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In Between Days

Today I slept in late, I woke up at 8AM!  I could not believe I had slept in.  I could not say specifically why this occurred but was happy that it did.  The morning greeted me with intermittent sunshine, a bird opera and our two daughter’s who were starting to get ready for another school day. 

Most of the morning was spent drinking coffee and reading numerous blogs that I follow.  I came across a potato salad recipe by Ina Garten (Food Network.com) and decided I’ll make it tomorrow along with a beet salad (a variation of my Mom’s recipe) and quinoa tabbouleh (Bonappetit.com June 2012).  I’ve been asked by my sister-in-law to prepare these dishes for my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday party this Saturday.  The party will be attended by various family members and friends from near and far to celebrate her very special day.

I set out for shopping early in the afternoon to DSW.  I had some birthday cash to flash and had received a DSW “$20 off a purchase off $49 or more” and was ready to find a pair of new walking shoes.   I was so happy to find a pair of Asics that were reduced 40% today and they fit with my custom inserts.  By the time all the discounts were subtracted, I paid only $33.96!

I was thrilled with my purchase and felt like my birthday celebration was still continuing.  

My new walking shoes
My new walking shoes

Onward to Woodman’s for the fresh ingredients needed for the above mentioned recipes.  I decided with some of my left over birthday $ to purchase potted herbs.  They’ll come in handy tomorrow and the rest of the summer. I plan to keep them outdoors in a birdcage next to the house. I’m hoping that all the potted herbs will have sufficient sunshine and will be out of reach of the cat which likes to chew on the leaves. Of course, I want the herbs to be far away from any raccoons that come to our yard during the night. 

I’m looking forward to this weekend for many reasons, my mother-in-law’s birthday celebration, Mother’s Day and most of all, time with family.  I’ve been blessed with a wonderful family and I’m thankful everyday.  Although we are not large in number, our love for each other is boundless.  

May all of you who are celebrating Mother’s Day and any other special celebrations this weekend, be filled with joy and love.

Happy Mother's Day!
Happy Mother’s Day!
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