Happy Monday friends how are you?  How was your weekend? Mine was really good.  I picked my niece Hailey up early Saturday morning and she spent the day with me.  She is ten going on twenty five.  She is a very feisty young lady and reminds me a lot of me when I was that age.  Poor kid.  HA!!!   But I don’t think I was ever that cool.

This is what the sky looked like when I left the house to pick up Hailey. My mom and dad always said Red Sails in the morning sailors take warning. I think the real quote is Red Skies in the morning sailor take warning. But for some reason they always said sails. I guess a reference to ships. This usually means that bad weather in the form of storms and wind is coming. I knew that some really bad wind and storms were expected for later in the evening.  I was hoping they would hold off until after I got Hailey back home.

I met Hailey and her mom in Madisonville at 7:45 Saturday morning.  Her mom was on her way to work and that was the only time to meet up with her.  We went and grabbed some breakfast and then I had to do my weekly grocery shopping.  We had such a fun day together.   We did some crafts, Hailey wanted to make something for her mom for Valentine’s Day.  I got on Pinterest and got some ideas.  We did a paper full of hearts that we painted and Hailey framed hers.  She will give it to her mom in a couple of weeks so she can have it to decorate for Valentine’s Day.

This is the picture we found on Pinterest. It is not exactly like the one we did but similar.  I love hearts, anything that is hearts.  I guess that is why I love Valentine’s Day so much.

Hailey also wanted to learn to knit.  She was a pro!! She picked it up really fast. I remember when I was ten years old my grandmother taught me how to crochet. Using one needle was intimidating and I didn’t learn to knit until I was an adult. We made a video of Hailey knitting so she if she messed up, or forgot how, she could watch the video. I taught her the garter stitch which is knitting every row but I think she will be able to handle something a little more challenging soon.  I gave her a large set of #11 needles and some really thick yarn to work with. She is making a scarf. Be still my heart.


She had finished this much before she went home. I think that is ahhhhmazing!!!!!

So we had a great day.  We baked cookies and watched the Kid’s Bakeoff Championship on TV and gave our opinions about who should be kicked off.  We took some walks and just hung out.   All the while the sky was looking darker and darker.

After I dropped Hailey off the storm that had been brewing all day hit. I was about fifteen minutes from home and I thought I was going to have to pull over and wait it out. I kept driving because I wanted to get home to the babies. They hate thunder and Mark was working late. I didn’t want them to be alone.  I was really scared. There were no tornado warnings but there was a thunderstorm warning issued for the area. I will admit I was intermittently  praying and using  some really bad language.   Tree limbs were everywhere and the rain was coming in sheets. Straight line winds took on a new meaning to me.  Luckily there was nothing blocking my road and I was able to make it home. I still had power when I got home which was a miracle all its own.

The rest of the weekend was pretty quiet with laundry and finishing my own knitting project. I will show you that later because it is a gift and going out to someone this week.

The weather was picture perfect on Sunday with a high temperature of about 70 degrees and lots of sunshine. Me and the babies enjoyed a couple of long walks and just hanging out at home.  I have to say spending the day with a ten year old can be pretty tiring.

On a different note, It seems like every January I take inventory of my surroundings and try to determine how to make my life more tranquil and calm by not having too many “things” around me. This year I tried to combine this thinking with decluttering my closet.  You may remember that I started that last year with not a lot of luck.  This time I have really been working on it.  I have a new post coming in a couple of days about shopping your own closet.  It has really helped me a lot.

I finished Sunday evening with my usual laundry detail and getting ready for the upcoming week. I am finishing a book for book club which is coming up this week.   We had two months combined because of the holidays so two books to read,  one I loved the other, meh.  I will share them soon.  So, how was your weekend?

Always remember

Love Your Day Your Way!!!


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