My morning walks have been glorious occasions.

There’s something at least un-summer in the air around here and 7:00 a.m. delivers warm sun onto my cold face.



Day One of Self-Employment

6:00 a.m.- up with Cody, cooked sausage and eggs, packed his lunch

6:45 a.m.- morning walk with Geoffrey

7:30 a.m.- made bed, shower, dressed for the day

8:00 a.m.- email, log-ons, ready to work

8:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.- worked consistently

11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.- still working but also eating lunch and watching the news

12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m.- scrubbed my kitchen and bathroom floor, washed a load of laundry

1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.- worked consistently

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.- parents came to visit

3:30 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.- finished up a project while watching tv

4:15 p.m.- 6:15 p.m- cooked supper, ate with Cody, cleaned-up dishes

6:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m.- writing/ Facebook/ Pinterest/ tv/ blog-reading

present- making pumpkin cinnamon rolls, blog-writing, thinking about doing school assignments

So far a success.

Thrifting for Fall

Want to see a happy lady? Give me twenty bucks and an hour to spend in a thrift store. At this point, I estimate that 80% of my wardrobe is thrifted or hand-me-downs. I love to shop as much as any other girl, but I now go to regular stores primarily for inspiration. Tonight, I was feeling a little stressed (yesterday was my last day at work and Monday is my first official day of self-employment) and needed a little retail therapy. Many of my fall pieces are several years old (you might see some in high school yearbook photos) and I wanted a couple of new items to wear this year.

Magellan thermal shirt

Yellow and pint cotton blouse. Great under my denim jacket.

The above blouse is from Gap! Haven’t purchased anything there in years.

Cute thermal t-shirt

I love the sleeves on this white blouse.

It was from Ann Taylor Loft. Nice.

This is most definitely going to be my favorite skirt this fall.

It has a precious eyelet layer underneath.

Not the most popular brand anymore, but still nice and something I would never purchase outright. I guess this would be considered a slurge at $6.88.

Pretty linen skirt.

Judging from the tag, this shirt was made in the 70s or 80s. It’s really fallish. I also purchased this skirt tonight. It’s an Old Navy jersey knit that’s super comfortable.

I’m a big fan of these short-sweaters. Alabama sweaters.

Dark green is one of my favorite colors to wear. This is a Walmart brand blouse but it is in excellent condition and cost $.50.

Love this color!

Banana Republic! I think I’ve been in there once in my entire life.

This is another Magellan shirt. It’s the kind with UV protection and a flap on the back for air flow. Great for outdoor activities.

I’m not usually a fan of cap sleeve and this looks a little springy but it is oh so cute.

All in all, I spend $60.00. In addition to all this, I got several other articles of clothing and some cleaning supplies. Did I need to spend $60.00 tonight? No? But isn’t this stuff adorable?

Travel Wish List

Channel Islands Nation Park, California

Washington, D.C.

Banff Springs Hotel, Canada

Glacier NP (again with Cody)

United Kingdom by car

Cairo, Eqypt

Biltmore House, Ashville, North Carolina

Cumberland Island National Seashore

Hawaii camping

New Orleans, Louisiana

Any tips?

European Trip Update

I successfully booked our hotel rooms for Rome and Paris this weekend. Using a combination of Delta Skymiles from my and Cody’s accounts and leftover United miles, I booked eight nights for….$0.00! Nothing special, but better than a hostel and FREE! Here’s where we will be staying:

Rome- Domus Pacis Torre Rosse Park

Paris- Comfort Inn Saint Pierre

The only remaining major expense is our flight from Rome to Paris which I hope to purchase in a few days. I also plan to purchase as many passes, tickets, etc. beforehand. Less than four months away!


I detest coffee almost as much as I detest getting out of my cozy bed in the morning. Cody, however, has developed a fondness for coffee during the past couple of years. I purchased a $4.00 single cup coffee maker at a Black Friday sale last year and we use it almost every morning. It has been sitting in a corner of my counter with the giant tub of Folger’s, my neighbor’s borrowed dishes, and odds and ins that didn’t quite make it to the junk drawer below. I decided that I would spruce up the corner in an effort to make the mornings that I selfishly sleep in a little more pleasant for my husband. Here’s what I came up with…

The lamp has always been in this location as it is near one of my few outlets. I’ve had the picture since our wedding shower and it’s hung on a nearby wall since we moved in. The chapel bird house was donated by my mother and is sitting on a stack of cookbooks.

I love Arthur Court’s grapevine collection and this tray is one of several pieces I have in my kitchen. The mugs are from our set of dishes. The apothecary jar is actually plastic and was given to me by a neighbor filled with candies.

What was once a cluttered corner now looks nice and will hopefully make my husband’s mornings a little more peaceful. As we approach fall, I am getting the urge to re-arrange and re-decorate, as I always do when the seasons change. Tomorrow is Labor Day and I plan to continue my spiffing up. More photos to come.