There is a fox in the Tree?!

20130819-115907.jpgIt was no small feat, with juggling of schedules and a lot of planning, but a camping trip with good friends and first time campers finally occurred.

Along with camping with newbies, comes the temptation of bringing the digital world  in the form of electronics, telephones, games and bluetooth earpieces into the camping experience. For me camping is a time to unplug from electronics and plug into the real world around us–nature. Taking in surroundings through sight, smell  and sound opens us up to a world otherwise silenced by layers of digital noise and distractions. Sharing the etiquette of unplugging while camping went over surprisingly well with the teenagers but not so easy with one of the adults.

As we were sitting around the campfire enjoying our surroundings a very large bird swooped in and landed in a nearby tree.  Very excited by our visitor I exclaimed, “There is a Hawk in the tree!” “What”, exclaimed my friend, “there is a fox in the tree?” With that statement howls erupted from around the campfire while further confusion of a fox in the tree plagued my friend. “Where is there a fox in the tree?” “No”, we all exclaimed.  “There is a very large Hawk that flew into the tree right behind us”, I said. Confusion still on my friends face.  With that I replied, “Take the bluetooth out of your ear and you will be able to hear better.  “There is a hawk in the tree!” I said one last time.  As the earpiece was removed there was a slight pause and an “ah ha” moment blossomed across my friends face. “Ohhhh”, he replied, “there is a hawk in the tree!” Smiles and laughter erupted with subtle jeering from fellow campers. 

Take time to unplug not just out camping but at home and plug into your surroundings and those around you.  If you don’t… you might find a fox in your tree.

Wishes Alone Can’t Make My Garden Grow!

Garden fairy

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

I have participated in the ritual of preparing and planting a vegtable garden for 25 years.  Each year I am met with many challenges while gardening, leaving me with minimal results. I ask myself, “Why do I continue to put so much time, energy and money into gardening”? My father always had a successful and productive garden and his parents had one too. I want to be a part of this legacy as well.  Perhaps that is why I persevere, to attain the green thumb that seems to run freely through my family which I have yet to achieve. This year I have decided to take a new approach to my gardening by identifying what prevents me from finding success, then tackling those challenges one by one.

Virginia, where I live, is not blessed with the best soil for growing crops, unless it happens to be Tobacco. Yes, those school text books were right.  The red clay soil is everywhere and a challenge to work with. How on earth the settlers lived on this land is a real mystery to me.

Challenge number one:

#1 Dirt

How to create a rich soil environment to produce the best possible results.

When I have managed to grow anything in my garden, more often than not, it has been enjoyed by wild animals and not my family.

Challenge number two:

 #2 Fox

How to keep the fruits of my labor for myself.

The dog days of summer can reach well past the 100 degree mark in Virginia, making it a problem to keep the soil evenly moist.

The heat stirs up my third challenge:

#3 Flower

How to keep my garden evenly watered, even when I am not around.

I live in the suburbs on a quarter acre lot covered with shade. I am limited by space and the amount of sun my land receives.

My fourth and final challenge:

#4 House

How to create a garden with limited space and  a lack of solar energy.

As I review my challenges I realize that I need to make an adequate plan to create a viable and productive garden. Making plans are important but sticking to them are optional.  Flexibility is always key. Learning is essential.

I have spent much of my life hoping or wishing for things, like a beautiful and productive garden.  Wishing and hoping is only a small thought that moves me forward toward my goals. Bridging the gap of a wish or a dream, to see the fruits of ones labor, takes planning and perseverance even not knowing if the outcome will reflect what we are hoping for. To choose to journey forward toward our dream we must take time to ponder and plan and then implement our thoughts and ideas.

Boots

What in your life  have been dreaming about?  Is it time to take that wish or dream and make it a reality?  Give yourself time to hear what your heart is trying to say to you. Write down the steps it will take to bridge that dream and make it a reality.  Remember there is no right or wrong answers. Listen. Your heart won’t quiet until you hear what it is trying to say.  You will never know if the outcome will reflect that of your vision if you don’t get started. It does not matter if it does not match your vision perfectly. Be flexible.  By moving forward guided by your intuition each step you take becomes part of your journey down a path to a place you are suppose to be.

Is this where I am suppose to be…or am I just lost?

Setting off on a journey.

Setting off on a journey.

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” – Anon


Journeys are comprised of experiences that are gathered as we travel in life from one destination to another. Our passage may take a week or perhaps a life time. The routes in which we travel are not always clearly marked and at times we may find ourselves wandering in the world with no point of orientation. Are we lost? Or is being lost where we are suppose to be and this disorientation all part of our personal journey?

Since I was a child I have always had a love of being in the outdoors. From spending time camping with my family to playing in piles of dirt that was to be used in my father’s garden, being in nature is – for me – like being plugged into an energy source that inspires and rejuvenates at the same time, clearing my soul. Nothing is better than being in the natural world.

The path of my life became more unmarked as I set out to discover my life’s purpose in my early 20’s. I felt lost as I traveled to New York City to intern with professional artists: I found myself trapped in a world of concrete, with little green. It was suffocating.

After that, I took a job with the US Government. I saw ahead of me echoing images of long days in an office with no windows, sitting at a desk. And this was true for the next 18 years of my life. Was this my destination, I asked?

I left the office job and have spent the last several years raising children. As the years passed, I quietly listened to a restlessness rise up within me, the call of the outdoors growing louder in my spirit. I have finally begun to heed that call and venture forth, back into nature.

I am a novice at both writing and everything having to do with “the outdoors”; I do not claim to be an expert at either. This blog is my journey to quench my curiosity and meet the challenges of both self-expression and personal fulfillment. I hope to learn things I have always been curious to discover, uncovering new skills and tools for life along the way. I am excited about this adventure. I hope you are too.

Come along and see the messes I make, what I am most curious about and what lessons I discover as I travel in any direction that the current pulls me. Maybe through my wanderings I may not find myself lost after all, but actually end up right where I am suppose to be.

About Me

Beth

Beth

Full of spirit and imagination, I am setting off on a journey to explore and discover the great outdoors. As a mother of two, I have spent many years nurturing my children’s exploration of the world, it is now my turn to quench my curiosities that call to me and lead me forward. Living in a metropolitan area all of my life has made it difficult to truly nurture this desire. I have decided bringing more of natural world into my everyday life a goal of mine. With limited time and natural resources it will take work to put this Mother back in Nature, but I am looking forward to the challenge!

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