Monday, April 18, 2016

Short and sweet weekend recap

Good day, blog friends.
I'll make this weekend recap like the weekend itself ~ short and sweet.

One weekend back in January, Doug was working in the backyard and I asked him to clear a little spot in the back corner so I could plant a few sunflower seeds - just to get something growing back there. I'm so glad we did that because that back corner is flourishing. It's fun that the flower stalks are taller than the elk rack that guards the bed.
Just look at that green lawn in the background! Doug even ran the lawn mower over it this weekend.
I have two varieties of sunflowers sprouting. The one shown above will have yellow blooms, and the flower in the next photo should have a deep red flower. I love that the leaves are a different shade of green too. Oh, and my hollyhocks are finally coming in - must be late bloomers.

I spent a little bit of time outside when I could - the weather was so beautiful. And for the majority of the weekend I was indoors teaching/learning/practicing yoga as I attended my monthly weekend of yoga teacher training workshops. This month's theme was all about the benefits of relaxation. LOVED every minute of the workshops this month!!!
My restorative yoga class on Saturday mornings has had light attendance lately. Here I am, taking a selfie while I wait for students to arrive. Only one did.

This week ~ ooohhhhh, this week! I'm preparing for a trip to Tulum, Mexico for a yoga retreat. :o) There are bags to pack and plans to make and things to take care of at work so I can be away for a week. To say I'm excited would just be a silly understatement.

Things will be a little quiet here at PaperTurtle for the next couple of weeks. I think I'll have all kinds of things to share when I return from my trip.

And with that, I'm off to tackle Monday...
I'll catch you on the flipside.
Adios, amigos!

Monday, April 11, 2016

This Weekend's Wedding Road Trip

Good day, blog friends.
This Monday morning finds me holding tight to wonderful memories of the weekend gone by. We had the best time celebrating with friends and family at our niece's wedding in Payson, Arizona. Payson is a two-hour road trip from our home, and we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day for a drive through the desert.

The wedding was held at Kohl's Ranch, a setting I know quite well because my mother loved Kohl's Ranch! Carrie felt sentimental too, having spent some time there with her grandparents and cousins on a few grandkid trips during childhood summers. ♥

We arrived early enough to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom in the midst of their photo shoot by the creek.

Here we are relaxing after our road trip travels, in the cabin where the bride's family was gathered...

The wedding backdrop was so beautiful with the soft trickling of that sweet creek in the background.

The wedding party consisted of the bride's friends and sisters, and her adorable niece as the flower girl. Little miss flower girl needed a little coaxing, so she walked up the aisle with her mommy.

The bride and groom are a striking couple, and our niece looked incredibly beautiful in her wedding gown. Ah! My eyes tear up once again as I type this! Kaycee is such a beautiful girl, inside and out. We loved being there to enjoy her special day!
The new Mr. & Mrs. K. ♥ ♥

The wedding and reception were so beautiful, with so many sweet and perfect little touches. We loved every bit of it. What a blessing to be able to celebrate love with family and friends.
Carrie and her beau, Andrew, were along for the trip as well, and we loved being able to spend time with them at Kohl's Ranch. Gosh I'd love a few more days up there to hang out with them and...well...avoid having to go to work this morning! Ha.
Anyway! Duty calls and I'm in serious need of some time on my yoga mat before getting ready for work this morning. So with that, I'm off to take on a whole new week.
This is a week full of love celebrations. ♥
Carrie and Andrew celebrate their one-year dating anniversary on Wednesday.
And Doug and I celebrate our 11-year wedding anniversary on Saturday.
Here's hoping that your week is filled with celebrations of love!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Advice from my 90-year old self

Dear 54-year old Deb ~

Well, here we are at the ripe age of 90 and what a great life it's been! It took the first 54 years to figure out what we wanted to do with this life, and once we figured it out we never looked back. Life's been very good to us so far.

Yoga made the biggest difference. Investing time for yoga teacher training was a great choice! We've been able to help others that way, and yoga has helped keep us healthy and strong. Just wait until you see us hold downward facing dog at 90!

All that time we spent making quilts (and other handmade gifts) for others was totally worth it. Worth every single minute. Keep making stuff!

Honey, we spent an awful lot of time worrying about things that never happened. We still work on that and have gotten better as the years have rolled on. Carrie is 63-years old, for crying out loud. She's taken great care of herself so stop worrying!

Remember how we always swore that once Whiskers was gone there'd be no more cats? Quit swearing.

54-year old Deb, where in the world are we going to put one more piece of mandala artwork? We really need to start giving this stuff away so that Carrie and the grandkids won't have to deal with it when we're gone.

