Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Guest Room Redo ~ Part I (Dead Animal Room)




Say Bye-Bye Deer, boring linens, dark furniture!!
Fishing Rods to decorate with.... Really Jess?

I have had all I can possibly stand of this boring guest room aka Dead Animal Room!!  The boring brown linens, black furniture, dull dull dull.  Soon this dreary room will be transformed into the Spa Guest Room!  Dreary to Dreamy!!  Imagine the soft colors of sea glass with silver accents, bright white linens, white painted bed and dresser with silver mirror.  Silver bedside tables with decorative touches.  Reupholstered fabric covered bench and repainted legs.  Floor to ceiling drapes hung behind bed,  and new drapes to soften large window.  Replacing ceiling fan with a pretty chandelier and new rug for the floor.

I'm in love with this color palette!


$35 bucks for this mirror!

Project #1.  This mirror I found at Hausita Antiques in New Braunfels!  Stole it for 35 bucks!!  Love the lines, and love the large size!!  I removed the mirror from the back.  Super cleaned it with Denatured Alcohol that I picked up at The Home Depot.  Just poured some on a soft cloth and wiped away dust and dirt.  Spread out a drop cloth in the garage and sprayed with 2-3 coats of silver spray paint Rustoleum Silver Metallic Paint, letting dry about 20 minutes between coats. Let dry overnight. 

Love the result!  Super Shiney!!

Time to remount mirror and hang on the wall!!

Come back again for the continuing story of how to get rid of pesky deer!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Lavender and Luckenbach

Beautiful Texas Lavender

Today was a perfect day!  Beautiful skies full of big fluffy white clouds turning to thunderclouds and the glorious smell of rain off and on throughout the day.  Put the top down on the car, up again, down again, up again.  Sounds bad...far from it.  It really was perfect.  Finally after years of poor planning, I and a sweet friend of mine made it to the Blanco Lavender Festival.  EVERYTHING smells good there!  We just loved all of the vendors that take such pride in their homemade soaps, lotions, sprays, candles; you name it.  After a bit of roaming around smelling and touching everything and about a thousand "Oh look at this", we decided to run up the road a bit and actually go to a couple of the lavender farms.

Road to lavender fields

Lavender Fields

Mmmmm, smells amazing!!

 I want one of EVERYTHING!!!

In addition to the beautiful lavender there was a gorgeous peach orchard on the same property.  June is beginning of peach season here in Texas.  With all of the rain this spring, along with all of the beautiful wildflowers, we are due to have incredible peach crops!  I can't wait to start making peach preserves.  Peach with Pecans, Peach with Amaretto, Peach with Contreau, Peach with anything!!

These trees are loaded with peaches!!!

On a whim, we headed off to a favorite spot to have a few ice cold beers.  Just west of Blanco is the world famous Luckenbach Texas. At Luckenbach you will always find a "picker's circle"!  Folks just show up with whatever instrument they play, sit in a circle and play whatever music strikes their fancy. Today was a collection of many guitars, banjos, violins, a mandolin and believe it or not, a cello! It's an incredible experience where everyone is friends and you never know who you're going to meet and what part of the world they are from.  Pretty unique and very cool.  

About 25 pickers today!


Each one takes turns playing his or her own song, most of them originals.  Everyone else chimes in singing learning the words as they go and playing their instruments along with the star of the circle.  If you've got an instrument, just show up sit down and join in.  You will find yourself shocked and very impressed by the amount of talent!

Texas is awesome!!  It's no wonder there are so many people that move here so they can call it home too!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Color Filled World


Hello my name is Leslie and I AM a Pinterest stalker.  There, fine, I said it.  It is not an addiction I plan to seek help for.  How could I?  I get awesome ideas from there.  Well I think they are awesome and my husband is pretty tolerant, most of the time.  This one he really likes!  Duh, it's pretty cool, who wouldn't?

So here's the scoop....  I just happened to have a whole bunch of crayons sitting in a box and some canvases  I haven't used (other Pinterest ideas that maybe didn't work out so great).  I ordered a heat gun on Amazon!  Love it, and of course I assured my husband that it could be used for many other things. Right now I can't remember what they were, but hey we're prepared!  Got out ye old blow dryer, Exacto knives and covered my table with the roll of Christmas paper that if I have to look at one more year...you get it.



