Monday, June 24, 2024

Hello, Monday 6/24/2024


Happy Monday, friends! I'm linking up with Holly and Sarah for today's post. I hope you had a good weekend! Mine was really nice, filled with lots of things that I love. 

This was me on Friday morning; cheers to the weekend! I slept in a little that morning and didn't come downstairs until five. Do you love this first cup of coffee of the day as much as I do? No matter how hard you try, the others during the day don't taste nearly as good as this first one. Also, speaking of coffee, I love this mug that I use every morning; it's one I got from HomeGoods several years ago and I've never found another one. I don't ever put it in the dishwasher, but hand wash it after every use. I love an insulated mug with a lid, but I rarely use the lid unless I'm taking it with me somewhere in the morning. 

But back to the weekend...

After I fed the neighbors' dogs, I came home and took the sourdough starter out of the refrigerator in preparation for baking the next day. Saturdays are for baking now! And then I ended up misunderstanding the recipe, but it still turned out okay. 

I had my quiet time and got to linger over it that morning, which is my favorite, and then in between that, I was texting Marilyn about the bread confusion. I even called her once, but we ended up texting and then talking one more time.

This was me waiting on it to start rising and taking a peek.

I got dressed and went to Dad's house for our weekly Friday date. He napped after lunch, so I was looking at their bookshelves and saw some really cool things there, but this Ben Carson drawing and autograph stood out to me. I love him and recently watched his story on Netflix; have you seen that? It's called Gifted Hands. It's really interesting, and he's played by Cuba Gooding, Jr. 

I also looked through their photo album from their trip to Israel fifteen years ago. I love this picture of Dad on a camel!

That night for dinner, I had roasted tomatoes, cucumber salad, a piece of sourdough bread, and (not pictured) a few over-easy eggs. I wasn't full from my vegetarian dinner, and figured I needed some protein, hence the eggs. 

I love the show Reba on Netflix and have been watching it the last few weeks. This new show comes out this fall, and I'm excited to watch it; I love Reba as an actress!

I was up early, and baking by six thirty on Saturday morning. I had plans that morning, so I needed to get a move on!

While the bread was finishing in the oven, I went out to do a little bit of weeding, and I trimmed off the faded/browned blooms of my hydrangeas. From what I've read, when they turn like that, you need to trim the blooms off right above the next set of healthy leaves. Supposedly this will make them bloom vibrantly again. Fingers crossed! 

My big plan for the day was to meet my sister to swim again! And we swam again yesterday, too. It's so hot here that it's basically all you can do, other than sitting inside the air conditioned house. 

When we were finished for the day, I came in to shower and wash my hair, because we went out for dinner Saturday night. I started listening to a book that day on Audible, so I did that while I let my hair air dry and the puppies napped. I lit some candles, and had music playing in the background. It was so nice that it lulled me to sleep for ten minutes! 🤣

I said I was done buy clothes for the summer, but this is my last thing. Maybe. Isn't this dress cute? I found it on Amazon, and I love that it's similar to a peasant blouse. Those have always been one of my favorite things to wear! I did have to size up one in this, and the fabric looks like gauze, but it's thicker than that. It doesn't stretch at all, which is why I sized up one. I wore it out that night with these favorite Amazon sandals

What did you do that you loved this weekend? I'd love to hear from you! Thanks for reading my blog, friends. Love to all! 

Friday, June 21, 2024

Friday Favorites, 6.21.2024.


Happy Friday, friends! I'm linking up with Andrea and Erika for today's favorite blog post of the week. How has your week been? I hope you can say that it's been a great one! I've had lots of favorites from this week, so I'll get started!

Being in the water when it's a hundred degrees out is my favorite! I'll be in here later this morning, maybe tonight, and most of tomorrow. Don't mind me!

This picture of Dad is my favorite. Will you do me a favor and pray for him? He seems to have taken some steps that are leading downhill, and it's hard to see him like he's been this week. For the unforeseeable future, I'll be going to his house on Fridays. I don't know how long this will last, honestly, or if it will continue at all like it has in the past. We're relying on God for each day, and asking Him for wisdom and insight to trust in His perfect plan. God is always, always good, and I'm grateful for all the moments I've had with Dad on Fridays over the years. I'd also really love for you to pray for my stepmom, Sandy. She is such an amazing caretaker and wife to him! Her fortitude is unlike anything else I've ever seen. I'm so glad we've had some great weeks the past few months, and I'll always cling to this one magical Friday when we took that fun road trip.

I'd love for you to pray for all of us in this. Thank you in advance! 

The father's day all men's choir at church on that holiday is always my favorite!

Hydrangeas are my favorite! Mom gave me the idea to dry some for an arrangement, so I've had these hanging in my laundry room all week long. I'll keep you posted on how these turn out! 

This picture of Jonah and Noah is one of my favorites; I remember this day like it was yesterday. It was the last baseball game of the season for Graham and Drew; we'd been swimming, and brought a picnic dinner for the baseball field. They ate, and ran around playing with the little siblings of some of the other players. Those were the days!

Patella arthritis in my knee is not my favorite. I visited my orthopedic doctor this week for x-rays and medicine to help with the inflammation.

