January 20, 2012

Beauty, Bugs and Browsers

Hi everyone!

Wow, I can't believe it's Friday already, this week sure got away from me.  Both my daughter and I were sick with the flu bug this week...not fun, let me tell you.  I did lose four pounds from it though, so that made me feel a wee bit better...not much, but a little ;) 

I didn't get out much this week due to all of our illnesses and also because of the weather.  Ughh...it's so chilly!  Up until lately, we've been spoiled with unusually high temperatures, so our current weather is kind of a shock.  Yesterday, despite the alluring look of all the bright sunshine, it was ten below outside with about a minus thirty degree windchill when my son left for school.  The Mister drove him...I stayed in.

Luckily, I did manage to get out for a bit the day before.   Feeling like I needed a dose of some brightly-hued beauty, I picked up a bunch of flowers while out and about on a much needed trip to the grocery store.  I decided to combine them with a little of this and a little of that, take some photos and finally put together a post.

Besides having a keen eye for spying flowers, I'm always on the hunt for interesting little tidbits...some things old, some things new.  Since I've been doing more and more food photography, I have a new-found love for kitchen-related items, fabric always calls out my name too.  But what I really like, is when I find an item a little out of the ordinary, something that has a hint of charm and feels nice and natural too.

I love worn woods...things with texture.  Mmm, yumminess.  If I remember correctly, I think I scavenged these wooden spools from Mom's house along with some vintage clothespins.  Weird little things like that make me so happy.  I especially think they look so pretty paired with a few beautiful blooms.  I could spend ridiculous amounts of time rearranging it all and enjoy every minute of it.

Speaking of rearranging, there are a few little projects I'm hoping to get done around the house soon so that maybe I can have a decorating post for a change.  Hopefully, I can work on one of them this weekend...fingers crossed. 

Oh, one last thing.  If you are still having problems leaving blog comments, I've noticed two things...it seems to randomly happen on blogs where the comments are embedded under the post and also the browser you use appears to make a difference.  I downloaded Google Chrome and now all is well.  It only took a few minutes and I can still use Internet Explorer whenever I like too.  Maybe that will help some of you that are having the same problems that I was.

Well, my friends, have a great weekend!


January 06, 2012

A Fresh Start

Hello.  Happy 2012 to you!  I hope your year is going well.  So far, so good here.  I always love the beginning of a new year.  It's a season of possibilities...not knowing what will unfold in the next twelve months and feeling like it's a fresh start.

I didn't chose any special words to reflect on or guide me throughout the year, nor am I making any resolutions...the list would be far too long.  I just want to focus on being happy and having God take control of my life instead of trying to map out the future myself.

It's been so wonderful here weather-wise, that I've kind of tricked myself into thinking that Spring is right around the corner.  I'm sure mother nature has other plans though.  I thought I'd bring a little of that Springtime feeling into the house by planting some paperwhite, grape hyacinth and crocus bulbs.  I've forced paperwhites before, but have never tried the others so hopefully they'll be as easy...I'll keep you posted.

Now that the holidays are over and a new season is upon us, I've decided it's time to focus my attention on something that's really starting to annoy me...the tightness of my pants.  Oh my, it's scary people.  I can hardly get my fattest pants on and it's getting to the point where I'm going to have to wear my sweatpants out in public...or some maternity pants.  Just kidding about that last one there.  That definitely won't be happening, it's bad enough wearing them when you're actually pregnant.  Ugh...I couldn't stand those things.

Anyway, I've been eating much better this week...lots of salads and such.  It feels nice to be back to normal.  I cut up all my pomegranates yesterday and put the seeds in the freezer for smoothies.  What a mess that was!  Anyway, maybe I'll have some healthy recipes to share next time.

Hope you have a great weekend!