Good Monday morning, my friends. I hope you all had a good weekend.
After three days of being out and about and socializing, I am so ready to
just stay at home today and nest. My day will be full - I have a lot to do
here at home today - but my heart will be full, as well. I love getting together
with friends or family members, but with being an introvert, socializing tires
me out and I crave and need my alone time to recharge.
On Friday, a friend came over for lunch - I made a delicious pureed butternut
squash-pumpkin soup and she brought over salad fixings. Then we went
for a long walk (about 4-5 miles) in the State Park. It was a gloomy day,
but the colors were still wonderful.
I can't believe how fast the leaves are falling from the trees now.
You know how I've showed you photos of that gorgeous red Maple
tree across the street from me? Totally bare already. Totally
depressing. Let's not even talk about the time change and how it
now gets dark at 4:30.
Saturday morning, I met with another friend for breakfast at Panera,
then got my hair cut. Instead of just the normal trim, she did the stacked
wedge cut in back. Since I have fine, wavy hair, I'm really liking all these
layers! The gray is really peeking back, but I always let it go as long as
possible since getting your hair colored (even at a "cheap" salon) is quite
expensive. And no, I can't do it myself. I am terrible with anything to do
with my hair - and she uses a couple of different colors in my hair -
something I would have no idea how to do. But, it helps to speak up.
I told her why I wasn't getting my hair colored just yet. That I simply didn't
have the extra funds. She whispered to me that she would do it out of
her home for me for a very reasonable fee!
Brian and I had a really nice date night on Saturday evening. We
went to see "Last Vegas" (matinee - so it was a reasonable price to see
a movie). We haven't seen a movie at the theater in at least a couple of
years. Just something we normally don't do. The movie was hilarious! Brian
is more of a quiet, serious person, so to see him laugh so much and so
hard did my heart a lot of good. Afterwards, we had a bite to eat at a place
called Freddie's Roadhouse. It's one of those restaurants/bars with casual
ambiance - shiny, worn wooden floors, the higher wooden tables with
tall chairs, the place cozily lit, fireplace going, bar in the middle of the place
with an open food grill in back. Much later at night, the place would be
packed with young people drinking and socializing, but if you get there
early like we did, there's only a handful of people there and it's relatively
quiet. I guess this place makes their money on booze, because their food
is very reasonably priced. We shared a few appetizers and talked and
laughed. It really did feel like a "date" with my husband of over 29 years!
I was up early and out again on Sunday morning. This time, meeting
two former coworker-friends at another coffee place. On the way home,
I noticed a sign in front of a nearby house announcing a moving sale
and that everything was 50% off. I wasn't going to stop - at first I figured
they wouldn't have anything left. But then something told me to turn around
and go back. Couldn't hurt to at least go look, right? I'm glad I did, as I not
only found a few treasures, but had some lovely conversation with the two
ladies that were running the sale. Turns out their elderly mother had lived
there. She was 92, had alzheimer's disease, and recently passed away.
I promised these ladies that the things I bought would be used, taken care
of, and cherished. Like this gorgeous lamp shade. Problem is - it doesn't
fit the lamp that I had intended it for! I will keep this in my basement until
I find a lamp at a resale shop - or I will see if my mom can use this.
Embroidered pillowcases that are currently in the wash. I will
iron them later.
A trio of vintage pictures...
A pair of valances...was hoping one would look good in my bathroom, but
it doesn't. I will see if any of my friends or family can use them. If not, they
get donated. They were only 50 cents for the pair!
Small wicker chest being used on my buffet...
Lastly, this beautiful vintage butterfly pin. (The gold car pin with the two
cats in it is from a vintage resale shop that Brian and I happened upon when
we were in St. Joseph, Michigan in September.) The ladies at the sale only
charged me $8.25 for all of these items. I was taken aback at how little
money they wanted for all these things...I asked her to repeat the price! I
gave her $10 and told her to keep the change. Am I too nice sometimes?
Perhaps. But I also believe that you get back what you give. What goes
around comes around. Nothing wrong with spreading a little kindness.