Thursday, September 13, 2018

Late Summer - 2018

Hi friends!

We are headed straight into fall here in Virginia, but other than a few trees changing color it still feels like summer with the heat and humidity.  I thought I would share a quick update on what has been going on over the summer and what lies ahead for fall.

My summer has consisted of a lot of painting. Chad's parents came in early July and we kicked it off with painting the bar.  I decided on navy to work with the vintage tile and think it turned out pretty nice! 

My mother-in-law also painted Remington's bathroom, which is off of our family room. Besides painting, Chad and his Dad worked on several other electrical house projects. We had a fun week and visited some wineries and breweries as well. 

They also brought us Chad's great grandparent's kitchen table. As most of you know I love antiques so I was thrilled to add it to our home.  It goes nicely with my Mom's tiger oak buffet in our eat-in kitchen.

After they returned home I continued painting for the next month. I painted the doors, trim, and crown molding in the family room. We are redoing the floors next month, so I'm leaving the baseboards until then. It is amazing what that finishing touch does to the brightness of the room.

Let me remind you of what it looked like before we moved in.......

I'm so excited to get the floors done and get a rug, and this space will then be finished for the most part.

Since Nakoma and Phoebe moved back to Tennessee we decided to rent the apartment downstairs to a couple who attend the university where Chad works. Before they moved in we painted the walls and trim in preparation for them.

We have loved having them as our neighbors.  They are both from Romania, so it's fun to get to know them and learn about their culture.

Remington started 11th grade in August. It is so hard to believe he has less than 2 years here at home.  He is leaning towards joining the National Guard once he finishes high school. He would also like to be a firefighter; so either way, a public servant, which we think is an excellent choice. As parents of a Marine, (and a Marine and Army man for son-in-laws) the military is something we are familiar with. In the mean time, he is trying to make it through Algebra 2, Chemistry, Economics, American History, and Edgar Allan Poe in English without losing his mind, in addition to working 20 hours a week. Poor kid...I don't envy him!

Phoebe came out to visit in late August for 5 days.  We had not seen her since she had moved and she had grown up so much over the summer. Her vocabulary is excellent and she is fully potty trained. We had a fun week baking cookies, going to the park and out for ice cream, playing with sidewalk chalk and going to the children's museum. When she went home I was thoroughly exhausted and it took me a week to recover!

My health has been so-so throughout the summer.  While I haven't had any huge flare-ups with fibromyalgia, I generally feel bad more days than I feel good. Some of it is likely added weight gain and lack of exercise, but it's hard to eat healthy and move when I don't feel good to begin with. I am hoping the cooler fall weather will entice me to get out more and walk with Mocha which should help both the weight and the pain.

I have been working on my organizing my fall wardrobe, which I may share on here, if you are interested.  I have had to replace almost everything I own the past 12 months with the weight gain I've experienced, but I am trying to be as minimalist and not consumerist about it as possible and be practical about what I need.  About half of it has been sourced through thrift stores, both locally and online, with the other half coming partly from ethical stores like Amour Vert and partly from conventional stores like Target, Old Navy, and TJ Maxx.  While I would like everything to come from a store with ethical practices, it isn't possible with my budget. Regardless, I am pleased with the progress I have made and the things I have added this fall especially.

Most of my outdoor plants have not done well this year.  I did not anticipate how shady our yard is, not to mention it has been an extremely wet year...about to get wetter with Hurricane Florence possibly dumping another 10 inches or more on us next week! My one exception has been this fern.....

It started the year frost bitten because I bought it too early in the year. I wasn't sure it would perk back up...but boy did it ever! I decided I am just going to buy ferns for the deck next year. This one only cost $7.50!

I am so looking forward to fall this year! My fall bucket list includes: 

🎃Going to a pumpkin patch with Phoebe

🍁Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway my birthday weekend to see the fall colors

🍎Going to an apple orchard with Chad

💻Taking an Enneagram test and going to a two day training conference on it

🐾Walks and hikes with Mocha


🍎Making Vegan Apple much better than regular

👷New family room floors and a visit from my brother and sister-in-law who will be laying them

🎊Family time in Phoenix for Thanksgiving

Stay tuned for my update next week on my minimalist fall wardrobe and fall touches I've added to our home.

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