It’s looking like the “Big Move” might be fast approaching, and I’ve spent the last week in “gather mode”.

Tiger and I hit two Hospice and one Goodwill Thrift store. I got a few pieces for my kitchen that I’m thrilled about including a green Hull butter dish, a green ceramic candle holder in the shape of a pipe (which the hubby LOVED), and a ceramic wall hanging with apples on it that Tiger lovingly repainted green for me.

There is also a piece that belonged to my Dad that she has. It’s cherries, but again, she’s going to repaint that green for my kitchen as well and the fact that she’s giving it to me moved me to tears.

In addition to all that, I’ve also started working on a cookbook.

I love to cook and I’m looking forward to having a kitchen to try out some of the new ones I’m gathering.

I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching lately. Asking myself questions like “what do I really enjoy doing, and exactly what parts I enjoy?” It’s been helpful in focusing my sometimes scattered mind and I’ve realized that there are certain types of cooking I enjoy most and one that I’m interested in learning more about.

I guess I’ve always loved crock-pot and casserole cooking (and I’m gathering new recipes for both), but Draco has always been the “grill guy”.

I’ve decided I want to purchase an indoor electric grill and start doing some grilling of my own. I’m very excited about that!

I’ve also decided to start making candles again. I used to make them a lot and although I’m sure I had a reason at the time, I can’t remember now why I stopped.

On top of all that, I think Tiger and I are going to be looking into volunteering at the local animal shelter.

I’m feeling very optimistic about the future and I can’t wait to start this next chapter in our lives!

Although I miss people from where we moved from and wish I could see them more often, this move has been the best thing for us and I don’t regret it. It was one of the few good choices we’ve made in a long time.

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