Surprises & Hot Cider

 

Yesterday, I was surprised when my parents brought Mi Amor along on their visit. I jumped into him and even when he left, I still couldn’t believe I was able to see him…I thought it was going to be a month…

The four of us explored ArtPrize and my parents were able to see Poppins.
Its always wonderful to have my girl-time with my mom, so after the guys left to go back to the east side, my mom and I soaked our feet, sipped tea, and watched a chick-flick together.
Waking up at 4a.m. to drive to the airport was funnnnnn…
But my mom treated us to a smoothie and frappe that we split half and half. DELISH!

I went back to sleep as soon as I got back to Poppins and woke up for church. I drove to a new church, who has a really small congregation, a fabulous pastor, and needs some help on their worship team…definitely ways I can add to that church while growing and learning. Its a possibility.

I then went off to ArtPrize where I ventured by myself, exploring and tasting and being inspired.
I. Love. My. City.

It was super neat to see the pieces that I hadn’t seen before,
and ya know what…seeing art by myself allows me to think differently..I look at it in a different light somehow..I think its because I have no choice but to be with myself, and not explain my thoughts to anyone else. I just mull over them.

I saw the best pieces entered into ArtPrize today. Some of them are shown in the pictures.

I also was able to enjoy a cup of hot apple cider while listening to a saxophone player. It was phenomenal.

For the first time ever, I went to an olive oil and vinegar tasting. I never would have thought I’d like it as much as I did…it was DELISH. I almost bought some, until I found out that they switch their specials every month…and with tomorrow being the beginning of October..they are having my favorite in a three pack special.

I might splurge and support my locals…even though I practically do that as often as I can.

A Dollop of Autumn

Walked to the coop and picked 2 eggs to add to about 1 and 1/2 to 2 cups of flour and some garlic salt–homemade dumplings!

 

Plopped my dumplings into my homemade stock; herbs, garden-fresh spicy peppers, garlic, more herbs, and some seasonings. WARM MY SOUL!

 

 

Let the Autumn Decor begin!

 

Mums from the Farmers Market

 

Pumpkins from the Farmers Market (I realized I don’t spend NEARLY enough time there)

 

One side of the porch

 

Other side of the steps!

 

Welcoming the season and all who enter my home

 

Stay a bit…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All It Takes Is A Leaf…

 

I went for a run today, a long one. 

Its the most beautiful fall day out.
I got back and checked the mail…
Have I ever expounded upon the fact that I LOVE snail mail? There’s something so, so, precious..personal…endearing about it! 

Knowing that somebody took a moment of time in their day to focus on you, when you weren’t around. It’s always nice to be thought of. And to be told and shown that is even better. 

I opened an envelope that had no return address, but I sure knew that hand writing. 

I hope its okay for me to share,
but I just want to bask in the marvelous love given to me.

I pulled out a familiar piece of art; a black & white photo of a sunflower taken by Mi Amor.
He wrote on the back of it and I’m pretty sure I read it 10 times before I sat back, taking a breath. I watched the wind sweep over the trees and listened to my wind-chime’s happiness.
I look once again in the envelope and pulled out a delicate colored leaf.
…ever stop and think what a miracle Autumn is?…
oh Autumn. He knows its my favorite.

Still smiling, I opened my next envelope, addressed from my dear mom.

I pulled out a cute ‘just because’ card.
Then two pictures fell out, I started crying instantly as I caught a glimpse…
My Grandpa Captain & I..one picture when I was just born, the other June 22, 1995.
He was holding me in the first. Gazing down at this bundled little miracle of God. Babies are really quite a miracle…ever stop and think about it?

In the second I was giving him this quirky smile as he sat in “his chair”, wrapping an arm around my waist, happiness growing across his face.

:My mom wrote:
“The enclosed photos remind me that even though you might not remember Grandpa Captain very much, he sure enjoyed you!”

I can’t go one day without feeling love.
I love, love.

Refreshing Tears

I don’t even know where to begin this post…

I absolutely adore and despise the moment when I love someone so much that I don’t even know what to say; I can’t even express with words or actions, to let them know how deeply I care for them.
This happened to me a lot this past weekend.
My dad is building his own solar panel, in his ‘spare time’…psh, he doesn’t have ‘spare time’. He’s the most dedicated man. He never goes half-way on anything. He pours his heart into everything. He’s the coolest person I know.

