Monday, November 5, 2012


What a week, and what a weekend!  Inhalebusybusybusybusybusybusybusyexhale.  That's it, in sum.

I just realized that I never shared the winner of the Two Peas in a Bucket Gardeners' Digest giveaway!  Congratulations to...
I'll be in touch via peamail, Lisa! 

As exhausted as I am at the moment, I must say that this weekend was fun.

My daughter had a slumber party to celebrate her birthday, and let me just tell you, all that talk about teenage boys having huge appetites?  They've got nothing on the teenage girls who gathered around the table this morning.  I set down plates of bacon, eggs, and pancakes, stepped away for a moment to put something in the sink, and when I turned back around, the food was gone.  Impressive.

This weekend I also had the honor of witnessing my daughter expose her friends to the wonders of 1980's teen flicks such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club, and Better Off Dead.  It was like a rite of passage. They are all officially awesome now, if only just for their ability to make and understand references to these films. The torch has been passed.

Speaking of torches, check out the inferno that was my daughter's birthday cake:
I can't believe that there are so many candles on her cake.  I think her birthday has created a teensy bit of a mental crisis for me, as I contemplate my own attitude toward getting older.  It's the subject of a layout that I created for this week's October Afternoon challenge:
The challenge is to use the flip side of papers, postcards, and accents.  I guess it also prompted me to look at the "flip side" of being 37 (and turning 38 this month). As I wrote the journaling, a thought came to me -- "I have that peculiar habit of looking back more often than I look ahead" -- and I realized how true this is of me lately. I really do need to adjust my perspective, and start to be more forward-thinking.
With that in mind, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the week ahead, and the month ahead, and the year and years and many years ahead.  It's a birthday frame of mind, but I'll try to make it an everyday frame of mind as well.


  1. Jill, I am so incredibly honoured (do I sound like a groupie or what?! lol) to have you visit my little blog. Many thanks for your wonderful comment!