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A look back on 2015

2015 was a year that started off not too great, but ended really well, At the beginning of the year I had just left a job I had grown to hate, one that I once loved and thought I would be there forever. I ended up with a different job that I hated even more, which I promptly left to go back to my original job, only to leave again a few months later. I think it’s safe to say that crazy place in finally in the past, although I feel like I will always be part of it, somehow.

Once I got my job situation in order, it was a it easier to relax and just have fun! Anyway, here are so notable things that happened in 2015.

I got to see the first bulbs I planted the previous fall. They looked so pretty and I can’t wait to see them again in a few months,

changed my hair! I chopped it all off last January and went through a crazy lightening process which resulted in orange hair for a few months. 

We fixed up our backyard by getting a new shed, a pergola and also put in a fence.

With the help of my land camera, I got a little 1960s obsessed, and have been on the hunt for some nice 1960s style clothes ever since.

I started making jewelry with tiny sea shells I found at the beach.

I got a new job a few months ago and am really liking it so far. Steven also got a new job and works across the street from me. We spent so long with either one, or both of us, working in another city so we really love working so close to home and not spending so much money on gas!

I went on an exciting ghost tour of the city, and learned plenty of spooky tales.

And I made delicious chocolate orange brownies!

Overall it was a pretty good year, and I can’t wait to see what new exciting things happen in 2016!  We are thinking about a trip to Washington DC, and of course the usual fun trips to our favorite beach and mountains. I am hoping to have a glorious vegetable garden this year, do a lot of work with my etsy shop and maybe sell some things at a local flea market. And most importantly, just have fun no matter what!

I hope everyone else had a great year and is looking forward to 2016 as well!
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Two Years of Blogging

It’s hard to believe I have kept this blog going for two whole years! It’s hard to believe I actually choose to write, about anything, and find it fun.

I always hated writing. I couldn’t stand it. The first time I had to write a paper in college, I cried. I just couldn’t figure out how to come up with enough to say about a topic to fill 2-3 whole pages. I slowly got better at writing, but I was too self conscious to let anyone read anything I wrote. It was bad enough knowing that the teacher had to read it, I didn’t want anybody else looking at my words! Eventually I got over my fear of writting and by the time I graduated I could write a ten page lab report in a few short hours and not care who read it.

That day I cried over writing a paper, I would have never believed that a few years later I would be writing a little bit every day, and then posting it for the whole world to see.. Times sure have changed.

I have really enjoyed blogging these past two years. I finally found a form of journaling I actually keep up with, and I feel like the photos I take finally have a purpose now, instead of just taking up space on my hard drive and getting forgotten. It’s so much fun to go back and look through all my old posts!

I also love all the lovely people I have met through blogging, and learning about what life is like all over the world. It has made me want to travel so badly and see all the beautiful places from around the world that I have read about over the last two years.

I thought it would be fun to go back and choose some favorite posts. Here they are!

Here’s to many more years of blogging!
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Weekly Journal #27

Whew, the crazy Christmas week is over! I only worked on Monday and Tuesday so it was a pretty good vacation. 

It has still been ridiculously warm here; over 70 degrees some days!  That means a lot of fog, most days you couldn’t even see the tops of the buildings downtown. I took this photo on Tuesday when Steven and I walked to get lunch at Subway. It’s so fun that we’re both working downtown now.

I baked some Christmas eve baguettes. My third attempt. I think I am getting better!
I got some cute stuff for Christmas including a cat apron, cat socks, film, and minecraft buddies.
Since it has been so dang warm, I have been playing around in the garden and I dug up two new bonsais. I am excited to trim them up in a few months.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas week!  I love Christmas but I am looking forward to everything getting back to normal, and to get all this Christmas junk food eaten up so I can start being healthy again.

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Christmas Lights

It’s a Christmas eve tradition to drive around and look at Christmas lights, after we’re done stuffing our faces with delicious snacks while watching Christmas movies and drinking eggnog. It’s such a fun way to end the night.

These are some photos I took on last year’s adventure. It was a cold foggy evening, the perfect Christmas atmosphere besides snow.

I love how the houses stand out, wrapped in their rainbow lights, illuminating the darkness that surrounds them.

This house has an upside down Christmas tree inside!

Do you like to drive around and check out Christmas lights too?

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Weekly Journal #26

This time of year is always so busy!  I was hoping to catch up on writing some blog pots this weekend, but there was just too much to do to get ready for Christmas.
Every year I make a yummy peppermint bark, and I finally got around to doing that on Saturday.
Sunday was the yearly Christmas party at my Mom’s house, it was a lot of fun!
In any spare time I can find, I have been busy playing Minecraft. I’m addicted!  Here are some trees I found on fire due to a badly placed lava pit..
I can’t believe it’s almost time for Christmas and then the year will be over! I am looking forward to reading back through all my old blog posts this week and remembering 2015.
Happy Christmas week!
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Winston Lake

In the city of Winston-Salem, there is the popular Salem Lake, which is a favorite spot for boating, fishing and taking walks. But while out on a drive one day, we discovered the existence of a Winston Lake! And we just had to check it out since neither of us had ever heard of it before.

It’s a small, quiet little lake, quite different than Salem lake. But very secluded and peaceful. 

There were plenty of cute geese hanging around on that late November day

Almost all the trees had lost their leaves by then, so it was surprising to see fall colors again on whatever tree these were!

I’d love to build a little house on top of that hill.

Winston Lake was a nice quiet place to enjoy some nature. I’ve lived in this city for over 20 years and never knew this place existed. I wonder what I’ll discover next!

This fabulous goose wishes everyone a good day!
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Weekly Journal #25

Last week began with some crazy warm weather that is still hanging around. My bulbs started coming up!!  It’s hard to feel Christmasy when it’s 70 degrees outside. I am hoping the cold weather makes it’s return soon.
One day last week included a yummy spicy vegetable udon noodle lunch. It was so good and I have been thinking about it ever since.
The warm weather meant lots of fog. So I took the opportunity to take some creepy photos.
The girl has continued to drive Jeeves to the point of insanity, so we walked her down to my mom’s house in hopes that she will choose that as her new home, since we obviously can’t keep her.
It was a very busy week and I’m still not recovered! Hopefully I will find some time to rest this week. I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas!

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Christmas Tree Patch

Every year we go to our favorite Christmas tree patch to pick out my mom’s Christmas tree. We have been going there for years, and it just has such an exciting, wintery feeling about it.

The Krankies coffee trailer moved to this location a few years ago, and it gets engulfed in Christmas trees every December. 

The scent of freshly brewed coffee fills the air and mixes with the piney scent of the trees.

A cup of hot coffee is the perfect thing to warm your frigid hands while shopping for the perfect tree.

We haven’t gotten our own tree here yet because I know the cats will just climb it and live in it.. Probably chew the light strands while they’re at it.. But maybe one day!

On this trip we were lucky enough to see a delivery of fresh trees! How exciting.

The trees laying down waiting to be put up makes me imagine a Christmas tree graveyard..

I love how the vintage style string lights illuminate the trees and cast long shadows. Giving a slightly eerie look to them.

Steven’s reaction upon seeing this picture: “I look like an NPC..” 

Then we all have a tree decorating party and cover the tree in vintage glass ornaments. I love it! I have never seen a prettier tree,

Do you have any fun Christmas tree traditions?