Do you ever feel you just need to get away from the day to day routine and regroup? Have a little bit of rest and relaxation? Every fall we try to take a long weekend and enjoy the beauty of the change of season. That is exactly what we did this past weekend. Our travels took us to Broken Bow, OK where we took the Talimena Scenic Drive in southeastern Oklahoma spanning a 54 mile stretch to Mena, Arkansas.
The foliage was just beginning to change on Oklahoma State Highway 1.
From yellows, to reds, to greens and grey, the scenery was beautiful. It was hard for me to believe I was still in Oklahoma.
When we arrived at Mena, Arkansas there was just a few hours left until the antique stores closed so we managed to get in some shopping. I couldn't resist this cute arrangement in the front of one of the stores. I would have loved to bring it home with me, but I couldn't so this will be a must for me to try next year.
When you have friends and a cozy cabin you just can't go wrong. Our cabin was tucked away in the beautiful foliage and driving up to the cabin I began to relax and feel the weight of day to day life lift. It may have only been 3 days away and a large part of the time in the vehicle, but the beauty of God's country was worth it all. Getting away does the soul good, so take some time for yourself. Get away from the hussle and bussle of the day to day life and regroup. You won't be sorry.
As always remember to Bloom where you are planted.
It comes as no surprise to anyone that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of this month I have chosen this blog to be about that very subject and honor two beautiful women in my life that were directly affected by this disease. My mother and my aunt (her sister).
I remember it very clearly when we were told this beautiful lady, my aunt Donna, had breast cancer. If I remember correctly she was 50 years old when she found out and a long hard battle began for her. She chose to have a lumpectomy. Due to the kind of cancer she endured many years of chemo, loosing weight then gaining weight from the steroids, being very sick and tired.......but this precious lady always looked just like she did in the picture. Negative words never came out of her mouth. She was going to fight fight fight and that she did. There were many ups and downs as things would look great then they would be bleak again, but she always kept her sweet spirit. The cancer then spread to other parts of her body which in turn lead to stronger chemo and stronger drugs to fight the cancer. She fought and she fought hard. After an 8 year fight her body just could not take it anymore. In 2005 she lost the fight of breast cancer but won her heavenly reward and graduated to heaven. I think of her so often and miss the sweet talks we had and her encouraging words. One thing I will never ever forget that she told me that I share with people today "take advise from everyone then do what you want to." I love that and have taken it heart. I love my aunt Donna and miss her dearly.
To honor my aunt and my mother, my sisters and cousins decided to take on the Race for the Cure 5K in Oklahoma City in 2011. Well 3 of us did anyway. Renee' my oldest sister did the one mile walk and pushed my mother in the wheelchair and across the finish line. Of course we could not hold back the tears. Two of my cousins and one of their husbands as well as myself ran the 5K in honor of Aunt Donna and my mother. This was my first 5K and I was a nervous wreck. It was a great honor for all of us to help in finding a cure.
In September 2013 my mother passed away. Not from the breast cancer but from a brain bleed due to medication she was taking for blood clots. Both my mother and aunt Donna taught me so much. Probably the greatest lesson was to NEVER give up and to KEEP ON KEEPING ON no matter how bad things may look.
I encourage all women to go get your mammogram and do monthly self examinations. My sisters and myself are very faithful with our mammograms and we do not take this lightly. This disease affects so many people and I pray there will one day be a cure and we can kick cancer in the tail.
So come on girls take this squeeze challenge and remember BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED!!! I BELIEVE IN YOU!!
I love dirt!! As a kid I remember loving to play in the dirt and when it rained mother would let us play in the mud and make mud pies. Such fun! That passion has never left me. We raised a garden growing up. My 2 sisters and I had to go out and harvest the garden, bring in all the fresh vegies and processing everything. I recall setting for hours snapping green beans, digging the new potatoes then having all of that for supper. Then the canning....oh the canning. Another passion mother had was flowers, she always had beautiful flower bed. That passion was handed down to me. I love flowers!
So here we are October 1st, the weather is beautiful with a gentle breeze and my outside urns are screaming "FRESHEN ME UP!" So that is what I did on this beautiful Sunday evening. As you can see, they are needing a new look for fall.
The asparagus fern still looked pretty good so I split it up and left in the 2 large urns. It is hard to see but there are 3 urns. I left the caladium in the urn by itself because it still looked pretty good. Just cleaned it up a bit and made her look pretty.
Hello!! I am a simple person with a passion for flowers and home décor. I am crazy about my God, family and business. I am not fancy with my words or in person. I say it like it is and love to share my passion. I love to talk about the things I am passionate about. My husband of 36+ years is my ROCK!!! His passions are tractors, old engines and lathes. He goes to the tractor shows which gives me a chance to go antiquing and visiting green houses, so it works out very nicely. I LOVE to learn all I can about flowers and gardening. Now you wouldn't think that were the case if you came to my house because I don't have a large garden, but that is my plan when I retire at 60 (7 years away, happy dance, happy dance). My plan is to play in the dirt when we are not traveling. So, little by little I am working to make my back yard my "Ootsie Oasis" for when I retire. I hope you enjoy playing with flowers and playing in the dirt with me, because that's what I love to do. I may not know all there is to know about flowers and dirt, but I love researching and figuring it all out. Hey it's dirt, what could possibly go wrong? RIGHT? As I always say. "BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN YOU!!"