Golden Moments #2



A month or so ago I wrote a post where I listed the golden moments of my week, the moments that made me stop and appreciate life.  I enjoyed writing it and enjoyed how it made me concentrate on the good instead of the bad.  Goodness knows there can be enough bad to concentrate on.  So here we go again.  The golden moments from my recent days.

The walk we took as a family in the woods pictured above.  It was a beautiful day, everyone was cooperative, and they all patiently waited while I took photos.  A good time was had by all.  I love all the old stone walls throughout the woods.  It fascinates me to think about what the area looked like a few hundred years ago when this was all cleared land instead of wooded.

The gluten free pizza I made last week.  Gluten free pizza is generally disgusting.  Actually, I find many gluten free baked goods unpleasant.  Pizza is one of the things I have been having the hardest time with.  All the crust mixes have a strange texture and while bearable when first made are absolutely disgusting reheated.  When I was placing an Amazon Pantry order I added a King Arthur gluten free pizza mix on a whim.  Then it sat in my cabinet for a few months because I was so fed up with trying gluten free things only to dislike them.  Finally my pizza cravings got too strong and I gave it a try.  Amazingly enough, it was pretty decent which in the world of gluten free pizza means it was amazing.  I was very, very happy.

My daughter telling me that she loves the smell of old books.  As I said on Twitter, my work here is done.


The copy of Wind Off the Small Isles by Mary Stewart that Lory from The Emerald City Book Review sent me.  She knew I wanted to read it and very kindly contacted me and offered to send on her copy.  It was such a thoughtful thing to do and it brightened my whole day when it showed up in the mail.  I am saving it to read this weekend when I have some time off.

The unexpected day off my husband and I had together in the middle of last week.  I had been having a bad day and he knew it (he couldn't help but know it, I had spent the previous evening alternately crying and getting mad at the world.  So much fun for my family.)  so he convinced me I needed a day off.  We stayed home and watched movies, drank countless cups of tea and coffee, and ignored reality for a while.  It was blissful and left me much more able to deal with everyday life.  Maybe I should get irrationally upset a little more often.

The new winter coat I ordered yesterday.  I always feel a bit guilty spending money on myself because the kids are continually outgrowing their clothes and I have an endless list of things they need.  However, my work requires me to be outside quite a bit and my winter coat is old and not that warm.  I found a fantastic deal online and now I can't wait for my coat to come.  It has a hood!  Lined with fake fur!  I don't know why that makes me happy but it does.

So, tell me, what were the golden moments in your week?




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  1. I need a new winter coat too. I have two, one long and black that I love, but is 17 years old. The other one is short and red, and I loved it at first, but when I washed it, the stuffing got all clumpy and I've never gotten it to feel right since. So I should just give in and get a new coat... maybe I'll look around after Christmas and try to find something nice on sale.

    Hmm, golden moments in my week. This afternoon when my kids were singing Christmas hymns at the top of their lungs while picking up toys in the living room so I can sweep it. Totally spontaneous singing, and I had to stop sweeping the library to listen for a bit.

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    1. Wait a minute, you had to stop sweeping the library?! You have a library?! My imagination has gone into overdrive here. You know I am picturing something cozy and full of huge comfy chairs, maybe a window seat. But even if it is the spare room lined with bookshelves I am still jealous. Too many of my books are stored in boxes in the attic because I just don't have room for them.

      A library. You have a library. I might never recover from this.

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    2. Yeeeeeees, I have a library. It has a loveseat, a piano, four bookshelves, three card tables filled with Legos, and about 70,000 Legos. No window seat, alas. You can see a few pics of it here and here. And yes, it is a dream come true :-) Not something I ever expected to have, but something I always wanted.

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    3. Yup I am a bit envious. What a cosy spot you have. I can relate to the Lego situation. My son is "too old" for Legos but that doesn't mean he wants to get rid of his huge collection and just today he was checking the sales just in case there was a fantastic deal. My daughter has quite the collection too.

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    4. My brother and I kept all our Legos, and now my kids play with mine. They worth saving, I think -- so durable, not to mention expensive.

      Now my library has a Christmas tree in it too, so it's about as perfect as possible!

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  2. buying myself a magazine subscription (online reading) and sharing that with my best friend:)

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  3. I’ve been experimenting with gluten-free baking as well, with mixed results. The galette I made out of coconut flour ended up more like shortbread rather than free-form pie. But all my coworkers loved it so no harm done. Though I think it was the raspberry glaze they took a liking to.

    My big golden moment? Next year, my job will cross divisions and encompass regional operations. To be honest, I don’t know how I feel about that. On one hand, I feel a bit stretched thin already sometimes. On the other, it’s definitely a golden moment because (i) it’s acknowledgement that I’ve been doing very good work, and (ii) last year, I was unproductive and plain lost about where I was going in life. Turns out a challenging new job really invigorated me.

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    1. Gluten free baking is so uncertain. You put forth all the effort and then it turns out terrible. I haven't tried a gluten free pie crust. If you ever perfect yours let me know.

      That is a golden moment. It is nice to feel acknowledged and appreciated. I am sure you will be successful in your expanded responsibilities.

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