Coffee Date Friday

Coffee Date {#54}

Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

Happy Friday! After a couple days of cold and rain, it is beautiful again in Kansas and this weekend promises more of the same.  The warmth and sun puts me in such a good mood after winter.  I know there are many out there who dread the coming of summer, but I love it — the baking sun, the green grass, the blue sky…I pretty much love everything about summer.

Which is actually a huge change from 10 years ago because when I first moved to Missouri back in 2004, summer was far from my favorite season of the year.  Iowa summers are hot and terribly humid, and I dreaded them like most northerners.  At that time, I often said I’d take winter over summer any day because I could always put on another blanket or sweater but there were only so many I could take off.

That’s still an obvious truth, but more than 10 years in Missouri and Kansas with the hotter but drier summers, long warm seasons and relatively mild winters have definitely acclimated me to the heat.  Now I look forward to it and somewhat regretfully say goodbye and welcome fall in mid-October.  And my kids are the same way!

But, if we were having coffee today, I would tell you that it was spring break here this week and overall it went fairly well.  Yesterday the kids were getting pretty bored and ready to go back to school, but they each had something to do today and the sun is back out so it’s okay.  I took Tuesday off from work to stay home with them — not because it was St. Patrick’s Day, but because it happened to work out best in my schedule.  We had a nice time hanging out at home and did manage to get burgers and beer (for the grown-ups) for dinner.

Creative Counselor: Coffee Date
What’s not to love about a mid-week rest with this handsome fella. The calm lasted about 30 seconds…

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I loved this article a friend posted on Facebook about the over-zealousness that often surrounds holidays now.  So often I feel like the Grinch when it comes to what I would consider non-holidays or “fake” holidays.  You know, things like pi day, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and “talk like a pirate” day.  Or even Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day, which when I was a kid were primarily for adults and all we did was wear a specific color of shirt.  Now there seems to be an expectation to go all out for every minor holiday and the big ones like Christmas and Easter have to be so incredibly over the top that I can’t see how anyone keeps up!

Know what we did for St. Patrick’s Day?  We wore green.  And I made green waffles.  The end.  I didn’t even drink green beer — I drank good ol’ Boulevard Irish Ale just like I would on any other day.  And that’s how I like my minor holidays — low maintenance and no fuss!

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Green pancakes. The extent of my St. Patrick’s Day “celebration.”

So there’s my Grinch rant for this “holiday.”  If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we appear to have escaped from the stomach bug that’s been going around lately (knock on wood).  Baby J has a cold and his hacking cough kept him up the other night, but I think he’s on the mend.  Hopefully the arrival of spring will send all the germs packing!

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that I’ve been back at my sewing machine the last few nights and hopefully I’ll get around to photographing some backlogged projects this weekend!  I have a whole slew of summer/beachy items that I made before we went to Florida in September, and I pulled them all out of storage on Tuesday.  Bring on the longer sunny days!

I’ve also been working on some flowy tanks since my blouse wardrobe is pitifully small after purging all the too-big items from my closet.  And the two Watsons I’ve completed to date.  I have 4 more pairs of Watson panties cut and ready to sew and another kit for a third full set.  I never thought I’d be so keen on a non-underwire bra but I love how this one fits!  I’m sorely tempted to pick up one of the Blackbird Fabrics kits

But now off to order pizza for an easy Friday dinner!

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?

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  1. I totally agree with you about summers in Missouri. I moved from KC (OP to be exact) in 2004 to Denver and miss everything about it but the ice storms. You just cannot recreate that color of green anywhere else. We get back quite a bit and I’m crossing my fingers we move back soon. The hotter the better I say.

    1. I live in the northern part of OP! I think the last big ice storm was in 2003, so I haven’t had to deal with one of those yet (knock on wood!). Hope you can make it back soon. Even though I was born and bred in Iowa, we love it here so much!

  2. I was eyeing the Watson kits yesterday! I’ve got to fill some other holes in my wardrobe first. I’m with you on so many points here — we opt out of over-the-top celebrating, too. And a big HOORAY to summer!

    Have a great weekend!

    1. I have two of the Grey’s Fabric kits and they’re great! I like the mesh in the Blackbird ones. It’s nice to have a project that gets such a beautiful and satisfying result in just a couple of hours!

  3. I like summer, but I don’t like the humidity that summers in MN bring. I am so excited for warmer weather though! I agree with you on the holidays – I don’t like to over-celebrate. I do enjoy pi day, but never really celebrate it other than eating pie. 🙂

    1. Yeah, I think MN tops even IA for horrid, humid summers. I’m not a fan of those either! Pi day would be a good excuse to eat pie and since my kids don’t like pie that would be more for me!

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