Rest and Recovery Inspire New Ideas

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As I sit here in my favorite corner of the couch, where I’ve been since my hubby went to bed, I’ve been thinking about how today was a day for rest and recovery. After spending way too much time having fun in the sun yesterday, it seemed an unspoken agreement that today would be spent anywhere but poolside! This is a horrible shot of the couch, a testament to my lack of photo editing skills, but it will have to do at this late hour. Trust me, a selfie at this point was not a wise idea!

I’ve  already written and scrapped one post, clearly I’m too tired for this, but Tuesday’s are for writing, and I was determined to post something, lol. Since a lot of time has been hanging out in the living room today, I tried to come up with some new ideas for the website I’m trying to design. For those of you who knew me from Essentially Paleo Life, I’ve decided to call the new website My Paleo Pantry. I plan to fill the pages with all the products I use to achieve the Paleo lifestyle I enjoy. I’ll include favorite recipes, tips and tricks along the way and news about my favorite  essential oils and their benefits. Wish me luck in this new venture and I hope to see all of you there! I have more work to do before it goes live though, so I’ll keep you posted.

As always, I welcome any and all comments, so feel free to chime in with those and any helpful suggestions, hint, hint, wink wink. For now, I bid you goodnight and I hope you all got some much needed rest and recovery of your own! See ya later on the patio!😊

 

We're Gonna Party On The Patio!


Happy 4th of July everyone! I want to wish all of you a safe and fun Independence Day!

Here at my house, we plan on a good day with friends and family, lots of food and pool time…if the sun comes back out! Last night into this morning, we had intense thunderstorms but the projected temp is 95 and sunshine, so it should be fine later today.

When we moved into this new home, this monument was a part of the corner garden, I thought it was appropriate to share as part of my post today. We love it and decided to keep it there. My husband and I both served in the military as did many of our family members, so we think it fits!

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I also want to thank those who served and died for our independence and those who continue to do so.

Yesterday, we went to visit my mother and husband’s father at DFW National Cemetery, a beautiful place to memorialize vets and their spouses. They were both cremated, as we have both decided to be as well, and so they were placed in a wall instead of in the ground.

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My dad is the veteran, so his name is placed above Mom’s so that when he passes, he will be interred with her. They are called columbariums.

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It was a perfect way to spend part of our holiday weekend, remembering our loved ones and taking the time to visit them. My youngest son had never been out there and I was glad he came with us to experience it.

Now, we are gearing up for this afternoon’s festivities, clean up, prepare the food and maybe even decorate a little. If not, hey, at least we have our flag out!! My husband even trimmed the bushes up to make the backyard more presentable. He works hard around here, that’s for sure.

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This is just one section of hedges, but I like this shot showing the pool and patio.

Tell me how you all spend your fourth and what is important to you this extended holiday weekend. Comment below or shoot me an email and we’ll talk about it.

Where is Your Zen?

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When I walked out on my patio this morning, I was wishing I could just sit here and enjoy the cool for a while and listen to the birds sing while enjoying my coffee. Alas, That was not to be, since Thursday is one of my work days. That’s cool though, I love my job. It was 75 degrees though, and I knew it would be brief since the projected high for today was 99!

Later on in the day, it hit me that I neglected to mention in my post yesterday that it would have been my mom’s 85th birthday, something that had been on my mind all day. Maybe I was protecting my family from being sad or maybe I put up my own mental block, I don’t know. Anyway, Dad and I know what all the significant days are but neither of us mention it. We all have our own ways of coping with loss and I guess ours is just being together for each other. It might be my need to heal or mother but I have to say, it is always tempting to say something, I’m always afraid he will think I’m forgetting-as if I could…ever. But I don’t, because I don’t want to make him cry and he is still very emotional, of course.

This evening, when I got home, I walked back out there again and realized I’m creating an oasis of sorts, a peaceful place to relax and reflect, tropical in decor, zen in my mind. At least when it’s not being used for the main purpose, which is entertaining family and friends. I look forward to a long holiday weekend, no matter what we do, and I hope everyone reading has a safe, happy 4th of July! Tell me your plans, what or where is your happy place? Is it a physical place or a place you go to in your mind? Feel free to comment below, I look forward to hearing all about it!

Wednesdays Are For Dad

img_3237 A few weeks after starting my part time job, I started visiting my dad on Wednesdays and we sort of developed a routine. I go over around lunch, we eat, either at his house or out somewhere, we go back and play a few games of pool (more like 10!) and then somewhere in there, I help him fold his laundry. Just a few hours, but they have become important for both of us. Now that my mom is gone, we need each other more than ever and, besides Sunday dinner, this is a block of time reserved for each other. We have become quite comfy with this routine and the hardest part of it is trying to decide where to go for lunch! Today was to a local Chinese restaurant that we have both grown fond of. We end up getting three meals out of it because, with my eating a mostly Paleo diet, he always gets my egg roll, rice, and whatever of his entree he doesn’t finish, not bad for around $11.

Sure, I do other things on Wednesday as well, but I look forward to our afternoons together and I’m sure it’s a break for him as well from the monotony of another day spent mostly alone, save his old chocolate lab named Sophie. Technically, she was my mom’s, but he loves her just as much. My oldest son lives with him as well, however, he works all day during the week and doesn’t see him much. Some weeks I see him more, some less, but now, we always have our Wednedsays. Oh, and as for that fortune I got today, I ain’t buyin it…unless the numbers on the back are the same ones I got on my lottery ticket, and it wins. Fat luck!!