It was as birthday’s should be: time slowed down, the air smelt of pipe and the sun was warmer than usual. A lovely day, nice enough to sit on the roof and read. I made waffles and spicy sausage, what would a special day be without those two ingredients?
And confetti cake. I didn’t make it —Stephen’s mom saved the day with his favourite cake!
+ Seeing this little wooly worm at the zoo reminded me that winter is coming. And while winter may have already arrived for some of you, it hasn’t for me —but it’s coming and I’m excited for rosy cheeks, snowmen and a snowy Christmas tree! It’s taking a lot of self control not to listen to Christmas music or start decorating …I feel myself breaking and will probably cave in this week today.
+ Speaking of wonderful things I bought The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien and it is magical. I was hoping for letters filled with Tolkien fatherly advice along with unique views on politics, Christendom, and living —well I received just that. Most of his letters discuss the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings; if he’s not discussing his books he’s mentioning his friend C.S.L. or talking about ethics and etymology. Basically I’m smitten with my new book.
+ So after using Stephen’s Spotify account for a few years I’ve opened my own account. Yay! You can follow me here if you dare.
+ Stephen and I completely nerded out while roaming the aisles in Target yesterday. We were the serious/giddy couple in the school supplies section. I have a love affair with planners —is it just me, or is there something magical about a planner? Oh and then there’s the whole Target experience, and well that’s always lovely.
+ I may have made three batches of these cookies this week. The batches are small…
Last Thursday my Mr. and I celebrated four years of blissful marriage. Stephen surprised me with a trip to the zoo! It was beautiful, simple and perfect. Going to the zoo in the autumn is magical. It’s not hot, there’s no one there, and all the animals are running around trying to warm up. The giant grizzly bear was cute, yet terrifying. I had little bees on my dress so I was a bit nervous and it didn’t help that Stephen kept buzzing loudly, ha! Oh, and Aslan was there. I kind of freaked out.
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“She did not need much, wanted very little. A kind word, sincerity, fresh air, clean water, a garden, kisses, books to read, sheltering arms, a cosy bed, and to love and be loved in return.” — Starra Neely Blade
Remember the little jacket I was sewing? There it is ^ above in action. I’m super excited about it. Especially since I didn’t spend a dime on it. The fabric was from an old thrifted skirt, yay for repurposing! I didn’t use a pattern —I got out my measuring tape, crossed my fingers and hoped everything would go as planned. Whew! —but now I’m super curious about sewing a real jacket, real as in from a pattern; something with a Victorian flare…
Speaking of making things, I’m knitting a blanket. Nothing fancy, I want to be more comfortable with two needles. Hopefully one day I will knit sweaters and cardigans, until then I need to practice and study. If you know of some educational blogs, books or patterns please share them with me. Knitting is a bit intimidating and I feel like I will need all the help I can get!
Also, waffles + autumn go together beautifully. This is the first time in four years that I have used our waffle iron. Stephen took me to Disney World for our honeymoon and I discovered magical Mickey Waffles. There’s nothing quite like a Mickey Waffle. I’ve reunited with my waffle iron though, and it’s amazing. Tea, coffee, pumpkin butter, maple syrup and waffles. Mmm. Go make waffles. And for the record, gluten-free Bisquick is A-[wait for it]-mazing. If you’re wheat and gluten-free, that $5 little absurdly tiny box is worth it.
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