March: Currently…

March will be over in a a matter of days and I can’t believe we’ve already got the first quarter of the year under out belts!  It’s really going WAY TOO FAST!





anxious to wrap up a million and one projects

banning sugar and carbs from my life

changing the way I think about food

drinking Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice tea

eating lots and lots of greens

feeling healthier than I have in years

grateful for an awesome new roomie

happy in my new yellow shoes

immersed in creative brainstorming

jumping at the chance to take part in my first Package Pals exchange

knitting little bunnies and a new baby blanket

loving the cool weather

marveling at how tech savvy little kids are these days

noticing palm trees… lots and lots of palm trees

obsessing over homemade vegan ranch dressing

proud to complete a 7 day cleanse

questioning the necessity of self-imposed complexities

ready to simplify

savoring every single bite

thankful for new found willpower

understanding spiritual disciplines more and more (but never enough)

visualizing long term goals

watching The Good Wife

x-ing “clean up the garage” off the to do list

yielding to pressures of a busy work schedule

zooming through yet another cheesy novel


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It’s my Pantone year!

So it’s no news to anyone at this point that the Pantone color of the year is emerald… but what you may not have realized that this choice is really a sign, a sign just for me, that it’s going to be the year of all years.  Year of the Snake?  Inconsequential.  The year of Emerald? Surely a sign from God that all will turn out like an emerald cut… well, emerald.



So not only is emerald my birthstone…

122821358366810But a little volcano names Mount St. Helens was erupting as my mom was in labor… and what did they make out of the volcanic rock?  You guessed it.


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So, obviously, I’m thoroughly embracing this color as well as this year.  Down to my fingernails people.


This WILL be my year!!!

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Easiest Compost Bins Ever

I”ve been excited to start a vegetable garden since I bought my house back in 2011.  Naturally, I’m just now getting around to it.  Based on all the research Pinterest searching, composting is going to be a vital part of the process.  Pricing out composters quickly got overwhelming but then I found this:

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It took all of 10 minutes…

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I just drilled holes through the top, sides and bottoms…

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Two compost bins ready for the filling!  Just give them a rock back and forth each time you add to them and you’re done.  According to the source site, I should have good soil in 3-4 months!

Aren’t the simple options the BEST!?

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Project Life: Week 9

I’m playing a bit of catch up with Project Life, but I’m finding that that is the true beauty of this process.  It is forgiving, low pressure and so easy and fun to get back on track!.




Nothing out of the ordinary in technique… 1

I’m still a fan of being consistent with my date card… just the dates stamped with a little embellishment.  This time I used some sticky tabs that I bought a million years ago and never broke open.


Square pics with white trim continue to be a favorite for sure…and the “currenlty” card from the seamfoam collection was a perfect addition to the text from THIS post.

3 March started with a birthday celebration for one of my favorite people on Earth.  I like using the same background across pockets to unite one event…4and that’s pretty much it.  Keeping it simple and LOVING EVERY BIT OF IT!!!

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Bob Marley

Nothing invokes the feeling of a summer beach day like Bob Marley. I’m sitting on the edge of a boat with my feet dangling in the water… I’m driving over the causeway towards the beach and all its salty glory. I’m sitting outside at a dockside restaurant without a care or a to do list to budge me from my contended state.

As a native Floridian, I think I’ve always felt more connected to our tropical island counterparts to the south than the continent to the north of us. A saying you hear amongst us few natives is that in Florida, you have to go North to get to the South. We are a different culture, and at least on the coastal towns, inheriting the island feel. We are, after all, only one border away from being an island of our own. I wonder how wide a canal we’d have to dig across our Northern border to classify our fine state as an island?

I digress.

I’m sure most would agree that Bob Marley’s music was much more than intoxicating tunes but a way of life. His words were spiritual, political, emotional. The rhythms, the beats of an island, yes, but a higher rhythm I believe he found was that of humanity and love.

Bob Marley is undeniable. I love that no one, not layman, not scholar, not priest, not prophet… no one can deny this man his mark on humanity. He was a man with what some might have considered an extremist religion and a polarizing viewpoint and yet his legacy is Love. One Love! And the inherent freedom in that. That’s the man, the mystic and the mantle! The only thing I want to do in this life is to pick up that mantle of love and run with it, not out of fear, but rather the knowledge that I must pass it on.

-Tynisha Lean, Editor in Chief of Dasheen Magazine

Take a little listen and get your weekend started early:

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40 Random Things…

Get prepared for some reading…


1. I find that coffee is a solution to nearly every situation.

2. If coffee doesn’t work, jumping jacks do… you can’t do anything but feel silly and giddy after jumping around and flailing your arms for a few.

