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Autumn Adventures – Update #1

Autumn Adventures – Update #1

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future!

Which is to say we’re a month into autumn already, and it’s time to revisit my Autumn Adventures List and see how I’m doing!

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1.  Have a picnic in Forsyth Park in Savannah.  Not yet, but I HAVE been planning my food strategy for this one!  I’m thinking Smith Brothers will be involved!

2.  ✔Go to the beach at least once.  YES!  Gene and I went to Tybee Island for a while last weekend!  The temperature was around 78 which was PERFECT for watching the waves without getting all sweaty.  I took a book but never even opened it.  It was nice to just BE, you know?

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3.  Take a Master Class at the Savannah Food & Wine FestivalI bought my ticket!  I’m signed up for “Southern Dishes with a French Accent” taught by Chef Jean Yves Vendeville.  To say I’m excited would be an understatement!

4.  Take a road trip to Eifel Acres Farm in Missouri to spend Thanksgiving with friends.  Coming soon!

5.  Finish most of my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving.  (So that I can…)  I have started my shopping!  What fun!

6.  Focus on Advent.  Coming soon!  I need to go ahead and round up my Advent wreath stuff.

7.  Take a hike during peak autumn color in the mountains.  Trip planned and coming really soon! 

8.  Write one letter a week to a friend.  Seriously?!?  Why is that so hard?!?  No letters yet.

9.  ✔Eat from a food truck.  (Hoping for The Big Cheese truck!)  DONE!  Gene and I caught the last few hours of the Savannah Jazz Festival in Forsyth Park, and I snagged a grilled cheese from The Big Cheese food truck! 

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Photo is from The Big Cheese’s Facebook page.  I wasn’t able to take my own picture at the jazz festival because it was too dark.

10.  ✔Attend a local book store event.  I’m looking at you E. Shaver, BooksellerDONE!  I attended a book signing and reading with Daren Wang for his book The Hidden Light of Northern Fires.  Watch for a blog post soon to tell you all about it!

11.  Make an autumn art project.  Nothing on this yet.

12.  Make a winter/Christmas art project.  Not yet.

13.  Have dinner at Alligator Soul in Savannah.  We’ve at least discussed it!  I need to make reservations.

14.  Do two of King Arthur Flour’s bakealong projects.  While I *have* baked, I haven’t done an official bakealong yet.

15.  Continue to have intentional meet-ups with IRL friends.  (A favorite from my summertime list!)  One done!  I met a special friend for dinner earlier this week!  She has a house of busy teenagers and a busy life in general, so I really appreciated her making the time to hang out with me for a while.  We enjoyed getting caught up and sharing victories and concerns with each other.

Hooray!  We’ve had a lot of fun over the last month, and there’s more on the horizon!  Temperatures here in Coastal Georgia are finally, finally feeling a little more like autumn, so that’s an extra bonus!  And as an extra extra bonus, there are currently NO hurricanes to watch out for!

Here’s to all of us living intentionally!  We all have to roll with the punches, but with some effort and a little creativity we can make sure we have some special moments of fun in there too!  Have a great weekend, y’all!  Check out the links below to get more ideas for YOUR autumn adventures!

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Currently – October 2017

Currently – October 2017

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I’m linking up today with Anne at In Residence and Dana at Something Good for this month’s Currently!

On this first week of October 2017, I am currently…

Styling:  outfits from the Get Your Pretty On (GYPO) Fall Style Challenge.  These challenges are always a lot of fun and incredibly helpful.  They’ve taught me how to shop wisely AND how to stay on trend!  Here are a few of my favorite outfits so far.  (The Fall Work Wear Capsule is available now!  Yes, that’s an affiliate link!)

 

Saving:  time and money by using Prep Dish.  Prep Dish provides weekly meal plans and more importantly, well-organized instructions for preparing the meals.  Watch for a full review of my experience with Prep Dish REALLY soon!

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Searching:  for Christmas gift ideas.  One of the items on my Autumn Adventures list is to enjoy Christmas shopping by doing it earlier.  If I want hand-crafted gifts, for instance, I know I need to get them ordered soon.  (I’m looking at you, Etsy!)

