Thursday, September 19, 2019

September Is My Favorite

Sometimes I sit down to catch up on my blog and instead end up reading back through old posts feeling envious of my former self. The one who wrote about what she saw and felt and thought instead of the girl I am now. The one always playing catch up with lists and what I did on my summer vacation type posts. I try to give myself grace because it's been a weird hard year, but I miss that girl.

I plan to bring her back here one of these days.

But not today because today is playing catch up with a list and a what I did on my summer vacation type of post. Might as well embrace it, right?

I celebrated a birthday yesterday. My birthday is the third family birthday in the month of September so everyone's a little caked out by the time mine rolls around.

Not so caked out we won't dive into this scrumptious German Chocolate Fudge Pie Daughter2 baked for her momma, but we won't eat it all in one sitting either. My favorite man cub face timed so he could join in the singing of Happy Birthday and also help blow out the candles from 7000+ miles away. The happy birthday song is in his current list of top ten favorites.

Hubs suggested we go out for my birthday but we eat out a lot, and on my birthday I want a home cooked meal I don't have to home cook. I love something on the grill that I don't have to a) plan for b) shop for, c) prepare or d) clean up. Honestly I'll eat whatever is put in front of me if I don't have to do any of the above.

Hubs obliged by grilling the most delicious pork chops he'd purchased from his guitar teacher/ pig farmer and Daughter2 made garlic mashed potatoes and a spinach salad and that fantabulous pie and it was all pretty perfect.

Low key is the name of the game this month because next month we will amp up into supersonic speed with four separate trips covering multiple states, flights, road miles and countries so we're trying to rest up. Hubs doesn't quite get the concept of 'resting up' but even he's not operating at 150% power like he normally does.

It has been exceptionally hot and humid here for the past month but this morning we woke up to 70 degree weather and sipped our coffee under a blanket beside the fire on the porch. Pure bliss in my book. Fall is my favorite and I'm so ready for it this  year.

I've been reading a lot of books and hubs and I have binged on The Americans on Amazon Prime. I really need it to end so I can quit thinking about it, but we're almost there. My Bible Study group is back in session and I've also started a book club in my neighborhood which has been fun. And because it can't be all cake all the time I'm still plugging away at my exercise class a couple of days a week too.

Also today's weather is not the norm so we're still boating and swimming and we're not even mad about it.

The air still says summer but the sunsets whisper fall.


  1. Sounds like you had a lovely birthday. Your German Chocolate Fudge pie looks delicious and your dinner sounded yummy too! Love the photos and the nice weather you are having.

  2. A beautiful post and I am so happy your birthday dinner was so special! Will be watching the coming weeks to see where your travels take you and hubs!! xoxox

  3. Happy belated birthday Joyce! It truly has been "the year of years" for you and it just takes time to process so much and find our new normal. I know you are preparing to fly across the pond for the arrival of that new baby and to see little Tommy. Soooo much excitement! Blessings abundant!

  4. The Americans - I need to check that out
    & COME ON MAN - that German Chocolate Fudge Pie - my gosh - that sounds amazing

  5. It is always with interest that I open your blog posts because I know regardless, it will be personal, a bit of humor thrown in and most of all it means a nice visit with a special lady. I know you look forward to getting back to what brought to blogland to begin with, but I also enjoy your "what we did on vacation" type posts. Your month of tripping sounds exciting because I know one of those will be to see your sweet Man Cub Tommy and meet that new baby. What fun that will be. May God go before you to prepare the way and behind to guard.

  6. Like you, I also find myself going back and reading old posts. That's the great thing about our blogs and I find myself reflecting back on the good times and the not so good one. It helps me not to ever forget how the Lord has always been there through whatever circumstance. It sounds like you had a really nice birthday. Mine (the BIG one) was on Sunday and I'm all about low key at this point in my life. And wow...that is a very cool grill!

  7. I love September too, but it's different. Because I live in the tropics, all September means is that it drops from the upper 90s everyday to mid-upper 80s. Nice. And breezy.

    Rest up and enjoy all those trips next month!

  8. Happy birthday! I love your post and I hear you about reading previous posts and marvelling at that younger me who seemed so much wiser and together than the me of today. Love the pics of swimming. What a gorgeous place for a dip.

  9. Belated birthday wishes. Always enjoy reading your posts whichever girl shows up :)