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Today is the first day of February and I have just finished a whirlwind month of Louise’s Big Dreams, Small Wonders eCourse. It was so nice to have a kick in the pants to get 2011 started on an inspired note! I feel like I’ve been showered in sparks and suddenly I am going strong.

vision board from week 2

During the first week I had my idea flash for my new venture, so I used Louise’s course content as a framework for building a roadmap for it. Timing was perfect! Sometime all the doors open at once and your path seems so clear. Times like these give me strength to continue holding onto hope that there is a greater plan at work.

the monthly roadmap wall i constructed for the class. brilliant!

Louise uses giant post-it flip chart paper for her monthly planning, but my wall space does not allow for such things so I used 8 1/2″x11″ paper. And since I wanted to be able to focus on the tasks, not critiquing my horrible handwriting, I stamped out the months and years on each sheet. It was a good time. Love the way it looks. She suggested using little post-it notes for the monthly activities that might move as life changes. I wrote in the big stuff like travel, retreats and eCourses. Then I have Sarah‘s little clipboard calendar to the right. The perfect set up.

Its another snow day here. Tomorrow too. Loving the time to work on the new project and be in touch. I am thinking I need to do some posts to be scheduled for the future so I can keep up with all the things I want to share.

Here are some shots from the studio (and the couch).

got some tea bags ready for experimentation

Inspired by Bridgette Guerzon Mills with her recent tea bag experiments. Loving her blog. Her class in July is going to be a highlight of the year I think.

got to think more about what to do with the tea...loving the colors of these buttons

my boys...warm and snugly

Time to sleep. (Even though I’ll be snowed in again tomorrow!)

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sign of a good snow day

I always try to fit too much into a day. I woke up this morning with a full to-do list slated for my snow day. I actually bargined with the clouds last night (if you dump enough snow for a snow day I promise I will take down the Christmas tree and do laundry). The clouds held up their side of the bargain, but I did not.

berry flax seed pancakes before ben went to work

The laundry is not my fault. The washer is stuck on the final spin cycle and won’t fill, so I’m off the hook there (although I suppose I should have done more to try to fix it). The tree (yes, it is still up. i love it.) is totally my fault. I still might get to it. Or it might wait for me until Saturday.

drying tea bags for wax experiments

I also have a to do list a mile long of stuff to do on my computer (of course, I am now blogging instead!), but I chose to not turn on the computer this morning to fit in some painting time. After a lovely snowshoe through the winter wonderland and a breakfast of berry pancakes and smoothies I was preparing to do battle with my to do list when my husband suggested I start with blocking off some time for painting. “Go paint! By inspired!” he said. So I got lost in painting…all day.

well, painting and eating all day

I only did one little painting, but I took a first step in mixing colors. I tend to just use colors and never mix them. I know this is a weakness so I’ve signed up for a color mixing class in June and bought a couple books on color. But I’ve also been struggling with finding a palette that I like, so today I got out one of my color books (this one to be exact) and started melting and mixing wax. I ended up with a palette of colors that I think are a good start.

Now as I grumpily complain about my lack of progress on my to do lists, my wonderful husband tells me not to think of my day as a failure but to focus on the things I got to do. He tells me that I sounded so happy on the phone today and so to focus on how happy painting made me feel. He’s just full of good advice today.

olives look like eggs

food just tastes better when it gets all over your hands too...love eating with my hands

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driving on thanksgiving

I love the soothing rhythm of driving on roads without many cars. I especially love driving early in the morning when everyone is still asleep and driving on holidays when everyone else is already at their destination. As I drove to my parent’s house this morning I had a chance to slow down and enjoy the leaf-less New England landscape punctuated by houses with smoke curling through the crisp air and full driveways. Cars pulled up to front doors and unloaded families dressed in wool coats carrying dishes of what I suspected were family recipes of varying degrees of healthiness. One yard was spotted with foraging white hens and another hosted a display of Christmas greenery for sale. Some of the treasures of living in semi-rural New England.

