Summer plans

Summertime is here, folks! There is a ritual I’ve done for years –  I write down things I want to do during a particular season and actually schedule them on my calendar. I get anxious that a particular season will FLY BY and I didn’t take time to be fully in the moment. Scheduling things…

Creativity

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard others (including myself) utter these words when the subject of creativity comes up, “Oh, me? I’m not creative at all.” Sound familiar? The idea of what qualifies someone as being creative is just bonkers when you sit and think about it. Is there an all-knowing entity…

Garden planning

This year is going to be really exciting on the gardening front. I’ve been slowly adding more and more items to my garden wish list and this year I get to use a WHOLE PLOT of land with my mother-in-law! All of my dreams are going to become a reality and I couldn’t be more…

Menu planning

At the beginning of most weeks – I count Sundays at the start of my week – you can find me with some coffee and my laptop in front of me while I plan out our meal plan for the next seven days. I’ve tried doing this the pen and paper method for a long…

My cozy place

    This is an area right off my kitchen. It’s perfect for a sit with coffee, a book, and for overall relaxing. I also have a tv in my kitchen — don’t judge me — so you could just sit here and zone out while your favorite show is on. This is definitely a…

My true soulmate

It’s kind of crazy how many years we’ve been in a relationship. When did it first start? 16 years ago? 15? Who can keep count? I don’t remember when I first met you, obviously, but the years have been good to us. You’ve seen me at my worst and supported me at my best. Your…

Lagom — what?

    First there was ‘hygge’, then there was ‘koselig’ (do you remember koselig?), then ‘friluftsliv’, and now there is ‘lagom‘. Scandinavia is really having a moment right now. For so many years — and I’m mean SOMANYFREAKINGYEARS — the main country dominating the cultural news in the United States was France. How French women did…

Beer

    I remember the first time I had a Belgian beer (is that sad?) and it was kind of a ‘come to Jesus’ moment for me. The taste was yeasty, smooth, perfect. I wanted to try every Belgian beer I could and I think I’m well on my way, honestly. This beer was actually in…

Life lately — and goulash!

Things have been trucking along just fine around these neck of the woods. I have to admit, I’ve gotten my second wind of loving all the snow that we are having. It looks so bright and fresh. I love it! I’m probably going to be getting a new phone sometime soon. We are looking into…

Coffee date

One of the (many) things that I enjoy about my job is that I work directly across the street from a lovely coffee shop. I don’t necessarily have to be at my desk (yay, job perks!) so I can go work remotely for a few hours if the mood strikes. Twenty Below has been around for…