New layout for the blog!

I updated the layout for the blog this week. I hope you like it. I’ve been meaning to do this all year and finally got around to it. Still trying to figure out a few things here and there, but one thing I’m excited about is my new ‘Shop my Instagram’ tab in the drop down menu on my ‘Shop’ tab. I don’t have a lot of looks in there yet, but I’ll be adding more as I go.

To use the ‘Shop my Instagram’ tab, click on a photo in there and all of the items from that look will appear underneath the photo. Voila! I update items as they sell out, so you can find similar items to create that look.

I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday weekend as we transition from fall into winter. {Yikes!} I’m not looking forward to the cold weather, myself. But, we put up our Christmas tree today, so onward we go toward the next season, ready or not!

In the meantime, I’m enjoying the last of the fall colors… Here are some of my recent photos so you can enjoy them with me.

 

Ladybug and leaf

Ladybug and leaf

 

Trio of red

Trio of red

 

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden

 

Oak leaves in the fall

Oak leaves in the fall

 

Looking down

Looking down

 

Red leaf

Red leaf

 

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Thoughts and prayers are welcome here

As we drove along to OHSU yesterday for my mom’s chemo appointment, I was just in awe of the beautiful colors on the trees lining the sides of the row. Mostly yellows and oranges with bits of red thrown in. Wow. I’m sure it will all be gone by the time we go back again, but it sure was a pretty drive on a beautiful fall day.

A couple of weeks ago we went to Schedeen’s nursery and produce stand in Gresham. As Saturday market is drawing to a close, this one will keep going through December – where it will turn into a Christmas tree lot before closing for the winter.  There were a lot of pretty fall colors there, as well. I’m trying to just enjoy it all before we trade it in for the bleakness of winter. Bleh. Not looking forward to winter at all…

Enjoy the beauty that is around you in this season!

 

Schedeen's Fresh & Local

Schedeen’s Fresh & Local

 

Bunny bird bath

Bunny bird bath

 

Pink straw flower

Pink straw flower

 

One lonely flower

One lonely flower

 

Lemons and limes

Lemons and limes

 

Red hot chili peppers

Red hot chili peppers

 

Mini pumpkins

Mini pumpkins and gourds

 

Purple ruffles

Purple ruffles

 

To any of you who sent me thoughts and prayers as I had a major setback in healing my back a couple of weeks ago. Thank you. I know that phrase is getting a bad rep on Facebook, and I just want to say, as far as I am concerned, I will welcome any thoughts and prayers coming my way because, for one, who am I to be worthy and blessed to be in your thoughts or prayers in the first place? And second, I believe in the power of prayer! I believe it can heal my mother’s cancer. I believe prayer can help heal me or place me in the hands of someone capable of healing me – in my case, the chiropractor, the acupuncturist, or the people at the physical therapy office – and if that doesn’t work, I’m sure God will place me in someone else’s very skilled hands to heal me up. Or heal me Himself.

I’m not sure what this world is coming to where everyone has to criticize everyone else in order to feel better about themselves. I blame social media. When one person gets on a band wagon about something, everyone else jumps on and blindly follows. I’m not even sure what a band wagon is, but I certainly don’t want to jump on one with the rest of the world.

So many of the people I know are so far away, all they can do is send thoughts and prayers. Even if you are closer to me, what can you do to help me along in the healing process, anyway?  I need to go work with my team of ‘healers’ in order to gain the healing I need to move on from this place in my life.  No one can do it for me. If I’m in a lot of pain and you live nearby, food is always welcome. And by food, I mean the good stuff. Sweets. Desserts. Treats. Or, you can just throw dark chocolate at me and slowly back away… Just kidding. (But not about the dark chocolate. I never joke about dark chocolate. )

If you are nearby and also in pain, perhaps we could form a pain buddies group. Where we sit around lounging on junk food and doing mellow things that won’t cause any of us to be in more pain. Haha. Otherwise, I just want to say, your thoughts and prayers are welcome here…

 

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