Five Things

Happy Friday!

What a week it’s been! We started out the week with an extended 4-day weekend, and we extended THAT with 2 more sick days (started with BG, then me, then BB, then another  round with BG, and then to Husband today). So, in the midst of that, here are a few random things that have been on my mind:

1. There is Beauty in the Sick Days.

Sick days look like reheated coffee with 2% milk and driving to Trader Joe’s for cream and applesauce and hot dogs, because sick days also look like hot dogs and macaroni and cheese for lunch. They look like well-loved quilts on the couch and Cinderella on the DVD player. They look like PJs until noon, then sweatpants after that and digging through Pinterest for “kid projects” and building catapults out of spoons and rubber bands. They look like tea with honey (for me) and warm lemonade with honey (for the kids) and lollipops in the middle of the morning and reading Boxcar children as long as your voice will last. They look like throwing your agenda out and snuggling close and resting tired minds and bones.

And after a busy season of life, sick days can sometimes look like a small gift, and this time, my eyes were open to receive it.

november mantle

2. House projects. Because the second Sick Day should be called “Getting Stuff Done Day”. The kids dug out old favorite toys and played for hours, taking breaks to help me decorate the mantel and unpack a box or two from our move (ahem, 15 months ago) and cleaning. BB was happy to see the return of his paper turkeys, “Ixtahboxtahbah” and “Oiksta the Turkey”, from three Thanksgivings ago. BG was happy that Allan (the new crow, and Edgar’s partner-in-crime) was staying around a little bit longer.

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3. Red dresses. For some reason, I just keep pinning them – maybe because Christmas is coming? I don’t know. (I know, I definitely don’t NEED another red dress – I already have this and this and this and this.)

4. This quote.

5. Made me laugh. (I know, you’ve probably seen it before, but I saw it again this week, and I think I laughed more the second time. Maybe it’s the cold making me a little delirious, I don’t know.)

What are you up to this weekend? I see lots more resting and movies and a whole lot of nothing in our future this weekend. Hope whatever you’re doing, you are well and are taking the time to see the beauty in the everyday moments. Have a good weekend!



31 Days: Color – Day 27: Yellow Birthday Necklace

I know, my birthday was in September, but I just keep talking about it. I do like to stretch out my birthdays as much as possible.

A few weeks ago, my friend dropped by with a birthday present (a few weeks late if you’re doing the math at home – which is fortunate as I’m sure her birthday present will be a few weeks late this year, too – it’s kind of how we roll these days). She gave me two adorable jars for my workspace, one containing a gift card to Goodwill (who knew?!) and one with a vintage yellow necklace I had loaned her to wear to a wedding over a year ago. She said, “I thought you might need these for a yellow project this month.” It was true, I did.


I’ve been thinking about these beads for a while (pictured above – the necklace on the inside). I have a yellow and sterling silver necklace (made from the beads on the outside in the photo above) that I wear all the time, but I thought a gold one might be nice, too. I didn’t take photos of my process this time, but there were 3 or 4 different variations on what I was trying to do – beads on wire, beads on chain, beads on wire and chain. In the end, attaching the beads directly to the chain was my favorite.




After taking a break, it feels good to be working on my 31 Days projects again. Halloween costumes are put away, my workspace is clear, and I’m ready to finish the goal I set back in September, but at a much slower pace.

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This post is part of a 31 day series. Find all the posts in this series here.

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Five Things

Happy Friday! I took a little break from posting this week, and it was a good thing. It was nice to step back after weeks of project planning and doing and Halloween costume making to just relax. And catch up on my blog reading (and Pinterest and Instagram and….). Here are a few things on my mind this week:

1. Reading. October was so crazy, I let reading fall behind quite a bit. I tried to read a little bit of this book before bed each night. And the only blog I read consistently during October was Hollemama, by my friend, Mary. She kept it simple, posting a photo from every 30 minutes of her day, but to be so simple, it was really profound. Her words are good for my soul. Even if you’re not a Mama, her ability to find meaning and joy in the everyday will inspire you. Check out her whole 31 Days series here. (I found some new blogs and made some new friends during 31 Days – looking forward to catching up on their blogs now, too.)

rainbow pencils

2. Color. During October, a friend tagged me in a post on Facebook of this slideshow on NPR. Who knew the peacock feather doesn’t actually have blue pigment? (You know I love peacock blue.) And the part about Newton adding a 7th color on the Roy G. Biv spectrum? Fascinating!

drawing trees

3. Drawing. I stumbled upon this book at the library a few weeks ago, and I recognized the trees from this pin I found 2 years ago. I tried out a few sketches last night while I was babysitting. Such a fun and inspiring book! Great for a doodler like me who’s always looking for new ideas. (PS – The babysitting swap was my friend’s idea, and it’s totally brilliant. We alternate weeks – one night I go to her house for the evening while Husband stays home to put our kids to bed. After her kids are in bed, I sit and read in quiet without feeling like I should be doing laundry or the million other things on my to-do list. Then the following week, she comes to our house. Win-win!)

4. Spoons. Again. I just realized that I never gave you the update on the Spoon Story. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, read this first – and the comments section, too.) So back in September, before my birthday, an unexpected package appeared in my  mailbox. (I’m an Amazon Primer, and I am diligent in my tracking of packages, so there are very few unexpected packages.) When I opened it up, I found a sweet birthday note from my dear friend, Cathy, and these:

vintage spoons

Eleven spoons just like the one she stole (or perhaps I should say “refused to return”)! I texted her immediately to tell her my mom would get a kick out of it, and she said not to tell her yet because she had sent another set to her! My mom was thrilled, as was I. (BG loves them too – she calls them the “pretty flower spoons”.) Might be my most unique birthday present ever.

5. This quote. Thinking a lot about possibility and potential lately, so this quote made me smile.

What are you up to this weekend? I’m celebrating a dear friend and her sweet new baby, hanging out with my Mama friends, catching up with my Adopted California Mother over coffee, and I am finally getting my  haircut (it’s been 6 months). And for some of us, it’s a 4 day weekend. Let the fun begin!!




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