Lemon Juice in the Morning…

We are so blessed to have these gorgeous fruits available full of Vitamin C…

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Thelma in her fabulous West Coast Garden is growing lemons and limes. I haven’t been brave enough to do that yet, but maybe this year I’ll give it a try. 🙂

Did you know that there are tons of health benefits from drinking lemon juice first thing in the morning.

Our blogger friend puppiesinparadise wrote a post recently giving 20 reasons to drink the juice of half a lemon in a cup of water in the morning.

Here’s another great article on Food Matters about the benefits of drinking warm lemon water.

Off and on for the last 30 years I have taken half a lemon in water in the morning, but with some recent health issues with my teeth and gums, I’ve been getting more serious about making sure I do this every morning.

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And don’t forget to include some yummy oranges and grapefruits and limes in your day. 🙂

We had some ice and snow last night…first time since November… The cardinals are enjoying their breakfast this morning, while I’m eating mine…

 

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I’ve already ordered my seeds from The Natural Gardening Company. Remember I won a $100 gift certificate from them for growing the first ripe Oxheart Tomato last year. So I have a good head start on my garden this year, already been planting in the greenhouse and preparing the garden beds. Are you all ready for spring???

Celebrating Our First Snow ~ Giveaway

I love snow!!! I know it can be miserable for those who live with it all winter, but when you live in an area that becomes bleak and drab in the winter after all the leaves fall off the trees, you appreciate the beauty of that white glistening carpet of snow.  I tried to portray the joy of snow falling in my painting “Snow Jewels”…

Snow Jewels ©2013 Karin Naylor

 

I have printed quite a few cards from my paintings including the one above, and slowly, but surely I will have them all for sale in my Etsy shop. Below is a picture of some of my cards from the Guthrie Art Walk on November 8th…

 

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It’s been awhile since I’ve had a giveaway here, so I thought I would do another one. This time the winner will receive a packet of 4 cards of their choice from my shop.

To enter visit my Etsy shop, and then leave a comment below telling me that you stopped by. I’ll announce the winner in a week on November 25th, and you can choose the cards you like. I will be adding more cards in my shop during the week.

Sound like fun? Yes? 🙂

Ice Encrusted World

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Woke up this morning to an ice encrusted world…

Iced sage, anyone???

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How about a picnic???

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The heavy laden tree branches are falling to the ground with a crackling sound…

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And yet, I love icicles… and the awesome glittering beauty of it all…

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I hear we are expecting 4 to 6 inches of snow to top it off…

It’s Snowing…

It’s early…I have to go down and let the hens out and give them fresh water instead of frozen…24 degrees, but tomorrow it’s supposed to be 4 degrees, so hey, I better get out there and enjoy it.

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Four inches of snow graced our land last night. A lot of you had much more than that, but for here it’s a lot and I love it. Love the scrunch underfoot and making the first tracks.

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It’s much easier to do all the chores without the big hens underfoot, so I went to the chick coop first, but something caught my eye… I can’t believe it! What is Uno, my Marans hen with the wry tail, doing out here? She must have spent the night out in the cold below freezing temperatures.

It was dark when I closed them in last night, but she’s never been one to do something like this!

She seems to be okay, but how strange…

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I opened the door to the big hen’s coop…the light has been on since 4 this morning and Mr. Knightly has been crowing a lot, so I figured they were plenty ready to come out…

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But they weren’t… They stood there for the longest time.

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It’s hard to say if Mr. Knightly is just a “chicken”, or if he is a gentleman, but he definitely was waiting for the ladies to go first…

The creek is starting to freeze over. With temperatures this low for the next week, the snow will stick….

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It’s night now. I wrote this earlier today. When I closed up the hens this evening, I counted and guess what, Uno was not there. I found her out in the cold in the old horse stall sleeping on a pallet, and picked her up, and put her in the coop.

I don’t know what is up with this???

Anyone have any ideas?