Thank you guys so much for all the support and kind words about my photography, my four years as well as the juicing thing for this week. Today marks day five on the green stuff and so far so good... Except for the second day where I was so hungry I swear I could have eaten my own arm. Just kidding, maybe.
Perhaps in the last post I didn't mention that the bean binge was two plus weeks long...Moderation is key and though I don't typically have a sweet tooth I do enjoy a treat now and then and love to bake and cook. It's just that this was just on another level and as one of my blog buddies mentioned "candy is bad for the jeans" Oh my gosh hilarious and so true. Trust me no one would want to see me running around the ranch, not even the animals without my jeans on! (Thanks Kar)
This week has been a busy here lots of clean up from last weeks storm. With the warm weather moving back in I've been spending a lot of time in the garden getting ready and planting spring seeds.
The music man and I have been talking about goats again. They and sheep are on the list and have been for a while. It's been all about the timing as to when to add them to the homestead. With all the rain we received last week it seems now is the time to prepare for them as in a couple months we will have a ton of wild grass and flowers growing everywhere. Perfect for natures lawnmower and weed abatement as we will in such a high fire area.
We're still working out if we should get babies or perhaps goats I can breed. I'm looking for duel purpose but not for meat instead for fiber and dairy and they are just not common to my area. So in the meantime we'll start building and preparing.
I don't have a sweet tooth and I don't crave chocolate or sugar, usually. I don't know what the deal is but lately I have been enjoying my fair share as well as a few dozen other peoples fair share of those darn delicious Jelly get in my Belly Beans.
A handful of these babies (about 35 pieces) is only 100 calories. I know it's all sugar but it's only 100 calories at least that's what I told myself. I have been picking up a small bag whenever I went into town and a couple weeks ago I was at our local big warehouse store and they had a huge container of beans. This was fantastic and my heart skipped a beat. I couldn't wait to dive into them! My favorite is the cherry and watermelon or maybe its the black licorice...Who am I kidding I enjoyed them all...Okay here's where it went from BAD to down right ugly. I ate almost all of them by myself, yikes!
Shockingly, this week my clothes don't fit and I feel sluggish. I think I have officially burned myself out on the whole refined sugar thing and that's a GOOD thing.
I'm thankful for the fresh clean greens that my garden is full of right now so as of yesterday I'm back to juicing.
Here's to giving myself some time this week to cleanse, get balanced and hoping I don't starve in the process lol... Cheers
Have you entered to win this image yet? I'll be drawing a winner this Friday
We finally got rain and a lot of it! The storms that visited us this last weekend were doozies. Although it didn't wipe out the dry conditions of our state it's a really good first step. Looks like we got close to four inches here at the ranch and the wind was intense. It howled for an entire day and night as well as blew the torrential rain sideways. I understand the storm has moved east and is now creating havoc across the US. Hoping things are okay in your hood...
Yesterday after chores and between rain drops I went and walked our property. Sadly we lost an old oak in the storm. I'm guessing it was around 40 or 50 years old but all in all we fared well. Here are a couple shots from my walk.
This is my neighbors pasture that sits caddy corner to ours and can you believe it... I found another heart in the sky...!!! What are the odds of capturing two gigantic heart shaped clouds in a matter days? Amazing. Do you see it? It's in the center of the photo.
I was so excited for the rain and prepping for it last week that I forgot to mention that Friday marked the fourth year of this lil blog of mine.
I wanted to celebrate and thank you by giving away a signed 8 x 12 metal infused print of the shot above.
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I'll be drawing a winner Friday March 7th, good luck and thank you guys for your friendship in blogland and your help in celebrating four years with me!
It looks like the storms the weatherman promised us will start rolling in later today and hanging out until Sunday. We're ready and I'm looking forward to some quiet days while the scorched earth here soaks in the desperately needed rain.
hiking down to the waters edge
I know so many of you are covered in snow and sub zero temps... Again and wondering if Spring will ever come to you.
I thought I would share some more shots from my trip to the beach from a couple weeks ago. I hope you'll find some warmth in these and know Spring is coming your way... I promise.
One of our favorite places to visit is here at this beach.
Balboa Island Ferry landing
Balboa Pier sunset
Sending warm wishes to you guys in the Polar Vortex and a happy joy joy to those of us in So Cal where we finally have whats looks to be a good rain storm, it just started drizzling while typing this up. Whoohoo!
This weekend the music man finished Ms. Punkin Pies shelter. She now has her top shelter finished as well as a wind break too. Of course while he worked the rest of us (check out Luna and Chancie, so sweet)
gave out hugs and kisses.
We went for a couple of walks. I took Punkin around the property while the dogs ran along with us and she seemed to really enjoy it.
Ms Goldie Girl.
I now have six of my eight girls laying again, whooohooooo! This was the longest molt ever, at least it felt that way.
We had a wonderful visit with family. The photo collage above proves that group jumping for a photo is really hard but super fun... That our sunsets at the ranch are incredible... And that Jack is a great photo bomber.
Apparently being a photo bomber is hard work. Someone is very tired today...
The weather man says we have a really good chance of rain next week. Fingers crossed... We need it so badly. We are in the tenth year of a drought and this winter has been by far the driest that I remember. Since getting Chance, adding more animals and expanding my garden I do pay close attention to the weather. When working towards a self sustaining life style and living in the boonies it's amazing how much more tuned in you are to the earth and I do love that.
This week it's been warm and windy. The other night at dusk the wind stopped and the dust particles floating around seemed to grab some extra color for another beautiful sunset over the ranch.
This weekend we have family visiting and are super excited. We'll also be finishing Ms Punkin Pies shelter just in case the rain really makes it our way but also for sun protection as summers here are very warm.
This week I've been spending some time organizing my photos. In going through them I noticed many of them featured my favorite boots. Seems my fashion these days are either these or my muck books. Perhaps not stylish for a NY fashion show but super perfect for here at the ranch.They're so comfy and I sure love them! Do you guys have a favorite pair of shoes?
My sister is a Valentine baby. Knowing I couldn't celebrate with her on her day I drove over to the coast a couple days before where we met up for an adventure. We had such a fun day! It started off with a hike down to the beach.
Where we walked through a tunnel that is as wide as the highway that sits above it, maybe 10 lanes wide.
The air was cool and you could feel the dampness on your skin. The walls were painted by different boy scout troops and the dates sitting next to their fabulous art work went back for more than 10 years. Cool right...
We had a wonderful lunch at a favorite place and then drove up the coast a bit more
where we visited a candy store who had super fun lollipop lips. I look a bit crossed eyed in this photo but it's okay, we don't get to do "sister selfies" to often.
I finished my visit at the waters edge soaking in the sunset and moon rise while looking down Balboa's beach.
I shot this from under the pier shortly after sunset and before hitting the road back towards the ranch. I sure love living where we do. Within a couple hours drive I can be at the beach, mountains or desert where there's no shortage of awaiting adventures.