The Wonders of This Week 17/52

Hello Friends,

This week I am:

Writing

More chapters for my novel. I struggle with some of it because it is somewhat memoiresque, but then other sections just flow. I can feel like such a writing klutz sometimes. Anyone else?

Reading

This amazing book.

nesting-place

I read it through and now I am reading it a section at a time. Such a great tool for inspiration. I am beginning the task of making our family room a place I enjoy being. I am so excited about how it will look when I am done.

Listening

Smile with me. This one feels good…

Thinking

About painting this woodwork and fireplace. The Nester and others graciously gave me some wonderful advice and I am ready to tackle this thing! A creamy French Linen White. It will be beautiful! The whole room will be redone and I will post pics when it is complete.

my current family room

my current family room

Wanting

Things to stay as they are, but they won’t. Things change and I need to trust that they will still be good. Believe in the good.

Watching

This lovely young girl grow up. It is such a privilege to be her mother. I love her to the moon and back. By the way, this picture is her Mother’s Day present to me. Really. She smiled and didn’t hide her face this time. I told her that this is all I wanted. Thank you Fiona…

Me and my girl...

Me and my girl…

 Looking forward to

The hubs and I are going to Palm Springs next week for a little trip. Four nights away. Just the two of us. I cannot wait. He is attending a conference so I will sit by the pool and write. A getaway. Yay!

Wearing

These new beauties. These are really comfortable. That little heel helps a ton.  They are kind of stylish too.  At least I think so…

Unisa Lola Sandal

Unisa Lola Sandal

Eating

Okay, let me just start by saying that these were so good! If I had any left over I would eat it now and people it is 6am! The perfect combination of crunch, moist, spicy, and delicious yumminess. Rebecca at Foodie with Family is the most brilliant cook, ever. Her recipes are my go to all the time. The recipes are not crazy complicated. Instead they are matter of fact, in your face, family pleasing, budget conscious delights.

via Foodie with Family

via Foodie with Family

Drinking

This bubbly is delicious. I was introduced to it at a Sunday lunch at my step-aunt’s house. (Is there such a thing as a step-aunt?) It was a proper Italian afternoon lunch with a bit of Prosecco to start with the appetizers. Then we moved on to a lovely Barbera with lunch. Lunch was salad, torta, gnocchi with two sauces and of course, focaccia. Completely divine. But the real takeaway was this delicious sparkler. If you come across it, buy it!

via Apricot Hill

via Apricot Hill

I attribute this format to  Blue Bird Baby Simple. Lovely. Soulful. Inspiring.  Go check it out.

I hope your week is good. I wish for you a week of sunshine and love.

Love,
S

The Wonders of This Week 15/52

Hello Friends,

I am borrowing a format from an artist to use here.  Blue Bird Baby is a fantastic blog. Simple. Lovely. Soulful. Inspiring. She uses a weekly format to document. I like this method of tracking the days and the process. I have modified her approach a bit.  Every week you document and you note by the week.  She documents her darling daughter’s life in a really lovely way.  Go check it out.

This week I am:

Writing

This.

P is for Every Picture Tells a Story

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Choosing joy at the age of four

 

Reading

Believe it or not I am reading a lot about powdery mildew. My roses are afflicted. Badly afflicted. If you have any ideas, please let me know. I love my roses and want to see many blossoms this season.

Watching

So, this scene always makes me cry, but in a good way. Watch and smile, and cry…

Thinking

About my brother. He means the world to me and I miss him.

Wanting

Okay, I know I have talked about this already, but it is still what I want most.

via DJA West

via DJA West

Listening

Needing

More time. Isn’t that what we all need? Come on brothers and sisters, don’t we all want a little more time?

Coveting

This.

via Simply Seleta

via Simply Seleta

Wearing

My favorite hot pink pumps!

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something similar

 

Eating

I am hosting a cocktail party tomorrow night for about 30 people and I think I will serve this.

via Foodie with Family

 

Drinking

This for no other reason than there are always things to toast to and celebrate. Celebrate with someone you love and soon…

champagne

I hope your week is good. I wish for you a week of sunshine, rain, and love.

