Weekend 5+1 (5 Things I Love +1 Thing I Don’t) – 10.29.23

Here we are, on the verge of Halloween, which means Christmas everything will be starting as soon as the trick-or-treaters are off the street.  I don’t know how it’s happened, but I’m not ready!  The time change, the weather change, all of it.  There just is never enough fall for me.  We’re headed to Scottsdale to celebrate our anniversary, and I can’t wait to spend some time out there, I love it so much.

I promise I do have some house project stuff coming your way soon.  I’ve kept things under wraps a bit because we had a situation in our basement that took forever to figure out, so my cute little office area was down to the studs and concrete floors for awhile (more than two years).  But it’s coming back to life, and I look forward to sharing the progress and where I’m going with it.  It’s going to be better than it started by the time it’s all said and done.  In the meantime, a 5+1 post is here to fill the void. This post contains some affiliate links.  See full disclosure here.

Wrong Place Wrong Time

I just wrapped up a large kitchen project, so I had a lot of time to dedicate to audiobooks in the process, which is always a bonus.  I plowed through Wrong Place Wrong Time and was really captivated by the premise.  Imagine seeing your child commit murder, only to wake up the following morning as though it never happened.  You’re living in the day before the murder, and each subsequent day takes you further back in time.  A really compelling angle to a suspenseful story.

Battery Daddy

Don’t tell my husband, but as the keeper of the batteries, I’m getting him a Battery Daddy for Christmas.  We are a battery intense family it seems, and having everything organized and in one accessible place just makes sense.  Perhaps this will save me some headaches when my smoke detector goes off at 11PM, crying for nine volt batteries…

Peepers Sunglasses

I don’t invest in expensive sunglasses, because I know the minute I do, I’ll lose them, break them, or scratch them.  But, I want some decent sunglasses nonetheless.  Enter Peepers sunglasses.  I have two pairs now, but their aviator sunglasses are my favorites to date.  They’re polarized sunglasses, they’re comfortable, and they’re reasonable.  They also have great reading glasses!

Pumpkin Bars

I know that we’re on the verge of full Christmas mode, but I refuse to give up pumpkin things just yet.  Enter these delicious pumpkin bars.  I made them last weekend, and they disappeared faster than anything I’ve made in recent days.  Granted, I had more than my fair share, but still.  So good, and I made them with unsweetened applesauce instead of oil, and they were still delicious (and a wee bit healthier).

Great Coasters

I’ve seen these coasters in some of the shops around here, and they’re like good greeting cards – you just stop to read them.  Or maybe you don’t, and that’s just a me thing.  But I love funny cards, cocktail napkins and coasters.  A great hostess gift or stocking stuffer, if you’re looking to get a head start on holiday shopping.


My +1 for the week – Doggie Dental Work

Our dog had a tooth that wasn’t looking so good, so I took him to the vet to check him out.  They suggested a cleaning, and said he would probably require an extraction, giving me a price range of the cost (which didn’t include the bloodwork he had done ahead of this procedure).  I know he had to be put under, and I love my vet, but a cleaning, and five tooth extractions later, his dental work was about the same price as my new family room rug.

And he wasn’t too happy with me either.  The kids joked that he wouldn’t even look at me after I picked him up.  Poor guy.  Luckily, his “soft food diet” was a consolation for everything.

Have a great week everyone!





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    October 31, 2023 at 8:07 am

    I so enjoy your blog! I feel your pain for the vet bill for your sweet dog. Same thing in my town and the vets won’t even give an accurate estimate. My 3lb yorkie was close to $700 to have teeth cleaned at our “previous” vet. I now take my dogs to a well known vet 20 min away in a tiny town. Teeth cleaning $125. Well worth the trip. Previous vet was awesome but just became too expensive in all areas.

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