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

Fun Photos Friday: Bargain Coloring Books

Hello! It’s Friday and it’s usually one of the happiest days because we have a whole weekend ahead. However, it is so dark outside this morning and rainy and just overall gloomy. It’s hard to get into my happy mood.  Today was the second day that my morning drop-off for my oldest son was in the dark! Yup, the sun didn’t rise until another 15 minutes after I arrived home and to be honest, it’s barely lighter now.
But do you know what makes my day light up? All things crafty. So today I’m sharing with you a picture of an accidental coloring book haul. You see, yesterday I went to pick up some clear bins for my snack station for my boys at Job Lot and I couldn’t leave without peeking in their discount book section and what did I find? Well, I found these three lovelies!  They each only cost $1.99. Bargain!!!I love the tiger and bamboo in the Coloring for Creativity. I never colored bamboo before and look forward to the challenge of making them pop with dimension. The quality of this paper is medium weight and the pages are double-sided. So I will probably stick to using colored pencils in it. There is a mixture of fine items to color and wider images which are nice. There are so many pages in this one I can see me coloring. So it was a total bargain.I fell in love with the cover on the “Moorish Coloring for mindfulness: 70 designs to help you de-stress. I love to look at different types of architecture around the world on Pinterest and this cover design immediately peaked my interest. This one has a flip-top opening and each page is on a pad that can be detached. So it’s nice when you don’t want the cover to get in the way of your coloring process. I think this one will challenge me a bit because the images have so many tiny details but I think I am going to give it a try. The color combinations on the cover really make me happy so I am going to try to approach them with defined color schemes to keep the stress away. After all, it is supposed to be relaxing!

The final one is “Botanicals Color, Remove, Frame, Hang with artwork by Lizzy Dee is really a cool concept. The paper quality in this one is fantastic. It’s really thick and has a bit toothy so it would work great for both my colored pencils and watercolor paints. So I am definitely going to try both out.  The pages are sized for 8 1/2 x 11 frames. I look forward to coloring one for my craft room and maybe even for my laundry room.

Ok, back to work for me. It is still rather dim outside but it’s Friday which means weekend, which means family time so I am happy.

Have a blessed day and I will see you next week!

Belinda

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