Category Archives: Thoughts

A Slow Start To 2016

Hi there! I just wanted to stop by and say  a quick hello. It’s been a couple chaotic months in my world, with lots of time away from home. Hence the reason for my blogging absence. I’m hopeful things are slowing down and I can start getting back into a routine.

In the meantime – here’s a frosty picture from a trip to Wyoming…
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I’m totally ready for Spring!

Hope your 2016 is off to a fabulous start – and I’ll be back soon.
H


Three Years Ago…

Three years ago today, I left my life in Nebraska to start something new in Colorado. I packed up my SUV with my essentials and drove away from Therapy House. The house that I poured blood, sweat and tears into, quite literally.  The house that offered me a first night of full rest, after many restless nights over the course of many months, the very first night I tucked in to bed there. The house that was all mine – that I took pride in – that was a testiment of how ‘ok’ everything was despite all the messiness in life.

I miss that little house (with the gigantic garage)…
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And the unique warmth that comes only from a wood burning stove…

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And relaxing in the gigantic whirlpool bathtub…
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And sitting on the deck with a glass bottle(s) of wine, laughing with friends…
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And…well…I could go on, and on, and on…

I look back on that chapter of my life with so much fondness – and then on where I am currently with so much appreciation – and finally ahead with hopeful anticipation of what’s to come.

What a journey it has been. The blessings = countless!

Happy Anniversary to “The New Life” I began in Colorado, 3 years ago today!

-H


Shannon Quintana

Shannon Quintana is a contemporary Christian musician, and she is my new, most favorite, artist. I had the pleasure of experiencing her music for the first time, live, as she led worship at a women’s retreat I attended several weeks ago. She is incredible. And adorable. And her music…it’s real and gorgeous and…I could go on and on…

I returned home from this retreat craving more and immediately downloaded her album “We Come”. You can sample this, as well as her other album “Start Where You Are”, on her website shannonquintana.com. And while you’re there, check our her blog.

Oh, and to show you how adorable she is, I hijacked these photos from her website:
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In an effort to share the love, SimplyEclecticLife is hosting a giveaway…an iTunes giftcard so you can  download your very own copy of one of her albums!

To enter you must….
1. like this post – on the blog
2. follow the blog – if you aren’t already following, it’s simple, just enter your email address in the box on the top, right of your screen, and click “follow”
3. post a comment – maybe visit Shannon’s website, sample her music, then tell me all about how much you wanna win becuase you just can’t get enough!

Here’s the deal – there must be a minimum of 10 people entered in the drawing, otherwise we’ll postpone for another time – so spread the news. Entry deadline is next Saturday evening, and I will draw for the winner on Sunday, October 18th, 2015.

I hope you are having a most fabulous Sunday and that your week ahead is nothin’ but wonderful-
H


Fall

It’s Fall. Officially. I’m somewhat in denial. Fall means that summer is over – and that winter is hot on it’s heels. Winter – Boo!!

I knew it was coming what with the cooler evenings, the sun setting earlier in the day, waking up in the morning at my usual time and thinking for sure <based on how dark it still is outside> that I can snooze for another 2 hours…until the harsh reality of the alarm clock alerts me otherwise.

I also knew it was coming when pumpkin started making it’s appearance in EVERYTHING! Seriously, everything! It drives me bonkers, personally, but people dig it…I know.

And, just when I think I dislike this time of year a gorgeous sunflower makes an appearance in my garden…

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followed by this incredible sunset…

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and I’m forced to admit that Fall, while not my favorite, really does have a lot going for it.

What’s your favorite season? And, do you get all jazzed about pumpkin everything this time of year?

Wishing you all a BRILLIANT week.
H


Toying With The Idea….

It’s been nearly two years since Simply Eclectic Life saw a new post.

I wish I had some amazing story to account for my 2 year hiatus. That I could tell you I went off the grid and got back to basics. Or that I was volunteering my time in a third world country and had no access to internet. Or that I was backpacking through Europe and forgot my iPad charger in the States (yes, backpacking, for two years, and couldn’t locate a charger anywhere).

There isn’t an amazing story to account for my time away. Truth told, life got busy and I felt I had to choose. There wasn’t enough energy and brain power to accomplish it all and something had to give.