.Hands Down.

My mom gives me so much and helps me in ways that I didn’t even know I need, but of course ended up needing. 

I cried in front of Mi Amor when I said goodbye, I didn’t know what to say and couldn’t hug him hard enough to let him understand that three little words weren’t enough…I just cried…

I arrived back to Poppins after my first day of 2nd shift at work and my roomies stayed up JUST so they could hug me and see me…I repeat this over and over–I have the best roomies in the world. 


I was alone in the house this morning, as both roomies were off at work//school.
I decided it wasn’t going to be just a ‘mundane’ day. I can’t stand mundane-ness, so I decided to text a friend my challenge for the day.
List 10 things you’re thankful for..

Have you ever experienced the amount of relief and renewal that comes, when you walk on an autumn day and just THANK God for things in your life?
It’s INCREDIBLE.

I’m thankful for [[in no particular order]]

  • Jam sessions with friends
  • Candles
  • Scarves
  • Joyful souls
  • Art
  • My froggie slippers
  • Tears of love
  • Sunshine
  • Chapstick
  • My friend whom I texted this challenge

 

What are you thankful for? 

Bananas, Oats, and a Teaspoon of Joy

I have reviewed my priorities,
{here are a few}

  •  to continue in my ‘domestic’ style of home-making lots of various foods, crafts, etc…
  • to keep up my workouts
  • to keep time open for friends 

Thus far, I’ve been doing pretty good,
I feel like I’m keeping up my workout so much, that alongside standing and walking at work for 8 hours, my legs are aging faster than I am. 

 

They are finally getting a rest today,
Sonrisa and I were planning on going to Zumba, but her mom surprised her!
So, I took the opportunity to let my legs rest and give my mouth a party.

I have made lots of different smoothies, and today I made one with my chocolate protein powder, frozen strawberries, almond milk, flax seed, and peanut butter. Wow. It was WONDERFUL.

As I put the strawberries away, I noticed a bundle of bananas I had frozen a while ago, because of a super sale of over ripe bunches. I took them out to create a new recipe.
I put three in my blender with milk, honey, maple syrup, an egg, and applesauce.
Blend Blend Blend.
Then I mixed quick oats, flour, chocolate chips, and a bit of baking powder.

I ended up dolloping Nutella on top…who could resist!?

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Today at work, I was thinking of how awesome it was that I could end up working in the medical field for the rest of my life.

Running scripts with my scrubs on, I thought, “I’ll never have to worry about what to wear in the morning…”
I get benefits, insurance, a retirement matching program, and a whole lot more perks.
I have fabulous co-workers, we have treats all the time because we celebrate everyone’s birthday, the uplifting and tender hearts that I encounter just energize me.
Although, I do realize that I would do better having more patient interaction, I’m getting used to having ‘spurts’ of energy rather than having an altogether great day. It’s little sprinkles of happiness, which make me appreciate them more.
There is this realization of the huge adjustments that I have gone through in my life, creating in me this ‘grow up, get over it, get on with it’ thought process.
I’m harder on myself than anyone around me, which is probably how everybody feels…
But, anyways, when I was only 17, I flew out of the country for the first time to a place I had no relationship with, people I didn’t know, a language I didn’t speak, and expectations that were dismissed.
When I was only 18 I worked my butt off to pass a National test after a pharm. tech college course, while other people my age were just graduating high school.
When I turned 19, I was in for it…
There I was, up for the adventure, not realizing what I was truly getting myself into…
I moved to a place I had known only a few roads by name, got a new job, away from my family at church, parents, and Mi Amor.
I was blessed with an opportunity to put my ‘big girl pants’ on and begin a life where over 1/3 of my day was focused on work. Some of my co-workers probably don’t realize that they’ve served at St. Mary’s more than double my life span…

I have moments where I feel so incredibly blessed and yet extremely confused because my days pass by without me taking a breath.

Priorities…

there it is again!

I’m slowly stepping toward the characteristics and events I want to keep in my life and work on to improve.

Anyways…thanks for listening to me ramble..the muffins just got done!