September 19, 2021

Since I got my cleaning done early today, I decided to start on outside decorations. I like to start with Fall and add in more Halloween in October, so I started with the front entrance.

Patrick saved some branches that fell off our backyard trees because I told him I had an idea for them. I made an arch over our front sidewalk. For fall/Halloween, I left on the dead leaves. I added in some black birds and pumpkins and a couple of skull planters. Later I’ll add in lights and probably cobwebs.

I also started making a Halloween Inn sign to go at the end of the sidewalk. It’s not complete, so I didn’t get a picture. But I think I got a good start on Fall. I’m thankful that Patrick was willing to help out on a couple of things, like driving the stakes into the ground that are securing the branches. I’m also thankful that I was able to tackle a project that required power tools. I felt like my old self for a bit today.

September 18, 2021

This weekend last year I was putting up my Halloween graveyard in the front yard. I was thinking about starting it today, but it was too warm. Instead I planned to get laundry done and my normal weekend cleaning. But even that didn’t happen. We drove to a nearby town to check out a large farmers market where we got apple cider donuts and cookies. And since we were already out and about, I asked to check out a Home Depot to see what different decorations I could get for my graveyard.

We ended up buying a 12 ft skeleton. Not for me, but for my sister. I couldn’t believe we found one because it’s been sold out and online and in every other Home Depot we looked. The downside was that we couldn’t fit the box in our car. We ended up taking all the pieces out and folding up the box in order for it to work. Even with that, we had no space in the car for much else.

I’m thankful we were able to get the skeleton for my sister. I love finding something that seems out of reach. I also don’t mind spending other people’s money. Haha. I’m also grateful that Patrick went along with it. He wasn’t thrilled when we realized the box wouldn’t fit. I was waiting for him to tell me to take it back inside and return it. I think he was just happy I didn’t insist on keeping it for myself.

September 15, 2021

I texted a friend on whim this morning and we were able to meet after work for a drink. We met at a restaurant nearby that had an outdoor seating area. It was a perfectly beautiful evening for catching up. It’s amazing the amount of junk we are both going through, so it was good to commiserate. Her husband arrived in town from out of town work while we were there, so he joined us for a drink and a pizza. It was good to see each other in person again since we rarely do. We decided we needed to try to do this again before the weather turns too cold. I’m thankful we were able to get together spontaneously. It was good to feel kind like our normal selves again.

September 14, 2021

I’m thankful today for a good conversation. For a cool breeze. For funny videos from friends and family. Plus I made it through another work day. Yay!

I’m also thankful that I’m able to drive again. Convincing Patrick to take me places wasn’t always fun for either of us, although I was grateful that he did. My doctor said that I needed to make sure I could move my arms and twist enough before I could get back behind the wheel. So last weekend we practiced in a parking lot, and it was ok. The only thing I was waiting for to get out on my own was the child seatbelt pillow I ordered to make the seatbelt more comfortable across my still healing muscles. It works!

September 13, 2021

It was first day back to work. I had almost 600 emails to wade through, so it was a long day…

I realized towards the end of the day that my work phone number wasn’t bouncing to my cell phone, which was probably a good thing. It gave me time to focus on emails.

Tonight I was pretty sore, which was no surprise. Typing wasn’t easy with my wrist, but the brace helped. Honestly, I wasn’t looking forward to going back to work, and not just for the uncomfortableness I expected from sitting and typing all day. Mostly it was the stress I wasn’t missing. I think taking a couple of extra weeks off was helpful for me physically and mentally. So I’m thankful that while it was a busy day, it wasn’t too stressful.

September 11, 2021

Today was the craft fair that I submitted a vendor application to and wasn’t picked. It’s held at the fairgrounds every year where there are over 150 vendors. I was going to boycott it on principle. Then I realized that in hindsight, I’ve spent the last (how many?) months too tired/sore/crabby to accomplish the amount of crafts I would have needed for a booth. It would have been hard. So we went since 95% of it was outside. And I’m thankful we did because I found a few treasures. Like the 4” x5” frames I needed for some antique glass photo negatives. And legit vintage tinsel. And this sweet cabinet. I love wooden cabinets.

September 10, 2021

How cute is this?! It’s been a long time, but my friend Heather stopped by and brought these sweet Fall items for me. First of all, I’m thankful I got to see her and catch up for a bit. I’m also touched that she thought of me! She knows I like this coming season. That crow makes me smile.

I’m also thankful for the lavender gift my mother-in-law sent me. I’ve been stressed lately (my twitching eyelid tells me so) and the lavender will help, especially when it gets cooler and the warm neck wrap will feel good. Plus see the skeleton candle?! Halloween is coming…

September 9, 2021

I haven’t gone to the doctor to confirm, but I’m pretty sure the swollen fingers and issues I’ve been having with my left hand is De Quervain’s tendinosis. I know I shouldn’t be self-diagnosing, but I’m tired of doctor visits. And the pain in my hand has gotten worse, so we spent the afternoon looking for a hand brace. We found one at Target which helped, even though it doesn’t fit great. Yay! I’m thankful to know it’s probably just tendinosis and can get better. Now I just need to get a better fitting brace.