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Thanksgiving always feels like pre-Christmas – a practice run for the big shindig, threatened to be overshadowed completely. As I was driving through the Thanksgiving Day landscape I was impressed by the humble-by-comparison traditions of today’s holiday. Thanksgiving doesn’t have all the giltz and pop of Christmas – the box office blockbusters, commercial insanity, bright lights, and materialistic center of Christmas. No, family and friends don’t come home for Thanksgiving as often. Yes, I do love the music (started November 1st!), presents, cartoon specials, decorations, magazines, and the smell of fresh pine, baking cookies, and cinnamon. And I love eggnog (on my third container already). But in this strangle transitional time of year – in between the green of summer and the hopefully sparkling white winter – there is a wash of browns, oranges, and yellows and a feast of thanksgiving. It’s kind of nice.

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Here is the Canada portion of our trip! It was incredible!
In the next couple days I will also post the backpacking photos with the trail journal I kept during our 4-day excursion into the Skoki valley.

You can quickly scroll here OR click on the first photo and flip through the bigger versions of the photos (recommend for the best effect).

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The next leg of our journey has taken us to Alberta, Canada. I am currently posting from the hostel in Lake Louise in Banff National Park (Canadian Rockies). The computer is being difficult and slow, so I don’t have photos from before today right now. The computer freaked out when I put the DVD of photos in it and so I am just hoping that it didn’t erase/write over anything because I cleared our camera card and all previous photos are on the DVD. Trying not to panic…
Regardless, I have things to write about. We went to the last Terry wedding in Lethbridge first. The wedding and times with friends (and my favorite 1-year-old!) were enriching and rejuvenating.
I was very enthralled by the coulee (below). It was beautiful. Here are some more photos.
The Coulee in Lethbridge. You have to imagine a completely flat prarie as far as the eye can see, and then picture this glacial gorge carved out in the middle of nowhere. That is the coulee. It is still prarie - there are no trees - so you are see specks of people hiking far, far away.

The Coulee in Lethbridge. You have to imagine a completely flat prarie as far as the eye can see, and then picture this glacial gorge carved out in the middle of nowhere. That is the coulee. It is still prarie - there are no trees - so you are see specks of people hiking far, far away.

Then today we took a bus from Lethbridge to here in Lake Louise.  It was a beautiful ride through the park and through a giant electrical storm. No sleeping on this leg of bus rides. Banff is beautiful. We arrived tired and hungry, but now I am just tired. Tomorrow we head out for a 4-day backpacking excursion into the Skoki Valley.

View from the bus after a stop in Banff (the town).

View from the bus after a stop in Banff (the town).

This computer is slower than those I used last summer in Costa Rica, so I’m going to bed and may try again in the morning. Or you may have to wait until I am home again. Good night!

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J&C took us on a fantastic winery tour through napa valley today. It was great fun and definitely made me sleepy. But I am not sleeping…I am blogging. Oh well.

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Our first stop was Goosecross Cellars. The pourer was generous with the portions and the wines were fabulous. We picked up a bottle of Chenin Blanc. 

Next stop was lunch at the Napa Grill. Also amazing. Then we proceeded to Rombauer.

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We finished our tour with a stop at the Chateau Montelena. This is the winery in the movie Bottle Shock about the 1970’s win of California wines over French wines in a blind taste test. The Chardonnay was spectacular. 

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Tonight we will finish up our stay here in Santa Rosa with some mexican food and a visit to Yogurt Time.

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j&c at russian river

j&c at russian river

We are out and about traveling the continent. 1st stop is Santa Rosa, California to visit our riends Josh and Carrie. We have been to the redwoods, the rocky coast, Russian River Brewery, Bear Republic Brewery, Haight-Asbury, and two skateparks. Here are some pictures. Got to go sleep. Wineries are on the schedule tomorrow and hopefully Telegraph Hill before we fly to Calgary, Alberta on Wednesday.

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I had been here as a kid, but don't remember it well. It was great to go and be a kid again.

I had been here as a kid, but don't remember it well. It was great to go and be a kid again.

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c's car doesn't have a/c so we have had some windy car rides

c's car doesn't have a/c so we have had some windy car rides

i absolutely loved this...

i absolutely loved this...goat rock

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up high on a bluff, looking down...have i mentioned i love cliffs?

up high on a bluff, looking down...have i mentioned i love cliffs?

sebastopol park

sebastopol park

sf park

sf park

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