F Simple and Serene Living: July 2013 09 10
Sunday, July 28, 2013

back in a few

I will be taking much of this week off to help with a family crisis. I will miss all of you, but promise to catch up as soon as I am able to return.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Morning has Broken

"Morning has broken like the first morning." 

As a new day begins I open the windows wide to breathe in the scents of the early morning. 

An overnight rainfall has scrubbed the surfaces clean and left a feeling of newness in the air.

The heat wave has broken and the temperatures feel almost fall like. 

I have been feeling a burden the last few days of so many things to do and of some new changes. 

These changes prompted my post yesterday. Because life is about dancing in the rain and also relishing the sunshine.

"Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden..."

For each fresh morning brings us a new chance at life.

Thanks to Ramble Ann for reminding me of one of my favorite songs. I hope you will visit her sweet new blog.

Linking today with:
Be Inspired at Common Ground
Pink Saturday at How Sweet The Sound

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

transformations on a thursday

I am devoting each Thursday to a positive affirmation or to inspirations in my life. There are so many ways that we transform ourselves. It may be through affirmations, by taking a class to learn something new, by involving ourselves in public service, or even changing something in our homes. 

Because as we all know a little  (or a lot) of rain will fall in all of our lives.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

simple white

After another night with no air conditioning, I thought I would focus on simple white things, because they give me the illusion of being cool.

a simple white shawl and a rustic stool. 


a white chair for reading.


a white breakfast nook filled with white flowers 


a white space for an afternoon nap on the porch.


at the end of a very hot day, a lovely white bedroom with large windows to bring in the ocean breezes and a ceiling fan to swirl them around you as you sleep.


and just in case you were thinking I'm not cool, my granddaughter told me she thinks I  am very cool and she is pretty sure her brother does, too. 

Ahhhhh!!! High praise from the perfect source.

I am feeling cooler already.

These and other wonderful cottage style images can be found at Decor Cottage Style

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Monday, July 22, 2013

hot hot hot

I know, I'm really hot. 

Not that kind of hot.  

I'm roasting, steaming, broiling...........

Why you ask?

Well, Friday night my air conditioner went kerplunk and it's not just a little fix, it has to be replaced and it was the weekend and.........it could be Wednesday before they can install a new one. 

In the meantime they installed this for a three bedroom, three bathroom, two story townhouse.

Having trouble seeing it? 

Well I am having a bit of a problem feeling it, too. That is because it is in the corner behind the piano and it cools an area of approximately three square feet. I have this sneaking suspicion it may also be blowing out legionnaires disease.

Okay, I may be exaggerating just a tiny bit, but seriously it is hot, hot, hot in here. It's Monday, it's pouring down rain, and yes, I am feeling a little cranky.

In the meantime, I think I will focus on thoughts of these.

Because the sun is bound to come out tomorrow. Right???

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Friday, July 19, 2013

early morning sounds

Early morning is definitely my favorite time of the day. Everything feels so fresh and new. It is as if the flowers are stretching as they look forward to another day of sun and a drink of water.

and although I love all of the sights of early morning, one of the best things is the sounds of early morning in my neighborhood. 

the singing of birds.

the chirping of cicadas.

the hum of a lawnmower.

the laughter of a family as they eat breakfast on their screened porch.

the swish of tires as a bicyclist rides by. 

the thump of a newspaper as it hits a front porch.

the peaceful drone of an airplane as it passes overhead. 

Yes, I love the sounds of an early morning summer day.

They speak of continuance and of promises. 

I wish I could bottle them up to savor on a cold winter day.

Linking today with:
Be Inspired at Common Ground
Pink Saturday at How Sweet The Sound
A Favorite Thing at Mockingbird Hill Cottage

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

transformation on a thursday

I am devoting each Thursday to a positive affirmation or to inspirations in my life. There are so many ways that we transform ourselves. It may be through affirmations, by taking a class to learn something new, by involving ourselves in public service, or even changing something in our homes. 

I love today's affirmation. It is something I am practicing everyday, although it isn't always easy.


