Thursday, September 22, 2016

Looking Ahead

Hi friends,

I've been sleeping more than usual. I feel I am fighting a cold but then again, it might be side effects from one of my newer medications. I've had 5-6 colds since the start of 2016 and that doesn't seem plausible though I do have friends who have had such a high number of colds.  It is just that I don't generally get colds.  I've also recently learned that one of my medications can cause upper respiratory tract infections. I will have to check into this in more detail with the doctor soon.

The colder weather is on the way I've been on the hunt for some stylish hats and vests that are a bit on the dressier side. I've heard that we can expect a  colder than usual winter season and I want to make sure I have the right attire that can also be worn for nights out to the symphony or concert.  I managed to find two hats and a nice cosy vest which I think will work nicely.

I got this cosy hat in gray faux fur to go with my black car coat.  I also got one in chocolate brown to go with my long faux beaver fur coat for those extra chilly days. I could not get a good photo of the faux fur vest I purchased in black but it is lovely and even better, it has pockets.

I've also purchased a comforter set, and sheets on clearance.  This will help keep me warm over the cold winter nights.  In my last frugal post, I mentioned that I'd purchased a comforter set and a set of sheets for a birthday gift.  The prices were so good that I decided to purchase some for myself.  The comforter was $43 and tax (marked down from $190 and tax).  I got the sheet set from a different designer line because I got a better prices that way.  Though the colour isn't exactly a match, it will do fine and coordinate with other comforters and blankets I already have.  The sheet set is 400 TC and  was $28.00 and tax (marked down from $120.00 and tax).

The weather has been sunny all week but the rain returned today.  Hopefully we get more sunshine in another few days. In the meantime I decided to delay my trip for laboratory tests due to the inclement weather.

View to the East

Once I made that decision, it freed me to gather together some unwanted or unused clothing, books and DVDs and a few kitchen items (coffee pot, bread machine and pots and pans). I've posted most of it for giveway and have had some good interest.  I was able to get rid of a lot of clothing and DVDs today and tomorrow others are coming for other things.  My decluttering is part of the Kon Marie process of tidying up even though I'm not exactly following her order of things. I am not following her order because at the moment, I'm trying to get rid of some of the more obvious stuff that needs to go. It will take me longer to sort through everything and that will still happen for later giveaways.

Truth be told, I haven't been very good about progressing on the Kon Marie method  since I began the effort a few months ago.  I've just been too busy with the garden, the summer guests, the task and errands and then my mother's hospitalization.. But little efforts here and there add up to larger efforts. Eventually it will all come together. I'm hoping this Fall and early Winter season I can make good progress in this area.  I certainly have enough projects to keep me busy.  I mentioned several of them in my last post but forgot to mention the "Kon Marie Project".

Since the sky is gloomy I've added a few flower photos here. These are from my archives.

Over the past few days I caught up to my reading goals and am now on the home stretch to finish the books for the year. I hope I can meet my reading goals and still manage the other projects.

Where I live the media from around the globe have descended.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their two children are in beautiful British Columbia for a quick royal visit. You may see some photos in the news where you live.

Photo credit:  The Mirror (UK, September 22, 2016)

Joining with Skywatch Friday

Take care and have a wonderful weekend.


  1. Hello, I hope you feel better soon! The sky shot is beautiful. Lovely shot of the royal family. Enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

  2. That sure is a pretty picture of the eastern sky. There's just something about clouds...even dark stormy ones!

  3. A cold any time of the year is awful. It has been years since I've had a cold, and I do my best to avoid them. Have you asked why that med promotes respiratory infections?

  4. Lovely shot. Hope you feel better soon.

  5. I'm sorry you aren't feeling well. Colds are such a bummer. I like your sky photo. I think Prince William and his family are so sweet and I really enjoy the pictures posted of them. Those kids are so cute. Very good deals on the bedding. With all your projects, you will need a cozy place to rest.

  6. ...hoping you feel better soon...

    ~Have a lovely day!

  7. What a beautiful sky!
    What a great deal on the sheet set! That doesn't happen every day.

  8. Praying that your cold will soon be gone and that you will be feeling stronger day by day. Hoping your medication does not continue to cause such discomfort and possible infection. Maybe you need to come south for the winter! Would love to see pictures of your new hats and vests! Here in Florida we don't get to dress up in such fashion very often, so I enjoy seeing what is "out there". The Royal Family is so sweet. Such precious children! It would be wonderful to actually see them! Have a blessed Friday and wonderful Fall!!

    1. So happy to see you added the picture of the fur hat! That really looks warm and so chic!!! It would be fun to wear a fur hat again! Since moving to Florida I only wear "sun hats"! Thank you for visiting my blog too! Blessings!

  9. Hi Penny I'm sorry to hear you've suffered with more colds than normal. I had a cold for about four days and finally it's over. It made me feel so lethargic and I don't LIKE to feel lethargic! I love that the young royals are visiting your part of the world. Take care of yourself. Blessings Jo

  10. Beautiful photo! As far as your cold goes, my heart goes out to you. I rarely get colds but I got one earlier this week and one of my friends suggested that I may be dealing with bronchitis. I looked up the symptoms on the web and I have them! So I am going to get an appointment with my doctor and see if this is indeed what I am dealing with and, if so, what can be done to remedy it. Side effects of new meds...gosh, I can relate to that, and it is not pretty. I had this happen to me several months ago and the doctor immediately stopped the culprit medication. Take care of yourself.

  11. How wonderful the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will arrive in Canada on Saturday with their two children for an eight day tour of the country. They are very lucky to visit such a beautiful country. Sorry to hear your not well. We too all have colds😣

  12. I hope you feel better soon. I agree with you to check with your doctor about your medications. That is way too many colds to have to contend with! What wonderful bargains your comforter and linen set was! I've always been a "royal watcher". I followed Prince Charles and Princess Diana during their time together and now I'm watching the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. My sweet husband Alan took a trip back to London to visit family 3 months before we married and he was in London when the bells pealed at William's birth.

  13. You're smart to get ready for winter especially with being so susceptible to colds as you've been lately. Thank you for the brightness in a pretty gloomy week. Beautiful shot of your eastern view.

  14. I do hope you are feeling better soon. As for decluttering, I have decided that if I like it where it is, then it stays! Life it too short to care what other people think--whether it's a book or a visitor :) The flowers are awesome and give me something to look forward to when my spring garden starts to bloom!

  15. Feel better soon, sweet Lady. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing yesterday. I'm sorry I'm running late. Happy Saturday!

  16. Beautiful flowers! What a bargain on the sheets...they're so hard to find for a reasonable price.

  17. Hi Joyful, Good to see you back in the frequent blogging mode. Neat photos of the flowers! Hope you are feeling better soon!


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