Hello sweet friend! I’m so glad you’re joining for a little conversation over coffee. No, you don’t need to check your calendar. It is indeed July. I try to host these coffees by the final day of the month, but sometimes things get in the way. I rarely post on Saturdays, but I decided today was a good day simply to sit down for a chat with my dear readers. I’ll share a few goings on in my life and then I invite you to join the conversation in the comments below.
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If you were to stop by for coffee in real life, I’d probably have James brew us coffee in his new stainless steel French press. His glass one broke in his hands a few weeks ago, and he decided he didn’t want that to happen again. So, upon the advice of our son Daniel and others, James purchased this double wall stainless Belwares French press. He likes it because it makes and keeps the coffee hotter. Personally, I don’t like my coffee quite so hot. I’d have to let mine cool off a bit before drinking any. What about you?
But it does indeed make good coffee. James and I have French press coffee most every afternoon. Yes, even in the summer! I’ve tried to get him to switch to iced coffees, but he’s just not a fan. Do you like iced coffee?
Of course the photograph above and below was actually taken when James and I were having afternoon tea. We were at the West Baden Springs Hotel in French Lick, Indiana. We’d just enjoyed a lovely tour of the historic hotel with a knowledgeable guide from the National Historic Landmark Program. And a harpist was playing beautiful music not far from us. It was just perfect.
We took that little trip predominantly to take photos and videos for the blog. I’d received a request from Chico’s to share some of their new summer fashions on Instagram and the clothes I chose just screamed resort to me. So I told James we needed to go to a resort. Ha! I was thinking coastal vibes, but we ended up in neighboring Indiana. And I had no regrets. The French Lick area is just gorgeous, full of tall trees and rolling hills. And we both enjoyed the history of the West Baden Springs Hotel and its neighboring French Lick Hotel, which comprise the French Lick Resort. The town was charming and the golf courses are magnificent. We didn’t play, but I did enjoy a morning by the pool after a workout in their stellar fitness facility.
It was so good to get away for a change of scenery. I actually worked a good bit while I was there. It really was a work trip after all. So I still had video meetings, posts to write and emails to send out. But we did get out for dinner and ice cream occasionally. The little downtown area is quite charming and has plenty of shopping and dining options.
Other than that trip to French Lick, we’ve stuck pretty close to home during June. Have you gone anywhere in June?
The weather has been nice and I’ve been getting out for walks whenever possible. In fact, earlier this week we actually began our day with a quick trip to the Cincinnati Nature Center, where we have a two-year membership. It is such a lovely nature center. I took some video footage while we were on our midweek morning hike, but I neglected to take any photos other than this one selfie of my handsome husband and me.
And even then I had the phone on video mode. Ha! I can’t see a thing without my glasses, so I have no idea what I’m doing half of the day. What about you? I do have these bifocal sunglasses, but I don’t wear them while I’m hiking because I wouldn’t be able to look down at where I’m going and see the ground correctly. Ahh, the travails of aging.
Let’s see. What else have James and I been doing? We did go see Top Gun: Maverick last week and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s really pretty clean, which is a nice change. I just get tense during all the flying scenes. But other than that I really enjoyed seeing a movie. In fact, today we’re going to see Mr. Malcolm’s List. Has anyone seen it?
I finished reading Lynn Austin’s book Long Way Home earlier this month. I mentioned it in yesterday’s June Favorites post. It really is an excellent book. Now I’m reading Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, in anticipation of that movie’s release on July 15th. It looks absolutely delightful. And right up our alley, girlfriend!
Oh, I best update you on the newlyweds. If you’re new here (welcome!), my daughter Abigail married the love of her life, Andrew, in May. It was a beautiful wedding. Unfortunately we still don’t have the wedding photos. The one below was taken by Abigail’s hairdresser (who did an amazing job with her hair, by the way!).
I think the couple actually got a few photo previews already, but they’ve only sent me the ones that don’t include the both of them. Here’s our family before Andrew joined it. This photo was taken before the wedding.
Anyhow, I digress. I was going to tell you that the newlyweds seem to be doing well. Abigail already lived in Georgia before the wedding. She’s been there ever since she graduated from college in 2016. But she moved into Andrew’s townhouse after the wedding and they are busy setting up house, AKA changing it from a bachelor pad to a married couple’s home. Here’s a photo we received recently in a text. I’m not sure what they were doing, but obviously my girl is happy.
I imagine they were heading out on a date night. It sounds like they’re doing a little entertaining in their home already, getting out occasionally and cooking dinner together frequently. She keeps telling me I should get this cookbook and she does indeed send me some awesome photos of the meals they’ve made from it. They all look delicious!
We’ve not been nearly as good about having people into our home since we moved in a year ago. So I’ve invited some neighbors from down the street over for dinner next week. Any suggestions for what I should prepare? I want something I can mostly do ahead of time, something summery and something without red meat. My neighbor tells me they prefer not to eat a lot of red meat, which is perfectly understandable at our ages. I’d welcome your suggestions.
I think one of the reasons I haven’t had a lot of people over yet is because I’m not done decorating at all. When we moved in I got right to work decorating the spaces.
But that all came to a halt when Abby announced in late November that we had a May wedding to plan. Ha! Well, we paid that off this month. So it’s time to finish the decorating.
I love how our morning room (shown above) turned out with Ethan Allen. But I’ll probably go a different route with the evening room (that’s what we call our family room!). And as you can see below I really need to do something with the front entry.
That’s why I jumped on it when Havenly, an online interior decorating service, reached out to me about being an ambassador for them earlier this month. I’ve connected with a Havenly interior designer and she’s helping me decorate this space. I’m looking to swap out my sofa table for a dresser. And then we’ll add artwork, a rug and some other decorations.
If you’re interested in using Havenly, too, be sure to use my code KAYH and they’ll give you 25% off their mini or full design packages. I’ve really enjoyed working with them so far. And I’ll be sure to share the results when we finish.
Thank you so much for visiting with me today. I feel like I’ve done all the talking, so I’ll let you have the floor in the comments. We’re heading to the movie soon and then I plan to write some blog posts for next week, so I probably won’t reply unless you have a question. Just click on JOIN THE CONVERSATION below this post to open the comments. You can read what other people have shared and add your own. I’d love to hear from you!
Blessed for My Day
True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s just thinking of yourself less. Make sense? True humility begins with a healthy understanding of who we are. Each of us are created in the image of the living God. That’s pretty amazing. We’re created with unique gifts, talents, attributes and callings. We are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made. For that reason, we deserve respect…even from ourselves. That means we should talk ourselves down or belittle our callings or gifts. We need to recognize that we bring something unique and beautiful to the table, so to speak.
But we are also sinners. We have all fallen short of the glory of God and we stand a need of a Savior. Blessedly, God has provided that Savior in His Son, Jesus Christ. That gift also indicates to us how precious we are in His sight. So when God looks upon us, He sees us through the lens of His grace. And that is humbling indeed. Don’t try to create a false humility in yourself by think less of yourself. Instead, seek to see yourself through the eyes of God. Then you’ll have a humility that helps you also see others the way God sees them.
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. ~ Romans 12:3