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Swap-bot: Something that made me happy in November AND My favorite picture of the month November

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Hi folks! Today’s post is for a Swap-bot swap. This one is for the group Electronic Swaps, which, as you can imagine, a group dedicated to electronic (e-mail, pintrest, etc.) swaps. This lovely swap has the directions to, as the title suggests, share something that made me happy during the month of November, and to save on uploading the same set of pictures twice, this is also for my favorite pictures for the month of November.

The biggest thing in November, for me, was thanksgiving. We all went to my grandma’s for dinner, it was a blast. Sadly, I did not get any pictures of that (not really). But what I did get was pictures of the rest of the weekend as my sister and brother were visiting. I haven’t seen either of them in over two years. Ok, so when I say k got pictures of them, what I mean is I got pictures of my nephews and the landscape from the hikes we went on.

Me, with my daughter and baby nephew

Me, with my daughter and baby nephew at Thanksgiving dinner

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My sister with her oldest two bots, hanging out outside my grandma’s house after dinner.

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Me and the baby nephew at the pool

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Hard to tell, but up in the left hand corner is 120 year old graffiti. The pioneers scampered up these rocks and painted their names on the rocks. They frown on that now.

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Me and my sisters oldest son. We scampered to the top of the rock to look at the names. We were the only ones who did it.

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Me and my oldest youngest sister at Snow Canyon State Park.

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My and my brother-in-law in one of the slot canyons in Snow Canyon State Park

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My nephew telling me about his rock stack and pretending to be a train (choo! choo!)

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My son and I in Zion National Park

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My nephew (my sisters middle son) at Zion. He was no happy about not being home. He’d had enough traveling at this point.

 

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My spirit plant, in purple! I do love a good cactus. My nephew insisted that I take this picture.

While my sister (and other siblings) were visiting, we did hiking in some of the local hot spots. Snow Canyon State Park and Zion National Park. I love this area. As much as I’m missing the cold and drizzles that happen in VA this time of year, I really do love the scenery here more.

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Swap-bot: Something that made me happy – September

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Hi folks! Today’s post is for a Swap-bot swap. This one is for the group Electronic Swaps, which, as you can imagine, a group dedicated to electronic (e-mail, pintrest, etc.) swaps. This lovely swap has the directions to, as the title suggests, share something that made me happy during the month of September.

September was a month of changes for me. The biggest change, aside from a job as a therapist that requires a masters degree (no pressure there, right?) was that we moved from North Carolina where we’d be living for a year on the boarder with Virginia, to Southern Utah. Talk about big. I drove the whole way. Kansas was the worst of it. Very flat, lots of farms. At one point, I called my dad to talk and the GPS said I had 3 hours to go till I hit Colorado. I talked for an hour and a half (I had to stop for gas). The GPS still said I had three hours to go. I wish I was kidding (please don’t be offended if you are from Kansas, I’m sure it’s a lovely state).

So, photo heavy post coming up! The kids left North Carolina before I did and in August, so the last picture we have of all of us with the Andy Griffith statue outside the Andy Griffith Theater and Andy Griffith Museum will have to wait for another day. But here I am on my trip, with my traveling companion Trek, the three foot tall triceratops.

Me and Trek, day 1

He belongs to my daughter, and had I not said I would bring him in the car with me, she would have attempted to cram him into her suit case.

The first day, I made it from where I was in North Carolina, up through Virginia (to hit up a few Virginia LOVEworks signs) into Tennessee and ended the night outside the Nashville Tennessee LDS Temple where I spent the night (in an attempt to save money I slept in the car all but one night). I saw the Grand Ole Opry and downtown Nashville, which apparently doesn’t open until 10:00.

Day two saw me making a visit to the cemetery where many of my grandpas relatives are buried, though no one lives in Tennessee now. I pushed through and stopped in Metropolis Illinois where they have a giant Superman statue. I caught a glimpse of the Mississippi River, the St. Louis Arch, the LDS temple in St. Louis, the Ohio River, and I don’t even remember it all (and not in that order). I spent the night at the Kansas City LDS temple. I had hopped to make it a bit further, but I was falling asleep at the wheel and decided to error on the side of caution.

Day three brought the Missouri River, and Kansas…yeah. I was ready to be done by that point I think. However, I did get to stop at the “Brown vs. Board of Education” memorial site in Topeka, and the Russel Stover factory, which was good for chocolate. I hit Colorado, and then Denver just about dinner time. I visited the Denver temple and then, took advantage of a friend who lives near Denver and spent the night in a real bed and with a hot shower. Life was good, despite Kansas.

