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Yard Art…

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.

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…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.

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…This is the bark on a 300 year old live oak…He could be older but he’s not saying.

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…These tree roots grabbed my attention because they were the only ones like them.

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…Spider webs fascinate me but are typically very hard to photograph…


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Color on a Cloudy Day…

Texas Red Bud


…slow down and appreciate the beauty that is part of your life.

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People Watching…

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…

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Sweet Surprises…

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.

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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.

white flowers



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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.



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Autumn Pear and Cranberry Chopped Salad….

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!




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Walking in The Woods…

Today, I took a walk in the woods next to our house.

photo 3 (8)After a few minutes I could no longer see the road or our house.  I was surrounded by overgrown underbrush, trees and brier patches…

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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.

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The silence was broken by a soft scurry through the fallen leaves...

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the next thing I heard was a guttural sound and the loud flapping of wings…predator or prey.

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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

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Snow Angels…

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

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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

  1. Get an article published in a magazine
  2. Take a photography course
  3. Learn to make candles
  4. Bake a red velvet cake
  5. Bake a souffle
  6. Randomly pay for someone in line behind me
  7. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  8. Make creme brulee
  9. Cook a fancy dinner party for my friends
  10. Host a murder mystery party
  11. Get boudoir photos taken
  12. Watch the 10 greatest American movies of all time (as ranked by the AFI)
  13. Go on a picnic
  14. Go horseback riding
  15. Make ice cream from scratch
  16. Visit Johnson Space Center
  17. Learn to speak Haitian Creole
  18. Visit The Grand Teton National Park
  19. Eat at a Michelin star restaurant
  20. Make snow angels – February 17, 2014
  21. Plant a Rose Garden
  22. Add 50 Birds to My Life List
  23. Do a 30×30 Challenge (30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days)
  24. Take a free online class
  25. Build a gingerbread house
  26. Make ravioli from scratch
  27. Answer the “50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind”
  28. Go on a road trip
  29. Volunteer at a local animal rescue
  30. Write a cookbook of family recipes
  31. Make a Year in Pictures album
  32. Get rid of 100 things
  33. Make fresh pasta
  34. Save $500 in an emergency fund
  35. Perform 5 random acts of kindness
  36. Research my family tree
  37. Go for a hike in the woods – February 21, 2014
  38. Visit 5 National Parks
  39. Write a list of 100 things that make me happy
  40. Make a list of the simple things that make me happy
  41. Take a photo every day for a year
  42. Keep a “My Day in Six Words” journal
  43. Have Family Pictures Taken
  44. Blog at least twice a week
  45. Redesign my blog
  46. Reach my goal weight
  47. Write something and submit it for publication
  48. See a film at IMAX
  49. Go to the zoo
  50. Visit 10 Museums
  51. Read 50 Books
  52. Research My Family Tree
  53. See a Broadway Show
  54. Read 10 Classic Novels
  55. Make cheese
  56. Take a cooking class
  57. Bake 1 Dessert Every Month
  58. Cook my way through my Mother’s cookbook
  59. Make Fruit Preserves
  60. Open a cookbook to a random page and make whatever is on it
  61. Can Tomatoes
  62. See a Waterfall
  63. Organize photo collection
  64. Keep a “thankful” jar
  65. Attend an oyster festival
  66. Visit 3 new wineries
  67. Learn the 5 mother sauces
  68. Learn sourdough bread making
  69. Select One Person each Month and Send them a Note of Gratitude
  70. Learn to Sew
  71. Learn to Quilt
  72. Send Birthday Cards
  73. Make a Family Christmas Card
  74. Host a Ladies Garden Party
  75. Go on a Spiritual Retreat
  76. Run a 5K race
  77. Leave a 100% tip
  78. Clean out my closet
  79. Go swimming in a lake/ocean at night
  80. Rent a Lake House
  81. Perfect a hard-boiled egg and peeling technique
  82. Try a new sport
  83. Make a birthday cake for someone
  84. Go wine tasting in Napa (California)
  85. Grow Sunflowers
  86. Bake the New York Times chocolate chip cookie
  87. Get a Tattoo
  88. Travel to another country
  89. Go to a movie by myself
  90. Buy a Wreck This Journal and finish it
  91. Write a new list for the next 1001 days
  92. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
  93. Visit 5 States that I have never been to before
  94. Attend or host a crab feast
  95. Visit my family in California
  96. Do a DIY project at least every other month
  97. Put up a gallery art wall
  98. Build a Greenhouse
  99. Go snorkeling
  100. Master the Art of Making Bread
  101. Vacation on a House Boat


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101 Things To Blog About…

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.



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February 3, 2014 · 9:44 pm