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    Abundance and Gratitude





    Every day is a day to be thankful. Life’s abundance has no limit, and gratitude is what keeps that abundance flowing. In every circumstance, there is something for which to be thankful. Even when there seems to be nothing else, there is hope.

    ~Ralph Marston

     

    I cannot believe it is already November… that my favorite holiday is about one month away (Santa or no, there’s nothing quite like Christmas!)! Tomorrow, we’ll eat pumpkin pie, put up our Christmas decorations, and our business kicks into serious gear. (Wow, that was a completely unintentional pun! Seriously. Ha!). For today though, I’m thankful for the so very many recent blessings in my life:   

     

    Watching my children roll joyfully down a leaf-strewn hill.
     

     

    Basking in the gloriously temperate Fall weather we've been having which has allowed the flora to last much longer than usual!


    Running – and finishing – a 6.2 mile race (my first ever!).

     
     

    Standing in awe of the stunning beauty of nature.

     

    Celebrating another Halloween with my favorite jester husband (our 18th one together!).

     

    Baking delicious Fall food (mmmmm… apple crisp!).
     
     

     

    Watching this daisy outlast everything else in my garden!

     

     Happy Thanksgiving everyone. May the blessings in YOUR life be abundant!

    Posted: Nov 24 2011, 16:31 by kelly | Comments (2) RSS comment feed |
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    Filed under: Inspirational | Seasons

    Starting Seeds





    Last year was the first year we tried planting edible plants in our backyard in containers, and had a fairly successful (albeit modest) harvest: a couple of sweet strawberries, three tiny cucumbers, and several handfuls of cherry tomatoes! In our condo, we are blessed with a tiny fenced yard which allows us a private (although mostly shady) area where we can plant our own veggies and flowers, along with a sunny garden we built up against the woods in the common area. We've used the in-ground garden in past years for non-edible plants (due to the pesticides & fertilizers which are spread in the neighborhood [not inside the fences], I'm not comfortable eating anything from the common area) like sunflowers and pumpkins. This year, we decided to get a bit more ambitious with our edible garden, and we're going for some shade-tolerant root veggies: beets & carrots, greens: lettuce, spinach, and broccoli, along with fun-to-grow & eat snap peas! It's still a bit too cold yet in New Jersey to plant veggies outside, so we decided to start our seeds inside, and move them out to the back in a few weeks. I'm not sure yet whether we'll construct a raised bed, or plant in pots again. We also haven't decided what's to go in the common area garden yet either. Stay tuned for details!

    We bought some lovely organic potting soil (from Maine - yay!), biodegradable pots, and organic seeds, put down some newspaper, and got to work! The kids had a blast in the dirt (okay, so did I!), my daughter showed a bit of her creative side with designing the seed markers, and my son practiced his motor skills gently watering the finished pots. Enjoy our afternoon in pictures... Can't wait until they start to sprout!


    (Go Organic!)


    (If you could only SMELL this dirt - *swoon*)


    (Carefully filling the pots)


    (Gently sprinkling the seeds)


    (More seeding...)


    (Watering the pots)


    (Done!)

    Are you planning a garden this year? What are you planting?

    Posted: Mar 28 2011, 00:35 by kelly | Comments (6) RSS comment feed |
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    Autumn Bliss





    Delicious Autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it,
    and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth
    seeking the successive autumns. 

    ~George Eliot


    Autumn in the sky...



    ...and Autumn on the ground.

     

    Posted: Nov 17 2010, 17:49 by kelly | Comments (4) RSS comment feed |
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