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Wild Onions and Wild Hairs

Wild Onions and Wild Hairs

Yes, we (my sweetie and I) got a wild hair and started a little citrus tree business. Sweetie is having a hard time keeping up with demand – we’ve made a few hundred dollars and met some pretty cool people along the way.
We started a Facebook page (Citrus Kiss Tree Factory) to sell the trees. And then started posting on there some of the interesting things we’re learning and reading about food sources and preparedness and homesteading ideas and…
We started a second Facebook because we wanted to do more than just post other people’s thoughts on the subjects listed above. We’re actually trying some of it and have intentions to try more and we’d really like to inspire others, especially our generation, to reconnect with the basics of living, appreciating the earth, and depending less on society. So Back to Living was born. And just barely. It’s baby-brand-new. But it’s started. And we’re excited.
I plan for there to be some overlap between my blog and the page, especially when there’s a need for longer explanations such as how-to’s.
Why the wild onions? Because that’s one of our things we started as a couple early on and continue to do that relates to our new page. The onions were found on a picnic lunch. R transplanted them to my yard and they’re growing nicely. We’ve transplanted pecan trees and blackberry bushes and cute little succulents from cool trips we’ve taken – just our version of a rock collection, really. But all apart of our slow but sure journey to live more off the land and learn how to grow more things and be more self-sufficient.
So there you have it. Let’s learn something.


my photography – a milestone

A couple of weeks ago I experienced a HUGE, exhilarating, fear-inducing milestone in my quest to produce accurate images of the beauty surrounding me. I was entrusted with the task of photographing a wedding. I’ve done that before. Several times, in fact. But this time I was a paid photographer and the only photographer (and the florist too).


Nervous. Thrilled. And more aware then ever of all I have to learn.

Thank you H & C for the privilege of sharing in your absolutely breath-taking day. It was beautiful and touching to see your relationship and the bonds of your families. I was honored.

This is one of my favorite. The rest can be viewed here. I welcome your comments and suggestions.


Decision Made

It’s Monday morning. I’ve been awake since sometime before 4am, dozing in and out of consciousness, half aware and half-dreaming of what the day would bring.

Last night my dear friends took me to my favorite restaurant, P.F. Changs, to celebrate my promotion. Sweet friends that they are, they wanted to hear all about how the promotion came about. As I recounted the story, and the choice my boss had left with me – stay in my current role and continue happily on, or move up and over to a different department with much more responsibility – they congratulated and encouraged me. When it came time to pass the fortune cookies, for once the fortunes seemed fitting: don’t be afraid to take that big step and every person is the architect of his or her own fortune.

I’m nervous. Very. I’m excited too – anxious to start off with my ideas, get things done, accomplish. But a huge part part of me is scared that I’m not experienced enough, or savvy enough, or somehow just won’t measure up to the gargantuan task ahead of me.

But to borrow a few more cliches, here is where I pull myself up by my bootstraps, hold my chin up, and take it one day at a time. I will very likely fall to my knees, asking for guidance, many times. And ask a lot of questions. And make a few mistakes. That’s okay.

I’m ready.

Here’s to first days and new jobs.

No Monkey Business

Vote for my friend Matt and his awesome little video on Trail Safety!

In awe

Household furnishings by Andre Joyau. Wow.

Should be sleeping

but I’m wide awake. It’s not caffeine. It’s probably apprehension about tomorrow. It’s a big day for the job. I think I did as much as I possibly could to make it successful. God will have to do the rest, as He promised.

I hope others see it that way too.

As overwhelming as it seems sometimes, I’ve just got to keep doing my part to the best of my ability. Please God, bless my efforts. Bless our efforts. This is Your work.

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘i will try again tomorrow.'” -Mary Ann Radmacher

Let’s try this again