Organic Gardening

Spring time is finally here! This usually means it’s time to get our garden’s prepped..out come’s the garden tools, out comes the barnyard soil, and hopefully out comes the beautiful veggies. Today, Matt and I bought our ” rich” soil for the garden being the soil in our yard is dry and this isn’t typically the best soil for plants to thrive on. We bought barnyard manure mixed with soil which does wonders for the garden so I hear…we will see. This year we are planting eggplant, cucumber, onions, tomatoes, squash, beans ect… and a few herbs we’re going to grow on the front porch. There is nothing like going out to your backyard and picking “homegrown” veggies.

Matt pouring the barnyard soil.

spreading the barnyard soil.

Dark, rich, glorious soil.

The Last Mile.

My youngest sister and I decided to take an evening run after gorging our faces with mexican food tonight. I would say we ran 1/2 mile..I don’t have a cool gadget that detects miles stuck to my hip but this seems to be a sufficient enough answer. I have come to the realization that I need to start running again as I took a break and life threw me off my pace. I missed feeling the brace of solid ground between my tennis-shoes and the liberation of finishing. Palms sweaty, heart racing, though invigoratingly painful at times, running is my release. It separates me from my thoughts, emotions, anxieties and gives me a chance to leave the happenings of life for a little bit. Sometimes, we just need time, to not think. Time to soak up natural beauty, solitude and peace.

We we're tired yet energized.

A camping we will go!

A Camping we will go
A Camping we will go
Hi Ho the dairy o!
A Camping we will go

Tomorrow we are heading to the lake/ campground with some of our closest friends to just relax and have a good time. Thus far, it’s been a great birthday. I’ve got to share in my joy with others that mean so much to me. There is something so capturing about sleeping underneath the starry night skies on a bed of green. The stillness and awe of it all silences my soul. What a great opportunity to share the beauty of nature with family, friends, and good food/drink.

Alas! We’re Home Sweet Home.

We arrived home a few hours ago. Ran to Grandma’s house to see our sweet “big” girl whom we missed dearly. Unpacked our things, freshened up and went to dinner at Cracker Barrel. Being both of us we’re craving some good ol’ southern/homemade food. We consumed a lot of gourmet food while vacationing in Eureka Springs so it was nice to have something deep fried/ greasy for a change. Wow! we had an amazing vacation but I was ready to be, ” Home Sweet Home.” Looking back on our vacation I would have’t to give it a score of 9 out of 10 possible points. Pro’s and con’s are as follows: Pro’s- plenty of day/night activities to keep us busy, beautiful outdoor trails not far from historic Eureka Springs, Winery literally five minutes away from cottage, Mixture of several cultures, a wide array of artistry, organic farming, Easy to find coffee shops ( Great coffee), Lodging prices we’re affordable and our cottage was cleaned every day upon arriving back. Con’s- I wasn’t impressed with some of the restaurants service or food. I found a piece of glass in some of Matt’s leftover Alfredo fettuccine which turned my stomach upside down from a particular ” well known” restaurant. Some of the people in the restaurant business we’re very unprofessional and needless to say didn’t receive a plump tip. The weather dampened our plan’s to go backpacking but we managed to still have a good time. Many of the store’s we’re over-priced on certain items but that didn’t stop me from shopping..;) It’s vacation..I plan to enjoy myself and that I did. Goodbye Eureka Springs until next time!

Our rainy day consisted of Gourmet Chocolates, Wildlife Refuge and Antiquing.

Slept in until 9:30 or so and began the process of getting ready. We drove to Historic Eureka springs and visited a Chocolate Factory. There was such a wondrous display of chocolates it was almost baffling. I know you must be wondering what I chose to indulge myself with. The delicate selection was Irish Cream Truffle and Hazelnut Truffle. Might I add, the chocolate was velvety smooth and melted as soon as the chocolate hit the roof of your mouth. One word to describe this experience: Ecstasy. After our indulgences we drove to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. It was a self-guided tour through a maze of every kind of Wild Cat possible. They we’re all so unique in color, shape, personality and size which made the experience even cooler. Some of them would look at you with eyes of steel that could pierce your soul and send chills straight down your back and others we’re so laid back it was like watching Willy Nelson except of course they are a little bit furrier. After leaving the Wildlife shelter we spontaneously stopped at an Antique Shop in which I found some treasures. It seems odd we have been on vacation for almost a week now. Usually are schedules are so rushed between work, school and life. This has by far been the most relaxing vacation ever!

