Good Monday morning, my friends! I hope today finds you happy and healthy, and ready for a new week. My Starbucks House Blend is hot and sweetened with some cream, and I am sipping it while snacking on some yummy cherry Kringle leftover from our little Valentine's Day brunch. We enjoy these on special occasions, and they always come fresh delicious. Here in Pennsylvania, we are awaiting another round of snow and ice, and I am just noticing the first flakes starting to swirl outside my window. I have a pup on each side of me, both snuggled under my cozy throw. Today will be a school day for our little one student class, and then I will catch up on some laundry. Peyton is making a big batch of her Tuna and Noodles for dinner, and then it is once again Bachelor Monday! ( Sidenote here. The key to Peyton's creamy and cozy Tuna and Noodles is that she cooks it entirely on the stovetop. No oven is involved, thus diminishing the possibility of drying everything out. )
In other news. Saturday, I actually dressed in real clothes to ride in the car with Steve for our weekend coffee date. We switched it up slightly with a trip thru McDonald's drive-thru. Steve is not a coffee drinker, so Dunkin isn't his favorite...the horror! I survived, however, because McDonald's iced coffee is amazing as well. We also delivered some amazing Peanut butter and chocolate-covered apples to some friends and family for a little treat. A friend of ours has a wife who makes them, and we love them. We left them by the doors and texted everyone, so technically I could have gone in my pajamas and greasy hair, but at least I felt put together for a change.
Sunday, the kids and significant others joined us for brunch, and it was cozy, yummy, and fun. Steve cooked bacon, which I don't eat and dislike because my kitchen smells like it for days, but know everyone else loves it, and isn't that what Valentine's Day is about? I started some scrambled eggs that Madison finished while I put the finishing touches on everything else. Then everyone helped with cleanup, and we visited before the couples dispersed to celebrate the special day together. One guy (Nicolas) cooked a delicious meal for his wife, another (Chris) took his fiance skiing and out to a favorite place to eat. Lastly, another (Rhett) took his girlfriend to a fancy Italian restaurant.
I enjoyed a long nap while Steve and Flynn played a video game together, and then the three of us enjoyed a candlelit takeout meal of Wendy's, Flynn's choice. And sitting there with my Valentine of thirty-three years and our special blessing from God, I could not have felt happier or more blest.
Have a cozy day, my friends.
While all the commotion exists around us, I choose to acknowledge it and then turn my attention to things I can control, and that brings me some sense of peace.