Fabulous February? I have been battling a ferocious head cold these past few days but I am trying to not let it keep me down. I pick my projects for the day wisely, enough to feel productive but not so much as to overdo it. I give myself permission to take breaks as needed, drink lots of fluids and know when to say enough and go to bed early.
So in my attempts to dwell on the positive and ignore my alternately stuffy and drippy nose here is a joy list for, yes, Fabulous February:
My last batch of rose blooms have been marvelous. So large and velvety.
Weather. We have actually had a nice variety. A few windy days and a few rainy days interspersed with the typical sunshine. Even had a ripping thunderstorm one evening.
AFRIN before bed allowing me to get some badly needed decent sleep.
Using the lemons off my very own lemon tree – yummy.
I am addicted to “The Great British Baking Show”. I allow myself one episode a day and now that a season is being rerun that I hadn’t seen before (on my local PBS station) I am getting quite good at picking the ‘Star Baker’ and who is going home. (Yes, that would be before they are announced!)
I rearranged my small bedroom to see if I could make it feel less cramped. I think it is better.
Still in the mind numbing 90’s here ( ten degrees above “average”). But I am finding ways to cope, still making my own autumn and finding bits of happiness:
All things pumpkin at Trader Joe’s, round two. Especially loving the pumpkin spice popcorn for Cub games. Go Cubs Go!
Creating this cute bat pumpkin with my son. (So much easier than carving!)
Lunch at Panera Bread which included a turkey cranberry flatbread sandwich and a caramel apple scone.
Gathering leaves up in the mountains. (I spread them on the path to the front door on Halloween so kids get the fun of kicking through leaves. It is my favorite Halloween decoration and I love having the leaves blowing around the yard for a few days after.) I found true autumn at 8000′! It was a glorious 61° with clouds and a few drops of rain. The maples were red and gold and we found golden aspen leaves too. It was a wonderful few hours of fleece wearing, leaf scuffing, picture taking autumn heaven.
The silliness of our cookie haunted house.
After dinner walks to look at Halloween lights. Though there seems to be fewer decorated houses this year.
Tears of joy when the Cubs advanced to the World Series. Go Cubs Go!
Halloween boxer shorts to sleep in. (Since it is way too warm for my Halloween jammies.)
Working on the November sketch for my friend Joe’s sketchbook. It involves drawing and coloring fall leaves. (No picture so I don’t ruin the surprise for him.)
Normally this time of year I get very homesick for a Northeast fall. This year I am focusing on what I do have as opposed to what I don’t. Though the temperature is still well into the 90’s during the day I have been able to make it feel like autumn (at least inside my head).
There is a hint of coolness in the morning and evenings, enough so that I have resumed taking the dog on longer walks. This has led me to find some autumn color, desert style.
The inside of my house all decorated for autumn.
Football season! College marching bands at halftime are the best!
Pumpkin chili and pumpkin beef stew made in the crockpot. The pumpkin adds a wonderful creamy thick texture.
Taking pumpkin oatmeal spice bars to bowling.
Using wax scents to make my house smell like autumn despite the a/c still being on.
Cooking a pork roast in the crockpot also makes a home smell autumnal.
Working on the outlining of my autumn needlepoint tissue box cover.
Adding a Trader Joe’s harvest tea bag to my pitcher of iced tea.
Trader Joe’s pumpkin soup crackers, with a bit of cream cheese, crazy yummy!
Starting to wear my “fall wardrobe”. Not flannel and sweaters alas, but capris and cropped jeans and autumn colors. I got two new pairs of LL Bean cropped jeans in pale spruce and vintage blue….love them!