December 2, 2016

Thankful Thursdays ♥

 I know today is not Thursday.  I meant to post this last night  but I didn't get around to it.  So here I am on a Friday morning posting a Thankful Thursday post.  I hope you will allow me to at least pretend it's Thursday.

I got the idea a few weeks ago to do a thankful post every week.  This has been a rough year for me emotionally and spiritually.  Some things that happen in life can just knock you down so to speak.  And naturally it affects your mood, your spirit, and your outlook.  I read a quote the other day that caught my attention.  It said, a thankful heart is a happy heart.  Wow, so simple but so true.  So in an effort to push through this rough patch I'm going through I want to start being thankful for the little things in life.  Those little blessings that are all around us that, most of the time, don't get noticed.

So here is my first Thankful Thursday post.
(Even though it's Friday)

I am thankful for date nights with my husband.  
Once a week for the past nine or ten years, Hubby and I go out on a date.  We started doing this when we were going through a rocky time in our marriage.  It was a way for us to reconnect and build on our relationship.  I can say that it has truly made a difference.  We've just kept on doing it week after week.  I look forward to Thursdays.  It's my favorite day of the week.  I think when we first started we used to go out on Friday.  Then a few years later we switched it to Tuesdays for one reason or another and now we're on Thursdays.  Thursdays work for us.  Our kids think it's cute that we go on dates.  They know when Thursday comes around mom and dad are going out and they'll need to pick up some fast food because mom's not cooking.
Who says you have to stop dating each other just because you're married?
It's fun and it makes me feel special that my handsome husband wants to get dressed up and take me out to eat.  Who wouldn't love that? 

What are you thankful for this week?

November 26, 2016

A Life Well Lived ♥ ...

Hello everyone!
Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving.

Ours was good.
We stayed in town for the first time in years.  Hubby and I have been married for twenty five years and every year we've traveled for Thanksgiving.  Our rule was we traveled for Thanksgiving and stayed home for Christmas. For most of our married years we've lived closer to my family so traveling meant going to hubby's parents house for Thanksgiving.  But since moving to New Mexico two years ago, we now lived closer to hubby's family so these last two years we'd traveled to Texas to my family's house for Thanksgiving. But sadly my Dad passed away two months ago so the holidays were a bit different for us this year.

My mom and my sisters decided to celebrate Thanksgiving early this year.  Instead of celebrating it on Thursday we celebrated the Saturday before.  It was an early Thanksgiving - slash - birthday party.  My dad would have turned 70 on November 21st.  He missed his seventieth birthday by seven weeks.  We were all hoping he would make it.  We had plans to celebrate big.  We all knew his time was short and we wanted to throw him a big party surrounded by all of his family to celebrate his life.  Sadly the cancer was too aggressive and took him much faster than anyone expected.  

So in his honor, and with him watching from heaven, we still celebrated his seventieth birthday.  We invited all of my dad's extended family and had several people attend both from in town and out of town.
We set up a memory table with a few of our favorite photos of him.

We served a Thanksgiving meal.
Me and my mom spent most of the day in the kitchen cooking and preparing.
We made A Lot of food and washed A Lot of dishes.
My feet were killing me by the end of the day.
We hold most of our get togethers at my moms restaurant.  It's handy when you need a lot of open space to host a lot of people. And it's nice working in a big kitchen too.

We also drove out to the cemetery where we sang a couple of songs and released seventy balloons.  It was an emotional week for me leading up to his birthday.  The tears flowed in the car while driving up to Texas.  The closer I got to town the more I cried.  It was my first trip back since his funeral. The shock and the numbness is lifting and I feel more now than I did at first.  The mind fog is clearing too and I am able to function better on a daily basis.  I'm still waiting though to be able to talk about my Dad without crying.  I think about him all the time and I'm fine but when I talk out loud I always get a lump in my throat.

Does it ever get better?


November 16, 2016

Crochet Bracelet

Hello there!

Mighty fine day we're experiencing here in New Mexico.
 Can you believe it's still warm?  
The sun is shining and it's a pleasant 76 degrees.
Mmmm...I'm loving it.
Perfect weather.

I whipped up something this weekend. 
 I made myself a cuff bracelet.
I didn't follow a pattern.
Just some yarn and a hook and a little bit of inspiration and creativity.
I worked on it here and there throughout the day on Saturday
and at the end of the day this is what I ended up with.
It has sort of a corsage feel to it with the cluster of flowers.
But it's delicate and feminine and I like it. 
It makes me smile.

It was a little hard taking a picture of myself wearing it but you get the idea.

This weekend my family and I will be traveling to Texas to celebrate what would be my dad's 70th birthday.  Some of you may know that my father passed away from gastric cancer only seven weeks ago.  I am getting more and more emotional as the days go by and the day of his birthday gets nearer. I am looking forward to it but also dreading it at the same time if that makes any sense.  

Bid me strength friends.
Til next time,

November 7, 2016

Handmade and Vintage...

Have you ever bought something,
brought it home,
 tucked it away,
and forgot all about it?

It seems to happen to me a lot.
I was going through an armoire I have in my bedroom the other day and I found this blanket stored in there.  I bought this blanket a couple of years back at a quaint little shop in a nearby town.  I was in love the moment I saw it.  It's vintage, it's hand embroidered, and it's hand quilted.  And of course the aqua color is pretty sweet too. 

When I first brought it home I thought I could use it in the church nursery. It was over there for a few months until one of the church ladies donated a few crocheted blankets.  I didn't think my vintage quilt was needed anymore so I brought it home and tucked it away.  
It's too pretty to keep in a drawer so I thought I would hang it in my sewing room.
It's funny how one thing leads to another.  Once I had it on the wall I decided that the hanger needed some love too.  Can't have a naked hanger when there's so much pretty yarn sitting around. 
Oh yes, much better.
It adds a little bit of charm to this empty space in my craft room.
Handmade and vintage....
how can you not love that combination?

Election day is tomorrow here in the U.S.
I'm happy to say though that my family has already voted.
We took advantage of the early voting period and went last Tuesday to cast our  ballots.  It felt good to get it done.  Now we just have to sit back and see what happens.  

I the red, white, and blue.