I used the knives to cut a slit in the paper around the crayons to remove it because I'm not looking to start a fire.  Put all the groups of colors together blues, greens, reds, etc.  As a side note; it gets a little warm in the area, don't set your crayons to close to your project.  


For the moment of truth.  I just started melting the colors over the canvas.  My original plan was to have a splatter effect but I was having too much fun making puddles, and then making them slide on the canvas!  I alternated back and forth between the blow dryer and the heat gun for different results.

One is never enough!
I like it better this direction

I've started a couple of others, but I'm still playing with them.  Here is a preview.



I think I see a whale in there!

Have a colofilled day!!


Monday, January 21, 2013

"Know thyself" & “To thine own self be true.”



My beautiful daughter has Nosce te ipsum written around her wrist.  It is Latin and means "Know Thyself"   It's perfect and inspiring!

“To thine own self be true.” Also a favorite of mine, is spoken by Polonius in Hamlet. It means "Do not deceive yourself". To deceive yourself (kid yourself, lie to yourself) is sometimes easier than deceiving other people. 

The full quote is:

to thine own self be true,
and it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man

This implies that so long as you do not deceive yourself then you will not be tempted to deceive other people. 

There is a shade of difference between not being true and knowing oneself and deceiving oneself.

As Polonius is so full of words, it is natural that the things he says be considered 'just a lot of words'. Polonius might not know the depth of his own words but Shakespeare did and it is up to us to get to it.

Think of this, how many lies have you told yourself over the years??  You're not tall enough/too tall, you're overweight, your nose is too big, you're not good enough, you're not smart enough...  Lies, all lies I tell you!!

Each of us is created beautiful and perfect, just as we should be.  I’m realizing no matter what other people say, do, or think about us, it is our opinions of ourselves that really matter.  Maybe it's time to retrain our thoughts, "Know Thyself".  Maybe everyone else around us knows that we are amazing but we don't know it about ourselves.  Take ownership of your own greatness!!

Ultimately the question we need to ask ourselves is:  Am I being completely truthful with myself?  I have said countless times over the years "If we could just spend five minutes outside of ourselves and see ourselves the way others do, we would instantly realize how amazing we really are".  This seems especially true for women.  We are ridiculously hard on ourselves.  Retrain your thoughts!!  What if you were kinder to yourself?  What if you complimented yourself, your great and perfect self?  How instantly would your life change?  

Fortunately, I am blessed with amazing people in life who do not hesitate to point out when I am deceiving myself and NOT deceiving them. They came to me in many different and beautiful ways.  They are "my people", my personal cheering squad and I encourage you to carefully select "your people" too.  If you want to be happy and positive then surround yourself with happy and positive people.  If you want to make healthy choices then surround yourself with people that make healthy choices. Erase negativity from your life and watch your life evolve into a life filled with positive thoughts and deeds everyday.  Seriously, who wants to be around negativity?  Be the person you want to be around. Let go of the stories/lies you have told yourself in the past.  Instead be kind to yourself.  Be truthful with yourself about your greatness, own it and live it!   And here's an idea; the next time someone compliments you, just say thank you.  Don't argue with them, let their sweetness wash over you.  Let it sink in, it's a part of you, a truth about you, just own it!

Could you start now?  Right now.  It is never too late! I challenge you to make a list of all of the super awesome things about yourself! Have fun with it, and remember "Know Thyself"  and "To thine own self be true".  

Namaste~

Friday, November 2, 2012

Day of the Dead ~ Día de los Muertos

Celebrating the lives of the ones we love and miss.

Of course those of you that know me best know that I truly believe that all of our loved ones are around us all of the time.  When I need help with math, I ask for Granddaddy Shane's help.  When I am looking for the perfect earrings or trinket to wear I ask for my Grandmother Viola's help, Hiking and outdoors activities (or when I am trying to remember a bad word in Spanish) my Granddaddy Mark, extra special prayers I ask for my Grandmother Marie's assistance in getting the word to the Big Guy.  I especially like the company of our sweetest friend Gordon while I'm in the kitchen cooking for my family and when things are loud and crazy with my girlfriends I know Robin is right by my side!  Unfortunately, there are many more and we deeply love them all.   That is part of life.  Enjoy each day we have with the living and celebrate the lives of those that have passed.

