in the moment

January 11, 2018

As part of my winter reading, I’m back to Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach. Maybe because the book is laid out by daily chapters, one for each day of the year, I tend to start reading it at the first of each year as part of the fresh start mentality, then drift away. I do love this book and am going to try and stick with it for the whole year this time. In today’s entry Sarah writes about…

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December 31, 2017

Do you love the snow? Or maybe you’re the type that gets filled with dread when those first flakes start coming down. I think it all depends on the circumstances…will I need to be on the roads or can I just stay home and appreciate the beauty. Better yet, is there a good place to go sledding nearby?! And don’t forget about snowball fights. Our first real snowfall of the year came yesterday. I use the term “real” loosely, as…

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autumn glory

November 12, 2017

If you love the changing of the seasons, this post is for you. I always enjoy the colorful autumn leaves, but for some reason I’ve been way more into it this year. Hope you enjoy the photos. I’ve been posting pics of the glorious leaves over on my Instagram if you are interested. Enjoy the season!…

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back home

November 8, 2017

How many of you no longer live in the same town where you grew up? Do you find it difficult to get back home to visit family and friends? Lately, I am finding this to be a challenge and it is bothersome, indeed. I got to spend a fantastic weekend recently in the town where I was born and lived for 34 years. It was so good to see my family! Life seems to get so busy and the time…

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walnuts, part 3

November 5, 2017

So continues the saga of the Great Walnut Harvest, which began here. Today was The Day to crack open the test walnut. It’s been a while since I’ve actually cracked a nutshell, what with the availability of shelled nuts pretty much everywhere. I whipped out the handy dandy nut cracker and prepared to do the job. Now, thinking back to the days when I used to have to crack nuts open using the same type of device pictured, there were never any…

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spooky vs scary

October 31, 2017

For many years Halloween was my favorite holiday. I did – and still do! – love everything about it. The costumes, the parties, the candy! The spookiness of it all! On a walk through the woods the other day, I got to thinking about what spooky really means. And, is there a difference between spooky and scary? All this time I’ve definitely been in the camp that says, yes, there is a difference. But I couldn’t quite pinpoint it. Spooky…

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walnuts, part 2

October 30, 2017

If you’ve read walnuts, part 1, you may know that I am harvesting and processing walnuts for the very first time. We have an abundance of them scattered around. I thought to myself, this is the year! Why let them just sit there. Some for the squirrels and some for me. Win win. Please join me in the next step of this process, otherwise known as “removing the hulls.” When I last wrote, the walnuts were sitting in hot water…

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walnuts, part 1

October 28, 2017

I am harvesting walnuts for the very first time and am reminded of a great quote: “All you can do is admit to yourself that yes, this is an adventure, and to accept it as such, surprises and all.” -Hugh MacLeod (Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity)   We are privy to several black walnut trees and for the past few years, I have intended to learn how to process the nuts that fall to the ground in…

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like water

October 22, 2017

Some more goodness from the Tao te Ching, excerpt from chapter 8 (Stephen Mitchell translation): The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to. It is content with the low places that people disdain. Thus it is like the Tao. In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely…

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October 15, 2017

Hello dear readers! It is a gray, fall day here. In an attempt to capture some of the gloom, I spent the morning taking some photos and got a few nice ones. I do hope that you enjoy them. I am thinking this might be the kind of fall where the leaves barely get a chance to change to their magnificent colors. It was so warm late into the season that they will just die and fall off when the…

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