It's Friday.  And that means it's time for some TGIF.  


T - Thinking About

I've been thinking a lot about trees this week.  See the blooming black lace elderberry in my photo from last spring?  I've always loved this tree in my back border.  It added such nice contrast and was perfectly suited to it's location.  Perhaps you're noticing I switched into the past tense there?  Because . . . that tree succumbed to a borer this summer, and slowly slipped away.  Tom dug it out last week, so there is a big hole in my garden.  There is also a hole in my front garden border because I lost my lovely star magnolia earlier in the season to a nasty case of scale.  So.  Trees.  It's time to stop grieving and get serious about replacing both trees!  (But . . . with what???)

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G - Grateful For

The photo above is a peek inside my bullet journal/planner for tomorrow.  There is . . . nothing on it!  And Sunday looks just like that, too.  I am grateful for an open weekend.  I haven't had one in a long time, and I am looking forward to enjoying a wide open weekend.


I - Inspired By

Right before the wedding weekend, I went to my local Subaru dealership for an oil change (because of a "lifetime deal" with the purchase of my car a few years ago).  It ended up being an exercise in frustration (for reasons I won't even bother with, but rest assured I let them have it on the post-service survey), BUT . . . I did see this sign sitting on a table in the Hyundai showroom (because I had plenty of time to walk ALL around the dealership that morning - more than once).  I love finding "words in the wild."  They always inspire.


F - Fun

Yesterday was a busy day, and by dinner time, both Tom and I were too exhausted to think about making dinner.  So we headed to one of our favorite local brew pubs for beer and dinner. . . and a bit of pinball.  I am terrible at pinball, but Tom played a lot of pinball as a teenager -- and he is very, very good.  He can play for hours on a couple of quarters -- because he wins free games all the time.  Anyway, he had a lot of fun with this particular game last night -- and I had fun just watching.  (Eventually, he had to walk away from his next free game . . . because #mygodwe'dbethereallnight.)

TGIF, everyone!
Enjoy your weekend.


T. G. I. F.

I have a new way to celebrate Fridays . . . T.G.I.F.


T - Thinking About

Lately, I've been doing a lot of thinking about passion, purpose, and finding meaning.  Which all seems pretty "heavy" . . . but is actually kind of fascinating.  You can count on more blog posts exploring this "theme" in future.


G - Grateful For

I'm grateful to have had some time with my far-flung family last week.  My sister.  My son and daughter-in-law.  My daughter and son-in-law.  My dad and Tom, of course (not very far-flung at all, but still. . . ).  So nice to be together!



I - Inspired By

I'm inspired by the garden catalogs appearing in my mailbox . . . featuring spring bulbs in all their blooming glory.  I am certainly inspired to ORDER.  The question remains, though . . . will I be inspired to PLANT them come October???


F - Fun

It was fun to spend an evening with Kathy last Monday!  Who knew it would prove so difficult to find an open restaurant on Labor Day???  But we managed!  And then we spent some time sampling Tom's latest home brew (and a glass of wine) and laughing a lot!  It's always such a treat to meet other bloggers in real life.


T.G.I.F., y'all.

Enjoy the weekend!