Scenes of Christmas in the Mountains


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Merry Christmas one and all! I hope everyone reading this had a beautiful and restful Christmas with family and friends, near and far. I wanted to share some Christmas photography that I’ve taken throughout my…



I’m trying not to be shy about drunk texting, convincing myself that it’s no longer creepy but cute and romantic thanks to Sauti Sol. But tonight I’m not in the mood for drunk texting the romantic because my supposed Knight does not really have that flair for the emotional and the artistic things. Maybe he is just into artists because they are the real freaks (when they are not busy giving deep views about the world , which comes out  creepy and twisted) they do not try to copy what is in movies…like everyone else who would rather take sex and dating tips from a page of someone else’s fantasies and imaginations. Tonight I feel like drunk texting the people I didn’t even know. It’s healthy to drop that awkward, “Hi” once in a while.

Did I just mention my supposed Knight? I guess I left out the shinning armor…

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How December 25 Became Christmas – A Different View


The western church celebrates 25th of December as the birthday of Jesus Christ. In Eastern Orthodox tradition, the birthday of Jesus is celebrated on January 6. The Christian faith has celebrated Christmas on December 25 from the 3rd century. A few groups which have their origin during the “great” awakening period in American history, have rejected the celebration of Christmas charging that it is a pagan in origin. They are adamant that Christmas is nothing more than the pagan Saturnalia that Christians have adopted and made a Christian festival in honour of Jesus’ birth.

The celebration has evolved over the centuries, and although some of the customs associated with the festival appear to bear some resemblance to those from pagan cultures, there is no conclusive evidence that  Christians borrowed them from the pagans.

There is no evidence from Christian writers who lived around the time of the commencement of the…

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Merry Christmas 2017!!


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I want to take a quick moment and wish all of those celebrating a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I hope you have a wonderful day with friends and family!  Take time today to show those in your life how much you appreciate and love them.  Eat some good food and be thankful.  Merry Christmas!

Christmas Photography Tips

Feel Good - Photography

Christmastime, and winter in general is one of the most energetic and exciting times to take photographs for many reasons – the natural elements, all the Christmas decorations and the festive mood that overcomes whole communities.

You can photograph during the day, but some of the most evocative images can be found early in the morning, and the hour before and after sunset. You can also get great photos  at night! The brilliance provided by the pure white snow may be challenging, but there are benefits as well.

Let’s take a look at how to get some great Christmas photos:


When the temperature drops in winter it brings a certain purity to the air. Even the light usually has a different quality to it. This is all great for your photography. Get out in the brisk air and take photos of the snow-covered homes and the natural elements in…

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Why I don’t like e-cards.

Lucky Otters Haven


Today a relative of mine sent me an e-Christmas card.    While I appreciate the thought (thank you — you know who you are, if you’re reading), e-cards seem like a cheap and lazy substitute the the real thing: an old fashioned, environmentally-unfriendly, paper or cardboard actual pretty card in an envelope with an actual written greeting inside.

When they were a new thing back in the ’90s, e-cards seemed uber-cool and cutting edge.   Now, not so much.   Today, e-cards are about as cutting edge as AOL or Netscape Navigator (remember those?)

When I receive an e-card (unless it’s from a disabled or ill person who can’t get to the store to buy a card or the post office to mail it), this is what it tells me about you:

It tells me you don’t think enough of me to take the time to purchase an actual card or take…

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Seasonal Depression


As you experience the changes of seasons from summer to fall and later winter, this is usually the time when our emotions take a shift as well. If you’re like me, it is usually during the times of when it starts colder that it translates to my wellbeing. Seasonal depression, commonly referred to as Seasonal Active Disorder (SAD), is just as important as depression and it is something that needs to be taken seriously. If you’re not sure you  have or experienced seasonal depression, according Mayo Clinic these are the common symptoms that follow

  • Severe depression
  • Changes in apetite 
  • Heightened sensitivity
  • Oversleeping
  • Low energy

Especially during the holidays, its very easy to slip in to the cycle of sadness for various reasons. You may see others who are happy with their friends and family during Thanksgiving or Christmas and it reminds you of an aspect that you lack in your…

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Christmas Tag

Jo Ann Maxwell

I’m usually pretty bad about following through on awards. They just take so long! However I promised Anne over at that I would play along this time with the Christmas Tag. Anne has a great blog about her dressage work with her horse, Biasini. Sometimes he even writes a post!  What fun!  

Thank you again for this fun event, Anne!

Here are the rules for this award:

  • Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog √
  • Add the picture in your blog √
  • Copy these rules into your post √
  • Add a link to this original post √ Original Christmas Tag
  • Answer the 10 questions (you can add extra Christmas – related questions if you want) √
  • Tag at least 3 other bloggers with links to their blogs √
  • Have fun!

My Tagged nominees:

Terri at Reclaiming Hope

Patricia at Beholding Him Ministries

Tina at Invisible Illnesses and


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18 Gifts for Friends Who Might Need a Bit of TLC

Tripping Through Treacle

The holiday season is now upon us and, if you’re anything like me, you are still on the hunt for those last few pressies. Below are my pick of gifts for those loved ones in your life who may be feeling under the weather, perhaps due to illness, stress or just general life busyness.  I should add that these are all of my own personal picks and I have not received any commission for any of my choices!

A lovely pair of comfies – this may be a soft pair of pyjamas, a cosy tracksuit or even a cuddly onesie… nothing’s better than changing out of jeans and slipping into something warm and soft


A gorgeous candlewith delicious sent to help them relax – I love this one by The White Company:img_4621

A tray and some lovely teas to sip and savour in bed


Alavender eye mask to rest…

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Five for Friday

Random Writings on the Bathroom Wall


Hidey Ho and Hey neighbors!  It’s that time of week once again where I smack my head around trying to get my brain to cooperate with me.  Hear that brain?  Cooperate!  Let’s see …

1. It’s Brrrrr! out there once again.  It’s a rather tropical and pleasant 24*F (-4C). Makes ya kinda wanna move here, huh?  I know you do.

2.  I’m having to relearn how to walk on snow and ice.  I thought I did.  I mean, I did well the past couple times where that white stuff fell out of the sky.  I guess now is a tad bit different since it’s down and sticking to the ground.  I went to make a turn this morning and my shoes didn’t wanna cooperate.  I wanted to go one way and they wanted to go another.  Fun, fun, fun!  No, I didn’t fall.

3. My bunny food dish has…

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