Happy Monday!

Good morning! I hope you are well today. I am feeling a bit sluggish. I believe it’s because I stayed up watching football. I ended up pulling out my colored pencils and coloring book during the Patriot’s game to alleviate some of the stress. I am going to try to complete coloring a page a week so that I can actually finish a coloring book!

I have included a few photos from my fall fairy garden. I first bought one for my father-in-law a few years ago so I decided to buy one for myself about a year ago. Three of the plants lasted from last year (I tend to neglect my garden between seasons) so I just added the flowers to the landscape. I would like to make a walkway for the little pumpkin house. But that’s it because I can go overboard.  I have it on my deck right now but as it gets frosty out, I will bring it in for the winter.

Last week was very productive at work and with my genealogy research. I am still at what I call the beginning stages and continue to find inspiration and learn new information from the wealth of Youtube channels dedicated to family history research. My sister is even getting the bug and called me last week to tell me she is sending me a document she found at our family home regarding one of my uncles. Finding Your Roots with Dr. Henry Louis Gates has begun a new season and I just love watching them help people discover more about their family history.

On the health side of things, I hurt my knee working out last week and so I have been trying creative ways to keep my fitness program on track. Injuries seem to occur easier the older I become — grrrr. Today is my Meatless Monday and I am proud to say that I have been able to keep this up for several months now.

Yesterday it was fun watching Apollo and Leao working on some sort of circuit/computer set that Apollo had received on his last birthday. They get all into it and I love seeing them working together. I wish I had things like that when I was growing up. Very cool.

Well, I must go, I have a short work day today because I have to bring Nick to the dentist so off I go.

Have a blessed day my friends!

Belinda

 

 

Happy Monday – A Moment of Gratitude!

Hello and happy Monday! I am getting this out late because I spent the morning nursing my garden. I say nursing because in addition to the funky weather this summer, our vacation getaways and my less than enthusiastic maintenance this last month and a half; my poor garden has suffered. So this morning after dropping off Nick, I decided to go salvage and care for my plants. My girlfriend, Ashley is one of my big inspirations and usually this time of year, I am sitting around a bountiful veggie garden and explosion of blooms and texting her about my daily happenings in the garden. But this year has to go down as one of much neglect when it came to the garden. So in the midst of my pity party, I put on my garden shoes and headed out to water and make adjustments, but I realized that despite the lack of care, there were so many things to be grateful for in my garden. Above is a Phlox that my former neighbor gave me before she moved. I just had to stop and smile at this delicate beauty.This lovely yellow rose bush was ripped out of the grown when we had some major plumbing work done in June and I was so afraid that it wouldn’t last after being transplanted to another area in my garden. But today, to my surprise I peeked behind my echinacea and there this single beautiful bloom greeted me.
I don’t know if you can see what’s happening in this photo but I had my sprinkler on my side lawn and went inside my house to talk with my son while I waited to move the sprinklers. I had set a timer on my phone to remind me to go out and turn off the water. When I came to the door to come outside, I saw between 6 – 8 birds (mostly Robins) running in and out to the sprinkler and washing off. It was the cutest thing to see. So the total bird-lover in me decided to let the water run a few more minutes to let them cool off and play.
I wanted to share these photos because I wanted to show how small miracles are happening around us all every day and all we have to do is slow down and be open to receive them. I could have stood out there and grumped about the veggies that didn’t come or the excess leaves that are already falling from the trees but I chose to look at the beauty that exists when I open my eyes. I am grateful for the nature that I can come into contact with right in my yard every day and I do not take it for granted.I know Monday can be stressful with all of our ambitious to-do lists but just make sure you pause for a few minutes in nature today and I bet you will be pleasantly surprised.

Belinda

Happy Monday Catch-up and Gardening Goodness

Hello, everyone and happy Monday! It’s funny how I had so many thoughts of sitting down to write a post last week, but to be honest, the summer-like weather were experiencing kept me outside on my deck and in my garden. So Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there! I had the most relaxing Mother’s day yet and it started off with yummy breakfast-in-bed. My gift was awesome. They got me a year subscription to Ancestry.com. I will write a separate post about this so I can fully gush.

Last week, I began my first week of my spring Clean Cleanse. It actually helped a lot to have the warm weather because my water intake was great and eating more vegetables always seems to come easier to me in the warmer seasons. I am beginning week two and feel good. The first few days are always tough for me but the benefits felt, make it so much easier. More on this later.

