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Wait, It’s Thursday Already?

It’s been a slow but quick week. Ha! Another week of not knowing what day it is. Sort of. And a busy week where one day of just a few hours of work morphed into full-time hours.

It’s been a somewhat stressful week. A back hurting week. A tired week. A I’m so glad tomorrow is Friday week. I like Fridays.

Of course, this is Thursday (night) and I like posts are for this day. A bit late. Didn’t feel well last night so no post ready to go this morning.

I like feeling healthy.  And a few other things…

From the weekend:

A few more snowmen that caught my eye on my walk in the warm weather before the Polar vortex caused a crazy week:

Since it’s been so cold, let’s start with the this guy catching some rays: 

Most of us I think would rather hang out wherever he’s at, than with Elsa here: 

Scary weather….maybe one of these Jack Skeleton snowmen caused this mix-up? 

Just one more to share….my favorite. 

The rather humble snow-woman pictured above. Let’s take a closer look.  Mrs. Re-Cycle. She wears her outfit well…made out of plastic bags! 

And a few more birds I liked.  This red-bellied woodpecker at the nature center was nice. 

However, not much beats glancing out your living room window and seeing a hawk perched in a tree in your own front yard! 

Only one quick photo through the window before he flew away.

And moving into this week….a few things I liked with fewer (no pictures to share):

  • The local grocery store giving away free hot chocolate Tuesday night for customers braving the cold
  • A totally random and unexpected goodbye hug from a preschool student
  • The book I read this week (Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng). Characters with depth!
  • A week off from taking my son to school and battling the middle school car-line


What things did you like this week? Don’t forget to check out the blog Not Afraid Of Color and see what our host, LeeAnna likes along with all the other bloggers over there.

I Like Snow Days

We’re enjoying a snow day today (Wednesday).  The call didn’t come until 5 AM but a snow day is a still a snow day.  Then later, when I saw my work also called a snow day, I cheered. It’s rare for the boys and I to both get a snow day.

I like snow days. Today I’m taking part of the quiet early morning (my husband still went to work and the boys are sleeping, of course) to work on my I Like Thursday post.  Barring another snow day (unlikely), I’ll be working a full day tomorrow.

The fresh snow (on top of the layer of ice, real reason for the snow day) makes everything look bright and beautiful again. The previous snow was getting old (in more ways than one) and starting to look dirty.

I like seeing fresh tracks in the snow.  Especially little paw prints and those left by the birds. Makes me smile.  From the fresh snow this morning: 

However, my favorite sight today by far…the sun! I like blue skies! Here comes the sun: 

Cold or not, I’m going to stand out there for a few minutes and “recharge” later. 

Fair warning: Much like a snow day schedule, this post is going to ramble about in a lazy, unorganized fashion. 

New candle scent, appropriate, called: Snow day. Had to take a break from cocoa and cream after J started complaining about it. Probably related to his illness last week but nice to have a change.

Wonder how a snow day smells? I’m not sure how to describe it, kind of like a piney vanilla. No other opinions on it yet.  Definitely, does not smell like food.

Speaking of Food…

Sometimes, I actually make healthy food (she shares while waiting on banana muffins thrown together from a cake mix to bake..ahem).  Prepared this Easy Healthy Baked Lemon Chicken last night.

Been craving citrus like mad with the cold, cloudy weather. Served the chicken with rice and sautéed zucchini.  J didn’t care for it and G went out with friends but my husband gave it his approval. And I liked it.

Isn’t this Olive Oil bottle pretty? Used the oil to saute the zucchini. 

Time for second breakfast, banana muffins made from the cake mix.  Hey, at least they have bananas in them. Did I mention the dire need for a grocery store trip around here?

Other Random Likes (Probably Repeats): 

Books and blankets. Hooray for finding one of my favorite winter blankets! And a good, intense read. Finished it. 

Cats who think they’re in charge and blanket scarves. I wear this around the house when I’m cold. The scarf, not the cat. 

Well, my boys stumbled out of their room all caught up on sleep. And before noon! So, I’m signing off for a while to peddle banana muffins and pretend to be productive with household chores.

Don’t forget to go check out the link up, hosted by LeeAnna over at Not Afraid of Color.

My Likes For The Third Week In January

Starting my post early in the week on Tuesday. The weather people speak of another storm coming through starting on Thursday. Starting with rain, freezing, followed by cold.

Leaves me wondering if our power will hold as we live in an area of mature trees. Since I don’t want to miss out on the fun of liking stuff, I’m working on my post in tiny bits today and tomorrow. Scheduling it in advance. *Update: They say it’s all inching “north” now. Code for we guessed wrong, I think.*

With all the snowy weather, I like the scent of this cocoa and cream candle. Bonus is my husband likes it as well. And has been known to light it himself. 

