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Saturday, October 03, 2015


Yesterday was the kind of ordinary day that says very little about a person. I taught a class, gathered dirty towels to be washed, pulled meat out of the freezer, went shopping for some props, had a simple lunch, and then I raked some leaves. No one driving by knew who I was or how long I would be out there working. I raked by myself and thought back to the Saturdays I spent raking leaves in Massachusetts with Hannah and Glenn or Rachael and Shauna five falls ago. I had my iPod playing in one ear and I listened to the sounds of the neighborhood with the other. 

As I pulled the red garbage can along beside me, I found myself trying to figure out exactly how we used those sheets to contain the leaves before we dumped them into the woods behind the house. I never did figure that one out. I kept raking and scooping until the garbage can was full and then I drug it over in front of the garage where I left it until I figure out exactly what we're to do with leaves here. 

I went inside, took off my shoes, and laid down on the couch for a nap. When I finally woke up, I wasn't sure that I'd ever actually get up and make dinner...but then I did. The next hour was spent in the kitchen with my black notebook reminding me how to prepare Salisbury Steak and family drifting in and out to chat about the episode of America's Test Kitchen podcast that was playing. 

The salad was prepped, the potatoes were peeled and boiled and handed off to my sister to mash. Dinner was ready with just enough time to eat before we had to run out the door for another rehearsal. 

All day I was thinking about the Friday before it. I was in SC watching my brother graduate from police academy and then I was in his car driving back with him swapping songs and enjoying some time to be with him in person. There were two songs that I especially liked that day, but the one that I keep humming is Ed Sheeran's "I See Fire". We ate hamburgers with our Uncle George, Aunt Linda, Aunt Pauline, a few cousins, and my cousin's wife. On the outside, we looked like people who get to do that sort of thing aboslutely all the time. My brother and I made it back home just in time for me to whip up some garlic bread to go with our Dad's spaghetti which we ate around my aunt's dinner table to celebrate the graduation one more time.

Today is Saturday. It'll be ordinary and I'll be thinking about the time I got to spend with my Uncle George's family a week ago today. That day was spent cooking breakfast, watching home movies, playing apples to apples, talking about life with his boys, and watching my cousin's football game.

As I remember, I'll head back out to fill the red garbage can again and no one will even know how full the last week made me feel.

Labor Day Weekend

Thursday, September 10, 2015

You guys have been the greatest supporters through all of these uncharted waters that I've been sailing through since August. Well, actually, you've been great all along. The last few months have just shown me exactly how great you all are! Thanks for sticking around and continuing to comment too.

This weekend flew by in a flash. After a yard sale where we picked up my FAVORITE print ever, a mirror, two sets of silver, a couple of other prints, a little side table, some costume jewelry, and a free monopoly game (all for less than $40), we headed back HOME. We had some billing to take care of and some restocking to do.

Being home was nice. We had lunch at the local sit down joint and I took a minute to bask in the familiarity of it all. Do you want to know the two things about a new city that I'm not loving? I'm a blogger so, of course, I'll tell you! One: The lack of a corner grocery where you're considered a regular. Two: The traffic. It's not the waiting or the lights or any of that that gets me, it's the fact that every outing feels like trying to figure out HOW to get where you are going without getting clipped by a motorcycle (there are some VERY poor operators in this area) or a little car that's decided to squeeze somewhere it shouldn't.

Sunday was my favorite. It was rainy and chilly. We came back Saturday so that we could go to church at "our" church. I saw Joan again and introduced myself to two more people (Julia and Jamie). Hmmm...Apparently I am drawn to people whose names begin with "J". Fun fact: My best friend growing up was Jordan. We joined our friends at their church for a potluck that afternoon. My brother and sister got invited to join a bunch of their friends for some ultimate frisbee. My Mom and I spent the rest of the day sprucing up the house with some of our finds from a quick yard sale run that morning. I've decided that I'll be showing you guys corners of this house. It's going to be a long while before an entire room comes together 100% and with all of the the thrifting that we're doing I'm not sure that any of them will be totally cohesive.

This post is really about Sunday. Once that little corner above was all set, we turned my latest favorite Pandora channel (Early Jazz) on. Combined with the quiet house, the rain coming down, and the knowledge that we had nowhere else to be that day, it felt like HOME. We read, wathced the next episode of Tommy and Tupence (which you need to watch by the way) and then after a while we played some backgammon (I won the first two games and she won the last one). After making fajitas, we called it a night.

For years, we've spent labor day weekends at the ranch. Slowly, that tradition has become hit and miss. With everything that this weekend held, I'd say it was a great substitute.

How did you spend the holiday weekend? 

What are your favorite fall comforts?

Currently: September 2015

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

September 2, 2015

August was a crazy month full of the final stretches of house hunting, house buying, the county fair, auditions (for my brother and sister, who both landed parts), a week with my friend's daughter just after she turned SIX, and then of course, the initial "voyage" to the new house. 

