The Beautiful Kiss Of Reality

Well this truthful tale must begin at the beginning and that is with the packing of my suitcase and the swimsuit which went in it. Doesn't that one word just make you cringe.. .swimsuit . You see it was just a few weeks ago on a sunny and steamy day in Puerto Rico I put on my swimsuit in preparation for a seashore experience with my precious family. It was in that very life defining moment that as I turned around to look at myself in a full length mirror that I came to terms with this fact. I have never been more unattractive in a swimsuit and yet I have never felt better in one. With legs as white as alabaster from the knee up, cellulite visible on the upper thighs and a tummy that refused to cooperate with being sucked in, it all became quite apparent that I could either embrace my 60 year old body and live life to the fullest with this beautiful kiss of reality or I could hide out for 10 days in the dark, shuddering at how the years had suddenly crept upon me. You know you may b


DIY -Summer Coastal Wreath

I haven't made a wreath in a while as I have been working in my gardens. If you enjoy gardening I have a few posts I will be sharing on a variety of gardening topics in the upcoming weeks. I live in Texas and the temperatures are creeping up into the 90's so I will be back to creating more inside rather than outside. I have had this Summer Coastal Wreath on my mind for the last few weeks. While on my recent trip to the seashore I picked up all sorts of treasures, none of them were living not even the perfectly intact tiny sea urchin shell nor the sand dollar, they just washed up on the shore and there they were waiting for me. I did a little happy dance and then grabbed for them just before the foaming tide came in and tried to claim them back to the sea. I tucked my treasures from the sea in plastic bags and cushioned them in-between my clothing in the suitcase then made a little wish that they would make it through the USDA check and then home with out being broken. To my joy


Ocean Fun, Joy & More In Puerto Rico (Part I)

I had fully intended to be sharing my Puerto Rico trip with you while I was on this beautiful archipelago Island, 980 miles away from the Mainland. When I last wrote I included Five Tips for Creating a Playful Life , well I think that is exactly what we did while we were in Puerto Rico!  I really did take my computer, plugged it in and then I never even turned it on! How is that for unplugging from the world, (it did feel so good) well except for Instagram where I did share much of our exploring, visiting, and time well spent  with my family and Island living. So, welcome to a little Island joy today where I am sharing part one of my trip with Ocean fun and some traveling tips to the Island of Enchantment. The island of Puerto Rico is not very big, it is approximately 100 miles long and 35 miles wide. On the North side of the Island is the Atlantic Ocean and to the East shore is the Caribbean. The North side of the Island has stronger currents and the the East is calmer. Puerto Rico


Five Tips For Creating A Playful Life & Traveling To Puerto Rico

I am ready to be playful, in fact I need to be playful, we all need to be playful and you know why? It keeps us young!  I am certain that you have heard this saying over and over again "We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing."~George Bernard Shaw. Well I need to laugh with my darling daughter who I haven't seen in 4 months, except for Face Time, which surely takes the sting out of the distance.  I am looking forward to visiting with my kind and caring son-in-law, play a game of Frisbee with with my adorable grandson and granddaughter and dance with abandon along the edge of the deep blue sea. By the time that most of you will be reading this I will have left Texas bright and early this morning for 10 days of family fun and the scenery wont be too bad either...(photo below) I will be sharing the beauty, play and joy of my Puerto Trip on Instagram and also here on my blog as we travel on the island and surrounding areas. You know


Perfect Yeast Rolls Tips & Recipe

My enthusiasm for sharing things that really work is at an all time high right now. Whether it is gardening ideas seasoned with joy, perhaps a simple decorating tip or a tried and true scrumptious recipe. I'd like to share them all with you and today I am sharing a recipe for Perfect yeast rolls! Are they picture perfect...no but they are mighty tasty. I know this for certain, the more time that I spend with my hands in the garden soil or in a cup of flour the more I know that I have truly reclaimed my passion, renewed my purpose and have revisited skills and hobbies that I have always enjoyed and found to be productive. So in this world of unpredictably I am going to be consistently sharing the predictable aspects of my life with you. I hope that you will enjoy incorporating a few of these predictable recipes, gardening tips and such into yours too. For my sweet friends on INSTAGRAM  this recipe is especially for you! Perfect Yeast Rolls Recipe from my real kitchen to yours and


Five Gardening Benefits For Your Body

My husband and I recently returned form a rejuvenating trip to Colorado, and even though we were terribly sad to be leaving our Mountain views behind us we were delighted to find our organic veggie and flower garden flourishing and producing. After hurriedly unpacking my suitcase and starting a load of wash I immediately headed out to the garden to begin weeding and watering. As I was bending, twisting and tugging at those pesky weeds I began thinking of all of the benefits that our garden was providing me. Today I am super excited to be sharing those five gardening benefits with you! The simple act of gardening has so many physical and mental benefits. Gardening provides moderate exercise that can take us right from our twenties and well into our eighties. Want to reduce anxiety, tension and stress just try spending an afternoon cultivating, weeding or watering your garden. So whether you garden on your patio,in containers,a community garden or in your own backyard you are about to be