For The Love of TEXAS!!

We Texans take our state very seriously. When you hear the words “Texas Proud” it stands for our love♥️ of ‘all things Texas’. And, when you hear the words, “Don’t Mess With Texas” you’re probably thinking we are saying ‘don’t litter’ since that’s how the motto was born…as a slogan to keep Texas free of litter. But, it stands for so much more than that. It’s the way we feel when someone talks bad about where we live and when they try to do our state harm. We are fiercely proud. We here in Texas are proud to be here, proud of our rights, proud of our freedoms, Proud of our traditions, proud to be Americans, proud of our lakes and rivers, our wildflowers and our music.

We are proud of our state bird and all the other land and water birds that in-habitat our state.

Area lakes

Texas bluebonnets Northern Mockingbird

Texas Roadrunner

Dallas skyline

We are proud of Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio and all the other little cities with many named after other countries or other places. There are so many small cities that we started to run out of names and so we started naming them thing like Italy and Paris which actually has its own Eiffel Tower right in the middle of town. We are proud of our ranches, our farms our livestock and in our case, living the country life and let’s not forget our Friday night high school football and our college football. But, I would have to say one of the things we are most proud of is our Texas BBQ and that is one thing no one gets to mess with.

Recently, a San Antonio politician tried to do just that and it backfired on him. Politics and BBQ don’t mix when you are telling people to boycott one of the best BBQ places around. It only works if you are hosting a big BBQ and that’s when people come out and droves and you will find lots of fans. Feed people Texas BBQ and many times you’ll have a friend for life.

The other thing we are noted for is sitting on the front porch with a glass of tea, sweet or otherwise, or an ice cold beer with family and friends. And, it’s the best life ever.

Texas, you are my safe place, the place where I feel most loved, the place where I feel most comfortable and most happy. You, Texas, give me everything I’ve been looking for in my life. I’m so proud to call this my home for 25+ years.

TEXAS PROUD❤️💙

Oh The Places We go…

Oh the places we go and the fun we have had…Each picture we take, each beautiful thing we see has its own story to tell and when it comes to nature, the stories are endless. Road trips can be amazing when it comes to all the beauty you get to see.

Years ago when two of my sisters and I were living in San Diego in my parents’ home as young teenagers, we were playing the question game. One of the questions that came up was…what if you lost one of your senses? Which one, out of all the others, would you not want to lose. I said, “my sight” as I had always enjoyed the beautiful things that I encountered every day. For a few years after that when I was diagnosed with a progressive incurable eye disease, I (we) all thought I would, after all, have to learn to live without my sight but then seven years into the diagnosis, the drusen stopped depositing itself on my optic nerve and has since gone into remission. I tell this story to contribute to my ‘lessons learned’ because what I did discover during that scary time was how it gave me a stronger sense of love and value of the beauty all around me.

Recently, we took a small road trip…just the hubby and I and what you see below are the many beautiful things we discovered. Each one has a story to tell as we adventured out to the Ozarks of Arkansas.

IN EVERYTHING, THERE IS BEAUTY…Cherish the beauty that surrounds you. Never take it for granted as it too, has a very important purpose in LIFE.

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I have a very strong love for animals, especially horses and birds, and I do love to talk with many of them. I also have a love for forests, bridges, barns, trains, tunnels, and most bodies of water.

Have a wonderful rest of your day and week! Seek the beauty in all you see. It soothes the soul. ☀️💚☀️💚☀️

The Time Is Now

My mind is saying “I want to fly, I want to SOAR, I want to be as free as a butterfly and discover this world to the fullest.

I took these pictures last week. They remind me of how carefree I have always longed to be but never could be and how I still want to SOAR like a butterfly or a bird!

I have this incredible drive to experience all things life.

And yet, my body is telling me something else. I literally have not been out of my house in days.

I did not expect to be hit so hard from this past week of fun as I do have a routine that helps me to sustain this wonderful lifestyle of mine.

But since this has happened, I decided today to give others a view from the inside as to what it’s like to live this very different life. It’s time to make my voice heard to give others a better understanding.

There are some very important things to know about people who live daily with a chronic illness. It has only been in the last few years that I, personally have started to accept that I even have chronic illnesses as I had been in denial for so many years most likely since I was eight years old. I am sure there are many others out there just like me😊.

