Depending on the weather outside your door and your frame of mind, grab something warm or cool to drink and let’s chat a while. On the final day of each month I like to step aside from my normal fashion and beauty posts just a bit so we can catch up on a more personal basis. You have no idea how much I’d love to sit down with each of you for a personal conversation, but this will suffice for now. And I definitely invite you to join the conversation by sharing a little about your goings on in the comments section below. Welcome to Coffee with Kay!
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Just to stretch myself and give me a little bit of structure here – because I thrive on structure – I attempt to share ten little tidbits with you each month. Those ten things may be new projects I’ve started, lessons I’ve learned, purchases I’ve made, places I’ve been, mistakes I’ve made…you name it. But these are in no particular order. Ask my husband, I tend to jump all over the place in conversation. And that’s sort of how these lists go, too!
#1 – We’ve made huge headway on Abigail and Andrew’s upcoming wedding.
If you’re new here, my daughter Abigail, who lives in Atlanta and works parttime for me and parttime elsewhere, is engaged to be married to the wonderful Andrew on May 15, 2022. Yep. That’s less than two months away!
They just got engaged right after Thanksgiving in Cannon Beach, Oregon. So of course we’ve had to work fast and efficiently to plan for this wedding. I tell you what, having a somewhat older bride and groom has been a blessing. They’re in their late 20s, so Abigail and Andrew have really done most of the leg work.
But I flew down to Georgia a couple of weeks ago to attend Abigail’s two bridal showers and to do other wedding things with them. We did the final walk-through of the venue, along with the florist, and that was so helpful. Abigail and I picked up her wedding gown one afternoon and then took it to a seamstress for alterations on another day. And Abigail’s wedding day makeup artist did her trial makeup session while I was there, too. I feel like we accomplished so much. And really, it was all a blast.
By the way, the wedding preparations continue! Today Abby and I are choosing a pretty bracelet from Kendra Scott to give to each of her bridesmaids. They’re having a great Buy More Save More Spring event.
#2 – Abigail’s Bridal showers were such a blessing.
I was absolutely amazed at how much I enjoyed Abby’s showers. They were both hosted in the homes of dear friends of mine, and I just loved that. At the first shower we had friends of Abby’s, mine, my mother’s and Andrew’s mother, Debbie. The shower just oozed friendship!
Both sets of hostesses made everything so nice for us. They had decorated with photos of Abigail and Andrew. And the food was all scrumptious, of course. They had the most delicious, delicate petite fours at the second shower and these darling cookies at the first one.
But I chose to give Abigail something a little more personal. I knew she needed some things for her honeymoon. So I gave her a large Bagsmart Toiletry Bag at the first shower and this travel tote at the second. I tucked a pretty negligée and robe into the bottom portion of the tote!
At the end of each of the showers Andrew showed up with flowers for his lady and the hostess. Then they packed up the gifts and took them to his house, where they will live after the wedding.
Abigail and I, as well as my mother and Andrew’s mom Debbie, were so delighted with the turn out and the graciousness of these showers. It was such a blessing to have others join in our celebration through these lovely events. It made everything seem that much more real. I would show more photos, but of course I don’t have those people’s permission. But suffice it to say we have the loveliest friends!
#3 – At the shower, I did get to meet “in real life” a fellow blogger, Rhoda.
It just so happens that Rhoda of Southern Hospitality is a good friend of Debbie, Andrew’s mom. She’s known the family for years. Rhoda and I have corresponded by email and Instagram a good bit in the past, so it was lovely to meet her at the first shower.
I think we even did a blog post link up with some other bloggers a couple of years ago. Rhoda does have some fashion posts on her blog and Instagram, but she primarily shares home decor. She has a lovely home and decorates with a fresh, traditional Southern style. If you’re not following her already, I definitely suggest you check out her blog and her Instagram account. I love following her on her Instagram stories. Oh, and as you can tell from the photo above, Rhoda is absolutely gorgeous!
#4 – Don’t hate me, but…
I’m thinking about adding some color to my hair again. Or at least I’m talking to my hairdresser about it tomorrow at my haircut appointment. I think maybe my hair just isn’t really ready to go grey yet. It’s at this weird in between stage where it’s half blond and half grey, so it just looks very dull to me.
So yeah, I think I may at least add some highlights again. That may be enough to brighten it up some. I’m not really asking for opinions on this, by the way. But just letting you know my thoughts. Ha!
#5 – We’re officially old.
That’s what James and I have been saying among ourselves lately as we’ve really taken to bird watching. Ha! I told my son about our hobby the other day and he heartily agreed that we are indeed old.
Anyhow, I wanted to share some of the developments in our bird watching. I came home from Georgia to discover that James had added this bluebird house to our little bird sanctuary.
And sure enough we’ve been having bluebirds checking it out. We’re not sure that any have chosen to nest in it yet, but they’ve been scouting it out. You can see just a little bit of one of the bluebirds in the rough photo below that I took from our window one day this past week.