3. I haven’t had a haircut for over a year.

4. I’m allergic to tomatoes, eggs, dairy and corn.

5. I love tomatoes, eggs, dairy and corn.

6. I embrace suffering (therefore I’ll still mom’s “egg dish” and pay for it for days)

7. I want a new tattoo but I’m waiting (I know not what for).

8. I love slurpees … a lot.

9. I’ve been covered in someone else’s blood (that sort of evokes images of Dexter… not my intention.)

10. I have a compulsion to nickname everyone, and given nicknames evolve constantly causing people to give me looks like “what did you just call me???” I also come up with every possible nickname for people’s potential baby names… some people say I can only come up with horrible nicknames, I say kids are crueler than me and will come up with even worse ones so if they don’t like mine they better pick a new name.

11. I don’t use top sheets… EGATS!

12. I absolutely LOVE getting something other than bills and junk mail in the mailbox.  One postcard makes me happy for days :o)

13. I drive a red truck… it makes me feel tough… no, I won’t help you move… what’s that? free drinks?  okay!!!

14. In college I adopted two cats and named them Sonny and Cher.  Sonny died in a freak accident (with freakish similarity to his namesake).  After that, my roomie and I ended up with one rescue cat after another and started the Beatles with George, Ringo and Lennon but for some reason we never got a Paul…hmmm… anyways, I still have Cher and Ringo… strange couple.

15. I have two dogs: Kimi, short for Kimimela which means “butterfly” in native american, her official show name is “Too Damn Cute”, her nicknames are kim chi, cha chi, kimmers, scooby, goober, gumby, bisous, bonzo, dorko, and goobee… don’t ask.  Quinn’s official show name is “Pour Me Another” after his dad “Johnny Walker Black” (I don’t pick these names!).  He also goes by pupito, Q, Q-Pie, Quebec, Q-tilicious, buddy, bubba and budreaux.

16. I hate wearing shoes.  Since my two foot injuries and two foot surgeries in the last 4 years I’ve had to wear shoes more than ever and it’s no fun.

17. People who ask me if I’m related to Mariah Carey drive me crazy… yeah, she’s my sister but in my family we all share the same first name … and NO I don’t sing.

18. If I didn’t have to pay the bills or sleep I would write all day and all night.

19. I learned to knit from a book with no pictures and help over the phone from a friend several states away.

20. I have TMJ and my jaw has been locked for 17 years.

21. I slept outside in a field in Alaska… later saw the same city featured as the top spot for fatal bear encounters on “When Animals Attack”

22. The first and only fish I ever caught weighed about 40 pounds.

23. I never want to catch a fish again.

24. I bite the insides of my cheeks. You don’t have to scold me… the dentist already does that.

25. My favorite place on earth is Cades Cove in Tennessee.

26. I like to hang my head out of the car window and look straight up into the sky, preferably on roads with overhanging tree branches (from the passenger seat of course!)

27. I have anxiety over hanging things on walls… I once had a break down over unhangable shelves because of metal studs.

28. I borrow my friends’ husbands to hang things (and build things-James you are my hero!!!)

29. I’m still irritated that they turned “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” into “Winnie the Pooh’s Blustery Day” at Disney World.

30. One of my earliest memories was watching the Challenger explode from my front lawn and wondering why everyone was running inside to watch the tv when you could see it in the sky.

31. In elementary school I found a chunk of concrete that broke off the sidewalk and brought it to school for show and tell claiming it was part of the Berlin wall … I still have it in my rock collection.

32. I’ve started to write over 30 books and have finished the first draft of ONE.

33. I’ve been maid of honor 4 times.

34. I love to sing along to the Beatles at the top of my lungs with the windows down when I’m driving at night.

35. I was named after the song “They Call the Wind Mariah” from Paint your Wagon.

36. I’m sure you’ve noticed but I love the ellipsis… it’s the greatest punctuation ever and as I think in fragmented sentences I use it all the time.

37. If I could be any fictional character I’d either be Jo March or Elizabeth Bennett… or Lara Croft :o)

38. My eyes change color depending on what I’m wearing and when I cry they turn the brightest most unreal shade of green.

39. I have an actual phobia of throwing up. The tears stream and I have full blown panic attacks, as if throwing up isn’t embarrassing enough.

40. I’m ridiculously accident prone… I’ve broken my tailbone three times, stabbed myself through the foot with a shish kabob skewer, gashed my leg open on a septic tank, fallen down stairs in slow motion, fell off the back of a 4 wheeler and got dragged quite literally on my derriere, and broke my foot pushing my broke down truck out of traffic… the list could go on forever.

How about it? Write your own “random” list and link back! I’d love to read about you!

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Foto Friday: A Hike in Vermont

To get to my sister’s house, you have to cross a corn field, go over a bridge, and pass a farm… and that’s all after you’ve driven 45 minutes from the nearest Walmart.



They live right about here…


Just off the main road before you get into the corn fields, there is an old rail road that’s now part of the Rails to Trails Conservancy.

We try to make it a habit to take a hike out to the old bridge when we visit.  Prepare yourself for a ton of pics and not a lot of words…

Mom and Dad


Even on a cold Fall day after all the leaves have turned and fallen, it’s still pretty gorgeous.

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