Journey toward happiness

April 27, 2010

A few things….

Filed under: environment, Fun, North Carolina, Uncategorized — Tara @ 11:58 am

I have not been very active with my blog lately. A lot has been going on(see previous post). I can’t help but wonder, why I continue blogging.  I do have a bunch to say, but can’t quite finds the words to say it all. As I sit and ponder where I am in life and where I want to be, I am not sure where blogging fits into the scope of things. Please don’t take me wrong, I am not just giving up and quitting(not anytime soon anyway).  Hopefully, once I get some other things in my life straightened out, blogging will fall into place.

In the mean time, here are some pics from our BIG backyard project.

This is how it started. Just a typical back yard. The only features were the greenhouse and small vegetable garden.

The first mini-project. We used tree limbs and old 4×4 posts for the edging. Lillies  inside.

The new rain barrel catches plenty of water for the plants.

The yard was all tilled and posts holes dug.

The fence completed and the bones of the arbor put  into place.

All done! Yay!!! Now for the planting and weeding and fertilizing and…..

Some of the lovely flowers that are in bloom:

Pink Climbing Rose

Red Climbing Rose

Guinness Columbine

Purple Iris(my favorite)

Hope you enjoyed the little tour through our project. There will be more pictures as other plants bloom.



April 23, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tara @ 8:42 am

I apologize for the absence. A lot has happened in the past few weeks that has prevented me from blogging. I have experienced serious internet withdrawal!

Last week, I had a temporary job as an Environmental Technician at the Orange County Landfill(Chapel Hill). Six of us were doing a Waste Stream Study. Trust me, it sounds much more glamorous that it actually was. We physically sorted through 5 tons of garbage in one week. Bags were opened, items sorted into 30 categories, categories weighed, then it all started over again. It was definitely the most disgusting experience of my life(and I have seen some nasty stuff!). The good part of it all, is that the study showed what areas of town recycle the most and what areas need more exposure to the recycling program.

During this week, we were also setting up fence posts. 54 holes, 54 posts. Since everyone in the house was working, the posts went in slowly. After I recovered and finally removed the stench from my nostrils, I became more helpful. We actually finished the fence a few days ago. The arbor still needs lattice and we need to make gates.

I forgot to mention that we had a house guest last weekend and part of this week. He was a pleasure to have around, but you  know how guests put your home in disarray. The animals get off their schedules, house work is put aside and replaced with visiting, and eating out becomes the norm. I love our BIG friend from Kentucky and he is always welcome!

Yesterday, I participated in an Earth Day Celebration in Greensboro. It was a lot of fun, but I did not have many sales.  I did make some great contacts, though. I don’t think anyone had many sales. The organization hosting the event did not advertise the vendors very well. Most people loved what they saw, but did not bring money. They did not know that vendors would be there. Anyway, it wasn’t my first rodeo. I am a little disappointed, but not quite heart-broken.

So that is the recap of my crazy two weeks. Probably doesn’t sound like a lot, but trust me it was! Glad to be back in the blog-o-sphere. I will try to put up pics of the fence later.


March 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tara @ 6:05 am

March 16, 2010

Tuesday’s Teaspoon

Filed under: Fun, Tuesday's Teaspoon, Uncategorized — Tags: — Tara @ 6:47 am

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow! The holiday is celebrated by Irish, Catholics, and Orthodox Christians in remembrance of the patron saint, St. Patrick. Did know you know that the color blue(not green) was originally associated with St. Patrick? Or that March 17, 461AD is the day that St. Patrick died? Did you know that the longest-running St. Patrick’s Day parade in Canada is in Montreal and has been held in continuity since 1824?

If you want to know more about this holiday than just green beer and pinching, check out wikipedia’s article on St. Patrick’s Day.


February 24, 2010

I have returned!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Tara @ 9:36 pm

So, I have been missing from the blog world for a little over a week. NC man and I took a trip back to Kentucky to visit friends and family. While there, I helped the lovely Sarabee get her Little Yarn Shop ready for the grand opening. Here is a little run-down of our trip.

Our first stop was Aunt Bea’s in Pilot Mountain, NC(Mayberry) for some delicious B-B-Q. There sauces are amazing.

The ground was still covered in snow in VA and southeastern KY. We had to travel through the Cumberland Gap because I-40 is closed down indefinitely between NC and TN.

We visited my parents and the notorious Samuel L. Yeah, I named him!

Then it I got to spend a whole day with my favorite lady, Sarabeth. Look at the black board on the right. Those are Garden Girl Creation necklaces. There are also Handpainted Scrabble Tile Pendants for sale.

