Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Thursday, July 2, 2015

July Goals and an Update for June

For the past couple months I have I created and shared a few goals for myself. I have found this to be extremely helpful in how I prioritize my time. 

My goals for JUNE with an update....

  • run 75 miles, including a 7, 8 and 9 mile run (one of each) - I'm having a bit of hip pain lately, so I'm going to give myself grace if I don't meet this goal Sadly I developed bursitis in my hip and had to stop running for several weeks. I've had a cortisone shot and am feeling better, so I hope to get back to running this month. I'll also start physical therapy next week, so we'll see what that looks like.
  • start push up challenge I did well with this for the first 3 weeks, then vacation...
  • two ab workouts each week see above
  • practice violin daily YES!
  • practice mandolin daily no...too busy with violin
  • read Madame Bovary YES!
  • follow Fly Lady method of cleaning and decluttering by zones YES!
  • drink 5 glasses of water each day YES!
  • complete end of school year portfolio YES!
  • book family music gig (or busk somewhere) YES! - we played at the farmer's market twice and once at a winery (on vacation). We have several gigs booked for this month. 
  • put together photography portfolio for neighborhood show Totally forgot about this...

And now my goals for July...
  • run 50 miles (if my hip allows...only time will tell)
  • continue push up challenge
  • two ab workouts each week
  • practice violin daily
  • practice mandolin twice a week
  • read 6 books (1 being a read aloud with kids) - giving myself a break from classics and just reading whatever sounds good to me
  • catch up in daily Bible reading (and stay caught up!) - I've fallen behind again.
  • follow Fly Lady method of cleaning and decluttering by zones
  • clean out garage
  • make plans for next school year
  • put together photography portfolio for neighborhood show

Do YOU set monthly goals for yourself?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Black and White Wednesday ~ Passion Flower

The passion flower.....

this is such an amazing flower...
so much drama from every angle

Linking up with  Black and White Wednesday

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Northern Washington and Victoria, BC

taking a moment to find joy in the little things

We visited Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC and they were breathtaking. 
I took so many photos! It's hard to capture the beauty of this place, so I'll just share a few of my favorites.

There are five main gardens:
the Sunken garden (an old limestone quarry), the Rose garden,
the Japanese garden, the Italian garden and the Mediterranean garden
from the Italian garden

from the Japanese Garden

We had grandparents visiting from Illinois which is why we took this trip. We stayed near the Olympic mountains and drove into Hurricane Ridge - WOW! It was gorgeous.

On our way back to the house, we saw 7 male elk in a field. So cool.

This is probably more pretty than funny but even the garbage cans at the 
Butchart Gardens were pretty. I think all garbage cans should be mini gardens.

I always feel slightly overwhelmed when I return from trips. I thrive on routine and there has been nothing routine about my life lately - nor do I see much routine in the weeks ahead. I'll just keep plodding through and enjoying the adventures and moments as they come.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Good, Random, Fun ~ Week

the GOOD
playing at a winery, hearts in nature, shrinking plant
hummingbirds and butterflies in my back yard
macro goodness

trails, daisies and frogs
blues skies ~ flowers, driftwood and rocks
sunsets, cats and flowers

the FUN
instagram theme of "my week of three of a kind"
biking, hydrangeas and reflections
frogs, violins and trees

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Black and White Wednesday

Here are my black and white photos from the week - no particular theme, just random shots I liked in black and white.

Linking up with  Black and White Wednesday

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Garden Goodness

taking a moment to find joy in the little things

My yard and garden is far from spectacular or what I dream of having, and yet it's a place I've created over the past 5 years of living here and it brings me so much joy. I love trying new things (I rearrange the garden like some rearrange furniture in their house) and I love checking on the daily progress of what's growing. 

Today's photos all come from my back yard this past week...

getting this photo made me giddy!!!

I got these two photos (same hummingbird, different head angle) while I was writing this post! If I look of the window and see a hummingbird, I grab the camera and head out...usually I leave the camera settings  mostly set up so all I have to do is start shooting.

So far I'm only harvesting lettuce and raspberries, but I'm so happy to see zucchini and tomatoes growing. (also cucumbers. carrots and green beans!) And my herbs are fabulous...

I just love this arch my husband built for me for mother's day...
love, love, love!

Some of our backyard visitors are peskier than others....I saw this guy and decided to photograph him. 

As I headed outside, I noticed this cat perched on the fence - Never seen him up there like that and it was a beautiful moment. 

Isn't it amazing how much the light changes when you take a step or two in a different direction?

Back to find that squirrel...

FROGS....we have so many frogs! I wish I could get a photo that shows you just how many there are, but I can't. They seem to congregate in one area of the garden and when you walk over there, the bushes and plants just start hopping with frogs. They are very timid and will hop away at the first chance they get. I love to find them hiding in the flowers. I think you'll get the idea from the following pics that I snapped in one visit out to the garden.

another photo capture that made me giddy!

do you see the bit of green right in the center under the petal - it's another frog!