Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Thoughts on Organic Flyspray, A Country Home and Catching Fireflies

I bet you don't know too many people who can touch on all three of these topics in one day, but I managed!

For those of you with equine companions, I have a dear friend (I secretly call him the "horsewhisperer") and, he gave me a great tip for making my own flyspray and it is just as effective as any that you would get at a store:

4 oz Skin So Soft
1 oz citronella oil
12 oz vinegar
12 oz water

Not to mention it smells good and keeps your horse's coat nice and soft! (And if you are wondering, yes, John really does look like Robert Redford. His wife Alice is a very lucky gal -although he insists he is the lucky one :0)

And, speaking of horses, you know you need a gorgeous weekend country home.....this recently went on the market. Here's a description I took from the website:

"Built in the 1880's, the grounds at Cornerstone were used by Confederate troops for encampment after the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Bordered by streams on both east and west, this farmland offered troops and cavalry a much needed source of water and safe haven.Located just seven minutes (four country miles) from downtown Gettysburg, Cornerstone Farm is close to the Battlefield and various tourist attractions but just far enough out of town to assure peace and privacy. Enjoy the quiet patios, beautifully landscaped gardens and pool. Spectacular view of sunsets over the South Mountain Range. Plenty of fields for horses, a lovely winding country road for strolling, just an incredible setting . Own a piece of history- Cornerstone Farm is one of if not THE most beautiful farms in historic Adams County, Pennsylvania."

Let me know if you want any more info and I will be happy to get it to you because, did I say I was really hoping I would hit the lottery or I would discover some long, lost relative had left me a nice inheritance so I could purchase this for myself.

Unfortunately, the money tree I planted in my back yard did not produce anything yet, but I will be anxiously waiting for the first dollar bill to unfurl, (sigh!) I seriously thought about setting up a donation button here for those of you interested in helping me to make my dreams come true, but I don't think that is exactly legal.

So, I will leave you with this one suggestion for today:

Enjoy the simple moments

Last night, my husband was working late-(he's in retail so that unfortunately happens alot-it used to be that people didn't even believe I was actually married because he would always be working weird hours that coincided with any social events, so I would always have to attend solo.) The kids and I were playing with our dogs, Ella Bear and Kaylee (they are a whole different post-they are australian shepherds and have loads of energy and have to be exercised at least an hour a day or they will drive you nuts) It was my favorite time of day, twilight, and the fireflies started coming out. The kids were laughing and chasing them, the dogs were at their heels, the locusts were buzzing like they do in late summer, a flock of geese was making its way home overhead. It was all so beautiful, and so fleeting, like most good things. And I wished there was a way I could make time stand still and keep it that way for a while. It made me realize how quickly my girls are growing up, how fast things change, and that I would never, ever be able to relive that experience again. I tried to just take it all in, the smells, the images, and how peaceful and happy I felt. It really helped me to realize what is important; and even though I might not be rich in money (at least not yet), I have so much more than most people have, and for that, I am grateful.

Sometimes, the best things don't cost anything at all-

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