Animals and Selfies?? An Awesome Combo!!

It’s no lie that I’m a huge lover of animals (of all species) and a typical young female that has an addiction to taking selfies. So what happens when you put the two of those worlds together? Awesomeness… That’s what!

 Gracie Lou has a photogenic side, when she’s not busy breaking down fences or eating the entire field that is. I’ve known this lady for about four years now and we’ve grown a tight bond that deserves to be captured.

She has an amazing talent for blowing bubbles too 😉 . Recently we moved her and her son Bandit to a different field where the grass hasn’t already been gnawed down to the dirt, and there was so much excitement and joy in their 1000+ pound bodies. They lept, ran, and mooed as they explored their new field, but of course Gracie finds the only dirt patch and decided to have a dust bath in the midst of their celebration.


 These two are so amazing to have as part of the family and they have brought me so much joy. Although it is sad to see that Bandit is getting older and is gaining some bull like tendencies as he’s matured, we’re happy to report that unlike most farmers who would instantly send him to the slaughterhouse, this handsome man is going to have a forever home at a friends farm, right down the street, where he will have room to roam among many calves, heifers and indestructible fences.

Peace!!

Today’s Inspiration: Gandhi

Everyone should be aware of this amazing man. He stood for what he believed in but took actions in ways that was peaceful and nonviolent. He proved to the world that one may achieve peace through protest that didn’t provoke, nor create harm towards other people. He was and still is an inspiration to many people of all ages. His words can still be heard today through various films and in stories told of his strength and grace.

Here is a clip of a rendition of one of his very own speeches that was shown in the film Mahatma Gandhi, as well as a few quotes along with pictures of this amazing man.


  

Something to put a SMILE on your face!

juniperFour weeks ago a beautiful cat named Juniper had FIVE kittens. Although my boyfriend and I knew she was pregnant, we were more than elated when we found that she has had five beautiful and healthy babies.

I found that Juniper has given birth while our yellow lab Brady was standing in his cage head first and being shockingly quiet. I had a feeling Juniper was also in the cage because that is where she likes to sleep sometimes, and when I looked to see what Brady was doing, I saw him gently licking clean a newborn kitten.

I was extremely excited, like any other cat lover IMG_6616would be, and sent Brady out with the other dogs and ran to get my boyfriend Zak, from doing yard chores, upstairs to see the something new laying clean in a dog crate.

After two more kittens were born, Zak and I moved mama June and the new babies to the spare bedroom and set them in a wooden box lined with soft towels. There was a nice gap before another kitten was born, leading us to believe that would have been all; however, that wasn’t the case and she gave birth to two more kittens!
Today these babies have figured out that the world continues outside of their wooded home. After seeing their personalities we have given the two boys and three girls their names: Ody, Ozo, Luna, Moon Pie, and Nala.

I couldn’t be any more of a proud grandma 😉

Settling into a new view

Although I am moving in as a transfer student, there is still this anxiety I have with moving into a new area away from home, and away from familiar sites and sounds. Many people move into apartments or dorms for college, many live close by, and many live rather far. For me, it didn’t matter how close or far I lived, I have anxiety with being by myself; yet, I knew this experience would be for the better and would help me out in the long run.

Something I knew I needed to do was make my room in the apartment as cozy as it would feel being back home with my boyfriend. The atmosphere you surround yourself is something that will either cause anxiety or make you feel comfortable. Since I would spend quite a few hours here, I strived to add as much personality and personal sentimental objects that would really take the phrase “a house to a home” to new heights.

What I came up with was warm lighting to take my single, narrow windowed room, to IMG_6858something soft and bright. I also added a wall full of pictures I have taken back home of my family, dog, cat, car (since I didn’t bring it with me), garden, art, and fun pictures from around town. This really eased my mind, being able to turn over at night and faintly see the outline of my family and pets really helped clear my head. I also made sure to take some personal touches from home by adding in the dreamcatchers I made. Having something that reminds you of home is a great way to make yourself realize that nothing else has changed.

There is really sooo… much that one can do to make themselves feel at ease with being in a new IMG_6851location. One thing I thought of to make me smile and be happy was to have a tea cart. I have been a lover of tea but knew that four girls sharing a tiny kitchen was going to mean I have a limit on the things I could bring. To solve this problem I made a tea cart where I have  an electric kettle, a box of various teas, a pretty mug, and some sweet honey.

Living somewhere new doesn’t mean you have left your world behind. I’m trying to think of it as a new page has been written and I can use this as an opportunity to grow.

Peace!

