Looking for something new to read? So was I. I was feeling overwhelmed by my choices so I consulted the experts and asked a local librarian. I told her the titles of the last 3 books I loved and she gave me a short list of recommendations. I’m a quarter of the way through my first pick and I’m so pleased. The librarian nailed it.
Both of these harken back to classics. The Flight of Gemma Hardy is a retelling of Jane Eyre set in 1950-60′s Iceland and Scotland. Even though I know what should happen next, I’ve been plowing through it. Next on my list is Longbourn, which tells the imagined tales of the servants working for the Bennet family. Kind of a mash-up of Austin with Downton Abbey.
If neither of these peek your interest, visit your library branch and chat with a librarian. I’d love to know what they recommend for you! Hopefully soon the weather will be nice enough to take my new books to the park and read in the fresh, spring air.
A year ago this week we brought Finnick home. He has gotten so much stronger and so much more confident over the last year. And we have grown closer as a family. Logan and Finn are brothers. They comfort each other when we are gone, wear each other out in the evening and every once in awhile we catch them having a moment. Their routines have merged and having two dogs is no more time consuming than one was. But we get double the unconditional love.
I seriously don’t know what I would do without those big brown eyes and comically large ears. He is the most cuddly dog I’ve ever met. He is grateful for every meal (seriously, when he finishes eating he seeks us out in the house to say thank you) and a soft spot to nap. He still crawls into the closet at night and he has no shortage of quirks.
So happy one year Finniversary to us!
I know things have been quiet around here. My computer finally died sooner than I had anticipated. Since our winter so far has been extremely expensive I had to wait to replace the computer until we recovered a little from the bathroom and the trip west. Then there were shipping delays due to weather. But now I am back to work. I’m still getting all my software installed and my files transferred, but I’m functional again!
I normally don’t mind winter. I don’t love it, but it doesn’t make me as grumpy as others. But I am so over this winter. Today will be -4 degrees before windchill (feeling like -20′s). During the last big polar vortex our furnace died and car battery got zapped. An adventure would be a gentle way of describing that day. We have been guzzling tea by the pot and limiting our trips out of the house. I got my seed catalog today and my rose catalog last week and it’s making me pine for spring. On a positive note, hand quilting is the perfect winter hobby. I sit in bed with my quilt draped over my lap and watch Netflix.
So back to business! I’m ready to start gearing up for spring gardening, style and home improvement! What are you looking forward to most when winter ends?
Like most, I’m pretty terrible about sticking too my resolutions. But I always try. Another year and here I go with another attempt. Only a few this year.
How about you? Any new resolutions? Any old ones to try again? Happy New Year.
I hope you all are having a safe and happy holiday today. We are just waking up on the west coast with my family. The weather is gorgeous and we plan on spending the morning exploring a secret beach while the turkey cooks. I’ll be taking a break from blogging until I return to Ohio, but you can follow my daily adventures on Instagram in the mean time.
Happy Christmas! -The Fowlers
Between enjoying the new tub, cleaning the house from top to bottom (holy construction dust!!), working extra hours and trying to get us ready to leave town, I have been overwhelmed this holiday season. I apologize for the quiet this week. I just finished a fun DIY post I’ll be polishing up this weekend. Next week I’m aiming to squeeze in a couple more gift guides. I’m still putting some finish touches on the bathroom before it’s ready for sharing. We’ll be back on our regular schedule next week. Thanks a bunch!
I’m currently working up the confidence and fine-tuning the technique to show off some of the new wardrobe I’m building. It’s not quite blog-worthy yet, but I’m making progress.
I bought this dress for Halloween and I love it so much I’m dying to wear it everywhere (but trying to wait until after Halloween). The blazer was a piece I added to my closet this autumn when it went on mega-clearance. It’s structured jersey, so its comfortable but still looks tailored. The handbag was another steal. It’s almost new (a little stain on the inside lining) but it was $38 on eBay.
