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    Think Write Thursday | Top of Mind.

    Joining in with Carole and Kat for Think Write Thursday, who wrote “This week we are asking you to share 3 things on your To Do List with all of us.” Ok, then – I love a list! Here’s what’s top of mind for me today and tomorrow: 1. Finish Charlie’s birthday socks. That first one just needs a little kitchenering (and an identical twin). 2. Shop for and then bake the cupcakes for his party on Saturday. Katie chose this recipe to go along with the “camping” theme. The recipe looks like fun; stay tuned! 3. Prepare for Sunday’s Women’s Luncheon at church. This is the kickoff event for the…

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    Hello September.

    this morning at my desk – 7:55 a.m. and I still need lamplight… Hello September. Hello blank pages, fresh starts and new beginnings. Hello family birthday season (which officially begins next weekend with Charlie’s third birthday party!). Hello cooler temperatures and sweater weather (Alaska spoiled me). Hello college football weekends with bourbon cocktails. Hello falling leaves and changing colors. Hello finding joy in the little things*. Hello long weekend (what a perfect beginning). These monthly lists are a wonderful reminder about what I love in each month and season. Thank you Carole and Kat (and the rest of the Think Write Thursday gang) for another great week with one of my favorite prompts! Also…

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    Hello August.

    Today’s Think Write Thursday topic is to write a post to welcome August. I couldn’t resist another haiku 😊 summer blooms fading shorter days, longer shadows hold autumn’s promise The photo is from today’s morning walk with Holly. The bold, bright colors and the drops of water seemed fresh and alive. But what I saw when I viewed the image on my computer – so much bigger than on my phone – was … different. My early walk with Marc is almost back to “dark early”; sunrise was at 6:49am today. School buses are making practice runs for Monday’s first day. I’m certainly not wishing away summer, but it’s hard…

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    Think Write Thursday | Staying Cool.

    Today’s Think Write Thursday topic is tell us what you do to beat the heat! We’re deep into summer here and some of us love the heat and some of us hate it but either way we all have to cope with it. What do you do that works for you? Share your tips, stories and more on coping with summer heat! I’ve lived in the South for most of my life (which still seems crazy, but it’s most definitely true!) and I have to say that the number one thing is air conditioning. I do love fresh air and sunshine, but when the heat index gets into triple digits,…

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    Think Write Thursday | Three Good Things.

    Today’s Think Write Thursday topic is to write about three good things that happened this week. Sitting here Thursday evening with a grapefruit vodka tonic (and a shaking dog in my lap – thunderstorms!) and only one item left on this week’s to do list (a Friday afternoon trip to Costco), it feels like a very good week. Here are my top three highlights: Tuesday bedtime 1. I had not one but two playdates with Charlie. Tuesday afternoon I picked him up from school and we went out for frozen yogurt before heading home to play with Sam and Katie. I stayed through bedtime – always a treat – and…

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    Hello July.

    from today’s morning walk … sadly not in my yard! hello mid-summer  blue sky days full of sun, blooms dark nights full of stars Dipping my toes into the #dailyhaiku pond 😉 (I can see how addicting this might be!) Joining up with Think Write Thursday and a big thank you to Carole and Kat for hosting another wonderful week!

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    Think Write Thursday | My Favorite Accessories.

    Today’s Think Write Thursday topic is to write about our three favorite things to wear. The first one came to me in a second. Of course it’s pearls. They’ve been my signature necklace for years. I have strands that belonged to my grandmothers and – thanks to Marc’s many trips to Asia – I also have a wide variety of colors and sizes, plus bracelets and earrings.  The second two I wasn’t so sure about … maybe lip gloss and mascara? my wedding ring? my Apple Watch? But as I was taking the photo to share with this post, I saw it quite clearly. Pearls … with a hand knit…

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    Think Write Thursday | Thoughts at Mid-Year.

    this morning’s journal time This week’s Think Write Thursday topic is to “consider what it means to be at the halfway point of the year. Did you state some intentions for 2017? If so, check in on them and give us an update. If you didn’t state any intentions then maybe you could tell us what you think so far about 2017 or perhaps you’d like to set some intentions for the second half of the year. Whatever you decide, however you approach this topic, regale us with your words!” I did state intentions for 2017 – way back on January 5, which honestly seems like a lot longer than…

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    Think Write Thursday | Summer Bucket List.

    Compared with last year, there are definitely repeats (Botanical Garden, popsicles, gin cocktails) and a few notable omissions (fireworks, bike riding), but it’s still full of exploring, learning and new experiences. Here’s to a fun summer! Joining in with Carole, Kat and the Think Write Thursday crew today. 

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    Dear Me.

    Today’s Think Write Thursday topic is to write about the advice we’d give our past and current selves.  Sadly, past me’s will never benefit from any advice I might share based on 54 years of experience. (I’m not sure those past me’s would’ve paid much attention anyway 😉.) But current me loves stuff like this. Here’s my advice to me. right now. from yesterday’s morning walk – downtown Alpharetta Dear Me: You’re in a good place right now. You have a loving family, friends, good health and financial security. You get to spend most days doing things you enjoy. Keep investing in those important relationships. It’s ok to say “no”.…