Through the eyes of a camera lense is life yet to be discovered by some. The realness that we all hope to find in relationships.That’s why I like raw photography. Nothing is fake about it.You may have noticed I take a lot of pictures of the outdoors.I love it.This is one of the first pictures I took outdoors.I had a camera I had just bought. I worked and saved for that little Kodak.I remember I was at a lake in Suches, Georgia. Seventeen and full of hope and aspirations. I was there with an old friend I had not seen in 6 years, we had gotten finished swimming out by the dock. He handed me this flower.When I took this photo after throwing the flower off into the lake, I was captivated by this gorgeous natural mirror. The mirror seem to make the flour look as if it was floating in the sky.That’s when I new I had a thing for photography, for taking pictures of Gods artwork.My nephew at 3 years old got ahold of that camera and smashed it, so I’ve been taking pictures with cellphones since.But, I have to say, without editing them, I’ve gotten some pretty damn good photos. And with each a discriptive story.Here are some of my favorite. You may have seen them before.Sunset and sunrise is something common. You will see. Everyone of them different and unique.It’s amazing and breath taking to me how God’s paintbrush sets those colors across the sky.Some moments I just set back and say ” thank you God for the beauty I get to enjoy almost everyday.”Even on a cloudy day in the fall, the woods look darker making the leaves colors pop in an awesome way that’s not replicable.One day I’ll get a camera and capture it all. But until then, I hope you enjoy my little phone camera pictures.
When you mix our kind of work with a little time for your friends and family time you are bound for a little adventure.
These past two weeks have been absolutely packed full and busy. So I am going to just give you the highlights of the Memorial day weekend and week. 🙂
Saturday we got up early, it’s the time of the year we have to start the process of cutting, splitting, hauling, and stacking, wood.
We headed out to the family camp to do exactly that.
With my daughter in one arm I threw wood in the bed if the truck while my husband split it.
It wasn’t to much longer when my father inlaw and our great uncle showed up. They took over for me.
So Casidy and I went on our own adventure.
When it was all said and done, we headed in.
That night we had our friends over for a little cook out. It was a good time as always up until they decided to get funny.
My sister in law and I was in the kitchen talking to the other ladies when her husband calls us.
“Sara, shanna, come look at this! ” he calls.
Well, assuming one of our husbands wad probably doing something hilariously stupid we walked towards my back screen door.
The guys had a Pine snake 🐍 caught in a tub.
I grabbed my daughter and ran back through the house with my sister inlaw behind me. Both of us screaming.
She yells, ” Get in the car! Get in my car! ” no questions asked I got into the passengers side of the car.
With our driveway being so muddy from the rain Sara slides on her ass falling.
She gets in, turns the car on.
Here those pains in our butts come with the snake, Sara puts the car in reverse and there we were ready to go.
I yell out the window “kill it! ”
One yells back “No, we can’t. ”
I yell back “I don’t give a shit kill the damn thing”
Getting the hint the guys finally got into my friends car and took the snake off down the road.
I’m still pissed they didn’t kill it, watch it come right back.
See, when you grow up down south with poisonous snakes like this copperhead that bit my friends son over the weekend-who is thank God alright🐍, you do not make friends. I hate them.
Sunday came along, we ended up fixing a belt on our car and that evening I finally got my garden in.
Monday I spent my time with my family. My parents, nephews, grandfather,and friends came for another cook out.
It was nice, we ate good food like my friends yummy chickpea salad recipe, which I will ask her if I can share with y’all.
Tuesday, I did mor gardening. and something pretty awesome happened
This women right here, ran.
It was freaking hot in the house, so I decided after my workout and a little gardening I was going to put casidy in the stroller and walk to my mother in laws for dinnner.
The walk turned into me running 1/4 of a mile.
Guys, this is huge for me! Why? I havent ran without having an “episode” from my superventricular tachiacaria in years. This is a condition that caused my heart will beat to fast. I usually A. Lose vision or B . Faint while feeling dizzy like and overwhelmingly hot.
It’s been 4 years and today I really think I can get back to 5 miles a day. I have to thank beachbody for teaching me how to eat properly/drink water consistently and all the motivation I have to exercise everyday from my team and being a coach. Not only has it helped that condition, but my RA so much.
Wednesday I went over to my mother-in -laws so she could show me how to cook with a preserve ruhbarb.
I got 3 freezerbags and a cake out of it along with an education of how to work with this northern plant.
It is perfect 👌 for summer eatin alone, but that cake, boy was it ever a comfort food fit for winter. And as you can see, it is to tasty to wait for a picture.
Get the recipe here.
Well, that is all I have for you today folks.
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It’s started we found one today! Just a tiny baby one, but a morel mushroom none the less!
