April Spice Cabinet

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Well, here we are at the fifth Wednesday of April.  I’m running slightly behind in getting my post up, but I’m getting it.  While I type this I’m soaking my feet in a mixture of Listerine, vinegar, and water to see if it will slough off the dead skin to get ready for summer.  It definitely smells strong enough.  Let’s see what else is in the spice cabinet. . .

1. This was bathroom for many, many years.  I really loved it. rubberduckbathroom

It was whimsical.  However, a couple of years ago, I had my bathroom gutted and now it is like this. . .Sometimes, I still go in there and marvel at what a beautiful bathroom it is.











2.  Daisy turned two this month.  When I got her she had a pig toy that her Auntie Wendy gave her.  She loved that toy more than anything. daisyandherpig Now every time I buy her a new toy, I wonder if she’ll like it as much as she liked that oinky pig.  Her latest is this; it’s pink, of course, giving it a chance.










3. And finally, the other night I treated myself to a box of comfort food.  I was amused by the back of the box because it said this:


I see absolutely no reason to add anything to a wonderful box of mac and cheese to make it a main dish.  It can stand on its own!

And the Listerine, vinegar, and water. . .well, it didn’t live up to its claim.

January Spice Cabinet

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Ah, lucky January with your five Wednesdays.  How exciting it is for me to think of things I want to share in the spice cabinet.  Perhaps my favorite part of the spice cabinet is taking pictures for it.  You get a little glimpse into the things that make my life, well, my life.

1.  I live in a part of North Carolina that may or may not get snow.  When it’s predicted, I’m like a little kid and make sure all my shades are open so I can see it when it starts.  Yesterday was such a day.waitingforsnow



2.  These are two of my most favorite pieces of décor in my house.  My friend John makes them as a hobby.  camcraft

3.  My hot chocolate making kit.  That little wisk is just the perfect size for making sure my hot chocolate, peppermint sprinkles, and milk are well blended in my awesome Barbie cup. (hmm, seems that pink theme from the last Spice Cabinet is around)hotchocolate

4.  When you’re a teacher you occasionally get gifts.  One of my favorite gifts is this mug. It so happens that it was from one of my favorite students as well.  He “got” me.laughtermug

5.  And here is my sweet love on date night.  It’s tough sometimes to balance what needs to be done and what wants to be done.  But, the end result will be worth it, and frankly, it’s just nice to have him near on date night.stevenstudies

October Spice Cabinet


I’ve been collecting spicy goodness for this month’s fifth Wednesday! Here we go. . .

1. noondaybracelet
This is my new favorite bracelet. There are lots of reasons why. . .a) it’s just awesome; 2) I’m helping out people in two different ways–I got it from my friend Katie who is an ambassador for Noonday Collection. So, it’s helping provide a viable way of life for people in Ecuador AND it added to Katie’s adoption fund.  Find out more about Noonday and Katie’s journey. . . .Katie’s Noonday

2.  Daisy got a new collar and name tag this month. She’s a girly dog.  I really wanted to dress her up like a Pink Lady for Halloween, but I think that may be going a little far.  Daisy collar

3.  I found this head massager a few months back.  I love it.  That is all.headmassager

4.  Two springs ago I planted two camellia bushes by my deck.  They’re blooming this October.  I was unaware that they were fall bloomers.  camelia

5.  My car has a pink pinstripe–it’s custom. (Pink for my dog, pink for my flowers, pink for my car–I sense a trend)

6.  Dancing! My sweet love agreed to take me swing dancing, though he had no idea how.  I love that he is willing to try new things with me.  We had a blast.1374335_10201603059871252_1032902664_n (We also grape stomped in the last month.)1381556_10201603060911278_1636177712_n

July Spice Cabinet


Fifth Wednesdays are going to be the Spice Cabinet. Essentially, that’s going to be a collection of fun things that have spiced up my life that I think are worthy of sharing. I’ve been super excited about this first Spice Cabinet. It’s actually going to be hard for me to narrow down so you’re not just overwhelmed with the flavor!
1. As an English teacher, I like words. Recently, I learned a new one. For this first spice cabinet, I think it’s appropriate that I introduce you to it as well. As an added bonus (which is fun because it goes with the word) you get to meet Katie at Cardigan Way! So, here you go–lagniappe.

2. I totally love this shirt! It will make more sense as we journey through Seasoned Fiction over the months, but in the meantime. . . .

3. This is some random spice in the cabinet (don’t you have some of that in yours?) but I went to the Outer Banks this month, and it occurred to me that kids don’t care about sand. . .not one single bit.  To have that kind of abandonment, well, I think it’s gone for me.

4. I thought I’d share with you where I put my ideas for each blog post. . .I bought it several months ago without knowing what I’d use it for. Now we know!


5.  And, finally, our last little bit of spice for the month of July.  I was cleaning out a cabinet this month and found this gem.  It’s a birthday card from my BF–she gave it to me several years ago.  This card defines our relationship to perfection.


And upcoming in August (because if I tell you, maybe I’ll stick with it)

Faith Walk: Music is my “God Love Language”

Literary Life: Book Review The Light Between Oceans

Life in General: The 30 Day Exercise Experiment (and I HATE exercise)

Seasoned Fiction: The Next Installment of Paper Wrappers