We recently purchased the two acres of property next to our home. Our plans for this additional land is to create a beautiful green space with walking paths and sitting areas. The property was so heavily overgrown that it was nearly impossible to see more than a few feet in either direction of the path that my husband cut through the woods.
This will be a life long project but the first step in the process was to clear the under brush and the trash trees. Once the clearing was completed, it allowed me the opportunity to wander through the property and take in the beauty of nature. I like to think of my discoveries as Yard Art.
…This is the trunk on an almost petrified tree…This will become a focal point in a sitting area that I have planned for the center of the property.
…This is the bark on a 300 year old live oak…He could be older but he’s not saying.
…These tree roots grabbed my attention because they were the only ones like them.
…Spider webs fascinate me but are typically very hard to photograph…
Texas Red Bud
…slow down and appreciate the beauty that is part of your life.
People watching in Jackson, Wyoming…
Hostessing at the Wort Hotel, Silver Dollar Restaurant…
Window shopping at Jolly Jumbucks…
Chocolate persuasions at Coco Love…
Persephone baking up artisan breads, sweet pastries and signature layer cakes…
My soul mate and I celebrated our 25th anniversary last month…Although we planned our anniversary trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming together there was a little sneaking around going on with some of the details. I thought I would surprise my husband by ordering a small version of our wedding cake from a local Jackson bakery.
When we arrived in Jackson our room wasn’t ready so we decided to take a walk around town. Our hotel was right off the town square and everything was within a 4 block radius. As we walked I began to talk about this bakery I had heard of in Jackson. I talked and talked about the macaroons they made and I expressed how I just had to have a macaroon while we were there. We walked until we came to the bakery I had found online. I asked my husband to wait while I ran and checked to see if they had the desired sweet available at such a late hour of the day. I came out with a little white cake box that held the cake I had ordered weeks earlier. I smiled, he smiled..we walked back to the hotel. What was really in the box was still my little secret surprise.
We walked back to the hotel with the little cake box. Our room wasn’t quite ready so we sat in the lobby in front of the big fireplace and looked through a couple local magazines. The wait wasn’t too long. Finally our room was ready, our bags were taken up and a few minutes later we walked into the most beautiful hotel room. That’s when I discovered I wasn’t the only who had been planning a little surprise.,,the room was filled with flowers. Roses, lilies, hydrangea…where do you find hydrangea in February in Wyoming?
It was so sweet knowing that we both had been thinking about making our anniversary extra special for the other by planning, plotting, researching and seeing to a few extra special surprise details.
The cake was 6 layers of sweet red velvet covered in cream cheese buttercream icing. The flowers were lovely and fragrant…all of my favorites.
Even in the dead of winter there is the promise of spring…and here in Southeast Texas old man winter is losing his grasp as spring overtakes the race…we are now in the season of Sprinter.
Autumn Chopped Salad
6 to 8 cups of Chopped Romaine Lettuce
2 medium pears, chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans
8 slices thick-cut bacon (applewood) crisp and crumbled
4 to 6 oz feta cheese, crumbled
Poppy Seed Dressing
Balsamic Vinaigrette (I like Newman’s Own Light Balsamic Vinaigrette)
On a large platter, combine lettuce, pears, cranberries, pecans, bacon and feta cheese. Drizzle generously with poppy seed dressing, followed by some of the balsamic vinaigrette. (I would estimate that I used about a cup of dressing…70% poppy seed dressing and 30 percent balsamic vinaigrette). Toss and serve immediately!
Today, I took a walk in the woods next to our house.
After a few minutes I could no longer see the road or our house. I was surrounded by overgrown underbrush, trees and brier patches…
I was totally focused on watching where I was walking so I wouldn’t step in a rabbit hole, trip on a fallen tree or walk into a Pyracantha branch.
The silence was broken by a soft scurry through the fallen leaves...
the next thing I heard was a guttural sound and the loud flapping of wings…predator or prey.
I was quickly reminded that walking in the woods is like visiting someone else’s home.
Walk softly and leave things better than you found them…
This post was inspired by The List: 101 Things to Blog About…
Snow Angels…I think of them often in the winter…maybe it’s because I have grown up in the south and it rarely snows. I can tell you that I thought making a snow angel was a fairly simple thing…wait for the now…lay down in the snow…move your arms and legs around…Voila…Snow Angel! Recently, I had the opportunity to make my very first snow angel…I was as excited as a kid…I fell back into the snow laughing, I made the required snow angel movements…then the moment came…I needed to get up without disturbing my perfect snow angel…reality set in…
Snow Angel perfection will take practice and less snow…
This post was inspired by The List: 101 Things to Blog About…
This list began as a bloggers to do list; 101 in 1001…I have revised the original list, keeping most of it in tact but replacing some of the suggestions with my own “to do” list. The plan is to blog my way through it…in no particular order and with no rules to follow.
