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September Obsessions

The month of September flew past so quickly.  It's like I blinked and it went from Summer to Fall - all of a sudden the temperatures dropped and the sun started going down earlier in the evening. So, reflecting back, here are some of the things that I've been obsessed with this month.

Latte's (pumpkin spice and chai)Wool BlanketsSweatersNetflix How to get away with MurderAfflictedBones (season 9 - which was removed on Sept 16, before I was done watching the season)

Photo creds:
Alex Tim - blur-caffeine-close-up-754958
Lela Johnson - basket-blankets-chairs-295212
Daria Shevtsova - abstract-art-casual-1030946
Pixabay - app-entertainment-ipad-265685

These 4 things bring me from Summer to Fall in that they involve being warm and comfortable. I would also have added books into this post, but that isn't a seasonal or a month related obsession - it's all year :)

What have you been gravitating towards more now that the Summer days are behind us? Do you have a favorite seasonal …

4 Motivating Quotes for Making Decisions

Just like everyone else, I look for inspiration online.  Whether I'm looking for project ideas, solutions to everyday problems, or for motivation - Pinterest always has suggestions.  For this post, I'm going to share some of the motivational quotes that I've used over the past few years.




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Comfort Zone:

"21 Inspiring Quotes About Moving Outside Your Comfort Zone" - This is a great site for inspiration (and where this picture above is from). I don't enjoy frequently changing plans, and when plans change last minute I'm sometimes thrown into a spiral because other day-plans have been made around said plans and the change throws everything out of whack. I'm a planner to a fault. But, sometimes I need to step out of my comfortable schedule and familiar tasks and do something new.  It's a gamble - but it does usua…

Abandoned - Glovertown Mill

Alright kiddo's!  This was a day trip that took planning - and for outsiders of the community, it took some backtracking and exploring to find.  But, we made it.  We finally got to see the abandoned Glovertown Mill. I love abandoned sites!!  Exploring warms my cold, mystery-loving, horror-reading heart :)


The story of the Glovertown Mill is pretty interesting. The massive mill was strategically built in Glovertown, near a large river as it was planed to be a thriving pulp and paper mill.  It was expected that this mill would be open and operational in 1922.  However, not all plans go as scheduled. And this mill is an example of plans changing.


The owning company, Terra Nova Sulphite Company, ran into financial problems when the Newfoundland Government denied their loan guarantee - ultimately shutting down this project - full stop.  In 1921 the mill was purchased by Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company.  The new owners determined that the mill was too small, not feasible, and ult…

Fogo Island

My husband and I love going on road trips - and this post is about the trip we took to Fogo Island.


Fogo Island is located in central Newfoundland, and you have to take a ferry to get there.  Fogo Island has been in the news over the past few years due to the new high-end hotel that has been built - the Fogo Island Inn.  Because of our great friends on the island, we managed to get in for a supper (as we call it, but also referred to dinner) during their tourist season.


For our meal, we were fortunate enough to experience a visiting chef's creations for our multi-course meal.  I can't remember the name of the chef, and couldn't find it online, but I remember that they were visiting from Toronto.


After our meal we were graciously offered a tour of the Inn, including the visiting art exibit.  I have to say, this place is amazing - the rooms, the details around the inn (right down to the room keys), the views, the pedal bike rentals and the evening bonfires on the rocky coast…

Downtown St. John's

September weather has me feeling refreshed and ready for Fall.  There is just something about that chill in the air that makes me want to grab a sweater and get outside.  After a trying, and super busy, week at work a night out was greatly needed.  So, what prompted this night out you ask?  It was one of my very close friends' birthday and we were meeting for drinks and apps.

I live outside the city, so going into town for a walk around always brightens my day. After circling the area for free parking we settled on paying the parking garage fee.  Not ideal, but the parking garage is huge and well lit, there are stairwells that lead to both Water Street and Harbour Drive - both areas where we were going to be venturing, and in the same building is a well-known coffee location (see below) and a restaurant.

First stop, as usual, is Starbucks.  Personally, I love this location.  Inside is cozy, the staff are friendly, and it's usually a quite place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Favorite Seasonal Meals - Soup

I love making hearty meals that store well in the freezer (great for work!). With the warm summer temperatures gone, the cooler days means that I'm working away in the kitchen.

Here's one of my favorite soup recipes - Turkey Soup.

Time needed: 2 hours - ish (it's important not to rush, you want to release the flavors through slow boiling and not burning everything to the bottom of the pot)

Ingredients:
2-3 carrots
1 small turnip
2 celery sticks
1 cup of frozen green peas
2 tetra containers of chicken broth
2 cups of turkey (of chicken)
1 cup of barley, rice, or a small cut pasta of choice
2 tablespoons of savory (or like seasoning of preference. I've subbed in oregano, basil or thyme)
2 eggs
water
pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Add chicken broth to pot. Fill one of the containers with water and add to pot. Turn on high to start boil
2. Cut up carrots, turnip, and celery and add to boiling pot when you have a rolling boil happening.



3. Add turkey or chicken, savory or sub…

Aquarium Keeping - My (Almost) 20 Year Experience

I remember receiving my 10 gal aquarium for Christmas in 1999.  This was my second tank - the first being a 5 gal which was kept in the kitchen, but I don't remember when I started keeping fish in that tank. I had the 10 gal aquarium set up in my childhood bedroom for about 10 years.

At first, this was a cold water set up with blackmore fish, comets, and a few other short-lived fish. My longest living cold water fish lived for about 2 years. Over the first few years of my 10 gal set up, my fish died quickly and I didn't know why because it was a similar set up to the 5 gal that I moved up from. That is, I didn't know why until I placed an aquarium thermometer in the tank. This was when I discovered my "cold water tank" was actually being heated to tropical temperatures because of the hood light and the exterior air in the house/room.  The tank water was far too warm for the cold water fish, which is why they kept dying a few months after being placed in the tank.…

Fiction series writer - James Patterson

It's no secret that I'm a huge reader, and that one of my favorite authors is James Patterson.  In the "Top 5" tab at the top of my blog he is listed there under the heading "Top 5 Authors". I've read SO MANY of his novels, and I'm not going to list them all here.  I use GoodReads to keep track of the list :)

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I will talk about my favorite series that he does write, though, and that is the Women's Murder Club.  Every year, a few days before my birthday a new novel in the series hits the shelves and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.  This year was the release of book 17 in the series -  The 17th Suspect.  So, this is an easy gift idea for me for my husband to note ;)


(Source: http://www.jamespatterson.com/books/womens-murder-club-1st-to-die#.W4xZNehKg2w)

Story line for the Women's Murder Club series:�…