It's always fun to do a Daybook and I try to do one each month and today is that day for October.
Fall has just about arrived here and it makes me very happy. I do love fall and all of it's gorgeous colors and weather.
Outside my window...it is still rather dark but promising to be a beautiful fall day. I sort of look forward to Daylight Savings Time on Nov. 2nd except that it means it will be dark about the time we sit down to dinner. Bummer, I want it light in the early morning and in the late evening. Guess that's called, "I want my cake and eat it too."
I am thinking...of what fun it was to entertain a group of ladies yesterday. It was likely the last large gathering I will be hosting in this house but I so look forward to entertaining in our new house.
I am thankful...that the building of our house has gone so smoothly thus far. It is a busy time but there have not been any major "hurdles" thus far and I'm crossing my fingers it will continue this way.
In the kitchen...well, we had company last weekend and my brother is here right now, so that always means some extra time in the kitchen. Today I'll be making up all the ingredients for Mexican Stack-ups for an early 85th birthday dinner for my Dad this evening.
I am wearing...brown cargo pants with a beige top and brown sandals. Accessorized with a coppery colored cross necklace and earrings. ~like you really cared~ smile~
I am going...to a district Garden Club meeting in a couple of weeks. I am serving as Vice President of our local club this year. While I'm not exactly a "gardening enthusiast," I do enjoy the programs we have and I have learned a lot of great things about plants and table scapes by being in this club. And, I hear the program for the district meeting is going to be well worth being there for.
I am wondering...a whole lot about the new house. I sit and think about where this will go, where that will go and where some things just will not go. It's such fun to imagine what it will all look like once we actually get moved in.
I am reading...nothing in particular at this time but I just started using Living Life Undaunted by Christine Caine as my daily devotional book. I had never even heard of her until a couple of months ago and she is "something else" and so sold out to God and His plan for her life. Quite the lady!!!
I am hoping...to begin the "going through" and "getting rid of" things process in the next couple of weeks. I want to take my time and methodically work through the house. I'm clearing out an area in our upstairs to do this so that only that small area will be in disarray. It will be an area where I can put boxes with either items to move or items to get rid of. What fun!!!! ~NOT~
I am looking forward to...having a large closet! Need I say anything more?
I am learning....all I can about Ebola. Oh, my, it is really scary and makes me think that truly we are in the "end times."
Around the house...things are not nearly as neat and tidy as I would like for them to be. To those who come in, it looks great, but I know every nook and cranny and I love having everything in order and it is just not right now and likely will not be again in this house. My interest has waned and I just cannot seem to get motivated to keep it as tidy since we will be moving in the next 5-6 months. I know, that's still a long ways off but "it is what it is." ~big smile~
I am pondering...whether or not I am going to do my "annual" fudge making this Christmas season. And, I'm pretty sure I am not. I can't remember how long I have been making anywhere from 40-60 lbs. of fudge to give away at Christmas but it's probably been at least 15+ years. By this time I usually have at least 15 lbs made,
and in the freezer, and that is not the case this year. Yes, I am very busy but that's not really my reasoning. I have come to realize in the past couple of years that most folks are inundated with "sweets" during the holidays and mine is just "one more" to add to the collection. I know we end up with quite a collection here and often a lot of it goes to waste and that makes me gringe when I think that my delicious homemade fudge might go to waste. So, not sure what I will do, if anything, but it probably will not be fudge. As the saying goes, "all good things must come to an end at some point." ~so, so sorry folks~ I think when I first started making it that it really was "special" because folks didn't have the array of goodies that they now do, but that is generally not the case now for most folks. It seems really strange for me not to be stirring up pot after pot of fudge.
A favorite quote for today...
"People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did.
But, people will never forget how you made them feel."
I'm not sure any truer words have ever been spoken.
One of my favorite things...is working hard to pull together a gathering or event and have it come off exactly as I planned. Such was the case for the gathering I hosted in our home yesterday. Makes all the hard work and effort worth it.
A few plans for the rest of the week.....Well, this week is just about over and I'll spend this weekend enjoying having my youngest brother here visiting. He is always very faithful to come and spend time with our Dad and on this visit we will be celebrating Dad's 85th birthday a bit early. His "real" birthday is Nov. 9th but since my brother was coming this weekend, it just seemed appropriate that we celebrate it while he was in town.
A peek into my day...making a big pot of chili to use in our Mexican Stackups this evening. They are one of my Dad's favorite meals and while they don't sound like much of a "birthday meal," if that's what he enjoys then that makes it alright. Right???