And I admit, I do like the way my clothes look in my dresser after applying the KonMari Method of folding them. It’s a happy feeling to see them. I wrote a post about it yesterday. It’s fun to use this Bath and Body works stuff when it really is a snowy morning outside: 

“You smell good,” is something I often hear when I use it.  With all the real snow, I’m thinking of switching to something called “tropical vacation” and seeing if it transports me. (Not a real scent).

Snowy Weather

Still doing my best to enjoy the snow and cold despite having (now) 2 sick boys at home. The snow started melting on Tuesday and it looked like another snow storm as it fell off the trees. I liked the way it made the snow already down look. 

The table made me think of a cake with fluffy frosting. Added a few bird seed sprinkles to it yesterday. 

And built my own bird feeder out of snow (ice now). It’s supposed to be a football. 

Still waiting for the birds to discover it. Also, sprinkled some bird seed around the branch debris on the other side of the house. 

And enjoyed taking in the strange icicle formations. Some of those icicles off the rooftops looked sinister. These less deadly looking icicles were on some branches near the ground.

Food and Drink

Bought my bird seed when I ran to the store. And a coffee. I like Starbucks. 

Yes, I ordered a grande Cinnamon Shortbread Latte. Glad I liked it! My family and friends know I like Starbucks as well. Makes my grocery store splurge fun. 

While I don’t eat breakfast cereal for breakfast very often, I bought this: 

It’s surprisingly delicious! And on sale cheap, probably because they priced it ridiculously high when it first hit the shelves. Oh, and I’m changing my name.  Sunbeam Frost Fire has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?


Don’t forget to visit Not Afraid of Color and see what LeeAnna, the host, of this link up likes this week. And visit a few blogs while your there. It’s always fun to meet new friends.

I Like Days Off Work

Since my New Year started off with lots of time working, I enjoyed my day off on Tuesday. And intend to enjoy my day off today (in between doing lots of “have-to” things).

My work day on Monday looked like this (taken from my phone during my break time): 

That does not look like a typical cold January sky! And it was not. We hit almost 60 degrees on Monday. Lots of outside playtime and minimal mud as well!

Of course, now as I predicted (Hey, I could have been a meteorologist in another life! Or I’ve just lived here all my life), they’re calling for these this weekend: 

Don’t you wish you could live somewhere it snowed pretty gold glittery snowflakes?  Ha! The photo above is my new doormat, picked up on clearance at Big Lots. 

We’re going to get the regular white stuff on Friday night into Saturday. Maybe. Never know but the TV people seem very confident.  Took the photos of my mat while outside enjoying the sun on a somewhat (though still warm) cooler Tuesday.

Also noticed this bottle my husband found while hunting last week. I think it’s calling for some sort of single stemmed flower planted in the dirt inside. Any ideas? 

The rest of my day off:

Along with the rest of the world, I’ve been watching Marie Kondo on Netflix. Even grabbed her book at the library (bonus tiny tip: there wasn’t any waiting for the large print edition of the book while the list on the regular book was 10 deep). 

Of course, it’s hard to pile clothes on the bed when it’s still occupied. I think my little gray cat had a better idea on how to spend a day off. 

My plans for today:

Take a photo of the pretty sunrise. Our sunrises and sunsets have been stunning this week though this was the first one I could capture: 

Try very hard not to start on wrong footing with over-tired teen. Go grocery shopping for the sake of my “starving” family. Mail a (now very late) Christmas package. Perhaps read some more in my book. Enjoy my candles: 

Clean the house. Watch a bit of Netflix. Go shopping. Meet friends for dinner. Simply enjoy the day.

How are you spending your Thursday?


Linking up my post with I Like Thursdays hosted by LeeAnna over at Not Afraid Of Color.

First I Like Thursday Of 2019

It’s the first Thursday of 2019!  Of course, I had to look at the calendar to make sure. Anybody else find it hard to keep track of the day of the week after the holidays?

No easing into the New Year around here. We jumped right back into our busy schedules this week!

First, we did take time (well, my husband and I) to eat some black-eyed peas for good luck on New Year’s Day.  

I make mine like salsa and dip blue tortilla chips into them. Discussed with my husband why we only make them on New Year’s day when we both like them.

Saw on a morning news program where they said eat black-eyed peas for common sense. I’ve never heard of that one.

Took a bit of a spin on the rest of the traditional New Year’s meal and had my green as salsa verde chicken served over salad.

And it’s a good thing I like to work. Somehow, I went right back to work as the kids went back to school. So much for my planned lazy days watching Netflix. Working is better.

Too tired for Netflix after working a full day. However, I did find time to go to the library! Reading is always better than Netflix. Set my new reading goal on Goodreads, 62 books for the year. Can I do it?

I like my first book of 2019:  

Still need to make a list of 19 I’d like to read this year. Even though I didn’t read all 18 (12.5 of them wasn’t too bad), having a list really helped inspire me to read more and led me to some great works by the same authors.

Short one to start the year as I need to run to Target still for cat food (and other bargains).


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