Sources: Blazer via J. Crew (no longer available) – Clearanced for $39 // Dress via Modcloth – On Sale for $35 // Shoes via Seychelles (no longer available) – Similar for $29.99 // Bracelet from Hanjiun – Similar for $15 // Handbag from J. Crew via eBay – $38 // ‘Tart Deco’ Polish by Essie – On Amazon for $5.49
And now for an update. It’s Jared’s birthday week and he is sick as a dog. It’s not the flu, but he does have a pretty nasty cold. We are postponing his birthday dinner until he’s feeling better. Finn is also going to the doctor today. He is having a dewclaw issue. I’m not feeling great, but I am determined to not be sick. So far my head is winning and I’ve been able to stay on my feet.
We put in a bunch of new plants. We split some of my grandma’s coral bells and helleborus and some of Jared’s grandma’s peonies. They all look pretty shabby right now, but hopefully this spring they all come in nice and healthy. We will be putting in new beds around the front window in the spring. The yard is going to looks so much different than it did this summer.
We’ll be spending the holiday with my parents this year in Oregon. It will be my third trip out this year, but it will be the first time Jared has been out there in awhile. We are planning to spend some time at the coast. We haven’t been out there since our wedding. It will be nice for him to kick back a little and relax. I’m counting down the days.
We have done a lot to our little house in the past couple of years. But it still has a long way to go. This isn’t our forever house, but we are thinking we can get another 5-8 years out of it. There is still a long list of things we would like to do before we move on.
This list may grow, and as we knock things off the list I’ll cross it out and link to an update post. It looks like a lot, and in reality there is so much more. But we are trying to take it one day at a time.
- The Fowlers
Long time, no chat! Yikes! I feel like I’ve been running around all summer, but looking back I’m not sure where all the time went (do you ever get that feeling?). It’s hard to believe August is already well on it’s way. I figured it was a good chance to take a moment to catch up. Incoming wall of words…
It’s been a tough year for me. I’ve been dealing with some personal issues that I’m not quite ready to share on such a public platform. It’s caused me a lot of stress and I’ve isolated myself a bit. I’m trying to deal with things in a more healthy way these days and be more honest, but it’s tough. I apologize if I haven’t been keeping up with things or if you feel like your comments have gone unnoticed. I promise I will do better. And maybe soon I’ll be brave enough to talk more openly.
Last month I said goodbye to one of my part time jobs. I’m slowly transitioning into another position and it was time to consolidate my life a little. I’ve had a foot in about 3 different jobs for awhile now. It feels good to clarify things a bit. As with all change, it’s caused some adjustment, financially and mentally. But overall it’s a good thing and will help in the long run.
We are busy planning our next big home renovation. We just have to wait to cross some T’s and dot some I’s before I can show you the full plan. I will tell you it’s our bathroom! FINALLY! Ever since we moved in, the bathroom has been my arch rival. And we are finally going to do something about it. I’m really looking forward to being able to relax in a tub and have enough storage to hide all our products (we only have one bathroom, so all of our personal hygiene products are right out in the open). I cant wait to show you more! I’ve been buying some little things here and there and saving them for a fresh bathroom. It’s going to be a huge makeover. It’s a pretty bad ‘before’. If budget allows, we may do another small project, but we’ll have to see.
We don’t have any firm plans for the rest of the summer. Maybe another backpacking trip if we can sneak it in. Otherwise we just have some tasks around the house I would like to achieve before the weather gets cold.
How has your summer been? Any fun trips planned? Or were you swamped like me?
Photo from my Instagram. This gorgeous hydrangea was a parting gift from my former employer’s garden. Perfectly thoughtful gift.
Sorry it’s been so long since I posted! I was in Portland visiting family last week for the holiday and may birthday. I ever since I’ve been busy busy playing catch up.
I had a great week. I dragged my brother along to the Zoo and OMSI (I love museums) and a (super warm) evening at the climbing gym. I did a ton of shopping with my mom, grandma and aunt. I took the summer heat with me from Ohio. It was a blistering 95 degrees at points. I lived in skirts and dresses and spent a lot of time on the deck. It was so nice to see my family healthy and happy.
But now I’m BACK! And ready to get some fresh and beautiful posts up for you! I’ve found some great deals to share and lots of new summer stuff on the way! I hope you all had a safe and wonderful holiday last week!