I hope this day reminds us all to remember the beautiful souls we have each been blessed with to share our lives.

The following is just a brief history of the tradition of Day of the Dead:


Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on November 1 and 2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.
Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world: In Brazil, Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain, there are festivals and parades, and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe, and similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.  (source: Wikipedia)


Thursday, October 25, 2012

A week with Harlow Michele

This was fun!  Put Harlow in a pumpkin!

Her Great-Granddaddy is smitten! 

Loving her GG

She's completely organic and fits perfect in the vegetable sink

Meeting her Uncle Shane for the first time

Bath-time in Lolli's kitchen sink

Swinging with Momma


Momma Tickling 

Playing the same piano her Great-Great-Great Grand Mother played on

On her way home at the airport :(

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Healing Touch ~ What is it and How does it work??


Healing Touch ~ What is it?

Healing Touch is an energy therapy in which practitioners consciously use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.


Healing Touch is a biofield (magnetic field around the body) therapy that is an energy-based approach to health and healing.


Healing Touch uses the gift of touch to influence the human energy system, specifically the energy field that surrounds the body, and the energy centers that control the flow from the energy field to the physical body.


These non-invasive techniques employ the hands to clear, energize, and balance the human and environmental energy fields, thus affecting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. It is based on a heart-centered, caring relationship in which the practitioner and client come together energetically to facilitate the client's health and healing.


The goal of Healing Touch is to restore balance and harmonies in the energy system, placing the client in a position to self heal.



What do the experts say about Healing Touch?


"IN A FEW DECADES SCIENTISTS HAVE GONE FROM A CONVICTION THAT THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ENERGY FIELDS IN AND AROUND THE HUMAN BODY TO AN ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY THAT THEY EXIST."


-James Oschman Ph.D.
Energy Medicine, The Scientific Basis, 2000.


Healing Touch Research has been conducted in a wide variety of settings and with a number of different problems and situations including:


Cancer
Cardio-vascular disease
Death and dying
Endocrine/Immune function
Pain
Patient satisfaction and experience
Psychotherapy/Psychology
Post operative recovery
Stress
These studies demonstrate that there is support in favor of considering Healing Touch for providing integrative care and that patients assess it highly. Healing Touch research has been supported and/or funded by hospitals, universities, colleges, professional organizations, private foundations, and the National Institutes of Health, Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.




How does Energy Healing work? 

Many theoretical frameworks on how energy medicine works exist in the literature of quantum physics and holistic healing. However, while the exact physics mechanisms can not be definitively described at this time, the cumulative results of numerous related studies on energy medicine and consciousness indicate strong support that "something is happening" and that recipients respond positively to energy therapies such as Healing Touch.

Over the years, researchers have developed ways to measure the energy field. Theoretically, by correcting any defects in the energy field, energy therapy practices may facilitate healing of the body, mind and spirit.

Energy therapies focus on removing energy congestion that form in our energy fields (aura) and energy centers (chakras). Once these imbalances and disturbances are cleared, the energy channels resume their task of integrating the body, mind and soul to restore health and promote healing. It may also help to prevent future issues by restoring balance to energy field disturbances, which could later result in illness if left unbalanced.

To gain a deeper understanding of the science supporting energy healing, please refer to the many books, journal articles and research findings written on this subject. Scientific evidence does exist that supports the premise that energy healing is effective. However, an experience is worth a thousand words, so the receiving of a Healing Touch treatment can do more to understand this phenomena than all the writings in the world.

What are the benefits of Healing Touch?


NON INVASIVE
Healing Touch is done without the use of invasive procedures such as injections, inserting tubes, medication or surgery.
EFFECTIVE
Research has shown that Healing Touch facilitates the relaxation response and enhances the healing process.
NON TOXIC
Medications can cause side effects and must be monitored. Healing Touch restores balance and harmony to our natural biofield without the use of pharmaceuticals.
ECONOMICAL
Healing touch does not require the use of equipment or substances and can be done in any setting. An open heart, a set of hands and a willing spirit is all that is needed.


What to Expect from a Healing Touch Treatment 

Healing Touch is a gentle, biofield (energy field) therapy that often facilitates a deep sense of calm and relaxation in the body-mind-spirit.
The treatment is typically administered while the client lies on a massage table with their clothes on. With your permission, the practitioner uses his/her hands to assess your biofield and proceeds to clear and balance it as needed using either off body touch (near body but no direct contact) or a gentle (still) touch over various areas of the body.