The message below says it well for all of us dealing with extra stuff and feeling like we can’t measure up because we can’t keep up…

When it comes down to it, we all need that fundamental right…that sense of belonging, to be respected, and feel valued on a regular basis. And, we all need each other. These rights and feelings hold extra meaning to people who have daily struggles because we are treated differently. Many times we experience feeling ‘invisible’ because we can’t keep up and are different, others treat us as if we are ‘less than’ or merely incapable of doing things or making decisions for ourselves. We are excluded from activities that require endurance, normal physical abilities, and strong independence yet we are some of the most independent and emotionally strong people out there. Our chronic issues are what have made us stronger, more courageous, and more independent. That is what I want others to see. I want others to understand that we have the same needs as everyone else and many times the same wants.

Like I said in the beginning of this blog, for as long as I remember, I have longed to ‘fly and soar’ and experience the world. It’s kind of ironic that I would be given this passion for life and yet only be able to experience it more slowly and more well planned than most. But, I guess I was given that drive to remind me to keep pushing on in the face of adversity and for that I am grateful.

And, so, ‘lessons learned’😊, I go into this week with new boundaries set in place and with the knowledge my struggle is real, isn’t everyone’s😎 and I must remember it every day and if on the outside it looks like I am sometimes unfriendly, not social, or showing isolating tendencies, it might be because I am fighting hard that day to remain significant and to enjoy ‘all things life’ in the way that I can.

And, so, for now, I will embrace these new lessons and keep The HOPE!

Have a wonderful week and remember to find the HOPE and the JOY that life brings no matter what your circumstances are. ☀️💚☀️

The Orchard

We discovered this hidden gem called the Chairy Orchard last week when my niece was visiting. Oh to be young again!

There is this quote that says…”when I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, and I reasoned as a child.” Yet, for me,when I was a child, I spoke, understood, and reasoned like an adult and now that I am an adult, I speak, understand, and reason like a child and an adult would in many cases. I like to keep life adventurous, full of fun, and full of joy. It used to bother me that I was so different and then I realized that I had the best of both worlds all of my life. I consider myself an ‘old soul’ and being an ‘old soul’, I totally understood the fun Chairy Orchard brought to our world. It is a chance to be a little different, to be a little creative, and to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

I value looking ‘outside of the box’. I give advice that sometimes even surprises me that I thought of it. I think things through and don’t waste time asking why it is, I just accept that it is. When I go out, it’s well thought out on what I want to experience. I see no need to be unnecessarily stressed and find ways to minimize my stress unless it’s there for a good reason. I love meeting new people and I value having deep connections in my relationships. I am a lifelong learner and I don’t get into the latest craze…it usually bores me. I value the company of those much older than I am and am constantly being told that I am such a calm person. I also love and truly understand what it means to give. These are all traits of an ‘old soul.’

In an interview with the women who established Chairy Orchard, they were asked why? What’s it for? What’s it all about? And, there answer was there is no reason. It’s all about having fun and being creative and for others to enjoy and decide what they want to get from it. 🙂

People come to Chairy Orchard for a date, to be proposed to, to be a kid again, and to relax and enjoy a completely different type of fun.

Have a wonderful weekend! I hope you have some fun this Friday enjoying photos from Chairy Orchard.

A Day At The Lake

One of the sailboats from our local sailboat club

Blue Heron

A part of the island where we like to beach the boat

The dam between the two large lakes near us

More pictures of the island. This is the peninsula that we could stand on but it’s still underwater in the middle of July. No standing on it now😎

Across from the island we love and where the blue herons love to be

‘To Be Nobody But Yourself’

Now, that is life and in my opinion the only way to live it.

There’s this really good Volvo commercial that talks about being ‘nobody but yourself. Life seems to just work when you are yourself. It’s so much better not to have a conflicted mind and body.

A while back I saw something on the show Seal Team where one of the Seals says he feels like he has spent his whole life living up to everyone else’s expectation and in doing so, he figures he doesn’t even know who he really is. He has spent every day trying to be somebody he is not and has been waging a war within himself.

Don’t do that!!! Be YOU!!! Stand out! Live up to your own expectations and when you have the chance to be vulnerable with someone, take it. If for some reason they don’t like it or don’t respond to you sharing about life then that’s on them, not you. You just keep on being you. Value yourself enough to not bend to what others want you to be. Be authentic you. The person you were created to be. When you do that, your soul comes alive and becomes excited about life.

