Marvelous in my Monday: It’s the simple things

Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend? I hope Spring has graced wherever you live with lots of sunshine and nature awakening from its [too long] winter slumber, too.


After two weeks in the city there was nothing I longed for more than seeing my parents again. Despite no real plans on hand we never fail to share some good times whenever I visit. And who am I to deny it?  I’m a country bumpkin and proud of it so being in the countryside immediately brightens my mood, too.

Pretty in pink.

Pretty in pink.

Nothing beats waking up to birds chirping outside my window. Leisurely walking around the house marveling at the flowers my parents planted and tended to. Here’s to hoping their green thumb is going to rub off on me one day, too ;).

April showers bring ... April flowers?!

April showers bring … April flowers?!

My evening walks in the city? Sure, I do enjoy them. But when given the choice I’ll always pick strolls through the woods or fields. There’s something special about not only being outside in nature but nature in the countryside. Even on my run on Sunday I could tell the difference. Does anybody else get the best ideas ever while running outside? While it also happens for me on my city runs I noticed how much more creative my thoughts were while passing cows, horses and small villages. A more natural, spacious environment also allows my thoughts to flow much better. Now if only I had a thought recorder in my brain to keep all the ideas until after my run :D.

On a walk

Grammar nerd alert: I’ll trade a „k“ for a „g“ , please ;). Dashing to the supermarket to stock up on my fake Greek yogurt – the German “Quark” – I had to find they were sold out. Bummer. However, I happened upon these …

Can you say score?

Can you say score?

Fage on clearance? Only fellow foodie friends [alliterations make me happy] will understand my delight at the sight of these. Especially now that they were discontinued around where I live – after such a short time already, mind you! Naturally, I grabbed four of the six containers still available and walked away an even happier girl.

Even more smile- and happiness-inducing, however, honestly was the time spent lying in the sun, discussing politics and chatting with my parents. I love them more than any other people and feel blessed to have them in my life.

Adoring my mum's beautiful table decorations.

Adoring my mum’s beautiful table decorations.

One thing that made today marvelous already was our beautiful host Katie’s post about her amazing baby shower. I’m so happy for her!

Did you grow up in the countryside or the city? What’s one thing you especially liked about where you grew up?

When do you have your most creative phases? Running and generally moving around outside gives me such a lot of great ideas.

What was the last surprise you happened upon in the clearance section? I’m pretty sure the Fage cups had been waiting there just for me to pick them up ;).

10 thoughts on “Marvelous in my Monday: It’s the simple things

  1. Sarah Pie says:

    Fage on clearance?! You lucky duck 🙂 The last thing I bought on clearance was a pair of pink pants (they were from the Target clearance section and wound up at my local goodwill).

  2. Amanda @ .running with spoons. says:

    Oh girl, I’d love to live out in the country. I grew up in the city, but I had a really good friend that lived out in the country while I was growing up and I’d head out there a few times a week to visit and do all sorts of crazy fun stuff. I love how much quieter and “fresher” it is out there – and being outside in the woods is definitely a great place to get inspired. I love your mom’s table decorations, by the way! I’ve been thinking about putting something like that together for my mom for Mother’s Day… just have to figure out how to style it.

    Happy Monday!

    • letsgetupandlive says:

      Thanks for the compliment – I’ll let my mum know :). Judging from the gorgeous table decorations I’ve seen on your blog before I’m sure you’ll create an awesome one for Mother’s Day. Momma Spoons is lucky to have such a creative, baking-talented and overall great daughter :). I’m curious to see what you come up with.
      The fresh air and undisturbed calmness is something I value a lot about the countryside, too. Even having gotten used to the city noises I’m still amazed each time anew when visiting my parents. It’s incredible how much better I sleep and how relaxed I feel out there.

  3. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen says:

    Oh the glory of a clearance or manager’s special…

    I just picked up some of the new organic store brand Greek yogurt they are making that is a combination of goat’s and cow’s milk. I’m interested to see how my stomach tolerates it. I figured for 50 cents–and the fact that yogurt is always a good clearance buy since it lasts so long–it was worth the experiment.

    • letsgetupandlive says:

      I may or may not have thought of you when picking up the Fage ;). We don’t have manager’s specials around here but I like to pick up new-to-me products on clearance, too, not just those that I know. Good luck with the Greek yogurt! I’ve never had goat’s milk yogurt before but heard it tasted slightly sour. Maybe the cow’s milk evens that out?

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