So how do we go about finding them?
Morels live in and on the edge of forested areas. Look for ash, aspen, elm, and oak trees, around which morels often grow. Early in the spring as the ground is warming, you’ll find them on south-facing slopes in fairly open areas. As the season progresses, go deeper into the woods and onto north-facing slopes.
They don’t have to be around trees tho, we find a lot of them in fields.
Once more start to pop up we will post how to: pick, cook, clean and eat them.
Well that’s all for now!
We woke up this morning with the sun shinning, the sky is blue, and the air clean. So we did what we always do on a gorgeous day. We took advantage of it.
Matt loaded up the truck with snowshoes, the backpack, gun, and vest. I gathered all of Casidy’s things and got her ready. Off we went out to the families camp.
Once we got there I helped casidy get dressed in her snow pants, sunglasses- boy did she think she was the coolest girl around with sunglasses on- and jacket. Matt and I then strapped our snowshoes on. And!… I bet you can guess it…
Yep, we started walking. Shotgun with one of us- you know, just in case we see a bunny rabbit of course – and casidy with the other.
We walked about 2.5 miles out to the cabin, then 2.5 miles back.
🎵Over the swamp and through the woods, to the camp we go.🎵
It goes without fail that I fall, I’m the clutz. It only happened three times though!
Taking turns trading gun and our daughter (who is to little for snowshoes.) We made it to the cabin.
There were plenty of tweety birds and pheasants that were out and about.
As for hunting, we saw quite a bit of rabbit tracks,but no rabbits.
After shoveling ice off the deck, a snack, and a diaper change. We headed back.
Now, we are home. Dinner is in the oven. Matt is moving the living room around and me,lol. I am trying to type this up and in the way. So, he is just picking me up and moving me along with the furniture.
Soon we will head out again for our weekly visit with our Aunt and Uncle at Matts parents place.
Thank God for the gorgeous walk . I love this land. I love my family. It was a perfectly spent day.
So, that’s this redheads families Saturday. How did you spend your St. Patrick’s day?
You can find more pictures from today on my Facebook Page.
I enjoy the small things in life. Today was a nice day to do that..
This evening we kept things pretty simple for a Friday. I had one of my occasional drinks with my dinner and then we headed outside and did a little spring cleaning.
My husband gathered up some scrap wood and started a fire in our fire pit. Then helped a friend of ours put a new exhaust on his motorcycle. I cleaned up my box I usually plant my tomatoes in, then took a walk outback to scope out a place where we could maybe put a play area for Casidy.
As I was outside I took a moment and just breathed in the crisp air. My mind became clear, my body relaxed.
And I just observed my surrounding. Little tracks from the squirrels sat in the snow. The trees still and tall. It was nice…
I like days like this when we kick all of that garbage aside. Put our phones away and enjoy the company of our friends..I think maybe things haven’t completely gone to crap.
It seems these days all you hear when you go out is politics. Everything’s become politics. Its worrisome.
I think we all need more time away from everything media and more time visiting..
Gosh what I’d give to have some of the things our parents have. I wish I had random company stop in just to say hello and do a little front porch sitting.
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I lived in the bible belt. Yep, I’m a little Georgia peach who married a Yooper who now lives in the U.P. of Michigan.
I have Southern Baptist, Baptist, Nazarenes, Apostolic Pentecostals, Lutheran, Catholic and even those who practice the Jewish faith in my family.
Everyone in my family hangs on to God. They are doing their best to live life the way they see is the right way.
So, as you can imagine, I often get asked what I believe. I have those lovingly telling me how I should live and raise my daughter.
I am so blessed to have such a loving family that they all are so concerned about my soul. Once upon a time I would have gotten offended.. I know out of love they just want to make sure I’m going to heaven. I’ve been through a gravely road when it comes to my ‘religious’ beliefs.
Now though, I take a deep breath. I try to be understanding. Now, I don’t really comment on the topic, because I believe 100% it’s between me and God.
But… I guess….I am going to share a thought on the topic with you.
Let’s start with saying I don’t go to church. I go out in the woods or down by the water. All of that noise of questioning disappears. There is silence. There is piece.
Just being is probably my favorite part of being outdoors. I don’t have to worry about being judge. I feel closer to God and that is where we have our deepest conversations.
I’ve been asked many times “Aren’t you afraid of the bears,wolves,cats?”. No, I’m not. I usually have a gun on me, my husband and I do hunt together a lot of the times, and most importantly I know God is there protecting me.
Sometimes, I look at the beauty that surrounds me and I am just speechless. I thank God, I compliment him even, and I think what a wonderful gift it is to be allowed to enjoy the great outdoors.