Humility is such a good quality to have.
Paper planning keeps me on track and really does inspire me to live my best life.
Around the House
I love DISH's Dishscapes (channel 199 if you have DISH!). There's a new one each month. This underwater scene was the "scape" for August. The sounds are relaxing and the picture is pretty. I leave it on for hours at a time. There are little surprises that pop up throughout the month that are fun to look for. Like for this one, the lost city of Atlantis appeared in the background a few times.
I made "Vanishing Breakfast Rolls" from a recipe I learned in 7th grade Home Ec at my junior high school in Layton, Utah. These are the exact same thing as the Resurrection Rolls we make each Easter. They're a delicious treat and they disappear quickly!
My 7th grade handwriting! I love old things like this.
Sam cleaned out his stuffed animals and left these two on my bed along with a cute little note. 💖
I like the shadow cast by my new owl bowl from my mom.
We got a whole-house generator! I've been wanting one for a long time; it was one of my big-ticket emergency prep items. I like having a generator for the peace of mind it gives me. Just this morning, the power went out for a few minutes and it kicked right in.
Beach gear shelf at the Cape house
Reading the newspaper on the back porch with Violet resting nearby. The definition of a peaceful summer afternoon.
This is a very unflattering selfie of me but I cherish it because I think it's the last one I ever took of Boo Boo and me. I loved him so much and he was my fun, faithful, loyal, loving companion for ten wonderful years. I miss him terribly.
He was doing just fine up until the weekend before he passed away. There had been no significant signs of anything being wrong. I was totally taken by surprise.
This was his favorite spot in the house, here on the stair landing where he had a good view of the front yard (another one of his favorite places). It's so empty now without him there to fill its space. 💔
Three things in a row that I like
My spoils from the gift shop at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
This is a really good pressed powder. I may never go back to anything else. It is the powder to end all powders. 😄
I really like this flowered planner. I don't need it because mine is in good shape and it's cute too (white with gold polka dots), but...I still want it. So far I have resisted.
This is tempting too. This is cool!
Miscellaneous (True Randoms)
Sharalyn and I are birthday buddies, and we went out to dinner along with Meredith at The Wayside Inn when I got back from the Cape to celebrate! I love my friends.
I want to make something like this with the shells I collect from the beach. I think I'll sign up for this next summer.
I'm so glad that American Ninja Warrior was able to get a new season filmed and done despite Covid.
Popular songs and TV shows from the year I was born (1980).
I got money from Iowa! I like how they do this, it's so efficient and organized.
This is my dream. A house by the beach with my bedroom overlooking the ocean. Especially a bedroom like this! Look at that window seat! I'd spend many hours there reading and resting and watching the sea. And listening to the sound of the waves and breathing in the fresh sea air. This room would be heaven!
Pretty flowers at Outpost Farm.
This isn't a racial thing at all because I've had this issue for a long time with anyone who spends beyond their means to the detriment of their living situation, especially when children are involved. This young mom is behind on rent. Yet she has a nice phone, fake eyelashes, hair extensions, and manicured fingernails (which she could have done on her own, and I hope she did). Yet she's behind on rent. Do you see the problem here? Perhaps one of the reasons she's behind on rent is because she seems to be spending her money on wants, not just needs (obviously I don't know for sure; this is just a literal snapshot of this woman's life). This isn't meant to be a harsh judgment, it's an observation of a serious problem that plagues too many people in our country.
Ta-da! This is the Thomas Kinkade Sound of Music puzzle that took me months to put together, and only then with my mom's help. It was way harder than I thought it would be. I don't want to do this puzzle again and it's a pretty picture so I framed it!
A funny typo in a text from my mom 😂