Coffee Talk 08.27.17

Hello, hello! It’s a crisp and beautiful Sunday morning here in Pennsylvania, and it feels quite fall-like out there. Rarely does the weather line up with the school calendar, but it will definitely feel like the First Day of School tomorrow, which is kind of nice.

I hope those of you in the path of Harvey are faring okay. It’s weird to me that the weather can be so lovely here and so dreadful just a few states over.

I’ve skipped my last few Coffee Talk posts because I was trying to fit in a run and a photo shoot before church, but I can’t run today so here I am! I turned my ankle pretty hard a few days ago, and it’s right in the area that was injured twice before, so I’ve been trying to take it easy. It seems to be okay as long as I don’t overdo it, and then I can feel that it’s still recovering. I’m just hoping to avoid any major injury.

Yesterday I decided to practice what I preach, and I did a thorough closet purge. Because of this blog, I cycle clothing through my closet a lot faster than what is normal for most people, but I still find myself needing to do a thorough purge every once in a while.

So I took everything out down to the bare walls, just like I talk about in my How to Purge Your Closet post, and I handled every piece and took a quick gut-check. I ask myself questions like, Do I love it? Does it fit me well? Do I have anything to wear with it? Do I need it? 

Only if the answer to those four questions is a resounding YES does the item go back into my closet.

I also took advantage of the mild temperatures and went up into the attic to go through my fall and winter stuff from last year. I brought down all the ankle boots and suede ballet flats and pumps that I’d put away for the season as well as a few of my favorite neutral sweaters that have a fall vibe. I got my closet all organized, and it is so nice to go in there now. I even paid my daughter to dust all the shelves.

I know, some of you are going to say it sure doesn’t sound like I was taking it easy yesterday! The closet project only took me an hour or so, but I was definitely feeling it so I laid around with my foot up for a few hours. Actually, while I was laying there, my husband went through his drawers and did a thorough purge. I guess he felt inspired. We still need to do his side of the closet, but that may not happen for a while.

After all that was wrapped up, we went out for a quick dinner at a local Asian restaurant. The kids declined to come and settled for boxed mac-and-cheese and chicken fingers from the freezer. What is wrong with kids today?

Anyway, we decided to try a new place and it was just okay. We have others we like better, but it was a nice atmosphere for being located in one of those strip malls, and since Paul was gone most of the week, it gave us a chance to catch up without interruptions. After dinner, we hung out with friends on their patio. It was a gorgeous night for it, and they had a fire in the fire pit. Of course, now my hair smells like campfire, lol.

So the kids go back to school tomorrow, and the rat race begins! We have to start getting my son moving on his college applications, and all of the back-to-school activities are starting to fill up my calendar. At church, we’re starting to plan our fall and holiday events (I’m on the women’s committee) and all of my kids have birthdays coming up. I have an October, November, and a December birthday in addition to all of the holidays that occur during those same months, so this time of year is always a bit frantic for me. Plus our Fall Fashion series starts on Friday!

My Facebook feed is full of parents leaving their kids at college, many for the first time, and I had to put my phone down last night and walk away so I didn’t start to bawl. I’m trying to enjoy this year of lasts with my son, but it is bittersweet to say the least.

Well, I’m off to get ready for church, and afterwards I plan to enjoy a lazy afternoon on the deck with a book, soaking up the last rays of summer. Yes, I know summer officially goes till Sept 22, but with the kids going back to school tomorrow, it definitely feels like the end to me.

I’m keeping those in Harvey’s path in prayer and I hope you all have a blessed Sunday!