Remember too, that you, before anyone else, knows your value so don’t let someone who doesn’t know your value tell you your worth. They don’t know you like you know yourself. YOU are the expert. You know all about your gifts, your talents, your things you want to work on, and your character. YOU know how to apply all of those to the real world…sure you can seek guidance from others to help you but you know what is best. When you stay true to you, work hard, go after your dreams, and plan your journey, your story starts to unfold and life becomes a blessing. You find the people meant to be in your life, you find people start to accept and love you as you are, you find opportunities to be you just about everywhere you go and you live each day building upon the past day and moving forward with a focused attitude knowing what you are looking for and knowing how to make it happen.

To me, it is the only way to live, walking in the shoes and along the path that works for you. As you journey each day, take this reminder with you…to be ‘nobody but yourself.’

Note: this text from my son on Tuesday came with a lesson that ties in well with this post. It’s about a katydid that stayed on his car from work all the way to his home.

“…they’re meant to camouflage with foliage but he decided that he wanted to stand out as much as possible on my blue car 😂 ‘even at 60 mph.’ I think we could maybe all learn a lesson from this katydid.” “He’s still there chillin”

Lesson learned! We all spend so much time camouflaging ourselves that we forget to stand out and just ‘chill.’ Be bold!

‘Real Neat Blog Award’

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Thank you for nominating me https://decorcraftdesign.com/ for the Real Neat Blog Award! I have really enjoyed following Mel’s blog. She has some great ideas…go check out her latest. The history behind the award is that it was started back in 2014 by Dear Kitty 1, to recognize bloggers for their sites.

The rules of Real Neat Blog Award are:

• Put the award logo on your blog.

• Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

• Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.

• Nominate any number of people, linking to their blogs and let them know you nominated them by commenting on their blogs.

• Come up with 7 questions for the people you nominated.

https://decorcraftdesign.com/ questions for the Real Neat Blog Award nominees are:

1. What is the coolest thing you’ve ever done? rock climbing

2. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done? instilled the love of adventure and the love of learning in our children

3. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done? traveled around the country in one vacation

4. What is your best feature as a person? my personality and my desire to help others

5. What is the best thing your blog can offer to readers? ‘lessons learned’

6. What does summer means to you? warm weather, beautiful sunsets, swim and lake time

7. What does coastal means to you? anywhere along the oceans and beauty

Here are the questions for anyone who wants to do it…and for the bloggers listed below.

  1. What brings you happiness?
  2. Where is your favorite place to travel to?
  3. What is your favorite food?
  4. When you blog, who is your audience?
  5. What is your biggest accomplishment in life?
  6. What is your favorite type of blog to follow?
  7. What motivates you each day?

My nominees for The Real Neat Blog Award are:

http://dreamgoexplore.wordpress.com/

https://ajeanneinthekitchen.com/

http://tonyburgess1969.net/

http://aquietandpeaceablelifeblog.wordpress.com/

Sunset In Our Little Town and ‘Cotton Candy Clouds’

check out the beautiful pink hues…

Wordless Wednesday

A Cup Of Tea Beneath My Tree

“I don’t feel very much like Pooh today” said Pooh. “There, there” said Piglet, “I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.”

Sipping on my tea under the big oak tree…I can understand what Pooh means and how very smart Piglet is. Tea and honey make all things better. 🙂

Over ten years ago we visited Victoria, Canada and it was then that I fully fell in love with morning and afternoon teas. We felt the same way when we visited Banff, Golden, Calgary, Jasper, and other places near there. But it isn’t the tea itself that entices me into this ritual of having tea. It’s the feel of the tea cup in my hands, The feel of it when it touches my mouth, and the drinking of it. It is a comfort drink but really its more than that as it calms me and slows me down to enjoy life just a little more. I enjoy the same feeling from drinking coffee but yet there is something more magical about having a cup of tea. It’s the elegance of tea parties and the time spent with those I care about while sipping on different flavored teas that have made me become a tea connoisseur. It’s also my love of Canada and the Canadian culture and my love of Europe that brings me more to the tea.

It’s the sharing of great conversations while sipping on tea or having a tea party. It’s the delicateness And beauty of the teapots and the teacups.

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And, it’s the way that a cup of tea or even a glass of tea can change the mood and the attitude of an entire day.

Have a wonderful Tuesday enjoying life! My hope for you today is that you have a ‘Piglet’ Or many Piglets in your life too… <3. Piglets’ are a special breed. The make you feel valued and loved.

☀️💚☀️

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