1. I like your monthly thank you notes and you are so right there is something positive in every day if we look for it. I need to look harder I think. lol

  2. Cindy

    I loved girls dinner as well! It’s been a long time since we got the giggles like that! What is your “pumpkin food” that has eggs?

    • It has been a long time since we laughed that hard, and it sure felt good. I may have fudged a little on the egg pic. However, it is a veggie egg bake that would be delicious with cubed pumpkin in it. 🙂

  3. Christie I love these posts you do. It’s so lovely to notice and acknowledge all the little things in life that we are thankful and grateful for. I also enjoy hearing you for the first time by watching your YouTube video. You have such an American accent! lol Love your tips! I’m actually planning on treating myself to a pedicure today as I need that little pick me up after an extended period of illness. Thanks for spreading the joy! xo

    • Min, I hope you enjoyed your pedicure and that you are feeling well. Since I published my videos, a few people have mentioned my accent, and I always smile. To me, it’s just normal, and everyone else around the world has accents–accents that are so exotic by the way! When people say I have an accent, it feels like I’m exotic too. 🙂

  4. Christie, I LOVE your positivity! The changing fall leaves and the coziness of your cabin with the stove is just lovely. I will be revisiting this post soon to watch the videos, as I’ve not seen them yet, and don’t have time just now. Something to look forward to!

    • I’m so glad you enjoy the Thank You Notes Gale. I love the fall and especially up at the cabin. I hope the videos don’t disappoint. I’m definitely a novice, but I’m having fun with it. Have a great week!

  5. I would have loved an “after” pic of the girls’ purple tongue and teeth! You should’ve had one too and shown us your after shot 🙂 Congrats on that first video and I’m glad you enjoyed making it and that you’re going to do it again – I’m never going to join the “live” brigade – I’ll leave it to you and Sue!
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

    • I was wishing I had gotten the “after” pic too. The good news for the girls was the purple didn’t last long. By the time they ate their meals and drank their water, it was gone. But it was sure funny while it lasted! Thanks for the encouragement on the video and for hosting #MLSTL. Have a fabulous week!

  6. Hi Christie, another great little video with fab tips for us, thanks! Your list of thank you notes, such a lot to be grateful for. I’m going to do something fun next Monday and wear nice clothes just because I can! Enjoy the week ahead! Shared for #mlstl

    • I think you should make Monday special, Deb, even if it’s not back-to-work. Which brings up a question–do weekends lose some of their sparkle once you retire? I can see where it might feel like every day is a weekend, or it could get monotonous without a “special” day each week. I know you have a lot going on, so I don’t mean you get bored, but there’s something about having a re-set day that feels good. Do you feel like you still have that in retirement? Or maybe you don’t need it so much. I’d love to hear your experience.

  7. The owner of that little white car had better be thankful it was you and not me next to them. There would be marks because I don’t really care if my car gets dinged. It’s just transportation. Yes, I would have crawled in from the other side (after making a big deal out in the parking lot,) and then opened the door from the inside a time or two. But what’s even more frustrating is I can see the head of that passenger. Did she just pretend she didn’t know what was going on?

    And when is the next video?

    • I was pretty frustrated at first, Jennifer, but then I just became determined to figure it out and a little proud that I did. I’m guessing that was a reflection in the window of the other car, because there was no one in there, or I definitely would have said something. I’m publishing a video each Monday morning. Thanks for asking!

  8. Christy,
    Oh my on that parking thing. How did you ever even get into the drivers seat?! And I give you credit for putting it on your grateful list. That is just something I could not do!

    It’s nice to see the beginnings of fall color. We are in Florida and are hoping to see some color on our drive back to Ohio in 2 weeks…. mountains of NC should be changing. Autumn is actually my favorite season… but here in FL it’s still summer.

    • I got in the passenger side and crawled over the center console, Pat. I’m sure it would have been a lovely sight had anyone been watching! I hope you have a beautiful drive to Ohio. Travel safe!

  9. Lots to be thankful for! That hot chocolate looked awesome! You keep enjoying your pumpkin recipes. Yes, at some point most things are figureoutable! I’m enjoying your vids! Did we miss your birthday? If so, HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY!!! Congrats to the winners!!

  10. I love everything about your feel good post every month, Christie! You are right. They also inspire me. The hot chocolate looks amazing and I am sure it was tasty. I am going to see whether we carry the Pumpkin pancake, waffle mix. I have listened to Marie Forleo a few times recently on podcasts. I should track down her new book. This is the first time I am aware of your videos. I have them noted to watch. I have been away, unplugged and it looks like I have missed a great deal. Catching up on the blogs I have missed is the reward part of my day. You are part of this reward, Christie. #MLSTL and I have shared on my SM

    • Thank you Erica for the kind compliments. I’m glad you enjoy the Thank You Notes. The girls really did enjoy their hot chocolate, and I’m loving the pumpkin waffle mix. I hope you are able to find some in your area. I highly recommend Marie’s book, especially if you enjoy her podcasts. Have a wonderful week!

  11. So much to comment on!! Fall arriving at Hawkes Landing. Wish I had a maple tree in my yard so I could have my own personal fall in El Paso. It just doesn’t seem fallish without those beautiful turning leaves.

    The promise of purple lips and teeth after enjoying that concoction in the cup. Fun!! And those pumpkin foods! I have added it to chili. But pumpkin pancake mix? Please tell me that’s not from Trader Joe’s – the nearest one is 200+ miles away – I think I can make out that name on the box.

    What a delicious birthday dessert. Beats cake and ice cream any day in my book. Have we missed your birthday? Hope it was a very special day and the kick off to your best year yet.

    Thrilled to see that I was a winner in your giveaway. Super excited. And guess what? I made another video, too!! Thank you for the mention. Hopefully we can both continue to vlog!

    Great tips for making Mondays more palatable. They are becoming my favorite day of the week because I can usually follow my schedule (the same schedule that goes out the window Tu-Sunday). You made me smile.

    • Hello Leslie. I so enjoyed your detailed comment. Thank you. I can’t imagine fall without the changing leaves. I love the combination we get in Utah–from bright yellow to deep red. Just heavenly. The girls really got a kick out of their purple teeth, but were relieved it washed away before we went shopping after dinner. And I’m sorry to break it to you, but the pumpkin mix was from Trader Joe’s. Hopefully, you can find something similar a little closer to home. My birthday is actually tomorrow. Larry and I are going down to Southern Utah this weekend, so my sisters took me out for an early celebration. I’m excited to see your next video. Is it going up on YouTube soon? And finally, congratulations on winning the drawing! Did you see my email regarding collecting your prize? Have a wonderful week, Leslie!

  12. Loved the post, especially the pumpkin recipe results and the beautiful fall photos. A great reminder that we really can see the positive in everything if we just look for it. #MLSTL

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