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Saturday gratitude

2 Nov

Lately I have been so busy that I may have fell out of touch with my values. I felt uncomfortable, scared, vulnerable. Partly because some petty problems arose this past week – a company screwed up our bill, condo association raised their fees, co-workers were hostile and uncooperative, research papers came back, crushed. But. But. The bill was straightened out (their fault). Association have not raised their fees in 3 years and it only added about 11 dollars to our bill, co-workers will get over their problems on their own, research papers will be edited and sent back. It’s life. Something always comes up. Always. Just when you think you have everything under your control, something happens. One thing or the other. I think the secret is to look at those small, petty problems with a philosophical outlook- they come and they go kind of approach.

Yesterday, A and I went for a lovely, fall walk. Although it was cold, the air was so fresh and the leaves so magnificent!

Autumn

18 Oct

It has been a long time since I have walked around my lovely neighborhood. Since I started my doctoral classes this semester, I have not had ANY time for walks or any other kind of activities for the soul. I admit that my life right now consists of the following three things: my teaching job (which I absolutely love), three doctoral courses (which I also absolutely love), and taking care of the house (wait for it, which I absolutely love).

I have bailed out of our Speak to Me group meeting last night – because of my tremendously complex and huge paper. In reality, there are three papers that are due at the end of the semester: a 10 page essay on the history of American Higher Education, a 10 page literature review on affirmative action policy in college admissions, and (oh God) a 25 page faculty personnel paper… The first one is done. The other two are in progress and I feel like I am in good place with both. But: IT IS SO MUCH WORK!! 🙂

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An abundance of acorns keeps squirrels happy and busy

This morning I finally carved out time for my morning walk and snapped some pictures of my neighborhood as I was walking. Autumn in New Jersey is the loveliest time of year, I am certain. Such crispness of air, slow rustle of leaves, smell of burning wood, colorful decorations on my neighbors’ houses, acorns crunching under your feet, pumpkins everywhere…

I finished my walk with a hearty bowl of oatmeal with fresh apple, honey, almond milk, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Today’s walk has made me realize yet again how privileged I am. And for that, I am grateful.

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Very few cars – still early

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Our street, I love the quietness of it…

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Black bats on our mailbox 🙂

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Lovely foliage on neighbor’s front tlawn

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Ghosts on our property. Don’t worry, they are friendly 🙂

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Pumpkins and mums – what else do you need? 🙂

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Leaves, leaves everywhere! The minute you clean them up, it looks like before! 🙂

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Majestic sequoias on our street

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The sound of rustling leaves is priceless…

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Our own “national park” 😉

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Main Avenue – just love the colors!

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Our neighbor’s awesome decorations. Happy Halloween! 🙂

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A beautiful Victorian on Main Avenue

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The combination of fall leaves and blue sky is astounding

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LOVE their house! 🙂 Haven’t met them yet

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An old tree stump at the intersection

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Our backyard looks so different from summer

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Red berries

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Hearty, healthy, heavenly oatmeal. perfect for any fall morning

Please share some pictures of your town in the fall, I’d love to check them out! Have a delightful weekend!

A Weekend in Boston

11 Oct

This weekend my hubby and I are in Boston for our brother-in-law’s wedding. A. Is performing a ceremony as justice of peace and I am just along for the ride, to celebrate our sweet brother and sister this weekend, Paul and Brooke.

I have never been to Boston before and, so far, I am loving this town. We are staying in a hotel on Tremont street, right in Boston theater district.

Last night, at the rehearsal dinner:

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This morning we got breakfast, walked around and snapped some pictures. And although it was raining and cold, we had a nice time exploring this part of town!

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Fascinating manikins at Newberry Street:

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Boston Public Library:

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A tiny chocolate shop sandwiched in between two huge buildings:

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Their wedding is tonight, so I will try to post some more pictures soon.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

I welcome fall…

28 Sep

Fall is officially here, and I couldn’t be happier. Yesterday I snapped some pictures outside, and my hubby and I have set up our fall display.
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Also, this weekend we have made a fire a few times, and my cat Apollo was perplexed by it. The fireplace gives me a remarkable feeling of coziness.

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I also went outside to stargaze for a bit on Friday night using the Sky Guide app and found out that right above our house are two huge stars- Vega and Deneb. I have always been eyeing them thinking what are those?… That night it was so clear, and, after turning off all the lights in the garden, the stars looked even more pronounced.
Although I am head and shoulders deep in grad work this fall, I still plan to take time to enjoy all the beautiful things fall brings my way. For instance, apple picking, corn maze, fall hiking, pumpkin carving, and fall photography sessions.
I welcome fall in every way. What about you? What are some of the things you love about fall?

Fire pit is critical for fall…

22 Sep

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Enjoying the fire last Friday night 🙂 ahhhh it’s the little things in life…

Excited for fall…

20 Sep

Fall has to be my most favorite season of all! And as much as I love summer, fall is the winner in my book.

This year I welcome fall in my new, big, old house. It will be amazing, I can feel it. And although fall season in a condo was also fun, I just cannot wait to start celebrating fall in this house. In fact, I already have:

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I have made a fire in a fire pit two nights in a row. There is something about fire that relaxes and energizes me, I could stare at it for hours on end. Sitting in my back yard is such a treat, really.
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At night the place is full of crickets and other nature sounds which I find so comforting. During the day you can spot many different kinds of birds, squirrels, chipmonks and last week I even saw a fox!
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I have big plans for this fall. My hubby and I have decided that we will decorate the house on the fist day of that holiday month. For instance, for Halloween we will decorate on October 1st, for Christmas on December 1st, and so on…

This month I have also seen some gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. Here is a sunset on Tuesday, September 16th:

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I was thinking putting pumpkins on the porch, and perhaps some orange and mauve mums here and there. Oh, and, maybe even a corn stock.

This is the first year I am decorating for Halloween in such a big place so I am a little nervous. I will post pictures as time approaches 🙂

Everything else is going great so far. I love my teaching job at basking Ridge, I love all my students, and, with this new curriculum, we are having so much fun. I am so glad we have redesigned it this year.

My doctoral classes are progressing nicely although they take up a lot of my time by means of reading, essays, presentations and research papers. But I am learning so much.

I wish everyone an awesome Sunday tomorrow
Xo

My cat Apollo

20 Aug

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“Please, God,  if I be a good kittie, may I have two cans of cat food tonight?”

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“Mooooommmmmyyyyyyyyyyy”

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“I’m just gonna try to be a goat. Mmmeeeeeeeeeehhhhh”

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