Category: Life

Lovin’ Summer

Cucumber

This summer has been spectacular so far! I can barely keep up with documenting the highlights of life in between all of the events, traveling, family time and working on my shop. Here are a few photos and tidbits I decided I must stop what I’m doing and share…

I love this duo … a nice rain cloud pouring out its contents and part of a rainbow. I have seen at least 6 rainbows and very bright sun dogs this summer since it has been so rainy in Minnesota.

Backyard Rain / Rainbow

Colorado supplied this lovely, bright sun dog. I love that state more each time I visit – this time I got to check out some southern areas around the San Juan mountains (Durango, Pagosa Springs) and stayed down in Farmington, NM. That mountain desert feeling is awesome.

Sundog in Colorado

Colorado

Colorado Pagosa Springs Overlook

I buried a pallet and planted lettuces in it – spinach, chard, arugula, romaine, and a few leaf varieties. It worked out well, I’d do it again. A big salad is on the menu tonight.

Sprouting Lettuces in Pallet Garden

Sprouting Lettuces

Garden

Lettuces

Shine on, sun. Shine on. Next weekend I’m going to see a huge fireworks show from a boat, on a lake. Boom!

Meeting Ron and Raven of Minnesota Bound

Ron, Raven and I

Raven and I Ron, Raven and I

I grew up watching the show Minnesota Bound with Ron Schara and Raven the black lab dog. It’s a great show about many different outdoor places and characters in Minnesota. I was at the Minneapolis Convention Center for their Home and Garden show at the end of February and saw Ron and Raven walk by! I got excited and stopped what I was doing to follow them. I’m so glad I did because I found them stopping at a booth to sign yard sticks. I jumped in line right quick! I got to pet Raven a bit, up close and personal. She licked me!
Dog Kisses

Ron signed a stick for me and also one for my bff.
Ron and Raven Signed Yard Sticks
Meeting Ron and Raven was the highlight of my day! I got to spend some time with my family too 🙂

Now it’s time to watch a couple episodes of Minnesota Bound

Not A Regular Mail Day

I received a letter today, see?
A Letter I Received...

I love mail – that’s no secret. I usually enjoy getting just about anything. Even junk mail is fun to look at (sometimes) for a moment. When this one arrived though, it made me completely stop what I was doing and really live inside a moment of pure awe and amusement. I still don’t think I’m quite over it, nor will I ever be.

As I’m sure you have already guessed, there is something different about this letter I received today. Perhaps you noticed that the background of the photo is different – It’s not a table, a book, another stack of mail. Nope! You’re looking at the details of my hand… because this letter I received is TINY!

World's Smallest Letter

Super duper, duper, duper TINY. It even came with a magnifying glass! (I have really good up-close vision though, so I found that it was actually easier to read the letter without the magnifier.) My BFF Jackie sent it to me. She wrote up the cutest little tiny-letter-appropriate story for it too. I don’t really want to type out the whole thing because it’s my special piece of mail, sharing it all would make it somehow a little less special, but here are few excerpts:

“…I made the mistake of stepping inside a fairy ring and found myself instantly shrunk down to fairy size…”

“Yesterday I went sledding on an acorn cap while David was fencing with pine needles. Afterward, we had a snowball fight with snowflakes.”

Pending the unfortunate possibility of losing such a tiny piece of mail, I plan on cherishing this letter forever. I just love it.
(Thank you Jackie!)

PS – I did some research and found that it came from this shop. (Neither my friend or myself are in any way affiliated, I’m just being nice and sharing the link in case anyone is interested in sending out something this cute to one of their friends)

A Little Ray Of Sunshine

I’m in Minnesota and it’s been a very, very cold winter. One thing I like to do at this point (end of January, the thick of it!) is look at some photos from spring/summer and remember what it’s like to feel really warm while standing outside. I offer you a little ray of sunshine…

Sunflower

A Little Bit Of Sunshine

A few days ago I purchased some new house plants, pots and dirt too. That helps the winter blues! I’m also trying to make as much new art-stuff as possible so that when the weather does warm up I’m more able to be out in it.

Best Friends With Bracelets To Prove It

So. I have a best girl friend, as every girl should have! She is the salt in my bread .. I mean, she’s really cool and I think we make life a little easier for each other. I met this lovely lady during high school, on the bus!, in Minnesota.. I think the year was 2001…

Family Photoshoot
I’m on the left, she’s on the right.
BFFs

10 years later (and then some) here we are! Still BFF’ing it up. So we mutually decided we could commit to BFF jewelry.. The kind where they split up a saying between the two pieces. Not long after that conversation she sneakily had my aunt, Charlene Paulson, custom make us matching bracelets that say “Best Friends”!

Best Friends Bracelet

When I was visiting her she put my bracelet on my wrist for the first time and we jingle-jangled together all day. I am ‘st ends’. BEST BRACELET (AND BEST FRIEND) EVER!

