Sunday, July 13, 2014

It's Been Awhile...

 Greetings everyone,

It's good to touch base with all of you again in blogland.  It's been quite awhile since I've been there to chat with you.  So much has happened in the time that has passed.
I've been doing well in the new job that I started last August.  It's been a long time since I had a full-time job, and that took some acclimation on my part.  I have now been there nearly a year, and I think I've gotten my footing.  However, working 40 hours a week (and then some) leaves me less time to do what I enjoy...but I am still working on trying to find a schedule that suits me.
 Quite shortly after I started my new job, I started feeling ill.  I already deal with a chronic condition, but this was something different.  I attributed it to the stress of starting a new job; but after a few months, the symptoms continued to plague me.  I went to several doctors trying to find a solution - when a friend of mine happened to post something online that caught my eye.  I looked into it and discovered that I was experiencing symptoms of gluten intolerance.  I made a few adjustments to my daily diet, and I was pleased to see that the problems I was having were gradually going away.  It is good to finally be feeling better!  However, baking has been interesting - and I've been trying out lots of different gluten-free flours and grains.  Most, I am pleased to report, have been successes!
 I've been spending a lot of time outdoors on the weekends to refresh and relax.  Being in nature always helps soothe my soul. It's been providing me with a lot of inspiration and filling me with inner peace.  My husband I have gone to local farms to pick fresh fruit - cherries, strawberries and blueberries.  I made the easiest and tastiest blueberry jam!  You can find the recipe I used HERE.
 I didn't get to participate in A Fanciful Twist's Mad Tea Party this year - but here is the link to all the mad fun!   Vanessa works so hard to make this a blog event to remember, and I hope you'll get a chance to go and visit some of the creative folk who have created special posts to celebrate all things Alice in Wonderland!

Til next time,

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Long Winter

 Greetings everyone,

It has truly been awhile since I've been here.  Seems like time is flying right by.  It has been nearly six months since I took my new full-time job.  It has given me many ups and some downs, but the work is interesting and I am passionate about promoting the work we do.  However, it does leave me little time for my other pursuits.  So, I am still trying to find a happy balance.  When I get home, it is time to care for the pups, prepare dinner and relax.  I try to pack a whole lot of living in on the weekends!
 We've seen our fair share of storms this winter - a never-ending stream of them, it seems.  So I man my camera and take photos!  This sweet photo of a squirrel and his little feathered friend ended up on the local news this morning!  Of course, I missed it - but my hubby and a few others managed to see it!

 Normally, this time of winter is not my favorite.  But all the wintery white makes everything look so beautiful; however, I will admit that I am looking forward to spring, the sun, and flowers!
I like to roam about the yard searching out natural beauty.  I thought this moss (so surprised it stayed green!) on a broken tree limb covered with snow looked so beautiful.  I've had a lot of fun with my camera this winter, taking photos of critters, birds, landscapes, and whatever else caught my eye.
I also had some health issues recently, from which I am slowly rebounding.  I've taken a renewed interest in whole, healthy foods.  I recently made these amazingly delicious almond butter brownies from Food Babe.  It's hard to find time to prepare healthy meals when you get home late, so I've been searching out easy, delicious and good-for-you meals and snacks that are quick to make.  Working on my health has been a priority, which is one reason why I have not been here much.

I've been slowly working on some art, which I hope to share soon.  I haven't let go of my true passions - just trying to evenly channel all my interests into one happy place!

Glad you have not forgotten about me!  I hope to be back soon!

Til next time,

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Sending out warm holiday wishes to all of you in gratitude of your friendship and support.  May the day be magical and all you hope it to be.

Thank You for Stopping By!