 

Picking:  books I want to read and restaurants I want to try.  I’m currently reading The War that Saved My Life, another fantastic recommendation by Modern Mrs. Darcy.

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Making:  time for a special treat!  I’m treating myself to an afternoon out tomorrow!  Books and food MIGHT be involved!  Stay tuned for all the details!

What are YOU currently up to!  Leave me a comment and let me know!

 

TBB Asks: Fall Theme

TBB Asks: Fall Theme

Autumn is finally here!  Hooray!  Temps here in Coastal Georgia are finally down to the low 80s!  In celebration of this happy season, I’m linking up with the wonderful ladies of The Blended Blog for another round of “this or that.”  It’s a fun way of getting to know the person behind the blogger!  Let’s go!

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1.  Favorite fall sweet treat?   All of it.  Fruity cobblers.  Gingerbread.  Candy corn.  All of it!

2.  Red, yellow, or green apples?  For eating I like red Gala apples.  For baking I’ll snag some green Granny Smith apples.

3.  Favorite fall sport to play?  Is hiking a sport?  Or lying on the beach?  Because I like to do both in autumn when the temps are less likely to bring about heat stroke.

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4.  Best drink for fall?  Sweet tea, as always!  Or Jamaican Me Crazy coffee.  Yes.  Well, and hot chocolate.  I had a great hot chocolate with cinnamon at Red Owl Coffee in Valdosta, Georgia this weekend!

5.  Favorite fall activity?  Hiking and lying on the beach, as I mentioned earlier.  I also feel more crafty in the autumn, so let’s add “make crafty things” to the list.  (That actually IS on my Autumn Adventures list!)

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6.  Must have fall purchase?  A fresh scarf or pair of boots.  I’m still on the prowl for an embroidered scarf, but I DID snag this fun pair of Teva hikers!  I wear them all the time!

7.  Pumpkins:  pick your own or store bought?  I’ve never been pumpkin picking!  I usually buy my pumpkin in a can.

8.  Real or fake pumpkin?  For baking I prefer to use real pumpkin!

9.  Favorite Halloween costume?  I like the clever, punny ones!

10.  College football or NFL?  College for the fun, NFL for the power.  I enjoy watching both!  (For the sake of all that is good, I’m not entering the NFL debate here!  Thanks!)  My daughter leaves the room when I watch football.  She says I’m loud.  Hmph.  If my Georgia Bulldogs are playing, I do tend to get a little vocal!  Our Dawgs are doing us proud this year!  #godawgs #goyousilverbritches

11.  Fall or Halloween decor?  Fall.

12.  Raking leaves or no leaves to rake?  We have no leaves to rake!  I like leaves, but it’s okay that I don’t have to rake any.

13.  Favorite soup?  Cream of Pumpkin Soup (Kürbiscremesuppe) from the Torschänke in Dudeldof, Germany.  I enjoy making vegetable barley soup and chicken barley chili.  And I’ll be making Kürbiscremesuppe this week now that it’s on my mind!

14.  Favorite fall candle scent?  Anything apple or berries!  These days I’m diffusing an apple cider essential oil, and it’s amazing!

15.  Love or hate pumpkin spice?  Meh.  Neither.  I prefer a nice apple pie spice blend.

16.  Short booties or tall boots?  Tall boots!

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17.  Favorite Halloween candy?  I enjoy giving mini moon pies.  #halloweensouthernstyle  #georgiayall

18.  PSL:  yes or no?  No.  I try to avoid the sugary coffees.

19.  Hayride or corn maze?  Corn maze.  This one is fairly local to us.  I should put it on my Autumn Adventures list!

20.  Favorite fall tv show?  Oh, goodness!  I’m a longtime fan of Survivor, and I also enjoy Madam Secretary and Designated Survivor.

Well, that was fun!  I’m eager to see what the other folks in The Blended Blog’s linkup enjoy about autumn!

Have a great week everybody!  What are some of YOUR answers for today’s questions?!?

