When thoughts turn to Spring…..

The weather is starting to tease us here in the North Pole (not really the North Pole, but sometimes it sure feels like it!). Balmy spring weather is in the forecast for the next week…only a teaser as mentioned, Spring won’t really be here for at least another 1-1/2 months….that’s too loooonnnnngggg! For today, the birds are outside singing at full throttle, and my brain has started to think of all things garden related.

Water features are one of the simplest things to do if you’re looking to create ambiance in your backyard haven (or front yard, or balcony). I love fountains, and my garden must have the soothing sound of water.

Have a quiet moment and listen to the meditative sound of running water in the garden outside (I’m pretending here)……..

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Now for a few photos to get you inspired………….

Bubbling fountain
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Pouring fountain
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Fountains-double whammy!
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Rain fountain
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Huge Fountain
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Here’s the backyard setup at my last home…..the fountain DID make all the difference as I backed onto a busy highway….
Tiered fountain

A garden fountain doesn’t have to be monstrous. A simple plug in model found at the local hardware store can be effective in drowning out the sound of traffic and the busyness of life in general. Create your own zen spot……….get a fountain! 🙂

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Timelapse: Amazing Landscapes of the Dominican Republic

from HD Nature Video by LoungeV

I love this Earth……it can be harsh….but it can also be….beautiful, surreal,……HEAVEN.

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Timelapse: The Caffeinated version of Paris

I swear, this is how we looked when we were in Paris a few years ago and only had 2 days to see as much as possible…..run, run, run!

A return trip is already in the works and we’ll definitely be giving ourselves a little more breathing room than last time!

Any suggestions on your favourite spots that shouldn’t be missed would be appreciated 🙂

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Jamaican Me Happy!

Villa with a view:
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Good Hope Great House

Good Hope Great House

The same verandah as seen in the Anthropologie catalogue :-)

The same verandah as seen in the Anthropologie catalogue 🙂

Anthropologie  catalogue March 2011

Anthropologie catalogue March 2011

Negril Beach

Negril Beach

Music makes the heart happy!

Music makes the heart happy!

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Benford’s Rum Punch from Cliffside Cottage in Jamaica:

1 qt pineapple juice
1 qt fruit punch
½ cup grenadine syrup
¼ cup lime juice
2 cups overproof white rum (or to desired strength)
Combine all and stir. Serve on cracked ice

Yummmmmmm!!!! ♥ Trust me, this stuff is WICKEDLY DELICIOUS!!

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Time to Quit your Job…

    Yes!!! Wonderful thought, but I’ll be working for a while yet……maybe I’ll just buy the t-shirt for now 😉
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It’s the simple things…..

Sim·ple

ˈsimpəl (adjective)

Definition: Easily understood or done; presenting no difficulty

    Mary Engelbreit

I’ll admit it. I like to spoil myself.
Yes-I like going out for a wonderful meal, taking off to a faraway destination, regularly go for massages, and if a big costume ring catches my eye….you’ll more than likely see it on my finger later.

BUT, that being said…..it’s the simple things that make me feel truly spoiled.

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    I find it absolutely decandent to be up before anyone else enjoying the peacefulness of the morning with my coffee.

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    Cutting flowers from my garden, or if not in season….stopping off at a flower shop to inhale the fresh and alive smells inside….and maybe walking out with a small bouquet of preciousness in my hands. LOVE! Eye candy AND a heady scent!
A young beauty holding a bouquet of flowers Fritz Zuber-Buhler (1822 – November 23, 1896)

A young beauty holding a bouquet of flowers
Fritz Zuber-Buhler (1822 – November 23, 1896)

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    A bubble bath scented with lavender, candles lit, relaxing music playing…… *bliss*

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    Going into a bookstore and browsing through the titles that catch my eye.

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    Stopping off for an ice cream…….something that doesn’t happen often–to be savoured when it does.

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ice cream

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    Going for a walk in the woods. Where else is better to reconnect with yourself and listen to your own thoughts without distractions? Shared with another these walks make for a bonding moment 🙂

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    Being the first one to open up a brand new Saturday newspaper……fresh and folded up just so.
    It’s never the same once someone else has opened it up, which is something that David (the dirty rotten) likes to do if he can beat me to it because he knows it drives me CRAZY!!

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    Meeting up for a coffee with the important people in my life…..and ordering a cappuccino made by a barista who makes them look so darn pretty!

Pretty to look at and if you've found a good spot-tastes yummy too!

Pretty to look at and if you’ve found a good spot-tastes yummy too!

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    I once painted the main wall in a former home a dark grey. Not a bad thing for some people, but for me it went against how I usually surround myself (clothes, art, accessories). For the year it was on my wall, I felt like I lived in a dungeon. Then I decided enough was enough. After only a few passes with the roller I caught myself grinning like an idiot. I was euphoric! Such a simple thing.

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Are any of these guilty pleasures? Nope. I never feel a bit of guilt! They are just the simple things in life that make me feel good doing them. To be repeated.

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Gone, but not forgotten

When I think of the Dominican Republic, I not only think of sunshine, ocean waves, and beautiful beaches…..I think of cows. Yes folks, cows!

When first searching for a vacation property in the Cabarete/Sosua area, we had rented a house on the beach in a more remote farming area. One morning I awoke; looking forward to enjoying my usual peaceful moment of watching the sunrise with a coffee in hand, I wandered down the path to the beach –and came to a sudden & abrupt halt.
I had stopped in both amazement—and fear of scaring off my new friends……

Whoa! What's that????!!!!

Whoa! What’s that????!!!!

How cool was that?! For me, it was VERY cool. 🙂

It’s common to see cows being herded through town or along the highway (if you see someone along the side of the road waving a shirt in their hand, they are usually warning of cows on the road ahead).

Cattle drive thru town

Cattle drive thru town

During one of many shopping trips in the Dominican Republic on the quest to make our home more “beachy”, I saw “IT“. I had to have “IT”. That “IT” was the find I was most happy about. Yes, call me crazy….but I LOVE cows! I happily tucked him into a shopping bag and carried him home, where I promptly set him on his new perch 🙂

Until……….

I recently received news from the Dominican Republic that my little friend had met an untimely demise during the course of some renovation work on
Our Little Place in the Sun. I was/still am, very sad. 😦

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Yes, you may be gone…………..but you’re not forgotten. I’m going to miss you little buddy……..

Farewell....

Farewell….

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Now, where to find another?

Maybe I’ll start up a herd of my own? *insert crazy maniacal laughter* Moahahahhahahahaa!!……….

The greeting you get when entering our home here in Alberta…..as I mentioned– I like cows (or bulls if anyone wants to get technical):

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P.S. If you wait long enough and don’t move you might get lucky and spot a Moose as well 😛

Peek a boo!

*April UPDATE: I just received an email and my little Moo in the Dominican is back from the dead! He was glued together with care and is now residing in his spot of prominence 🙂 Yes, it IS the simple things that make me happy!

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I could use some of this right now….

Ok, is anyone else done with winter and ready for some beach time? I can’t be the only one dreaming of an escape……..

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2013 Music Mashup

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Fly me to the moon……

Fly Me to the Moon-Frank Sinatra

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