Saturday, November 2, 2019

A Perfect Day - Afternoon and Evening

Today I am wrapping up my series of posts for A Perfect Day.  If you are just now joining us, you can find the rest of the series, here.  And today we end with a combined post for 🍂A Perfect Afternoon and Evening 🍂 (at least for me!).

With the weather turning colder, I am considering moving my daily walk to the afternoon, preferably shortly after lunch. We live in the historic district of our city, and regardless of which way I turn at the end of the street I am sure to find beauty. I was hoping to catch some pictures of the neighborhood aglow in autumn color, but since we were on vacation during the peak season, unfortunately I missed it. I might go out this afternoon and see if there are still a few trees that haven't lost their leaves yet, as I would like to document our time here in this lovely season.  But I did get to see this beautiful log cabin at Mabry Mill while we were on vacation. The color all along our trip was at or near peak, and just beautiful!

A drive up to the mountains makes for a lovely afternoon excursion, as well, if I want to get out, and there's nothing like fall color to beckon me from my cozy cocoon. We live about thirty minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway and The Peaks of Otter, which is simply breathtaking, especially this time of year. We have so many memories of special times we've spent here as a family, and one of the most memorable for me was hiking Sharp Top with Kate on Mother's Day in 2017. The picture at the very top of this post is of Sharp Top, and while we didn't catch the fall color near home this year, I did way back in 2010, when it was taken!

Another afternoon activity that I enjoy is watching old movies.  Typically I will work on my latest cross stitch piece, or crochet, and during this time of the year especially, I like to enjoy a cup of tea!  My favorite tea company is by far The Spice and Tea Exchange. Though I won't turn my nose to Celestial Seasonings for the convenience, nothing beats the quality and flavors you can find at The Spice and Tea Exchange.   Some of my favorite blends are, Cinnamon Plum, and Cranberry Apple Tart (Perfect for enjoying alongside your Thanksgiving desserts!). And, naturally since I linked to their website (non-affiliate, by the way, just passing along the goodness), I HAD to browse and I just placed an order for Chocolate Candy Cane, Sugar Cookie, and Bourbon Chestnut! But I must say, that on a regular basis my all time favorite blend is Craving Crusher, and I enjoy a cup at least a couple of times a week!  It not only tastes wonderful, with that soothing blend of peppermint and licorice, but it brews up in the loveliest red hue, and even the dried tea is just beautiful! If you like tea, then I highly recommend The Spice and Tea Exchange. They have store fronts and the atmosphere in every store I've been in is simply charming, especially Gatlinburg!. The picture (right), is one I took around about this time last year when we were there on vacation! Gatlinburg is rather touristy overall, but I found the area where this store is located very quaint and charming. However, if there isn't a store near you, you can order online as well, like I do!

And as for old movies, well, I could go on and on, so to narrow my enthusiasm (and for the sake of the length of this post), I'm going to list my favorites starring Debbie Reynolds, who is by far one of my all time favorites!

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- Tammy and the Bachelor
I simply ADORE all of the Tammy movies, including the ones with Sandra Dee (which are included on this DVD).

- The Mating Game
With Tony Randall, another favorite!

- Two Weeks With Love
Unknown to a lot of people, but a charming movie! A very young Debbie Reynolds is delightful!

- My Six Loves (Digital, I couldn't find a DVD)

- Say One For Me
Debbie and Bing, how could you go wrong?

And there are so-many-more!  Honestly, Debbie kept herself busy, and there hasn't been a movie yet that I haven't enjoyed, though I am fond of the romantic comedies!

And now the day beckons, and while I enjoy these activities in the afternoon, the truth is, my evenings after dinner look much the same, though my husband has a say in what we watch. In fact, I typically give him control of the remote :) in the evenings when he is home. And speaking of dinner, my original plan had been to share some of my favorite go-to recipes, but with Thanksgiving just around the corner, I decided to hold off for a bit on that post, as I'll be sharing a number of recipes already in the weeks to come. But I hope you have enjoyed walking with me through A Perfect Day!  Mind you, this is far from what most of my days look like, I am talking about a PERFECT day here, so it's a stretch if near impossibility to believe that any day would ever include all of the elements I've shared, and without interruption!  But the truth is, while life isn't perfect there is definitely perfect beauty in every day, if we take the time to seek it out!

So here's to a perfectly lovely weekend, friends, I hope you'll seek out some for yourself!

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Anonymous said...

We have visited Lynchburg a couple of times and loved it there. In fact, we thought at one point we'd like to retire in that area. (though with a 9 year old, our retirement plans have been pushed far forward). The historic district is just lovely, and how wonderful for you that you can stroll it on your daily walks! When we drove through, I was telling Bill, "Slow down, slow down!," but you are able to enjoy the sights at the perfect pace and really LOOK!

I, too, love the old movies~ thanks for all the links.

And again, your photo at the top, Exquisite!

I run hot and cold with tea (not literally) but I must say, the teas from The Spice and Tea exchange sound so yummy. And that darling storefront. Just walking through those doors would make a tea drinker of me!


Kim Lottman said...

I would highly recommend giving The Spice and Tea Exchange a try! I was never big on tea until I tried their flavors. They have blends I've never found anywhere else and the quality it really good for the price. I typically just buy the small packages which run about $7.00 each, so more expensive than Celestial Seasonings, but so much better!

Let me know if you check out any of the movies I mentioned. You may be able to find them at your library and most of them available to rent from Amazon. :)