Thanksgiving Eve

And just like that is is Thanksgiving Eve. Do you have a big dinner to go to? Do you cook? I will be cooking for Thanksgiving but probably only for my husband and I and maybe a couple of other people. So it will be a very quiet low key Thanksgiving. I can’t help but be a little sad thinking about past Thanksgivings. I remember as a young kid and even a young adult I loved going to my mama’s house for Thanksgiving. All of my brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews would gather there and have a huge feast. It wasn’t about the food as much as the love of family being together and laughing and sharing memories and making new memories. But I don’t think we can live in the past and we just have to go forward and make new memories while we cherish the old ones. And making new and precious memories are fun too. I am so thankful for everything and everyone in my life. I have wonderful family and friends and that means the world to me.

Over the weekend I decided to clear some things out of my closet. I worked for several hours I took six large garbage bags to our local Goodwill. I am embarrassed and a bit ashamed of having so many things that I didn’t need and yet I continued buying more. And I know that more than likely I will continue to do that. Although, I have cut down on buying clothes and “things” and try to ask myself if I really need it, or do I already have something similar that I can use.

Other than the clothes clearing it was a pretty quiet weekend. I put chili in the crockpot and we have been eating on that all week. The weather here was extremely cold last week with temps only reaching 40 degrees F. It has warmed up a little in the last couple of days. Look at this beautiful frost we had last week. It almost looks like snow.

On my way into work Monday I spotted this frost flower. I love them. They’re so delicate. I used to see them all the time when I had to walk the dogs early in the mornings. They are formed when thin layers of ice are pushed out of long stemmed plants that have split open during autumn and early winter. So there’s not a lot of time to enjoy these beauties. As soon as the temperature warms or the sun hits them they are gone. Some beautiful designs are formed from the crystals.

Check out my Diva Christmas tree I put up a few years ago. I found this picture and I think I may have to do another one. I named her Marilyn. For Marilyn Monroe of course.

I am currently making cornbread for my dressing tomorrow and watching Charlie Brown Thanksgiving with the hubs. Definitely a quieter time from years past and that is o.k.

I hope you and your family and loved ones have a wonderful and yummy Thanksgiving.

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!!!

Friday Favorites

Hello and happy Friday first let me say Happy Veterans Day to all the wonderful brave men and women who served our country or continue to serve. I thank you and appreciate you more than you will ever know.

How has your week been? Mine was a short work week because I had Monday and Tuesday off. So Friday came quickly and that is a good thing. I have quite a few favorites to share with you this week.

On Tuesday I had lunch with my sister and my niece and a good friend, in nearby Athens. We also went to the Dollar Tree there to check out their Christmas ornaments and decorations. The Dollar Tree in Athens, which is about 20 minutes from us, is the best one around. We found several things and had such a good time together.

Later that day I went in a totally different direction to Sevierville to eat dinner with a friend from Pennsylvania. She was in town for the annual souvenir gift buying show and we met and ate dinner. It was so good catching up with her. Before having dinner I had about an hour to kill so I ran by the TJ Maxx in Sevierville. I love this store it is one of my favorite TJ Maxx stores. We ate dinner at Harpoon Harry’s. I love their Crab Rangoon sushi. Sevierville is about an hour and a half drive for me so I got home really late but it was totally worth it.

I have been working on this scarf. It is a very easy knit. One I can grab and take with me and not worry about a pattern. It is just K2, YO, K2tog. I love the colors and I am going to be a little sad to finish it but I can’t wait to wear it. It’s one that you can wrap around you without it being bulky.

I finally broke down a few weeks ago and downloaded Beachbody On Demand. I had been thinking about it for awhile. Since May I have lost 30 pounds. I was really needing to add some exercise into my daily routine. I have been doing Beachbody for a couple of weeks and I love it. You can download it for a month, three months or a year. I did the year. My nieces have it and they love it. It is a little costly about $130.00 for an entire year, but there are 41 different workout programs and each one has a different set of workouts. I am doing a couple of the country line dance routines and 30 minutes passes by before I know it. They are so much fun. There is also a body sculpting one that works specific muscle groups. I ordered one of those small Pilates balls to use with this workout. I downloaded the app so I can take it anywhere with me. If I am traveling and want to do a workout in my hotel room I am able to without going to a hotel gym, which I am not always comfortable doing. There are also recipes and food plans, I haven’t tried any of those yet because I like my own plan.

