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The queen surveying her land.

The queen surveying her land.

The one time I don’t have my phone on me

I just went outside to check on the dogs because they were barking like crazy and at the edge of the electric fence boundaries, and lo-and-behold when I get to where I can see better what they are barking at, there is a moose in my back field. He even turned around to look at the dogs (and I was half afraid he would charge us) but looked rather disinterested. I have been here for 8 years and not once have I seen a moose. A moose! He was one big motherfucker, I’ll say that. I was too stunned to run back and get my camera before he loped off into the woods. I will never walk out of the house without my phone again.

Sep 3
I was tagged by sabaceanbabe to post the last photo I took on my phone. Pretty sure the last one was this one of my Azkaban shirt. The ones before that were of my kids (& I try not to post them without their permission), so going back a little more, is this gem taken at the ice cream barn we frequent at every opportunity. These two were quite the pair—playing & climbing and bleating all over the place. This was the only time they slowed down for me to get a cute shot.
Feel free to participate in this one if you’d like!

I was tagged by sabaceanbabe to post the last photo I took on my phone. Pretty sure the last one was this one of my Azkaban shirt. The ones before that were of my kids (& I try not to post them without their permission), so going back a little more, is this gem taken at the ice cream barn we frequent at every opportunity. These two were quite the pair—playing & climbing and bleating all over the place. This was the only time they slowed down for me to get a cute shot.

Feel free to participate in this one if you’d like!

This is a tumblr hug :) Pass it on to at least 10 of your favorite followers and remember don’t break the chain (◕‿◕✿)

Thank you one of my favorite mutuals! I could use a hug today. My house has been swarmed by roofers for the last 2 weeks and I’m about done with the whole process. Hugs are definitely appreciated today. 

Pictures from my morning stroll

Aug 8

If you receive this it means you make someone happy! Go on anonymous and send this to 10 followers that make you happy, or some you feel need some cheering up. If you get some back, even better!

Anonymous

Aww, thank you Nonnie! I really appreciate that! There’s nothing better than a hug from a friend with great taste in sunglasses. 

Aug 3

This is a tumblr hug :) Pass it on to at least 10 of your favorite followers and remember don’t break the chain (◕‿◕✿)

Aw! Thank you!!! I love warm tumblr hugs!

(and Colin kisses!)

This is a tumblr hug. Pass this to at least 10 of your favorite tumblr followers. Make sure you don’t break the chain. Happy tumblr hugs!

Thank you, my friend! Right back at you!!!! (BTW, lovin’ the new Sam icon…rawr!)

Field trip! Big sky lakeside.

Field trip! Big sky lakeside.

Here have a mid summer’s eve. Complete with frogs (we’ve had a lot of rain) and birds. It’s a beautiful night.

Books that have stayed with me

writejenwrite tagged me in this and since I’ve done it a couple of times on my fandom account, I thought I would just put both lists here too. :)

1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
3. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
4. The Exiles Trilogy by Ben Bova
5. The Dueling Machine by Ben Bova
6. The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
7. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
8. South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
9. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
10. Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor

Part 2:

1. The Grounding of Group 6 by Julian F. Thomson
2. Jackaroo by Cynthia Voigt
3. Little, Big by John Crowley
4. The Sword of the Spirits Trilogy by John Christopher
5. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
6. The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
7. Turning the Mind into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham
8. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
9. A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle
10. “Repent Harlequin Said the Ticktockman” by Harlan Ellison (this is sort of a cheat because it is a short story, but I looooooove it)

Thanks for tagging me! 

My favorite yard flowers are finally in bloom.

maria-of-all-trades:

updownbindery:

So, today is all about the bracelets in our books and bracelets give away. 

These beauties are made by the amazing maria-of-all-trades. I wish you could hold them and touch them and try them on, because the photos can’t do them justice. They are intricate and colorful and so very lovely. All my books are atwitter with excitement over their matching baubles. 

You can enter the give away at http://bit.ly/1oOWeYo if you’re interested. Just remember, it ends June 21, and there are tons of ways to get extra entries.

Thanks to everyone who has taken some interest in my bracelets! I love doing beaded kumihimo and have had a great time taking some abstract ideas and turning them into something wearable.

The “book” bracelet is one of my favorites (followed by an "ocean" bracelet I made for an aunt). I did design in an actual sentence into the book bracelet above. It’s one of my favorite quotes from Pema Chodron’s book Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change and is attributed to Shantideva. “I, too, am a brief and passing thing.” Sometimes I think we all need a reminder that nothing is forever including us, so it’s important to live fully. So, I hope whoever wins this bracelet does just that: enjoy life and live it fully.

Thanks again to updownbindery for letting me tag along in her amazing book giveaway!

If you haven’t yet, please consider joining in our little (yet epic) book & bracelet giveaway. There’s still time! 

maria-of-all-trades:

First, I just listed these in my Etsy shop! Prices range from $18-$22. I also take custom order requests. You can contact me here or via my shop.

Secondly, I’d like to welcome all my new followers who have come aboard through the giveaway with updownbindery. I really appreciate the interest and hope even if you don’t win, you might find something that speaks to you here. If you ever have an idea for a bracelet theme, please feel free to share with me. Ask box is always open! I will also be branching out into some other fandoms for some cool looking bracelets you can wear anytime! If you have fandom requests, I will take those too.

Thanks again for sticking around!
Maria

Jun 6

ekdysis-epochi replied to your photo “This lovely view and the rain that went with it greeted me this…”

So beautiful.

And gone in less than 5 minutes. It was worth the 5am wake up.