When renovations begin I start looking for avenues of escape.

On Saturday I picked up my sister Lana and we headed to a Junk Trunk event in Monroe, Washington. Lots of vendors under one roof. I’m kicking myself for not picking up a business card at this booth where these sweet metal creations that you can attach to any frame were displayed. Some of the pieces were also on stakes that you could put in a planter. At other booths I bought a couple of nativity sets that I’ll share after I put up my Christmas decor. There were just too many people at this popular event which made it hard to see everything but easy to bump into each other. Thankfully Lana and I kept a smile on our faces.

Sunday after church I headed out again to do some shopping and successfully ticked some things off my list.

On my way from Kirkland Trader Joe’s to Woodinville Homegoods I pulled off the road to take these photos of the beautiful color we are still enjoying around these parts.

Speaking of lists my sister-in-law who has been a homeschool educator and former director of Grace Academy for years has a blog post up on 10 off the radar Christmas books with a good review of each book. Click here to see the books and her reviews.

We have a very busy week ahead before we head to Colville on Thursday for our early Thanksgiving celebration. We have to get snow tires on our vehicle and pick up chains just in case the pass gets too much snow. The weather is not cooperating with pass travel already this year. Our quartz counter tops might be ready to be installed this Wednesday or next Tuesday. Thankfully I’m not hosting a big Thanksgiving meal here this year especially since I keep needing to escape from this old house. We are headed to a friend’s home on Thanksgiving Thursday with a large casserole filled with candied yams.

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year or if you are Canadian, did you host Thanksgiving last month?

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

11 thoughts on “Escaping

  1. It will be worth it once it’s all over. Wonderful that your husband can do it all himself. Not surprised you are having an odd escape moment. Lovely colours in your corner. Have a good week. B x

  2. That reno looks amazing Ellen! I know how you feel about “escaping” during construction in your home – we’ve done our fair share too and are on the cusp of another minor one in the kitchen this Fall! It always is such a mess. Can’t wait to see more during and after pictures of this project.
    Tis the season for craft and Christmas markets! Want to attend a few around here too.
    Off to check out the Christmas books list – great way to escape!

  3. Hello, the autumn colors there are just beautiful. I am sure you will be happy when all the renovations are done. I like visiting the Christmas craft markets, always some great buys. Thanks for sharing the book list and blog. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

  4. Wow not much left of your bedroom!! That’s a major job. I’m sure it will be wonderful when done.
    Beautiful fall colors.
    A quiet Thanksgiving at my house, just Ken and I.

  5. Oh my – didn’t realize you were taking it down to the studs! A good thing you are not having to host Thanksgiving this year. Beautiful scenes of the countryside. Hope your trip over the pass is not too stressful. Getting some good wind here today, but not as bad as they forecast, (so far) -thank goodness. Safe travels. xx Karen

  6. Not hosting–going to San Diego.
    I am constantly amazed at your husband’s remodeling prowess and your ability to run with it. It will be beautiful when it’s finished.

  7. Renovations are frustrating to live through! I love the art work and thanks for the book reviews. It will just be the two of us for Thanksgiving. I wish you all a blessed day of fellowship. I have a special art discount offer on my blog – maybe you would like to choose a favorite pic of Addy to make into a canvas!

  8. I’ve spent time this morning enjoy your blog. Such encouragement in your words and lovely inspiring images. I am so excited to follow your renovations. So exciting! Enjoy this time of Thanksgiving.

  9. You really did gut your room! Can’t wait to see it finished! Our church puts on a Thanksgiving meal for the community and we serve about 1400 people. We serve it family/restaurant style, with everyone sitting at round tables and servers and bussers bring your food and drinks. I lead the server and busser team of 120 volunteers and even though it’s very stressful, it’s such a joy to be able to serve so many people. We will have our family Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 25.

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