Holiday season begins

I was in the mood to shop this weekend. Not that I bought much, but window shopping was fun. I did some work in the morning and then we headed down to Saratoga for lunch and shopping! The city is getting decked out for Christmas now.


We went to lunch at Comfort Kitchen.  We love this place and the mac and cheese.  They have a couple different kinds, one is the butternut squash mac and cheese with smoked mozzarella (which John got) and then there is the pulled pork mac and cheese, which I got!


This place is worth the drive, I must say.  Not to mention that I have half saved for another meal!  

I fell in love with these paper lanterns:


Aren’t they pretty?  They were $40, though.  I think I might poke around online and see what I can find.  I did manage to get some Christmas gifts in this store, though.

It’s feeling more and more festive – especially with holiday week coming up!


Our weather is turning unusually warm the next day or so. We had icy rain on Saturday night and I thought Sunday was going to be icky. It started cloudy with breakfast:


Then the sun came out and it got into the 50s! We had a lot of errands to run like groceries and cleaning up the lawn at the old house. On the list of things to knock out Sunday was lifting. Not too crowded at the gym for a Sunday, which was nice. Today was chest/back/abs with drop sets:

Exercise Set/rep
Lying flat chest press 3 sets of 10, plus drop set
Single arm row 3 sets of 10, plus drop set
Flat chest fly 3 sets of 10, plus drop set
Incline chest press 3 sets of 10, plus drop set
Seated lat pull down 3 sets of 10, plus drop set
Reverse chest fly 3 sets of 10, plus drop set
 Crunches  3 sets of 10
 Standing toe touches  3 sets of 15

It really feels good to get back to a routine.  Not just lifting, but life in general. I was saying to John that I felt much happier now that a routine has formed in general with work, lifting, guitar playing, etc. Not to mention just going out and doing fun stuff!

On the happy, happy dance front – the wallpaper is all gone in the living room!  WOO HOO!  I did some wall patching. Now it is ready for paint:


That’s a new TV, too. We got that on Saturday.  John just couldn’t live without his big screen TV  😆 

We met another neighbor from down the street today. He has been living in the neighborhood for 27 years, I think?  Anyway, he answered a question about the fireplace for us.  He said there used to be black marble around the fireplace – so this isn’t original and I don’t feel so bad about changing it.  I am really annoyed that black marble is gone. There was one company that mined black marble in the US and they were in Glens Falls, so older homes in GF often had black marble mantles. It’s pretty rare to see.


Enjoy my messy living room, too.  That’s life right now in a rehab.  I am not even embarrassed about people seeing it anymore.  No more pictures until it is done and artwork is hanging.  Who knows how long that will be  😉 

Holiday week officially starting now!



Our downtown is getting into the spirit as well.

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23 thoughts on “Holiday season begins

  1. debby

    Wow, your town really is in the Christmas spirit! How pretty.

    Butternut squash and mac and cheese is now one of my comfort foods! Love the combination!

  2. Helen

    Oh dear, I’m not sure how I’d even be able to choose a mac and cheese at that place – I love them all, I think!

    Glad that wallpaper job is done – I’ll be anxiously awaiting the final rehab.

  3. Fran

    It’s too early for Christmas decorations for me 🙂 but the stores here are decorated for it already too.

    I look forward to see how the living room is when you are done with it. At least you’re done with the removal of the wallpaper.

    1. Lori Post author

      We don’t like to put ours up before Thanksgiving, but I don’t mind so much in November. It’s when it crowds out Halloween that it really chaps my hide.

  4. Shelley B

    Pretty decorations – every year I think I’ll do a massive change up with mine (let’s face it, after 30 years I’m kind of ready) but then I look at the cost and effort and NOPE. Same stuff comes out.

    1. Lori Post author

      It’s funny, I have been saying for years now that right after the holidays I am going to get a new Christmas tree when they are price reduced. For years LOL. Then the time comes and I don’t want to spend the money.

  5. Kim

    Yum – that mac & cheese looks awesome!!!
    Super cute Christmasy store!
    Glad you are feeling like you have a schedule again – that always helps my stress go down!

  6. Biz

    I see snowmen! Totally would have bought those. Well, I’d sneak them in the house somehow and bring them up from the basement and pretend that they are part of my collection. 😀

    1. Lori Post author

      We have no idea what we are going to do yet. We are going to pull out all our stuff and see what we can cobble together LOL!

  7. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    I love that outdoor pedestal with all the red flowers. Here they don’t do a whole lot because the snow just covers everything. But there’s one round-a-bout that they decorate with some trees and a few colored Christmas presents and that looks really pretty. I just love all the decorations! Can’t get enough. 🙂

    I’m still shocked the previous owner tried to SELL you your doors back. How about, “thanks a lot for TAKING the doors jerk”. I never seem to stop shaking my head…

    1. Lori Post author

      I know – we keep hearing more and more stuff about him. He was not very well liked by the neighbors, it seems. Or his former employees or his ex-wife for that matter 😀

  8. mary mcmahon

    Lori, any possibility that the black marble fireplace surround is under the brick? Happens a lot in old houses in Cincinnati. Mary in Cincinnati

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