101 Things To Blog About in 1001 Days
Feb 3, 2014 – Oct 31, 2016
- Get an article published in a magazine
- Take a photography course
- Learn to make candles
- Bake a red velvet cake
- Bake a souffle
- Randomly pay for someone in line behind me
- Volunteer at an animal shelter
- Make creme brulee
- Cook a fancy dinner party for my friends
- Host a murder mystery party
- Get boudoir photos taken
- Watch the 10 greatest American movies of all time (as ranked by the AFI)
- Go on a picnic
- Go horseback riding
- Make ice cream from scratch
- Visit Johnson Space Center
- Learn to speak Haitian Creole
- Visit The Grand Teton National Park
- Eat at a Michelin star restaurant
- Make snow angels – February 17, 2014
- Plant a Rose Garden
- Add 50 Birds to My Life List
- Do a 30×30 Challenge (30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days)
- Take a free online class
- Build a gingerbread house
- Make ravioli from scratch
- Answer the “50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind”
- Go on a road trip
- Volunteer at a local animal rescue
- Write a cookbook of family recipes
- Make a Year in Pictures album
- Get rid of 100 things
- Make fresh pasta
- Save $500 in an emergency fund
- Perform 5 random acts of kindness
- Research my family tree
- Go for a hike in the woods – February 21, 2014
- Visit 5 National Parks
- Write a list of 100 things that make me happy
- Make a list of the simple things that make me happy
- Take a photo every day for a year
- Keep a “My Day in Six Words” journal
- Have Family Pictures Taken
- Blog at least twice a week
- Redesign my blog
- Reach my goal weight
- Write something and submit it for publication
- See a film at IMAX
- Go to the zoo
- Visit 10 Museums
- Read 50 Books
- Research My Family Tree
- See a Broadway Show
- Read 10 Classic Novels
- Make cheese
- Take a cooking class
- Bake 1 Dessert Every Month
- Cook my way through my Mother’s cookbook
- Make Fruit Preserves
- Open a cookbook to a random page and make whatever is on it
- Can Tomatoes
- See a Waterfall
- Organize photo collection
- Keep a “thankful” jar
- Attend an oyster festival
- Visit 3 new wineries
- Learn the 5 mother sauces
- Learn sourdough bread making
- Select One Person each Month and Send them a Note of Gratitude
- Learn to Sew
- Learn to Quilt
- Send Birthday Cards
- Make a Family Christmas Card
- Host a Ladies Garden Party
- Go on a Spiritual Retreat
- Run a 5K race
- Leave a 100% tip
- Clean out my closet
- Go swimming in a lake/ocean at night
- Rent a Lake House
- Perfect a hard-boiled egg and peeling technique
- Try a new sport
- Make a birthday cake for someone
- Go wine tasting in Napa (California)
- Grow Sunflowers
- Bake the New York Times chocolate chip cookie
- Get a Tattoo
- Travel to another country
- Go to a movie by myself
- Buy a Wreck This Journal and finish it
- Write a new list for the next 1001 days
- Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
- Visit 5 States that I have never been to before
- Attend or host a crab feast
- Visit my family in California
- Do a DIY project at least every other month
- Put up a gallery art wall
- Build a Greenhouse
- Go snorkeling
- Master the Art of Making Bread
- Vacation on a House Boat
Thanks to my sister I discovered a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days…The original list is very ambitious. I can already see myself skipping over at least 20% of the suggestions, but the rest is doable. As I was reading through the list I removed certain things that I have already done and others that I will never do. I replaced those suggestions with my own…
As I was contemplating the magnitude of accomplishing 101 things in 1001 days it occurred to me that this would also make a great list of blogging topics. t…I will not attempt to achieve the suggested list in order from 1-101. That would be entirely to organized and legalistic for me. I am a free spirit, a hippie with a gypsy soul. I need suggested structure but nothing too confining.
For example; I work a 9-5 outside of the home. On any given day there are at least 25 things on my to do list…If you were playing the children’s match game where you have to decide which things go together and which one does not go with the others, you may be hard pressed to find any two that are the same…This is the perfect job for someone wired like me…Big picture, creative thinker…not into the details. Love the beginning planning stages and seeing the finished product in all its glory…bored with the tedium that happens in the middle…
So with all that said…the list looks great. Just enough structure for me to get into it. It is has a beginning date and a deadline…and everything in the middle is FLEXIBLE…
Also I would like to offer a giant thank you to person behind the 101 in 1001 list…I would never have come up with this on my own. I hope I can do the list justice.