Best Friends Bracelet

Best Friends Bracelet

A Cute Gift Given

Gift Boot

An old, worn black cowboy boot that I picked up at an antique store in southern Missouri earlier this year… With a baby sensitive plant / Mimosa Pudica planted inside!

Gift Plant In A Cowboy Boot

Gifted with a Happy Birthday announcement flag made with decorative paper and a bamboo skewer pushed down into the dirt, a matching envelope to the flag with a hand written letter, and a needle felted bee that I made and suspended at the top of a small wire which is barely visible so it looks like the bee is flying above the plant!

Gift Boot

EEee cute!!! Right?
I planted another sensitive plant in the other boot for myself 😉

First Garage Sale Find of 2012

It’s that time of year again… the time when it’s perfectly acceptable to rummage through peoples things on a nice day in their front lawn and pay them next to nothing for it! I went to my first one of the 2012 season on Friday morning. I found this lovely necklace with a peanut pendant for just a buck!

Peanut Necklace

I’m saving all the change I can find for next Friday’s sales!

Spring Cleaning : BODY!

90 day personal health challenge! : Day 6

Howdy do! I’m really excited for spring so I’m getting a jump start on getting in shape for the spring/summer season when I can’t hide behind layers of clothing. I will call it my ’90 day personal health challenge!’, because I think it will take about 90 days for me to look and feel optimal. Almost a week ago already I stopped eating most ‘junk’ food (no more cookies, a weakness of mine!), stopped eating for emotional reasons or more than is necessary AND I started exercising EVERY DAY. So far this week I have walked/jogged a few miles, rode bike for over an hour, vacuumed and mopped the whole house, and started doing some pilates! I just found POP Pilates on youtube and I really like her down-to-earth yet always bubbly-happy kind of style. Today I’ve done my best so far to do this whole video and I think if you have any inkling to try it, you should too!
* Pop Pilates : Muffin Top Meltdown

If you’re interested in other types of workouts check out this big list of videos that I found that is sure to please. How about some zumba?
* Online Workout Videos

What do I actually eat, you might ask? Smoothies! They are my go-to food. I use soy milk, bananas, fruit, flax seeds and spinach most commonly. I can tweak the amounts and kinds of ingredients that I add to make it taste a little bit different every time.
Pink Raspberry Banana Smoothie
I love smoothies. They are fast, fresh, tasty, and especially easy for my body to digest. Another go-to food for me that is like a major comfort food is apples, natural peanut butter, raisins and flax seeds. I like to consume a lot of flax seeds. They are so healthy and tasty too. When I want something hot and soothing I go for steamed vegetables or vegetable soup (sometimes with potatoes or rice). My favorite vegetable right now is broccoli with a little bit of soy sauce, black pepper and cayenne pepper to kick it up. Mmm! Right now I am completely avoiding any dairy/animal foods or complex carbohydrates like processed bread because I know that they really slow down my digestion and just don’t contain as much positive nutritional content per calorie consumed as other food choices I have. When I eat like this I feel very light and have great spurts of energy. Eating is a simple task when I’m near home or well prepared with a lunch box full of whole fruits, veggies and nuts. I’m not tempted to stray from my diet plan and with each passing day I feel better than the last because my “I can do this because I AM doing this” / self control confidence continues to rise.

Weee!

I do drink coffee. Almost every day, usually not long after I get out of bed. Usually I’ll just drink one 8oz cup, sometimes I’ll drink another one in the afternoon. My favorite part about is the flavor, second is the caffeine energy. I have read somewhere too that it helps boost your metabolism for the entire day so that’s good! However, I do know that coffee does have some negative attributes… so.. I also drink a couple cups of tea throughout the day. Green tea and pu-erh are my favorites. I do not regularly sweeten any of my drinks. Soda is right out!

Another awesome thing that I drink regularly (that nobody else that I know does! absolutely nobody else! @ this current time) is raw apple cidar vinegar – aka “ACV”, diluted in water. I just glug about a tablespoon into a cup and fill the rest up with cool water. My water bottle usually has this mixture in it. Ideally I drink just 1 glass of water/ACV per day when I’m just maintaining. However, during times that I’ve had a sinus infection I drink the ACV water 3-4 times throughout the day each day and I swear that it cures me. Last year I was suffering for about a month and a half from a sinus infection (antibiotics didn’t cure it, it came back!) but then I started really dosing myself with ACV and getting plenty of moisture in my sinuses and it went away naturally within about 5 days. This year when it was really dry I had one for only about a week and cured it with my natural remedies – ACV, moisture and sea salt rinses. Other than that I did not get the common cold or flu this year – Horray!

I am still in the beginning stages of my personal 90 day challenge so I still need to outline my goals, think up some rewards I can give myself for reaching them, and continue researching the most healthy/positive methods I should use to reach my goals so that I stay healthy the entire time.

Are you ready for some spring cleaning too? I challenge you!