Happy Monday: Mums everywhere!

Hello and happy Monday! Great week and weekend. Last week, we finally made it out on a date night. We haven’t gone in months so it was really fun. We tried a new Spanish Restuarant and I think I ate everything on the tapas menu!!Oh and happy fall! I love autumn and the fall flowers are a favorite so I drove to my favorite garden center on Friday and bought up a bunch of mums to plant around my garden.  I planted yellow mums in the front between my Coreopsis. I thought the yellow was a better choice to make things pop.I planted alternating purple and yellow in pots at the end of my driveway. As they fully bloom they will be a welcome burst of color when we drive into our driveway.I planted this amazing pink mum. Yes, I can’t believe they are pink. They remind me of Dahlias or Zinnias. I planted them in pots near my veggie beds. I picked plants with plenty of buds that had not opened yet. Because I love to watch the color burst over time.

I also planted three new maroon flowers in my rear raised bed. I am not sure how well they will do. I think they get enough sun but in the past, they don’t do well on the sloped ground. They get lanky and lean too much for my taste. But maybe since I put them lower, they might thrive. These are the colors that make my heart melt. I love the deep color and can’t wait for them all to bloom.I like seeing mums in the fall. They really brighten up the landscape before winter approaches.

I also took the time to buy some spring bulbs and planted them too. Because who doesn’t a few happy flowers in early spring?

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

Happy Monday! Fall and Football joy

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Hello Everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I had a nice weekend with my family too. We attended the annual Founder’s day in our town. The boys like walking around and getting pizza and I of course needed my fried dough.  Nick went off to hang out with his friend’s while Apollo, Leao and I checked out the vendors. Not much to my taste but I did pick up a free sample of honey and am enjoying it in my tea as I type right now.  I snagged 2 great books from the library sale for $2. Now that is a bargain! We also spent time with my in-laws on Sunday and had a belated birthday celebration for my mother-in-law. I picked up the most gorgeous variety of cupcakes from Whole Foods instead of a cake so we could all just indulge for a bit. I have to admit it was pretty yummy.  I realize in my haste to inhale those yummies, I forgot to take a picture of them. I would love to have showed you all the pretty details they put into them.

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On one sad note, one of my favorite supermarkets (Hannaford) closed it’s doors on Sunday at 3pm. A new market called Big Y will be taking it’s place. I hope the staff stays because they are absolutely lovely and I hope they continue to stock some organic items.

But what really made my weekend was the return of the Patriot’s and football season. I watched the 1pm game and then when we got home, I prepared for bed and watched the Patriot’s play. It was hard not seeing our quarterback at the helm due to his 4-game suspension but the game was exciting right up to the last few seconds. Go Pats!!

Fall is my favorite time of year from the clothes, colors, foliage, food and football. I get excited as it approaches each year because it’s like a New year for me. I know January is the New Year but I celebrate new beginnings twice a year. Once in September and then in January. I also base my work schedule around the school year, so this is the time of year, I begin creating new product lines and ideas flow so naturally. The crisp morning air rock’s my world and the football anthem playing on the TV fills me with hope for new beginnings. It’s so funny how much joy I have doing a simple thing such as watching the games with Leao and my father-in-law but I really look forward to it each week. I also have a friend who we virtually watch the games by texting each other after bad calls or crazy plays.  It’s been our ritual for some time and it’s another way she and I connect each week. It’s great fun.

So I hope today and the week ahead is beautiful for you and remember to slow down to cherish the moments because they are always there waiting for you.

Belinda

Tag Tuesday: #2 – Fall blessings

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Hello and welcome to Tag Tuesday. For my second installment, I thought a fall theme. Although the temperatures here lately make me think of winter.  I used a digi from The Paper Shelter and colored her up with my Copics. I bought this image because it reminded me of my love hate relationship with fall. I am a big fan of the fall on the east coast.  I love the crisp air and smell of wood burning and am still in awe of the vibrant colors when the leaves change.  The relationship typically sours when the leaves start to fall. Because then I am faced with raking and bagging them.  So this year, I got on board and we have hired someone to do this for us so we can use those hours doing something we enjoy and my back is also grateful.

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I used Crate Paper ‘Farmhouse for the paper on this tag.  The deep rich colors make me happy.  I pulled a coordinating ribbon out of my stash and then topped it with this fun wool-like flower from Recollections. For the words I used a Jillibean Soup label from my Project Life stash.

I hope you are having a great day. Today is election day and I will be heading out to vote this morning with my boys and then treating them to the movies.

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

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