Monday, July 23, 2012

Off to Colorado

I unfortunately can't seem to upload any of the
photos I was going to put in this post.  I apologize that this will
be a photo-less post.

I wanted to just 'pen' a little something before I leave
for my trip... I am still nervous, but it has turned to a sort
of nervous-excitement combination.
I am praying quite often for a safe plane ride which is
comforting me a bit, and once I am there
I will be so thankful for having arrived safely, as well as for being priveleged
to see such beautiful sights!  I think it will feel something like a celebration
of having landed, haha
The mountains and cool air will surely be a nice change from the weather
in the South right now also.

It's 11 PM and I am supposed to wake up at 3 AM... I guess that
means I should 'hit the hay'.  Or maybe I should have a long time ago...
My bags are ready to go, my new sandals are waiting to be slipped
on, and my dog has a strange look on her face as if
she knows I'm leaving; there is nothing else to do.

I am feeling jittery and excited and nervous all at the same time right now!
I can't believe I will be in a different, beautiful state in a matter of hours.
I can't wait to see the mountains out the window of the plane
tomorrow, and better yet get to climb them and see the
beauty of the nature surrounding me!

I won't be able to write or share anything for a little over a week as
I will be out in the boonies for a good part of the trip,
so I look forward to sharing many photos when I get back :)

Have a wonderful night and a beautiful
day to come!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Summer Daybook


Outside my window...
I hear the birds chirping, the kitties who frequently visit our back porch are snoozing sweetly, and it is overcast (maybe some rain later today?)

I am thinking...
about what we are going to make for dinner tonight with the things we bought on our grocery run today.  I believe I heard something about potato salad, mmm!

I am thankful...
for prayer, and always will be, because when I just don't feel like talking to anyone about a problem, I can talk to God at anytime of day or night about anything and everything and feel a little better.

In the kitchen...
we have all just finished putting away the groceries, and lunch is being made.

I am wearing...
casual pants and a souvenir shirt I got in Colorado a few years back, and my hair is up off my neck in a bun.

I am creating...
sketches.  I have missed sketching and just started up again a couple of days ago.

I am going...
to try and read my book tonight before I have to turn it in to the library tomorrow.

I am wondering...
a very simple thing actually: what color to paint my nails.

I am reading...
two books about pioneer America that I am really enjoying; that subject has really come to interest me in the past year or so.

I am hoping...
to go play tennis again soon.

I am looking forward to...
the weekend, shopping and preparing for our trip.

I am learning...
about making the best decision possible in a situation.

Around the house...
we just clipped a few of the herbs out of our garden.

A favorite quote for today...
"The True way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies." -Laura Ingalls Wilder

One of my favorite things...
doing and finishing a cross word puzzle- it's stress relieving :)

A few plans for the rest of the week...
pack and plan for Colorado and sew.

A peek into my day...

Newly organized sewing patterns.  We used a vintage picnic basket to put them in.

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Thankyou for reading.
Have a blessed and beautiful day!


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

My Day in Pictures: Small Town Fun & Scenery

Today has been so blessed and so much fun.
We just got back from our day trip to a small, quaint town a little
West of here and hit a good few of the antique shops, walked around, and best
of all... spent some time down at the river. Here are some of the
photos from the day :)

I loved the feel of the town when we first got there... I have been there before
but it has been about 12 years or so, so I was really young. 
As soon as we got out of the car,
the cool breeze from the river nearby felt lovely.
The town was also busy and decorated up for the 4th festivities.

Walking across the bridge, which had banners hung up, on our way to
the town square.

Everywhere you looked, the trees were giant.  They were so beautiful
and old, like this one and the one next to it, growing just near the bridge-
the circumference of the trunk was amazing.

The view looking down from the bridge.

The long front porch shared by a few of the shops on the main
part of the square. You know you're in a small, Southern town when
you find somewhere like this with people taking time to sit on a bench
or in a rocker and just watch the world go by.
This is also where I sat to eat this...

I was so excited to find this old-fashioned ice-cream shop!  It was sort of a mix
between that and a candy shoppe, and they also had popcorn.
It was so neat.  I decided to get a cone of Blue Bell Peach ice cream!
So heavenly, it had chunks of actual peach in it. 

One of the first antique shops we went into had this sweet little porch
swing out front.  I loved it.

Inside were some of the neatest things, like old photographs (which I bought a
few of, they were so historical and interesting!), furniture, quilts,
and best of all... clothing (like this 50s dress), hats and shoes.  I failed to photograph them,
but one of my favorite finds today in this shop was a pair of black velvet vintage
shoes that looked to be from the 20's.

A beautiful vintage hat I found; it was so elegant and beautiful
and even had a shimmery gold fabric for the lining up inside.

A lovely 40s or 50s dress...
as with the hat, I love to see and feel vintage things and not only
admire their beauty but try to imagine what type of person loved and
wore that certain piece.

 Before we had to leave (sadly), what I truly enjoyed was walking down
to the edge of the river.  I wanted to get in and swim, but we had no suit.  I hope to
go back before the season is over, though, and maybe swim or canoe to
really enjoy it.
Sitting by this river was so wonderful and it is one of the prettiest, most clear
and lovely rivers I have seen. 
It was uniquely beautiful in that it also had a long line of
trees on either side of the water's edge, creating a high and
 picturesque canopy of trees over the water.

Seeing the sun reflecting on the water, hearing and seeing the splashes as
kids jumped into the water, and just enjoying being there made
me think: this is what summer is really about.

.           .           .
 The drive there and back was nice too... we passed my favorite
kinds of landscape with farms and ranches and hill-country all around.

.         .           .

I am thankful for such an enjoyable day of fun experiencing
small-town history, feel, and scenery!
My only regret is not wearing enough sunblock ;)

Thank you for reading.
Enjoy a blessed day!!

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