Archive | June, 2014

{wanderer.}

28 Jun

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selfie.

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awesome local gardens.

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this.

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and this : “each moment of the year has its own beauty.” – ralph waldo emerson

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soaking up the sunset.

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playful portraiture with callee cat.

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sigh.

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head in the clouds.

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reminder.

{farm-fresh, multi-coloured, organic speckled eggs}

26 Jun

i think it’s so amazing and interesting – how our bodies speak to us.

i find it so interesting how our dietary needs can shift and change over the years, also.  for example – i never liked eggs much when i was younger… and over the last 3-5 years i’ve just been love love loving them!  i can’t seem to get enough eggs.  luckily, i’m able to buy farm-fresh locally raised eggs which were fed a non-gmo organic diet – free of soy, too!  afterall, you eat what your food eats.  so i choose only organic dairy and meat products for this reason.

i’m so thankful i can purchase these {incredible, edible} eggs close to where i live!

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they are just beautiful… don’t you agree?!

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diversity is beautiful…

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uniqueness is beautiful…

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food is beautiful!!!

{tiny tuesday : TH2 update}

24 Jun

DAY SEVEN : 

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TH2 : day seven

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the view from my backyard…

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wood and windows and walls – oh my!

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DAY EIGHT :

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i just love all the lines and stripes going on here…

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sun sets on day eight..

 

click here to see day one & two

click here to see day three and four

click here to see day five and six 

{“progressive one-pot” make-ahead meals : buffalo sausage w/ zucchini, red peppers, and sauerkraut}

22 Jun

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this meal was a total inspiration from a co-worker who i spotted eating this on his lunch break at least twice last week. so – i totally begged him to give me the recipe.  i added my own variations, of course… and you can make as much or as little as you want, but the base is simple :

– sausage of choice {i picked buffalo andouille from the buffalo guys – they have great ethics!}

– zucchini {cut into 1-2 inch strips}

– red peppers {also cut into 1-2 inch strips}

– sauerkraut {i chose bubbies brand}

and, i chose to add in a handful of shredded carrots because i had them around… and about a cup of kelp noodles, which i’ve written about here.

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{calvin the crazy caterpillar… and his shadow!}

21 Jun

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you know i kind of have a thing for insects, right?!  did you meet adam ant… or francis the praying mantis?!

 

 

{thirsty thursday – circus boy by magic hat}

19 Jun

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this was on sale at my local liquor store recently.  circus boy is one of my favourite hefewiezens, and i love that the company calls it an “elixir”!

…the trouble with these light, florally and fruity brews is that they tend to go down pretty easy; like orange juice – so tipping a few back ain’t no thang… until i have a headache the next day… :/

this is where i go, “please drink responsibly…”

😉 😛

{astrology update : mercury enters gemini}

18 Jun

hey gang, how’s your mercury retrograde treating you?

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mercury retrograding in cancer teaches us this…

we are almost half way through the cycle… and now mercury has left the sign of cancer and entered his home sign of gemini…

so what does this mean?  — well, the last week or so may have presented you with issues to deal with, revisit, resolve, etc. in the following themes : home, roommates, intuition, nostalgia, mother/mother figure, childhood, emotions, security needs… these are some key themes of the sign of cancer.  perhaps you made the decision to move or make renovations in your home?  perhaps a past project came up that needed tweaking or you had an “epiphany” regarding something from your past. you may have learned to trust your intuition more, or to learn to come to terms with some emotions you are feeling… MR in cancer offers an opportunity to revisit, rework, and release in these areas of our lives… and with the full moon energy last week, this period has had amplified energy to support it, as well…

