Attitude of Gratitude {series} Day 1

Hello November! Welcome back. November 1 marks my most favorite 8 weeks of the year. I love the Holiday Season. Everyone is so cheery and the spirit of Giving engulfs us. It’s the one time of year where people are ok with smiling at each other and going the extra mile.

Ok, ok. Perhaps I turn into Buddy the Elf which the clock strikes November. I really can’t help it though. I love hosting my family and friends for dinner and I love giving gifts. And of course any reason to pour a glass of champagne and you know I am there. Nothing better than curling up on the couch with a glass of hot cocoa and a Holiday Classic Movie, am I right?

Alright, I am getting a little ahead of myself. Now back to the task on hand.

I wanted to take this month of Thanksgiving and write every day about what I am grateful for. Now I have attempted this a few times and I haven’t made it past the first couple of days. So I guess I will attempt the challenge once again.

So what am I grateful for today?

New beginnings

The first day of the month always seems to be when I attempt something new. It is the day where you can wipe the slate clean from the previous month and start brand new. I love opening a clean blank page in my planner and the idea that I get to fill that planner excites me. I love to make goals for the month and write them down. On the top of the list: A Blog post every day.

Fall Foliage

Where I live in Upstate New York is so beautiful this time of year. There is this little gap of time before winter comes where fall is at its peak. As I was driving home today alongside Seneca Lake I almost wanted to pull over to look at the foliage. Even though it was raining, the lake looks absolutely divine with the oranges and yellows of the leaves as its backdrop.

Family Dinner

We are trying to make a more conscious effort to eat dinner as a family at the dining room table. With my work schedule now, we are able to do this on a regular basis for the first time in four years. On Wednesdays, my mom comes up for dinner with us. I am so fortunate to not only have my mother but have a great relationship with her. There is no doubt in my mind that I would the woman I am today if I didn’t have my mother. But that story is for another blogpost.

Our House becoming our Home

We closed on our house a year ago this month. I will talk more on that in the weeks to come.  For an entire year we have merely existed in our house. Nothing on the walls except the same 1970s wallpaper that was there when we moved in. No pictures, no wall art, nada. This past year has been a year of transitioning. I never even once took a look at the countless flowerbeds around my house this year. Nope. I just let them do their things and I kept my head down whenever the neighbors came outside. I know you are judging me right now and I simply do not care. I’m no gardener anyways! I did set up my compost so I consider this year of outside work a win. There is always next year, right?

But recently, we have started making our house a home. I turned our front parlor into a tropical bar decked out with Palm Trees and other green plants. We even recently started looking at paint for that room. This weekend I would like to get some pictures from our trip to Punta Cana printed out so that we can put them all the walls in the “Island Room”. Wait, did I just name that room? Who names rooms besides Bed and Breakfasts’ and The White House? I guess I do. If I name each room, will it make it easier to decorate?

We also got a new living room set a couple of weeks ago and Lord did we need it. I can’t even tell you how old the furniture we had was, but I can tell you that it was bicoastal and lived a good life. What a night that was, watching my husband and Stepson cut up the old furniture with a chainsaw while it was still in my living room. There was a lot of champagne consumed that night.

The wallpaper is coming down guys! The velvety, covered in roses wallpaper is coming down. I need to devote some serious time to this project, but it is coming down! Thank you sweet baby Jesus!

Some of you might be wondering what has sparked this sudden desire to make our house into a home. My in-laws are coming for thanksgiving and it is our first official thanksgiving in our new home! (Disclaimer: I LOVE MY IN-LAWS! I know, I know, I am weird. But we have a great relationship and I can’t wait for them to come from California!)

I am so excited to see what transpires over the next 30 days. Cheers to New Beginnings, Fall Foliage, Family Dinners and making Our House into Our Home!

See you right back here tomorrow.

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