Friday, September 19, 2014

uninspired gray day


Today I get a little bit of inspiration from these bright gorgeous flowers. It's a gray, cloudy day - the kind I don't want during this change of seasons. Rain headed our way but we're determined to get out into the woods for the Autumnal Equinox, the day we usually renew our vows.

I have my fingers crossed that we get out there!

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The relative prosperity in our lives has been good for a sense of stability and security. But also I'm feeling a little bit overwhelmed by all that we have accumulated. I'm sure this thought has come about while looking at all the junk in my daughter's room. She just received a ton of dresses that my mother brought up from Florida, all of them outgrown by Lotus Bud's cousin. Beautiful dresses, gorgeous dresses, but a lot of dresses. Also my daughter collects junk. Every little trinket, sticker, toy and book that comes her way gets dumped in her room.

Hmmm. I wonder where she gets that from? Well, me of course. I hate to throw things away. I always seem to need something right after I donate it. Or else I think I need it.

Anyway, so these boots. I was thrilled to find a place in my neighborhood that could clean up and restore my beloved winter boots. These are not my polar vortex winter boots but the ones that I throw on when I'm out and about in the city. I went to drop them off and discovered that it might cost upwards of $50 to clean them up so I bought them home with me.

Now I'm just going to have to head back there because I want and love these boots. And we've got enough stuff in our house. I swear just one more thing and our tiny little bungalow is going to explode!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014



A couple of weeks ago I found myself out on the dirt road that leads to our woodland property. The lighting was perfect. The little one had left me there all alone and I wanted to make the most of the light so I turned the lens towards myself.

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Slow and steady gets the job done. That's the message I'm getting from this little guy. Rushing through things will just get me frazzled. Slowing down eventually will get me to where I need to be.

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lots of rain


If April showers bring May flowers, September rains bring lots of mushrooms.

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new dish washing table


Dave built me a new table. Now I can wash to my heart's content without fear of getting anything else wet like our speaker or the food. So now we have a table for cooking, a table for washing and a table for the Lotus Bud's blocks (made out of the scraps of all these tables).

The tables are a simple design yet sturdy. The little shelf was my idea and my own contribution to the construction project.

Next up this Autumn - a structure to store the firewood and a little fort for the little one.

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family and marshmallows and tattoos

Granny and the little one and their matching tatoos


My parents arrived at the woodland retreat on a rather cold weekend. But we made the most of it by getting a huge fire going and gathering around to roast marshmallows.

Granny is always prepared with her turtlenecks.

They surprised the heck out of me by asking to keep the little one in the hotel room with them. What a glorious, gracious surprise!

Grandpa getting the job done!

 On the first night Dave and I didn't know what to do. Personally it was a bit of a shock to me. So we had ourselves a little fire and then headed to bed because the next day was going to start real early. On Saturday night we went fishing in the dark! 

It really was a great weekend. I don't remember a time when I enjoyed the grandparents so much. And obviously the little one loved it all - the hotel, the marshmallows and the tattoos!

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change of season


Why did I think my schedule would become more manageable when the season changed? I'm behind on my photos and I haven't been carrying my camera around with me. I'm behind on board work. I'm behind on house cleaning and laundry. Don't even talk to me about the yard.

As I type this I realize that I am behind on all these things because I have been spending lots of time at the woodland retreat, spending lots of time with friends and spending lots of time at the gym. So doesn't that mean that I've sorted through my priorities and chose the ones that are most important to me? Yep, that's what I'm going with for now.

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