Hello sweet friends! We are settling into our temporary home with my mom (see below) and enjoying the quiet, wooded area around her home. Samson loves all the new smells and didn’t have any anxiety with the move, thankfully (which he’s had more of as he’s aged).
Even though we aren’t in a house of our own yet, there’s plenty for me to blog about and share with you! My plan is to keep bringing you lots of real-life, real food recipes, plus ideas to help your holidays go smoother and be simpler. I hope to offer you menu ideas on a budget, time-management tips, and if all goes well, a planner I’ve been testing all year (hint: it’s not like all the others…). I’ve got a lot more ideas in the pipeline, too, that I hope you will find useful, inspirational, and encouraging. Just in case you were wondering. 😉
On to this week’s things I’m loving – and a few links I think you’ll love! (as always, some of the links I provide are affiliate links)
Our temporary home. I haven’t had a chance to take any ‘real’ photos (like with a camera instead of my phone), but I wanted to share with you a glimpse into our new place. We are staying with my mom and she made room for us so we could bring our own bed and a few things that make it feel like home (the nightstand you see is my card catalog side table whose drawers are providing nice storage).
The house is more rural than where our home was and is set among towering evergreens. There are enough deciduous trees, though, that we have a beautiful fall view off the deck that I’m looking at as I type this. My mom is fun and easy to live with – and we all have our own things to do, so we’re not tripping over each other all the time. It’s nice to have someone else around, actually. It’s funny – I think people used to live this way (multi-generationally) not too long ago all the time. I wonder if our quest for independence has resulted in a lot of lonely people?
A break in the rain at the coast. We got a lot of rain during the month of October which, believe it or not, is unusual. Oregon Octobers are usually full of days with the changing fall leaves set against the evergreens and blue skies (we like to call it our secret…). Not this year, though – which made moving fun, a-hem.
The weekend after we moved, though, was my family’s annual girl’s weekend with my sisters and mom and we were surprised with a nice sunny Saturday at the coast. It was so beautiful with the high tides that resulted in big waves hitting the rocks, pleasant walks along the coast, and a gorgeous sunset. #blessed
The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey podcast. I don’t know where I heard of this, since I don’t know who Jamie Ivey is – I think she had a guest on I wanted to hear – but I’ve been really enjoying this podcast when I get a chance to listen (like when cleaning a house for the last time when selling…). Jamie (nice name, ha!) is a Christian and interviews women in a real way, just like we’re all in the same room chatting.
Some of her guests are more famous (Beth Moore, Jen Hatmaker), but most are just ‘regular’ women who are living their lives in a meaningful way and chatting about it. The episodes don’t really explore Christianity (it’s not a devotional or study), it’s simply the worldview to all of the topics that we deal with everyday. I’ve laughed, been motivated, and been encouraged. Have you heard of this podcast?
Links To Check Out:
Real food white Queso dip for your game days.
DIY Christmas ornaments and decorating ideas.
Realistic looking fake plants.
14 frost-prevention strategies for your garden.
Let’s make God great again.
7 habits to help you win over debt.
Holiday decluttering guide.
Easy DIY home sign art.
The complete guide to Thanksgiving (it there is such a thing…)
How to clean and winterize a gas grill.
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