Good morning! I hope you’re having a good weekend. My parents are in town, so we’ve enjoyed visiting with them. We just hung out here on Friday night, and yesterday we went to the high school football game to see Becca play in the band.
It was a rare Saturday afternoon game, which was kind of nice for a change. We left during the 2nd quarter when it started raining, and I made Ina’s goat cheese lasagna for dinner. It’s been ages since I made that, and I forgot how good it is. Then we all turned in early after a competitive game of Hearts — David’s choice. It’s his favorite because he usually wins. I, on the other hand, always lose. I can never seem to get the hang of that game.
Today we have our usual Sunday plans — church, lunch afterwards, and I’m planning to catch up with a friend this evening. My parents head back to Virginia this afternoon. I swear, the weekends just seem like a blip these days.
In other news, we had wood floors installed in our living room on Friday, and they look great. It still had the original 20-year old carpet, and it was starting to look really tired. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a good before picture, and I was planning to do a post on it once the room is finished. Maybe I can find an old one.
Now I need to find an area rug that coordinates with the one in the foyer, since they’re right next to each other, and I’m hoping to add a pair of “occasional chairs” so we have more seating in there. I’d also like to replace the couch because I don’t love the color, but it’s still in good shape. That’s actually quite amazing because it wasn’t the best quality when we bought it, which was probably 15 years ago, and we actually use that room a lot.
Paul often sits in there to read or work when the TV is on in the family room, and my girls have always liked to go in there to do homework or just relax in a quiet space. It’s also the place I go to chat with friends when they visit, and when we have big get togethers, the adults usually end up in there as the kids take over the family room and kitchen. Although, these days the line between kids and adults is getting fuzzy. It’s funny how life changes. I knew my kids would grow up eventually, but I never expected it to happen this fast, ha!
All that to say, the couch will probably stay if I can find a rug that helps tie the puke green upholstery into the rest of the decor. Maybe if I switch out some of the wall art and add some new throw pillows, the offensive color won’t be so noticeable.
The real question is, when will I have time to focus on that? I have a lot of appointments this week, and my work is ramping up with the holidays looming, so it’s going to be a busy one. I know November will be here before I know it, so I’m trying to think ahead to Thanksgiving dinner. We’ll be staying home, and I believe some of Paul’s family will be joining us.
I’ve never cooked a Thanksgiving turkey but this might be the year. Last year I ordered one from Whole Foods, and we were underwhelmed. We’re talking about doing a traditional one here in the kitchen oven, and then Paul might try something on his smoker. Does anyone have a suggestion for that?
I’m not sure why I find the idea of cooking a Thanksgiving turkey so daunting, I mean, I roast chickens all the time. But in my defense, I’m often frustrated with those. For some reason, I often seem to pull them out before they’re done, and I can’t let that happen to my Thanksgiving turkey. I guess I need to get one of those fancy probe thermometers. If you have a recommendation for good one, let me know. With all of the shortages and supply chain backups, I should order one ASAP.
Wow, I can’t believe I’m talking about Thanksgiving before Halloween, but I guess that’s the world we live in now.
Well, that was a stream of consciousness post, if there ever was one. Anyway! I still need to get ready for the day, so I better get a move on here. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a blessed Sunday!