Thank you Notes: Vol. 2

Thank you Trader Joe’s for providing me with a great source for amazing and plentiful Eucalyptus.  You finally figured out how to get me.

Thank you city of Issaquah for putting in a roundabout by Target and Trader Joe’s so I can actually drive myself to Trader Joe’s now.

Thank you Target for getting even better than you already were by collaborating with Joanna.

Thank you Snoqualmie YMCA for having free tennis courts so I can finally learn how to play… while pretending I am winning a grand slam…. because you know I am that good! 😂

Thank you Netflix for finally starting to have at least some of the newest Hallmark Christmas movies.

Thank you Snoqualmie for having a good snow storm so early in the year so I was able to experience the amazing beauty of snow covered Autumn trees with bright blue skies and a snow covered evergreen mountain backdrop.  It.  Was.  Magical!!!

Thank you Pyrex for making the perfect little 6″ pie plates so I can still have a variety of pies this Thanksgiving, without throwing a lot of it away in a week.

Thank you Thanksgiving for stuffing.  Because stuffing! ❤️

Thank you Alexa for fulfilling my life long ambition of turning the lights out while laying in bed.  This is the future…

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12 Month’s of Holiday Décor: November

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I can’t believe it is already November.  October went by so fast.  I had most of the November decorations done last year, and a lot of them I have had for years.  I didn’t end up putting them out very early though, because I was in Boston visiting my sister until the end of October, and I wanted to enjoy the October decorations for a little while longer since I was gone for so much of the month.  And then I got sick when I was planning on changing them.

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I only had 3 things that I actually made this month, the Thankful sign, the Thanksgiving banner and the ornament pumpkin.  I also bought a few things, like the wreath (from Home Goods) and the table runner (from a party store).  It was a good thing I didn’t have too much to do since I was gone for half of October.  I never would have gotten it done.

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The Thankful sign was actually a project that I started a year and a half ago and it was supposed to be for the master bedroom.  I cut, nailed together and white washed the sign, and was all ready to paint the quote on.  But the problem was I couldn’t decide what quote to use.  (I wanted something from Pride and Prejudice and Vu wanted Star Wars)  So it sat in our garage for a year and a half, waiting for me to decide.  Then this year as I have been planning out the decorations for each month I knew that for the Thanksgiving decorations I wanted to use this quote.  I love it so much, and I think there is so much truth in this statement.  Plus it has been especially poignant for me this past year.  I have been thinking a lot about how there seems to always be something in life that is difficult.  I think there is only one time in my life where I felt like every single aspect of my life was exactly how I wanted it to be (what a great year that was!).  So this past year I have been thinking about life’s difficulties a lot and how most likely there will always be something that can be a source of unhappiness.  But that doesn’t mean I have to always be unhappy.  Happiness is something that comes from focusing on the things in life that I do have, that I do love, and being grateful for those.  Because I am a firm believer that there is always something beautiful if life, if you just learn to always look for it.  I just want to remember that more often.  I have also been reading this talk a lot this year, which I love and has been a great reminder as well.

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