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 😊

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 anxious about getting everything together 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 hot mug of cocoa and looked out across the yard to the creek 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.

Living here in PA has given me such joy. 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.

Coming to you Live from the Mountains

Today, I hiked a very large mountain—well since I’m a flat lander, I’d call it a mountain, at least. It could’ve been a very large treacherous hill though. 😳

It was a beautiful day and the plants just shined in the dew as we hiked our way up the section of land situated on the mountain.

I love identifying flowers and trees; bugs and arachnids; peat moss and lichens!

I even found a couple plants and trees I knew from my home state KS, including a Linden tree, Rough horsetail, and a flowering Dogwood I once saw in beautiful Atchison, KS.

We even followed a creek that was so beautiful! Not very deep as you could see the water cascading over the rocks clear across. I was so taken with it all and a good hike is something I just so enjoy!

Anyway, it got me to thinkin’, climbing this mountain brought me a lot of challenges especially with my injured foot. I slipped in the boggy mud twice and almost lost my balance hiking through a ravine with a stream with a solid rock bed below.

I was a step away from that fern when I slid

I developed a lot of courage and bravery on that mountain today.

And courage comes out of people in a lot of different ways. Unexpectedly, sometimes.

When you do something courageous you feel a sense of self-esteem and your mood lightens, feeling the happiness of accomplishment.

That’s how I felt like on that mountain coming down when I almost slid into the little stream running down to meet the creek. Then I remembered how strong I was. And that saved me from falling. My self-esteem and courage from climbing all the way up and persevering to the top was such a wonderful boost of morale for me.

So, reader, my friend, I challenge you, step out of your normal day-to-day routine and get your feet wet. Try something new that will challenge you and even make you cry, sweat, grit your teeth with perseverance.

God made you for greatness; climb your mountain!

Blazing Heat of Summer and Black Coffee Philosophy

As the coffee perks, I am swallowed in music. The banjo, my favorite stringed instrument strums across the bright kitchen. The echoed picking gets me to thinking about how our lives echo across the fine line of existence. How every decision we make is shattered into our livelihood and shapes us into our own unique individuals. Carved from the roots of our birth, we must find our own way. Like a ship sailing the ragged sea of life with all its dangers and precautions, we must stand fast at the wheel and follow our compass.

It’s majestic outside the snow veiling the ground but bitterly cold. Perfect for coffee AND researching. I’m working on an article about the Pawnee Indians that were indigenous to my area. Sadly enough I see the current political climate of the United States in rather the same light. Immigrants who’ve called America their home pushed out. Atrociously sad.

Spices blending and percolating in the filter slip into the pot, like late party guests slipping in quietly, unnoticed. The wind bouts the house as the tree limbs shake above like marionettes, the wind their puppeteer. The clouds, framed by the hills, stoop and scoot along the highest limbs, pretending to be foliage. But alas, the dead of winter freezes everything in its chilled and mesmerizing trance.

As I gingerly sip steaming coffee I philosophize about the summer. The sun coming in blazing and the hills covered in green followed effortlessly by its breaking and scattering across the hills, slowly extinguished in the black velvet night. This black velvet night adorned by the diamonds of the sky every star lighting just enough space to the next, as if in communication. The stars communicating with one another, like every person in our country, free to raise their voice and be heard. So be a star and raise your voice.

That’s how I imagine summer; coming in on the thrusts of natures finest, on the voices of the brave.

Hopefully, by summer, I will have completed a couple more short stories. I finally got up the courage, when I was completely bedridden, to publish two short stories on Amazon. I had to muster up a lot of courage to publish those. Courage is a hard thing to achieve but I’m so glad I published. Even if no one reads my works, at least I’ll have done it and it will go down in history; hehe maybe not a very long history, but wishful thinking, you know ;).

Wishful thinking is like black coffee it gets me up in the morning.

Hope your day is studded with awesomeness, you’re amazing, be brave and you WILL conquer.

Cheers!

-Smiling Coffee Cup

 

Following the Light of Truth- Giving you Hope for the Future

There’s a small light of inspiration in each of us that determines the direction of our lives. Like a ship set out at sea we journey careening on the uncertain waves to a destination unknown. But facing each wave with the same braveness and vigor, dwindling sometimes, but regaining strength through each cascading tumult. every decision driving us farther from shore, farther from the place we know best. It takes courage to travel those waves, to embark from a home we know so well. A trifle of a shock to suddenly be engulfed in the uncertainty of every direction. but you must find your compass and travel that direction. The ship sails into a blast of the sea and the direction changes ever so slightly. A new decision must be made. And you’re the one to make it. Be brave and face the giant ocean crashing in. You may fall, but there’s a lifesaver.

Like Peter, in the Gospel, lost at sea, our boat may get lost but with the Light of Christ will direct us to the truth. seek and you shall find. Knock and the door will be opened unto you.

Here are some quotes I found that might inspire your confidence:

 

 

“In the storms, winds, and waves, he whispers, “Fear not, I am with you.”

 

 

Courage

 

“A ship is always safe at shore, but that’s not what it was built for.”

-Albert Einstein