October

My husband and I went to a local farm to enjoy their Halloween Festival today! It was so much fun! They had a hay ride, lots of animals for the kids to pet and feed, pumpkins galore, a hay stack maze and all kinds of home made goodies to take home. The “Golden Hour” arrived as we walked around and the setting sun illuminated everything in a dreamy warm glow that just had me entranced. I was so caught up in the perfect atmosphere that I forgot we were still in the middle of the city! Oh this time of year, how I love you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Adventure in the pines of Arizona

Adventure, I love the word and all it promises. Newness, the strange and unknown, finding the courage in yourself that you didn’t realize was there; all these thoughts are awesome to think of when you are safe in your home with a roof over your head. There was no roof over our heads as my husband’s family and I hiked to the spring that makes Christopher Creek. The day was beautiful with what I like to call “Flagstaff Clouds”, perfectly white and fluffy and huge floating across the blue sky peacefully. We followed a little dirt path that led us through knee tall grasses, past huge fallen pine trees covered in fuzzy mosses and smaller trees completely encased in silk threads from silk worms. I felt like I was walking through one of my beloved Stephen Cosgrove books about unicorns and princesses.

The Silk Worm tree

 

We didn’t make it to the spring but decided to stop at one part of the creek and just sit and enjoy it. As we cooled our feet the first low rumbles began overhead. I glanced at my brother-in-law (who is Mr. Eagle Scout, rock climbing, spelunking outdoor’s guy) for any signs of concern. There were none. After a while we all decided to head back to the cars and as we did so the rain began to lightly fall. Once more I looked to my B-I-L. He told us if it got worse to just start counting the seconds between a flash of lighting and the resulting thunder and if it there was only a second or less between we should hit the ground because it would be right above us. He said this all very nonchalantly. Then it started really raining, great big globs hitting the top of our heads. Before I knew it there was a flash of light, a bang and my B-I-L had hit the ground just like he instructed us.  We all took shelter under some bushes for a while until it seemed to calm down. I’m not gonna lie, I was scared. I love thunderstorms. And now I know I only really love them when I am inside my house with a hot cup of tea and my favorite blue throw. And adventures, well I think they are a lot more fun after the storm has passed and you find yourself safe and giggling, soaked to the bone, walking through muddy streams that were a little dirt path only an hour before on your way back to the car that will eventually bring you back to your blue throw and hot cup of tea. I joke but I seriously loved this trip!  Here are a few other things we did!

 

Horseback riding at Kohls Ranch Stables

My love, my hero, my husband.

 

Hiked down into the Tonto Natural Bridge

 

Petted the baby goats and enjoyed the delicious goat’s milk fudge and lavender pepper goat cheese at the Ranch at Fossil Creek / Creamery.

 

After the Rain

Happy Saturday all!

It must have rained for 45mins straight this afternoon and it was wonderful! I opened the back door and just sat on the floor enjoying my dog’s company and the scent of my new maple leaf pumpkin candle glowing in the cozy kitchen. A glass of Bailey’s on the rocks later at dinner with my dear husband and I am pretty much the most contented person you’ll meet this fine day. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compost = Awesomeness!

My husband and I began gardening last year. We’ve learned a lot along the way but one of the most important things we’ve learned is that seeds from compost grow much better than transplants. We have a plot of earth that we dug up, shoveled compost all over the top of the soil and planted corn and some various squashes. The corn is doing alright but the squashes have long since dried up. A few weeks after the squash died we began seeing random sprouts coming up and realized they were from our compost. This is the result!

 

For a while I called it the Mystery Garden because we had no idea what was growing. It was a lot of fun to go outside each morning and poke around to see what had grown. We now know that we have pumpkins, tomatoes, watermelon, spaghetti squash, butternut squash and cantaloupes! I think we’ll pick the spaghetti squash in a few days and cook it with blue cheese and lightly sauteed asparagus spears!

Here are a few shots around the garden. Enjoy!

 

Birds

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One of my sketches.

 

 

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I took this photo at my 4th grade camp on the Mongolian Rim. I just love the quiet solitude of it.

 

 

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My dad took this photo when I was around 4. I remember those geese chasing me around and they were as big as I was! Regardless of that memory I find this one of my favorite pictures. It still sparkles with the magic of childhood.

Seed Bombs!

Anthropologie has been one of my favorite stores for quite some time now. I love to walk around and just be inspired by all the creativity that goes into making the store what it is. One item I found there was a  little bag of Wildflower Seed Bombs. They are balls of dried dirt with a gazillion little seeds rolled up inside. I planted them this spring and they were true to their name!

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Go to Visualingual’s blog to see more varieties of Seed Bombs.  http://visualingual.wordpress.com/