Another leaf

I currently have 3  concrete leaf bird feeders hanging in our yard.

Two green, gold and copper ones in the back yard. They look different but similiar.

One orange, red, gold and copper in the front yard.

My husband and I did a flower bed for my mother and law last mothers day. I had made her a few small concrete pots and one Extra large one. We bought plants and shared some of our plants with her, weed killed the bed put down mulch and it turned out amazing.

We take turns going by there to water the stuff so she does not have to worry about it.

Since she mentioned then that she would like a bird feeder I figure we can surprise her with this one.

My mother n law has always been more of a mom to me than a mother n law she is the most wonderful person you could ever meet. She has been an amazing influence on my life I feel so blessed to have her.

We have been hanging these bird feeders up with brass chain and they look amazing. The holes are for the chain and drainage holes in case it ever rains again lol.

I painted the bottom of this one greens and copper to look like aged copper.  It is so much fun to play with the paint on these to get them like you want.

This one is roughly 22″ x 18″ they are big I have used all my big leaves and have to wait for some more to grow lol.

I have yet to capture the true beauty in my pictures of these leaves.

When you can create something with your hands and give it away to someone special that is what LIFE is all about.

Retirement and our future

My husband is going to retire early next year & we are both pretty excited about this new phase in our life.

We are trying to figure out where we want to live & what we want to do with all our time.

The Texas hill country has always been a place we have dreamed about moving someday but now we have other options.

Georgia is a beautiful state and has some nice temperatures and the winters are not bad. The weather there is similiar to Texas but its not as hot as it here.The housing market is quite a bit cheaper than Texas. I think it is one of the top 10 retirement states. I think Georgia might win out over Texas lol.

There are lots of other states we like but the winters are to cold and we are quite spoiled to not having much of a winter.

We have loved working in our yard planting all the trees, grass and doing all the landscaping, and most years we had a garden. We raised our family here but now everyone has their own family and is spread out across Texas except our youngest son who lives in North Carolina.

Our yard is beautifully landscaped we have 38+-year-old oak trees and we love it here but it is time for a change it is time to move on.

We would have moved 10 – 12 years ago but family obligations kept us here. Now that those obligations are no longer in the picture we get to put ourselves first. I can honestly say we have never done that before and its starting to feel pretty good.

Lucky for us the housing market in our area is great so there should be no problem selling our house & getting a premium price for it.

We love the idea of a small-town atmosphere that is about 15 – 20 minutes from a bigger town for doctors, groceries, and supplies.

It would be nice to have a good view of something whether it be mountains, forest, hills or water. I think it would be nice to live on a lake or a river but in a non flooding area. It must have lots of mature trees with plenty of shade. Several porches would be nice a place to have coffee and listen to the birds sing.

We are looking for country living with a view on about 5 – 10 acres that is quiet and peaceful but surrounded by nature & wildlife.

 

Flower petals and wood

Flowers are so soft, delicate and fragile and the wood is aged, rough and cracked.

I love natural light especially morning light.

Step outside your comfort zone & be creative when taking your pictures.

 

The Eastern Bluebirds

The Eastern bluebirds nested somewhere close by our house but not in any of our 6 birdhouses.I caught the dad and two babies in the birdbath yesterday.

I have been seeing lots of activity at the birdbaths due to the heat. They like the shallow ones rather than my deep ones but I added stuff in the deep ones but they are still a no go.

I love getting to see the young ones I have never seen the juvenile bluebirds before.

This really made my day.

Yellow Crowned Night Heron

This juvenile yellow crowned night heron has been hanging around in our pasture.

They say the juveniles will stay in the area they are raised for a good while.

We have had a lot of crawdads from all the rain and that is one thing they love to eat. You will often see these birds in the ditches hunting for bugs and crawdads.

Nature never ceases to amaze me and I truly enjoy getting to see her beauty in the wildlife that graces us with its presence from time to time.

Balance and inner peace

Often times we walk past something without noticing it.

Then one day we look down and see the beauty in the Verbena that is cascading across the moss rock. It is those days that let me know my life is in balance and that I have inner peace.

Life is simple but sometimes our minds are so cluttered with things we never get to find that balance.

Take a deep breath walk outside and look for something that brings you joy. Stand there and enjoy the moment.

Fitbit Versa No Warranty

In June 2018 I had bought myself the Fitbit Versa and I paid $200.00 for this watch. This was my gift to myself for completing my cancer treatment.

At that time I wrote a review on here about the watch & how much I liked it. If you want to read that review it is here:

https://sonyalira.com/2018/06/03/fitbit-versa/

I liked the size of the Versa and I could see it good at that point the battery was lasting 5 days and that was a big plus.

I had to contact Fitbit this week for the first time about my Versa because now the battery last 1 – 1 1/2 days at the most. I only use for tracking my activity and my sleep. There is nothing else causing it to drain down so fast.

They informed me there is nothing they can do but give me 25% off a new watch.

I informed them I think at this point I will NOT be buying another Fitbit product. I will be trying out some other brands that advertise the same thing or better at a cheaper price.

Paying $200.00 for something that lasted for 13 months is a JOKE. If a company can not warranty their products for something like this they need to change the wording on the battery life to say “warning after this product is about 10 months old expect for the battery to decline.”

My original review of this product was good but I will no longer support any Fitbit products.

Meal Prep Containers

We have bought many of the meal prep containers from Amazon over the last five years.

They can go from freezer to microwave or just in the fridge for leftovers.

At first, we had the rectangle ones then I bought the divided rectangle ones and last I have bought the round ones.

The last ones I bought were a couple of weeks ago and they were $15.00 for 30 of them.

You can find a lot of different sizes of them here:

Meal Prep Containers

They last pretty well and its easier than finding a lid to a million Rubbermaid containers that are different sizes. Just remember if you get the same size from different places the lids will probably be different. I honestly hate playing the lid hunt game.

I love using them for leftovers and for lunches.

These work great to take meals to someone special. I use them to take meals to my mother n law and normally I take 3 meals at a time. She loves it because she never knows what she might be getting for dinner.

We eat chicken probably three times a week so I try to come up with different ideas using chicken so it does not get too boring.

Here is one of our favorite recipes.

Chicken Spaghetti:

Brown 8 – 10 chicken breast tenderloins in a little butter.

Then use that same pan to brown some onion 1/2 of a medium sized onion.

Cook the spaghetti noodles

In a bowl mix a large can of cream of mushroom soup, with one can of Rotel tomatoes, and one can of green chilis. The green chilis have this aroma that smells throughout the house and makes your mouth water.

Cut the chicken into bite size pieces stir into the spaghetti add the liquid and 2 cups of cheddar cheese.

I also top with cheddar cheese and bake in the oven for 45 minutes. I cover the pan with foil for all but the last 5 minutes.

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think.

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