Monday, January 29, 2018

Rocks, Roots, and Road Signs

We headed down to Klondike Park for our first hike of 2018. The beautiful weather called us to a little adventure and even though it was a muddy one we still enjoyed the hike. First we hiked up a brutal hill.....well brutal since I'm out of shape and well....older...This took us to a high point that overlooked the river. Then we headed down a more "natural" trail called....

This trail was a took us on a zig zag path through the wood. We walked along the ridge for a bit which offered a beautiful view of the river. There were massive stones nestled in the fallen leaves. There were plenty of rocks and roots along the trail so one did have to be somewhat careful with their footing.

It's always fun to climb on top of a giant bolder and stand among the trees. It makes you feel like you are on top of the world!

We were amazed that sections of the trail were so muddy. There was a bit of slipping and sliding but we used some tree branches as walking sticks and this helped a little. We even came upon a stream still frozen with huge chunks of ice which reminded us that despite the warm beautiful day its still January.

Of course, as always I'm always looking for fairy dwellings and we came upon several fallen trees and huge rock formations that I am sure serve as dwellings or grand ballrooms for when the fairies dance in the light of the full moon. After we had been discussing fairies for a bit we happened upon this....

A root fairy ring....right in our path. I like to imagine that the fairies heard us chattering and laughing about them and sprinkled some fairy dust upon the path to reveal their fairy ring. Can't you just envision them dancing along the edge of this and sparkling in the moonlight.

This wasn't a state park so I still need to get to work on my 60 Dragon Years list and hike in 60 state parks but it was a lovely day none the less.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Five Things Friday

So many things in life to share it might be hard to pick five but here goes:

Kelsey picked me up this cute little journal which will be perfect for poetry. The size is so sweet that it will be able to tuck inside my bag for whenever creativity strikes. 

Was super excited to find quite an assortment of LaCroix water at Aldis. Our Walmart has reduced so many brands that all they ever have is lime and grapefruit (my two least favorites!) 

The cold weather makes the boys big babies. I let them have a blankie so they can get comfy in front of the little fireplace. 

My word for 2018 is seek, so of course, when I found this journaling kit at Michaels I just had to have it! Sometimes the universe whispers, sometimes it shouts and sometimes it hits you over the head!

I have a moon app on my phone and it tells you when the moon changes and what to expect. So evidently I am supposed to be spontaneous, broadminded and joyful through January 14th at 1:52 PM. That's pretty specific. Well, I'll see what I can do! 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Doodles, Blogging and Hibernation

The super cold weather that ushered in 2018 must have put me in a state of hibernation. It's time to shake off the surreal inactivity and proceed. As many of you know I love planners, art journals, writing journals and all sorts of such things. Michaels has a brand new aisle that is enough to make even a casual writer drool. They had a fabulous sale with planners, journals, and planner products 60% off.

Kelly Creates (a new brand for me) had an adorable little journal at 60% off. Who could resist? It's sort of a planner/journal hybrid and its specific for your creative musings. 

Each month has little boxes which I decided to use for a daily doodle. Think small. Think fun!  I'm not sure how this will evolve over the course of the year but its a quick easy way to get a little "creative" into your day! 

If you haven't checked out Michaels must! New bullet journals, new travelers notebooks, new art journals, planners, markers, stamps and inks. BE creative in 2018! 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

18 in 18 A Reading Challenge

This years challenge is 18 books during 2018 and they must be from at least 8 genres.

I'll be adding to the list as I read/discover/add books throughout the year but here's what I have so far.

1. A Higher Loyalty by James Comey

2. The President is Missing (Bill Clinton & James Patterson)

I hope you will join me in reading 18 in 18. Please feel free to create your list as a comment here. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Hello 2018

2018 is two days old now. Still fresh and filled with possibilities. Looking back 2017 was filled with a lot of ups and down but ended on a positive note. I'm looking forward to a bunch of things in 2018.

1. I really want to get back to blogging more often, write my book of poetry, and continue writing The Birthing Tree. I just bought a new lap top and I hope that makes it easier for me to do more writing.

2. We will continue our self created foodies tours. We started this late in 2017 and enjoyed both foodie tours we did. We loved Stone Soup Cottage and plan to return again possibly in February to sample a different seasonal menu, Its a little pricey but such a soul satisfying experience. 

3. I'm not firm on where all we might wander and travel for 2018 but I know in 2019 we will take a family trip to Universal Studios. And what's a trip to Florida without a stop by the ocean for a few days. We will be working on the details of this trip during 2018. 

4. We will head to Chicago by train in June and I cant wait as our adventure unfolds. 

5. I am excited about my art journaling and hope to develop more techniques during 2018. I am working on one called the Dragon Years, I am also trying to learn to sketch and paint faces. Wow that's HARD. 

6. We made vision boards on New Years Day. I centered mine around my word for the year. Here's a picture of it but I added more after this picture was taken! 

I love the start of a new year, blank and waiting to be written on the pages of life. Just like my thousands of journals which I will write about new blog post! 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Life's Path

Have you ever wondered about life? The path you are walking, the memories that compose you? I've read books, I've written sporadically in journals and on blogs. I've created collages, art journals and gardens. I've traveled, far and near, quite honestly visited countries I never dreamed of seeing. I listen to music, to movies, to podcasts. I have conversations with friends and sometimes strangers. I collect stories. I'm inquisitive, okay some say nosey. I'm creative and imaginative.

Each experience, each little snapshot, big or small creates the tapestry of my life. It's a beautiful tapestry. Oh, there are some threads that I think maybe I'd prefer to tug out, to unravel from this creation of life. We all have threads like that in our life. Ones we wish weren't woven there. They fade in color, not as important or hurtful, but still there.

Who we are, what we dream of, how we spend the hours of our days changes like the seasons of the year. Sometimes we get lost in the mundane. Other times we feel a spiritual awakening. There are times we might struggle to feel at all, numbed by this hectic life. There are moments that build in joy and others that drown in sorrow.

Today I'm going to share five photos that represent me, today, in this space, in this time, in my mind and soul. Just the pictures. No explanation today and then when Monday rolls around (if I don't get sidetracked by life) I'll pop back in and write a little about what they mean to me. In the meantime perhaps you'll figure it out, perhaps the messages will pop into your mind, or perhaps it won't matter to you. And that's ok too. As so often is the case, I write for me but share with you.

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