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November, 2011

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    November 28, 2011 by louissa

    it was a sick sort of sunday yesterday and today is a sick sort of monday. it matches the damp, grey day that we had and i’m thankful that i wasn’t missing sunshine and warmth as i spent my hours drinking water then juice, taking vitamins, keeping track of my temperature, and sleeping as much as possible.

    a shower and fresh sweats were put on this morning (when i realized that i was still in saturday’s pajamas i blushed even though no one was around and told myself to get clean), a few loads of laundry are now busily being washed and dried, and a dishwasher has been emptied. and those few things, my friends, are my accomplishments for the day.

    i shall now burrow under a quilt & afghan on my couch and slip in and out of oblivion while some movie plays in the background. being able to do this is the only decent thing about being sick.

  2. “home” for thanksgiving

    November 22, 2011 by louissa

    two pumpkin pies (that look like they needed more filling than what was allotted) and two loaves of cranberry bread are cooling on my island.

    in 24 hours i will be packing those baked goods and bringing them with me to the hustle & bustle known as 1942, my childhood home. hugs that are familiar, kisses my cheeks have memorized, and 16 voices that i can instantly recognize will be there. i get to go and be with family this wonderful holiday and somehow it makes it that much more exciting.

    and thankfulness? overflows, overwhelms, undoes me. i’ve experienced God’s goodness & blessing. in such amazing ways. yes, thankfulness comes quickly these days.

  3. snow time

    November 18, 2011 by louissa

    last night i drove my first stretch of road this winter at 40mph, eyes focused in fear that the car in front would suddenly decide to stop and i wouldn’t be able to make out his break lights in time. the winter snow kept coming throughout the evening as we ate a late dinner, cleaned up, all with candles flickering their friendly glow.

    my favorite part about an evening snow storm? the calm the next day.

    i woke to our world blanketed in snow and everything completely still, as if somehow in that one short overnight, the world slowed down. the cars go by a little slower, less people walk past my house, and i’m in no rush to make myself ready for the day. no, my leggings and sweatshirt will do just fine for what i want to do this morning. i brew some coffee, light another candle, roll up my sleeves and will now make this.

    it’s like i always thought, snow is so much more bearable when you don’t have to leave your house.

  4. bliss

    November 15, 2011 by louissa

    we’ve been doing this “bliss” thing for one month now. you could say we’re still in the honeymoon stage and real life hasn’t hit us yet and i realize that, but i’ll just say that bills are coming in, regular schedules have hit, and we’re still only happy, happy, happy. i married the best and everyday i become more thankful for this new adventure i’m on beside him.

    want to see more pictures from my most wondrous day but not friends with me on facebook? you still can. here. enjoy!

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    November 11, 2011 by louissa

    it’s snowing outside. big, fat, slushy snowflakes that instantly disappear when they come in contact with the earth. it is everything beautiful. and right now i don’t mind one bit that with the snow comes long cold, dark days. it’s simply beautiful today and i’m simply content knowing i have a full day at home and i don’t have to go out in the snow.

    i don’t have much to say this morning, but i did want to tell you how much i like my new life and what i do. i love being at home. i enjoy the cleaning, the laundry, the organizing, the decorating, the having dinner ready every evening at 5:30pm — the taking care of someone. perhaps you’re surprised but i’m not. i knew that i would love this.

    and today i shall do those things and settle my guest room officially for a rather lengthy visit from my canadian beauty. i like that i’m making this a home not just for the husband and me, but also for those who will come and stay — no matter how brief the visit. i like that so very much.

  6. just an update

    November 2, 2011 by louissa

    i’m continuing to tell myself not to do it, but i’m about to push publish on this very newsy type post. i’m afraid that’s what you’ll be getting for the next little bit. partly because all this is what i’m thinking about, processing, and learning, because most of you, dear readers, are now far away, and because although i’m perfectly content with a very quiet house, i find that when i sit down here, all i want is to give you a conversation of sorts. so, i guess i’ll just publish away. you can read if you want or skip if you could care less about the details of my new life.

    it’s a banana bread toast & coffee sort of morning. the sun greets the front of my house every morning, spilling into the dining room, music room, bedroom, and kitchen. there is nothing that makes me happier than to sip my coffee and see orangey pink light coming in.

    i live in a very bright house. the windows are plentiful and the sun has happily kept me company these last few days. i would like to think that it’s fitting since color also abounds under this roof. even before i had been introduced to this specific house, i knew that i wanted my home to be one that would make people happy when they entered. apparently my friends and family know me well and know that lots of color makes me exceedingly glad so now, my home is being filled with gold, blue, green, orange, and red trinkets and dishes — and it is so very happy.

    my social calendar is busier than it’s ever been before. monday, tuesday, wednesday, and thursday this week have been/will be filled with visits and a shopping trip with other girls. dinners are being scheduled with various other individuals from my new church and i’m shocked at how quickly all this getting-to-know-people is taking place. it makes me exceedingly happy as well. i wouldn’t want this beautiful house to simply be occupied by me during the day and the husband at night. i wanted people to feel like they can stop in, hang out for a bit, drink a cup of tea, and enjoy my kitchen island for awhile. the good news is that i’ve been home for only a week and they already do.

    i applied to work part time at a diner down the street from my house. it’s true that i’ve always wanted to be a waitress at a small town diner, get to know the locals, and pour terrible cups of coffee. so, i applied and am waiting to hear if they want me a few days out of the week. i’m crossing my fingers and hoping i get it since i’m way too excited about this job.

    did i mention that i have beginning pianists wanting lessons as well? and that this household of two averages a load of laundry a day (way more than i anticipated)? and that i have the prettiest church and old school building across the street from my house? and that all the neighbors have been so friendly, introducing themselves when i’m out for walks and dropping housewarming gifts off? and that i simply adore making food for my husband? and that my coffee mug is empty?

    it’s true, the mug is now empty. and no toast on the plate. and that makes me think that i should be done with this update and really start my day.