Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A new year and fresh pallet

I'm feeling nostalgic today.  It's my 43rd birthday and I am excited to start a fresh new year.
 I've got my favorite Christmas music playing loudly as I attempt to clean up this house.    I gotta tell you..  It's a mess!  The spoonful house has been under attack by the nasty flu bug.   It has slowly knocked each one of us off of our feet. 

This is where we've spent the last four days!  The dogs weren't complaining...  anytime they get to snuggle in the bed is good for them. 

 I'm still not quite myself...  
I am moving in a slow pace,  everything is hazy,   but it sure feels good to be up and around.

And I did clean off one counter top..  that counts for something!

I'm sick of being sick!
Back to my birthday...

Wooohooo,  I never thought that I would be so excited to see another year.
I've been preparing for this day for a while.. 
42 was hard! 
I learned many lessons..  I learned a lot about myself,  a lot about love, about faith,
 and even lessons that I didn't want to learn. 
Some lessons took me a while to figure them out..   but once i "got it", 
they've made me a better stronger person.

Welcome 43 ~ 
 Time to take everything thing that I've learned and live and love to life's fullest.
Time to bury and say goodbye to the past.

What will I do on this 43rd year...  

Savor every moment with my family.
I will drink more water.
Finish writing my recent romance.
get a short funky hair haircut.
travel with my paddle board
 ~ smile ~

Have a great day everyone!!!!
I will be back soon with some pretties to show you.  

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fur tree

Sharky wishes everyone a shiny great new week!!!

We know that you want to see another....   

Dang he's cute!

Friday, December 5, 2014

The little porch tree

Good Morning.
Happy FRIDAY!!!

I am looking forward to this weekend.  Tonight we are getting our Christmas tree. 
The living room tree aka the santa tree is a sign that christmas is near.    
The rest of the weekend I will be cleaning, putting some final christmas touches around the house, doing a little baking and heading out to do some christmasing in DC.   Should be fun.

I want to tell you that things have been busy around here.. but,  well..  
the decorating process has been slow,  the dinning out and eating junk with my husband has been plenty, and the naps on the sofa have been abundant.
It's December ~  It's allowed.  : )

Isn't this little tree just adorable!

I hadn't planned on putting a tree out on the porch this year..
and then I saw it! 

The porch is all done.  I kept it simple and colorful.

Of course, I hung the snowflakes from the ceiling again.
I can't not hang them..
They make me too happy.

I tucked some fresh greens around and hung a couple of sets of those old time chunky lights that were not being used... 

The big lights take me back to those simple days of my childhood. 

It is a happy room ~  If i get all of my work done early enough today,  ( I reeeeally need to do something today)  I think I may lay out here and read the Christmas book that I've been neglecting.


How you like that little paintnig?
I made it a few weeks ago.   It was actually very easy to paint.
Of course,  I had to glitter it up!!!

That's it from here today  ~  I am off to catch up on some blogs before I have to drive the little scholar to school.

Be happy and have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

An outdoor Christmas in the dining room


Hello lovely faces!
Did everyone have a nice Thanksgiving?

Here in the Spoonful house...  Thanksgiving was extraordinary.
Calm & Peaceful,  with family, good friends, fantastic food and lots to be thankful for.  
Probably the best Holiday that I can remember in a looooong time.

...  and the turkey
 This year I covered  it in bacon...   ahhhhhh!

It has been a difficult past few weeks... 
and you bloggers have not helped!!!
Because I've been dying to dig my greedy little hands into the boxes of Christmas decorations!!

The morning after Thanksgiving this girl was ready to roll.
Shopping with all of those crazy people out there..   heck no!

The only chaos going on around here was the Wise Men kicking the Pilgrims to the curb.
Sorry pilgrims..  

I spent the entire day in the dining room.
Of course i started there first, it is my favorite room in this house!

 Here we go... 
I'm so excited.

Something that I hope to carry along throughout this new year.
Live, Sing, Love, Smile,
Be Merry! 

If you are wondering.. 
 that was made by cutting the letters out of a brown grocery bag, adhesive and glitter.
The little lights are a battery operated set from a Christmas village.

My theme is Winter village.
Things that you would see outside in a cozy Christmas village.

..  and you would most definitely find a thermos full of hot chocolate.

and a jar of yummy marshmallows.

A lantern to light the way.

Of course you would see lots of little animals playing in the snow.

 stars and tree branches will shine over your head.

Socks and skates dry next to a toasty fire.

There are lots of warm cozy plaids to keep us warm.

The plaid plates are just cheap charger plates that I decoupaged with wrapping paper.
(and Not very well..  I should add,  but they'll work. )

And among it all.. 
 The Christmas tree shines brightly.