Thinking About…Stopping for Grief

Thinking About…Stopping for Grief

You know how when someone dies everything should just stop? The world should just stop. We’re stunned with grief. Stop.

Yet the sun shines; people buy groceries or go to work. It’s not right.

My aunt died last week. I went to her funeral on Tuesday. We’re blessed in South Georgia to still have escorted funeral processions as family and friends move from the site of the funeral to the cemetery.

Crisply dressed law enforcement officers stood at attention, wearing white gloves and holding their hats over their hearts. They stopped traffic at each intersection we drove through.

The world stopped.

For just a few minutes.

And it felt right.

Autumn Adventures 2017

Autumn Adventures 2017

Ahhhh!  The first day of autumn!  We saw the first glimpses of autumn color a couple of weeks ago when we were in Asheville, North Carolina, and today here in Savannah we have a predicted high temperature of only 89 degrees!  Yes!  We’re headed in the right direction!

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It’s time to plan fun adventures for the new season, y’all!  I did this for spring and for summer, along with some bloggy friends of mine, and it’s been a lot of fun!  I’ll post a final update on my Summertime Fun List tomorrow, but for today, here is my Autumn Adventures list!

  1. Have a picnic in Forsyth Park in Savannah.
  2. Go to the beach at least once.
  3. Take a Master Class at the Savannah Food & Wine Festival.
  4. Take a road trip to Eifel Acres Farm in Missouri to spend Thanksgiving with friends.
  5. Finish most of my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving.  (So that I can…)
  6. Focus on Advent.
  7. Take a hike during peak autumn color in the mountains.
  8. Write one letter a week to a friend.
  9. Eat from a food truck.  (Hoping for The Big Cheese truck!)
  10. Attend a local book store event.  I’m looking at you E. Shaver, Bookseller!
  11. Make an autumn art project.
  12. Make a winter/Christmas art project.
  13. Have dinner at Alligator Soul in Savannah.
  14. Do two of King Arthur Flour’s bakealong projects.
  15. Continue to have intentional meet-ups with IRL friends.  (A favorite from my summertime list!)

What adventures do YOU have planned for the new season?!?  Let me know in the comment section below!  I love to chat with my readers!

And click below to see what my friends are planning for autumn/spring, depending on their side of the equator!

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TBB Asks: Back-to-School This or That

TBB Asks: Back-to-School This or That

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This or That questionnaires can be a lot of fun, so I decided to link up with the ladies of The Blended Blog again for this month’s topic:  Back to School.   I’m giving answers based on way back when, when I was in school!

1. Did you love school or hate it?  Loved loved loved it.  Couldn’t wait to go back every year.

2.  Start school before or after Labor Day?  I think we usually started just before Labor Day then had a long weekend to recover.

3.  Wake up: eager beaver or slow poke?  Is there a third option?  I was easy to get up but was neither a beaver nor a poke.

4.  Favorite breakfast?  Seems like I usually had cereal.  I know Daddy usually got breakfast ready for us.

5.  Favorite cereal?  Now it’s Captain Crunch, but I don’t remember what my favorite was years ago.  Maybe Rice Krispies with bananas?

6.  School uniform or no uniform?  Never had uniforms.

7.  New outfit for first day or no?  Is that even a question?!?  OF COURSE I wore a new outfit for the first day of school!  Image is important!

8.  Walk to school or ride the bus?  Seems like we usually rode the bus to school, and then my parents picked us up after school.  They tried to make it so we didn’t have to ride the bus both ways.  Mornings were calmer and cooler, so we opted to ride the bus in the morning when we had the option.

9.  Backpack, tote, or messenger bag?  I remember tote bags and backpacks.

10.  Eat school lunch or pack lunch?  Usually ate the school lunch, and it was usually pretty good!

11.  Remember the little milk cartons?  White or chocolate?  Puhlease!  Chocolate!

12.  Paper bag or lunch box?  I remember a lunch box or two, but we usually ate school lunches.

13.  Favorite thing to do at recess?  Read.  Duh!

14.  Favorite back to school supply item?  ALL THE THINGS!  I still get excited when school supplies come out every year!

