november 22

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last night tripp and i went out to dinner.  we were on our way to get to fro-yo, but because we were still so full from the chips and guac, neither of us were too interested in stopping. that’s when tripp turned to me and said, “what would you think about running to the mall so i can get some underwear?”

there are two things i would like to say about this…

  1. tripp has lost so much weight that he needs new underwear.  {i know…probably too much information}
  2. my friends, we live large.  try not to be jealous.

anyway, so on the way to the mall, tripp asks me if there was anything else we needed to get.  because we go to the mall so rarely seeing as how it is past 31st and yale.  and for my friends here in tulsa, you know how we midtown people can be…practically have to pack a lunch and make it an all day field trip to go to south tulsa.

my attempts to convince tripp of my need of a new pair of boots and a quilted jacket fell on deaf ears in case you were curious.  

so we get to the mall and since we parked upstairs we had to go through the home department.  which reminded tripp the he ‘needed’ a new pillow.  don’t ask me how this is more important than $300 boots, but whatever.  but while he was holding and squishing and testing out all the different kinds of foam core pillows, i was over looking through the bedding clearance rack.  and to my utter delight i found two matching pillow shams, a bedskirt, two small decorative throw pillows, and a plush blanket – all for half off.

i know that this might not sound all that exciting, but since we’ve been living in this house our bedroom has been a total hodgepodge of twenty year-old furniture, a handmedown iron headboard from my parents, and an ancient green chair that we got after we first got married.

you might recall that we painted and had the floors redone…TWO YEARS AGO. but honestly, it seems like our master bedroom has (pardon the expression) sucked hind tit for the past nine years.   this is why i was ridiculously excited to find this bedding.  and after giving tripp the same spiel that i just shared with you, he agreed that it was time to spruce things up a bit.  and thankfully these few pieces also met tripp’s requirements:

  • not to girly
  • not to colorful
  • not too plain
  • not too scratchy
  • not too hot
  • not too heavy

anyway, today i got everything washed and put on the bed.  and it looks so pretty.  i love it so much.

also, in case you were curious, tripp decided that he preferred the ‘no-flat’ polyfill pillow the best.

and i swear, it’s just the simple kinds of things that make me so happy. wishing you a weekend of simple pleasures as well.

love, kelly



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november 20 and 21

it really doesn’t take much to make me happy.


as i was driving home from work yesterday evening, i saw this persimmon tree in the park near my house.  and my first thought was, oooohhh…i wonder i bet these would make a really cool still life shot.

kim klassen….i blame you.  Winking smile

when i got home, i grabbed the dogs and walked over to the park.  there was one major problem obtaining these peculiar little fruits though…i couldn’t reach the branches. #shortgirlprobs

so i tied up my dogs to the nearby picnic table – in case you’re curious, i thought about trying to move it over closer to the tree but it was bolted down – and found a big stick.  then i used said stick to bring some of the lower limbs closer.  which i could barely reach on my tip toes but whatever.  momma got her persimmons!  #problemsolver

anyway, this morning i spent a delightful half hour not vacuuming my living room and instead, playing around with persimmons.


clearly i have my priorities in order.  but aren’t these the cutest little things?  i just adore their little caps with the curled up edges.  they have such a cool texture (except for the rotten ones on the ground….ewwww….shudder). and the subtle color variations are so very lovely.


this type of persimmon is native here in oklahoma – not the like the big japanese ones you find in the grocery store this time of year.


i think my friend cathy once told me that they are SUPER tart and you’re only supposed to eat them after the first frost.


yeah….don’t even get me started on that.

it’s so neat though.  nature has so many gifts to share…and for this gift of wonder, i am truly grateful. 

hope you have a wonderful friday my friends.  xoxo


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november 19


a messy kitchen.  birthday cards lingering in the window.  the ever-growing stack of holiday catalogs on the counter top.

it’s proof.  proof that we are here.

this is me learning to embrace the messy parts.  yes, even grateful for the messy parts.



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november 18

because autumn and winter collided in my neck of the woods.


i’m sharing the story over at focusing on life today.  turns out, all i needed was a little grattitude adjustment.

love, kelly

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november 17

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because the sun came out today.


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