Lola

What’s making me happy lately

Hello and happy Tuesday! I just wanted to pop in and share some things that have been making me happy lately. I’m just going to jump right in!

Lola with yarn

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Lola isn’t a typical dog in that she doesn’t like to play–not with toys, people, or dogs. Her favorite things are food, laying on the couch, and taking long walks. I was super surprised when my mother-in-law and sister-in-law came over last week to teach me how to crochet and Lola was transfixed by the yarn. She didn’t do anything, but I could tell she was enthralled. The next day, she came inside after her morning bathroom break and ran over to my ball of yarn and started ripping it apart and playing with it! It was the cutest thing.

Date nights

Before Jimmy and I were married, we went on dates a few times a month because we only saw each other on the weekends. Now that we’re married and living together, we’re with each other all the time (yay!), but we tend to focus on house work or other activities in our free time. We went on a date night over the weekend for the first time in months, and it was spectacular. We used a gift card we were given for Red Lobster and then browsed around some local stores. Catching up over a meal we didn’t have to cook or clean up after was lovely, and we had a blast window shopping! Must do that more often :)

Doodling

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I’ve been doodling each morning when I write in my journal and read my Bible. It’s a fun way to relax and express creativity. Also, I want a cat.

Enjoying the great outdoors

It’s so easy to stay cooped up in the winter when it’s cold outside. Thankfully I have Lola to give me the please walk me now look, which gets us outside each day. Even if we’re only out for ten minutes, I always feel great afterwards. Fresh air works wonders!

Work

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I got to work from home (kind of!) for the first time last week. The family I work for is having their house renovated, so their kitchen is currently out of commission. I typically bake and cook for them each week, so I made some food in my kitchen and then dropped it off at their house. I made granola, bread, chili, meatballs, homemade pasta sauce, and spaghetti. The only downfall? I was totally unmotivated to cook dinner for Jimmy and I that night, haha.

Indoor gardening

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Last month, I mentioned that Jimmy and I bought new windows for our house. Jimmy, stud that he is, made a special windowsill in our kitchen for me to start an herb (and palm tree, ha) garden! I planted basil, oregano, cilantro, rosemary, parsley, and chives. Everything is starting to grow, and it makes me incredibly happy. I’m already dreaming of gardening outside in a few months. Can’t wait!

What’s making you happy lately?

It’s here

Winter officially began in late December, but it truly arrived in Pittsburgh this week. It snowed a little on Monday morning, snowed a lot on Tuesday, and was frigid (7°F) on Wednesday.

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When I woke up on Tuesday morning, I peeked out the window and saw a few inches of snow on the ground with more falling from the sky. As soon as I finished breakfast (and a warm mug of coffee!), I laced up my snow boots and hooked Lola on her leash. We were ready to go!

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(Kind of a sneak peek of the closet room flooring! No, we still haven’t totally finished the room yet, haha.)

We walked in the quiet, dark morning, and it was probably the most peaceful walk I’ve ever been on. Lola was so happy to be in the snow, and kept eating it and flicking it in the air with her nose. I felt like I was walking in a real-life snow globe.

Something I’m learning is that we get to choose our attitude in life. We may not determine what happens to us, but we can decide how we react. Winter comes every year here in the ‘Burgh, and I get to choose whether I want to embrace it and find joy in freshly fallen snow and crisp air, or whether I want to resent the cold and complain about driving on icy roads.

One way of thinking can bring happiness, while another can make us miserable. It’s up to us to decide how we want to feel. Winter is here and I’m choosing to enjoy it and make the most of it this year :)