The Chocolate factory.


Every Chocolate Lover's Dream.


A cute little sign hanging in the shop.


Resting for the day.


What an incredibly beautiful yet fierce creature.


Looks like someone's got it made in the shade.


Sleepy Much?


Raven eyes..shouldv'e been this one's name.


Look how huge this cat is...amazing.


Found this sewing book in the 50% off section
Price paid $ 4.98.


A vintage trivet..I found for the kitchen.

It’s raining it’s pouring the ol’ couple are out exploring.

As I woke up this morning, I could hear the melodies of rain. Another rainy day= adventure. We we’re going to try to establish a campsite today but the rain isn’t finished with her song just yet. So, we reserved the cottage for a few more days/nights. Today the adventure begin with brunch at, ” Simply Scrumptous Tea Room and Emporium.” The atmosphere was very relaxing and the food was delish. We drank our hot tea and watched the birds and squirrels from outside the restaurant nibble on feed. This has been my favorite meal thus far…. I ordered a chicken/bacon ranch wrap with cilantro soup..Yum! Desert consisted of Lemon Butter Cream Cake and more hot tea. I felt very inspired to open my own, Tea room in the near future. Next, we hit the antique shops..I bought a few vintage pieces for my kitchen and bathroom. Then we drove down to Onyx Cave and took a tour. We we’re given vintage headphones as we listened to a voice recording that lead us through the entire cave. It was cool in a nerdy kind of way. I loved walking through the cave, it made me feel like a great explorer seeking the next adventure one slippery, dark step at a time. Next stop, Pivot Rock. We did get to enjoy some nature on this trip which was nice…I was beginning to think we wouldn’t be able to. It was beautiful!

Organic tea with Lemon Butter Cream Cake...perfection.


This was so enjoyable.


Woodpecker?


Leaving the Tea Room....


I couldn't help myself.


I left feeling enlightened in some odd way...


Another angle...


An old passage..which we could have taken this tour...unfortunately this dream didn't come true.


The Great Explorers.


Pivot Rock...Matt showing off his muscles.


Enjoying the rain and nature.


Small waterfall.


Following the trail...

Vacation adventures continued…..

Today, we drove out to the Promised Land Zoo in Missouri. Surprisingly, this has been one of my favorite day activities thus far. I got to feed a baby goat for the first time which was really sweet. I told Matt, after we left that I wanted to adopt one. I think it would be cool to raise goats. I could raise them for their meat, milk, cheese and soap. I would like to keep at-least one for a pet. We got to feed 600 animals today..sound daunting? Not really… it was a drive through zoo. So, we could feed the animals through the vehicle windows which was alot of fun. The deer we’re very social and seemed to like us..being they followed us anytime they spotted the jeep. The emu’s we’re hilarious as they strutted across the field, heads bobbing towards the direction of the food. After the zoo trip we drove back to cottage, watched t.v./relaxed for a little bit. We then grabbed some dinner at Mei li Cusine which was excellent. I ordered Pad thai with Sake ( rice wine). I liked the rice wine. The flavor was spicy/sweet. The sake was warm as well. I felt very relaxed after leaving. Matthew and I had some clothes that needed to be washed/dried. So, we headed to the local laundromat…which happened to be the worst laundromat I’ve ever been to in my entire life. Imagine the cheesiest music ever and the only magazines they had to pass the time we’re GQ…need I say anymore ? Here’s some pics.

The Goat Family.


I made friends with, " Molly" the Camel.


She was a Diva.


In this picture I was feeding a baby cow..In the process Matt was getting attacked by a guinea...hence the laughs.


Feeding the baby goat.


I think he might secretly want one too..Shh!


It was amazing how close they came to us.


The buffalo taking a snooze.


Zebra checking us out.


The peacock wasn't quite as friendly as the deer.


The comical emu.


Central- American Cows... at-least we think so.


Mei Li Cuisine. Hot and Sour Soup/ Jasmine Tea


Delicious, Pad Thai.

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