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Happy Trails

Last time camping under the old, oak tree… I wish you the best, my friend.

I was thinking that my last post, the one that has been static on my site was a scary selfie of me in a welding helmet… That just can’t continue for any longer! ๐Ÿ˜‰ This post will serve as a better landing spot for my blog and describe its status.

We recently went to our favorite campground, Hickory Hollow in Utica, Illinois. It is right near the Starved Rock area. Every September, you can count on us to be attending the wine festival! This year’s fest was a bit less chaotic, as last year’s fest was a madhouse. Because of this and the ticket prices doubling, we were able to get around much easier this year.

We were very melancholy, as the sand mine (just past the berm behind the camper) has bought the campground to destroy it for the sand it stands on. How sad is that?!? I can’t describe the pain I feel for my favorite burr oak tree (next to camper). It’s like knowing a friend with a deadly disease… knowing that in a short time, their life will end sooner than it should. I need a subject change… my blubbering is upsetting my dogs.

Updates….

I have been researching my future ventures en mass! I have a plan for my future schooling in Horticulture Therapy, which starts this January, finishing in the Fall of 2018. Not too long! I have also decided to try to open my own business revolving around Nature Therapy. This will include Forest Bathing (shinrin-yoku (ๆฃฎๆž—ๆตด) in Japanese), and other programs for nursing homes. I’ll try focusing in those arenas first, and see if I need to branch out or not. I will post updates…

Hubby is doing super at quitting smoking! It’s been 4 months now!

For our Annual Christmas Camping Vacation….. GALVESTON, TEXAS is the winning location for 2017!!! We’re already booked and have started researching things to see and do. If you have any insider info, please pass it on ๐Ÿ™‚ We will also be needing a Texas themed audio book for the 18 hour ride down there. Last year we listened to, “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil” for our ride to Savannah.

Here’s a funny coincidence, well, maybe not so funny… We decided on Galveston one week before Hurricane Harvey hit them. Last year, we decided to go to Savanna, Georgia one week before Hurricane Matthew hit them. Hmmm, are we dooming the cities we choose to visit to hurricanes? Maybe next year, we shouldn’t pick a coastal city ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope everyone in my blog-o-spere is doing well. I’ve visited the WP Reader a few times. It’s really hard to be in there too long. I could have an hour blow by in what feels like a second. I love reading everyone’s posts, however I MUST STUDY!!! When my life has settled down, I will return to the reader and posting myself. Until then, I hope the best for all of you! I do miss our fun in the comment’s section!

Take care!!! Ilex

Art Shows & Meeting Fellow Bloggers

I recently went to an art show that was taking place near my home. Not only do I love art shows, a fellow blogger was going to be there showing off her goods!ย  ;-O Hey now! You know… her artwork! Karen of Karen’s Nature Art. I’ve been following Karen for a while now. She knows her botany and Midwestern nature very well. She’s blog is as interesting as her art!

From her website:

Artwork inspired by nature in a variety of media…including acrylic, watercolor, and pastel. ย 10% of the proceeds are donated to the nonprofit organization,ย Hesed House.

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Karen brought beautiful jewelry, drawings, calendars and other fine reproductions of observations she’s made in nature. The porcelain vine berries look true to life on one of her necklaces. This one below caught my eye. I’m a sucker for anything orange or red. Karen told me she was inspired by the honeysuckle bloom when she made this. I love it! It goes with many of my outfits and of course, my ginger locks ๐Ÿ™‚

imageWe walked around the show and this wineglass jumped out to me. Since ‘unplugging’ from T.V., we’ve been watching artists create their wares. One art that fascinates my husband an I is wood turning. We watch bowls and many other fascinating pieces of art being made.ย  This beautiful wineglass was made by Tree Nut Studio. The two wooden rings are moveable. They are fun to play with like a cigarette substitute ๐Ÿ˜‰ We like it so much, we are going to commission him to make a cutting board / cover for our camper’s stove. I can’t wait to see it done. I’m sure Ill post about it ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 


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