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now mercury is continuing his backward travel through the sign of gemini – which is where his “home” is.  for the next couple weeks we can expect to see our thoughts shift into the themes that gemini represents.  these include talks, short trips, local activities, brothers/sisters, electronics, vehicles, writing, the internet, and anything else that involves connecting or communicating.  mercury LONGS to connect, and when he is in the sign of gemini, he has the most success in doing so.  however, since he is retrograding in this sign, we can expect to see our thoughts become more introspective.  we may want to get other people’s advice or opinions on the current relevant matters in our lives.  we may revisit a writing project or rework a trip we had planned.  any vehicle or electronic issues may arise to be addressed {sorry, that IS one of the bummers about this period – i hope you backed up your computer recently!} and/or we may find people from the past showing up again to rework, reclaim, or revise a situation.  there is great opportunity during MR periods… it’s like taking a mulligan 😉

mercury retrograde periods get a bad rap – but i believe it’s because we don’t generally UNDERSTAND what they are for… and we don’t properly harness the energy presented during these times, so many of us are left feeling frustrated and wondering what happened.  which is ironic because that is precisely what mercury retrograde longs to be – UNDERSTOOD!  i can’t tell you how many times a day i catch myself thinking or saying “i just wish {that person} understood how i felt.” you may catch yourself using some of my catchphrases lately – like, “did that make sense?” or “i just want to explain it so you can understand…” or “that came out the wrong way, let me rephrase that…” or “wait, i didn’t mean to say that…”

astrology doesn’t MAKE stuff happen… it can’t cause events. but time and time again i find validity in the movements and study of the planets and their behaviour.  being natal mercury retrograde, i have a unique and tremendously accurate understanding of how this planet’s movements effect our lives in a major way.  perception is EVERYTHING in life – and it can be to our benefit or to our detriment.  this has been my biggest lesson during this current MR period.  i guess it all goes back to being true to who you are.  we are not all the same – we are very uniquely different.  but i believe that the ways in which we are the same can bring us together and allow us to be ourselves, as individuals… if we could just simply change the way we look at things – at life.

every puzzle piece has importance, significance, and relevance – we just don’t and CAN’T all have the same design, function, or purpose – we must each bring our own individual strengths to the group, the collective, the puzzle itself.  and we should never try force a puzzle piece to change its shape… we simply can’t. and besides, then it wouldn’t fit in the puzzle, anyway – you dig?!

thank you for reading, and for your support – it means the world to me!  and please let me know any thoughts you have or feelings you wish to share… i love hearing from you!  and don’t forget, i also am available for hire to conduct natal astrology interpretations.

 

 

{another “my life through my camera phone” post}

14 Jun

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callee has recently become a lapcat… she never used to lay on my lap and let me pet her and now she’s always climbing all over me – especially when i’m sitting at my desk blogging. so – apparently my kitty callee says hello, everyone! 😉

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squeezin’ in some vitamin D anywhere i can – even on my lunch-break…

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speaking of vitamins, i am trying these new kickass 100% organic food-based vitamins from garden of life.  and how happy was i to find my favourite quote ever inside the box?!?!!! 😀

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watching sopris emerge from the clouds…

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taking more shameless selfies : featuring new shades…

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i was having a nice moment with this cute little bunny… until a loud truck drove by and scared her away…

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yep, those are two ladybugs… *ahem* …on an asparagus stalk…

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bloomin’ onion…

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how do you feel about ravens?!  they are always all around me… practically everywhere i go.

 

have a nice weekend, ya’ll!

{tiny tuesday : TH2 update}

10 Jun

the house is coming along nicely.  it looks really cute and i can’t wait to see it when it’s complete.  watching it being built has me dreaming of having my own actual mobile tiny house someday… and i hope to make that happen!

for now, i am enjoying living in this great tiny home and watching one being built right next door – pretty sweet stuff!

here are some more fotos of the project, still currently underway…

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DAY FIVE

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another day on site…

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hard at work…

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quite literally “men at work” …

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first wall goes up…

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first wall is UP!

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end of day five…

by the way, later that day… this happened :

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{that’s hail!}

i couldn’t run out to grab a foto of the tiny house because that would be crazy, so this will have to suffice 😉

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DAY SIX:

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day six… walls all over the place!

