They’re All My Favorite

I guess if asked to pick just one,  I would have to say fall is my favorite. But really I love them all, each for their own reason.

Summer

I love summer for the sun, for the outdoor activities,

canoeing, hiking, biking, fishing, camping.

I love bbq’s and smores around a fire pit in the evening. I love the long days.

Fall

How can you not love fall!?

The days are still warm and the light fades slowly in to the twilight. You can still do everything from summer, but the air is less thick. The kids are off to school all day, and things get done.

Acorns and leaves start to change into fiery colors and soon fall to the ground and crunch under foot.

Sweaters and soft socks come out and work their way back into your life with your favorite worn out jeans but you still need no jacket. The only slow season as it begins so warm and slowly gives way to the cold of winter. Its the only season that gives you time to prepare for the next.

It holds Halloween, and pumpkins and corn mazes and I begin to cook all day stews and such.

Winter

Comes in like a bull the wind whips up, an the bitter cold will take your breathe away.

But that’s ok as Christmas is coming and the tree and beautiful décor all goes up and the music and warmth of these things make you want to stay inside by the fireplace.

Oh I do hate the cold, and the length of this season, it seems to never want to let go of its hold. The short days are sad and cabin fever always takes hold of me.

Spring

Oh Spring you should be as great as fall!

But you never are, maybe a good day here and there but mostly cold, wet and windy, and than out of now where the heat of summer. Spring is by far the weakest season. It seems to allow winter to still stay and break away for the heat and humidity of summer.

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Today I have Fall on my mind.

I lit a Pumpkin Crunch Cake Candle and the smells of vanilla and caramel and pumpkin fill my home.

Its so full of these scents Im hungry from it!

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Finally Feels Like Summer

We hit the water to go paddling yesterday, and it finally felt like summer as sweat rolled down my back, and the sun stung my shoulders. Paddling Ole Redd on Cedar Creek.

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The water rolled fast, after all weve had a lot of rain, and it was the first time in a long time I found I really had to work to control the canoe. Never mind that my husband sits in the back relaxing and not working much at it at all, and the 5 year old leans over the side splashing the water.

Crowds of people were out enough where I swear we could have all linked up and reached from one end of Double Trouble Park to the other. I know its wrong but I wish no one to be out when we go, the inexperience of so many blocking up the turns, and making us have to fight back rushing into them as we approach, or the beer drinking good timers who think they own the place.

I just want to creep along slowly taking in the breeze, and the scent of Water Lilies so heavy in the air. I want to enjoy the sun and the lush greenery that’s so grow over the creek this time of year that in some places it falls like curtains.

I added a lil funny to Ole Redd since out last time…

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I guess if nothing else its funny to me, I do after all “get the joke”.

So love that at the end I ran in to an old friend as well, so funny to think she was just behind us the whole time paddling.

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What in the World!?

Wow, just wow. Sometimes its all I can think and say, when the whole world seems to be against you.

This has been my week. Nothing, not a thing seems to be working out.

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And today is no different…WordPress for hours did not work this morning and it had become my routine to wake up, get some coffee and blog. This was followed by Etsy making useless and unnecessary changes to their site. And lets not forget a billing mistake by my gas company, which they made than followed with a threating call to me to shut me off. And we can just top that off with another stormy day, trapped in the house with 2 kids who are bored and cant get along.

Now Id like to say Thank the Stars tomorrows Friday and this week can come to an end. But I wont bother as I can see the future already, as I watch my awful next door neighbors prepare for a party. After 3 years of this bs with them I know the signs, and I can see already I will be making several calls to the police for the noise (music, people, dogs, and the occasional drunk person hitting my mailbox with their car, yes no joke).

About the only thing Im looking forward to is a 4th of July BBQ by our good friends on Saturday afternoon, if the weather could just knock it off.

Other than that Bring on Monday! I just want to start a new week!

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Home Sweet Home

There is a bird nesting in my Fuchsia.

And why wouldn’t this bird want to nest here? This is a beautiful full plant, a Mothers Day Gift from my kids, hung lovingly on my front porch. Guarded from the wind and rain, hung up high, only morning sun, this is prime real-estate for a little bird!

I provide food and bath just below in my flower beds.

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But even with all this…

this bird flies just off to a near by tree and gives me shit, loudly.

All because I’ve come out to water this plant. I must water it! It wont be the home sweet home for this bird if it dies. All that lush growth will be gone, the nest will dry up and blow away.

And I like a loon, stand there saying apologies and explaining myself to this bird as I water, this and my 2 other plants on my porch around my table and chairs.

It has become increasingly difficult to water this plant as the nest seems to be growing in size, and the water I pour oh so slowly and carefully into this hanging planter doesn’t seem to be able to get through much anymore.

I find myself wondering what shall I do if babies come, I cant water this plant than! They could get wet and cold, and mama will fly off and yell at me, and sadly the plant will die. And so their home will not be as it is now.

This is the craziness that goes on in my mind. I find this stresses me more than not being able to pay my electric bill.

Randomness? I suppose it is. My life? Oh yes.

I haven’t a clue what kind of bird this is, its much to small and fast, a blur of brown is all I’ve seen.

But I find joy in this. And I’m happy this bird had chosen to live on my porch.

maybe we’ll be friends one day.

Today Ill but out blueberries.

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Ole Redd

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Ole Redd is my 40 plus year old, fiber glass and wood canoe. I proudly brought home nearly 10 years ago, from the last day of a moving sale I happened to come across by chance, or maybe it was fate.

I grew up on dirt roads, barefooted, swimming in creeks and lakes that are tucked in among the Jersey Pine Barrens. To poor for cable and wtf were video games? I hadn’t a clue (I don’t think we even had a tv till in was 8 or 9?), even in the late 70s and early 80’s, of course no ac, and well its just what you did when I was a kid. Other than the drive in, the woods and creeks were the summertime thing, you asked to go, you begged!

Im 39 (just this month), incase you were wondering lol

And Ole Redd here is one of my finest treasures.

Heavy as hell he is, sun faded and wearing a small patch,

he carries my littlest son, husband and I down Cedar Creek nearly every weekend. Even in the earliest months when winter chooses to take a day off and out of no where its sunny and 70 out in March!

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From time to time we have traveled other lakes and creeks, rivers and streams but Cedar Creek is “home” only minutes from our house we can jump in along the creek in various spots, and pull out in just as many different places, a trip can run 2 hours or 6 if we so choose.

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Out at the Lake (Lake Oswego Penn Sate Forest NJ)

is a second favorite place we haul Ole Redd with us.

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I wish everyday was a day I could go paddling.

People always tell us to get rid of the canoe for a Kayak but

Ill never be a Kayak Person, its like Apples and Oranges to me. The same but different.

And I’m set in my ways.

Rain or Shine we’ll hit the water. Its more than a hobby, its good for the soul.

The view, the smells, the sounds, renew me. They Inspire me.

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I just started to make a stainless steel Charm bangle set for myself (and a few for my etsy store).

I can not wait to add this to the bunch of bangles Ive made for myself,

so many I sound like wind chimes when wearing them all!

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