Roda’s Critter Connection Challenge

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Now that spring is in full swing, I am actually finding some critters again!

Believe it or not, this is the same hummingbird in all three pictures! Apparently, this species will “flash” his colors when he is irritated, or trying to find a mate. I am guessing he was mad, as opposed to attracted to me๐Ÿ˜ณ

My iPhone8 camera was fast enough to capture him as he went from green to fuscia, and the transition color in-between! The hummingbird accomplishes this cool trick by flipping some key neck feathers at break neck speed (see what I did there, ๐Ÿ˜)

Have a great week everyone!ย ๐Ÿ’•

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Thank You!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

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The beautiful Sophie from Foodzesty, has nominated me for the “Best Pal” award this year!!

Don’t know if you have already voted yet, but I would be honored if you would consider me if you do!

Someone also nominated me as most inspirational! Can you believe that! Another fabulous honor, but I don’t know who it was, so thank you mystery person๐Ÿ˜Š

Have a fabulous weekend everyone, love you all๐Ÿ’•!

Roda’s Critter Connection, Winter Edition!

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I really lucked into this one! I was sitting in our front room and this roadrunner hopped up on the wall in the back yard. He ran along the top and hung out just long enough for me to grab a picture.

It has been cold, by Tucson standards, and we have not seen a whole lot of critters, so this was a gift!

Have a great week everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

Great Article from a like minded blogger

I love this lady! She writes about mid life issues and her blog is beautiful ๐Ÿ’•

Here is one of her recent posts about finding yourself again, enjoy ๐Ÿ˜Š

http://mkfitness.me/index.php/2018/02/07/is-it-my-turn-yet/

I am so touched and humbled by this!

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โ€œThe Growing Self Blogger Award has been created to acknowledge and celebrate amazing individuals, in the blogging community, who are persevering through lifeโ€™s challenges not only to GROW as individuals, ย but toย reach out and help others GROW as well.โ€ ~Roda

I feel truly blessed to have met so many wonderful individuals through this process called blogging! I had no idea this world even existed a year ago. I started blogging to deal with my personal pain and isolation and found a network of strong, funny, talented, artistic and kind human beings! Many of whom were dealing with life’s struggles just like me.

I never would have dreamed that the friends I have made in the blogosphere would help me in my “real world” relationships as well. I have been more open, more willing to try new things and, dare I say it, more trusting. Actually, I am still working on that last one ๐Ÿ™‚

Many bloggers have been generous to me and nominated my blog for awards, and all of those are important to me. I admit, I am way behind! Embarrassingly so! I hope to start catching up soon. But one lovely human, one that I will never be able to put on the back burner, has nominated me for the award that she herself has crafted. Which makes it extra special! If you know Roda, then you understand what I am talking about! Her nomination brought tears to my eyes, so I will begin digging out of the backlog with “The Growing Self Blogger Award”

 

How it works:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank the individual that nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Describe the award and mention the creator: Rodaย  โ€“ Growingself.blog
  • Nominate up to 5 blogs.ย  Remember, the purpose of this award is to specifically celebrate those individuals that have made a difference in your life or the lives of others.
  • Give at least 1 reason why you nominated each individual.
  • Notify your nominees of the award

Today I would like to nominate:

Sophie from Foodzesty

Monika from Everyday Healthy Recipes

Jay from My Truth is Now

Linda from Mainepaperpusher

Sophie- You are my long lost sister from Greece! No, we don’t look alike, I’m sure, as I have red hair, freckles and burn instantly so no one would ever confuse me for a Greek beauty! But, we connected so quickly and strongly from the instant we started messaging. You are so kind and considerate and inspire me to get into the kitchen and try new recipes. We have our mutual love of Rafa to bind us across time zones and you are the first person I think of when a tennis match pops up on my TV. Thank you my dear friend for all the emails and the beautiful post card from Greece!

Monka- I have learned so much from you! Your healthy recipes help me stay on track and fuel my, sometimes, insane workout schedule. I have found new ingredients and tried new techniques which have helped me grow my culinary repertoire. Thank you for putting up with all my questions! One day I will figure out how to get to your cooking site to share those recipes. You are so sweet to take the time to research my queries and help me navigate the blogosphere!

Jay- You are such a sweet man! You inspire me to read more than my usual “goto genres”. I am a creature of habit and will easily fall back on my usual authors. You have made me a better analyst, helping me look beyond the obvious and uncover the many underlying possibilities. I am honored to be a witness to your literary ascent! Please know that I am truly privileged to be a small part of helping you on your way ๐Ÿ™‚

Linda-I know, I know, you don’t do awards. I also know that you break the rules when you feel strongly about something. Guess what? Your friendship is so important to me that I am breaking your rule! I am not nominating you to be irritating, but because I feel so strongly about the impact you have made on my life that I am going to talk about you whether you like it or not! So there! We have much in common, and I know if we lived on the same coast we would be fast friends. You inspire me to keep putting myself out there, we both know how easy it is it become isolated. Those of us who are a little too comfortable with alone time can become overlooked, as it were. And, we have the same sense of humor! Your Guest in Jest series is one of my favorite weekly posts! I would give just about anything to spend an afternoon with you drinking coffee, eating cookies and laughing our asses off. Thank you, my friend ๐Ÿ™‚

And Roda….The only reason you are not nominated is because you nominated me! I will find you in Colorado, or Seattle, one day. And, hug the stuffing out you ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Christmas Tag

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Sophie from food zesty has stepped out of her kitchen and tagged me for this post! Sophie makes wonderful Greek dishes in her kitchen in the Netherlands. Pop over and check out her mouthwatering recipes!

The rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated youย withย a link to their blog
  • Add the picture in your blog
  • Copy these rules into your post
  • Add a link to this original post (littlediyprojects.wordpress.com/thechristmastag)
  • 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!

The Questions:

1. Whatโ€™s your favourite thing about Christmas?
2. Whatโ€™s your favourite Christmas memory?
3. Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas?
4. Whatโ€™s your Christmas wish? (Can be personal or general)
5. Whatโ€™s your favourite Christmas dish?
6. Whatโ€™s your favourite Christmas decoration?
7. Whatโ€™s your favourite Christmas song?
8. Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?
9. What does the โ€˜Christmas Spiritโ€™ mean to you?
10. Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?

My Answers:

  1. Holiday baking! This time of year is a great opportunity to bake something new that I have not tried before, and make the old favorites too!
  2. The best memories for me are from when my kids were little. Seeing the excitement in their eyes made all the craziness worth it.
  3. For the last 30 years we have come together for Christmas Eve (usually at my in law’s home) and have a specific dinner. This was set in motion decades ago and has never really changed. Family members have been added (births and marriages) and deleted (divorces) but otherwise, pretty traditional.
  4. I wish that all the people in my life have a wonderful holiday.
  5. The one I have not tried yet!
  6. I have an elaborate decoration that I hang on my door frame every year (except for this year!). I spent several years adding and changing it to get it “just right”.
  7. Anything from the Trans Siberian Orchestra holiday CDs
  8. Washington state, but this year we have a second home so we will see which is better this season!
  9. It is important to be kind all year, but especially during the holidays. I think the Christmas spirit is a focused intent to be particularly tuned into those around us and what our neighbors need.
  10. Always family, especially my kids and hubby. This year we are spreading out the holiday, with three different celebrations in two different states. It is fun to do something new this year and have an adventure or two. ๐Ÿ™‚tag

    My Nominees: ย My Truth is Now, The Orang-utan librarian, and Once Upon a Hot Flash

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Merry Christmas from the Tilley’s!

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Roda’s December Gift of Gratitude Series

Yesterday my daughter and I went shopping. That, by itself is not so impressive, especially this time of year when everyone is purchasing gifts for the holiday.

What was special about this trip is where we went to spend my money! We headed out to Leavenworth, which is a Bavarian themed town, 2 hours north of our home in Redmond, Washington. It is a special community located in the mountains and they know how to do Christmas right!

The drive took us over the mountain pass into the middle of nowhere, and then all of a sudden this town appears.

 

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It was a clear day, but cold! 34F was the high, and a decent wind was blowing.

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The views are spectacular!

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The main street, which runs through the middle of the town, is in the Bavarian style and decked out in lights, garlands and holiday colors.

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There are shops and plenty of restaurants.

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We strolled along the street, stopping every so often to buy a gift or duck into a store to warm up!

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We had lunch and lots of coffee on this chilly December day.

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We marveled at the gorgeous decorations inside the stores

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Finally, it was time to head home. We grabbed one more cup of coffee and climbed into the car for the 2 hour return trip, and this is where the gratitude part comes in!

An hour into the drive we were stopped on the road. We saw flashing lights about 100 yards ahead of us on the only two lane road out of town. No cars were traveling in either direction and we knew something bad had occurred. More cars came behind us as we waited for the accident to clear, but we didn’t move. An hour passed as we thought that we would be moving “any minute now”.

People around us began to leave their cars and walk over to the scene of the accident, and it was getting darker on this mountain road. I checked the map app on my phone and found that the only detour was to return to the town and head over two other mountain ranges to get back home. A detour that would take 3 hours and 20 minutes.

As a group passed our car, I rolled down the window and they told me it would be at least 4 more hours until the investigation was complete. There was a fatality.

A motorcyclist had lost his or her life that day. My daughter and I processed this differently. She was irritated that we did not leave earlier, assuming that we would have been through the area before the crash. I was not so sure.

As we turned around to begin the three hours detour she continued to be irritated at our misfortune. But I was grateful! What if we had left earlier and were in the accident? What if it was my daughter lying under that tarp?

We had just spent a marvelous day together and the worst that happened to us was that it took 5 hours to get home instead of 2.

But we were home, safe and sound. Eventually she came to the same conclusion and we both felt happy and safe at the end of this day, when another family had a horrible tragedy to process.

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Merry Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

Join the amazing Roda from Growing Self in herย Gift of Gratitude series.