I hope that you all enjoyed!
I couldn't wait to share it with you..  
it was definitely worth waiting for.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else is up to!
Exciting..  I love this time of year!!!

I am off to put together a pot of Turkey and rice soup.

~ I see a bowl of hot soup, the Hallmark channel, and some blog reading in my future!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Oh man...  anybody else feel like they are about to fall over from exhaustion?
What a day!

The house is clean,  food is prepped and I am way ahead of schedule for tomorrows big dinner.

As tomorrow will be hectic and the house will be full,
 I wanted to stop in and wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Counting my blessings

Count your blessings..   you often hear that when there is a shift in your life.    Through good and bad.. there is always a reason to count your blessings.   When life is good, it's easy.    But when things aren't going the way we plan.. it sure is a lot harder to see those blessings clearly.

Many months ago,  when my marriage was quickly crumbling,  when the friends that I loved and trusted betrayed and used me,  when the consequences of those acts caused me to leave the job that I loved for 6 years,  When confusion and sadness consumed me...
 People said it to me many times,  Count your blessings.   Hah!  I could have laughed in their faces.

Tonight, as I stood at the stove, side by side with my husband, cooking dinner together and listening to our daughters silly debate on whether the real pronunciation of  Speaker John Boehner's name is Baynor or Boner...  I heard those voices whispering in my head,  Count your blessings.  

I admit that I have moments when I still miss my old job.  I still miss the chaos of trying to balance work and everything else
.... and then,  I think back to the summer.
 This lazy healing wonderful summer.   Paul and I spent every minute that we had together ~ together.    Healing, loving, forgiving and trusting.. 

I think of all of the trips, days on the boat, dinner dates, movie nights, projects and conversations.

I think back to a few days ago,  sitting at the kitchen table with Michelle, laughing and singing along to our favorite Christmas songs  as we cut out and decorated homemade cinnamon Christmas tree ornaments. 

I think back to last week,  feeling exhausted as I sat on the bus next to sally on our way home from NYC.  I hear her words in my head over and over..   This was the greatest birthday ever and I wouldn't have wanted to come here with anyone else but you..   I am so glad that you stopped working. 
Like music to my ears.. 

I look back to that lonely night in May when the reality of everything completely crushed me.

 I look back at it all and count my blessings. 

 I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.  To be in this place that I am today ..  to be loved and to love so much that it hurts ~     This year sure has been an amazing journey!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Sweet 16 in the big apple ( photo overload)

I mentioned that there was a big birthday last week!   
16!  Yikes!

As we were preparing for Sally's birthday we offered to have a party somewhere, but she didn't want to. 
 She said that she just wanted to hang out with me..  a mom date, like we used to have.  ( can you feel this mother's heart swell)
                          ......And that's how it started.  

New York City.  

We had no set plans except that we were going to have dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.

We hopped on the bus up at 7:30 am and we strolling through the city by 11:00.

This view from New Jersey,  just outside of the Lincoln tunnel has always been my favorite.   I always get excited when we reach this point.

 Our first stop,  Times Square..  where we were attacked by these characters. 

Mostly all of the photos are from Sally's camera and point of view. 
 You'll see...  she took some great photos of our trip.

We made a few stops on times square and decided on instead of going downtown as we had planned,  
that we'd walk north to central park.

It was cold.. but so beautiful. The foliage was full of color.

 Speaking of beautiful..  Look at this cutie.  I can't believe that she's 16 already!

 We spent hours in the park.. we've been there before, on carriage rides,  and it was never anything like this,  strolling on foot.   It was breathtaking.   We could have stayed there all day long.

Being in the park really made us both want to go home and watch Elf and Home Alone 2 ...  : ) 

We went to Rockefeller center where we contemplated going ice skating.  We both chickened out.

 They were literally trimming the tree.

After indulging on a slice of the greasiest, most delicious, slice of New York pizza, 
We took the Top Of  The Rock tour.   I think that the view from here is even better then that from the empire state building.. because from here you have the gorgeous view of the Empire state building.

I love this shot where you can see the Empire state building, the Freedom Tower and the Statue of Liberty.

And of course..  we had to go to Macy's!

Soon it was time for dinner...  With arm loads of packages we traveled back up to Times Square.


As promised,  Sally's old grade school bff .. who now lives just outside of Manhattan,  met us for dinner.  Although they sometimes Skype..  these two haven't seen each other in person for almost 4 years.   It was a funny reunion..  They crack me up!!!

And that my friends was pretty much all of our trip!   Nothing fancy..  but truly a wonderful day and a great 16th Birthday!!

Hope you enjoyed the journey with us.   Just be thankful that you don't have the sore hips and feet : )