Be Still

Today, go where you feel most alive! Surround yourself with friends and family that build you up and hold your heart with both hands. Honor YOU, by giving yourself permission to follow your heart and do what you love.


It is the little things that mean the world to me.  A beautiful bloom, housing a tiny friend, instantly tickles my spirit.  A real letter, arriving in the mail, warms my heart.  Reaching out to others, with a simple smile or gesture, brings me pure joy.

Today, BE STILL while you embrace your whole, beautiful self with both hands.

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…


Embrace YOU!

The Heat Is On…

My goal is to always have a positive outlook on life. Even on the coldest days, when the wind and snow hurt my face, I am thankful to be doing what I love, ALMOST every single day.  But, once in a while, something happens… There is one weather event that changes all of this. That one event, that makes perky, upbeat me become the evil and cranky creature of doom… HUMIDITY.

Warning…a bit of a sassy, dark side is about to come out in Roda!

I truly believe that humidity is sent directly from Lucifer’s den. There is no way Mother Nature could ever be in charge of this type of hellish occurrence. There is nothing beautiful about it. Trust me, I’ve tried to find the beauty in it and I have come to the realization that HUMIDITY is void of all things beautiful!

I popped out of bed, ready to embrace life. My list of gardening adventures for the day were some of my most favorites: pruning and tipping back blackberries and boysen berries, harvesting basil leaves for pesto and creating supports for the tomato plants. These mindless tasks allow my mind to wander and my soul to rest. But, before I could begin “My Adventure List” for a day in the garden, I needed to tend to the animals.

In the summer, we do the majority of our animal chores at dusk, when the animals are going to bed and the temperatures are more pleasant. This also allows for not only freshwater and full feed pans when the sun rises, but makes morning chores quick and easy! Within 30 minutes, ducks and chickens are released to free range, eggs are collected, hay is fed to goats/horses and love is given to all!

I was ready for my day. Chores would be completed quickly and I would have a whole day to garden. Then, I made the mistake of opening the door. There it was… A thick wall of moisture that instantly encompassed every inch of me. The air was like a hot tub and I did not want to be any part of the bath! (Grumble…grumble)

It was 90 degrees outside and over 100 degrees in the hoop house!

In my opinion, there is a time and a place for sweat. I understand that if I’m exercising or doing physical labor, I’m going to “glisten“. I am prepared for this and choose to participate in these activities. I do not appreciate becoming instantly drenched walking outside. Collecting duck and chicken eggs should not cause someone to melt. It’s disgusting, it makes me sassy and bordering grumpy.  Wifey finds my humidity induced sassiness amusing, which is not helpful.

To Linda, The amazing Dragon Tamer from I know if you’re reading this, you will automatically side with Wifey. Because of this, my fairies will be delivering a Gordon Lightfoot song right into your head, within minutes. Love and Hugs! 💚

Now, everyone will need to sit down for the next statement. It is serious. Today, I have vowed to not – go – outside.   There, I said it…  I will tend to my plants inside. There are lemon blueberry poundcake muffins in the oven, as I type. The air conditioning is low and I mean low. I created a force field around it, so if Wifey even tries to turn it up, she will fail.


Today, I will enjoy Mother Nature’s beauty from inside.

Sunday is always my day to “Be Still”. Since it is too hot to move, I think I will start the practice of being still a bit early…

Love yourself… Embrace yourself… Just be you


July Garden Tour

I thought it was time for an update, considering the potager is flourishing! 

Indigo Acres: Potager in July

The cottage garden is in peak bloom!

We have been spending much time harvesting leaf lettuces and head lettuces. We love growing greens!  Pictured below are some of our favorites: mesclun blend, four seasons, romaine,black seeded simpson.

This time of year, we harvest a large amount of pea pods and kale, as well.

Pea Pods

We love zucchini!  What I should say is we love zucchini bread! We grow 4 different varieties.  One of my favorites is our “Zucchini Balls”!

Zucchini Balls
This is a side view of a few of our garden beds.  We grow most of our crops on black plastic.  This not only keeps weeds at a minimum, but heats the soil to appropriate temperatures, for veggies such as tomatoes and peppers.
Acorn and butternut squash grow well on black plastic.
Borage, nasturtium, dill, basil, thyme, parsley and chives are just a few of the herbs enjoying this July weather!
  Not only does our family enjoy watermelon, but it is a favorite among the chickens and ducks!
In March, we experimented growing tomatoes from seed, in the hoop house this year!  Looks like we will have some early tomatoes!

Who doesn’t love onions! We grow large red, white and yellow onions and well as green bunching onions and leeks.

Adding flowers throughout the potager becomes a wonderful food source for the bees!


This spring, a hard late frost was damaging to our apple, cherry, peach, asian pear, plum and apricot blossoms.  We were fortunate that our grapes and berries were spared.

We grow concord, reliance and himrod grapes.
Blackberries and Boysenberries will be ready soon!
Our first sunshine of the season…
When it is time to harvest, it is also time to re-seed.  Baby leaf lettuce is already sprouting for round three!

” To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow…”

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…




Guest in Jest Submissions

Everyone enjoys laughter! Well, the amazing Maine Paper Pusher, who secretly tames dragons, has come up with a fabulous idea! Not only is her site hilarious to read, but she has pulled together extremely talented writers to participate in “Guest in Jest”! Check it out!  Remember…Laughter is the sound of the soul dancing…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You

Everyone Else Has the Best Titles

It’s time to get those submissions in for our soon-to-be regular Guest in Jest post.  This will be a weekly thing if we have enough interest.

Here are the rules:

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself, including where you are from.
  2. Give us some info about your blog.  Make sure to add a link to it.Write up something amusing.  It doesn’t have to be “laugh out loud funny,” but a bit of humor would be great.
  3. Write up something amusing.  It doesn’t have to be “laugh out loud” funny, but a bit of humor would be great.
  4. Pictures optional, but encouraged.
  5. The post can be one that has been posted before.
  6. The last rule is the most important one.  If you don’t like the previous rules, then write whatever you want.  🙂

That’s it.  The idea is that we learn a bit about our fellow bloggers and their blogs.  I…

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The Wall…

Photo Challenge: Unusual

Living in Michigan, I am accustom to unusual weather.  It can be sunny one minute and hailing the next.  Last week, while kayaking off of Copper Harbor, in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, the most unusual “Wall of Fog” appeared out of nowhere and engulfed Lake Superior within just a few moments…

The perfect weather for paddling!
From the other direction, we noticed this…
If only this panoramic could show movement.  This rolling wall of fog was moving quickly!  Maybe there are Tsunamis in Michigan!
With some quick paddling, we were off the water minutes before the wall hit the shore.
The blue sky and bright sunshine vanished, as the wind picked up and delivered a heavy mist.

“In the waves of change, we find our true direction…”


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