This coffee. I’ve told myself that I’m allowed one delicious cup of coffee per morning, and I take the ritual very seriously. Flirting with the one-cup rule a bit, I select one of my larger mugs, but not the largest, and I pour my coffee and add my cream but no sugar because I’m getting plenty of that from my Lucky Charms. #adulting. This coffee tastes delightfully light and like freedom on my tongue.
Mowing the lawn. I used to love mowing the lawn when I was younger, but thanks to a lawn mower issue which made it difficult to reverse on our latest lawn mower, my husband suggested (read: stated) that it might be better (read: would definitely be better) if he just mowed. Well, he fixed the issue, and this week I remembered that I used to love mowing and that it would be a good way to get a break from our kids for a while. (Mowing to get some space from my children? This, for me, is when my adulthood gets real.) The smell of freshly cut grass, the opportunity to unplug from the phone and Kindle and beloved offspring…it’s all very good.
This hat. I’ve loved hats ever since Blossom. Anyone else? This one is from Target (like that even needs to be said), and it fits comfortably atop my recently shorn locks. So far, it also has the bonus of not attracting the attention of my hat-obsessed toddler, which means that I might actually get to keep it as my own.
This recipe. I was recently struck with the inspiration to make carnitas. This was immediately followed by the inspiration to ask my husband to make the carnitas. The carnitas were flavorful and crisp, thanks to the end step and my husband’s cooking prowess, and we had enough left over for a couple days of magical meals. I highly recommend this recipe if you like pork and are human or canine.
Living on 4.5 acres. For most of my formative years, I grew up on acreage. I knew it was something that I wanted to return to, for myself and husband and our future children, and Dan and I recently got the opportunity to make that happen at the end of last year. Dear readers, I can’t explain how all of the green makes me feel every day. These are the things I love about living here: the impossibly blue, impossibly big skies; the variety of trees on our property and how they’ve grown leaves and how sometimes those leaves have changed colors; listening to the wind rushing through (it sounds like the ocean!) and watching it bend the long grass back and forth; waking up to feed Raymond in the middle of the night and seeing the stars shining overhead. It has felt immensely peaceful and soothing and I love it here.