15.  Chalkboard or dry erase board?  I’m pretty sure dry erase boards hadn’t been invented!

16.  Regular pencil or mechanical?   Both had their charms.  I still like both!

17.  Homework as soon as you got home or after dinner?  I think I took a little snack break when I got home then got tucked into my homework.

18.  Favorite after school snack?  I have no idea!

19.  Favorite after school show?  No idea on this one either!  I don’t remember watching tv after we got home.

20.  Favorite subject in school?  Reading.  I always liked history too, but I don’t remember getting much of it.  Seems like we got some in Social Studies, but it was never enough for me.

21.  Least favorite school subject?  I don’t remember disliking anything.

22.  Name of your best friend in high school?  I had a few good friends, but not a bestie.

23.  High school mascot type?  Heron!  Yes, the bird.

24.  SAT or ACT?  SAT.

25.  Favorite year of school?  My junior year of high school.  That was the year a lot of fun stuff happened (class rings, decorating for prom, etc.), and I was able to get to know more of my classmates better.

26.  Class ring or no class ring?  Yes.  I still have it!  It’s beautiful.

27.  Attend or not attend high school reunions?  I’ve not been to one yet.  I was planning to attend my 30th next month but have had to cancel that plan.

Well, now you know more about me and my school days!  I went on to homeschool my two kids all the way through high school.  I wonder how THEY would answer these questions!  Maybe I’ll ask them!

See how others answered these questions and join in yourself at The Blended Blog!

 

Summertime Fun List – Update 2

Summertime Fun List – Update 2

Two months ago I created a list of things I wanted to do this summer.  One month ago I shared my first update, and now it’s time for me to evaluate how I did during the second month of this project!

  • Pantry:  Reorganize my pantry.
    • I’ve made a LOT of progress!  I originally planned to empty the whole thing then reload it, but I’ve ended up tackling one area at a time.  It looks a lot better!  I may still unload and reload, but it’ll be a lot easier now.  I think I’ll call this one done!
  • Boxes:  Clear boxes out of garage.
    • Ummmm, I cleared multiple boxes/piles out of the bonus room, so that counts, right?!?  Boxes in the garage are next!
  • Letters:  Write one real letter each week.
    • I sent notes and fun mail to a few people, but that was all at one time.  I bought some cute note cards, and they’re making we WANT to write to people, so I’ll give myself a gold star for making progress.
  • New Places:  Eat at two new restaurants in Savannah.
    • No progress here.  I think part of the problem is that we’re still in the throes of tourist season over here, and downtown Savannah is just nuts.  Maybe I’ll tackle this goal again during autumn when it’s cooler AND less crowded!  Yes.  I think that’s a good idea.  (We, once again, tried some new restaurants in other cities, and I’ll be blogging about them really soon!  Watch for those!)
  • Books:  Read at least five books from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide.
    • I read two books from the Twisty Novels category.  I listened to The Dry by Jane Harper, a complex mystery set in Australia.  The down side to listening to this one was that it jumps back and forth between the present to the past, and it took me a while to catch on to that.  (In the printed book the flashbacks are in italics, so they’re easier to catch.)  It was doable, but I had to pay attention.  The plus to listening to it:  an amazing narrator with a great Australian accent!
    • The other Twisty Novel I read was I See You by Clare Mackintosh.  OH.  MY.  WORD.  This book gave me the shivers in the very best of ways!  The author kept me guessing the whole time, and I truly had the shivers after I finished the story!  Days later I’m still shaking my head at how it ended!  (No spoilers!)  I was so impressed with this author that I immediately got my hands on I Let You Go.  I’m halfway through and it’s already made me gasp out loud several times!
    • I also read When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, a book from the Beachy Reads category.  This was, as promised, a light, fun read.  There was a section toward the end that I could have done without, but overall it was a good YA read.
    • So, reading these three books plus the two I read last month means that I’ve completely met this goal!  Hooray!  I still plan to read several more books from this list, and I’ll let you know how they are.
  • Intentional Friendship IRL:  Meet up with a friend at least once a month.  (IRL means “in real life.”)
    • YEP!  I did well on this again this month!  I’ve had two or three coffee dates, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know some new friends better.  I’m really liking this one A LOT!
  • Intentional Friendship Virtually:  Skype with a long-distance friend at least once a month.
    • I still haven’t Skyped anyone, but I DID call a special friend!
  • Time for Parents:  Call my parents and my in-laws once a week.
    • Still need to do better on this one.  We drove down to see both of our families this weekend, so that was a lot of fun!  My mom made a coconut cake for me!  (And we all know that anything a loved one makes for us has zero calories, so we are free to indulge!)

