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BLOG – GIFT DAY 312 :: want to play more?

8 Nov

Today, in my month-long nod to inspiration, I share something incredibly serious…
PLAY!

What kind of fun did you have today?

I have been thinking a lot about PLAY lately. Partly because this little guy lives with us:

His name is Brady.
And he loves to PLAY.

It’s quite inspiring really…
…when it’s not exhausting.

You cannot live with Brady and forget how to play. It’s just in his nature. Actually it IS his nature.

If he doesn’t have something to PLAY with he will FIND something to PLAY with.

That explains the half eaten eggplant we found on the couch this morning. And the cardboard tube from the toilet paper roll that we found in our bed.

And the zucchini that went AWOL from the kitchen table (until it was collected in bits and pieces from all over the house).

Let me just add, you have not experienced the total glory of zucchini until you have picked it up in bite sized pieces from every corner of your house.

As the old saying goes: One dog’s toy is another woman’s vegetable. 

Despite the fact that we are the humans in our house, I truly believe the two dogs teach us more than we teach them.

Pup teaches me patience. And how to be on time as he gently paws my leg at 5pm everyday to remind me it’s time to eat.

Brady, on the other hand, reminds me to have fun.
And play more.

Actually, in Brady terms it’s more like PLAAAAAAAAAAAY more.

So tonight we brought home a big bag of toys:

Dog toys.
They may not be as amazing as a toilet paper roll or zucchini for that matter. But they are toys and I hope that spares the rest of the eggplant from total mutilation.

It has me thinking… what would happen if we all played just a little more?
So, today, I share THREE reasons to play more.

First up, this from Martha BeckWhy you need more fun in your life  and what REAL FUN really is…

Then we have How to have more fun from Huff Post contributor Elizabeth Grace Saunders.

And finally, if this all feels like work, check out: 33 Things to Make Your Office Fun and Inspiring Again.

Or unroll a big wad of toilet paper until you get down to the inner cardboard tube. SCORE! Hey’s it’s free fun.

Could there be anything more exhilarating?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {playmore!}
Jamie

{how will you play this weekend?}
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BLOG – GIFT DAY 304 :: snickers

31 Oct

In keeping with my promise to seek abundance this year, here’s my Abundance Photo of the Day our leftover Halloween candy.

We have an ABUNDANCE of Snickers candy bars leftover from our Halloween handouts.

Good thing these bars are FUN sized or else we would be in double, double, toil and trouble. I thought we had a plethora of zucchini HAUNTING us this summer and now we have GOBS of chocolate bars sitting on our counter.

Alas, there is a solution for every problem — the freezer!
Ours is well stocked with BOTH zucchini and Snickers.

So if anything happens, say a visit from zombies or the apocolypse, I think we’re prepared.

Happy Halloween.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie

{Happy Halloween}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 249 :: will you share your potato salad?

8 Sep

We sorted through old photos today. 
And found this gem.

It’s Justin and his sister Jill circa 1970 something. ADORABLE!

I can’t stop smiling. It’s just SO cute.

There’s something about old family photos that are so precious, special, adorable, unforgettable, magical. And there’s something that photos say much louder than words . . .  the time, the space, the clothes, the colors, the feel, that precious moment of a time gone by.

I read something in a magazine today (I think it was Good Housekeeping) that said happy families have more family photos displayed around their house.

The reasoning is that we tend to dwell on happier moments if we have reminders of those moments around us. And I agree.

Somehow photos turn into THE memory for me. As time goes by I remember the photo more than the actual moment.

And that’s okay. Because photos become carved into memory, burnt into my soul, forever engraved upon the personal book of history we call family.

Speaking of family….
What do I have to do to get the recipe to this secret family recipe?

Jaynane made this Davis Family Potato Salad today and I think it might be the BEST POTATO SALAD I have ever tasted!

Seriously.
I’m pleading for the recipe.

Speaking of recipes… send my your best secret zucchini recipes! I can’t wait to taste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie

{what do photos mean to you?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 245 :: how do you zucchini?

4 Sep

You could call this adventures in zucchini. Or See Jamie Bake.
We have literally placed two boxes full of zucchini on our front sidewalk this week to help share the bounty of our garden. And to lighten our load. 

But we still have mounds of zucchini.

To help wade through our zucchini harvest I have started baking.
First step: you need to buy a zucchini grade grater.

After acquiring a grater I woke up early the next day to bake in the kitchen before the sun decided to bake our little house and make it unbearable to turn on the oven in close to 100 degree heat.

6:30AM, let the baking begin.

Second step, grate, measure and stir. Simple enough.
Except I didn’t realize that when you BAKE with stevia it is recommended that you use 1/2 sugar and 1/2 stevia. I didn’t have sugar…. but what harm could it cause, really?

Tada!
The recipe came out beautiful!
Chocolate Zucchini Cake.

But then I realized I forgot the icing. What’s a cake without icing?
So I found a recipe online, how to turn chocolate chips into icing.

And it worked!

All was well! And delicious!
Until I bit into the third bite and realized the cake wasn’t cooked all the way through.

Nothing is more disappointing than sitting in your hot kitchen realizing that your little labor of love is a FLOP. Or, at least completely raw in the middle.

The good news….
I have TONS of zucchini sitting on my counter.

If at first you don’t succeed…

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie

{what can you try again?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 215 :: it’s not easy being green… or yellow

3 Aug
How does your garden grow?Here I go, talking about our garden again…. I know, it’s becoming a habit. But I am just so impressed with what blooms, grows, sprouts from the earth. 

Yesterday we pulled out a squash, a zucchini and something that looks like a squash/zucchini mashup.

We’ve been waiting for this striped thing to turn green… for weeks. We have stared at it. I have sung to it. We have checked on it everyday, hoping one of these days it will turn green.

It never happened.
So we pulled it.

Does anybody out there know what this is?

This process has reminded me of a classic mistake — expectations. Preconceived notions. Thoughts deeply planted in our minds about how things SHOULD be, SHOULD look, SHOULD act.

Instead of waiting and seeing, observing, watching, with new eyes it is so easy to compare, contrast and contain that which we expect to happen. In people, animals and plants.

So, here we are with a yellow-striped-zucchini-squash something. Instead of waiting for it to turn green, we have finally let it be what color it wants to be.

Yellow.

Sometimes it’s not easy being green (or yellow). Just ask Kermit… and I think his last line says it best — no matter *what* it is that we are:

“It’s beautiful, and I think it’s what I want to be.” 

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
JamieP.S. The CARD CRUSADE all made possible by Green Ink Gallery. Check out their beautiful fine art cards!

P.P.S. Yesterday’s card was mailed out to Ellen Hood of Massachusetts – it’s on it’s way!  And today’s card is also traveling to the East Coast, to someone who was so thoughtful to send us a card when we first moved into our Oregon abode… that’s your hint!

{what do you want to be?}
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