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Good morning and some real life catch up

Good morning! Hi everyone. I wanted to let you know you’ll be seeing quite a few guest posts over the next few weeks. I am going to be having some surgery this week and I’ll be taking a break while I recover and hopefully heal well and catch up on some reading. I’ve stocked up on books and movies I am looking forward to the reading part. 🙂

Luckily, I have some amazing  blog friends who have offered to do some filling in for me. I am so blessed!

Thank you all for understanding, and you may see me a bit on Instagram  or Facebook as boredom sets in.

I am going to try to get out and walk afterwards when I am able, but the snow and junky conditions don’t help.

I am so over the snow and the cold. In December I would have been over the moon, but now I am underwhelmed!I know it’s been colder than normal in the South and the East Coast has really gotten hammered with snow. I think we are all a little tired of this kind of weather.

Though, I think because the weather is so extreme, Chicagoans have  a twisted view of what is cold.  My grandfather went to California as a young man and didn’t like it.

Supposedly,he missed the change of weather and hunting season. So he came back, but to Chicago, instead of Southern Illinois where you still had the change of seasons,but  it was WARMER. Reeeallly Grandpa? #crazy

If I could live in any other state, I would pick Kentucky. The thing is the farther south you get, the bigger the bugs and spiders get. That is one big NOPE for me. I’ve always liked Kentucky. Slightly milder weather,the seasons still change, older architecture and homes, the planting zone isn’t that much different, rolling hills, and the bugs aren’t that much bigger than here. Maybe I’ll retire there some day and open an art studio/store, me and the smaller bugs.

So I definitely think our measurement here for a “reasonable amount of coldness” is slightly skewed. For instance,I actually don’t mind the weather when it’s in the mid-30’s. Who thinks that?!

I mean, at  40 degrees you always see some dude going into the liquor store in shorts. I guess after negative 30, even 40 degrees is almost downright balmy; and you need some beer.Stat.

And at 60…Break out the floaties, I’m going swimming! Just kidding. Every year when it hits 60 degrees, the kids ask when the pools are going open and they can swim. And they are talking about outdoor pools too, not the nice, warm,steamy indoor ones I would swim in. At this point, I always realize that these children must have inherited some gene that’s not from me, and I have to tell them “It’s only 60 out, are you nuts?!” At this point, they look at me as though I’m the crazy one and I am acting like they were suggesting the Polar Bear Plunge or swimming in the Arctic Ocean.

In their defense though, I don’t like to get in the outdoor pool water unless it’s at least 90 outside, and the water is just as warm. Even then, it’s just my lower body. #Truth

This winter has been long. I am excited for spring and

I can’t wait to feel better to work in my garden

and really dig in the dirt.

So as I recover, you’ll hopefully find some new friends here and great new projects to work on in the mean time, while spring comes. I am going to be mentally planning the show house and working on a few art projects for that and hope time speeds by. I hate to wish time away, but I wish it was already April. And this was all over with. 🙂

So I would love your prayers and I will see you in a few weeks!

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  1. Wishing you well…..a safe and successful surgery and quick recovery. Enjoy your reading time.

  2. Hope you recover quickly. If it warms up that would help too I am sure 🙂 The Winter has been a long one here. I like Kentucky too as well as Tennesse. I have planted a seed in my husband’s head that this might be time to start thinking about putting the house on the market. I can not and do not want to go through too many more winters like this one 🙂

  3. I wish you all the best with your surgery, Jen. At least you will be recovering while the weather is still keeping us hibernated and not in the summer when you are wanting to be out and about.

    Take care, my friend and holler of you need anything!! 🙂

    Jane x

  4. Bless you Jennifer for sharing and allowing us to pray for you and wish you a speedy recovery.

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