Getting Old Aint for Sissies
Thats what my granddad used to say. I remember listening to his stories about when he was in the army, how he survived a plane crash, when he would to farm with a team of horses and had to use an out house in 20 below weather growing up. I am sure a lot of us have grandparents that lived like this or maybe even parents that have amazing stories about how it used to be. When you take time to listen to the older generation it really opens your mind to how things have rapidly changed for us in our lives. Its important to have a healthy balance of simple times and the now. For example I am really glad we have indoor plumbing and the internet but its still good to have a garden and grow your own fresh vegetables.
What are some stories your grandparents have told you?
Walking through this old farm house I was letting my imagination run wild. I kept thinking I would see a ghost run from an open door or see someone pass a window. No more scary movies for me! I am happy to report we did not see any ghosts and on a more realistic note we also did not see any rodents.
Take every chance to learn.
Push through your comfort zone.
Explore new subjects.
Meet new people.
One of the ways we start off our weekend is to occasionally make breakfast outside by the camp fire. Since we can't camp every weekend we try to get some outdoor time this way. Doing this helps us get into a different headspace. Just spending that little amount of time outside getting some fresh air and campfire bacon makes it feel like we took a mini vacation.
It's baby season. If you drive out into the country this month make sure to check out all the little calves in the fields. They are so cute running laps around all the moms. I was driving up our dirt road just to get a photo of at least one of the little calves and saw that one of the cows escaped. After taking a few photos and seeing that the cow still hadn't figured out how to get back with his friends I headed over to the near by farm.
As soon as I pulled over I was greeted by an orange farm cat and the farmers puppy. The farmer was not home so I got my neighbor to call him. It's such a small community everyone helps out.
Listen to the Rain
Let it soothe your spirit. Smell the freshness.
Hear the patterns. See the cleansing. The way trees
and plants drink it in. Feel the renewal.
~ Patrick Lindsay
I woke up this morning and put on the warmest thickest socks I have. Made a fresh cup of warm coffee and sat down at my desk. It makes it easy to work inside with all these rainy days.
We are so thankful for all this moisture. I don't remember how long its been since our grass was this green. All the neighborhood birds are bathing in puddles and bouncing around the yard looking for worms. It's pretty lively out there.
Its time to start planning your next adventure. Where do you go to be in nature? Where is your favorite place to visit?
Ben and I love going to South Dakota that is where this photo was taken. We also love the mountains in Banff up in Canada. Now there is an amazing place to visit. It has been a year now since we traveled home to visit my family. We are going to try to visit some but with the upcoming wedding season we might have to make it in the fall.
Last time we visited Banff my family made sure to have Ben get the “real deal” Canadian experience. We stayed at my uncles cabin in the mountains and explored the woods. We had to be careful because there were cooler tracks everywhere. We made ben try the traditional Canadian dish, Poutine. Its basically french fries with gravy on top. Before we left Banff we stopped by the Beaver tail to get…. well a beaver tail. Wow that sounds Canadian. you will be happy to know its not a real beaver tail its just tried break with Nutella and banana on top.
I miss Canada.
Sing badly and loudly.
Skip down the street.
Go to that open mic night.
Uncensor your personality.
More people will smile.
- Jessica Hagy
After a long day of traveling Ben and I could not stop laughing at the tire pump station we found in Vienna. It became our favorite joke for the next 2 weeks.
This is my favorite photo from our trip.
We made a mini file for Levi’s “warning slips”. That sucker is getting full. I truly believe every office needs an office cat. It makes the day pass with the best interruptions.
If you haven't already picked up on my little hints here and there I am a terrible speller. My spell check and I have a love-hate relationship. Now working from home my only co-workers are Levi (our cat intern) and Pepper (our neighbors lab) we are sitters for. I have to rely on spell check 100% of the time. Oh how I miss the days when I could yell a random word in the office and would have at least 2 people spell it out loud for me. We had a good system did we? .....Nancy and Lisa
But yesterday my spell check decided to lash out at me, when it didn't even bother to try its voodoo magic on an email to a prospective Bride. There were 12 words wrong and that doesn't even include all the made up punctuation I invented. Luckily, after realizing what just happened I followed the email with another, confessing the spelling nightmare they had just received.
They were really nice about it.
I guess that's why Ben and I became creatives.
As with your body, if you don't use your mind, you’ll lose it. So treat your mind with the same respect as your body. Excise it, rest it, expand its capacity. Read, meditate, question, challenge. Do puzzles. Learn a language. Push your mental boundaries.
- Patrick Lindsay
Going out to this old farm house was just another way for us to have a daily adventure. Ben and I try to do things to keep our mind active and allow ourselves to dream. I have always thought this was so important for people as they grow and become adults. I think that's why Pintrist has been so great for everyone. Creating something and having a personal project is good for your soul.
Post: What are you working on during your free time to keep your mind active?
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