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Friends, I’m sleepy.

Last night, we had amazing incredible AWESOME lightning storms.  It started around 9:00 p.m.  As I mentioned before, part of “bringing me back” includes breaking out the Canon.  You’ll be proud of me; it happily resides on the dining room table…and is being used!

Anyhoo, last night, I went for a quick walk, and on my way back to the house, I caught the first flash.  My eyes lit up as I noticed the storm brewing to the north.  It was going to be incredible!  And it was.  My camera settings were all messed up, so it took me a bit to reconfigure (thanks, bf, for the great googling skills!), but once I did, I was able to capture some beautiful shots.  I stayed up until 11 p.m. catching these shots (wayyyy past my bedtime!).

And then, when the bf came to bed two hours later (because that’s how he rolls), I woke up to see our room lighting up with more flashes! I was awake until 3 a.m. for this one.   I love me a good lightning storm!

And THEN (but wait, there’s MORE!)…at 5 a.m….KABAM!  HUGE thunders, right over the house, complete with lightning brightening the bedroom and a downpour of rain (that I’m sure my garden appreciated).

Needless to say, sleep apparently wasn’t on my agenda last night.  And I skipped the gym because of it.  And may have just been physically and mentally out of whack because of it.

But tomorrow is a new day.  And tonight, there isn’t a cloud in the sky.  And because of my occasional obsessive/compulsiveness, I’m thankful for the lack of storms.  Rest is definitely on my agenda for tonight.

Sleep well, friends.

Have an awesome day!

Ang

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Hear, Smell, Feel the Silence

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Do you ever just stop and listen?  Stop and listen and hear nothing…and enjoy every second of it?

We spent two days of this long weekend out in the wilderness of Idaho.  Technically, we were turkey hunting.  However, there was not a single turkey to be hunted, or even heard.  Oh well.  It was still awesome.  We explored an area that I had not visited before.  The weather was incredible: 80 degrees one minute, 60 with thunder, lightning and giant rain drops the next. And it was awesome.  We did a lot of driving the first day due to the weather, but on our last hike, we were caught in a downpour.  We were already huddled down in a thick forest of trees, with a giant green canopy.  We could hear the storm coming; the thunder was right over head when the rain came.  And as it poured down on us, I took in every drop, and was thankful for that exact moment.  The opportunity to be in the forest.  The opportunity to be out hiking.  The opportunity to spend time with the bf after a long week.

Sunday’s hike was even more…enlightening, for lack of a better word.  There was less discussion, not for good or bad reason, just more silence, and more time to reflect.  And that’s where I heard the silence speak to me.  And I took in every smell of the forest.  And I heard every bird, every cricket.  I heard the wind swirl around and pick up her gust before sweeping over us as we sat under a tree.  I heard a deep, empowering silence that I hadn’t heard in quite some time.

And it reminded me that I am a lucky girl to be able to stand in that forest and take the time to let my senses explore what is around me.

Thank you to those men and women who have served our country so that, every day, I can enjoy this life to its fullest!

I hope you all had amazing Memorial Day weekends.  Have an awesome day!

Ang

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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Friends, I am not a gardener.

I have always strongly disliked weeding and yard work.  It’s a necessary evil (because I also strongly dislike an unkempt yard), but it’s not something I enjoy.  Growing up, we had a large garden spot, and my parents planted all sorts of goodies: corn, strawberries, beans, rhubarb, blueberries, tomatoes…I don’t even remember what else.  It was awesome to walk out back and eat straight off the vine/bush.  Of course, along with that awesomeness came the opportunity for my sister and I to be “involved” in the growing process, by weeding.  Ugh.

I’m so much NOT a fan of weeding that I declined the opportunity at work to help out with our community garden (we grow a bunch of stuff and give it away to the community.  What kind of jerk am I to say no?).

Recently the boyfriend and I moved into a place with a large garden spot, and to my own surprise, my eyes lit up.  The meals that I prepare for us are whole-food based, and focused mostly on meats and veggies.  The thought of cutting down on our grocery bill for a few months tickled me (and him!) to no end.  So we did some work (i.e.: weeding = yuck) and brought the garden area back to life.  And then, the second weekend of March, we planted spinach, lettuce, turnips, beets, radishes and onions from seed, and hoped for the best.