On Sunday I went to TWO churches and ended that night happy and full. I LOVE spending time with God's people!!! We tried out a church we plan on being a part of that morning and then joined some friends of ours at their church for an evening hymn sing. I'm eager to get involved and relieved that the wait is over.

The last week has been nothing but adventure. You should know that we're up to two chairs, a sleeper sofa, a big couch, one end table, and a cute little round table for the breakfast nook (which we got for 50% off yesterday)! I can only imagine what September is going to look like at this point! I've got some hopes...The main one being a somewhat predictable ROUTINE! :) In the meantime I'm currently...

Reading: "The Sea Keeper's Daughters" which happens to be the very last book on my summer reading list.  It's getting off to a slow start, but I'm sure it's going to be good. I'll keep you posted with a full review SOON.

Making: Lists of things we need for this house. It's strange to cook in a half empty kitchen.

Anticipating: Whatever the next few months will bring. My birthday NEXT Saturday. Book club discussions on "Dollbaby" which happens to be this month's read in my Read It. You should join us!

Loving: My family. I've been a pill lately (worrying, stressing, and freaking out on the first night here when a guy creeped me out) and they've loved me through it allllll. God. He is SOOOO faithful and SOOOOO GOOD. This half summer/half fall weather. I LOVE summer and I really LIKE fall. I guess you call this the best of both seasons. 

What are you currently up to

I skipped out on the "pinning" section that Jenna and Anne assigned, but I'd love to see a board you've been working on lately...Especially if it's fall related! Do you have one?  


Fall Resolves

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

November 8, 2014

You guys, fall is in the air. It's even starting to show itself in the leaves. As much as I love fall, I am never eager to see summer go. As always, fall starts showing up and slowly but surely, I come around to welcome the changes even though I know they mean that winter really is just right around the corner (the PNW is a funny place when it comes to seasons).

September 1st happens to be one of my favorite days of the year. It's sort of like a second new year for me. Fall whips people back into shape after summertime living. Since my birthday is just eleven days away, that adds to the whole "time is ticking" aspect in my own life.

A few weeks ago I drafted some resolves for this fall. So far, I've got four going:

Listen - to God and to people. Be slow to speak and always listening.

Journal - more and this "new" way. Let it out. That space is private.

Continue with Galatians - it's been a while, pick it back up and keep at it. Stick with it.

Think - read your Bible and look at the world. As you do, stop to think and pray. When understanding comes, thank God because it's from Him. Don't settle for just floating along in a fog.

Fall is a time to quiet my soul and to discipline my mind. With inspiration from the Bible, L'Engle, Piper, and my own personal goals for myself, I'm ready for a fall full of God's grace!

What are your resolves for this fall? 

Is there a time of year that feels like a second new year for you? 

Collaboreads: A Circle of Quiet

Monday, August 31, 2015

Amber and Rachel have been hosting a book lovers link up on the last Monday of the month for months now. When I found out that the theme this time around was going to be "a book set in summer",  I knew I was going to take part! After all, I'm always up for a chat about books.

The book I chose is Madeleine L'Engle's "A Circle of Quiet".  For those of you who don't know, this book is the first in a series called The Crosswicks Journals. If I understand correctly, these books are made up of pieces L'Engle took from her journals and then expounded upon. That being said, this a book that is nonfiction and reads a lot like a memoir style blog. The entries are short and connected and yet each of them could also stand alone.

Below is my Collaboreads style review. You can learn more about that here
I loved reading about what L'Engle calls her "Crosswicks family". Crosswicks refers to the farmhouse she and her husband had in Goshen, Connecticut.  They did live there for 9 or 10 years of their marriage, but most of their time was spent in apartments in New York City and using Crosswicks as a summer home. During those summers, the house would be filled with all kinds of friends and family. Summertime living never grows old.

She couldn't write about Crosswicks without writing about writing. There's just something about reading about another writer's routine that is inspiring.

I've read a handful of L'Engle's books and as I read this one, I realized how much of her writing truly does come from what she knows. I could relate to everything she wrote about small town living. Whether you've lived in a small town or wondered what it would be like to do so, L'Engle describes them and the people that come from them so very well. 

A section was devoted to the time she spent at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City and how she came to be the librarian there. Somehow I never knew she was a librarian, so I was thrilled to learn more about that! 

One of my favorite books to dip into every now and then is The Essays of EB White. This book feels very similar to that one except that L'Engle's entries are much more connected to one another than White's. Life in New England, especially back in the mid 1900's translates into essays so very well. 

Reading these books will make you stop and think and maybe write some pieces of your own! 

The cover of this book is what first drew me. As it turns out, L'Engle describes the place that she would head to when she needed to be surrounded by quiet. I'm not sure if the cover is a sketch of that exact place, but the peacefulness it depicts lines right up with what L'Engle's not so secret place provided for her. 

I gave this book 4 stars. 

When I snatched it off of the little cart outside of my favorite used book store earlier this spring, I had no idea what kind of impact it would have on me. This book about L'Engle's life and writing completely exceeded my expectations. Whether you've read any of her other books or not, this is one I definitely recommend! 

Did you read a book set in summer this month?