Good morning! Happy Friday! Whew, what a week. First my refrigerator stopped cooling, then the heat wouldn’t come on, add in a dog with an ear infection and allergies, two repair men and life and I am worn out!
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Weeks like these remind me that I have to s-l-o-w down, the year is speeding by and I feel as if I am missing my favorite parts. Can you believe that in a week it is November?
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Although the week was busy I did manage to find more than a few favorites to share with you, everything from snacks, drinks, movies and more.
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Susan at Romancing the Home featured a friends Fall garden and it is not only comfortable but beautiful. I would love to sit in front of the fireplace with a group of friends, a hot drink and perhaps some of these tasty Rosemary Almonds from Bette’s Blues.
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For those of you who prefer something a little stronger to keep warm on a cool night, The Sweetest Occasion posted three Whisky Cocktails. 1. Black and Blue Manhattan from The Boys Club 2. Whiskey Sour from Yummy Supper 3. Mixed Berry and Fig Old Fashioned from The Boys Club.
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Another great reminder to slow down and enjoy life, family and friends is the documentary, Life According to Sam, which premiered this week on HBO. The film features, Sam, one of 250 children in the world living with Progeria, a rare and fatal aging syndrome and his parents who are both doctors that have spent the last 11 years searching for a cure for their son. This movie is one of the best I have ever seen. It is life affirming and heartbreaking, a testament to determination, spirit and courage and living life one day at a time.
I mentioned last week that I am already in the Christmas mode. I like to have all of my gifts purchased, wrapped and mailed by December 1st, so that I can spend December baking, seeing The Christmas Carol and Nutcracker and just enjoying the holidays. So far so good.
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One of my favorite gifts to give is books and this week there were several great finds, one of which is from the prolific writer and blogger Jannelle McCulloch. Provence and the Cote d’Azur is going to be released on December 1st, just in time for Christmas.
Janelle for those of you who are not familiar is the author of 18 books on design, gardening, travel and architecture as well as the author of the blog A Library of Design. One of my favorite books of her is Paris An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart.
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If you are looking for a few new and beautiful decorating ideas for Christmas run out and purchase Midwest Living Magazine. Allison of The Polohouse and her warm, welcoming and wonderful home are featured this month. This is my favorite feature of all of the holiday magazines I have seen so far.
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I laughed out loud at this cartoon which I saw on Weed Em & Reap.
And for the technically challenged, like myself, a tutorial for a hovering Pin It button featured on Sew Many Ways which I found through Stacy on South Shore Decorating. When I have a minute I am going to install this!
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I hope that you have a great weekend! Enjoy!