Friday, May 17, 2024

A Little Bit of This and That

Foyer Table, Goodwill Haul and More

Hello friends! This is actually my second attempt at writing this post and I certainly hope I don't accidentally hit the same buttons I did on the last one that deleted the almost finished post! So, here I go again! In today's post, I'll be sharing a little bit of this and that with you to catch up on some of what I have been doing the last few days.

I spied some fun hiking/outdoor items at Target the last time I was there and decided to create an unusual "hiking/walking" vignette on the foyer table. Since The Mr. loves hiking and I enjoy gentle walks/hikes, I decided this vignette would fit right in with our home. It's also a good reminder for me as I walk past it each day to get up and move! BTW, I love those Leki poles. They were a gift to me from The Mr. a year or so ago and I use them whenever I walk or hike. They are easily adjustable and I appreciate that, a lot. 

I haven't tried solving this puzzle as yet but I'm sure it will be fun when I do! Tell me, do you create any unusual vignettes in your home?

We also stopped by one of our favorite Goodwill stores this week and I scored some great seasonal items to use for Winter, Valentines and Easter. Plus, I found two nice tops and The Mr. found a great shirt in a brand he really likes. So, all in all, we did very well on this excursion. I haven't thrifted in quite a while so it was fun to find great items!

And, of course, I have to share some good food with you before I go! My church hosted an Italian dinner last weekend and roasted vegetables was one of the vegetarian menu items. They were so delicious that I decided to roast some of my own veggies. This pan of tomatoes, squash, green pepper and onions roasted up beautifully and were very yummy! I will definitely be roasting more veggies. 

And, I enjoyed this delicious meal at Cracker Barrel last week. This meal is what you have heard me call an "Aunt Beulah special" as it mimics the foods I ate at my aunt's house growing up. This is my typical "comfort meal" when I go to CB and I definitely needed comfort as I had just gotten my Covid booster shot. The shot always makes me feel miserable for a few days so I enjoyed this meal before the side effects set in. Do you have a favorite comfort meal that is your go to when you are in need of some food love?

I saw this quote recently and wanted to save it as it fits how I have felt this past week. I found myself really missing my oldest sister this past week and the tears felt as fresh this week as they did 1 1/2 years ago when she passed. While I am so very grateful for all the blessings God has given me, I also still experience grief for my losses. I think that, as humans, we can feel both blessings and grief at the same time. 

Even in the midst of grief there can be joy. This final pic depicts the joy I felt a couple weekends ago as my women's group came together for our annual weekend retreat. This year we gathered at the Blowing Rock Conference Center in Blowing Rock, NC. What a lovely weekend we shared together as Christian women! Some members weren't able to be there and we missed them so much. 

So that's a little bit of this and that in my life lately. Hope you enjoyed the post and that you share a little bit of this and that in your life with me in the comments! 

Until Next Time,
Debbie This and That


Joy said...

I really love your little corner display celebrating hiking - it is delightful. xx

Sharon said...

I always enjoy your "this and that" posts, and this post was no exception. I can only imagine how delicious your colorful roasted vegetables were! I enjoyed seeing your new foyer vignette. What a great reminder to move more! I'm glad you enjoyed your retreat. And I agree with the quote you included in your post. I'm learning that it's healthy and healing to experience gratitude and even some joy alongside grief.

Iris said...

Always enjoy your posts! I've not been creative enough to come up with anything to write the last week or so. I've been wanting to go thrifting again, but just don't have the energy that it takes. So, I enjoyed seeing what you found.

Debbie Styles Life said...

Thank you, Joy! I'm enjoying my unusual little vignette.

Debbie Styles Life said...

I'm glad you enjoy my this and that posts, Sharon! Yes, grief is definitely a learning process and I'm thankful that I can still experience gratitude and joy even while feelings of grief come in waves.

Debbie Styles Life said...

I understand, Iris. I've been going through a lot of "dry periods" where I just can't think of blog post ideas. When I first started blogging I had lots of ideas. I think it's normal for us writers to get "writers block" every once in a while! Take good care.