30 July 2015

My Life In Pictures...

Have you ever got a fresh start on something even though you didn't really want to in the first place?  It's happened to me in a variety of ways over the year - boyfriend/girlfriend breaking up with me / losing a job / (and to lighten up what could quickly become a sad list) losing a favorite pair of walking sneakers (which I still have no idea where they went!) and having to buy a new pair / etc.  That 'fresh start' scenario includes the most recent incident of losing my entire Instagram collection of photos when I last closed my account.  Oops!  Almost 2000 photos just *poof* into the great wide internet.  Luckily I saved a few but most weren't kept on Flickr or the like so I have no backups for the most part.  Live and learn!

That said, I'm really enjoying starting over my feed in a way.  It's been more about my travel adventures and less about photos of my feet or some selfie-ness I was really into for a while.  When someone hands you that clean slate you think a bit about how you want to break it in with the first step.  And I decided that I would still have photos of the pups, food, flowers, etc, but to really explore more - literally and figuratively - with my photography from here on out.  I'm focusing on some of my favorite things like old signs, folk art, cemeteries, southern gothic homes, fun thrift finds, Brady, rural adventuring and things that represent living/working/being in a smallish town in the foothills of North Georgia.

Just a quick note here - can you see how that color blue loves to be in my life?  I don't know if it is drawn to me or me to it but I seem to be surrounded by it. Those lost walking sneakers?  That color blue.  My phone?  That blue.  Favorite cords?  You guessed it!  That specific blue.  I'm just embracing it...

23 July 2015

Lavender Honey Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub...

Have I mentioned before that a) it's summer here in GA and b) it's hot-as-hell-sticky-gross too?  Yes, I know I have...and I've talked about all the ways I'm trying to beat the heat such as: peppermint tea, hugging the air conditioner and quick, cool showers.  Well, the latter two of those things can dry out your skin if you're not careful.  So I've tweaked my old sugar scrub recipe from years ago to better hydrate the skin.  Plus it has the delightful smell of lavender which is one of my favorite scents in the whole wide world.  So fresh and clean...

Here's what you'll need to make your own.  It only takes just a few moments!

1/2 cup organic sugar (or regular white...whatever floats your boat)
6 T coconut oil
2 T honey
splash of olive oil
1 t dried lavender or 10/15 drops of lavender oil 
You'll also need:
Clean container with lid
Clean stirring utensil
1. Measure out melted (but not hot!) coconut oil, olive oil and honey into clean container.  I suggest measuring the coconut/olive oil first since it helps to keep the honey from sticking to the spoon. 
2. Add sugar.
3. Add lavender.
4. Stir.

You could also sub small grain salt for sugar.  Play around with various methods but always be sure to test your creations on a small patch of skin first to ensure that you don't have any allergies or issues.
You only have to use a small amount.  Be gentle!  Don't grind it into the skin.  Rub for about 30 seconds to one minute.  Rinse well.  Pat dry.

This concoction will be a bit too oily for the face but it's great for your feet, elbows, knees and legs...

It might will make your shower a bit slippery so be careful, eh?

Store in dry, cool place for up to 3 months.

22 July 2015

Athens Life & Adventure - Sapelo Island, GA...

Accessible only by boat or airplane.

Home to a unique and dwindling population.

Site of enormous amounts of marine research.


Go here to find out more.

21 July 2015

An Unexpected Find...

An unexpected find?  What's the meaning of that?  Oh, are you talking about discovering my kitchen is messy/disorganized/old?  It's all those things right now but that's not so unexpected around here.  Neither is it strange to see Brady cutting into a big ol' watermelon.   The unexpected is what's inside that watermelon...

It's yellow!  In all my 40 years I'd never eaten a yellow watermelon until that day.  It wasn't as delicious as a red watermelon since it isn't as sweet but it does pair well with other ingredients for salads or agua fresca.

I can add this to the list of fruits I'd never had before but have now eaten and like just fine.  Other things on the list?  I've eaten local Physalis in a variety of dishes for the last few years.  That's one reason I love our local co-op so much.  New fruits and veggies appear regularly.  Durian is delicious to me but some folks think it's gross/yucky/ugh.  We also ate Mangosteen for the first time this year.  It's too expensive to have regularly but if it's on sale I'll snatch some up in heartbeat!

Anything new you've tried for the summer?

15 July 2015

Athens Life & Adventures - Colbert, GA...

About a week ago Brady and I took a road trip to Colbert in order to photograph the now somewhat elusive Red Cannas Lilies (go here for that post).  While we were there we took the opportunity to wander around the teeny tiny downtown area.  There's some neat stuff in that one block radius but it mainly centers around the 3 main areas - the city hall / depot / fire station, the 1/2 block sized building restored for country themed weddings and the small community park that had log cabins on site.  After that we drove around the surrounding countryside for a good hour or so (thank goodness for air conditioning) trying to find old signs, future places to eat and/or shop, etc.  We picked up some local fruits and veggies from an old farmer including boiled peanuts (for me since Brady hates them with a passion), heirloom tomatoes and, lastly, a version of a favorite fruit I'd never had before but more on that later...

Notice how the blue of the wagon wheel and the blue of the kickass Ford are almost the same.  That's my favorite color blue in the whole world!  And the older man driving the truck was a hoot!

Wow.  I'm way far behind the times with a jumping picture right?  But Brady dared me to do it in front of these silos because there were a bunch of folks in cars right nearby waiting for a train to pass.  And I don't like to back down from a challenge...especially from one only child (Brady) to another (me).  So not only did those people at the train crossing get see me awkwardly leap around but they may have gotten a wee bit of a panty flash too.  I like to live on the edge!