Showing posts with label outdoors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label outdoors. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring Won't Get The Best Of Me....No Way!

Whoever came up with the saying ‘No Pain, No Gain’ must have been born in the middle of nowhere Georgia..... out in the country.....on a long dirt road.... on a beautiful bright spring day.
Really. They were.

I am reminded of this, as I look around the property on this beautiful bright spring day, out in the country.... on a long dirt road.... surrounded by trees showcasing budding flowers, the pasture with its sprouting grass, and purple wildflowers as far as your eye can see.

Before I moved to Georgia, some many years ago I had no idea what pollen counts were, how to remove the fine yellow dust like substance that covered virtually everything you looked at, and how to control seasonal sniffles… allergies.

Oh, but it didn't take long to be quite the subject matter expert on how control those seasonal sniffles and coughs and more importantly try to prevent them.
Living on a farm, it’s inevitable that we are outside… a lot, whether it’s feeding our donkeys, dogs, cats, chickens, cutting the pasture or whatever other chores are necessary to keep the homestead going, so hunkering down inside eating popcorn watching the season finale of The Bachelor isn't an option while things are blooming outside the window. Besides, it would be a much better for the ratings if I proclaim my love for all things spring. If you are fan of the show you know what I am talking about. By the way Chris Harrison, Juan Pablo is not going to say he loves back down.
And although total avoidance isn't possible, prevention may be… with my HALLS® drops. Actually it’s quite the staple for my husband and I, as being down and out, just isn’t an option. Besides the donkeys don’t know how to operate the tractor. The minute I begin to feel the sore throat or unstoppable cough coming on, I know exactly what my course of action is… sucking a HALLS drop... while I am on the tractor of course.

And if you are anything like me and prefer to enjoy the beauty of the spring season outdoors without the cough and sniffles… you’ll want to as well, on or off a tractor.

What do you do to keep allergies away?

HALLS Drops for Allergy Season
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Grateful for~
The beauty of the outdoors... without the cough and sniffles

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Monday, February 17, 2014

How To Recover from Cabin Fever during a Snow Storm

I am so glad that cabin fever set in last week ( believe it or not) during our winter storm, and that I decided to take a walk around the property. A walk that not only rejuvenated my mind, but my soul as well. Changing the way I would look at things.... through my lens.

A walk that would remind me of how beautiful a tree is ....even with no color.

Or.... how abundant and full trees can look without their leaves.

And, that my bicycle I never moved before winter, still looks pretty sitting on a bed of why bother moving it now.

Or..... how a grey sky, really doesn't make me feel blue at all.

Or..... how I never saw that the bank of the lake looks like a sand dune on a beach.

How this trail on the property, could lead to something really exciting...kinda like the adventure of life. 

And, that it's okay for my kids to leave their tractors in the middle of the pond....and freeze over. It could make for interesting conversation.

This image, reminds me of how blessed I am that my husband is a hard worker, sitting at his desk during the week or..... chopping wood to keep us warm on the weekends.

And...... how a dog, really is a gal's best friend.

When's the last time you tried to see something differently..... with or without your lens on?

I am busy working on these projects here and here. I will be back at the end of the week with some updates and hopefully a reveal. 

Have an amazing week.

Grateful for~
No power outages and safety during out winter storm event.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

The Beauty Of The Fall Colors

As you prepare to gather for Thanksgiving and the kickoff to the holiday season........ random shots of natures colorful beauty from around the property.
Sometimes the most beautiful decorating of all, is right outside our window.

Enjoy your week!

PS. If you are looking for any last minute Fall projects or decorating ideas, visit my Fall Inspiration here.

Grateful for~
Girl time at the spa with a sweet and caring friend

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Summer Day around Duke Manor

So long summer, it's been a great few months. And while we are getting ready to welcome the first day of Autumn in a few days, I wanted to leave you with a few images from around Duke Manor that capture the essence of summer on our property.


We are looking forward to fall.... all of us. How about you?

Grateful for~
The beauty in nature, animals and people 


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Monday, January 28, 2013

How Do I Love Thee

Oh Burlap Heart, Oh Burlap Heart, How do I love thee..... 
Let me count  say just some of thy ways.
Je taime
Wo ai ni
Ti amo
         Maim tumase pyara karata hum

Ich liebe dich
 Te Amo
  Ja tebya ljublju

But for me there's only one way to express my unending adoration and
devotion to you .....
I love you!
Oh My Burlap Heart, as much as I love thee, this may be the last time I get all fancy and take pictures on thy tree, that gave me thy Poison Ivy!! I do hope you understand.
You can click here for the Burlap Heart Wreath tutorial.

PS- If I stop itching long enough I will be back this week to share the tutorial on how to make the wreath.
PPS- In case you are wondering Translations in order: German, Spanish, Russian,French, Chinese, Italian,Hindi,English

Grateful for~
Cortaid and Benydral to help stop the itching

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I Didn't like Winter Until....

The Winter Season has always typically been my least favorite time of the year, until yesterday that is....
See, I am not a big fan of frigid temperatures, having to layer clothes to go outside or witnessing nature going dormant for a few months, well until yesterday.....
Tucked next to my birdbath here, my Camellia bush continues to shower me with beautiful color when other's refuse to or simply don't because it's too cold.
So as of yesterday, after being consumed by this beauty, I have changed my mind and will learn to like Winter only until my Camellia stops blooming it's vibrant pink petals with it's shiny green leaves or until Spring arrives, whichever comes first.
How about you, are you a big fan of the cold or ready to put your flip flops on?

Grateful for~
To be able to walk outside and see this beautiful bush when there is no other color around, even in the cold!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Things are "Heating Up" On Date Night!

I think the one thing that has changed more than anything since we had our kids, is Date Night. Not only are the occurrences more rare and treasured, but the locations have changed as well. Before kids it was fancy restaurants, concerts and movies. Heck I even wore make-up and my favorite skinny jeans and heels!   Now our favorite makeout date night spot is right here in our backyard.

Which isn't such a bad thing, I mean what's better than walking 10 steps out the back door to an environment that defines all the reasons that keep the sparks alive in our relationship.
Now my "hot" hunky date shows up with mums instead of red roses-but that's okay, he still makes my heart pitter patter.
And gourmet meals and wine have been traded in for gooey marshmallows and sticks, but that's okay I love smores. 
And the quiet more intimate affairs with soft music playing in the background are now shared with playful screams and the "other" loves of my life.
But that's okay too, I like these Date Nights much better!
What is your favorite Date Night spot?
Grateful for:
A loving husband