But then…the most amazing thing happened…Facebook started showing me the “this day in history” stuff from my posts and it alerted me to the fact that this blog, sitting lonely and neglected, is still here. Just waiting to be revived. And it couldn’t have come at a better time because just recently I had a very serious discussion with myself — about needing to find balance. Too much of my time, energy and brain power is being sucked away by the things I have to do. It’s time to re-channel some of that time, energy and brain power to things I WANT to do.

So…I’m toying with the idea. The idea of breathing new life back into this blog. To engage in, and share with you, some of the simple things that bring me the most joy in life.

Also, this little cutie made an appearance in my garden this weekend and I just couldn’t resist sharing:
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My blog account tells me that I’ve still got some followers out there…are you still out there? If so, drop me a line – it’s been nearly two years, I’d love to hear from you!

H


What I Have Been Up To….

Hello! Hello!

It’s been longer than forever since I paid my blog any attention. I have been busy getting ready for a wedding, getting married, and trying to get my footing following all the madness. A DIY wedding sure takes it out of a person! It may be months before I am fully recovered!

So…I just wanted to drop in to say “Hi” and let you know that I have so much to share with you in the coming weeks from my day of bliss….starting next week.

Until then, I hope you enjoy the rest of your week and your weekend & I’ll begin spilling the details on Monday.

H


We Have New Friends

This is our new friend;
He doesn’t have a name.

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I am shocked to discover;
This city buck is quite tame.

He wasn’t bothered by me;
In fact he took a little rest.

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He napped in the sunshine
Until arrived our other guest

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They had a little snack,
Then went along their way

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Seeing them was such a surprise
It really made my day.

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!
H


Winner!!

It seems like forever ago since I paid the attention to my blog that it deserves. Things have been busy, and while I’ve had lots of blogging ideas rolling around in my head, I haven’t quite found the time to put it all together and post. Hopefully I can be better about that this week…I’m going to give it some effort anyway.

In my second to last post on here, I hosted a giveaway. You can read that post here. It is such a disappointment that only 2 people participated…I thought there would be a better turn out and some laughs along the way.

In the spirit of announcing a winner, here is the winning story, submitted by Lisa:

Using your items: Things start out new and exciting, with bubble baths and foot massages. Soon, his snoring will start to bother you (if it hasn’t already), there will be some pain along the way, and things that need to be fixed. But remember to stay calm, stop and smell the flowers, and know that in the end what you will have is a love that is comfortable and supportive. Start and finish each day with a hug and a kiss, no matter what.

Great job, Lisa! A Starbucks giftcard will soon be coming your way…

I hope you all had a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Hilary


Game & Giveaway

Okay, time for a game and a giveaway…and this one could get really interesting and fun so I hope people will participate!

A couple of weeks ago, J’s family put on a bridal shower for me. Instead of a traditional bridal shower ‘game’ his aunt made up a little story that included the items pictured below. As her story progressed, I opened small wrapped pacakages that included the items and it was quite comical.

On that note, the game is this: the items below, in the order they are posted, outline the progression of a marriage/life together from the wedding night to “in the end there’s always hugs and kisses”. If you were to write this story, with these items in mind, how would it go?

To enter the giveaway, post your story in the comments section below. The deadline for entry is Friday May 17th. After that date I will select a winner — their story will be posted on my blog and I will send them their prize via mail.

I’m so looking forward to this….

Lacy Panties

Lacy Panties

Bath Salts

 

Lotion

Lotion

Ear Plugs

Ear Plugs

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Duct Tape

Duct Tape

Bathroom Air Freshener Candle

Granny Panties

Granny Panties

Hugs & Kisses

Hugs & Kisses


Happy Anniversary Simply Eclectic!

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One year ago today, this blog was born.

In a years time, I have posted 120 posts (counting today), and 93 people have signed up to follow this blogging journey via email. Countless others follow through other means – logging on periodically and camping out on the blog for a while, getting all caught up, or being alerted to a new post through facebook.
Regardless of how you have chosen to follow — THANK YOU!

Thank you for reading, for ‘liking’ my posts, and for your comments. THAT is what makes this journey a fun one for me, knowing there are people out there who look forward to, and enjoy, my random nonesense!

Lots more to come in the second year — in fact, I have a fun game (complete with giveaway) planned for sometime this week — stay tuned!

Cheers!
Hilary