Thursday, September 25, 2014

Making Time for a Little R & R

Every morning upon waking, I greet the day with a quick prayer of gratitude.  
For my family, my health and the freedom to do what I love to do...everyday!  
My (garden)client roster has doubled this past season and I was thrilled with each new referral.
But, (you know what's coming, right?) I took on more than I could handle...
this landscape service has a staff of!
Running a little ragged by the end of the week is alright, as long as you have the weekend to recuperate.  Unfortunately, the weekends were even longer workdays for me.
June.  July.  August....I was running on empty!
 Hardest of all, my body could not keep up with what my mind thought it could do!
Achy joints, constant back pain, lack of all caught up with me.
The lovely scenes I'm sharing are of the retreat where I found my escape.
It's near the Pocono Mts. of Pennsylvania.
A haven of peace and tranquility.  
It not only nurtured my mind, but my body and spirit as well.
What's even lovelier is I got to spend it with my youngest daughter, Emma.
Great memories were made here during our 4-day stay.
Daily activities included quiet walks, a row on the lake, biking, 
tree gazing, or just staying in our bathrobes all day, if we so chose.
I attended meditation classes and there was even a workshop on "how to power nap"!
I slept through must've been good!
And every day ended with a soak in the infinity whirlpool.
Three gourmet meals a day did not help my diet, but everything was farm fresh and delicious!
Fly fishing, anyone?
S'mores every night at dusk...what a treat!
Isn't this the cutest tic-tac-toe set, ever?!
Em and I had fun making these birdhouses.
I even tried my hand at water coloring...don't laugh!
I still remember to count my blessings each day.  
I focus on the positive, keep calm and carry on, and should I need some down time,
I know exactly where to go...

Hope you all have a fabulous Friday!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Where've ya been, Lynn?!

 I guess that was a sign for me to update my blog!
Not two, but 3 friends recently asked why my blog has been so quiet.
I must say, it's nice to be missed!  
H. Pandora's Box:
 My only explanation....
I was kidnapped by aliens!
 Actually, the summer has pretty much been a blur.  I found myself on auto-pilot
most days.  More garden clients meant re-arranging my Zumba schedule a bit.
H. Wineberry Candy (one of my faves!)
But thankful for the extra earnings so I'm not complaining
(but, oh, my aching back!)
I'm sure you guys who garden full time can relate!
H. Who's Your Daddy
 I did get away for a 4-day Spa-cation and will share
pics on another post.
In garden news, my daylily collection is growing!  Many new mail-ordered
plants suffered neglect (delayed planting) and heat, but seem to
be doing well now...thank goodness!
 H. Peacock Curls
H. Bright Sunset
H. Ruby Spider is one of my new additions.  HUGE 9" blooms on tall, sturdy scapes...
certainly grabs your attention from across the garden!
And, I'm trying my hand at hybridizing again.
 It's easy to make crosses but I'm finally keeping records of
pod/pollen parents....let's see what comes of it!
H. Fooled Me
To my blog friends not yet growing daylilies, this is a great
time to find 50% sales at your local nurseries.
Easy, easy, perennials...every color of the rainbow.
But, a WARNING!  You will become addicted!
 H. Aaron Brown
 This beautiful red daylily is the one that started it all for me!
H. Scarlet Orbit
And with almost 80,000 different varieties, you can't grow just one!
I dare ya...

Happy Fall, guys!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday...


Saturday, July 5, 2014

The ultimate F word...

It's official!  I am freakin' F-F-FIFTY!
(THAT F word...haha!)
Yep, you heard (read) correctly!  Half a century old!
Though in Asian culture, time spent in the womb counts so I'm technically 51!
How the heck did THAT happen?!
You know that old saying, "time flies"?  Well, it truly does!
When I was a little girl, 50 looked ancient!  Do you remember thinking that, too?
Even our grade school teachers, in their 20's and 30's, seemed so old!
But now that I'm HERE, I certainly don't FEEL ancient.  
So what exactly does 50 feel like? 
Let's face it, 50 has gotten a lot younger as we have gotten older.
 Maybe it's because our views and fears on aging are so different now, right? 
To celebrate, I was lucky enough to plan a wonderful vacation in Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), dancing the week away.  Though I 'worked' 6 of the 7 days as a fitness instructor (teaching Zumba), I had a wonderful time!  Free accommodations, all the food and liquor you can handle, AND bring your spouse at no charge(!)...all in exchange for teaching an hour or two a was too good a deal!  And the perfect getaway to reflect and embrace the BIG 5-0.
There is no better feeling than seeing laughter and joy light up so many faces.  
Who doesn't love music and dancing!  I could do it 24-7!
Though my 50-yr. old joints would need a few squirts from the oil can!
I will cherish these memories for a very long time.
Back to the F word...
We also often hear, "age is just a number".
Age is so much more than just a number.  It's your state of mind, your spirit,
your life's journey.  How you live it.
That's what makes you whatever age.
I certainly don't have it all figured out yet, but I do try to learn from my actions,
and not just go in circles making the same mistakes.
I've learned if you have an itch to try something new, go for it!
Don't be afraid to fail. Dream.  Dream BIG!
Accept things you cannot control.  Learn to let go of baggage. 
Easier said than done I know, but, try.
Do more good.  Help others.  Make more friends.  
Realize that family and friends are more valuable than all the riches in the world.
 Appreciate them.  Tell them you LOVE them.  Every day.

Be hopeful.
Soar high.  
Also believe that what you seek seeks you.
 And, most importantly, get to know yourself.  Take time out each day and just be.
Meditate, read a book.  Take a walk, or dance like no one is watching. 
 Breathe deep and enjoy each day we are given.
 No, I'm not always this cheerful...ask my family! 
Life gets to me, too...and baffles me at times. 
Yet, it still delights...and I find treasures in the ordinary.

Don't be afraid of dark days. 
They are needed to make us appreciate the bright ones.

If I've learned one worthwhile truth, it's this:
After every storm...
appears a rainbow.
You just have to look for it.  It's there!
So here's to a new chapter and a new saying, "life begins at 50"
        Thanks for visiting, friends.  Enjoy your summer!