time to vote tomorrow!

Belinda

Happy Monday!

Wowza! I’m exhausted from watching the World Series game last night and it is pouring rain outside right now. You can barely see anything but the rain at times.  But despite my exhaustion and the crappy weather, I am really happy to have a new week of crafting ahead of me. I completed all of my errands this morning so that I could focus on work for the rest of the day until pick-up. The only thing is that I will have to fight the pull of my cozy blanket my mom gave me and the fantastic books I have to read. This would have been a great day to take off from work and curl up with all that goodness. Oh, I almost forgot, the picture above is of a banana nut bread I made with almond flour last week. It’s all gone and I am thinking I might have to make another real soon!!

I had a fun time at my in-laws yesterday and even had time to continue coloring one of the coloring pages I have been meaning to complete. Halloween is fast approaching and due to our delay in costume hunting (I usually buy their costumes in September), Apollo had to settle with the slim pickings at Party City.  Before I began to guilt myself, I reminded myself that my mom made many of our costumes and we didn’t have the luxury of buying a costume every year. So once in perspective, I was able to relax.

I’ve been using my diffusor in my craft room for a few weeks and today I chose Eucalyptus. It’s supposed to help with concentration. Well, I can’t wait to hear my boys reaction when they come home, they are going to think someone is sick. They associate the scent with Vicks vapor rub!! Haha!!

Have a fantastic day!

Belinda

Happy Monday: Poetry to Start the Week

Who has seen the wind?

Neither I nor you:

But when the leaves hang trembling

The wind is passing through.

Who has seen the wind?

Neither you nor I:

But when the trees bow down their heads

The wind is passing by.

-Christina G. Rossetti

 

Good morning and happy Monday! I have a chalkboard in my kitchen were I typically write inspirational quotes for my family to see throughout the week. Sometimes I get my boys to memorize them and other times, just explain the message. But when cleaning out a drawer in my laundry room I came across this old poetry book for kids I had bought many years ago. So after taking a peek, I selected this poem to write on our board for the week. I feel like it’s perfect for this time of year as the leaves turn and the wind sends them on a roller coaster ride to the earth. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Have a wonderful day!

Belinda

Happy Monday Happenings!

Hello and happy first day of October! It sure is cloudy outside my window. Rain is in the forecast for this afternoon so I ran out and took a picture of one of my giant Dahlias. Isn’t it so pretty? I love how this one looks like it has lighting inside. I am definitely going to use this photo of the flower for inspiration when I color up a dahlia image.

Had a great weekend. My oldest turned 15 this weekend and I truly can’t believe it’s that long ago I was pregnant with him. Where ever does the time go? We took him out to dinner to a restaurant of his choice and then on Sunday, we went to celebrate with his grandparents.

I received a bunch of new craaft products last week so I spent a little time on Sunday testing them out. I will write some posts and show you what craftiness I have been up to. I also spent time reading and finished another book so I need to gather my thoughts so I can write a review.

Well, I am going to let you get to your day and get some work completed myself.

Have a wonderful day!

Belinda

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