On occasion, one may experience an acceleration of the healing process and his/her symptoms may intensify for a brief time. When this happens, the recovery period of the illness is usually reduced.




What are some of the specific uses and facts about Healing Touch?

Healing Touch has been used in wound healing, pain management, stress management,  before and after surgery and chemotherapy, and support and assistance in the dying process.  Healing Touch is appropriate for all ages and states of health and/or illness.

Healing Touch Can Help You With:


 Pain Control 
 Neck and Back Problems
 Anxiety Reduction 
 Skin Problems
 Wound and Fracture Healing 
 Premenstrual Syndrome
 Multiple Sclerosis 
 HIV or A.I.D.S.
 Hypertension 
 Heart and Lung Disease
 Pre/Post Surgical Procedures 
 Headaches/Migraines
 Autoimmune Disorders 
 Diabetes
 Cancer 
 Grief Management
 Arthritis 
 Rehabilitation
 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 
 General Well Being
 Disease Prevention 
 Spiritual Enhancement


Facts on Healing Touch:


 In 1995, 41% if the population of the USA used one or more of the alternative healing methods to either complement or substitute for traditional medical techniques.
 Hands-on touch modalities are used by more that 30,000 nurses in hospitals each year, and that the procedures are documented as legitimate medical techniques.


 There are teams of medical doctors and nurses combining medical skills WITH hands-on and energy techniques in MOST major cities of the United States.


 The world's first Touch Research Institute has been founded at the University of Miami's Medical School to further explore and document the benefits of touch therapy.


 Documented studies have already shown that with hands-on work:


• Surgical wounds and sutures heal faster
• Burns clear up significantly sooner
• Circulation and breathing improve post surgically
• Premature infants have enhanced growth rate




What about traditional approaches to health care?

Healing Touch compliments traditional approaches to health and healing.  It is not a substitute for them.
Note:  Healing Touch is being taught to Hospital Nursing Staffs around the world and is part of the curriculum in eighty universities across the US and abroad, including:
Harvard University
Duke University
The University of New Mexico

Endorsements & Accreditations

AHNA/CHNA Endorsement


Healing Touch Program has been peer-reviewed, and is endorsed by American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). We are proud to be one of approximately 10 programs endorsed by AHNA. We are also endorsed by the Canadian Holistic Nurses Association (CHNA).


NCBTMB Endorsement

HTCPI pinHealing Touch Program is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider under Category A. Provider Number 150588-00

ANCC Accreditation

Healing Touch Program is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA.
HTPA Logo
Healing Touch Program is very excited to announce that we are now an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
ANCC is the world's largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization, and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA). HTP is the first Energy Medicine education provider to achieve this status. We acknowledge the instructors and practitioners that make our program outstanding and thank you for all that you do.



How is Healing Touch Learned?

Since 1990, Healing Touch Program (HTP) has proudly granted practitioner certification to individuals who exhibit the professionalism, discipline and dedication required to meet the established criteria. The requirements are rigorous and are designed to instill knowledge, skill and confidence in the practitioner. The Healing Touch Certified Practitioner (HTCP) credential is recognized in Energy Medicine and allopathic medicine as a significant professional accomplishment.

People around the world and from all walks of life pursue the HTCP credential. Some are already professionally aligned with health care, others are interested in becoming aligned with health care and some find that their passion to do valuable work with others is fulfilled by doing Healing Touch. Many who receive the HTCP credential use it in a private practice setting as well as in another service profession.


Do I have to remove my clothes for a Healing Touch Session?

Healing Touch is non-invasive and may be done sitting or reclining. It takes approximately an hour.  The only clothing removed is socks and shoes.  The entire session lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes with brief discussions before and after the session.  

