Mindful Living, NorCal, Northern California, Organic Gardening

Satisfaction 2

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This weekend we’re having temperatures around +110 F (+43.4 C,) the only option to stay sane is to make sure to get some time outside EARLY. I had some fencing to do, and I can assure you that I was very happy that I started at sunup. Around 8am it started to get closer to 100. Have you ever pounded down t-posts by hand? With some encouraging support from my dog I worked until I ran out of t-posts around 10am. Am I complaining? NO! It was actually very satisfying. I felt extremely strong. Things went smooth. The line of t-posts was reasonably straight….AND I was making the fence for my place, and not for anyone else! …to be continued 🙂

I hope you’re having an awesome weekend!

Love,

Ms Zen

Mindful Living, Minimalism, NorCal, Northern California

Satisfaction

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Something very few people know about me is how much I enjoy beautiful leather. I enjoy polishing my boots and tack. I enjoy the scent, the feel, the almost meditative task, and the result of course.  It’s certainly a zen thing to me!

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I sometimes buy old saddles on craigslist, and yards sales, and work with them for weeks, until the result satisfies me. This is one of the fenders on such a saddle. Isn’t it beautiful?

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This saddle was very special to me. It was a gift. probably one of the best gifts I ever received. I wished that I’d kept it. It was a little too big for me. If I was just sitting still at a walk, it was extremely comfortable, as soon as I needed to do some work, or ride at a faster speed, not so much. I did use it for a couple years, before parting with it. Looking back, I wished that I’d kept it for sentimental reasons, but life didn’t allow that at the time. I don’t want to have a lot of things, but the things that I have does fill me with satisfaction. I make sure of that, or else I replace them. There’s so many little things that fills me with satisfaction every day; that my dog always come when I call her, my daughter’s beautiful laughter, my garden, my dreams, my friends, good health, nature, kind eyes, a brave horse etc.etc. I love the theme of this week’s photo challenge! Looking forward to see the other entries.

Happy Friday !!

Love,

Ms Zen

Mindful Living, NorCal, Northern California, Photography

Unusual

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You can find this little cutie at Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary, Reno (NV.) It is most unusual for me to share photos of exotic animals. They are by no means a part of my daily life. The theme for this week’s photo challenge is unusual, hence this photo. My daughter and I had a most lovely visit at the sanctuary this spring.

I’ve been participating in the weekly photo challenge with different blogs, for a long time. Lately my life have been very busy, in a very good way! During this busy period of my life, I’ve decided to at least create one blog post every week, and the photo challenge is very inspiring to me. I don’t want to miss an opportunity to join the fun. I love seeing, and scrolling through (most of) the entries every week, stopping to make a comment when something catches my eye. I really enjoy seeing what other photographers from all the corners of our beautiful planet see through their lens. The connections I’ve made via blogging have taught me a lot, and I have met some of my new friends in real life.

 

Our Outer world reflects our inner commitments. If we want to know what we’re really committed to, all we have to do is look at our lives. We are, whether we are aware of it or not, always creating exactly what we are most committed to.

The choices we make are ALWAYS in alignment with our deepest commitments.

By examining what we have and what we don’t have.. we are able to uncover and see what we are TRULY committed to. – Debbie Ford

 

…but to make a long story short, my dream of a small homestead is turning into reality. Soon this blog will be filled with photos of hard work, sweat, and beautiful zen moments from my own place! I can’t wait! For the moment my head is exploding with ideas of how to best utilize 3 fertile, usable acres. So many wants and needs 🙂

 

Love,

Ms Zen

Architecture, Mindful Living, Northern California, Photography

Bridge 2

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After composing yesterday’s entry to the weekly photo challenge, and talking to a couple friends about it, I decided to look through my Bridge Gallery. While looking through my gallery I decided that I wanted to share three of my favorite bridges in Northern California with you. Above is the famous Golden Gate Bridge.

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The black and white photo with the little girl in the front, is Sundial Bridge (Redding,) seen from the side, under the bridge. This is a very cool 217ft, cantilever suspension bridge, across the Sacramento River. The sundial actually works!

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This is on top of Sundial bridge. I love the green-blue color of the glass, and the smooth contours of the bridge.

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This is simply a highway bridge in Napa. I used to do a to of meditating under this bridge, when my daughter was an infant, and I rented a house in the area. I do go back here every once in a while. It has become one of my Zen Zones.

I hope you enjoyed this sample of bridges from my part of California. Have a wonderful day!

 

Love,

Ms Zen

Mindful Living, Minimalism, NorCal, Northern California, Organic Gardening, Photography

Transitions, Change, And The Passing Of Time

For this week’s photo challenge, share a picture that symbolizes transitions, change, and the passing of time.

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This morning when I went out to water my garden, I discovered the very first flower, on one of our watermelon plants. It’s a little special this year. I’ve grown watermelons successfully many times, but never in a container. Previous years I’ve leased acreage for gardening, and we’ve had more watermelons than we could eat ourselves.  My daughter really wanted watermelons this year as well, but we didn’t have a place to plant them in the ground. Growing them in containers is somewhat an experiment. The rest of my garden (tomatoes, squash, basil, oregano, cilantro, peach, fig, pomegranate, and cherry) is thriving in containers. We’ll see if we get any actual melons, but the flowers sure are beautiful.

The photo could be seen as a transition, and change in several ways; The change from gardening on acreage, to container gardening in a small space. The change in the growing watermelon plant, as the first flower appears. Of course in my head I have a bigger change, and transition in mind. Saving money by not leasing acreage for gardening, is taking me closer to my goal of having a homestead of my own, where I can grow the majority of our food myself. A place where I can firmly plant my trees in the ground, and build something that will last.

Looking forward to see the other entries in this week’s challenge! Have an awesome weekend!!

 

Love,

Ms Zen