Wednesday, September 21, 2016

It's an Autumnal Hodgepodge!

Joyce asks ... we respond.
What could be simpler?

I'm soooo ready for Fall!  How about you?

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Thursday (September 22) is the first official day of autumn in this part of the world.  How will you welcome the season?  I know some of you have been celebrating way too early, but it's official now, so permission granted.  House Beautiful recently listen 10 ways to make your home smell like fall (you can read the list here.) What's a scent you love this time of year and how will you add it to your home?

Well, it's still ridiculously warm here in Phoenix, so I certainly won't be turning on the stove!   I used to love scented candles, but after learning from our vet (that) they may have contributed to Caraleigh's death, I won't ever be lighting any more candles inside our home.

Reaching back ... I have to say you can't beat the aromas of home-made chili bubbling on the stove and a mesquite wood fire in the hearth.  Heaven!

Apple pie or pumpkin pie?  Apple cake or pumpkin bread?  Warm apple cider or a pumpkin spice latte?

Absolutely, always pumpkin!
Unfortunately, DH doesn't care for it.
(Because HE's crazy for apple - we compromise and don't keep either one around the house to tempt us me.)

Do you suffer from what is sometimes referred to as an afternoon slump?  What helps ward it off before it hits, and/or tell us what helps you shake it off once its here?

Yes, almost always.
I'm up at 4 each weekday, so when, at day's end, I get in the car and let myself relax ... 
... well, by the time I get home some 60 minutes later, I'm totally primed for a nap!  

Ladies:  How have your friendships with women inspired you or made you a better person?  For the men here:  How have your friendships with men inspired you or made you a better person?

Until a couple decades ago (with few exceptions), I regarded other women as adversarial; not to be trusted.   I enjoyed a closer camaraderie with men.
Over time - and in large part through blogging - I've engaged and bonded with many wonderful women, each of whom has taught me by example.  Thank you!

Are you a people pleaser?   Yes.  
If you said yes, do you think that's a good or a bad thing?  If you said no, do you wish you were more of a people pleaser?

I didn't consciously think about it 'way back when', but I believe acting in a subservient manner has suited me well in the workplace ... especially in my present circumstance.

The seasons are a-changin' .... share a favorite song relating in some way to change (not necessarily seasonal change; it could be change of any kind.)

I love Judy Collins' "Both Sides Now"

What do you wish would never change?

My computer's mysterious, insidious updates!
If I wanted Windows 10, I'd have asked for it.
God bless my tech-savvy co-workers who combined to make sure it went back to the mother-ship and stayed there! 

Insert your own random thought here:

Oh, I've scads of random thoughts, but it's best they lay in wait.
This?  This resonated with me, and I hope it does with y'all.

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Hugs from Phoenix!