I love bluebirds. They’re my favorite. But we’re also seeing lots of cardinals, robins, woodpeckers, and other beautiful birds in our backyard these days.
#6 – In fact, we’re seeing them better these days.
James had also purchased some binoculars for us while I was away. Because you need to set the binoculars for each person individually and we want to be able to grab them at any moment to see what’s going on out there…we each have a different pair. I’m using the Carson Compact Waterproof High Definition Binoculars below.
And James is using the Vortex Optics Crossfire HD Binoculars. We really like both pair equally, but we just wanted our individual binoculars to look different so we could easily identify them. They really have all the same important features – such as a wide field of vision, 8x power (for less shakiness) and a lens size that allows more light for early morning and evening viewing – but the more compact Carsons feel really nice to me. In the end, you want binoculars that feel good in your hands.
Right now we’ve just been using our binoculars at our kitchen window. But they both came with travel cases so we will get out and about with them soon.
#7 – Speaking of vision…
My sweet friend Michelle gifted me the sweetest book a few months ago, and I have been enjoying it every morning during my quiet time. I read one or two of the Puritan prayers from The Valley of Vision each morning.
The book contains the elegant prayers of such Puritans as John Bunyan, Isaac Watts, David Brainerd, Augustus Toplady, and Charles Spurgeon. They are so thought provoking and really prompt me to deeper, more contemplative prayer. I don’t think anything has enriched my prayer life quite like this little book. I have the bonded leather version of The Valley of Vision, but I can’t find that to link to. You may find it is a Christian bookstore, however. I treasure this sweet gift.
#8 – I’m ready to start cooking…and eating!
Another sweet friend recently sent me a new cookbook, Georgia Church Suppers. Oh my word! It is full of the yummiest sounding recipes. I cannot wait to get started cooking some of them. But it will have to wait at least a couple of months because…
#9 – James and I are really losing weight!
Now I intentionally got off the wagon a little when I went home to Georgia, because I wanted to enjoy the showers and some fun outings with Abby.
But otherwise we have really been working hard to get in our best shape for the wedding. I’m so glad James is fully on board now. He didn’t really determine to buckle down until after our vacation to Florida. But ever since we’ve been home he has been amazingly, super committed to healthy eating and exercise. And he is doing so well. Of course he’s dropped about 10 pounds in just a few weeks, being a man and all. Ha! But I don’t mind that mine is coming off more slowly. I’m just so proud of him and for him. And having him do this with me makes it so much easier.
Someone asked recently what exactly we’re doing to lose weight. We’re doing intermittent fasting (as we have for several years now), eating few to no processed foods, eating a very protein-rich, fiber-rich balanced diet and exercising regularly. He’s started running again and I’ve really buckled down in my cardio and weight training workouts with FASTer Way to Fat Loss.
#10 – And that leads me to my upcoming videos…
This weekend we’re shooting the next batch of YouTube videos. That is an all day, exhausting affair! But we love it. Anyhow I thought I’d share with you briefly a little about what’s coming on my YouTube channel.
I’m taping a collaboration video for next week with the beautiful, lovely Angela Mashelle. I am beyond excited about this video. We’ll both be sharing 7 Easy Spring Outfits. So fun! But I will be posting the video next Thursday instead of my usual Wednesday. That’s when Angela usually posts, so I’m joining her at that time slot for next week. Go ahead and check her out. And if you do, be sure to leave her a comment and tell her I sent you.
I’m also taping a video about intermittent fasting, spring accessories to update your looks and a bodycare refresh with Walmart. Fun!
#bonus – Oh! And one more thing…
Dressed for My Day is getting a major makeover. Whoo hoo! I had a training meeting yesterday with the company that is doing the website redesign and we’re all GO! They’ll be switching us over in the next couple of weeks. When you first notice that the website looks different – and you will notice – give it a couple of days. I’ll certainly need to make a few tweaks at first. But you’re going to love it!
Thank you for joining me.
Thank you so much for joining me for coffee today. I do hate that so far this conversation has been one-sided. But I’d love to hear from you, too. You don’t have to share ten things. But if you’d like to respond to something I shared or even tell me some thing or two that you’ve been doing this month, I’d truly love to read your comments. And unless you ask me a question I probably won’t reply today. I’ve talked enough! You are a blessing to me. I hope you enjoyed this little visit and that it will be something we all look forward to each month.
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Blessed for My Day
Easter is fast approaching. This year it falls on April 17, so it’s less than a month away. I think this is a good time to begin preparing our hearts and minds for the somber reflection of Good Friday (April 15) and the joyful celebration of Christ’s resurrection the following Sunday. Of course, if you observe Lent you may have already begun to do that. But if not I hope you’ll join me in meditating on scriptures that remind us of the price paid and the victories won by Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. ~ Isaiah 53:5-6