What can I say, I am passionate about life! I focus each day on living in the moment and being the best version of myself. I enjoy spending time with my wife, 3 teenagers and our 130 critters, on our farm, Indigo Acres. After 22 years in the field of education, I was ready to be outside as much as possible! Health, wellness, yoga, mediation, photography and art are just a few of my passions. Eat clean/go green!🌱
Just Be You! 💚
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.
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)
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 https://mainepaperpusher.wordpress.com/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…
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…
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…
“In the waves of change, we find our true direction…”