We were never able to change other people and it's a shame we spent so much time hoping to. Live and let live is one of our favorite mottos.

Loving everyone is hard, but try anyway. When we love and accept others, it's easier to love and accept ourselves.

Girl, we learned to grow an amazing garden! You should see all the pretty roses and plump tomatoes we have now. There was a learning curve beyond sunflowers, but practice made darn near perfect. Keep digging!

Every generation has had its share of bad stuff to deal with, and every generation thinks it's never been so bad. It has. Remember that every generation has had its share of greatness too. Always look to the great side of things.

I'm so glad we took the time to document our stories through scrapbooking and blogging. Pass me that 2012 Project Life book, please.

We've been human in every sense of the word. Mistakes, victories, hopes and dreams and disappointments, love and mix-ups. We learned to forgive our self and others - one of the toughest things to do but I'm glad we stuck with it. Forgiveness is a beautiful thing.

Put down the wine glass. Oh, who am I kidding? Pour me another, will you?

Well done on living life to its fullest, Debbie Dear.

With so much self-love and compassion,
~ Myself @ 90
PS: Sunscreen and a hat. Enough said.
What would your 90-year old self have to say to you?

Monday, April 4, 2016

First weekend in April

Good day, blog friends!
Come on in! Let's have one of my fast growing sunflowers welcome you to another weekend recap...

Saturday afternoon I led my sixth yoga/mandala workshop. I love these workshops so much! Having the chance to meet new yogis with creative spirits, sharing my love of yoga and mandalas ~ ah! It feeds my soul in the sweetest way.

My teaching space... Love the pretty floors at Aloha Yoga & Hula!

I came home after my workshop and sat outside, soaking up the beautiful spring weather and enjoying the sights in our backyard space.

Doug's lawn is progressing. He says he can't wait to be able to mow the grass. We'll see what tune he's singing come July when it's hot as blue blazes out here.
Turtle update: Casper's eye is fairly well healed! We are so relieved that she is better, and so relieved to not have to give her injections anymore! She'll soon be moving back outside to her habitat with Rex.
Our new lemon tree has dropped almost all of its beautiful blossoms and now we have baby lemons. The tree guys told us to prune the amount of fruit on the tree because the weight of all those lemons can't be supported by the size of the tree for the first few years. We're not sure when we should do that...need to research...

Sunday included a flurry of activity for me - catching up on things around the house and spending a fair amount of time in the kitchen. I'll just leave this photo here as my end cap:

Grandma's carrot cake recipe, tweaked a little bit by me. Oh. My. Yum!

And now a new week to tackle! Our niece is getting married this coming weekend so that's on the horizon. It's Monday morning and I already can't wait till the weekend. {Hm, we've heard that before, haven't we...}

Wishing you a week filled with blessings!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Our day trip in search of desert wildflowers

Weekends aren't what they used to be! With me teaching yoga on Saturday mornings, and Doug using his weekends to squeeze in home projects and time in nature when he can, we've been a bit limited when it comes to picking up and hitting the road.
The office where I work was closed for Good Friday, and since Doug has the best boss ever {himself} he took the day off too. We loaded up the truck with snacks and drinks and Lucky the dog and headed out early Friday morning in search of this spring's desert wildflowers.

For my local readers who know the state of Arizona, you'll know where we traveled, and for others who are interested you can view a map of our state and find these points of interest. We traveled through Payson, up past Kohl's Ranch, to Young, and then home through Globe, Arizona.

Ah! Nature makes us so happy!

There's me, blending in with the trees. :o)

When we got to Young we headed out to the airstrip. Doug and Lucky hiked to a water hole to look for deer tracks, and I sat at a picnic table and enjoyed some mandala time. ♥

As planned, we were in Young around mid-day and had a yummy lunch at Antlers - our old stomping grounds.

Mmmmmm.... Heartburn for days but SO yummy at the time! :o)

From Young we drove to Globe, enjoying the views of Roosevelt Lake and finally seeing a few wildflowers. I think we may have been a little late this year because there weren't a ton of flowers to be seen and/or photographed. The drive was beautiful, nonetheless.

We arrived back home at 5:00 p.m., tired and happy.
As for the slim number of wildflowers?
None of us minded one little bit.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Weekend Recap

Good day, blog friends.
I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend. Ours was full and wonderful. I had Friday off work so Doug and I hit the road for a drive to see desert wildflowers for the day. Ah! I loved Friday!!! I'll share our day trip photos with you later this week, and today I have a few shots from Saturday and Sunday.

My photos are a bit out of order, but I wanted to lead with the photo of the deviled eggs I made yesterday. This was our only hint of Easter for the day, otherwise it felt like an ordinary Sunday for us. Doug took care of some yard work early in the day and then headed out for a game of golf. I spent the day doing things around the house and a good deal of time was spent in the kitchen.

