Oh Crumb… Let’s Unpack

Jackson darts behind the big oak tree as I rest my coffee mug in my lap, cupping it with my cold hands.

Gripping the tree he shoots up it like an watermelon shoots up in a pool of water.

This is one of my first friends in my new state.

Jackson, the chipmunk 🐿

I cradle my steaming cup of coffee in my lap and watch the rain pummel down on the outskirts of the balcony dripping off like wax from a candle.

The air is hot in the morning here. One of my new friends here, a older farmer, told me that the heat this year had been excruciating for his crops. And it’s no wonder, when I woke up I about thought I was in Florida.

Good gravy!

I have been discovering so many new and wonderful things while here. And I think one of my favorite things so far is my balcony. Oh it’s wonderful to sit out there with my coffee in hand or even sit out there typing looking up every once in a while to see Flopsy nibbling on the dewy grass.

Flopsy’s another new friend of mine a chubby rabbit that like to much on the weeds and now fallen leaves outside.

As I was unpacking yesterday I came across a box of china plates my dear mother had given me. The plates are the most beautiful china, I’ve seen. Oh my!

My mother received this beautiful china plates after she married my father all those years back and had saved them through all these years. I am so honored and grateful that she gave them to me.

In my space I have set up a little office prototype while the “packing room” gets cleared out.

I have my printer. I luckily found my ink for today. Which is going to be so helpful for my grant writing. My two pens, one black, one blue, and several three ring binders, in my attempt to be somewhat more organized this semester. Fingers crossed on that one. Heehee.

The rooster wind chime I bought in PA made the long journey with us too. Haha, it’s blowing in some fresh Minnesota breeze.

There was a pretty big storm last night that blew over my table outside. Maybe a microburst or something. Though I’m not familiar with MN weather.

My fiancé said that where he’s staying he could here the lighting coming down during the early AM hours. Eek!

About the water though. Oh, goodness, I’ve never seen so many ponds… oh I mean lakes. Gotta get my ponds and lakes straight. 😋

Wow, the water is so emerald it’s spellbinding and beautiful. The waters so still, with only the ripple of bugs and hungry fish coming to the surface, every now and then.

It’s a little nervous-wracking walking around in a new town, honestly. I know it’s just nerves and really probably no one is looking at me. It’s just I’m “the new kid on the block”so to say, and it’s a bit embarrassing.

Let me tell you, it’s hotter than Haydee’s out there today.

I’ve been musing over what dessert I should make. I think there’s definitely a celebration to be had with each of us getting jobs (mines volunteer, but still) and a new place. I think all of these are definite celebratory events.

Speaking of celebratory. My dear grandma gave me an instant pot that I’ve just been using the heck out a’. It is incredible folks.

I’ve been eyeing this recipe I found on a new food blog: Imagelicious.com. I’m waiting on tip toe to make this fabulously yummy recipe.

Instant Pot S’mores Latte

Thanks Jenny for having such an awesome cooking blog!

Anyhow, it’s instant pot s’mores latte. Oh my goodness friends. Wow, this sounds so yummy! ☺️

Muses on a Friday and Surprise Latte flavorings

My fiancé reached his hand through the window to take my “surprise” latte from the barista. I have a custom with this barista of letting her surprise me with the flavor combination of her choice. I just love having a surprise drink! It’s fun. After seeing the muffins at the counter, we agreed to get a banana chocolate muffin, too.

It was delicious. Very moist and just enough chocolate to still taste the bold banana. YUMM!!

After working all day yesterday I’ve gotta say I’m still tired.

We took the scenic route to the coffee shop. As we turned a corner we were stopped short by a huge tree that had fallen down last night in the terrible storm we had.

After further looking we saw that the tree didn’t look like it has been a dead rotting trees, it’s trunk still looked green. I can’t imagine the wind force that must of ripped that out of the ground.

Oh my!

Thankfully, we are both safe and the large Larch tree in our front yard didn’t fall down.

This morning I’m musing over my joyful time in PA and my inspiring future as a wife to my wonderful fiancé.

This move will be the start of our journey together. And in just a matter of months will be living under the same house with the same name! Oh my, who would’ve thought.

Sometimes, when I wake, I look at my engagement ring on my left hand and smile.

What an amazing adventure we will have together, traveling nearly 1,000 miles, to a new state.

To start a whole new chapter of our life journey.

Our new life, blossoming and flowing together

like the rain gurgling down a waterfall

wild flowers growing along its banks.

Hot day; Cold Caramel Butter Latte, Yummy Chocolate Snacks & #6 Clever Packing Hacks

This morning began soft and warm filled with bright sunshine flowing across the mountains.

My fiancé and I are determined to get a free espresso drink before we leave this region at our favorite coffee shop “The Coffee Bean”.

I like iced lattes in the summer. Though I think his summer drink is an iced mocha.