Day four was my last day on the road. I stopped to see the grave of my great grandfather. Half an hour, two grounds people, and several phone calls latter, it was discovered that he never had a headstone. So instead of pictures of grave stones as I took in Tennessee, I took a picture of a lovely patch of grass that was freshly mowed. I hit Utah just after 6:00 pm, and drove another four or five hours till I hit my parents house. Where I collapsed into my mom’s rocking recliner and slept all night.

I swear in the two weeks I was separated from my kids, my daughter grew about three inches and is now wearing the same size shoe as I am. This wouldn’t be a big deal if it wasn’t for the fact that she’s 10, and I’m just not ready. One of the best parts of Southern Utah is the close proximity to the beautiful red rocks. The Navajo Sandstone that forms the backdrop to my daily commute is the same formation that forms the Grand Canyon. I do so love this part of the country.

Swap-bot: ESG: My favorite picture of the month July

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Hi folks! Today’s post is for a Swap-bot swap. This one is for the group Electronic Swaps, which, as you can imagine, a group dedicated to electronic (e-mail, pintrest, etc.) swaps. This lovely swap has the directions to, as the title suggests, is my favorite picture for the month of July.

 

I don’t usually like selfies. but this month was different. From the top left:

  1. I am LDS, going to the temple is a privilege for those of us able to go inside. I don’t usually go, I have to borrow the specific clothes, but I needed to go, a very strong feeling, and towards the end of the month I was able to make it to the closest temple (it’s about three hours away). This is the picture I took while there, I do so love the peaceful feeling that I get there.
  2. 4th of July fireworks. When I was a kid I lived in an area where personal fireworks were illegal. When I moved somewhere where you could buy fountains and other types of fireworks, I have loved them all.
  3. My daughter and I went on a hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway and came across this picnic table that looks like it was used by fairies. I love it.
  4. Virginia has these “Love” monuments all over the state. My graduate university had one installed the year I left. This was my first opportunity to go back and see it. i had to take a picture with it, which I think turned out pretty nice.
  5. This picture of me and my daughter was taken on the same hike that we saw the fairy table. It was a lovely day.

Swap-bot: ESG: Something that made me happy this month July

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Hello! Back again with another Swap-bot swap. This one is for the group Electronic Swaps, which, as you can imagine, a group dedicated to electronic (e-mail, pintrest, etc.) swaps. This lovely swap has the directions to, as the title suggests, tell about something that made me happy during the month of July.

4th of July

The 4th of July is always a fun holiday for me. This year was the first in a while that we didn’t watch a big fireworks show. I decided that I just couldn’t deal with the traffic coming from the event. Not enough exit space. But, my kids and I were able to set off a bunch of fountains and other smaller fireworks in front of our apartment. I think that has always been my favorite part. It was a lovely evening, and the breeze was in our favor, blowing the smoke away from us.

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My second happy moment came on a short hike with my daughter. We were up on the Blue Ridge Parkway and stopped at Rocky Knobb to do a short hike. Well, we ended up missing the trail head and just doing the picnic area loop. But I’m glad that we did. If we hadn’t, I never would have seen this adorable set up. Being as humid as it is, there is a lot of moss around, but this was the only table that we saw completely covered in moss, and with the stumps as chairs, it almost looks like a fairy table.

Swap-Bot: My favorite picture of the month May

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Hi folks! Today’s post is for a Swap-bot swap. This one is for the group Electronic Swaps, which, as you can imagine, a group dedicated to electronic (e-mail, pintrest, etc.) swaps. This lovely swap has the directions to, as the title suggests, is my favorite picture for the month of May.

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May 2, 2017

This picture was taken outside of my work. I don’t know how we managed to have a spot of wild flowers growing beside the side walk, but I love it.

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May 6, 2017

So, early in the month of May I had a run of bad luck with my car…and my friends car that I borrowed while I mine was in the shop. Anyway, I learned how to replace a mail box, and while out doing so, there was a brief cloud burst, and this beautiful double rainbow afterwards.

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May 8, 2017

BUNNY! Outside of my fiance’s apartment.

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May 26, 2017

This one made it on my list for the sheer juvenile humor of it. My kids took this one. Poorly placed propane tanks if you ask me.

