You all know my obsession with the South. Especially my desire to move to Birmingham, Alabama and hang out with my favorite ladies: Marianne, Brooke,Jennifer and Paula. During one of my many rants about wanting to hang out with these ladies another fellow blogger left me a comment to let me know that she to was from Birmingham, AL. With that comment I was introduced to Rhoda of Southern Hospitality and my oh my is she a force to be reckoned with. She has many, many, many, followers and her readers love her for her amazing before and afters and all of her thrifty finds.
I knew I needed to learn more about this Southern Belle so I asked if she liked to be part of my IN HER SHOES series since she runs her own home based decorating business. She was sweet as pie and replied that she would thrilled to join in on the fun.
So sit back, relax and take in a day with Rhoda.
Get out of bed. I normally don’t sleep much later than 7 ever. I knew that this happens as you get older and it’s totally true. If I had to try to stay in bed until 9 now, I could not do it. I’m usually awake and ready to get up by 7. Wash face, put in contacts, and make the bed.
7:15 a.m. Say hello to hubby, he’s usually been up for 2 hours by now, working in his office at home. We spend a lot of time together each day, he in his office and me in mine. Works out great like that. Go in the kitchen and make myself a yummy cappuccino every morning.
7:30 a.m. Usually start my morning with a devotional book and my Bible. I don’t always do this first, but I try to go in my guestroom for my quiet time for about 30 minutes before I get on the computer.
8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Get my breakfast of usually Raisin Bran and Go Lean crunch mixed with fruit and get on the computer to check emails and the morning blog post that I’ve scheduled from the night before. Make sure the blog has posted successfully. Yay, it has. Read any comments. Start going through my Google reader to check my favorite blogs. There are too many of them and I am forever behind on that.
9:30 a.m. Get ready for the gym and leave by 9:50 a.m.
10 a.m. Step class at the gym for about an hour and then ½ hour of weight lifting. This has been part of my routine for many, many years and I love staying in shape. This gives me the energy I need for projects around the house.
11:30 a.m. Leave the gym and stop by Publix for my Monday stock up on their sale items. Look for the mystery coupon item for the week and be sure to pick it up, as well as buy one, get one free sale items. That’s the way I shop Publix.
12:15 pm Come home, unload groceries and fix something for lunch. This day it was a fresh tomato sandwich from our garden. My hubby has really gotten into gardening this year and now we are being rewarded with fresh tomatoes.
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Blog surf and visit more people on my reader as I eat lunch.
3:00 pm – Finish up a Before and After project I’ve been working on, a small nightstand painted white to add to our master bathroom. Put it in place and take photos for the blog post I’ll be doing on it.
3:30 pm – 5:00 Continue working on an Inspiration Board for an online client who wants help with her familyroom. Do some online shopping and pull together items for a Polyvore board to show her. Start typing up some detailed notes to share with her about her room. Send the board and notes out on Tuesday.
5:00 pm – Start work on dinner. Have left over roast from the crockpot from an earlier day, so I make mashed potatoes out of red potatoes and steam up some fresh broccoli.
6:00 pm – Hubby and I sit at our breakfast table and have dinner together, catching up on the daily news.
6:45 pm – Kitchen is cleaned up and I’m back on the computer for a little while, finishing up the day’s items.
7:30 – 8:00 pm – Close down the computer for the night, take a shower and put on PJ’s for an evening of reading magazines or a book in bed with hubby. TV is on and normally we catch a few DVR’d episodes of Law and Order, but on Monday night we finish up the 20th anniversary edition of Lonesome Dove, a favorite for both of us.
10:30 pm – Lights out and beddy-bye time.
And my main shoes that I wore Monday and most everyday. My New Balance Cross Trainers. Since I’m at the gym 4-5 days a week, these are a must for me.
Hope you enjoyed my exciting day. Ha! No really, I don’t have a lot of stress in my life and that’s OK with me. I put in 30 years working in Corporate jobs, so I’m really enjoying this pared down and non-stressful lifestyle we have now. My hubby is my biggest supporter in allowing me to do what I want to do. He was the one who wanted me to stay home and start my own business and I wouldn’t be here now doing this if not for him.
Thanks for including me in your feature!
A big thanks to Rhoda for joining in on the phone. As always let me know if there is a special lady you would like to see featured. Or perhaps there is a fab man you know that would love to take part in an IN HIS SHOES post.