february 29

Happy February 29!  Today is a whole extra day!  A whole 24 more hours you get this year! How will you spend it?  How will you use these extra hours to your fullest potential?

Here are some ways to consider:

Start with one, keep going.  (You don’t have to use up all these extra 24 hours today, spread them out.)

Consider health.  Of your mind, your body, your home.  Of things that can help you improve all of these simultaneously.

Being busy.

Pain.

Criticism & creating .

Happy home, happy you.

Consider making something.  It will make you feel good.  The first thing to do is start.

A recipe- for you, for sharing.

A garden.

A craft- to use, to see,  to share

A smile.

Other things to consider today and always:

stretch, read(not on a screen), get some fresh air, take 10 minutes to do nothing, tell someone you love them.

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outdoor adventures: old robe trail, granite falls, wa

Monday was like Spring here in the Seattle area.  Nearly 60 degrees and sunny.  The only thing to be done was to head outside!  We drove up to the Mt. Loop Highway in Granite Falls and went on a nice little hike into the Old Robe Canyon.  It’s  a fairly easy and short hike in and out but the terrain was very rough and rocky in some places (much of the time you are walking along either the once existing train tracks or the stone retaining wall that had been built between the tracks and the river) and very muddy in others.  Once you reach the “end” of the trail where there has been a landslide, you could choose to climb over the pile of giant rocks and trees and make your way further down the railroad tracks to the old train tunnels.  If you have on boots with good traction and the wherewithal to do so, I would highly recommend it!  The other side of this pile of rubble is by far the best part of the trail.

The sign marking the trail head is now almost completely illegible.

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The sky was so blue and the the bright green moss all over this old growth forest looked so amazing against it!

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There were lots of signs along the way of what used to be.

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Here you can see the first train tunnel coming up.

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And then the second tunnel a little farther down the trail. This tunnel was much small and on the other side Mother Nature had done away with so much of the tracks and trail that this is truly the end of the hike.

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Looking back from the other side.

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the good stuff

I keep finding myself revisiting these images lately.  Normally I’m not drawn to blush or peach shades myself, or even too much white for that matter, but I find both of these spaces stunning.

The unexpected mix of styles, the interesting shapes in furniture, the lighting and art.  It’s light and airy feeling but also a bit moody, macabre even maybe?  I am ready to move right in.

february…

The Roman month Februarius was named after the Latin term  februum,  which means purification. 

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I just learned this about February and it feels perfect.  The fact that it is already more than a week into the second month of 2016 is mind boggling.  How did we get here already?  I need more time!  It’s all going so fast!

But also not really…..I mean, it’s only February.  Only the second month.

Both feelings make sense.  January comes and you have ideas and make plans and goals and resolutions and then the next few weeks just disappear and then….then February.  Purification.  Time for those plans and goals really start taking shape.  Time to readjust, rearrange, clean up, purge, purify.  February is when it all actually starts.

It seems that this sort of feeling is pretty wide spread this year, more than in the past.  There are so many books and blogs about minimalism and simplifying.  And there have been, for a long time.  But this year it seems to have caught up with most of us.  Not just a trend to follow anymore but a deep seeded need.  A need for less everything else and more of just what truly matters.  Are you feeling this too?