For more information or to set an appointment:

Leslie M. Shurbet
Healing Touch Practitioner
210.618.7434
lesliemichele@gvtc.com






Friday, May 11, 2012

Probiotic & Enzyme Salad

Probiotic & Enzyme Salad

Cleansing Toxic Junk From Your Body!  WooHoo sounds like fun right??  I am determined to get my husband and I healthy.  Healthy enough for our bodies to help heal themselves.  Now there's an idea!  Get away from prescription meds, sleep well, wake up feeling refreshed instead of dragging tail around until our third cup of coffee, feeling energized and having clearer minds instead of terminal CRS (Can't Remember Shit).  I am determinded to get rid of the processed foods and massive amounts of sugar we consume (Really Jess, do you absolutely NEED 4 heaping teaspoons of sugar in your 8 oz. cup of coffee?).  

Now let me be clear....I don't want this to be a deprivation of all of our favorite things and everyone that knows us knows I love to cook.  So, I am taking this as a gradual change and that way I can sneak a few things, healthy things, into my husbands diet each day.  He will be healthier and not even know what is happening! 

For everyone else's info, I am adapting many of our changes from Kimberly Snyder’s first book, The Beauty Detox Solution: Eat Your Way to Radiant Skin, Renewed Energy and the Body You’ve Always Wanted (Harlequin) "has a no-nonsense approach, easily tailored to any lifestyle, where she explains how anyone can follow her three-phase program to look better than they ever thought possible. By adopting Snyder’s approach to health and beauty, anyone can reap the benefits of cleansing their system: weight loss, radiant skin, lustrous hair, and better overall health."  

Shoot, you can;t beat that!!  One of the food items I am adding to our healthy lifestyle/food plan is this fabulous Probiotic & Enzyme Salad!  Here is a great excerpt from Kim's Book specifically about the benefits of this fantastic salad!  You'll understand once you read through this!!

"I cannot stress enough the importance of the Probiotic and Enzyme Salad in helping to make us more clean and balanced. This sacred and extremely nutritious salad. It is packed with enzymes and flora to increase our immunity and to restore us to a basic pH. It doesn’t take that much time to make, and it is the most inexpensive way to get daily probiotics. This is especially important for those of you that can’t afford probiotic supplements, which can definitely be expensive. Cabbage is very inexpensive, so there is no excuse to not make this salad!!
Imbalanced intestinal flora is one of the root causes of disease and is essential to replenish to achieve true health and therefore true beauty. This powerful salad will lead to improved Beauty Energy and ongoing cleansing. Most importantly, it will aid you in clear up any digestive blockages or irregularities that you are experiencing. It is great for those with Candida and sugar cravings.
Probiotic & Enzyme Salad is essentially raw sauerkraut and is made with green cabbage, miso paste or sea salt, and optionally flavor add-ons like ginger or carraway seeds. The raw, cultured veggies that are chopped and sealed in airtight containers for a few days. Sealing and storing the cabbage creates an environment for lactobacilli and enzymes in the vegetables to flourish, creating a probiotic-rich food. Pretty cool, right? Cabbage in itself has natural probiotics, is packed with vitamin C, and has natural cleansing properties. I love that that it’s so easy to make and is a yummy, tangy accompaniment for any meal.
Sauerkraut usually stirs up images of a soppy, salty condiment that adds flavor to various meats, but this is not what you are making here! It’s time to break the stereotype and open up your mind to the possibility of delicious, nutritious and beautiful foods that benefit the body and the mind. Probiotic & Enzyme Salad is the most powerful tool you can use to get there!
Remember, the fermentation process to create all of those healthy nutrients takes about 5 days so when you start to run low, be sure to whip up a new batch. You can store sealed jars of salad in the refrigerator for up to a month or so, once the seal has been broken, it will keep for up to 1 month. Probiotic & Enzyme Salad should be a core staple of your Beauty Detox by including ½ cup for dinner each night and also at lunch when possible.
For a simple and easy demo on how to make Probiotic & Enzyme Salad, click here! If you are still having issues with your batches going funky, remember to 1)Sterilize everything very well beforehand 2)Pack the mixture down firmly 3)Make sure your jar lids are tightly closed 4)Use spring water to make the brine.
Through increasing your consumption of probiotics and probiotic-rich foods, over time you will see an increase in energy and skin beauty, which will further serve as motivation to keep eating them!"


Like I said, you can't beat those kinds of benefits!!


