November 19, 2019

Cheap Books...

I shopped a book sale the other day...
and it was fun.

Is that a mark of getting "old"?  When you eagerly anticipate the local annual book sale at the public library?  Well if it is, then I suppose hubby an I have both reached that stage in life.

The nice thing was the place was packed.  We've gone in years past but we've always shown up a day or two into it.  This is the first time we've gone on opening day.  It was supposed to start at five and we arrived at 5:20 and it was super crowded.  

Shelf after shelf of books.  All the reading you could ever want.  I remember looking around and being pleasantly surprised about how many people still enjoy picking up a book.  With everything going digital these days I didn't think that many people would show up., but they did, and the excitement of the thrill of the hunt was in the air.

Hubby is the real book worm in the family.  His job as a pastor requires him to do a lot of reading, but he enjoys it as well.  There is always a small stack of books on his nightstand and on the end table beside his reading chair.  It usually consists of a Bible and two or three other Christian books.  That is mostly what he reads and that is what he was hoping to find.

I went mostly for company.  I used to do more reading when I was younger.  It's something that has  gotten away from me as the kids have grown and life has become fuller.  I'm hoping that one day I'll get back into it. In the meantime I'm collecting a assortment of fun reads for when that day comes.

So maybe enjoying the annual book sale is not a sign of getting old.  Maybe we've just learned to appreciate the little things in life.  Maybe we've come to understand that there can be joy and contentment in the "daily" in buying a little twenty five cent book.

It's the little things.

October 30, 2019

Chilly Autumn Days...

It's a "soup and grilled cheese sandwich" kind of day.

There's a cold front blowing through and the temperatures are set to stay in the thirties today.  It's a good thing I don't have to go out.  I'm planning on staying home where it's nice and cozy.  

I have enjoyed watching post season baseball all this month, but it all ends tonight.  It's game seven of the World Series and I'm a little nervous my team's not going to pull it off.  I'll still be rooting for them but I'm not too confident.  I may live in New Mexico but I'm a Texas girl at heart.  That should tell you who I'll be cheering for.  It was a great season.  Hopefully we can come away with a win.

Any other baseball loving mamas out there who understand my distress??
ha ha :)

Stay cozy my friends!

October 8, 2019

Crochet Pumpkins

Blue is a Fall color right?

Well, it is at least in my world. 
Blue happens to be one of my favorite colors.  As far back as I can remember I have been fond of this cool tone.  Something so soothing and calming about it. Besides, pumpkins don't only come in orange.  There are a few blue pumpkins out there.  I've seen them. 

Orange, blue, and harvest gold...
these colors go so good together.

The pattern calls these coasters but I've also known them to be called mug rugs.  Either way they make your coffee or tea look extra appealing.

I made a few of these pumpkins a few years ago and every year around this time I notice on my side bar that they are trending.  For some reason that post is very popular and gets many, many views every year as Fall approaches.  

I thought I'd look up the pattern and try them again.

They are quick, simple and easy to make.  I made all three of these one evening while I watched a baseball game.  

I think these would make beautiful teacher gifts.  Those school holiday parties are just right around the corner.  Don't forget your Sunday School teachers too.  They are just as important.

As you can see the printable gift tags I included in my previous post looks great with these.  If  you missed those you can click the following link to take you there.

For the free pattern click HERE to visit my post from six years ago.

Til next time friends,
post season baseball is calling my name.

October 4, 2019

Free Fall Gift Tags Printable...

Fall arrived this week and brought with it lots of rain.
Oodles and oodles of rain.

It's wet, gloomy and cold and I haven't seen the sun for a few days. 
I'm hoping it will peek out from behind the gray clouds this afternoon.

Please, please, please...
I need some sunshine.

So while I've been cooped up in the house I've been spending some time in the kitchen, like most people tend to do on rainy days.  I've been thinking about baking and making good, yummy food to make us feel all warm and cozy inside.  

I've also been thinking about this season we're entering.  The season of giving and setting our hearts toward thankfulness and gratitude...

about counting our blessings and in turn blessing others...

and so with all that in mind I made this, 
gift tags to spice up all of those packages this season.  

Freely available for anyone to use.

Just think of all those special people you can bake for...
your neighbors, your coworkers, your church friends, your pastors family.

To print these tags simply right click on the file below and save to your computer.  From there you can easily print at home at your leisure.

From me to you,

Visit my Etsy shop for other Fall gift tags and remember to use code FALL19 for 20% off any item.

September 24, 2019

Pretty Cookbooks...

Don't judge a book by it's cover, they say.


I always do the exact opposite. 
I'm always drawn to the pretty ones.  

I found both of these cookbooks within one week of each other.  Both of them thrifted, or as I like to call  it, rescued.  I found the blue one first and I was thrilled.  Then the following Saturday I found the yellow one.  These are so pretty.  

All those pretty bouquets of flowers..

The bright, happy colors...


I'm a big fan of hers. 
I love her style. 

I also think her recipes are practical, not too fancy that no one would ever want to try them, like some other famous cooks.  Besides, I've been following her for years.  Since way back, when she only had her blog and wasn't famous yet.

I know she has a pretty red cookbook out there too,
which I'll be keeping my eye out for as well.

Til next time, friends


September 12, 2019


I am a sunny and 75 type of girl so seeing pumpkin spice everything at the market always makes me a bit sad but what are you gonna do?

Here we are in September already.  
Just go with it.

Pumpkin spice season it is folks.

