Bites of Life (#14)

Noble Pig 12 Year old boys room
Hi friends, it's that time again to share what's been going on this past week. Quite frankly it has been an overwhelming, disruptive and koo-koo past few days. Since we talked last week, so much has happened. But let's start with the best. 

My 12 year old finally got his room decorated to his specifications. It was a long time coming and the picture above gives you some idea of the bright colors and fun he wanted to incorporate. I am going to write about the inspiration for his room and how our decorator pulled it together, without going zonkers and sending me to the poorhouse! That's what we all want right?

More on that later this week.

Noble Pig Car
Now for the worst. As I was flying home from Miami last Monday evening, my husband was on his way to pick me up from the airport and was involved in a major car accident. He was hit from behind while at a complete stop (first car hit), which created a chain reaction of five cars total being rammed into each other. 

He was unable to move and was taken to the hospital (as well as one other driver). He was boarded, his head immobilized and taped down in fear of a broken neck or spinal cord injury. Luckily his CT scan was clear, but he was still in a lot of pain. Days following he has had constant headaches, nausea, lower back expected from an accident of this magnitude. He is getting through it.

One of the worst things of it all was that I was still in flight when the accident occured. The fire department had to call our home to inform the kids that their father had been injured in an accident, was immobilized and couldn't speak to them. This was very upsetting and terrifying for them and were at a loss for what to do.

If anything, this has gotten me in gear to better prepare them in the event of another emergency; a phone tree of who to call, what to do and what can be expected in case this happens again. Now that they are old enough to stay home without supervision at all times, it's more important than ever to have all of that in place...especially if both of us (husband and I) were inured in an accident at the same time. We always believe our kids will rise to the occasion and do the right thing, but they are just as stunned and vulnerable when something like this happens. Clear directions that are written down are really helpful in this situation.

The car is likely totaled. The rear tailgate is completely smashed as well as the front of the car from the force of the impact. This whole accident has taken over our lives this past week and will likely continue to do so. Wish me luck. 

Stich Fix Box Noble Pig
In the shadows of all the badness, I did receive my monthly box of happy from Stitch Fix. I absolutely love getting a box of clothingjust for me. Not just any clothing, but really nice quality stuff I can't find around here. Have you tried it yet? You really should.

Here's what I received:

Tart Cliff Graphic Print-Roll-Tab Henley Knit Shirt 
NYDJ Louie Skinny Jean, stone colored
41Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan, spring blue
Tart Mariana Cable Knit Detail V-Neck Sweater 
Bay to Baubles Beatrice Chain Knot Necklace

Noble Pig Stich Fix Box collage
The items always have such nice details from the buttons, material or design. You will love Stitch Fix, try it!

And speaking of good mail, a publisher also sent me this beautiful cookbook to peruse. I love it and what a great hostess gift for the summer

Wine Purchases Noble Pig
I did stock up on a couple summer wines on a trip to Costco this week. Even though I make wine, I do not make Rosé (yet) and it's a must in my house during the warmer months. I bought 4 cases!

Noble Pig Wine Summer picks
My first pick was Francis Ford Coppolla Sofia Rosé ($9.99)....this is an easy drinking summer wine. Think strawberry pie and spice made from Grenache and Syrah grapes from Monterey County. It's very food friendly and afforable enough to serve a big crowd. You will love, love this.

I also went for Julia’s Dazzle Pinot Grigio Rosé, Horse Heaven Hills ($7.99). Think strawberry shortcake, kiwi fruit, peach taffy, pear, nectarine, white strawberry and honeydew melon all in your glass at once.

Both bottles are this gorgeous bowling pin shape and are easy drinking enjoyable wines for the hot temps. Get them before I buy them all.

Noble Pig Lamb
My freezer is now stuffed with 55 pounds of farm-raised lamb. We have friends who raise them and we were lucky enough to get a whole one this year. Last night we grilled some of the chops and they were amazing. No gamey flavor whatsoever. So delicious and my kids love lamb too. Big win!!

Noble Pig cactus
I'm still planting cactus...and am a little obsessed at the moment. I can't kill them, which is one of the reasons I love them.

