Monday, November 9, 2009
This was this mornings coffee view. This is the beauty I get to look at from my front porch on a daily basis. It happened to be a crisp and frosty morning with the fog rising. Beautiful and so peaceful!
There is just something about November that I love. Come November my simple living and down to earth love goes into overdrive. I am baking, cooking, canning (deer season) my tush off. I have 4 great hunters in the family that provide us with plenty of fresh game throughout the hunting season.
I love wrapping a homemade quilt around my shoulders in the crisp morning air and drinking a cup of coffee on my porch swing while enjoying the view. In my mind and notebook I write down what needs to be done throughout the week. This makes my week run so much more smoothly; Business plans, paperwork, household chores, dinner menus, appointments- the basics. They are prioritized as to what needs to be done first second and so forth. I also have learned to block out a time of the day when I get to do the things I want to do. Some days it might be food storage, baking, visiting with friends, quilting, or knitting. I am currently crocheting a baby blanket ( no , not for me!) but for some dear friends that recently had a baby.
I try to get my more strenuous and the most hated tasks (hello paperwork and business calls) done first so all the rest fall into place and then I can relax if I get too tired or I can do the fun- me things. Even if the afternoon proves to be as hectic as the morning I make sure to find time in the evening to re-connect with me and my family. A very wise woman once told me that I tried to carry the world on my shoulders when in reality the only person you can control is yourself.
My point is this - sometimes we get so caught up in the day to day busyness that we truly do forget to smell the coffee! When I go outside in the mornings not only are the visual stimuli there to greet me, but the smells of fall are there too. Morning smoke from the wood-stove chimney, hickory and oak leaves, the birds getting their morning breakfast from the birdfeeders and of course- the smell of my French Vanilla coffee creamer Yum!
Now, as my friend Jim says "Let's go have a cup of coffee"