Friday, September 28, 2018

It's Time....

The house is quiet, the beauty of the last glimmers of a warm September afternoon have faded into darkness.  I arrived home from work just early enough to pour myself a glass of wine and take a walk around my little piece of heaven.  My heart is thankful.  I also know it's time........

My mini version of Green Bluff, apples, pears, plums

A favorite view, an iconic barn, farm fields and mountains

I remember this day and this past week from six years ago.  September 23, 2012 was the day that started a catalyst of events that changed the landscape of not only my youngest daughter’s life, but mine as well.  Whether it is someone who left this world due to being unable to cope with depression or in my case, his desire to leave a marriage, the chain of events within that 2 week period would forever alter the paths that Kaitlyn and I were on.  And it pushed us to limits we didn’t know we could survive.  Fast forward six years,  we are both in a good place in our lives now, we are strong, we are happy, content and we each have found a very special someone that complete our lives.  Geographically, we both have different physical landscapes now with me moving to Moscow and Kaitlyn moving to Maryland, but our bond is close no matter the distance.  (Luckily my other sweet earth angel, daughter Jen lives close by -another saving grace)

This was my evening just a couple days ago, Rod cooking dinner for us
As weird as it seems, I've been avoiding writing for a few months, and until this week when a sweet thing happened, I now feel the story has come full circle.  I've had this idea for a book on life, living, cooking, healing ........ but to be honest, I really didn't want to go back to those dark days.  So I put my computer under my bed.... but I guess the Universe has other plans . And this week, I know my journey has ended and I know this is where I needed to be.  I also know  that I can use my words to help, it's time to write. 

With that, I invite you to send me a story of a special life lesson that was pivotal to you. I need to hear other's stories. Feel free to email me at  Plus if I have your permission, I may add these to the book. 

Happy Fall my friends. 

All my best,  Gayle

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day America

Happy 4th of July!  My truck has seen lots of photo ops from random people stopping by.    Guessing that they like my decorations for the holiday

Red, white and blue greetings

A vintage red tractor with a flag next to my iconic red barn... just a piece of rural beauty
Happy 4th!

It’s a beautiful day here in Northern Idaho and I’m hoping you and yours are enjoying our Nation’s birthday.  As the next few weeks are packed with fun getaways and mini adventures, this  girl is planning on staying home and puttering about in the yard and house.  A good day to work and reflect how truly blessed I am living in America, free to choose how I live life and enjoying the freedom hard fought by  brave men and women.  A heartfelt thank you to all our military, law enforcement and firemen. 

Life has been crazy busy with lots of landscaping projects underway which I’m looking forward to sharing the completed projects. 
Take care!  More to come in the next few weeks….. =)  All my best, Gayle

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Courage of the Heart and Soul

A beautiful sunrise. Make the day count and follow your heart and soul

It’s 2:01am and I guess I had a premonition that I’d be writing in the wee hours of the morning as I’d packed my laptop up to my bedroom last night. I awoke as my brain was swirling with thoughts and  it felt like I needed to say the words.   So I  grabbed my phone and sent off a text to someone close to me who is facing her own struggles and battles. Normally I don’t do those kinds of things at this hour, but in this instance, it is okay. Then I thought I needed to make it into a blog post.  So here is what I sent in that text -  I told her that I was always thinking of her and that she is brave and beautiful. That she will rise above  the difficulties and hurtles before her and will emerge a stronger woman as she comes into her own power. That she will know what course in life to take and it will align with her heart and soul.   I told her she was loved by the good Lord as well as by me and so many others. 

I’ve fought those same battles, so I have a pretty good understanding what that battlefield looks like.  While it’s hard to see the horizon in the midst of the storm, and you wonder if, with each new wave, if it will send you overboard, you grip the rail, put your head down and weather the storm.  And a new horizon is out there and the choice is yours on how you will emerge from the storm.  For me, I came into my own power and started living my life with what resonated in my heart and soul.  I found a deeper appreciation of just about everything.  I learned to give and to receive.  I know I still have new mountains to climb and there is more to do.  I just don’t exactly know what the universe has in store for me….. yet.  But it’s coming and I can feel it.

Life isn’t without struggles, some are big, some just bumps in the road and with each hurtle, there are lessons.   I found when I open up and am vulnerable, that it allows those around me to be comfortable with their vulnerability as well.  I hope that what I see and share somehow helps others.  And so those that follow this blog (thank you) know that with each new morning is an opportunity to be true to you.  And hopefully you can seek out what will make your heart and soul sing with joy. With that, I’ll turn out the light and get some sleep so I can embrace the new morning (along with a lot of coffee… ugh these early morning blog sessions makes for a long day in the office)..  =)

As always, I love hearing from you and I’m just a click away at  All my best, Gayle