Sometimes my life is almost completely overwhelming. In those days I try to find some little peaceful details… here are today attempt.
I got up in time to see the sunrise, the most peaceful time of day for me, and was “attacked” by Odis the Tabby Cat while I was trying to get a few photos, I don’t trim her nails since she is mostly an outdoor cat, so, ouch! What are some of your stress management techniques??

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Country Living

I live in the super fertile, though drought ridden, San Joaquin Valley. This is harvest time, an extra dusty, but somehow exciting time of year. I don’t live in a farm exactly but we are surrounded by cotton fields, almond orchards, and grape vines. I have my fingers crossed all year the the hard working farmers have a fantastic harvest and can keep farming for another year at least. There are so many water issues, a lot of farmers and ranchers are having to move in, its sad. These are a few photos from this last week, our little hens started laying eggs too! 

Spring

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This spring has been different then last year already,  we got a bit more rain this winter, which is fantastic!  But all the bugs and weeds are going a little crazy, they are huge and so plentiful… and it’s only March!

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The sky here, it’s still breathtaking during storms, if I ever live in the woods again I will probably feel claustrophobic.

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Our ewes had lambs again,  six in total. This little brown male was my son’s favorite, they are to fast for us to catch now though.

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I’m trying new things with my herbs this year,  it’s a pipe garden! Is working great so far, the mint and oregano are happy. I also made a little shade for the succulents, the sun here is something else!

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Every garden needs a wine rack,  right?

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Georgia is huge now!

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Good night,  friends!  💜

California Cold

We finally have a winter in the San Joaquin Valley!  My succulents aren’t thrilled,  hopefully they do ok, but it’s so nice to have cold weather for a change! We had our best Christmas yet,  complete with a visit from Santa on Christmas eve, the kids were in awe.

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Frozen Almond tree, everything was covered in frost this morning.

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We made our annual Christmas ornaments with our friends,  the DeMercados, and Mama DeMercado have me the best mug ever.

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I did a fundraiser and was ableto buy 13 Arbonne shower sets for our local woman’s shelter, Hannah’s House. One of the best parts of my holiday season. I love Arbonne!

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So cozy. I hope you all had a peaceful and relaxing holiday!

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Pomegranate weekend

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This last weekend was a study in details, because the big picture was overwhelmingly unpleasant. But these details were gorgeous!

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A few weeks ago we harvest a lot of pomegranates and finally processed them, we got about three gallons of condensed pomegranates juice! So good! And not many things have more gorgeous details then a pomegranate.

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My dad has more muscles then I do, so he operated the press that is really an apple  press  (according to him,  haha)

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Look at that! Freezing it to use for,  everything 🙂

My friend Paul

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This is Paul Coakley, and this was on one of his more tame adventures about 11 years ago. He was so much fun.

He passed away last January. It had been probably 9 years since I had seen him, but Paul was the kind of friend that you knew would always he happy to see you, would genuinely want to know how you were doing and make you laugh. He had the best smile and laugh! I miss him. It makes me tear up every time I think of him. I still can’t really believe he is gone, I always thought we would get our kids together one day, thatmy family would go on adventures with him and his family. Jaxon would have adored Paul.

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Paul married a lovely lady named Ann, and they had the children together  (Ann was pregnant with their 4th when Paul passed). Their friends started a website to help her raise money for the medical bills, and to help remodel an old farm house on their family’s property. It was amazing to watch  their friends, families, and strangers cane together to take care of Ann and the children. The house was beautifully remodeled, the work was done with so much love, and was finished before little Paul Blaze was born!

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I still feel connected to the family (I have yet to meet Ann in person!), and to Paul, it still breaks my heart.
If you would like to learn more about this ridiculously wonderful man, and read stories about his adventures visit their website, http://www.livelikepaul.com

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This is the Paul Coakley family (This is not my photo)

You will be inspired. You will live more boldly, be more patient, loving and playful. Hopefully, you will want to #livelikePaul too! 💔💖💪

Sunrise on a Tuesday

For whatever reason,  Tuesdays are meaner than Mondays this year . It seems consistent, if I’m going to get bad news, it happens on Tuesday.
Yesterday morning was glorious though. This is what happened while we were waiting for my son’s bus.

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Central California isn’t beautiful at first glance. Or at most glances, haha. The sky makes up for the general ugliness, (thanks drought!), being within driving distance of the coast and the Sierra Nevada helps too. I am leaning to find beauty if less obvious places, and the less I resent being here,  the easier they are to find.

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The cotton field we live next to was harvested this last week, I’m not sure why so much gets left behind…

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Goodbye, Cotton

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It was in the 70’s today, and the cotton harvest has started, which is great because it had rained on this crop twice and I hear that isn’t ideal? Final selfie with this year’s cotton, haha. I live right next to it but know next to nothing about it, I should work on that.

For the whole summer this valley is naturally brown, dusty and HOT, but the cotton field was a green break for my eyes! The flowers, seed pods and then cotton, are each beautiful and still remarkable to me. 

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Now the fields with be brown but every else will start perking up! Mostly the weeds though… haha

Cotton field and Sunrise

On Wednesday’s my son doesn’t have school, but we magically wake up early anyway. We went out and watched the sun come up this morning… so good for the soul! I watch the sunrise and sunset as often as I can, makes me feel more centered.

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I treasure these moments, and these photos!

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