On another note, we've been enjoying the overflow of my parents in law's garden.  They brought me a bag of really ripe tomatoes one day which I quickly turned into salsa.  Mild, just the way I like it.  It was really good with a bag of  tortilla chips. 

I'm hoping to catch up with all of you soon.

Happy Pumpkin Spice Season!

July 26, 2019

Printable Floral Bookmarks

I have something to share with you today.  I've discovered the world of digital art and it's become a little bit of a hobby.  I know it's been a thing for a while but it's  new to me and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

 I started making a few things for myself and for the ladies of our church and I've really enjoyed the creativity aspect.  Encouraging, uplifting words combined with pretty florals is a wining combination to me.

I've found bookmarks to be the perfect little gift too.  They tuck nicely inside Mother's day cards and birthday cards and they make a great addition when given with a book as well.

This is a set of five bookmarks.
Each with a different hymn.
Print one for yourself and give another away to a friend.

These are available in my Etsy shop.  I have a special coupon code for you.  Type in the code BLOGPAL in the coupon box for 20% off your purchase, or simply follow the link here,

This coupon code is good for any item in my shop.

O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the Earth
~Psalm 96:1~

July 12, 2019

My Fifty Cent Mug Crush ♥

It is no secret to those that live in my house.

I have a thing for mugs.

I see one I like, and I can't resist.
I end up bringing it home with me.

What is it about mugs that makes them so fun to buy?  Maybe it's because they're cheap and it's a virtually guilt free purchase.   Maybe it's because they're practical and they're handy to have around,

...or maybe I just like drinking my morning coffee out of a cute mug.
Yes, I think that's what it is.

You see it folks?
Isn't it adorable?
This beautiful piece of pottery only set me back fifty cents.  It was marked a dollar but it was half price day at our local thrift. 

It's so retro, so artisan, so New Mexico.
It's so ME.

I looked and looked and looked for a second one.  Maybe it had a pair.  But there wasn't another to be seen.  There was just the one.

Who in their right mind would ever rid themselves of such a cool coffee cup?
It boggles my brain.

See there, it's even marked with the place of my birth.
It was meant to be mine. 

While it's true, money can't buy happiness,

a little sweetness makes it's way into your day in the shape of a cheery mug.

July 5, 2019

Favorite Holiday Ever ♥

Hello there blogging friends!

I hope everyone is enjoying their Summer break.  Yesterday was my favorite holiday ever.  I look forward to July the fourth every year.  It is a fun laid back casual holiday and it happens to be my favorite time of the year.

Our son drove in from Texas to spend the weekend with us.  We mostly spent the day at home doing what everyone else does on these kind of days.  We ate the traditional American meal of grilled hamburgers, corn on the cob, chips, and watermelon, sipped on some good 'ol iced tea, and went for a short drive around town.  It was a nice relaxing day.  Hubby and I skipped the fireworks this year and opted to stay home and catch a movie on tv.   Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Can you believe it's been 38 years since that movie came out?  Crazy, crazy...

I hope you all had a nice day as well.  Wishing a lovely weekend to you all.  
God bless!

April 9, 2019


How is it possible that all these days have gotten away from me?

 Good morning dear cyber friends.
It's been a while.

a cheery hello from my little humble home in New Mexico to wherever you may be.  Life has been full in the Fox home but I haven't forgotten about my little cyber oasis here in blog land.  I've checked in on some of  you here and there I just haven't had time to comment as much as I used to.

I'm still here though. 


There are many , many things happening.  Some are exciting, some are not so exciting.

Our son M got engaged last month to his girlfriend of three years.  A wedding is planned for the Summer of 2020.

Youngest daughter C will be graduating high school next month.  It's also track season.  All her athletic activities along with the busyness of senior life has taken over this household.

In February we made an offer on a quaint little house in town.  It's been nothing but a nightmare.  The sellers have delayed repairs and have been down right hard to deal with.  I think the whole deal will fall through.

I'm going into town to get my hair done this afternoon.  Oldest daughter is finishing her second semester of cosmetology school and is working in the salon at her college to get "points".  She'll be giving me a cut and coloring my grays.  If we have time she'll also give me a hot oil manicure. 

Bye bye long curly locks.

It's time for a change.

January 25, 2019

I've Been Crocheting...

Hello friends,
Are you ready for Spring?

Well it's not quite here.  Sadly there are still two months left in the Winter season.  But there is nothing like the color yellow to bring the sunshine in and brighten up these cold blustery Winter days.

A blogging friend of mine was kind enough to send me this pattern.  I told her I didn't crochet many doilies but that I was going to give this one a try.  She kindly sent the pattern to my inbox and I was eager to start on it. 

It felt good to pick up a hook,  I hadn't crocheted in a while.   I've done a little bit of knitting here and there but not crochet.

When I was searching through my yarn stash I came across this lovely shade of thread I had picked up at WM on clearance a few months back.    It is a  Red Heart brand and the color is called golden yellow.  Now doesn't that just make you think about Spring?

 I enjoyed making this little gem.  While my fingers stitched away I propped my Ipad in front of me and watched a few episodes of my favorite Netflix shows.  

Guilt free screen time.
 I'm being productive, right?

Most of you are probably already familiar with Olga from Lacy Crochet.  She is the mastermind of this pattern.  She not only designs doily patterns but also baby blankets, scarfs, baby clothes, and I'm pretty sure I even remember seeing a pretty red skirt pattern on her blog.  

If you are a crocheter go by and visit her I'm sure you'll find a pattern you love.  And even if you aren't a crocheter go by and say hi anyway.

Thanks for the visit! 
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