Probiotic & Enzyme Salad



Ingredients
  
1 medium head of green cabbage, shredded in food processor or finely sliced 
8 cabbage leaves, unshredded 
4 cups of water 
4 inches gingerroot, peeled 
1 Tablespoon of unpasteurized miso paste (use high quality sea salt if you can’t find the miso) 

Method:


Place the shredded cabbage in a large mixing bowl. 
In your blender, mix water, gingerroot, and miso until smooth. 
Pour liquid ingredients over cabbage. 
Pack the mixture tightly into four 24-ounce glass jars you have sterilized in boiling water. Use a wooden spoon to ensure it is well packed. 
Leave two inches at the top of the jar so the mixture has room to expand. 
Roll the outer cabbage leaves into tight rolls and place them on top of the mixture, filling the remaining two inches. 
Tightly close the jars. 
Leave the jars in a pantry for five days at a temperature of around 65 to 70 degrees. The cabbage will begin to ferment. 
After five days, remove the rolled cabbage leaves and refrigerate the jars. 
Eat ½ cup of the salad at dinner every night. The sealed jars keep for up to one month in the refrigerator. 


Nice and comfy place in the pantry for 5 days!


Monday, April 30, 2012

So who do you think you are.....

Hank thinks he's a turtle


I am my soul in a body. What I mean by that is, I believe we are souls in this particular body for this time.  Well that's just real interesting Leslie...so what, you say?  Maybe think of this for a bit.  We are always so busy trying to find the next greatest thing.  New car, bigger house, just the right shoes, the best whatever (insert your thing here).  Our souls are just about love.  Just love.  Nothing else.  Just love


Try this for a day, and see if you still feel you need all those "things".  Really, what the heck, you've got NOTHING to lose.  Instead of getting mad at the other driver that is determined to take your life with his, he may have just received an urgent call about a loved one in distress, you don't know~ send him love.  The grumpy waitress at lunch, give her love; really look at her heart and hold it in yours.  Is that career her life's desire or is she working to send her child to college to have a better life than her own, you don't know ~ send her love.  The guy at the convenience store, send him love, the poor guy has to listen to people gripe about gas prices all day which clearly he has no control over.  He's in a job that he could be in fear of being held up at gun point at any time, you don't know ~ send him love. Leave a surprise note in someone's desk about something you value about them ~ send them love.  I personally don't believe the panhandler on the corner is Jesus, but I do know he needs love and just in case I'm wrong I'm sending it to him ;-)  


The list could go on and on but you get the idea.


Be the light.  Be the light throughout the day for yourself and for others around you.  That light is the soul, get out of the way and let it radiate.  It grows as you share it.  The world is full of songs, poems, books and quotes about love — and this is good — but what it needs most is deeds that express love.  So true.


Or does this turtle think he's Hank?

So maybe try this 'sharing love' thing for a day.  Sit in your awareness of how you feel.  Do you feel a little better?  Did you bring a smile to someone's face (I personally love the challenge, some are harder than others).  How do you think you made them feel just for that moment?  I guarantee you made a difference and you will probably never know how much, but doesn't your heart feel a little lighter for it?  You have great value and it's worth it!

So while my dog might think he's a turtle, Bless his heart, I know I am my soul.  I am here to love.

Love and Light,
LeslieMichele








Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Botanicals

 
The last of my collection of photos from the 
Botanicals from Balboa Park

Love the color!

Wow!

Kinda freaky

Sigh...

Super cool in an alien sort of way

Namaste ~ LeslieMichele

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Balboa Park ~ Trip to San Diego



My beautiful trip to Southern California included Balboa Park in San Diego. 
 It is a must see for everyone!

 The architecture is stunning.
It's a peaceful place.
And of course the weather is perfect.
Succulents galore.
Our destination ~ The incredible Botanical Gardens
It is a "must see" and one of the most photographed places in the park.  It was built  for the 1915-16 Exposition along with the adjacent lily pond (too early for the lily pads)  Note to self:  Go back when they are in bloom.  Each lily pad will grow to several feet wide!  It is one of the largest lath structures in the world and made from redwood.  Truly a sight to behold!

Inside shot, looking up.  It's huge, and makes you a little dizzy!

 The real attraction of course is the flowers!

 And they are amazing!

 And beautiful!

They don't even look real, so pretty!

And my beautiful Sweetpea, Elise Nicole!!

I can't wait to go back in May for the arrival of Sweetpea II, hit some more Farmers Markets, more meditating on the beach, and maybe make it back to Balboa Park!!

Namaste ~ LeslieMichele