It’s The Little Things

Maggie Loves Pumpkins
I’ve been sick since last Wednesday. A no fun, suck all the energy out of you sickness that as left me holed up at home. This past weekend was one of our most “free” weekends we’ve had for months. I decided to fill up any chance of doing anything for myself by being sick.

(side note: One of my least favorite things to do is call in sick to work. I always resort to feeling like a 10-year-old convincing my mom to let me stay home from school. Anyone else terrified to make that call? When you’re actually sick?)

It’s so easy to get down and out when you’re stuck at home sick. Everything seems hard and it seems like it will be forever until you’re feeling like yourself again. Fevers take over and you feel trapped. Finding a reason to smile just seems to hard to manage, rather fill up your time with another nap or trashy daytime tv.

When you’re feeling down even the simplest things can make you feel happier. This weekend it was the joy of my dog.

Maggie LOVES pumpkins. Like loves them almost as much as taking a walk, getting treats, or running loose outside. She’s our little veggie lover dog: she also loves the smell of green beans, cucumbers, all other squash, and loves to eat edamame.

maggie sniffs out pumpkins
 Every fall we go through mini pumpkins like water for her. She loves to push them around in the house and carry them around. We cannot have too many mini pumpkins on display in our house. As soon as she spots them she makes them hers. Its starts with a slow creepy stare from across the room and soon she has her nose right up in the them and is barking at them. 

maggie pumpkins
Seeing her joy over a mini pumpkin made my weekend.  I trudged back into work today but was able to greeted by an over zealous Maggie and her pumpkin after work. 

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Remember that last time something that little made you that happy? Why do we adults lose sight of the little joys in our lives? So often they make all the difference. 

Are you a book lover like me? Stay tuned tomorrow when I start a new series: Recently Read reviewing the last few books I’ve read. Let’s talk books!



Weekend Wrap Up – Celebrating Fall 10.13.2013

This weekend was a weekend set aside to stay at home and recharge our batteries. Ryan and I have had busy weekends since Labor Day weekend – most of the time going away for the weekend. So we really needed to devote some time to our home and to each other.

We nested, cooked, and celebrated all things Fall!

Fall Indian Corn

Saturday we woke up early and hit a local farmer’s market. We scored some beautiful pumpkins and produce for great prices. Check this out, we got 4 pumpkins, 4 gourds, Indian corn, mums, a cauliflower, spaghetti squash, two acorn squash, 3 tomatoes, 1 pepper, 2 zucchini, spinach, 5 apples, and apple butter all for $30.00!

Maggie is o b s e s s e d with pumpkins. She turns into a frisky little puppy when you give her a mini pumpkin. It’s the cutest thing ever. We let her push it and carry is around until it starts to resemble a wilted prune. After we had to take it away from her she proceeded to bark and beg for all the other pumpkins on display around the house.

maggie pumpkin

It was then time to Fallorize our home (yep making up words over here).

fall decor fall decor mum pumpkins fall decor 3 fall decor in sewing drawer

Ryan had a paper to slave over and I needed to get started on our de clutter project. I locked myself in our office and after 5 hours I had 8 bags of stuff to get rid of. 4 Goodwill bags and 4 large bags of trash. It felt like a huge weight being lifted off my shoulders. I’ve been putting off this project for weeks.

We then hit the kitchen. Over Saturday and Sunday we managed to make:

Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash (do you want my recipe?)

Huge batch of Baked Apple Oatmeal


Homemade Peanut Butter

Skinny Eggplant Rolitini.

Our fridge is full of yummy goodness.

After Ryan finished his paper on Sunday we were able to relax together; took a long walk with Maggie and then sat our on our deck with wine and candles to enjoy a brisk Fall Sunday night.

For the first time in a long time, I woke up Monday morning feeling rested and ready to conquer the work day. I really need to set aside more weekends like this.

How did you enjoy your weekend?

xoxo katie