recommended reading: southern hospitality

 

I’m fearfully anticipating the storms that are expected to roll through our area today. But on the other hand, the weather will dictate staying in and that sounds pretty good.

I have such a hard time giving myself time off. I am working on it though. Trying to schedule little breaks just for me into the week. This week I treated myself to this interview with Karianne of Thistlewood Farms.

 

Recommended Reading / How home tells a story / www.mrshinesclass.com

 

When I first watched it, I wished I could share it with you, but it was only available in the School of Decorating. Then, Jackie decided to make the video available to the public this weekend only.

Treat yourself.

And speaking of treating yourself, I think The Nester has the right idea. In fact she made me feel better about the fact that I gave myself permission to just bring sweet potato casserole to Thanksgiving this year.

I just don’t have the will or energy to bring more. Well, except for the cookies I’m baking for the cookie exchange this week.

 

cookie exchange

 

I’m really looking forward to getting in the kitchen with my daughter and teaching her how to make the cookies. It’s like Fred said, “Cooking is about creating memories and bonds.

Amen.

Which is exactly how my soul responded when I watched this trailer for the upcoming (free) e-course called “Becoming: The Unfolding of You.”

 

Enjoy this week’s Recommended Reading, and I’ll see you in class,

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