Sunday, July 26, 2015

Water ~ ~

This summer, the water feels better than ever.
Maybe it's because it was a flood year - I feel like I'm
in the overflow of abundance.  Seriously, I'm swimming
longer and farther and we also have a fun, zippy Zuma
sailboat this year.  She's also making the lake so enjoyable!
Water is healing.

Oh, our third sailboat is affectionately called Dubcek
and our favorite so far.  It's more like a surf board…

It's a good sailing and swimming season.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

In search of...

 Baldwin's Ironweed today...

I had to take my visiting friend out to the Wildlife Refuge today.
She got pictures of every longhorn out there and I was
on a mission to spot as many of these purplish flowers as I could.

Also, can you tell this guy was hiding from me?

The days are hot,,,
Can you see me swimming?
We're getting our fill of swimming and sailing though.

Stay calm ~ stay cool.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Paradigm Shift

It's time I surface and say hello.  I was sick but much better again.
I'm learning to intuitively listen to my body/spirit - in yes or no, 
go slow, don't push, don't stress.  Don't eat now or that....
A few days in, and it's helping my health already. 

I believe tuning in like this will be a paradigm shift for me.

Everything will work again if you unplug it for 
a few minutes, including you.  - Ann Lamott

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Small Table Still-lifes

Pitcher's Clematis from Medicine Creek bank
Dragonfly from Lake Lawtonka shore (Small Table Still-life #2)
Clematis, Rose & Peppermint Arrangement - wish I could 'bottle' the scent!

I got this tiny wooden table in an Austin antique store last year.  
I'm finally 'playing' with it - seeing the catch-all of a few days….

Small Table Still-life #1

~    ~    ~

The tail end of a poem I heard on the radio hit me,,,
something about,,,
Each sin has grace in it.

I'm still meditating on this profound snip.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

End of June...

This week…
I learned how to make homemade yogurt!
It's seriously the best stuff I've ever eaten
and I'm hooked on making this myself now.

Also baked a Black Forest Cake for Greg's birthday.
I'd like to tweak this cake a little more to make
it taste even more authentic. 

Aside from kitchen stuff, I've been nursing Zody back to health.
It seems several dogs that were boarded at the vet clinic came down
with a canine influenza virus!!  My poor baby has had some rough days
 and nights.  When he's not whole, a part of me suffers too.

We also started sailing.  I hope July brings us fair winds ~ ~ ~

Best of Summer to you!

A wolf spider moved into one of the old bird houses, so I gave her some wildflowers.
Prairie Hill last night after a shower!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

St.Louis and Branson, Missouri ~ Roadtrip

We went to St. Louis to attend the sweetest wedding.
Congratulations to Betsy & Skyler

Gigantic Praying Mantis atop the City Museum
From Hotel Window
For my dad.

Arch corner base

Afterwards we headed to Branson.
Grilled Trout

Beads inside!
I could not resist!
 Branson was not my cup of tea.  St. Louis is not my cup of tea either. 
I could not even bring myself to share the "other" pictures of
Branson, the over-the-top entertainment spots lining the streets.
The lake was beautiful, the trout was delicious and the antique
stores were irresistible though!

I bring my own flowers wherever I go. :)

About St. Louis... We were walking back to the hotel from City Museum about 11pm
(Saturday) when we heard a round of gunfire.  First thought was: Omg, where is this
shooting coming from? Then we naively thought it might have been early fireworks.  
When all the sirens came close to our location on Washington Ave., we knew better.
So we turned the corner to look, and as we curiously (stupidly) moved even closer to all
 the police cars, an officer yelled over at us "Shots have just been fired from a car and
 you might NOT want to stand there!"  I think it was more of a command, than a suggestion.

We were like, sweet potato pie, how crazy!

Take me back home to my small prairie town...