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(Beaver Creek September 2011)

1.  Birthday Balloon Bouquet taken to a whole new level … and stuffed into an envelope.

2. Sweet Paul just launched their online Fall catalog. If you don’t know about this guy and his company, here’s your chance. The quality of photos, recipes, design ideas are all nothing short of eye candy. And it’s free.

3. I wish I had some new music to share, but I keep listening to the same stuff, just downloading the Live Versions. Mat Kearney & John Mayer & lots of Country … But this morning listening to “September” by Daughtry as I drink some coffee in a hoodie and pajama pants because I left the windows open last night and suspect a touch of frost bite on my nose. Fall has arrived in Colorado, although the leaves in the mountains are still not turning yet.

4. These candle holders are a beautiful way to bring tradition to a birthday party – and sure to establish a set of coveted family heirlooms.

5. What’s for dinner tonight (if I quit obsessing about Fulton for a few minutes) Roasted Red Pepper Penne.

6. Do you ever go through eating jags? The past couple of months I have lived on apples and peanut butter. Before that, Chipotle. And now? Tomatoes and arugula on wheat toast or naan, or whatever I can pile it on. And coffee. Lots of that. The farm stand still has tomatoes and peaches and every other day Claire and I go to get veggies, and she calls the lady that owns the stand, “My (insert color of shirt) Friend.” The other day it was pink. Earned her a free peach yesterday.

And since all I ever use is “Shake It Photo” to snap a picture on my iPhone, the quality is always questionable. But you get the idea. Yummy.

7. I love the look of layering leggings/tights with some socks and boots.

8. Wayne and I would have celebrated 17 years this Saturday. The reminder on my calendar feels like scar and not an open wound. I’m healing and Susan’s comment on yesterday’s blog had me re-reading it a hundred times. Susan, I tried to respond but your email kicks back. It did the same thing when I tried to respond to that brilliant Crate and Barrel island suggestion you sent me. But thank you. Thank you for going there.

9. Last night everyone was outside. The kids were racing up and down the street, neighbors all doing yard work – including myself, people sitting on their front porches (our neighborhood homes all have them) and talking to each other across the street, eventually congregating to the middle … and it was nice to disconnect and just be. I don’t do that enough — Connect face to face. And for someone who has “hid” for the past couple years behind her computer, another sign that I’m healing. Seeking instead of avoiding others. What a concept, huh?

10. XO.

Paula - September 20, 2011 - 8:00 am

I love this post. it sounds so peaceful.
And, love the leg-warmer and boots look. Have been looking for the perfect pair of boots (that I can afford – Anthro-Out) for sometime.
Will be thinking of you Saturday.. And sending cyber Love.

Krista - September 20, 2011 - 11:04 am

Valerie
I stumbled across your blog a few months ago and have been spying on your life ever since. I have been so impressed with your honesty and how you are so open to sharing with the rest of the world your heartaches and ability to pick up and move forward. Thank you for inspiring me and reminding me that the show does indeed go on. I too am addicted to pinterest…and you remind me of one of my favorite pinned quotes…: “ The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” I don’t know you…but I do know from your blog that you are one of those beautiful people. Thank you for your inspiration. I like to think that in real life…we would be good friends pinning our favorite pins and listening to Mat Kearney.

Kellie - September 20, 2011 - 1:43 pm

so funny that i finally decided to leave a comment and read Krista’s and thought “what she said”.
I’m pulling for you… your writing style makes me feel as if I know you and we might be good friends. I don’t know what the future holds, but I wish the best for you and your kiddos. I’ll be looking forward to fulton house posts (or wherever!).

Heather - September 20, 2011 - 5:28 pm

I had to go back and read Susan’s comment. It’s brave and bold. You are too. You have so many people pulling for you, whatever you decide. We’ll be there every step of the way…until you don’t need us and you are ready to move on. And that’s OK too. “Your next place is the junction. Not forever.” Love that!

Erica - September 21, 2011 - 8:52 am

I, too, have been blog stalking you for quite awhile. I love your writing and how real you are in you writing. I have cried through many of your posts. You are such a strong human being. A great Momma to those adorable baby chicks. And such a talented woman!

Alexa - September 21, 2011 - 10:34 am

did you say farmer’s market tomatoes??? – Roasted tomato soup with broiled chedder from smittenkitchen.com mmmmm

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