A Morning Stroll

Last weekend I went on a glorious morning walk all by myself. The birds were fluttering about and singing their hearts out and I was heaven!
A few months ago I got a Field Guide to local birds and it's been really fun identifying them. Above is a Lesser Goldfinch.
Below are three more feasting away. I stood and watched them for several minutes.
As I walked on I came to a large pond which I'd never seen before. I'm not sure how I missed it all these years as I've walked by the area too many times to count.
I saw this Mourning Dove and managed to snap a couple pictures before it flew away. Shane loves Mourning Doves and is very good at imitating their call.
This next picture is very dark but if you look closely you'll see a chubby sparrow.
Death of a moth.
Last but not least is the adorable Spotted Towhee!
Thanks for coming along on my walk!

♥ anne


Hanging Herb Garden

Sometimes not having a backyard can be hard, especially when I see beautiful, bountiful home gardens and all the homegrown goodness they produce. I've considered getting a space at our local community garden but it has a 2 year waiting list. I also thought about doing a container garden but we already have so many plants on the patio and there really isn't any floor space left. That got me thinking about hanging gardens...
Last year I was at a local nursery and saw these cool wool pocket plant hangers. I decided then that that was what I needed to do when I was ready to get going on a garden.
Since I don't have too much experience growing food I thought I'd start with herbs. Things are going great so far! I plan on slowly purchasing more pockets and trying out some veggies.
Ruben made me this delicious salad using some of our herbs and it was so tasty I thought I'd share the recipe.

For the salad-
Your choice of lettuce chopped
thinly sliced onion
chopped raw walnuts, apples and celery

3 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T white balsamic vinegar
1 sage leaf minced
small amount of mint minced
salt and pepper

Hope you enjoy it!

♥ anne


Picture Perfect vs Real Life

Last week when I was snapping a photo of the raw brownies I had made I got a good laugh at the photo vs real life. Often times we can make a moment seem much different than the reality and I thought this was a perfect example.
Real life can be messy, cluttered and as far from perfect as you can get and I'm excited to show that side a little more around here.

♥ anne



With such nice weather, we've been outside a lot lately. Last Sunday we went to visit my sister with my mom and on our way we stopped by the Poppy Reserve. There weren't too many poppies yet but it was still very beautiful.
We've also been exploring near home much more and have been discovering all sorts of cool places.
A while back Mary posted about owl pellets which I found very fascinating. We have lots of owls in the area so I figured it might be somewhat easy to find some. After walking around the base of several trees hunched over, I managed to find a couple. I know some might find it kind of gross but I was so excited! I was hoping to get a whole skull but ended up with random bones and what looked to be like a section of a jaw bone. I think the kids will find this interesting and can't wait to find more.
And here's a cute picture of Maggie. I don't want you to leave here grossed out :)
♥ anne


Inspiration Dress

I thrifted this pretty floral dress last year when I was pregnant with Margaret. Originally I was going to sell it because it looked like it would be too small for me but I decided to compare it to some of my other dresses with a similar cut. I was pleased to see that it should fit when I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight.

Ten months postpartum and I'm still very far away from my previous weight. Considering this is my 5th time loosing baby weight I'm well aware of the fact that it doesn't come off easily for me. I've learned to remain calm about it and accept where I am but I'm ready to shed the extra pounds. Currently I can't wear 80% of my wardrobe and I refuse to buy new clothes when I have all my favorites hanging in the closet. I decided to hang my dress in my room as extra motivation.
Lent has officially begun and since it's a penitential time of year I plan on getting serious about about my health. Change in diet and lifestyle is never easy but I'm ready for the challenge. I am going raw again until Easter (you can read about my history with raw food here) and am pretty excited about it. This way of eating (plus exercise) is the only way I've successfully lost and kept weight off plus I feel much more balanced mentally. Hopefully in couple months my inspiration dress and all my other clothes will fit again.

For some yummy raw recipes check out some old posts here.

♥ anne



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Say what?

I've been obsessed with lyrics ever since I was a kid. I remember always getting super excited when I'd get a new album, tape or cd and the lyrics would be on the inside. Often times they weren't included so I'd sit there and listen, pause, write and repeat until I had the whole song written down. I was never a great student and my dad used to get very irritated and say, "If you know all the words to every song how come you can't memorize your ____?" (times tables, spelling words, etc...). I never had an answer but I guarantee if my school day would have revolved around music, I probably would have done much better. 
That being said, I haven't always gotten the words quite right. Sometimes when you assume you know what is being said you never consider that you might have it wrong. Sometimes you go from being a kid to an adult and still have it wrong. And sometimes when you're in your 30's and finally realize what's actually being said you have a big laugh!
Today I'd like to share some of my "scuse me while I kiss this guy" moments. I'll start with my earliest mistakes-

Song- Bette Davis Eyes
Artist- Kim Carnes

Real lyric- She got Bette Davis eyes
mistaken lyric- She got potato eyes

Hahaha! This song came out in 1981, which means I was 3. That totally explains why I got this one wrong because it doesn't sound like "potato eyes" at all and since I didn't know who Bette Davis was it kinda makes sense. right? And yes, I realize I was 3 but I do in fact remember this. My husband always jokes that I remember my birth :)
Song- Fly Like An Eagle
Artist- Steve Miller Band

Real lyric- Shoe the children with no shoes on their feet
Mistaken lyric- Shoot the children with no shoes on their feet

I'm really embarrassed to admit that it was only a couple years ago that I figured this one out. I always wondered why you'd want to shoot kids because they didn't have shoes on. haha Wow!  I feel really stupid right now! Oh but I'm about to feel even more silly after you read the next one!

Song- Sleigh Ride

Real lyric-  Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling, "YOO HOO !"
Mistaken lyric- Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling you Who.

Yep, until last year I always wondered why you'd call someone "Who". It's so ridiculous that my husband didn't believe me this morning when I told him that's what I thought it said.

Song- She Caught The Katy
Artist- Taj Mahal

Real lyric- She caught the katy
Mistaken lyric- She complicated

Ruben and I recently argued over this one and I lost big time! I was SO sure it did not say "She caught the Katy". Listen to it and tell me what you think.

Song- Latest Flame
Artist- Elvis

Real lyric- And Marie's the name of his latest flame
mistaken lyric- And the reasoning of his latest fling

It never made sense. Now I know why!

Ok, Ive embarrassed myself enough! Here's a recent song that I knew couldn't being saying what it sounded like it was saying.

Song- Blank Space
Artist- Taylor Swift

Real lyric- Got a long list of ex-lovers
Mistaken lyric- Starbucks lovers

My daughter likes Taylor Swift so when this song came out I heard it a couple times a day. I knew there was no way she was saying "Starbucks lovers" but it totally sounded like it. I asked Alex what the lyrics were and she said everyone at school also thought she said "Starbucks". Then I thought maybe she was saying "star crossed lovers". That would make sense. Nope. A quick web search revealed the true lyrics!

Alright, now it's your turn to share your "wrapped up like a douche" moments! If you were ever going to leave a comment here, this would be the time! 

♥ anne
Got a long list of ex-lovers