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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Trying to Get That Feelng Again



The feeling of being part of the human race. Of not feeling dead inside. I haven't been myself for about 6 months. My...unique? Strange? personality has been even more unusual, and my energy level has been close to zero. After four rounds of blood work and a couple of other tests, my Dr discovered I have zero iodine in my system. Add to that very low female hormone levels and zero vitamin B6, and it all makes sense. It's really hard to blog when you just dont care about anything.

I did finish the Christmas decorating, spurred on by the knowledge that Im creating memories for Oliver. Decorating when you live in a small open concept is both easy, because it doesn't take much, and harder, because you have to really edit what you use. I had planned on decorating the exterior of our home, but the landlord is in the process of repairing and painting it. Yay!



Those are a few of my oragami stars.




Megan picked this up a Target because as she said, "It's our house!"



Yep. Thats a real rosemary tree, because I like to live on the edge. It lives outside when I start to wheeze.


This is our entire living space. There is a small kitchen to the right of the dining room, and two bedrooms off of the entry hall.


I put the floral Shabby Chic sofa on Craigslist this morning. Heres praying that it sells.


Sunday, December 03, 2017

I Have Goals.

And this one is totally doable.

Friday, December 01, 2017

This is December?

Yesterday I decorated Brewiers office; it's considered a very important thing to do where he works. Last year I had pneumonia so all I did was hang a wimpy and disappointing wreath on his door. As the decorations went up, people kept stopping by, excited to see some color in the normally all brown office.


We went for a walk around the neighborhood in light jackets because it has been in the high 60"s. Even the flowers are confused by the unusually warm weather, as the azelias and rhododendrons are blooming.




While walking I spotted this tar blob on the road. Doesn't it look like "Toothless" from "How to Train Your Dragon"?


Oliver got his first container of real playdough, (playdough contains gluten and we've had to avoid it), this week and has been having a blast making things. The dough has such a weird distinctive smell. Not the same as when I was a kid, but the odor took me back to when Jessica and Megan played with it.


Brewier and I went to New Belgium Wednesday. I love the week after Thanksgiving, when business is so slow that the employees ride scooters around the tasting room and play ping pong. This place is normally PACKED with tourists, and will return that way next week.


Which silver car is ours?


Snapchat, why can't you make my neck as smooth as my face?


I introduced Oliver to pomegranates. He approves. I think the seeds are the most lovely of colors and would like to find a lipstick in the same hue.


Saturday and Sunday is the Big Crafty, and Brewier will be helping Megan at her booth. Please pray for lots of sales at the event and on Etsy this holiday!

Monday, November 27, 2017

It's Been One Week.

Jessica, Ray and the kids were here for Thanksgiving, and as always the time passes too fast, with too few pictures taken. Megna made her stellar Thanksgiving meal. I have offered to relieve her of all the cooking next year. My plan...turkey subs from Publix and Trader Joes, Thanksgiving potato chips.










I spent Sunday morning in bed, looking at Pintrest and magazines. First Megan and Oliver hopped in bed for a snuggle, and when they left, Brewier joined me. I like that we are all color coordinated.



Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Calm Before the Storm

Not really a storm, just Jessica, Ray and the kids. I can't believe I get to see them again, so soon!
This week included breakfast out with Megan and Oliver.



Mod Pizza with Brewier.


A trip to the Biltmore to look at the decorations.


A beer advent calendar spotted at Costco. No, I didn't buy it. I stick to local beer on tap.


I picked up this very special bottle at New Belgium. Its a chocolate cherry beer, with a chocolate bar, made specially to eat while you sip the beer.


My Sun Basket arrived. I really enjoyed two of the meals.


I normally don't eat salmon, but this was delicious. I enjoyed trying the service, but besides it being a bit costly, I had trouble finding recipes that didn't contain nuts/coconut/sesame, so I cancelled. However, if I worked outside the home, I would find a way to make this subscription work.


Monday, November 13, 2017

Three Days

This morning, back to back episodes of Chopped, snuggled under blankets.


Yesterday, the Christmas tree went up, and I used the last bit of surveying tape, for my garland. Greg gave Jessica and Megan a box of the tape sometime in the 80's, (best gift ever) and I've hoarded the red tape to use at Christmas.


Saturday, donuts at Hole for breakfast.


A trip to Highland for their Cold Mountain release. Its a big deal, people hoard it.


In the evening we went to a party at the Cotton Mill Studio.


Everywhere I went I saw girls wearing ankle boots, making me think that I do not want ankle boots.


Thursday, November 09, 2017

Inside Outside

In between resting and watching episodes of Chopped with Oliver, I worked on emptying the bookcases. I think/hope, we are on the tail end of this cold. Outside has gone from autumn to grey and windy winter overnight, making Oliver super anxious to put up Christmas decorations.


Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Get Over it Already!

We are STILL sick. I've heard from others that this virus is hard to shake; just when I think I'm getting better, Wham! I'm down for the count again. The pantry is getting bare, (I've been living on popcorn) so when I saw an ad for Sun Basket, one of those meal delivery services, with $35 off your first order, and it's organic, I signed up. I'll let you know what I think. I've also been burning up my credit card, shopping online for boots. I do this at least once or twice a year. So far I've only purchased eight pairs, and have returned all but one pair, though they still have all the tags on them.
I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but I'm ready to take down my fall decor and start putting up some Christmas/winter things. I love autumn, but the color pallette is not my fave, and after laying on the sofa all week and staring at the gold, rust and orange colors, (and the green walls, which was a color I once liked, but it really clashes with our yellowish wood floors and the orange wood trim) I'm ready to move on. This is SO going to break with every tradition I've tried to maintain.

Goodbye autumn...as soon as I have the energy to get off the sofa.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Hello, It's Me

Currently I am nursing a cold, and watching documentaries about boarding schools in England. They are fascinating, and I can see how beneficial attending one can be...but if I had a son, could I send him away to one? That would be hard.
The past week and a half have been filled with family, friends and fun. Jessica, Ray and the kids were in town staying with friends, giving me the opportunity to spend a day alone with each grandchild. I think the kids enjoyed their time without siblings even more than the shopping trip I did with each of them. The last few days of their holiday were spent with us, and I'm excited to see them again in two weeks for Thanksgiving.


Our first snow.