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Things I’ve seen around the web this week:

My cinnamon-obsessed kids will love these.
Fruity cocktail time!
How cool is this cake?
Love this version of pizza for dessert.
A fun twist on pasta salad.
Perfect summertime cupcakes.
Patriotic dessert!
My fave taco is now a salad.
Yummy bite-sized appetizer.
A lovely no-bake cake!
And even more no-bake cake love.
This will be happening for dinner.
And this gorgeous layer cake.
Oh, this dip.
Nutella love.
More cake envy.
A yummy, seasonal salad.
My kind of nachos.
Dessert heaven.
Oh but wait, this dip.
Milkshake love.
Cute Graduation dessert.
Crazy ketchup I want.
Serious burger love.
Can't wait to make these!
Hello cheesy-yummy dinner.

That is all friends, until next time.

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17 Comments and 1 Reply

  1. Oh, Cathy! I am so sorry to hear about the accident… Will be sending positive thoughts and pray for your husband’s quick and easy recovery. I can’t imagine what you went through that day..
    Thank you for linking up to my cinnamon roll pretzels!

  2. I hope the car is resolved soon! And that hubby is feeling better these days.

    I had never heard of Stitch Fix, cool! I just started a box mail-in called Citrus Lane for my son. We’ll see.

    Here’s to a better next week :)


  3. Shirley 3

    Hi Cathy,

    So sorry to hear about your husband being in an accident. Hope he will have a speedy recovery and your boys are okay.

  4. Kyle 4

    Best wishes to your husband for a speedy (and full) recovery. And to you and your kids for calm and peace…just take care of yourself too!!

  5. Oh my goodness Cathy! That is my worst fear come to life! I am always so paranoid when my husband drives me to the airport at wee hours of the morning that he will fall asleep on the way back and my kids will wake up to nothing. I’m so relieved to hear that he is doing better, and hopefully there will be a silver-lining… (new car??). Which, btw- that looks like a ford expedition (same one I have), and oddly enough, my front end is smashed like that too! (long story). Keep us posted on your husband’s progress, hopefully he has a quick recovery. Sending hugs and prayers!

  6. Debbie 6

    Sorry about the accident. So terrifying! Wishing your hubby a speedy recovery.

  7. Oh Cathy, I am so sorry to hear this news. I can’t imagine how terrifying it was/is for you and your kids. Sending hugs and thinking of you, my friend.

  8. Kristin 8

    I’m so sorry about your husband’s accident, and am glad he wasn’t hurt worse. I hope he’s feeling better every day. On a happier note, I just bought that rose at Costco on Saturday!

  9. So sorry to hear about your hubby’s accident and wish him a full and speedy recovery! The rose sounds great and thanks so much for the shout-out! Happy Memorial Day:@)

  10. Sues 10

    I’m so sorry to hear about your husband- that is awful!! I’m glad he’s doing OK and hope he gets better very quickly.

    I LOVE Sofia Rose (never thought I was a Rose person until last year) and would love to have a freezer full of lamb all the time :)

  11. carrian 11

    Oh my goodness! THinking of you all and you’ve totally inspired me to get on top of things.

  12. So sorry about the accident! Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your husband. I am loving the the colors and look of your son’s room, can’t wait to see more!

  13. Nancy L 13

    So sorry to hear about your husband’s accident. That is always so frightening and yes we don’t think about it until it does happen. I bet your boys were scared and not sure what to do. I think I’m going to sit down with my family today and set up a list of things to do in an emergency like that. I hope your husband is feeling better soon!

    On a happier note, I can’t wait to try out your wine picks from Costco. I’m always looking for something lighter in the summer time and those sound delicious!

  14. Gosh I can’t even imagine landing to hear that news. I am so glad your husband is okay. <3

  15. I’m so glad your husband is doing ok but so sorry that he was in such an awful accident! :(

  16. Liz 16

    I hope your husband is feeling at least a little better and best wishes for a quick recovery!

    Looking forward to the boy’s room reveal!

    Those Rose bottles were so pretty and looked and sounded so good that I made a trip to Costco this morning (40 miles round trip!). We don’t have quite the price you have on the Julia’s (12.99) but same for the Sofia. Thank you for the heads up.

    • Liz 17

      I’ve now had a/some sips of both – LOVE these. I’ve not bought Rose before and was so very pleasantly surprised. Perfect Summer sippers. I’m going back to stock up.

  17. I’m happy to hear your husband is ok, but sorry to hear about what happened! Hoping the last few days were better for you guys!

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