We stayed busy stocking shelves and labeling items.

Yeah, we have been mistaken for sisters. SB is definitely the pretty one though. Love ya sis!

Make sure you check out Sarabee’s Little Yarn Shop online or stop by next time you are in Winchester.


February 10, 2010

Starting my Allergy Free Life

Filed under: allergies, Uncategorized — Tags: — Tara @ 4:00 pm

Almost three years ago, I was diagnosed with a laundry list of environmental and food allergies. It was very overwhelming and a relief at the same time.

Since I was old enough to talk, my mother remembers me having headaches. Every year when the heat was turned on in the house, I would get severely ill. I suffered through multiple sinus infections in a years time(and that was every year) and was tested for Mono more times than I can count. I also suffered from 3 or more migraines weekly. I finally got to a breaking point and began seeking help yet again. When I was diagnosed with multiple allergies, all the pieces started falling into place.

The environmental allergens were upsetting but somewhat easy to learn to control. I began a weekly injection regimen that lasted for two years. I have finally found some relief from migraines and constant sinus problems.

The food allergies are another story. There is no medication available and the only prevention is abstinence. This is rather devastating when you are allergic to beef(boo, I love steak), wheat, rice, and tuna(that one is easy, I hate tuna).

I have pretty much eliminated beef out of my diet because of the immediate reaction from my body. I can tolerate it once or twice a month though. That is when I have a big, juicy, bloody, delicious steak. <my mouth is starting to water>

The wheat and rice… well… that is really hard! I love, love, love rice and pasta. They are my go to quick meals. And bread, oh the bread. I love bruschetta and garlic bread and paninis and…I could go on forever about bread. The one thing that I didn’t realize is that wheat is in almost every processed food out there. Wheat is often used as a thickener in condiments such as ketchup and salad dressing. It is also used in many spice mixes. Boo! I think the worst part of all of it is that rice flour is often used as a substitute for wheat flour in baking.

So here we are today, reflecting upon my history of allergies. I am reviewing this because I have been fighting a migraine since last Friday. It has been almost intolerable. Yesterday, I started researching headaches which lead me back to my food allergies. There is so much more information out there compared to a few years ago.

I am proud to say that this is my second day free of my food allergies and I am feeling great. The dull pain in my head has finally dissipated. I even found a cook book called Gluten-Free Without Rice. It is such a relief  to know I am not alone with this crazy combo of allergies. The transition to living allergy free will not remain as easy as the past two days; I am sure of this. Hopefully, I will find encouragement and support through this new journey in my life. I will post pictures and recipes as I try them out.

If you have any of the following symptoms, please talk to your doctor about wheat allergies.

  • Arthritis
  • Bloated stomach
  • Chest pains
  • Depression or mood swings
  • Diarrhoea
  • Eczema
  • Feeling dizzy or faint
  • Joint and muscle aches and pains
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Palpitations
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin rashes
  • Sneezing
  • Suspected irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)/similar effects
  • Swollen throat or tongue
  • Tiredness and lethargy
  • Unexplained cough
  • Unexplained runny nose
  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Find out more information about wheat and other food allergies at

    Wish me luck on my new journey,


    December 30, 2009

    True Meaning of the Holidays

    Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Tara @ 8:09 pm

    Whether you are religious or not, the holidays are all about giving. I am not talking about giving to friends and family, but to those in need. Tonight, we cleaned out our closets and took clothing to the local mission. There were people there that had little or nothing. The clothes we gave will keep them warm during this chilly season.

    We all have extra coats, gloves, hats and scarfs. Why not get them out of our closets and give them to people that truly need them? I know I could use less clutter in my life, how about you? Give those extras to people who will apprecitate these gifts.

    If you have food on your table and a roof over your head, then you should be thankful. Thousands of our fellow Americans do not have that luxury. No matter how these people got to where they are, we are not here to judge. Just give whatever you can. It can be an extra piece of clothing or a can of food. Rest assured it will be meaningful.

    Our lives are truly only what we make of them. Make your life matter and do something amazing in your community! Volunteer, give, or just take the time to talk to someone. You never know what will make the difference in someone’s life. I know tonight made a difference in mine!

    With love,


    December 10, 2009


    Filed under: Uncategorized — Tara @ 9:13 am

    We are heading out to Pisgah for a few days. Zeke has a new jacket and we are loaded down with warm things to wear. I will bring back some pictures.

    Have a great weekend!

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