Relax your mind with the sound of rain๐Ÿ˜Œ

The sound of rain distracts our brain activity and leads us to a state of relaxation. Many of us listen to nature sounds to relax or fall sleep, and listening to thunder storms or falling rain is proven to help with falling sleep and staying sleep. Listening to rain distracts our focus to any other sounds or thoughts, and brings us to a place where all we hear is the falling rain drops.

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A lovely garden begins with your pots

It is not just for holding your flowering plants or herbs, for me a flower pot also needs to stand beautiful by itself in my garden.

When in full bloom I bring the smaller pots in to add color to our family room, and most often they are the main object of my photos a hobby I enjoy.

I have flower pots that are more than 10 years old, and every now and then I purchase one for a special place, a corner or a spot on the porch and the garden.

I choose them by color, size, and always stay in the same color scheme, and yes I do love hanging baskets even though they need to be maintained more, since birds and squirrels enjoy pulling their liners and love to swing from them.

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Summer plans !๐Ÿค”

Florida 2019

For most of us summer has started and we are worried and concern about flying and staying in hotel rooms.

As I talk to friends I hear the same concerns and fears related to traveling, interacting with others at the airport, hotels, and beaches. Plans to the beach, softball games, ice skating with friends all activities that would have been planned for summer are on hold indefinitely.

How to entertain ourselves without using electronics? For the time being we are making a list of our most favorite activities, and anything new we like to learn and experience for the first time. We also have a list for things we enjoy doing that are more entertaining and keeps us in touch with classmates, and family members.

Here are 10 items on the list for our teens (created by them):

1- learn to do laundry

2- learn to iron

3- learn to chop vegetables

4- learn a new language

5- practice music

6- yoga

7- workout

9- try cooking new recipes

10- gardening

Hope everyone enjoys a healthy happy summer๐Ÿ˜Ž

Finding Solace in Food๐Ÿ˜‹

Cooking and baking has become a necessity now that we all take comfort and safety in staying home. Watching cooking shows has been the most entertaining and age appropriate tv time for my entire family, and has been an easy way for me learn a few new recipes.

If you have children at home you will relate to my hectic 3 meals a daily schedule. During the week lunch hour changes by the online school schedule, and only on weekends we all enjoy a more relaxed menu around the kitchen table.

Food brings us together, and sitting together for a meal for me has always been comforting, and I do confess my family is not fussy or limited by food allergies, so I have less stress preparing meals.

Since quarantine I have used my pasta maker 3 times, for spinach and ricotta ravioli, and fettuccini. Baked tart shells that everyone filled w their favorite fruits, and grilled chicken and burgers just to give myself a menagerie of recipes to prepare for our meals.

We are all doing our best during the quarantine to keep it together, and I will remember this experience as the time I challenged my family to enjoy my cooking without ketchup.๐Ÿคฃ

Round eclairs stuffed with custard

Burgers with home baked buns

Are you ready to be a Gardner? ๐Ÿž๐Ÿ›

Dahlia

I was surprised to hear that nurseries are running out of tomato plants!? Personally I never had good luck planting them, but I guess with shopping dilemmas and food & vegetables some what been scarce, for some people growing their own food made sense. Or is this just a beginning of a trend?

Creating a garden, is not an easy task. It is extremely time consuming, and expensive. To create a garden and keep it beautiful, and healthy is a daily chore, but a chore that is delightful, gratifying, and heavenly.

I have had vegetable gardens, herb gardens, and flower gardens. Had to make peace with squirrels, bunnies, birds, and yes even lizards, that enjoyed leaving bit marks on tomatoes that were half ripped.

In mid summer when plants are well established and are in full bloom is when I sit back and enjoy as they say the fruit of my labor. But for now, I put on my gardening gloves and start my mornings with pulling weeds, watering and filling the holes that squirrels have left behind.

Gardens don’t just add color to our yards, or food to our tables, they make our homes a haven for birds, bees, and butterflies. They come to our gardens to find food and they pollinate our trees and flowers.

If you are a first time gardener, you will be a gardener for life.

Cilantro, & Thyme