Monday, October 14, 2019

October Day book

For Today . . . October 14, 2019

Looking out my window . . . Mother Nature is calm again, after throwing several inches of snow at us last week. It was crazy. Late Wednesday afternoon, Dan and I were sitting on the back porch swing and it was warm and just a hint of a breeze. Within 20 minutes, the wind picked up, leaves were raining down on us and branches flew across the yard. I expected Mary Poppins to appear. By the next morning, we were covered in snow.

I am thinking . . . that 30 years ago Saturday, was Joey's "gotcha day." We couldn't believe the miracle of him, and that we got to be his parents. He is the first of our three adopted children. 
I am thankful . . . for sisters-in-law. Over the weekend, I saw two of mine and it was unexpected and so nice to catch up.

One of my favorite things . . . sitting on our back patio on a cool day, smelling the neighbor's wood stove.

I am creating . . . some sewing projects. I made this little table runner and have plans to make a Christmas one next.

I am wearing . . . jeans, sweatshirt and sandals. 
I just finished reading . . . The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett. It is a delightful novella about the queen of England who, late in life, discovers the joy of reading. Her newfound passion for books changes her outlook on the world, her role as monarch, and bewilders the palace staff. If you love books, you will love this one.

I am watching . . .  Homecoming with Julia Roberts. It's very unusual. She plays a counselor at a center for veterans and years later there is an investigation into what happened at the place, but she has no memory of ever having been there.

I am listening to . . . country radio. One Man Band by Old Dominion.

I am hoping . . . to continue my streak of decluttering just a little at a time. I'm tackling one area a week. The biggest challenge is not letting things pile up again in those tidy areas!

I am learning . . . that I still have room for more books:) I went to the library book sale last Saturday and came home with a few for the grandkids, one for Dan and a couple for myself:) I was especially pleased to have found this one. I've had it on my Amazon list for a while, so at just $2 it was a great find!

In my kitchen . . . I made the first pot of chili for the season for Joe and Sam when they house/Lilly sat last weekend. Also, peanut butter cookies. :)

In my garden . . . the snow wiped out the last of the dahlias. Dan brought in a couple of our potted geraniums and I'm going to see if I can keep them going until the spring.

From the Board room . . . I have a Pinterest board called "Autumn". It has recipes, ideas, and lots of pretty pictures. This is one of my favorites. Wouldn't it be lovely to sit at a table like this one?

(Link is here.)

Shared Quote
The things you take for granted, someone else is praying for.

A moment from my day . . .


Closing notes . . . My friend Pamela is coming this weekend:) A quick, spontaneous visit and I'm so excited! Also looking forward to book club this week, and the grandkids coming over tomorrow. I love that it's only Monday and I already have three things for my Friday Fave Five list;).  That is a good week.

Hope you all have a good week as well.


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Amy said...

I enjoyed my visit here today <3 That book looks good- adding it to my never ending TBR list. I made chili this weekend too! Love the dog picture at the end :D

Laurel Wood said...

That last photo melts my heart! How precious.
Your tablerunner is lovely. Can't wait for you to share the Christmas print.
Thanks for the book reviews. The upcoming months will be great for reading.
I love sitting on the porch or patio, too. It's fun just to watch the leaves "raining" down. Thank you for your prayers.
God bless your week. Enjoy every minute.

Anita said...

What a nice post, full of blessings.

I read most of the Tom Hanks book; actually listened on audio. It was due back to the library before I finished and I never checked it out again. At the time, it had a waiting list. I connected with some of the stories, others I didn't.

You mentioned your book club. Now you have to hear my pitch for a feature! Click on my name or pic to get to my website. Then on the menu, click on the drop-down under "Authors" where you will see "Book Clubs" and click there. Take a look at some of the clubs I've featured. I'd love to have you and your group on the site. Think about it. :)

Lisa said...

Your table runner is beautiful, having one for Christmas would be perfect. We are finally having fall weather, although it is very dry. I haven’t made chili yet. Now I’m thinking that would make a nice dinner this week. Sorry I haven’t commented in a while. Working full time is an adjustment. I like what I’m doing but some days when I get home I am just plain tired!

Susanne said...

The picture of Lily with the sticker made me laugh. Gorgeous table runner. Hubby doesn't like stuff all over the kitchen table so I never get to use those. Love when I find a book on my list for next to nothing. Have fun with your friend.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

I so enjoyed your post today. First, I loved the way you described the wind and how you 'expected' Mary Poppins to blow in. And, what a beautiful table runner. Although I'm not a quilter, I can appreciate the work and skill required to quilt.

Oh yes, I so enjoyed Alan Bennett's book, The Uncommon Reader. You go to library sales? Oh boy, that's one of my favourite things to do. I've got a boxful from this year's visit... waiting for me to read. Slowly, slowly.

Loved your geranium... such a pretty colour. I had the same colour in my own garden this past summer.

What a sweet doggie you have ... is that a Chiquita label on his/her forehead? haha

Thanks for a lovely visit. Wishing you glimpses of heaven in unexpected places. Brenda

Pat said...

Visiting your blog felt like visiting a friend. I may have to check out the book, always looking for new books to read. I am not much on plants but was recently given a peace plant and trying my best to keep it alive, it is currently blooming and doing ok, we shall see. Love the banana sticker on the dog, looks like something my grands would do.