Hello, hello. Its currently Friday afternoon and I'm sitting at my favorite coffee shop. A visit here has been long overdue. I have to admit though, it is so odd to be sipping on my afternoon coffee and when I glance outside I see darkness. Daylight savings time makes it get dark so early here in Wisconsin and every year I am surprised as if I didn't know it was coming. I can't say I'm a huge fan of it getting dark before 5 o'clock but one perk is it leaves you with so much extra time for good mood lighting, and trust me, I love some good mood lighting. Anyways, I figured writing a post that has no real point besides showing you pictures and telling you what is going on in my mind was a great thing to do while coffee sipping. Also, I didn't quite have enough links to share with you to do my normal friday links post so this is what you are getting. I'm just hoping I can be half as entertaining.
So first things first, lets get this out of the way. It's winter. I think after a week of temperatures in the 20's allows us Wisconsinites to officially say that winter has begun. Not to mention we have a nice layer of snow that doesn't seem to be leaving anytime soon. This is my backyard right now. The bottom left corner used to be our garden, definitely can't walk outside and grab my dinner ingredients anymore but what can ya do. It was nice while it lasted.
I'm going to keep talking about winter because that seems to be the theme of half of the pictures I am sharing with you today. If you didn't know this about me already, I am not a winter girl. The cold and I do not agree and winter sports are definitely not my thing. Last time I put on a pair of skis was in seventh grade and just trust me when I say that I was not a graceful sight going down the slopes. Picture me literally rolling in the snow and losing my skis every single time I had to stop and you'll understand why that didn't become a hobby of mine. Oh by the way, on Tuesday I woke up and our heater was broken. Welcome back winter, welcome back.
Okay, don't worry I'm not going to be one of those people that can only complain about winter. It's not going anywhere so I'd rather not waste my time. I will say though, that I do think I will miss one thing about winter once I move to the west coast. I will miss how pretty it can be. Untouched snow when the sunlight is hitting it perfectly is one of the most beautiful things in nature. Winter is like the girl that a lot of people like but you can't understand why because she doesn't seem to bring anything good to the table but then you have to admit, she really is pretty. Am I right?
How do you all feel about icicles? A part of me thinks that they are really cool and I'm really inspired by their shape and reflective qualities. A bigger part of me thinks they are terrifying.
Alright, I'm officially done talking about winter related things today. Are you relieved? I may have already lost half of you, but for those of you that are still around I have a book recommendation. I mentioned in an earlier post that I was reading The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta and I finished it earlier this week. I really enjoyed reading it and I think you might too. Lately I am so fascinated by the dynamics of relationships of all kinds so this book was great for me. The point of view jumps around between a bunch of different characters so you see a lot of different perspectives about this one huge event. It had me wondering what the characters were doing days after I read it which is usually a good sign. My next book is The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer. I read one other book by her before and enjoyed it so I'll let you know what I think about this one.
I'm kind of obsessed with this upholstered bench. Patterns really get me.
Today I made a vegan chili. It turned out pretty good if I do say so myself and I didn't follow a recipe. If anyone was interested in how I made it I'd be happy to share! It was so easy. It only takes a couple minutes of chopping, opening of cans, and a bunch of minutes of simmering and you have yourself a delicious bowl of coziness. Not to mention it makes your house smell really good for a few hours.
As you probably assume, I've been working on a new painting this week too. I hate to say it, but I think it's going to be another one that needs extra time to be finished. I guess I'm just being drawn to painting small details on a larger scale so needing more time is kind of inevitable. Sorry guys, but I'm not that sorry. Can't force the art!
Lastly, on bittersweet note, I had to say goodbye to something this week that was very near and dear to my heart. That would be one of my favorite pairs of boots. I sure did love my studded combat boots and I definitely got my fair share of wear out of them. As you can see in the completely done for sole of the boot. Anyways, its bittersweet because they were my go to boots for quite a while, but to be honest I was ready to be done with them. You can bet I will always love a good combat boot, but I think I'm over the studs phase. So I had to say goodbye to these beauts...
...and make some room for these! While I was in Chicago I had a crazy lucky day of shopping. I actually found the things I was looking for AND I had money I was willing to spend which never happens. Ladies, I know you understand. Anyways, I found these maroon boots in a second hand store in great condition and perfectly my size. I also got these. They were a necessity to replace the above boots and I'm definitely in love.
Well that is all I've got for today. I don't have big plans for this weekend besides waiting on the edge of my seat for my sister to have her baby because she is literally ready to pop. I cannot tell you how excited I am to be an aunt again and hold that little baby. Fingers are crossed that it happens in the next couple days!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and stay warm, I'll see you again soon!