This is the Pilates ball I ordered from Amazon. It is small but there are lots of uses for it with many of the workouts on Beachbody.

I ordered this Shacket from Walmart online. I have been wanting one of these with a plaid pattern. I was pleasantly surprised when I got this it is fairly heavy and can definitely be worn as a jacket. It is very toasty. I haven’t seen one like this in our local Walmart but you can find it online.

It seems like I am always on the lookout for face products. I saw this one on TikTok and the girl using it just loved it. Sometimes when I wash my face I wonder if I am getting all of the makeup off of it. This is a balm that you use first, and it sort of dissolves your makeup. You then follow with your regular face cleaning product. I am loving it and the good thing is you can find it at Walmart.

I wanted to give you an update on the press on nails that I used a few weeks ago. The blue ones I put on lasted for about two weeks with me only having to replace two of them. You get thirty in a pack so this was no big deal. They looked great and they are really easy to file down just like your natural nails. The only drawback is that when I took the press on nails off, my nails underneath looked TERRIBLE!!!!! they are pitted and weak and breaking like crazy. So I am not sure if everyone has this problem. But for my nails they are not a good thing. Maybe I shouldn’t have left them on as long as I did. I don’t think I will use them again unless it is just for a special occasion where I will only have them on for a day or two.

This is what they looked like after two weeks. They looked great but not worth the damage to my nails.

I hope you might find some of these useful. Have a wonderful weekend.

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!!!

Hello Monday

Hello friends how was your weekend? I took a few extra days off. The end of the year is coming and I have some vacation days that I need to use before the year ends. It was also my husband’s birthday so we have had a few days of celebrating. Nothing fancy just a couple of dinners out. I made my hubs special pancakes and bacon for breakfast on his birthday and I made him a pumpkin pie. We actually spent most of the weekend settling my MIL back into the Assisted Living Village where she had been living until a few months ago. It has been a bit of a somber weekend. Life happens and you deal with it one day at a time. Sometimes one minute at a time.

Back in July my mother in law had an episode and had to be taken to our local hospital ER. She was unresponsive and after many tests the doctors told us she had had a mild heart attack. After spending several days in the hospital she was released but wasn’t ready to go back to the assisted living center where she had been living. The doctor recommended that she go to the nearby nursing facility where she could get care and therapy. After three months of being there she was finally set to be released about two weeks ago. She was so excited. I had planned to take a half day off from work to help her get settled back in.

As I was driving to the nursing home to help get her clothes and everything loaded, the administrator called and said she had just tested positive for Covid. WHAT??? So she would not be leaving for at least ten more days. Also she was in quarantine with about twenty other patients who had tested positive and we were not allowed to visit. We couldn’t call her because she can’t hear well enough to have a phone conversation and she gets very agitated trying to communicate. We were so disappointed and I know that she was. We had to rely on the staff to get messages to her and try to keep her spirits up. I am sure she felt like she had been forgotten.

I did visit with her after about a week and told her she would soon be moving back to the village. So on Saturday we finally got her moved.

It is amazing how much of a set back she has had. It’s sad and depressing and it just makes my heart break for her. When we got her to the assisted living village she looked around like she was seeing it for the first time. She kept saying “well I guess I will just have to get used to this”. She seemed almost disappointed to be there. And she had been so excited just two weeks before that. She was so confused. She is almost 89 years old. I know she has been through a lot but this last bout of Covid and being quarantined away from everyone has really taken a toll. After we left her, promising that we would return the next day to check on her, I felt like we were leaving a toddler alone to care for her self. I called to check on her later that day and the staff told us she was doing well and getting adjusted. By the next day it was a little better and more and more of her friends from the village were stopping by to see her. I think that made her feel more at home. She can’t wait to have her hair done in the shop inside the village.