These eggs were super simple to make. I used 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar, a few drops of food coloring and about a cup of cold water. I soaked the egg whites in the dye solution while I mixed the filling, and then gently patted them dry with a paper towel before piping in the yellow.

Back to Saturday - what a fun and full day that was! I met a friend for coffee before teaching restorative yoga. What a nice little catch-up we had! Once in the studio, I was so happy when I looked out into the lobby and saw one of my [corporate] co-workers there. It was the first time my two work-worlds collided and I'll admit to feeling a little bit nervous as she settled into my classroom. As usual though, as soon as I started teaching all that faded away and I hit my stride. It felt a little strange to be in my yoga zone in front of someone who knows me professionally, but in the end we both loved it.

After yoga on Saturday morning I treated myself to a pedicure, lunch and shopping. I'm going to Mexico in a few weeks on a yoga retreat and needed some beach-y things to wear. I found a cute swim suit cover-up and had a cool conversation with the sales clerk about art and mandalas. :o)

My cousin and his family were in town this past weekend, and we had the opportunity to meet them for an early dinner on Saturday. I loved having the chance to catch up with them! It's been years since we were together.

And then! After dinner Doug and I came home and played several games of pool. We are loving having a pool table again...even though Doug's pool table skills are way better than mine. So far. ;o)

Yesterday I printed some photos to send with my grandma's weekly letter. I'm loving my new photo printer now that I have figured out how to work the thing. There was some frustration the weekend before and maybe a ballpoint pen chucked across my desk before things clicked.

Oooh and I finished our niece's wedding guest book. I love how it came together and I'll have photos of that in a few weeks once she's had a chance to see it herself.

We've been nursing our sweet little Casper turtle and her hurt eye. I took her to the turtle vet last week and she has an infected third eyelid. She came out of hibernation that way and now she's living inside in a clean aquarium tank until she's fully healed. We've been taking her outside here and there for some sunshine and exercise. Anyway, the treatment is two different eye drops, three times a day, and an injection every other day for two weeks. Yes. Doug and I are giving a turtle a shot. We've done two so far and are awkward at best, but our hearts are in it and hopefully turtles have short memories. Poor little thing...

And with that I'm off and running to tackle a full week ahead. I'm teaching yoga three times this week, and also preparing for my next mandala workshop this coming Saturday.

Wishing you all a happy week ahead!
I'll see you later this week with some wildflower road trip pics.

Monday, March 21, 2016

This weekend in the land of yoga and turtles

Hey there, blog friends!
Today is a special kind of Monday. It's the kind of Monday that begins a short work week. (I Good Friday!) And it's the kind of Monday where we get delivery of our new couch and also a pool table. (Woohoo!!!) And! It's the kind of Monday at the beginning of spring when we're breathing sighs of relief for two turtles that survived another winter hibernation. (Thank Heaven!). :o)!!!

I planted some sunflower seeds in the far corner of our backyard and they are rising to the occasion of spring. I want to plant a few more seeds to fill in the gaps because only a few are thriving. My hollyhock seeds didn't take well so I might try a few more of those as well.

I had yoga teacher training all weekend and there was more lecture than movement this time around. Really great stuff, though instead of sore muscles this morning I have an achy back. Ah, but that's nothing that some time on my mat after this blog post is written won't cure.

After teacher training yesterday afternoon, I did a little grocery shopping and came home to find Doug sitting out at our patio table. I joined him for a snack and a cold beer. Yes, yogis drink beer on warm Arizona afternoons. (Ok, and other times too...but especially on warm Arizona afternoons...)
See those sprinklers beyond the far edge of the table? There's green grass sprouting like crazy under them. It won't be long now until there's a lush lawn for Lucky to roll around on. Yay!

Perhaps our best news of the weekend is that both turtles welcomed the first day of spring with a stroll in the afternoon sunshine - such a relief for us fretting turtle parents! Rexy is still moving slowly, and Casper has a problem with her right eye. She'll be making a trip to the reptile vet this week to have it checked, but other than that all's well in turtle land. :o)

When we moved into our new house at the end of September last year we knew we wanted a larger couch for our living room. And we Doug removed a wall in the main living area to accommodate a future pool table. We are so excited that both of those items will be added to our home space today. Gosh, we're giving up lots of floor space today! It will take some getting used to for sure, but we're up for the challenge. I can't wait to come home from work tonight and play a game of pool with Doug, then plop myself down on our new couch for the season premier of "Dancing with the Stars."

Ooooh this is going to be a great Monday!
Hey - it already is!
Have a great week my friends.
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