Jonah's room is my favorite! He painted it "Agreeable Gray" by Sherwin Williams the night we left for Dallas with Noah. Didn't it turn out great? Also, Chloe watching TV will forever be the greatest thing ever. Another thing having to do with these pictures is the fact that I talked to all my boys this week; that's always a favorite! 

Homegrown cucumbers are my favorite and so is the salad I made with them along with this dressing.

The Dipladenia hanging baskets we have on our deck are my favorite; this one is starting to have a trailing vine, which I'm excited about. 

Vintage literature from Better Homes and Gardens is my favorite! Hopefully what I read and implemented will help my hydrangea blooms come back to life. 

This is my favorite product that I have! It's what I clean my face with every night. I get this huge tub from Costco and then refill a smaller container for my bathroom. I just had to refill the one in my bathroom this week. Did you know that this is one of the greatest things you can do for your skin? I've not had even one break out since I've been using this as a facial cleaner. 

Chalk art is my favorite...

... and so is this new nail color, Alpine Snow. 

Our house in the early morning light is my favorite.

And as usual, spending time in God's word each morning is my favorite! I love reading along with The Bible Recap community. 

Did you catch my other blog posts this week? I'll list them below.

Monday was Hello Monday.

Tuesday was Unpopular Opinions: the Summer Edition.

Wednesday was a double post day with Things I'm Loving Right Now ( and the Hodgepodge post. 

Lastly, yesterday was Thankful Thursday

What was a favorite for you this week? I'd love to hear from you! If you're new around here, make sure to come back often; I've been writing a lot lately! Thank you for reading my blog today and always, friends. Love to all! 

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday, friends! I'm glad you're here today, and can't wait to hear what you're thankful for this week. I'll jump in with what I'm thankful for so far this week. 

I'm thankful for:

  • the word of God; it's living and active, and I love to read it everyday
  • The Bible Recap and Tara Leigh Cobble
  • worship music
  • music that reminds me of summer and days gone by
  • things that make me smile
  • the love and kindness of Jesus
  • family members that I've seen and talked to this week
  • getting to be creative at work

  • this blog space and the online community we have here
  • my sisters
  • Walmart + and grocery delivery
  • good coffee in the morning
  • the prospect of date night on Saturday 
  • something to look forward to next week
  • getting my nails done (OPI's Alpine Snow)

  • vintage magazine inserts that my stepmom gave me to assist me in the caring of our hydrangeas

What are you thankful for this week? I'd love to hear from you! Thanks for reading my blog today, friends. Love to all!

Jenn 🖤

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Wednesday Hodgepodge


It's a bonus blog post day! I hadn't planned on writing again today, but I saw the prompts for Joyce's Wednesday Hodgepodge link, (, and I couldn't resist. My first post will be right under this one. These are great prompts! Here goes...

1) It's National Splurge day; what's something you might splurge on today? What have you splurged on recently? I'm thinking of going to get my nails done after work today, so that's always a fun splurge! Mine are too long and I cannot function with them like this. I'm thinking of going more neutral this time around, but I'll keep you posted. 😉

2) Do you have a beach bag? What's in it? Is a trip to the beach on your bucket list? Do you have a summer bucket list? I do have a beach bag, though it's not really beachy. I actually wrote a post about this a couple of weeks ago, but I always have my reading glasses, sunglasses, my beach towel, my Kindle, hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes, sunscreen, lipstick or lip balm with SPF, and a small lunch bag with snacks and plenty of water. 

3) What's a song that makes you think of summers past? What comes to mind when you hear it? What memories does it stir up for you? I have several songs that make me think of summers from the past, and I'll list them below. 

  • Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams
  • Cruel Summer by Bananarama 
  • American Kids by Kenny Chesney
  • Memories by Maroon 5 
  • Counting Stars by OneRepublic
  • Story of My Life by One Direction, What Makes You Beautiful by the same group
  • Some Nights/We Are Young by Straight No Chaser

These songs remind me of when either I was young or my boys were, and so many great times and memories are wrapped up in these songs! In the summertime, when the boys were younger, we would go windows down, music all the way up, and we'd go for long drives. This one time we were driving home with the windows down, and this huge bug flew into Graham's lap. He tried swatting at it with a box of Kleenex, and the entire box flew out the window! I was laughing so hard that I had to pull over. Never in my life have I laughed like that while I was driving. It is such a great memory, and we still laugh about it when I bring it up. 

4) Sushi? Yay or nay? Have you actually tried it, and if so, what's your go-to order? I love sushi! Todd and I like to get it to go and bring it home to eat. I love anything like spicy shrimp or crab, and I love the tornado roll at my favorite Japanese restaurant.

5) I own a ridiculous amount of books. I think we all know that by now! However, this summer I've also gained a ridiculous amount of dresses and I'm living in them nonstop. I am too hot to wear pants, so dresses it is! 🤣 Here are a few of my favorites:

See what I mean? But also, look at my book collection that's growing.

I need to clean this shelf off and reorganize it or maybe even move it upstairs and bring my lawyer's cabinet downstairs. 

Tell me some of your thoughts now, please! What's something you own a lot of? Thanks for reading my blog today, friends. Love to all!

Hello, Monday 6/24/2024

  Happy Monday, friends! I'm linking up with   Holly  and  Sarah  for today's post. I hope you had a good weekend! Mine was really n...