All in all I feel pretty good about what I’ve gotten accomplished.  I still want to work on my weak areas. Around mid-September I’ll post a final update and let you know if I ever got to those pesky boxes in the garage, and then on September 21 I’ll share my Autumn Fun List with you!

So how are YOUR summer plans going?!?  Click on the box below to see what some of my blogger friends are doing this summer. 

 

Currently – August 2017

Currently – August 2017

I know I say it every month, but I LOVE this link-up!  It’s fun to see how everyone interprets each month’s prompts and what they’re up to!  Here’s what I’m CURRENTLY…

 

snacking (on): Dark Salted Brown Butter Chocolate.  I discovered this chocolate bar at Publix yesterday, and it jumped into my cart all by itself.  I don’t usually eat chocolate, but this bar apparently thought I’d like it.  It’s right. 

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Summertime Fun List – Update 1

Summertime Fun List – Update 1

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A month ago (WHAT?!?  A MONTH AGO ALREADY?!?) I compiled a list of things I wanted to do this summer.  I have been on the road and/or sick nearly the whole month (I’m not exaggerating), but I HAVE accomplished a few things!

Here’s my list and how I’ve done so far:  (Yes, some of these are more work than fun, but summertime is a great time to do inside work when you live in the Deep South!)

  • Pantry:  Reorganize my pantry.
    • I’ve started cleaning it out little by little.  I’ve tackled several of the dark, hidden corners and have thrown out stuff that went out of date years ago.  (Please tell me I’m not the only one to have ancient stuff lurking back there!)
  • Boxes:  Clear boxes out of garage. 
    • Much to my husband’s dismay, I’ve not made it to this one yet.  SOON!  SOON!
  • Letters:  Write one real letter each week.
    • I’ve written a couple of notes to my son, but I still want to fully embrace this discipline.  Wow.  Discipline sounds harsh, but I believe this is something I really must do and WANT to do.
  • New Places:  Eat at two new restaurants in Savannah.
    • I’ve eaten at amazing places in Pigeon Forge, Phoenix, and St. Louis this month, but not in Savannah!
  • Books:  Read at least five books from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide.
    • AHA!  I *have* made headway on this one!  I read The Lost Book of the Grail and A Bridge Across the Ocean.  I started He Said She Said and then returned it to the library.  I may try to finish it up though after watching a friend having a hard time putting it down last weekend!
  • Intentional Friendship IRL:  Meet up with a friend at least once a month.  (IRL means “in real life.”)
    • YES!  I had a nice visit with a local friend last week, a fun girls’ night last night with three friends, and I’m headed to beach today with two other friends!  HOORAY!  This is a discipline I can get excited about!  (Isn’t it a shame how easy it is to NOT do this?!?)
  • Intentional Friendship Virtually:  Skype with a long-distance friend at least once a month.
    • I’ve not done this one yet, but I’m looking forward to it!
  • Time for Parents:  Call my parents and my in-laws once a week.
    • I’ve done a little better on this one, but there is still much room for improvement.  I WANT to talk to them!  I do text and message them!  Now that I’m not on the road every week, I’m looking forward to sitting down, chatting, and catching up with them more frequently.  I love them!

It feels good to have made some headway on my goals for this summer!  Now it’s time to check in with my bloggy friends and see how THEY are doing on THEIR lists!