So hubs and I returned the next day to check on her and because my work is only about ten minutes from her I can drop in daily until she gets readjusted.

We had a quiet day today. We decided to put our Christmas tree up. We have to do things like this when we have days off together and have no other obligations. I feel that waiting until Thanksgiving is over is just not enough time to decorate for Christmas. I say why not celebrate the entire last two months of the year. I don’t feel like it is taking anything away from Thanksgiving by enjoying some Christmas festivities as well. But that’s just my opinion.

I don’t have a tree topper or a tree skirt yet but the ornaments are on. This tree is 32 years old. We have had it since our first year of marriage. We haven’t put it up every year but we have many of the 32 years. That little red rug was crocheted by my grandmother Rose, she taught me to crochet, and I use it every year. I just noticed that bottom could use a few more ornaments.

I have done quite a bit of knitting and crocheting while I have been off the last few days and Kitty Kitty has been my constant companion. She loves being near yarn.

I have one more day off tomorrow and I have a few fun things planned I will catch you up on Friday Favorites. Have a wonderful week.

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!!

Friday Favorites

October 7, 2022

Hello and happy Friday. I am back this week with a few of my favorite things. These are things I am really loving or have enjoyed this past week. So here we go:

First up is this amazing lip gloss, lip ink whatever you want to call it. The official name is Maybelline Super Stay Vinyl Ink. Now you may not be crazy about something with vinyl and ink in the name, especially when it goes on your lips, but it is great. An influencer I saw on TikTok recommended it and she said it lasted all day. Yeah, right, I’ve heard that before. Friends it does last all day!! I ordered mine from Amazon because to be honest I just haven’t had a lot of time to shop lately and I really wanted to try this. I got it in two colors. I got a berry color called Coy and a brownish color called Lippy. So far my favorite is the berry color. Once you put it on you let it dry for a minute and then it stays on. If I feel it getting a little dried out during the day I just dab on some lip gloss or even chap stick and it shines it right up. Love it.

The next thing is this facial scrub. I ask my niece if she had one that she liked and she told me about this one. Amazon again. You can use this two or three times a week and it makes your face feel so fresh and clean. It gets rid of all of the dull skin cells and leaves your face glowing.

Before I went on my trip last week to San Antonio I realized I needed a new small crossbody bag to carry when I didn’t want to carry my big purse. I found this one and then ordered an extra strap to go with it. That way you can get a different look without changing out the entire bag. This bag is fairly small but plenty big enough for a wallet, your phone, a small brush or comb or compact or whatever.

This is the purse I ordered, top picture, and the strap below. The strap that is shown with it at the top was included and I really like it too.

I have been using dry shampoo for a few years. To be honest I think it may be drying my hair a little. DUH!!! You think? I try not to wash my hair too often but the dry shampoo is having an effect on it. I’ve tried several different ones. I started trying this texturizing spray instead. You don’t have to use very much and it sort of plumps your hair up and makes it easier to hold. So far I am loving this brand. I got it at Walmart and it smells fabulous.

I got these earrings when I was in Texas and I can’t wait to wear them.

I thought I would also share some books with you. This first book, The Perfect Marriage by Geneva Rose kept me on the edge of my seat. It starts with a murder and ends with a little twist that you won’t be expecting. I give it a 4 out of 5 and only a 4 because it had a couple of things that just wouldn’t happen realistically.

I loved People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry. Two very different friends through the course of many years travel together on a trip every year. They go through a lot of things together but they are very different. I give this a 5 out of 5.

Starfish was a short, heartbreaking book about a young teenage girl who is overweight and struggles to be accepted not just by her peers but by her own family. I could really identify with this, not the family part but definitely peers, I have struggled with weight all my life and it started at a very early age. I give this a 4 out of 5. Definitely worth the read.

And pumpkins!!!! I love them I love the different shapes and colors and making pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread. I just love them that is all.

But the main “favorite” this week is my sweet family and being back with them after a week of being gone. I know a week isn’t that long but I am sort of a homebody and I like being home. Being back with my husband and kitties every night is where I am most happy.

What were some of your favorites this week?

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!!!