As I wake up each day, I remind myself that this is in my own best interest. I cannot change the past and the future is an unknown factor, but I can enjoy this moment to the best of my ability.

What are some of the ways that you transform your life? I would love to hear about them.


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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

starting my day

I've taken my walk, juiced my veggies, eaten my Joe's O's with fresh blueberries, and popped my vitamins. Now for a cup of decaf while I attempt the crossword. 

What does your morning look like? Do you have a ritual before you tackle the day?

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

so what.....let it go

I have always been a worrier and a people pleaser. By that, I mean that I worried ad nauseam when someone said something mean to me or I felt I might have inadvertently offended someone. 

What did I do wrong? 

What can I do to fix it?

Why don't they like me?


Enough already.

Life is too short. 

Walk away from it, Laura.

And so now I do. Because I know what kind of foot prints I want to leave on this earth and not everyone is going to agree with me or like me, and that is okay.

So to the man who cut me off in traffic today and then gave me a dirty look. No worries, I've already forgotten it.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

come walk with me

One of my greatest joys since having both knees replaced is that I can walk again. I have been having a bit if of a problem with tendinitis behind both knees, so my surgeon sent me for more PT. I think it is making it hurt worse, so I am taking matters into my own hands and starting a walking program. 

The sidewalk was definitely beckoning me yesterday morning.

I love the early morning, and at this time of year in Kentucky, it is the only time to really walk comfortably. By comfortably I mean not sweating bullets or swatting at a million mosquitoes. 

I have no idea what this bush is, but love the purple cone shaped flowers with a touch of red in their centers.

Ahhhhh!! I had been wondering what all of the sawing was that I have been hearing for the last few days. Now I know. They are replacing the worn rails of the fence that surrounds the townhouses where I live. I thought about picking up a board and carrying it home with me to repurpose, but those boards were a lot heavier than they looked, and I definitely was not ready to lug one around with its rusty nails on my walk.

Maybe I will try to go down there today and see if I can snag one. 

Our little creek looked inviting.

It does lead into the woods,

but as I am a huge tick magnet, I thought maybe I better skip that and stick to the city sidewalk.

The beautiful gardens were definitely a nice consolation.

Okay, I have to confess, that after the walk I went for brunch at our local Coffee Pub.

I think I may have to add the stationary bike to my routine today.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

sweet home touches

I always feel that it is the small things in a house that make it a home. 

I call them sweet home touches.

a simple vase of flowers in a window sill.

source unknown

a display of old pottery


a collection of white ironstone.


a pretty mirror for a dressing table

source unknown

a basket of vintage linens


a simple stacking of everyday items.


Join me on Pinterest for more sweet home touches

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Inspiration on a Thursday

the morning sun

the sweet green earth

the great silence

Bless and Be Blessed This Day

Thank you Soulful Nature for today's inspiration


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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

kiss my grits

Do you remember Flo from Mel's Diner?

Whenever someone did something she didn't like she would yell "kiss my grits"

When my oldest daughter was three, we took her to Disney World. While there, we decided to go to a rather fancy restaurant for dinner. She decided that she wanted a cheeseburger and no matter how much we told her they didn't have cheeseburgers and offered her alternatives she wasn't buying it. 

Finally with typical three year old frustration she threw up her hands, and as she went over backwards in her chair, shouted

Kiss My Grits

Oh boy!!! There was lots of giggling in the restaurant, but as for me, I decided that maybe there was a bit too much T.V. watching going on. (okay, I was giggling behind my menu)

Peanut butter and jelly, anyone?????

You don't have to be from the south to love grits, but if you are from the south, I bet you have a favorite grits recipe. 

Mine is Cheese Grits Casserole. 

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked old-fashioned grits
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Slowly stir in grits and salt. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5-7 minutes or until thickened. Cool slightly. Gradually whisk in milk, butter and eggs. Stir in cheese, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne.
  • Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 8 servings.
Source: Taste of Home

I think I just heard the sound of rain outside. It can't! It wouldn't!


Linking today with:
Tweak it Tuesday on Cozy Little House

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