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Hi 🙂

Yesterday morning I had one of the hardest Bikram Yoga classes ever! Even though Bikram Yoga is the same routine every time…. I swear the instructor makes the class! The heat was perfect, the humidity was perfect, and the instructor was awesome! He pushed us so hard… Every inch of my body is feeling it today!

For those of you who are regular readers, you know that my father passed away two months ago. One of his favorite things to do was paint. Growing up, he painted all the time. When I left Texas, I took several of my dads paintings and have been slowly finding a place for them in our home. I hung the first painting yesterday. He painted this the year I was born, and framed it in this exact frame that same year. I felt sad…. but every time I look at it, I see him… and that makes me happy 🙂 …

You know what else makes me happy? Flowers 🙂 I love having fresh flowers in my home. I bought these to put on the mantel over my fireplace. Aren’t they pretty 🙂 These are called Alstroemeria. They come is tons of different colors. I like these flowers because they last for at least two weeks in a vase.


And because I have a feeling you might ask… Yes… I have a slight obsession with antique scales. I found these at three different antique/consignment shops and paid next to nothing for them.

I also got these on sale at Pottery Barn 🙂 I love having these little buckets around the house to store random things in…

I finally snacked on those pickles I made on Sunday morning…. The Verdict?

I’m obsessed!! I love them! The spicy ones definitely have a kick… but they are delish! They were ready to eat after about 6-8 hours.

The Pickled Okra took a little longer to pickle. Because they are so thick… they need a full 36-48 hours to pickle. The Verdict? Soooo good! If you like pickles and okra… I suggest you make them!

I got a few emails asking where I got the pickling jars from. I bought them at the Crate & Barrel Outlet. They’re super affordable!

On my agenda today:

  • Get a 6 mile run in with the jogging stroller
  • Catch up on some long over due emails
  • Buy a birthday gift for my little brother
  • Mail birthday gift for my little brother
  • Work on Weekly Bite Newsletter
  • Laundry, Laundry, Laundry 🙁
  • Write some very long over due thank you cards…

I’m the worst with thank you cards. I know they have to be done… but I’m such a procrastinator.

Is there a time etiquette on Thank You cards?

Have a wonderful day 🙂

18 Responses

  1. Nicole @ Making Good Choices said on August 3, 2010 at 8:06 am

    That is so special that you have paintings made by your dad. I have pottery that my aunt painted that is also very special to me. I hate writing thank you cards also, I was pretty late with my wedding thank yous, but as long as they get done I think it’s ok!

  2. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on August 3, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Your home is so charming! And I love nothing more than having fresh flowers in my home…I should do that more often.

  3. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on August 3, 2010 at 8:16 am

    I didn’t know your dad painted. That painting is so special. My husband is an illustrator and we have nothing up in our house that he has done. He is so critical of his own work, so everything just gets put away. The memories just come flooding back when we pull our old art work of his. Enjoy your father’s memories! Oh and I love the scales! My husband and I love antique kitchen anything! What a great idea! Have a great day and enjoy your run!

  4. Aunt Cindy said on August 3, 2010 at 8:21 am

    As soon as I opened your link, I thought that picture looked familiar. When Joe/Emilio gets home from work, I will show it to him. Such a wonderful honor to your dad’s memory.

  5. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on August 3, 2010 at 8:32 am

    What a beautiful painting!!!

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again– I LOVE your decorating style!!! So unique! Those antique scales are awesome!

  6. Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries said on August 3, 2010 at 8:43 am

    The painting is beautiful 🙂

  7. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on August 3, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Your father was definitely talented. That’s a beautiful picture! I love the little buckets you have on your mantle, too. That’s such a great idea for hiding random junk.

  8. Alyssa said on August 3, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I love fresh flowers too! They just brighten up the room. Love your mantle!! Great decor!


  9. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on August 3, 2010 at 11:11 am

    i LOVE the decor! i’m totally copying it the second i have some extra cash flow 🙂

  10. Mo@MommyRD said on August 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I love that picture! Your home is so cute – love it!

    Have a great day Estela!

  11. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said on August 3, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I love those scale candle holders!

  12. Melissa said on August 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Love you decorating style!! And yes, I’m bad at thank you’s!! I’m just starting to write them for wedding gifts from our June 19th wedding…

  13. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on August 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    What a special painting. I’m so glad you found a wonderful place for it.

  14. Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said on August 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    6 miles with the jogging stroller is AMAZING!!! Rock on!

  15. Anne @ the doctor takes a wife said on August 3, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I love the rustic theme you have going. It’s my dream to have a country (but modern!!) inspired kitchen : )

  16. tricia said on August 3, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    hope your run went well!

  17. Yum Yucky said on August 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Whoa-wow! 6 miles WITH the stroller rolling. You’re da bomb. And I love the painting and how it came to be. So very special. 🙂

  18. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on August 4, 2010 at 2:33 am

    lovely memory of your dad!
    and yes, teacher make ANY class, espi a class where it’s supposed to be the same but the energy of the teacher can make it from lame to awesome!

    thx for your comment today…for noticing how happy i am! people say that all the time to me’s so nice to hear. makes me wonder if i was a debbie downer or something before LOL But im sure i wasnt, just something more subtle, yet present 🙂