My reading life took a hit with a slump but I have since recovered and will be writing some reviews of my recent reads in the Book Nook. I also have a book haul to share so come on back and take a peek!

As for work, I have been officially off from work for a few weeks, trying to rethink and plan stuff. I also have to begin the process of pairing down for our upcoming trips and summer vacation. I have decided not to send the boys to camp this year since we have two big trips coming up and they would miss too much for that to be a good choice. So I will be working out what they will be doing before I plan my reduced work schedule.

As for my gardening life, I planted my seeds in trays around May 10th for additional beauties to add to my garden this spring. I am not as confident when it comes to transplanting the baby plants when the time comes but it’s worth it when I am successful. So I am giving it a try again this year. Last year, with the advice of my garden girlfriend, Ashley, I had quite a few successes. So I’m at it again.

Leao painted our deck over and I am in paradise. That is my favorite place to be from May – late October.  We eat all of our family dinners there, I eat lunch there and breakfast in the summer. I spend hours reading there or listening to music. I bring my laptop and work out there, I color there. It’s my place. So when he said he was going to repaint it, I was ecstatic! That along with the new blinds makes it feel so warm and tropical.

I also received some happy mail last week. I didn’t know my name was entered for a giveaway when I signed up for an online class and this package arrived with all these great stamps and dies. I am so thrilled that they include sentiments so I can use them on different projects.  I rarely win anything so this was a real surprise. I can’t wait to play with them.

Well, I will leave you now and I hope that you have a blessed day!

Belinda

Happy Monday!

Hello, everyone! I hope you are all well today. I have planted my butt in this chair to get some work completed today but first I wanted to check in with you.

Last week was a fun week for me. I coordinated my schedule with my husband so that I could spend a day and early evening hanging out with my crafty girlfriends. I call them that because if you saw the beautiful stuff they create, you would agree the name is quite fitting.  So Leao picked up the boys from school and heated dinner for the boys while I caught up with my friends. Somehow, I have allowed way too much time to pass since I last spent time with them.  However, moving forward, I would like to get to make it happen more often. Time is too short to skip out on great friends. I always am so happy about how wonderful I feel after a day with my girlfriends.  It’s good therapy!! While out with them I purchased the lovely cart for my craft room. It was 50% off so it was quite less than I paid for my IKEA cart I bought a few years back.  I needed another one and this is perfect. It holds my Copics at a lovely height that I can roll right up to my desk and color away. I also have some of my business journals that hold product ideas. I also put some of my genealogy resources in there and a storage for recent cards that I create. Love it! It makes me smile when I walk in the room. Yes, I am that geeky!!

While out with them I purchased the lovely cart you see above for my craft room. It was 50% off so it was quite less than I paid for my IKEA cart I bought a few years back. So I was really pleased with this purchase. I needed another one and this is perfect. It holds my Copics at a lovely height that I can roll right up to my desk and color away. I also have some of my business journals that hold product ideas as well as some of my genealogy resources. I put one of my card storage on the bottom shelf to hold the recent cards I have created. Love it! It makes me smile when I walk in the room. Yes, I am that geeky!!

This weekend was date night for Leao and I. We somehow fell off our schedule over winter and are now getting back into the swing of things. We brought the boys to spend the weekend with their grandparents and Leao took me to Sculler’s Jazz Club to go see Ravi Coltrane Quartet perform. For those of you who are familiar with Jazz you will recognize the name. He is the son of the great jazz musician John Coltrane! I have so much of his father’s music, I couldn’t pass up a chance to acquaint myself with his son’s music. It did not disappoint. We first had dinner and then went to the club to watch the performance. It was really fantastic.

We woke on Sunday and went for a nice walk on the track and then headed to one of our favorite breakfast spots to eat all the calories we just burned and then some.  It was quite yummy.  It’s just so much fun to have time for just the two of us. We always appreciate it because we don’t do it as often as in the past. So we are always grateful for the time.

I also picked up another book to read last week. My reading was slower last week because I was out in my yard dethatching and weeding.  But this week, I plan on playing some catch-up.

Oh and Saturday was National Free Comic Book day and as usual, the boys and I hit up some comic book stores for some freebies. Nick was thrilled and even had an artist at one store, draw one of his favorite characters. It was fun and Nick scored on some great sales to add more to his collections.

Well, I need to get back to work but I hope you have a blessed day!

Belinda

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