Playing Outdoors

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Interesting Neighbors
Interesting Neighbors
Blooming Season
Blooming Season
Almost time to eat Pomegranates
Almost time to eat Pomegranates
Transplanting little flowers
Transplanting little flowers

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Sweet Sage
Sweet Sage
Beautiful Mess
Beautiful Mess
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Live this New Year

new yearHappy New Year!

As  always, resolutions are flying around me, from friends and family, I sincerely hope they are met.  I love a new year.  It always feels like a time to leave the old behind and embrace the new.  New things, ideas and meet new people.  It’s also a time to change the view on old things, old ideas and old relationships.

This writer wishes all her readers the best of the best this year.  And, unmovable resolve in getting those resolutions done.  Meet new people, create inspiring new ideas, try new things, visit new places…go to old places and see them like new…..Live.

Cheers to an adventure filled 2016!

On Procrastination and Peanut Butter Cookies

Fridays are my favorite, they always seem like holidays waiting to happen.  Plus, everyone is in a great mood on Fridays, so I love them.  I sat at my desk at some point today, and had absolutely nothing to say, my cursor was blinking at me, and I would just click out of Word and head on to check mail.  Doesn’t matter how many friends you have on social media, if you check notifications every two seconds, there won’t be any. That’s when you know it’s time to refocus energy, so I got up and instead went snooping in the kitchen.Cookie dough

My sister is the baker in the family, no matter what, she’s the perfectionist there.  We have a bunch of peanut butter at home, because we’re those organic people who make peanut butter from scratch and sell…..^_^, however there is the imperfect peanut butter that gets left behind, and I had a craving for peanut butter cookies.  So, I found a recipe and decided to make peanut butter cookies.  Insanity ensued of course, because when you start finding ingredient something is always missing on the list.  Today was margarine, and after a trip to the shop to get that, the baking continued on.  It was the end result that had me laughing.

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It always looks perfect before the baking…^_^

My sister bakes and things come out perfect, I got those peanut butter cookies out, and I had a few with dark edges.  Mind you, I was watching for them every two seconds, so maybe I was over eager.

Everyone in the house wanted a piece when it was done and on the table, so I suppose the burnt edges were only obvious to me.

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The cat got the burnt one..^_^

This whole exercise today got me thinking about procrastination in general.  The imperfect peanut butter on the shelf finally got a use, we’ve all been meaning to use it somehow, but not knowing what to do with it.  My procrastinating from writing got that sorted out pretty good since I used it all up.  We can make new peanut butter without feeling guilty about the old one.  The house has cookies to eat for breakfast, lunch or whenever…and I’m back at the desk having lots to say about procrastinating.

It’s what you do with your time, isn’t it?

Fridays are still my favorite day, so I hope you have a good one.

Have a cookie! ^_^

 

 

Gardening for the Soul

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Aloe Vera Plant

Saturday was one of those days you just want to forget because nothing is going right.  From work, to interacting with people, to commuting, everything was just whack!  I got home, and I just wanted to bury myself under the blankets for at least twenty-four hours.  Alas, it was during the day, and sleeping with the sun up, is just hard for me. So, my mum dragged me out of the house and we went digging up the flower garden.  There is nothing like sinking your fingers in dirt. Stress, all annoyed and disturbed thoughts just disappear.  Our garden is right in front of the house, and the old flowers were getting boring. We decided to gut them out and decided to replant some new ones.

 

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Separating Aloe Vera plantlets

 

Aloe and Iris4 This is the garden after we were done planting the Aloe Vera and a pretty flower called Florentine Iris.  It looks pretty puny right now, but the rains are here, and they’ll shoot up fast.  The Florentine Iris is especially pretty when it grows flowers.   iris-germanica-florentina-flower

I can’t wait to see a garden full of these flowers. 

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This little exercise had me forgetting the seriously disturbing events of my day.  It was gardening for the soul, ^_^!

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On a side note, this huge tree grows outside our house too.  Every year, it gets these white flowers that bloom for like a day, before they fall down to the ground covering the whole area.  Pretty isn’t it.

Song of the moment: Rita Ora – Grateful

 

 

  

 

 

An Open Mind – Back from Hiatus

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Walk on this journey of life, the steps a few feet before you clear, those ahead a mystery, keep your head up, shoulders straight, most important have an open mind….

The master of the universe, who controls my life unbeknownst to me has had me running around the past three months, unable to visit my blog. However, challenges faced, and seriously won, I finally have time for the blog, and that is exciting. 

Coming up, A review on Dora Okeyo’s Fire, followed by the next chapter of Picture Perfect.

Stay Tuned!

Elly