Hello to November….and the first Wednesday of the month. Time for another look at things “currently” at my house but, before I begin, I want to beg your patience as I try to get back into my routine. I have been on the struggle bus trying to get caught up with comments, emails, and (sadly) visiting my blog friends. Today is the day, though, and I look forward to connecting with everyone. I so enjoy this blog community. The friendships, the encouragement, and the inspiration. Thanks to each one of you who are visiting today. Please leave a comment (many of you do but I would love to hear from the rest of you)!
But, for now, let’s talk about some random things happening in my neck of the woods. Currently, I am:
borrowing – my daughter’s curling irons and wands. Why? I have (forever) dreamed of beautiful, bouncy wavy hair. All the girls on Pinterest and YT make it look incredibly easy. My daughter even claims it is oh-so-easy. But they are joking. It is not easy and my hair did not look bouncy, wavy, or beautiful. She loaned me four (yes, four!) different contraptions. All fails. And some (actually most) of them do not even have clips on them but are just solid, burning hot rods. You are supposed to use a glove-covered hand to wrap your hair around said rod….and, voila. Nope. I just want my good ole Conair hot curlers back!
buying – a few new sweaters and sweatshirts. My whole wardrobe could use a bit of an upgrade or refresh but sweaters and sweatshirts are in desperate need – so I am starting there. The other day, I found several cute sweaters at Ross. I have never shopped at Ross before. I cannot say it was my favorite store but at least that day, I came home with a few new things. Of course, this week it is spring-like again but I know sweater weather has not gone far away. I am curious, though, to see how many folks put “Christmas gifts” in this category!? I do not buy gifts early. (Is November early??) I have tried it before and it only added stress for me. When do you start buying gifts? Or maybe you are done?!?
planning – our Thanksgiving. Our holiday celebration is small and rather simple but it is still our celebration and we enjoy our little traditions. My brother will be in town this year which has not happened in several (perhaps many) years. I’m excited to share the day with him as well. Ninety-nine percent of the time, we eat out. We have done that for decades but not always at the same place. I think we have decided on a restaurant for this year and I am making reservations even today. Then I will work on ideas for spending/enjoying the rest of the day. It might be small but it would not be “a special day” if I didn’t (over)plan it!!:)
prepping – for a small Junior Church Christmas program. My group includes a wide range of ages which is a bit of a challenge but I have a few ideas. Actually, I have more than a few ideas and need to pick a direction and go with it. It is November already (cue the apprehension) and we need to practice. Typically, we simply sing a medley of songs for Christmas but as far as I know, they have never done any type of program before. Note to self: start small, Jennifer!!
reading – cozy murder mysteries. I have no idea how I got started on these stories. But they are not too long, are easy to read, have cute characters, and just enough intrigue to keep me interested all the way to the end. They are perfect for reading just before bed when my brain is barely half engaged (if that much). My favorites right now (um, currently) are the Amish Candy Shop Mysteries by Amanda Flower.
Thanks again for stopping by. You can find the entire link-up here and find out what others are reading….or what they might be borrowing!:)
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