 

 

click here to see day one & two

click here to see day three and four

{toasted bread cheese!}

9 Jun

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i know what you must be thinking – “BREAD CHEESE?! that sounds… bizarre?! intriguing?! delicious?!”

…all of the above?!

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it’s one of my favourite treats. it is rather expensive and therefore i do not buy it often. however, i had been craving it and so i nabbed an eight dollar chunk from my local market.

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i had this ridiculous butter just waiting to be used. i normally serve bread cheese with maple syrup and i swear it tastes like french toast!  i’m telling you – this stuff is insanely delicious!! Continue reading

{it’s my holiday – mercury retrograde!}

7 Jun

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mercury went retrograde in cancer today… for three weeks we can expect to see our thoughts become more reflective and introspective.  a few of the key themes will be home, renovations, real estate, roommates, moves, security needs, childhood, intuition, emotions, mother/mother figure, and creativity.

as you may recall from my previous rants, mercury was the messenger god in greek mythology… he “presides” over the following themes in our lives : communication, travel, electronics, writing, thought-processes, transportation, and the like.  he longs to communicate and relate.  he was the figure responsible for communicating messages to the “mortals” from the “gods” – what a job, huh?!  try communicating with a bunch of people who don’t “speak your language” … it can be quite challenging.

this time, mercury is retrograding in the sign of cancer.  and cancer is ruled by the moon, by our emotions.  cancer represents things like our security, home, family, and intuition.  what makes this particular mercury retrograde interesting is that the moon will be housed in it’s ruling sign, cancer, during this transition, as well… that means a WHOLE LOT OF ENERGY under one roof!  my advice is to expect the unexpected.  trust your gut – listen to that voice inside that speaks softly to you; it’s nudging you one way or another… and sometimes we have to surrender and let go of what we feel is “safe,” in order to open up to a whole new world…

as i’ve mentioned, i was born with natal mercury retrograde in my astrological chart.  these time periods {occurring about 3-4 times a year for approximately 3-4 weeks at a time} tend to make me feel extra good.  for one, i feel more like my “authentic self” and less like i’m trying so hard. i feel more articulate, open, and creative.  this is particularly true this morning.

i have had a weird couple of weeks over here and this morning i woke up feeling different… and i welcome good change.

now – to see where this energy takes me…

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by the way, i am available for hire as an astrologer.  i specialize in conducting accurate birth chart interpretation and would love to help you on your way to understanding YOU a little better… 🙂  

email me if you are interested!  

{things that make me go, “mmm”…}

5 Jun

i have some sad news…

my camera broke recently… and so i haven’t been able to really take any new fotos of anything… it’s been a real bummer… because i’m not sure i can fix it… and i’m just trying to stay positive and really focus on the things in life that make me truly feel GOOD…  and i’m thankful to have a phone with a camera so i can capture moments in my life that are memorable… i mean, even if one doesn’t have a camera, i feel it’s important to stop and make a conscious memory of the things that make us feel good…

yanno, the things that make ya go “mmm” …

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… like perfectly-priced happy hour 4-oz samplers of four amazing local brews… {can you guess which one was my favourite?!}

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… and a sampler snack platter to compliment including savory tomato jam, perfect stone-ground mustard, multi-grain crackers, goat cheese, hard salami…

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… and catching a rainbow…

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… and seeing artists repurpose all kinds of amazing stuff… like bikes! …

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… and other artists being silly and engaging through chalk…

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… and doughnuts. mmm, DONUTS!!!!!!  *homer simpson drool sound*

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… and relaxation time in {mostly} solitude…

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… and  visiting a friend’s house… who happens to have a great sense of humour…

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…and sunbathing under blue skies…. SO BLUE!…

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… and random stickers/graffiti that remind me of new york…

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…and this.  i mean, i do  live in colorado 😉

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… and GMO-awareness-obsessed-car-owners…

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… and lions mane mushrooms…

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… and, as always, mount sopris…

 

 

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