Bats and Sonar Jamming

When people think of bats they often think of vampires, Edward Cullen, True Blood, or kitti's hog nose batthose pesky things that sometimes live in our attics. For me, I think of something majestic and magical that has the qualities of those creatures we read about in fairy tales and have seen in magical Halloween films, yet are able to be real in the world we all live in. They have the ability to be the size of a penny as a Kitti’s hog nose bat (Bumblebee Bats), to up to having a six foot wingspan as a flying fox, these creatures are truly amazing to me.

While taking classes at my local community college I had a professor who also had a love for bats. She came into class one day and spent the first thirty flying foxminutes showing a video of bats being wrapped up in a blanket getting ready for bed, and she called them bat burritos. This same professor also told me and the class about one of the many cool and interesting facts about bats that showed just how extraordinary they are.

Bats are creatures that fly at night (as we all know). In order to see where they are going and to help them find food, they use something called echolocation or sonar. This means that the bats produce a small buzzing sound that is able to bounce off of the prey before them. As the moth, or what have you, gets closer, the bats begins to make a faster series of calls. Because bats only have the night to feed, there is a huge race and competition to get all the food they need before morning and before the insects are eaten by another bat. To be able to get the food they need bats have begun doing something called sonar jamming where they are able to confuse the other bats with their own sounds, causing them to move off course of the insect allowing themselves to come in and take the food. sonar jaming and the tiger moth

It’s kinda like the bats are saying “nope, this is mine” and trick the other bat to get out of the way. Like the bats using sonar jamming, there is also a type of moth that has used this as a way to keep themselves from being eaten. Tiger moths create their own clicking sound that confuses the bats and causes them to have trouble sticking with a clear track. Although there is still a possibility the bat will be able to eventually find the moth location, the moths clicking makes it hard for them to pinpoint their exact location.

It’s crazy the amazing things that happen in the world that we don’t even know about! This is something that’s so interesting and amazing that just adds on to my love for creatures, especially bats.

Cherry Tomato & White Bean Bruschetta

This is an easy recipe that is perfect for your summer dinner and busy schedule!IMG_6791

For the toast you will need:

  • 1 fresh baguette cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic

For the tomato and white bean topping you will need:

  • olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 can of white beans, drained and cleaned (15 oz)
  • 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegarIMG_6792
  • 1/4 cup of chopped basil leaves
  • 1/8 tbsp kosher sale
  • 1/8 tbsp ground black pepper

Instructions for toast:

Heat oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit. Brush a thin layer of olive oil to a cookie sheet. Add the 1/2 inch slices of bread to the sheet and brush another thin layer of olive oil to the tops of the bread. Cook bread in the oven until the edges are a light brown (about 5 minutes). When done cooking, take cookie sheet out of the oven and let toast cool. While still warm, rub a cut piece of garlic over each slice to add flavor (yummmm…. garlic).

Instructions for topping:

In a small sauce pan, add a layer of olive oil, enough IMG_6793to cover the base of the entire pan. Cut the six pieces of garlic into small chunks and add to sauce pan once heated. Stir garlic and olive oil until garlic becomes a light brown color and feels soft (be careful not to over cook). When done, move garlic and oil to a separate bowl to cool (be aware that the oil is still hot and will continue to cook garlic after it has left the sauce pan).

Next cut cherry tomatoes in half and throw into a medium bowl. Add in rinsed white beans, balsamic vinegar, basil leaves, salt, and pepper. When olive oil and garlic has cooled, add to the mix. Mix this up well and serve over your toast!

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Tah-dahh!!! You have your very own tomato and white bean bruschetta!! Enjoy!!

Source: kitchentreaty

Green Tea Sugar Scrub

It’s no secret that Green Tea has many health benefits such as improving brain function, increases fat burning, and may lower your risk of various cancers. So what happens when we combine this ingredient with a sugar scrub? Well, it will help remove dirt from your pores, removes dead skin, softens skin, and adds a glow as it reduces scars and blemishes.

To create this easy scrub you will need:IMG_6777

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp brewed Green Tea
  • 2 tbsp Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 Green Tea bags
  • A large bowl
  • A mixing spoon
  • A glass container with a lid

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in the bowl. Cut open the tea bag to add in the tea leaves. Once mixed put the scrub in the glass container and make sure it is sealed tightly. This scrub is water based and needs to be sealed completely to ensure it to stay a good quality. After a few days the scrub may begin to have a bad smell, when this happens this scrub is no longer good to use. To make the scrub last longer, don’t use brewed tea as an ingredient, instead use more dried tea leaves as a source of Green Tea.

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Source: Willow and Sage