Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Fave Five

 
1. My favorite thing this week. . . cool mail!  I found this really neat blogger named Hannah and she promotes snail mail.  Not just any snail mail, but artsy snail mail.  Some time back, she offered to mail something fun to anyone who left a comment.  So, I did, and then promptly forgot all about it.  Imagine my surprise when this lovely package came in the mail last week, all the way from Australia.  Hannah wrote me a very sweet, personal letter and sent along a packet full of little surprises, including these cute, hand-made teabags.  I promptly set them up in my Halloween teacups!  If you're into 'mail art' (a whole movement I knew nothing about until recently), check it out on Pinterest.  The wonderful, crafty things that people can do will amaze you!
 

 
2.  My other favorite thing. . . I found ONE photo from my trip that I put on Facebook!  Pam and Jenny are showing off their flip phones! Time to upgrade, girls!  This is the lovely little cafĂ© where we spent a few hours at the end of a wonderful day. (I'm going to the phone store today to see if they recover the rest of my photos.  So much for being happy with just the experience.  I really want those dang photos!)
 

3.  Another favorite thing . . . we celebrated Dan's birthday on Monday evening.  His actual bday was last week, but we have found that Mondays are the best days to get everyone together due to busy work and school schedules.  Emily and her boyfriend baked him a cake, and I made a dinner that included one of his favorite foods -- twice baked potatoes.  I made it in casserole form, using this recipe from PW.  So easy, I don't know if I'll ever go back to stuffing all those little potato skins.

4.  I'm back on a walking routine with my friend Joan.  The fall mornings have been gloriously beautiful.  We marvel at the blue skies, the hot air balloons that linger overhead and the snow-covered mountains.  It's a lovely way to start the day.

5.  An evening out with friends from a Bible Study Group that we all belonged to when our kids were little.  Oh my gosh, where has the time gone?  It was so good to catch up and reconnect with dear friends.

Hope you all had a great week as well.  Thanks, Susanne, for linking us all up!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Besties

I've been AWOL again.  Last week, my friend Pamela visited and we had a blast! She is one of my bestest, long-time friends since junior high school. (Yes, that was in the day before they called it middle school).  She was the kind of friend that had her own spot at our kitchen table many an afternoon after school, and she set me up to go to my first formal with her brother.  I was so shy, I hardly said three words (yes, there are those of you who will have a hard time believing that), and he was so sweet and kind and made me feel like a princess.

So, Pam was here for a week and we took a drive to Santa Fe for a few days. And since somehow I lost every.single.picture that I took of our trip! -- argh!! I can't tell you how angry this makes me and I am still seething about my iPhone/camera, can you tell??! -- I am telling myself that having the experience is far better than having a stack of photos. 

Pictures wouldn't describe the easy camaraderie we share, and we talked through most of the seven-hour drive to and from.  We talked about the kinds of wives and mothers we've been and the kind we want to be, what it's like parenting young adults and how you never stop being a parent, frivolous talk and serious talk. Plans for Christmas and gift ideas, and household budgeting (She told me about a terrific new budgeting plan that I can't wait to get started on). We covered it all.  Pam kept us supplied with snacks and drinks on the road, and it was like being back in high school when we went to the drive-in with our own cooler.

We stayed in Albuquerque one night, meeting up with my sister-in-law Jenny, and my niece Elsa.  We laughed ourselves silly at the University of New Mexico bookstore, trying on shirts, trying to find something to wear to Elsa's game that night.  We soon discovered that 90% of the clothing in a university bookstore is actually junior size.  This after multiple trips to the dressing room and trying to contort our bodies into dozens of outfits.

Santa Fe is one of the most beautiful towns I've ever seen.  Jenny joined us for a day of exploring some of the art galleries and a long, delicious dinner at The Teahouse, one of the sidewalk restaurants.  We saw some beautiful churches and took a trolley ride of historic Santa Fe.  If you ever get the chance, I would recommend staying at The El Rey Inn, a Santa Fe landmark that is full of charm and beautiful gardens.

After a few days we returned home for a couple more days of fun before Pam had to fly back east.  We celebrated her birthday with a family dinner -- all my kids were there, they love their Aunt Pam.  And we spent an afternoon with Emily, going to the pumpkin patch to gather up pumpkins to decorate for my front porch.  I'm really bummed that I lost my photos of this process!  It was a gorgeous day at the pumpkin patch, Pam and Emily traveled for acres looking for the perfect pumpkins, and then we came home to decorate with raffia and gold spray paint.  Here's the result:


At least I was able to snap a picture of the finished product.  As for the rest of our adventures, they will remain golden memories in my heart:)

Quotes I love

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Western Colorado Girls' Trip

This will be a quick post, as I'm in between travels! But, I do want to document this past weekend.  It was the first "Girls' Weekend" for my stepmom, aunt, three sisters-in-law and me.  We spent a few days on the Western Slope where my brother Andy and his wife Diane live.  It's such a beautiful part of our state.  Here's a photo of Colorado National Monument.  We went for a drive and photo session.
 
 

Here's the view from the top, looking at Grand Junction, Colorado.



And, here's our group.   Andy, the token male for the weekend, took the picture.  He was also the cook!  And man, can he cook!

  Diane, Jenny, Carol, me, Aunt Ann, and Lois.
 
Andy and Diane
 
Andy and Diane have a beautiful little homestead, that they built themselves.  



The fall colors were magnificent on our drive over through the mountains.  Which made it all the more surprising when we had to take a detour home, because the highway was closed due to snow.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a single picture.  We drove the back roads, through gorgeous mountains.  It took us on a route that took us past Mark (my older brother) and Jenny's house, so we stopped in for a quick hello, and to see a new addition:

Mark, "Kimber" and Lois


Such a great weekend!  My niece, Sami, joined us for a short while, too.  Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of her:(   She is the prettiest one of the bunch:)

On Thursday, I'm off for another road trip with my BFF Pamela.  More photos to come!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Mining for gold with Friday Fave Five

Okie dokie, this was a pretty tough week.  I won't go into all the sordid details. Let's just say that sometimes you have to really dig to find the blessings, but they are there, which is what FFF is all about.

1.  The week started off on a really good note, when Dan and I took a drive through the mountains.  The views were spectacular!  We grabbed some coffee for the drive, I took a bunch of pictures, and we had lunch in Breckenridge, once of my favorite mountain towns. 



2.  On Tuesday, I was able to get the lenses replaced in my prescription sunglasses -- after wrestling the salesman to the floor and telling him that he better, or else. . . not really, but he wasn't being very nice.



3.  On Wednesday, Dan and I went to dinner and a comedy show with our friends.  I love this group of friends.  They have been in our lives for as long as we've been married -- in fact, some even longer -- and when I think of the word 'friend', these are the faces that come to mind.  We're truly blessed to have them in our lives.



4.  On Thursday, I got to see #1 Son for just a little bit.  He gave me a pep talk that I needed to hear, and I wondered how it is that he can be so insightful at his young age. 



5.  Today, I took Lilly to the groomer, and she is all trimmed and pretty and doesn't smell bad anymore.  I am really grateful for that! (We still don't know what she rolled in:/)


Now, that wasn't such a bad week, was it?!

If you'd like to share your favorites for the week, link up with Susanne and the rest of the crew!