It has been a chilly weekend around here. Well, around the entire country (or so I am told)! Winter has really been showing its upper hand. We have not had snow here – thankfully! – but the wind has been blowing. And blowing hard! The temperatures are just plain COLD and are expected to stay that way all week. Those temperatures have been keeping this warm weather lover indoors and they tend to make for rather slow, if not a bit boring, days. I’m not (completely) complaining but it does do me well to consider some of the highlights (blessings, even) from the last few days. Because, I’ll be honest, if I focus too much on the weather, I can (far too quickly) become a grumbler and that’s not pleasant for any of us. Here are a few (very simple) things from (the very simple) weekend…and one thing I would change. (And how’s that for more than enough parenthesis in one paragraph!?)
1 – Cheap coffee. Doesn’t that sound yummy? Maybe I should say tasty but not super expensive coffee. Or I could simply say coffee in general. Remember the new coffee shop I mentioned last week? My husband suggested we needed to go again on Saturday. I’m pretty sure he was suggesting I needed to get out of the house…and go just about anywhere!? Their coffee is not only pretty but so very tasty. We enjoyed it this second visit as much as we did the first time. But I will also say that we have really been enjoying our coffee at home too. It is not nearly as pretty as a coffee shop latte but we have stumbled across a coffee we really enjoy. From Amazon, of all places, and it is not expensive at all. I know everyone has their opinion of the perfect cup of joe but this one sure works for the two of us. Not bitter. Not too strong but with actual flavor. These long, cold afternoons often find us having a second cup of the hot beverage. Ah, and hubbie makes the coffee and is a much more handsome barista than any of those in the cutest of coffee shops:).
2 – British TV cozy mysteries. I’m not typically much of a tv watcher but, well, these long evenings often find us downstairs after dinner. Using our comfiest throws and watching “cozy mysteries.” Not sure why they are called cozy except to say I am not talking real crime dramas. My husband might enjoy those – but not me. However, we both enjoy some Death in Paradise, Vera, Midsomer Murders and the list goes on. Mystery or not, we always finish the night with one episode of Escape to the Country. Our favorite!
3 – A gas fireplace. I know there are folks who love the real deal. But I have no desire to chop wood, gather wood or have wood piled inside my home. I love the warmth, and the coziness, of a fire at the flip of a switch. We have been enjoying ours quite a bit lately.
4 – Extra Bible reading time. Slow mornings allow for more time to read. More time to dig in and search the scriptures. I am trying two new daily devotionals for this year. One that my husband and I do together and one I do on my own. The verdict is still out on both of them. They are good…but not amazing, for lack of a better word. I really need to decide if I want to stick with them or look for something else. I have also been trying to work on some scripture memory. This definitely takes extra time. And lots of it! I can barely remember the three things I need at the grocery store and yet I hope to commit passages of scripture to memory.
5 – Crossword puzzles. I will admit this one is a challenge for me. Even with slow days and extra time, I have a hard time “just doing” a puzzle. It feels so unproductive but I have been trying to convince myself it is okay to simply do something “unproductive” or just for fun. I used to really enjoy Sudoku…and I still do but recently I have been a bit obsessed with crossword puzzles. I have the NYT Games app on my phone and I love it. The daily games include a mini crossword puzzle, Wordle, Spelling Bee and Connections – all of which I really enjoy.
6 – Baked oatmeal. For some reason, I had stopped eating oatmeal as much as I once did. A few months ago, I started making a nice bowl of the hot cereal a couple times of week but I had completely forgotten about baked oatmeal. I pulled out a couple of recipes and made some this past week. How could I have forgotten? I have found myself thinking about that Pecan Pie Baked Oatmeal the minute my eyes open! So much tastiness in my breakfast bowl!!
One thing I would change. Besides the weather, of course. I hate to even confess this but I would say too much time on phone. Ugh. Empty hours lead to useless scrolling. I never used to think this was a problem for me but I don’t know what has happened recently. I blame winter. But winter or not, this is going to change. And why does my phone have to send me a weekly report on my usage? That is as dumb as listing the calorie count on restaurant menus! Don’t they want us to order their food!!?!
I think I will end there. Despite the cold and predictions of falling from the sky type winter weather (depending on what you read), this week includes scripture assembly this morning – so we are headed out early. In the cold. There is also breakfast fellowship later in the week, lunch one afternoon with friends and several other things/plans that will hopefully get me up and out of the house just a bit more. It really does help with the grumbling:) If the weather is terrible wherever you are, I pray you are safe. Warm. And healthy. Have a wonderful week ahead, friends!