Category Archives: Musings

Amazing Autumn

I love fall! It is by far my favorite season :) I’m starting off my fall posts with a few things I love about fall…

The holidays are coming up and it is definitely the best time of the year. I absolutely love Halloween through Valentines day, really. So far I have made a decoupage pumpkin and Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting- delicious!

Also, an update on my 12 by 2012– #1 and #2 are complete :)

1) Make a Halloween decoration

2) Find my nephew a cute birthday gift


Rainy Mood

Last night I was worried about something and I couldn’t relax or fall asleep. Then I remembered which streams continuous sound of rain or rainstorms. Its very relaxing, especially if you love the sound of rain like me!

Rainy Mood by Leonid Afremov

Leonid Afremov  does wonderful things with color and brush technique. I thought this picture Rainy Mood was appropriate.

So if you can’t relax or need a nice background noise, grab a cup of tea and enjoy :)

12 by 2012

While surfing Pinterest for craft and recipe ideas I stumbled onto The Small Things blog  which had a post on getting 12 things done by 2012. The idea came from Oh, Hello Friend. This is a great idea for me to get some things done that I have wanted to do for a while and feel good about starting the New Year :) 76 days!

My 12 by 2012

1) Make a Halloween decoration

2) Find my nephew a cute birthday gift

3) Reach my fitness and health goals (monthly)

4) Write in my journal 3 times a week

5) Make Chili for the first time

6) Go to the Zoo

7) Visit a State Park and go hiking

8) Organize my laundry room

9) Finish my Christmas shopping before December 20th

10) Make a Christmas decoration for my apartment

11) Finish a book for fun (not a book for school!)

12) Learn how to meditate

I tried to make these things I could measure and cross off my list, which is so satisfying, rather than general resolutions. I love this idea! And I’m excited to see how many I finish by December 31st :)

How much stress are you experiencing?

I found an article about the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale. Click Here! Its about the long term effects of stress and it also measures your current level of stress and determines its long term impact.

I scored 164 (moderate), but I actually don’t feel that stressed.

I think the items on the scale offer a good perspective. You may think you’re stressed but when you look at those top, high scoring items (death, divorce, separation, etc) you realize your life may not be that stressful :)

Today I have the windows open on a cloudy day and I’m enjoying the breeze while trying to start on some reading for school! I have a lot to do, but I’m not worried. I’m just going to enjoy the day.

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it”

Escape and Enjoy