August 7, 2019

Good Morning And Some Winners!

Good morning, my friends!

I am coming to you from the comfort of my cozy bed, with puppies on either side of me and steaming coffee in hand. Today I am sipping a cup of Maxwell House International French Vanilla Cafe. It is an instant coffee that I made quickly with boiling water from the kettle. Other mornings I drink McCafe ground coffee made in my Mr. Coffee machine, which resembles very closely the one my mother had in her kitchen all those years ago.

Some mornings I have my coffee on the deck after my walk. I sip it slowly while I relax and enjoy some time before I shower and start my day. Other mornings, like today, I forgo my walk and stay snuggled in my bed while the world wakes up outside. I don't have a set schedule for my morning walks. That somehow never works for me! Rather, I listen to my body, and if I feel like hopping out of bed, lacing up my sneakers, and heading out, I do. If not, then I slowly make my way out to make coffee and hop back into bed.

I am wondering what your mornings are like, my friends?

And...Thank you for all the kind comments on the anniversary post!
Last night, I did choose the winners!
With the help of Rhett and his Random Number Generator, we chose the following friends as winners of the Yankee Candles:

The first name was drawn for the large candle: Brenda!

The second for the small candle set: Saimi!


The third name drawn for the small candle set: Sylvia!

Please email me with your addresses, and I will send them right out.
Please do so by Monday, August 12, 2019.

Have a wonderful day, my friends!


  1. Your mornings sound lovely! Mine look very different, depending on whether it's summer or a school day, but this summer they have been VERY lazy. Laying in bed until I feel like getting out is pretty awesome, and I took full advantage of it!!! One kid will make their own breakfast, but the other wants to eat what I'm eating, so when the spirit moves me, I get up and make us both scrambled eggs. And I hope we can still be friends after I tell you this, but I have NEVER had a cup of coffee. :)

  2. I love your mornings! What you are doing today sounds perfect to me! Rob is always up first so he makes us a big pot of steaming coffee. The first thing I do is get a cup and bring it back to bed with me. I slowly sip it and watch a little TV. Sometimes Lucy, sometimes QVC, sometimes a game show if it's on. I sit there for a good 30 minutes - check in with the world on my phone while the caffeine does it's magic. Then it's time to take a shower and get on with my day. Sometimes its really hard to get out of my bed. I consider taking a walk, but it never seems to happen! : ) I love slow mornings!!
    Congratulations to all the winners! Happy Wednesday, my friend! xo

  3. Your mornings seems peaceful and enjoyable!! I get up and make my tea first then it's irish oatmeal, pancakes once a month, egg white/salsa, real eggs or omelets only once a week, waffles once in awhile, sometimes there is a breakfast casserole or pastries. Husband has a latte every morning, I like tea/milk. Thanks for sharing about your morning! Have a lovely week my friend!!!

  4. What a nice morning routine you have. I try to get at least half a bottle of water in me right away. Ever so slowly this year I have been working on drinking the recommended amount of water and just recently have I hit that goal. My kids are always up before me but that's okay. Soon we will have to start getting back into a school routine but for now I am good with the summer schedule!

  5. Hi Billie Jo, I get up make my coffee and read my Bible and Daily Devotions, then do my blog post for the day. This is usually between 3 a.m. and 5a.m then when my hubby wakes up I make his coffee, take his coffee and oxygen concentrator to the living room. I then make our breakfast. I see "Sylvia" won a small candle, is that me,if so I don't have your email address. Can you send it to me.Thanks I am excited.

  6. Mornings here start with feeding hungry cats, then a cup of Community coffee while checking emails and scrolling through Facebook. Then it's get dressed, put a load of laundry to wash, and I head on over to the gym.

  7. Yes, I think listening to your body is so important -- it's good to move when I really want to and then sometimes, nope!

  8. Your pictures are just lovely! I was telling my hubby that I so want to move where there are lots of trees so I can just go our and sit among them. I'm a nature loving girl who needs to be surrounded by trees and water. ;) Your mornings do sound nice and I am glad that you are listening to your body and taking care of you. Be blessed!

  9. My email is
    Am still trying to find your email alas!!!

  10. I'm usually up by 6:00 during the week to get Dan's lunch packed. I use the time before he wakes up to read the daily readings and try to get some prayers in. I always do this with coffee! :)

  11. Beauty all around, LOVE the ferns:) Congrats to those lucky ladies! Have a blessed and beautiful day dear friend, HUGS!

  12. I love your summer routine! I can't believe how the deer look as if they are posing for you! Beautiful walk...I, do not walk or exercise...I should...I just don't. It's like I need to decide Mass OR walking, I choose Mass. I wish I could figure out a way to do both! I did see a meme the other day that said something to the effect of "My biggest fear about becoming a zombie is all the walking" I SO thought of you! I stared watching The Walking Dead...and the Fear of the Walking Dead....LOVING them!! In the summer, I really try to go to daily Mass, and I like the 8am Mass, so I get up at 7 and then go to Mass and my new trick this summer has been to get my coffee ready the night before, so when I get home, I just turn it on and try to eat (drink) around 9. My new summer drink has been a double shot of Espresso in a large cup of ice with a Premiere Protein caramel drink good and it tastes like I went to Caribou and bought it! I bring it to my porch and pray my daily prayers and soak in morning's blessings! I also make a hot cup of coffee, I put 2 TBSP's of IF French Vanilla instant coffee, put it in a big mug and fill it half way with hot water and then fill the rest with coffee....tastes less sugary and lasts all day sometimes!


Thanks so much for saying hello!

Billie Jo