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May 28, 2017

I often walk down the main street in my town, but I don’t usually make it to the opposite end of where I live. Well, when I came down there this day, I just loved the way that the light played with the fountain and had to snap a picture.

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May 30, 2017

If you saw my last swap-bot post, you know that one of my “happy’s” this month is my daughters girl scout troop putting up bird houses. Well, this is the only picture I managed to get of my daughter alone, with “her” bird house.

Swap-bot: Something that made me happy this month (#4)

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Hello! Back again with another Swap-bot swap. This one is for the group Electronic Swaps, which, as you can imagine, a group dedicated to electronic (e-mail, pintrest, etc.) swaps. This lovely swap has the directions to, as the title suggests, tell about something that made me happy during the month of May.

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Girl Scouts at Pilot Mountain

My daughter’s girl scout troop has been working on these bird houses for over a month. To be fair, they only meet twice a month. They are very proud of their work. As a troop they decided the project they wanted to work on was to make bird houses for the local state park. They made houses for Mountain Blue Birds and Brown Headed Nut Hatches. They cut the wood, following the patterns set out by the ranger, sanded, screwed them together, and then stained them with tea to make them look like they belong in the trees. And the other day (May 30th) they went out to the state park to put them up. They all had a blast, and it was a lot of fun to see the fruits of their labor…even if they were too late for the nesting season this year.

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Sunset May 17, 2017

I am so not used to the weather in the south. The frequent rain and thunder storms like it’s nothing. Clouds and humidity and rain and sunshine all in one day. But, the sunsets make the on-again-off-again weather worth it, like this sunset from the 17th.

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I will guard these mints!

At Walmart on the 4th, we “discovered” this “derp” (as my daughter says) alligator just hanging out in the baking aisle. He made me laugh. I hope he makes you laugh as well.

Swap-Bot: Show Us Your Jewelry!

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Another swap for swap-bot! This one is for the group Electronic Swaps, which, as you can imagine, a group dedicated to electronic (e-mail, pintrest, etc.) swaps. This lovely swap has the directions to, as the title suggests “Show us your jewelry”. So, here are some of my favorite pieces!

catsThese earrings are among the “cheapest” that I have, but I hold them very dear. They belonged to my aunt, who passed away almost two years ago now. They are plastic, and I don’t wear them very often, but when ever I miss my aunt I take them out and wear them and feel like she’s a bit nearer to me.fire opals

Looking over my jewelry for this post, I realized that I have a lot of earnings that I consider my favorite. I don’t wear them near as often as I should. Most of my jewelry comes from my fiance. He has for many years worked as a jeweler, not the one who makes the pieces, but the one who sells them. I feel he has excellent taste. These are the most recent pair he gave me, just last month in act, or our 7th anniversary.

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I “prompted” my fiance for close to two years to get my pearls. And at last, I received these for my birthday several years ago. The hearts on it are rose gold, and, it’s hard to see in the picture, but there are little “diamonds” between them and the pearls. I love to wear these ones.

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Another gift from my fiance. This year for valentines. I went to pull them out of my jewelry box and the hooks were all wonky. Not sure what happened with that. I love the turquoise. I actually have two other pair, but this is my newest and so my current “favorite”.
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Oh, how I love Doctor Who! These were, again, a gift from my fiance. I can’t remember what occasion garnered me this gift, but it came with a game of Doctor Who Yahtzee (it’s in the shape of a Dalek). These are really heavy, and pull on my ear, so I only wear them for a few hours at a time.

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I don’t often wear things on my wrists. I spend too much time typing for work and they just get in the way. But this bracelet, given to me for Christmas a few years ago by my fiance, is an exception. I love the sentiment.

ringsThe ring on the left was given to me by my fiance for our first Christmas together. We had been talking about marriage and when I unwrapped the ring box, I have to say, I was a more than a bit excited. It was hard to hide my disappointment at opening the box and seeing a ring that was most definitely NOT an engagement ring. *sigh* He couldn’t figure out why I was disappointed, it’s a nice ring after all. Anyway, the one on the right came with a warning not to get my hopes up. It’s still a nice ring, I like the rose gold hearts on the sides the best (they sort of match the pearl earrings up above).

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This is the one piece of jewelry that I wear every day. My engagement ring. I picked out this ring almost six years ago. We wont embarrass my fiance by asking how long he held on to it before actually asking me to marry him. I love this ring. It’s got a touch on “antique” style, and a timeless look. I did right in picking it, and he did right in buying it.