The Land of Medicine Buddha

This morning I dropped my children off at school then headed to explore Land of Medicine Buddha.  I heard that it was beautiful from two different friends and it was time to take my own hike and see what it was all about.

It is a Buddhist retreat that is open to the public.  It is very well-kept and absolutely gorgeous to hike though.

I read that the hike was about 6 miles, but I did the 8 Verses Loop Trail and calculated 2 to 2 1/2 miles.  Perfect for a nice stroll and a time of reflection.  In would be great with the kiddos.  Not too short and not too long.  It would be great for them to go and read the Verses and reflect a little as well.

I look forward to going back and exploring the Enchanted Forest.  Maybe that is where the longer hike wraps around.  I look forward to finding out.

Anyway, it was just what I needed this morning, before the rest of the day got away from me.  The forest is so amazing where I live.  I will never tire of it.

As I passed by all of he ferns, I was reminded of my Grandma Marge.  When we would go to Oregon, she would go into the mountains and dig up small ferns and bring them home to plant in her yard.  I have her love for ferns as well.  She was a beautiful woman.

Next time I take this hike, I won’t be taking any photos, so I decided to take them all today.  It was so beautiful I just couldn’t help myself.  It was all worth being documented.

I used the prayer wheel as soon as I arrived.  I’m not religious, but it never hurts to put out what you would like to receive in this universe.  I just felt, right.

I hope you enjoy the many photos I took today.  :)

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“5 Reasons To Create The Perfect Date Night (At Home)”


This is perfect, because I just today sent my Husband a little text today telling him that I would love a date night soon. A great read for those of you that cherish your relationship, but sometimes need a little boost.

Af for us, we have 4 children. We definitely need a better lock on our bedroom door. More adventure could be had if that lock were to happen. Wink! Wink!

I feel like spending time one-on-one is so very important. I actually crave it.

I like that he talks about conversing in more ways than just talking. Communicating with touch, sight and body language can get lost after you are together for a long time. Sometimes it is hard to get back and can be frustrating. If you have two willing people though, there should be no problem rekindling that love, emotion and fire.

I crave that fire.



Originally posted on James Michael Sama:

There is a recurring theme in my articles which focuses around paying close attention to romance when building, and maintaining a relationship. Anyone who has visited this site before knows my viewpoint on the importance of keeping the spark alive, so to speak.


While it is great to find new things to do with your significant other, go on adventures, and have frequent date nights – I think it is equally as important to make sure you are taking the time to slow down your busy lives for a bit, and just connect.

Without getting into too many personal details, I have always found that a great way to enhance this connection is through, specifically, massage. You may have heard people talk about the ‘5 Love Languages,’ and mine has always been more focused on touch.

Whether it is something simple as giving a back or foot massage while you’re…

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To Walk in My Town

I’ve been able to get out a bit over the past week and take a few walks.  I wanted to share these beautiful shots with you.  Simple to take great photos, even with a cell phone, when you live in such a beautiful place.  :)

Train tracks and daisy’s seem to be my theme this week. 












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In this photo I did larger sections to have larger, looser curls.


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To the man holding a sign, standing on the road divider, in the middle of the road, asking for money…

If you know me, you know that I am kind hearted. I don’t think that I could exist without  helping people. I give in so many ways. I could write a list two miles long. Well, today I saw a man standing on the road divider while I was driving through the stop light. Standing with his cardboard sign asking for money. Well, today I had an overwhelming desire to yell, “get a fucking job!” There, I’m not perfect. I’m not a saint. I’m just me. Having a negative thought crossing my mind. Maybe it sounds mean, but geeze, people stand everywhere asking for money these days. It IS their job. It’s crazy. Gone are the days when you can tell if someone really needs help, or not. It sucks. It sucks for us caring and loving types that always want to help. It also takes away from those that may truly need it. It irritates me. Obviously. :)


Food Freak-Out

This commercial freaks me out every time I see it. Scares me really.

When I was at the grocery store today getting some tortilla chips and cereal for my Boys, along with a few other items, I look around freaked out. I bought the  few things I needed, then I only bought Bananas, Grapes and Cuties in the produce area. I didn’t even see a reason to get anything else. I told myself that I would just hit the fruit stand today later on.

What it all comes down to, is that things have really changed since I was a kid. Yeah, the soda and snacks are still around, but the ingredients have changed. It scares me. I also scares me how much more of it all there is. I don’t want to give my children something that I would regret for their health later. Yes, I said regret. I say that, because I don’t believe in regrets for myself, but for my children it would kill me if I wasn’t feeding them healthy enough today and it affected their health later.

It is up to me to teach them right from wrong. Healthy, and non healthy. I most comfortable with beef, chicken and seafood. Along with fresh vegetables and fruit. Rice on occasion. Pasta on occasion too. It’s hard to care for others.

Don’t get me wrong, I still bake with sugar, butter and flower.  I would way rather bake for my children than to buy them junk from the store.  It’s not every day though.  I’m hoping that I can teach them some balance.

I saw this video again today after Super Bowl, because I was in my Weight Watchers account. Logging my 3.7 ounces chicken breast that I just ate for lunch. I clicked on the link and it just struck me.  Hard.  Sometimes I feel like what they eat is so out of my hands, it freaks me out.  Sigh, I just worry about their healthy future.

Just thought I would share my thoughts. :)


Missing My Family

I woke up this morning during a dream. With a wash of sadness over me.

My Husband, 4 Boys and I, drove to pick up my Great Aunt Lolly. I was impressed that Andrew knew where she lived. We pulled in front of the small house and I got out. I went inside and was greeted. I can remember by whom. Great Aunt Lolly wasn’t there as of yet and we were to wait.

As I went further into the house other relatives were there. My Great Aunt Hazel sitting at a small table with three others. Again, I can’t remember who now. Frustrating that happens with dreams. Great Aunt Hazel was telling me how much I looked like someone. I was peering into her face thanking her. It had been so long since I had seen her and I was so happy.

As we were all chatting more people started showing up in the family. By the fives and tens. The house was still decorated for the holidays. I assumed they were coming to help clean up. They were grabbing white garbage bags as they came in.

At one point I was sitting outside watching a huge truck load of relatives show up. Young and old. All dressed beautiful for the day. There was music playing. Everyone was dancing in the room to the left past the Christmas tree. Smiling, having an absolutely wonderful time. Other rooms were filled with people sitting and talking. All enjoying each other with more smiles from ear to ear. There must have been over a hundred people there at this point.

As I sat watching all of this unfold in front of me, I started getting very sad and extremely envious. Wishing I had been invited to this amazing event. Not feeling so left out and alone.

I guess what this comes down too is I miss my Mother. I was showing a friend an old photo of her last night.

I also miss the gatherings my Great Grand Parents and also my Grand Parents would have at their homes. Most of the older relatives in my dream are all passed on.

I still crave being with my family. In reality, unless I set something up, I don’t see anyone. It breaks my heart. I think about it all of the time.

I miss that sense of family and the connection. Even though, my Father has lived with me for 15 years, I don’t understand why we don’t have it any more and I miss it so much. That family connection. All I can do is to keep reaching out. Keep setting things up and plan larger events. My goal this year is to plan my first of many, huge family reunions. I’ll make it happen. I know I can.

Hug someone you love today. Call someone you miss and tell them you love them. :)