Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Fall Beauty in the Sugartree Gypsy Camp ~

Hello hello hello!
I hope this finds you well!

I am home and very happy to be here.
Thank you all so much for all of your sweet travel thoughts and wishes.
I'm so glad that I made the commitment to keep in closer touch this time. 
And being able to get a little internet in the gypsy camp helped a lot.

Though I try to keep that as a sort of sacred place for
music and special visits, sometimes it was
necessary for keeping in touch with the rest of the world.

It was a memorable trip!
So many good things happened.
The gatherings with family are always so special and 
it makes us all happy.

The beauty of the country walks are incredible. 
And I have many friends and neighbors that I enjoy
seeing. There is never enough time!
But taking the time to be with all of these people is
important to me.

It's very disruptive to my Arizona life though and I hope to be able
to figure out how to smooth out some of those rough
spots in the future so I can continue these lovely and
priceless visits.

Here are a few highlights..

*seeing my kids and new grandbaby in OK
*visiting my brother in the nursing home
*my nieces wedding
*seeing nieces and nephews
*being with siblings ALtogether
*watching movies with my other sister
*time crafting with my sister
*walks with my daughter
*filling the van and going for ice cream
*visiting friends

and then things like:
*beautiful walks
*listening to the geese fly over camp at night
*collecting a hornet's nest
 I've always wanted one to hang in my art room
strange... I know!

And now, I invite you to enter my woodland sanctuary...
I am so thankful to be able to have these places where I can create my
outdoor sanctuaries. It seems to be a need for me to be outdoors.
I think I must have some true gypsy ancestry somewhere in my background! 
 It seems that my posts are not complete without some kind of critter! haha. 
And there's a little story here. 
I met this colorful creature while hanging my lights. I
 actually touched him, (eek) he moved, I screamed.
But it stayed.... and stayed.
That evening, he was hanging on the lace curtain.  
My daughter and I were happy to have him join our party.
 I hope he enjoyed the music!
He/she could've been singing along as we could hear
 many of the forest creature's singing in the night.
(He was probably a nice tenor ;)
I love those sounds~

The next morning, 
I went searching and our little friend
was in a different tree.
After that visit, it went on it's way.
Au revoir,  little friend.
I was glad to have seen this unique little frog. 
I thought it was quite pretty..
for a frog...  haha! And it actually looked more like a toad to me. 
I've never seen a tree frog like it. 
Golden hour glistening through the tulle..
One evening when some plans fell through,
I indulged myself with an entire evening out in the enchanted forest
 just playing music and listening to the crackle of the fire.
I rarely get an evening alone.
I made a s'more with dark chocolate and sipped some red wine.
It was lovely.. and the treat is a new favorite.

Do you enjoy time to yourself?
If so, what do you like to do?

There are so many wonderful things to choose from!
Thank you for joining me for my tour and adventure.
I do hope that you're having some wonderful and amazing adventures of your own!

Life is good and hard and rich
and sometimes circumstances are crushing and take our breath away...

In the midst of all it's goodness and harshness, we hold on
and create memories and grab the nuggets of beauty.

I have a prayer request for a blogging friend of mine.
We've never met in person but she is one of the sweetest, most sincere
ladies. She has just lost her daughter in an accident. 

Thank you so much and sweet blessings to you.

Tamara XO


Kelly @ Homespuns 'n Hayfields said...

Hi Tamara, it looks like you had a wonderful time. I absolutely love the tree frog, he's really different looking. I love me crazy lol!! I'm so sorry to hear about your blogging friend losing her daughter in an accident, how tragic. I said a prayer for her. Take care, Kelly.

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh I love this peaceful sanctuary you created to sing and hang out. So fun. I want to come and hang out there with you. Love that frog I have never seen one like that. He is a beautiful creature in nature. Love that He wanted to hang out with you guys too and sing! Glad you are home and safe and had a wonderful trip.
Life is good when you see all those family members and friends. Such a true blessing for you.
Have a great rest of the week.

Kezzie said...

Your little sanctuary is beautiful. What a gorgeous idea. Your toady friend was sweet too. He looks very plump. I said a prayer for your friend.Xx