Saturday, September 5, 2015

Autumn is coming...Update

Wow! I looked at the date on my last post and I cannot believe that much time has passed!  This is going to be a long post as I have got to get you all caught up.

I have been struggling with a wrist injury.  Before our vacation at the end of May I had fell in our kitchen and injured my wrist.  It was not too bad and I did great on vacation.  Sometime after our return I re-injured it.  It got so bad that I went to the doctor and they put me in a brace thingy.  So I have been trying to get through life in this brace and it doesn't make things easy, not to mention the pain I've had.  At first they thought it was fractured, but on closer examination ruled that out.  It is sprained and I have to wear the brace till September 21, at which point I am to evaluate it.  If it is still in pain and is giving me trouble then I am to schedule another appointment with my doctor.  On the bright side it has made some progress, but it is slow in coming.  Praying that the Lord will heal it completely.

So as you can imagine, typing has been a bit of a challenge.  I can do it, but it isn't the most comfortable position for my wrist and I keep hitting wrong keys here and there making the job a bit longer and more tiresome.  Anyway, I wanted to get a post up to share my excitement for Autumn while I have it.  I have been a bit apprehensive to be excited about the season as there are so many things going down in the world that have "end times" written all over them.  Its been pretty scary, but then the Lord is always with us, even to the end of the age.

Okay, so, its time to evaluate my Project Use It Up progress.  I have to say that I really did not use up much of anything.  Off the top of my head I remember using up a bar of soap and a shower gel.  I got a couple items out of storage for summer, but did not use them up.  I like the whole idea of matching my bath products to the season.  Since Autumn begins hitting Colorado in September (Fall color has already started showing in the mountains here.) I've been in the Autumn mood.  So I went to my storage to look for Autumn scents, but had nothing except a bar of apple soap.  So I had some fun buying a few items.

Pictured here is a Brown Sugar & Vanilla pump soap by Deep Steep.  And a body butter in Milk & Honey by SHE.  Both are good products and smell delightful.  I also picked up a pump lotion by Pure & Basic in Apple Berry scent to match my apple bar soap.  These items should last me through November.

Pictured here is my last lemon shower gel from Germany and a new lotion from Desert Essence, I think called Lemon Ice.  The lotion smells really good and I plan to use these next summer.

Here is another item I picked up.  I already had the Andalou mint lotion and happened upon the matching shower gel at Marshal's, so I picked it up.  Looking forward to using these items in the winter.

Since I am in the Autumn mood, I've been busy changing my decor to match.  So far I've gotten my bathrooms decorated.  Here are some pics!  Forgive the quality.

My husband and I have our own bathrooms.  We of course share, but I mainly use the blue bathroom and he uses the gold colored one.  The above pic is of my bathroom.  I've been partial to a French theme, so its Autumn in Paris!  The wall decal says "Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful".

My bronze tray is filled with Autumn-ish goodies.  A mini-candle from Bath & Body Works in the scent "Autumn" and some A La Maison.  I used up the lotion, but like to refill the bottle with other lotions to keep that Paris vibe.

Here is the sink area.  I just got the vase with the fake sunflower at Burlington Coat Factory, they also sell them at Marshal's for $6.99.  And the hand towel I got a Joann's Fabric last year.  The pump soap is Orange Blossom Honey is from Trader Joe's.  The scent is delightful and gentle on your hands if you have eczema issues like I do.

Here is a picture of my husband's bathroom sink area decorated for Autumn.  I am using an old Bath & Body Works pump soap bottle for decoration.  Love the rusty color and I love to recycle soap & lotin bottles.  Its really easy to refill soap bottles.  I buy big bottles of Dr. Bonner's soap and for a foam pump you add 2/3 water to 1/3 soap and walla!  You can even add essential oils to get a scent you prefer.

The other passion in my life is my grandson, pictured here in my backyard.  He is now 18 months old and spends 4 to 5 days a week with his Grandma while his mommy & daddy work.  At first he was reserved and sort of withdrawn, but the more time he has spent with me the more he has blossomed.  He is beginning to talk and he calls Mark & I, mama & papa.  He loves being outdoors and exploring.  In this picture he is holding a leaf and looking up at the trees.  Of course I love him to pieces.  Oh and one of the words he has learned recently is "Bible".  So proud of him!

So that is my update.  I hope you enjoyed it and you too are inspired for Autumn.  Enjoy & God Bless!