Love,
S

Week 12/52

Hello Friends,

I am borrowing a format from an artist to use here.  Blue Bird Baby is a fantastic blog. Simple. Lovely. Soulful. Inspiring. She uses a weekly format to document. I like this method of tracking the days and the process. I have modified her approach a bit.  Every week you document and you note by the week.  She documents her darling daughter’s life in a really lovely way.  Go check it out.

This week I am:

Writing

I am busy writing entries for the A to Z Challenge that will go on throughout the month of April. Join me! It will be a hoot!

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Reading

Kristen Lamb’s Blog

She has a great piece on “premature editing.” Read it. It is good!

oleander

Watching

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Believe it or not, I had never seen this movie. I know, completely deprived . . .

Thinking

Tax time is here and I am completely stressed about it. Every year I procrastinate and fight it whether we have a refund or a bill coming.

Listening

 Lauryn Hill, Tell Him

Wanting

To simplify and as Tsh Oxenreider shares in her new book, Notes From a Blue Bike, live intentionally. She is speaking in just a few hours in San Francisco. Oh, I wish I could be there!

Blue Bike

Needing

I need to start running again. My thighs and my brain need it. It is healthy for every part of me, well, except for the breasts. A trade off for everything!

Running

Coveting

This gorgeous, classic, and completely spring like dress. I can see it with my white low-top Converse and a sun hat.

Karina Dresses

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Wearing

Clothes. That is all. I have no more to say on the matter.

Eating

This complete amazingness!!

Burger

Drinking

What else?

champagne

I hope your week is good. I wish for you a week of sunshine, rain, and love.

Love,
S

Week 11/52

Hello Friends,

I am borrowing a format from an artist to use here. Blue Bird Baby is a fantastic blog. Simple. Lovely. Soulful. Inspiring. Erin uses a weekly format to document. I like this method of tracking the days and the process. I have modified her approach a bit.  Every week you document and you note by the week.  She documents her darling daughter’s life in a really lovely way.  Go check it out.

This week I am:

Writing

Letters to Loved Ones

The art of the handwritten letter is something I hope we never lose. I am trying to do my part to keep it alive and more importantly, to tell those I love that I love them. We could all use a little more love in our lives.

Writing letters

Reading

On Writing by Stephen King

on writing

Watching

Wes Anderson / Centered

Listening

This favorite of favorites: Lucinda Williams’ album, West. The song, Where is My Love? is so fantastic. An anthem about looking for love which remains optimistic and really purdy.

lucindawilliams-west

Thinking

About a research trip I am taking in July to gather detail for my novel. Very excited about this. Anyone have any advice for me? I am all ears!

road and sky

Wanting

More hours in the day… Anyone else with me on this one?

Needing

Some warm days. Who doesn’t want those!?! A little less sock action and a little more of this:

girl on pool slide

Coveting

I know! ZARA again, but look at this gorgeousness! I learned of this top from this fantastic resource and wealth of sartorial wisdom, Girl of a Certain Age.

Girl with blouse

Wearing

These amazingly comfortable schlumpy pants… Yes, they are Target.

black sweat pants
Eating

Yummy Homemade Granola

The recipe is similar to this one though if you want to try it!

Food52 Granola

Drinking

Too, too much coffee…

coffee-2

I hope your week is good. I wish for you a week of sunshine, time, and love.

Love,
S

Week 9/52

Hello Friends,

I am borrowing a format from an artist to use here.  Blue Bird Baby is a fantastic blog. Simple. Lovely. Soulful. Inspiring. She uses a weekly format to document. I like this method of tracking the days and the process. I have modified her approach a bit.  Every week you document and you note by the week.  She documents her darling daughter’s life in a really lovely way.  Go check it out.

This week I am:

Writing
More chapters for my novel. So fun!

writing
Reading

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Tiny-Beautiful-Things-Books-Cover

Watching

House of Cards, of course!

Listening

Band of Horses

Thinking

About finding a church that works for us. Not sure that that will look like.

Church

Wanting

A good week for my kids.

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Needing

Rain! I live in Northern California and we really need it!

rain
Coveting

 Zara Zebra print dress. Soo pretty.

Get it Here!

zebra dress

Wearing

My navy blue low-top Converse.

Love Zappos!
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Eating

Much healthier. Enjoying this tonight.

Pinch of Yum
quinoa-black-bean-1-2

Drinking
Red, red wine…
wine

I hope your week is good. I wish for you a week of sunshine, rain, and love.

Love,
S