Wow! I wasn’t expecting such a response to selling the postal sorter. I can assure you, though, that I’ve bought and sold a lot of beautiful things over the years…things that were rare, unusual, and things that I loved. But I’ve learned that I can love something for a while, as long as I have the perfect place for it and a use for it, and then I can let it go if ever that changes. I find just as much joy sending the beloved item off to a new home. And I haven’t regretted selling anything. There are times when I remember a piece with fondness or I think about a piece I sold a few years ago that would now be perfect for this house. But, if I kept everything I might have a spot for in a future house, I would have to rent a storage unit. I would rather sell something than have it languish in the garage.
Anyway, onto my favorites for March…
I didn’t write a favorites post for February, because February was just a weird month for me with my shoulder issues and tons of snow days. But things turned around and March was a great month. Here were some of my favorite things…
Of course, my mom visiting was one of the highlights. Not only do I just enjoy spending time with her, but she was such a huge help working on projects that I couldn’t do on my own. She’s happy to be my helper and hand me tools when I’m up on a ladder or hold a piece of sticky wallpaper away from the wall as I line up the top.
When my mom was visiting, she wanted to shop for boots at our local mall. We did find a good pair of boots for her (on clearance) at Macy’s but we also found some cute things for me at J Jill. I had only walked into that store once and didn’t try anything on, because I wasn’t in the mood to shop. On this particular day, though, I saw a black checked dress in the window and it pulled me into the store. My mom and I ended up staying in the store for an hour and I tried on a bunch of stuff. Since my birthday was right around the corner, my mom treated me to several shirts, the dress, some leggings, and a necklace. Almost everything I tried on fit well and looked nice. As excited as I was about having new clothes, I was even more excited to find a new go-to clothing store.
Here are a few of the things I got that are my favorite…
The Dawn Wall
I watched this mountain climbing documentary on a whim and it was so, so good. It was an inspiring story with so many great themes like bravery, persistence, camaraderie, loyalty, and more. I couldn’t wait to watch it again with Jeff. (This series is on Netflix.)
The Curse of Oak Island
This is a TV show Jeff started watching a couple of years ago. I initially made fun of him for watching it, but then I got sucked in as well! There is an island in Nova Scotia where it is believed a treasure was buried in the 1700’s and people have been hunting for it ever since. It’s interesting watching what they find (from a historical perspective as well as to discover another piece of the mystery) and that is the real appeal of the show for me.
The thing that has to be tolerated (and our family makes fun of it constantly) is the narration. It is over the top and so excessive and ridiculous that it’s laughable. I can’t tell you how many times the narrator has said that the holy grail, the arc of the covenant, and the lost manuscripts of Shakespeare are some of the things that might be buried there. Could it be?!? Every find is “potentially the most significant find in North America that will change the course of history.” And, it’s not. It never is. And it won’t be. So just stop saying it eight times in every episode.
If you can deal with that, though, it’s a fun show and even the boys enjoy it.
I’ve already shared about this project, so I won’t go on and on about it, but it’s been so good for me to do some no-pressure painting. I have learned a lot through this exercise (you can read about what I’ve learned HERE) and I can’t wait to paint some larger landscapes. There just aren’t enough hours in the day.
I have been crushing lately on Pissarro and Sisley, but I have a new-found impressionist painter obsession with Seago. I love his colors and his messy, yet perfectly placed brush strokes.
I recently purchased this book and I’ve been eating it up and marking numerous pages of paintings to study closer…
As I shared in January, my focuses for this year are contentment and health. I shared some of the boundaries I put in place to encourage a spirit of contentment HERE, but I haven’t mentioned anything about the healthy component of it. I’ll share about it eventually, but right now, I’m just trying to live it. A part of that has been walking every morning. What started as a task I had to drag myself to has turned into something I look forward to most mornings. When the weather’s nice, it’s outside with Sebastian. When it’s not, it’s on the treadmill. I’ve followed it up with some Yoga and stretching. It’s been a nice way to start the mornings.
The only downside is that my shin splints are causing some pain, but I’ve bought some compression sleeves and athletic tape to see if one of those options help.
sugar snap peas
I know this is an odd favorite, but they are my new “cheese and crackers”. I like that they are crunchy and fresh. I dip them in a little bit of Laughing Cow swiss cheese and no, it doesn’t taste like a slice of cheddar on a crispy cracker, but it satisfies. and I’ve come to crave it.
I’m taking a couple of bags with me to Junk Bonanza, so I have them to snack on.
What are some things you enjoyed in March?
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