Good morning, friends!

I hope this post finds you well on this chilly fall morning. I’m sneaking in a few minutes of coffee-sipping and blog-writing before the day takes off at full speed.

I don’t have a specific topic in mind for my post today…just a few random happenings around the Archer household lately.

If you know me well, you know I love to cook. And bake. And eat. That could be the reason I’ve felt a little “fluffy” lately, and upon stepping on the scale yesterday morning, realized my need to also love moderation.

My recently broken oven will, unfortunately, force some moderation in my baking world. The incessant beeping from the stove and the billowing smoke that followed early on Saturday morning signaled a bit of a problem. The screeching smoke alarms at 6AM confirmed the problem. A call to the service center confirmed what I’d hoped…the oven is still under warranty. For another 20 days. Whew! That was cutting it close. The good news is that it’s fixable, at no cost to us. The bad news is that it won’t be fixed for ten more days. I’m realizing that I use my oven a whole lot more than I thought. I feel like a lost little puppy!

With no way to bake the supper I’d planned for last night, we went to the mall to grab supper at the food court and then shop for a new pair of tennis shoes for me. For the past two years, I’ve struggled with foot issues that have required physical therapy, shoe inserts, and all kinds of aches and pains that make me feel like I’m 80 years old. The past few weeks have been especially difficult, with my legs, knees, feet, and ankles aching from the moment I get out of bed in the morning. Tennis shoes are not something I buy often. In fact, I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t purchased a new pair for myself in over three years. Considering you’re supposed to replace them every 6 months, I was long overdue. As a very thrifty shopper, I was unprepared for the sheer cost of a good pair of supportive tennis shoes. I’m pleased to say that my feet already feel better this morning, but I feel like dollar bills are falling out of my shoes with each step I take. 😦



Christmas planning is in full swing over here. With only three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, I plan to break tradition and decorate before Thanksgiving. Friday is the first day of November already, and I’m thinking this weekend might be the perfect time to start unpacking a few winter things.

I stopped in the Williams Sonoma store at the mall last night. Can I just say I think that store is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G?!?! Good gracious, I could wonder around that store for hours. It might be a sign you love a cooking store when you get lost in their catalog like some people get lost in a good novel!

I’ve added another book to my ever-growing book stack. I’ve just recently delved into this one, and so far I’m enjoying it. The premise of it is that every person, created by God, is capable to create, and that creativity will look different in each person’s life. She encourages the reader to use the gifts and creativity given to us by God to bring glory to His name. It’s helping me to discern where my gifts are, and if I can use those sources of creativity for the Lord. I’m only two chapters in, but so far it’s enjoyable and thought-provoking. How about you? What’s on your reading list?

bookI hope you all have a wonderful week! Thanks for reading, and hope to see you soon!