Do you feel it?
Are you excited about all the possibilities the day may hold?
All the opportunites to make it special?
All the reasons to wake up?
Rise and shine
and cherish the moments!
Cheers & Hugs,
Every time I hear or read or say the words, “Rise and Shine,” I think of Grandma.
As a teenager, I loved to sleep in late – much like most teenagers – right? I vividly remember hiding under the covers to keep from seeing the sun streaming in the bedroom and hearing Grandma cheerfully holler from the bottom of the stairs on a weekend or summer morning, “Rise and Shine!” She was always so excited and ready to start a new day. I smile remembering that hope and excitement in her voice. She didn’t work. She didn’t even have a license to drive. Her days were mostly spent at home working hard – inside and out – making it a haven for anyone who visited or lived there. And yet she woke up so cheerfully each morning excited for what the day might hold.
I have to admit – I love the early mornings these days – especially on weekends and days I get to stay home. I love thinking about having the whole day ahead of me.
I baked Grandma’s Apricot Nut Bread yesterday. It is a recipe I have shared here before. And it truly really begins to feel like Christmas when I smell this bread come out of the oven. The memories just come flooding back of Christmases past at Grandma’s house and the joy that radiated from her in everything she did.
So rise and shine and cherish the possibilities this day will hold!
Charlie relaxing in the Dog Days of Autumn – October, 2018 – Mars, PA
The Dog Days of Autumn – A Charlie Guest Post.
Who says dogs like summer best?
I say hold your horses…
The dog days of summer are for the birds!
Maybe it is the elephant in the room, or maybe you consider me pig-headed, but I’m going to let the cat out of the bag
and tell you Fall is the cat’s meow!
It just makes me mad as a hornet
and really gets my goat
when folks don’t realize the lion’s share of enjoyment weasels out in the crisp breeze of Autumn.
Are you like a fish out of water when the leaves start to turn? I promise Autumn is not a one trick pony.
You’ve got to believe me – I wouldn’t hurt a fly… Fish or cut bait, and enjoy the beauty.
So when summer’s gone to the dogs
and I get ants in my pants,
I watch like a hawk
for the smoldering heat and humidity to quit cold turkey
And I head out on a wild goose chase
and let sleeping dogs lie
for the red herring is truly
the Dog Days of Autumn!
Woofs & Wags,
Charlie is an adopted dog with brown eyes and a white-tipped tail who brings joy and laughter to his family and friends. Charlie is a gifted writer, raving food critic, cat, chipmunk, and donut lover, and exceptionally photogenic model. Some of his best friends are Mike the UPS Man, Cliff the Mailman, and ANYONE who delivers pizza to the house. If you would like to read more guest posts by Charlie, simply type “Charlie” into the Search box at the top right hand corner of this link: thecreativelifeinbetween.com. If you would enjoy a companion like Charlie, please consider pet adoption.
When it is 109 days until Christmas…. (woohoo!)
and 105 days until the first day of Winter…. (while I paint in shorts in air conditioning)
and 72 days until the Mars Fall/Holiday Craft Show…. (the biggest, greatest craft show in our area!)
I can’t help but get a teensy bit excited for snow…
and holiday decorating.
And I had so much fun painting this wintery scene
while early September temperature hovered in the 90s,
but Autumn sunsets and breezes tantalized and teased.
And I dreamed of the warm glow
and frosty blanketed beauty
of a White Christmas.
Watercolor on the Weekend
makes me happy…
makes me feel fine.
Cheers & Hugs,
PS I’ve been known to have random songs pop in my head for almost anything – and then break into tune (or out of tune as it most often turns out) when they do. Can you guess the two songs running through my head when writing this post?