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Another hard rain with a semi-nasty- little- storm this Saturday afternoon!
Bringing the temps down again…Coffee on the porch was comfortable and good!

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Why not, bake a cake? So I did!

Happy birthday to Jack and Randy. (May and July) Love you beyond words!

August kicks off a month of celebrations in my family.

Birthdays—- lights up the month of August—Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!

Sage Hill Farms’ ground-breaking was in August of 2003. Happy birthday Sage Hill—what a journey!

Lizzy, Tommy, (deceased) Bea, Ginger, Janet & Johnny, Cody, George,(deceased) Michelle.

This cake is known as our ‘Family Cake’ I’ve been making it since my sons were 2 and 4.
The batter is Apricot/Lemon—the glaze is usually lemon but has been known to be chocolate from time to time.
Either way, it’s better than good! ( Ingredients have been manipulated to a healthier version than the original.)

Did I miss anyone?
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Some Christmas History~

We’ve all heard the term “Those who do not know and learn from history are bound to repeat it.”

Here we are….The best offense is a good defense-Talk about it, write about it, live it, celebrate it…Preach it!!

 

The middle of winter has always been a time of celebration.

Even Pagan celebrations were a ritual born of beliefs that followed the only spiritual guideline available.
Long before the arrival of the man called Jesus, early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter.
In Scandinavia, the Norse celebrated Yule from December 21, (the winter solstice,) through January. In recognition of the return of the sun, large logs were set on fire and people would feast until they burned out-sometimes lasting 12 days.
In the early days of Christianity-Easter was the main holiday; the birth of Jesus was not celebrated. In the fourth century, church officials decided to institute the birth of Jesus as a holiday.

By holding Christmas at the same time as traditional winter solstice festivals, church leaders increased the chances that Christmas would be popularly embraced.

By the Middle Ages, Christianity had, for the most part, replaced pagan religion.

In the early 17Th century, a wave of religious reform changed the way Christmas was celebrated in Europe. When Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan forces took over England in 1645, they vowed to rid England of decadence and, as part of their effort, canceled Christmas. By popular demand, Charles II was restored to the throne and, with him, came the return of the popular holiday.
The pilgrims, English separatists that came to America in 1620, were even more orthodox in their Puritan beliefs than Cromwell. As a result, Christmas was not a holiday in early America. From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was actually outlawed in Boston. Anyone exhibiting the Christmas spirit was fined five shillings. By contrast, in the Jamestown settlement, Captain John Smith reported that Christmas was enjoyed by all and passed without incident.
After the American Revolution, English customs fell out of favor, including Christmas. In fact, Congress was in session on December 25, 1789, the first Christmas under America’s new constitution. Christmas wasn’t declared a federal holiday until June 26, 1870.

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Life is a mixture of good, bad, happy, sad, joy, sorry…..these are a given, we do not choose or redesign them across the board…and yes, I know all the ways we can manipulate our life to paint a better picture…

Bliss…ahhh, this is totally a choice, a tiny little switch that flips on and off at will…..no matter…how down, how lonely, how stressed…make blissful moments in your day and smile…if only inside…( do you know just thinking a smile boost the immune system greatly…laughing out loud sends it over the top!

Eating is a requirement. ( one I have no issues with) Bring the two together for your ‘Blissful’ moments…..Make it healthy in a common sense way, make it pretty, make it a gracious time.

In Gratitude….for gorgeous food and “You!”

 

We are well into the new year.  As always…I am focused on sharing ‘happy’ thoughts and ideas for your reading pleasure.

Most everyone has a different idea as to what constitutes happiness…how to find it, make it, or buy it….for me, I have discovered…and research has proven in many ways, happiness is not just a surface thing….Emotional vitality: a sense of enthusiasm, hopefulness, and engagement.

Optimism: the perspective that good things will happen.

A supportive network of friends and family.

Expressing gratitude on a regular basis and doing things ( or one thing) every day you find enjoyable and relaxing…exercise and regular sleep also…these actions will make a healthy spirit…when the spirit is happy, the heart and body follows.

Please join me in a ‘ Happy’ year ahead~

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A desire for that which brings comfort, joy, and pleasure, to our heart, mind, and surroundings…to me, is Bliss…it can be as elaborate as the Queens digs are as simple as a cup of tea and a boiled egg…with a few special elements added here and there…some thought tweaking, your favorite music or the quietness of a favorite book.

I am big on bliss from with-in…once we find that…the outer elements will find us.

Need help, need tea, need jewels, need a friend to help you clear the cob-webs….This is your lucky day…I’m available, affordable, and know the way to “Bliss.”  NO…I’m not a hooker…LOL…part of finding bliss is being able to laugh in the face of all that which works to bring us down.

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October is my renewal anticipation time…..think about the past year and weed out the things that did not serve me and my purpose well.

Make a rough draft for the coming year and clear the path for Holiday season!

As you know, if you follow this blog…Bliss and Red have been the focus…so why would I stray from that now…October is the perfect month for all shades of red. Bright, shocking red, russet reds, and orangy reds…and yes! October is full of Bliss !

Colorful foods of the season, warm cotton shirts, and leather boots that pull you toward the woods….where you’ll find colors to match your thoughts…if, you allow the October Bliss to guide you~

Loving the season….

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You’ve noticed no-doubt..The Stylish Gardener has been on vacation!

Four months left of 2015…WoW! The year has left many changes at Sage Hill.

One of the biggest and best…more free time, a slower pace, for “me.”

Sitting in my comfort zone today (my home office) content ( to a point) in my work, my accomplishments, my self expectations….I realized what a blessed life I have….I have climbed mountains these last 2 years…reached peaks I thought were out of reach for me….said yes to questionable options….embraced future disappointments…and still smiling and seeing Bliss where some say there is no Bliss….It’s A Red Dot moment~005

 

19151t-easley-covered-bridge-easly-covered-bridge1Yes, I’m aware we have been missing…even Bliss needs a break from time to time.

There are times when sharing doesn’t fit the feeling…however, I hope you enjoyed your break as much as I have mine.

Things I’m seeing more and more…red sunsets, red clouds, red leaves in the gardens, red colors in the new season for home and self…

You know my passion for red…it never fails to spark a thought, an action, a wish…

There is always a new bridge to cross…if you are lucky…it will be a covered, red one!

Much love~