I am proud to say that if all else fails, I can fall back on radish farmer.  Also, my beets are growing beautifully, and the spinach and lettuce are delicious!

Since the initial planting, we have added several tomato and pepper plants, and squash, zucchini, and eggplant (shout out to Tom!).  With the long weekend ahead, I want to replant the onions, add green beans, and sow the sunflower seeds.

I’m fascinated by my excitement over this garden.  More so, I find it interesting that I’m actually ENJOYING taking care of my little food sources!  It is very rewarding to know that my work in that garden is going to help nourish us through the summer and fall.  Who knows, maybe I’ll learn how to can food too!

Are you a farmer?  What is growing in your garden this year?

Have an awesome day, and happy Memorial Day weekend!  Now, go hug a solider.  I’m going to go cuddle up next to mine right now!

Ang

Smile!

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Because it’s Wednesday!

Because it’s good for your heart!

Because, most likely, it will cause someone else to smile.  And I don’t know about you, but it pretty much makes my day to bring a smile to someone else’s face!

Because you were given this day to do great things!

Because there is a three day weekend just around the corner!

Because the Theory of Angie (yep, this is a new one) says that if you’re smiling, even if your brain doesn’t want to be smiling, eventually it will catch up and your day will be brighter!

Because “Smile Like a Monkey With a New Banana” is dang funny!

Because, well…why wouldn’t you?

Have amazing days, friends!

Ang

How Do You Do It?

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So, funny story:

When I decided to start writing again, I told myself that I was going to do it differently this time.  The major difference was that I would write down ideas when I had them so that I had a running list of thoughts to write about.  I don’t know about you, but my brain moves way too fast (good or bad, blonde or just plain forgetful!) to try and remember stuff without writing it down.  So I have a list started that has a few really great topics that I’m super excited about.

However…

Last night, I sat down with my laptop and stared at it for long time.  I figured out how to add that Motivation pic up there (not sure why WordPress is so much less intuitive to me than Blogspot was).  And then I sat there and vegged and tried to find words.  And they escaped me.  And I was a bit bummed, a bit disappointed in myself, and mostly just irritated that I couldn’t whip out a few words to make you smile.  Bummer.

I was pondering all of this earlier today and realized that this is exactly the area where I need to stay motivated.  I made a decision to start this process again, so I need to stay focused and stay on track.  I started to doubt myself last night when the words wouldn’t come out.  But this morning, I realized the words weren’t coming out because that’s not what I was supposed to be writing about.  I was trying to focus this Motivation post toward working out, but that’s not where I was.  I was far from workout mode, and deep into “can I pull off this writing stuff” mode; I was trying to figure out if I have the umph to keep up this writing gig now that I’ve told the world that I was going to do it.

So now, as I let all of these words spill (amazing how easily they pour when you are writing from your heart!), I’m re-reading those Motivational words in that little picture above, and I realize what I need to do, and more importantly, HOW I need to do it.  And it all begins with Take It One Day At A Time.

That’s it.

Trying to take on too much, take in too much, do too much all at once, and then getting down on myself for not completing it perfectly the first time isn’t going to keep me going.  In fact, that will kill this project faster than anything.

Instead, I will take it one day at a time.  And I will focus on the words in my heart, not the words in my head.  And I’ll spill it all to you accordingly!

Do you have any words of wisdom that you speak to yourself to stay Motivated? What drives you?

Have an awesome day!

Ang

Well, Hello There!

It’s been one year since my last ramblings, since I left the old place, the old me.

It’s been one year, and a lot has changed.

I moved away from the place that was holding me down emotionally.  I moved to a place that fills my heart and soul in a way I haven’t felt in a long time.

I moved to a new town, started a new job, met new people, made new friends, adjusted to a life with the bf, and continue to work on and grow me, in a healthy way (most days).

And now that I’m feeling settled in this new life, I have the itch to write again.  I have the itch to bring back the good parts of me that I abandoned a year ago.  I want to write.  I want to take photos.  I want to explore.  I want to live fully.

And I’m going to do it.  All of it.  Right here.

So, if you’re so inclined, join me.  This adventure is going to be a good one!

Have an awesome day!

Ang