It will be so exciting to see how different coffee shops are in the NE U.S.!

Anyway, let’s cut to the chase. Packing ensues today. Therefore, I will be writing about done packing hacks I’ve picked up.

Today, I’m packing the wine glasses… eek.

1. After strategizing and thinking it over a good deal. I came up with a brilliant packing hack. To pack the wine glasses in socks and stocking hats before wrapping in bubble wrap. This is a new trick for me and I think is BRILLIANT!!

2. Another thing, I aim to do in this move is not empty my bureau drawers but just remove them and stack them still full in the back of the truck. Which will save me a lot of time.

3. A plate trick, I really like, is layering your glass plates with paper plates. Such a good idea! Unfortunately, I already packed my plates. Though, I will definitely keep this trick in my back pocket.

4. I also discovered a game changing way to vacuum seal your clothing. You can buy vacuum pack bags or try this nifty trick and make your own vacuum pack with a trash bag and a vacuum cleaner!

When I learned about this my jaw dropped.

5. Books, I have a lot and my fiancé has a lot of books. This poses a problem for the average cardboard box. A neat trick for this is stacking your books in a rolling suitcase. This one is really beneficial because let me tell ya’ I’ve had so many cardboard boxes break from the weight of books.

6. I love this one and have used this on my first long distance move to Ohio. Keeping your hanging clothes on the hangers, grouping them together, poking a hole in the top middle of the trash bag and then pulling a trash bag over tightening with a knot at the bottom. So, that all of your clothes are covered completely if there’s rain your clothes will stay completely dry.

Well, that’s all for now friends.

I hope you have a joyful morning 😊

Signed. Sealed. Move-in-Ready

Munching away at my bagel billowing with creamy PB Fit and my favorite strawberry jam I muse over how hard we’ve both worked to make this move possible. My fiance has certainly really put in buckets of time studying and really making this opportunity possible. And to think he’s been hammering away at his thesis all summer and it remains to be finished.

Ayiyi! I applaud his integrity and dedication, truly!

We signed on our first apartment together– “going to be married” apartment in Minnesota!!!! I will be staying in that apartment and my fiance in another place which has yet to be found.

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So, now, we’re much more relaxed from all the anxiety that’s been humming around us. OMGoodness!!!!

We have to tackle the basement, TODAY. Oh golly, we have been putting that off.

Not really looking forward to going down and working with all the spiders. They’re not very helpful workers 😉

1st Deposit; Summer Wardrobe Change

With all this moving and sweat tears and… ok, not blood but espresso. I’m going to be ready for a pedicure, LORDY-ME!

And maybe a wardrobe update too… No–definitely a wardrobe update. These Minnesota winters sound pretty bitter cold; or if you will, B.C.



Yes, definitely. I enjoy shopping online better than shopping in store. I think that is much easier than walking to a store. And most of the time I’m not a big skanner-shopper. It seems whenever I go to a store I come out with things I really didn’t need and I feel like I wasted a bunch of time on something I could’ve just done online. But I do so enjoy shopping with friends.

Speaking of which, recently I’ve had my eyes on some clothing from Mod Cloth.

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It is a sweater like this! This kitten is soo cute!!!

I bought the cutest pair of shorts with embroidered flowers around the pockets, that I bought last year and wear still.

Mod Cloth is having a summer sale too.

Check it out!

ModCloth: Back to School Styles for $15

We finally secured an apartment. Thank the Good Lord! Oh my!

Packing has been crazy today. I finally started on the basement and I’d say cleared out about 50%. The other half will be easier to load once the moving truck is here.

Through all this stress of locating a new rental—which are far and few between in MN– and packing, finding a new job and praying through it all, I have had a great epiphany, this struggle has seemed to ground me more and help me think good and hard about what really matters.

God seems to reveal to us during our hardest struggles his grace. I have found an abundance of grace in doing all this cleaning not only my closet but also cleaning my heart in preparation for a new life stage that God is guiding me through.

It’s a great consolation to me that God is present throughout this whole packing process. He will be present in our new apartment in November after we are happily married.

Moving Stress

I’m exhausted.

This move is really weighing on me. It’s not that I’m scared to start over with friends with setting up a community, it’s just I’m anxiety about getting everything together properly and making sure everything’s well.

I have everything pretty organized and set up concerning turning off utilities, researching voting for MN, I’ve packed a lot of boxes. But there’s still so much more!! And it’s making me anxious.

I sat on our porch tonight with a drink and looked out across the yard to the creek and past the mailbox.

What a beautiful place this is and will stay in my memory as such a wonderful beginning to my venturing out on my own.

It’s an intense joy I’ve had while living here. Walking the trail in the mornings, sharing a beer with my neighbors, and watching movies with my fiancé curled up in the couch we bought together from IKEA.

Wow, and I have been blessed with the kindest neighbors.

I hope you, my friends, are having incredible joyful nights tonight!