Month: November 2017

Do You Love Hydrangeas?

Do You Love Hydrangeas?

Each fall, even though I’m not sure if it is proper horticulture etiquette or not, I trim back my hydrangeas.  In the back yard, (in the postage stamp size back yard), there is a concrete slab (aka partial basketball court) lined with beautiful hydrangea bushes.  The hydrangeas are the Limelight (light green, almost white) variety.  This year they have bloomed like I was fertilizing and watering them.  And I did neither.  The only activity I completed towards them was delightfully viewing them.  They grew so magnificently in color and size.  This year, I decided I wanted to preserve the blooms a little longer (through some simple creativity).  Do you love hydrangeas as much as I do?

Hydrangeas

How to:

When the blooms turn from the beautiful light green to the shades of tans and browns is when I usually trim the bushes back for winter.  Instead of haphazardly piling the branches up for disposal, this year I carefully trimmed the branches so they could be used for creating wreaths.  With the simple tools of scissors, masking tape, and some sealant spray, I was able to take the “garbage” and turn it into my front door decoration.  (I was so happy with it, I even made one for the my back door).  And over the last few weeks of drying time, they have just become even more beautiful (if that’s possible).  The petals have turned into a rustic brown color (perfect for fall).  Who would have thought something so simple could turn into a beautiful decoration for this time of year?

Hydrangeas tools

Hydrangeas Drying

Next year I hope to make even more wreaths to share with friends and family.  Turning the simple gifts of nature into something preserved and also shared with others will delight me as much as my “hard work” of just viewing them in the back yard!

Hydrangeas Back Door

Daily Vitamin C:  Turn trash into treasure this fall.

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Inspiring Harvest Is Here!

Inspiring Harvest Is Here!

 

I had the privalege to interview my friend Amy early in my attempt at blogging. She was gracious enough to allow me to use her as a “genie pig” in my early writing. Amy was then and still is a true inspiration to me on a daily basis.  Amy is my personal fitness trainer and someone I consider a close friend.  I have watched her grow consistently day in and day out in her craft as well as in her personal life.  She has built a fitness business from the ground up.   And she has even transformed herself in order to even go into this preferred line of work.  Amy puts everything that she is and has into her work and family and to watch someone with such dedication is the ultimate of inspiring.  Now I am getting the pleasure of watching her “inspiring harvest.”

How does she do it?

I simply have no idea how she does it.  As a single mom of two boys, she runs a business by herself to provide for their needs.  She never gives up, takes a break, or retreats.  I seem to give up whenever I even get a paper cut or a minor headache.  She only seems to get more energized and presses harder with time. Amy has overcome surgery, divorce, disappointments, setbacks, and hardships.  A question that Joshua Medcalf (whose work I am currently obsessed with – more to come at a later time!) has written the question well worth asking –  “Are you waiting for a moment, or training for a moment?”  I see Amy as constantly training.  She realizes that reward (her moment) is right around the corner.  With autumn being upon us, I know Amy’s harvest is soon to be reaped.  Her hard work and drive have brought her to this moment.  And I am sure there are many more great rewards on the horizon.

Be inspired!

Please take the time to learn more about my friend and her inspiring story on Facebook at Amy Evert Fitness.  She is also part of Sisters in Shape, a group of trainers empowering women through fitness.  Look her up at www.sisinshape.com.  It will be well worth the time to get inspired by someone who transformed her own life in order to transform others!

Daily Vitamin C:  Take a minute to be inspired to train for your moment!

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