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About journeys that root.

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Time has been running through my fingers like sand lately. Ever since Mike and I started our new jobs, there never seams to be enough time! I guess time flies when you are having fun, right!?

This morning I took Mike to the airport for his first ever business trip. I am kinda really jealous, ’cause he is heading to California without me šŸ™ boohoo! I do hope to be able to go there soon myself some time soon. This east coast girl would love to go west!

Except for working – life has been spent in the garden picking fruit, making jam and pies, and harvesting fresh veggies and herbs from the garden. Never would I have thought that this would bring me so much peace and pleasure. Ever since living in Kentucky, I have connected more and more with the earth – and am loving it! Never would this city girl have though that she was country deep down inside! It sure is a learning process – and I can say for sure: re-connecting with my American side has not only made me understand were I come from and has shown me my roots, but this experience has also rooted me! An amazing journey indeed!

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Hope you are enjoying your last month of Summer – I do love August!!

Have a great week loved ones!

And don’t forget -Life is a journey!

 

A week of love

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This week has been filed with wedding anniversary fun and celebrations. Since starting our new jobs it has taken time to get used to the new groove and we have been exhausted every night. So it was especially good for us to take a step back and enjoy ourselves.

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Our 3 year wedding anniversary was spent in Louisvilles only German style beer garden – drinking Hefe Weizen and enjoying pretty authentic (so so delicious!!) prezel bread before heading over to Jack Fry’s for a luxurious diner. The 1930s feel with live jazz music as a backdrop was the perfect environment for a romantic evening together. It doesn’t get better than that!

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Prezels and beer-cheese at Holy Grale

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On Thursday we splurged on take out sushi before heading over to Iroquois Ampitheater for a concert of John Butler Trio! I was introduced to John Butlers music about 6 years ago by my cousin Louise when I traveled through Australia and have loved it ever since. So.much.fun!

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If you feel like a sunday soundtrack I recommend:

This weekend is back to bussines while we process the rest of our peaches and do our normal duties around the house – it just never gets boring around here!

Hope you guys had a great week! Enjoy your Sunday loved-ones!

And don’t forget – Life is a journey! Enjoy!

 

Thank you for…

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…loving me with all my flaws.

Thank you for showing me that happiness can be found every day and that the tranquil flow of day to day life can bring upon peace.

Thank you for sharing your soul and making me love mine.

Here’s to endless more years with you!Ā Happy Anniversary!

Life is a journey – thankful for being able to share it with you.

Sweet Summer Beginnings

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Kentucky summer is here – meaningĀ temperatures are in the 30’s C, humidity is high, nights are warm, lightening bugs filling our backyard, summer festivals the city, bourbon is drunk out by the fire pit and I enjoy the goodness of collecting my gardening labors in form of fresh salad, tomatoes, squash, kale, chard and cucumbers – I am still waiting on those carrots!

But the month of Juli has also brought great surprises and new beginning. (Yeees I know, we seam to LOVE new beginnings in the Morrison-Brandauer home!) Our reptile business is picking up and I scored the perfect part-time job. I started working as an assistant to the vice executive of a non profit organization, serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The job gives me enough freedom to continue helping Mike grow our company, and do something that makes it worth while! The second new beginning is that also Mike got a new job and will be returning to the pharmaceutical industry after being called by a headhunter! Two new jobs in one month! Pheeewww – talk about new beginnings all right!

Next to all these exiting new starts we have been enjoying our second Kentucky summer.

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Summer is: barefoot gardening, chicken cuddling, drinking old fashions on the back deck, picking veggies and taking a ride out to the countryside just outside of Louisville.

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How has your summer started off?

Have a great week loved ones – and don’t forget: Life is a journey!

Lately – Spring Happenings

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Lately we have been truely living spring! While it is moving closer to the Kentucky Derby – the most famous 2 minutes in sport – Louisville is full of festivals, parties, wide brimed hats and craziness. We are sort of keeping out of it – at least until now – and are enjoying the simple pleasures in life!

I have been all about town with my new camera and am absolutely loving it! The air warmed up and the Mighty Kindness Hoot festival in honour of Earth Day felt like a short glimpse at summer.

We have finally gotten the lawn mower back in motion (Mike fixed absolutely everything!) and I am excited to announce that we have started digging up dirt and landscaping for our very own vegetable garden. I will plant after Derby Day since this is what people say is safe to do around here (don’t want anything to freeze after all) – so I am getting super excited for next weekend in that perspective! I will write more about my planting activities as soon as everything is in the ground and I have more pictures to share than lumps of dirt!

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Our chickens are doing absolutely well – even if they have yet to understand how to use the ramp into their coop! I sometimes wonder.

The warmth and the sunny days have given us the opportunity to go on after-work patio dates, listen to outdoor concerts, enjoy food outdoors and plainly enjoy life to the fullest!

(Oh and not to forgetĀ  – Mike also made amazingly yummy pita bread himself – thanks Mike’s dad for the recipe!)

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Yeayy to spring and fun in the sun! Hope you all had a do-able Monday loved ones!

Have a great start to your week, and don’t forget: Life is a journey!

Look who stopped by today!

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Just a quick post to show you who stopped by on this Easter Monday! …YES!!! Mr Easter Rabbit himself!

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I hope all of you Europeans had a great long Easter weekend and enjoyed your free Easter Monday – this luxury has not been gifted to America! We did however enjoy the weekend and had special family time spent in Cincinnati – I will share soon!

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Have a great start to your week loved-ones!

And don’t forget: Life is a journey!

It’s Easter Sunday y’all!

HappyEasterWe hope you are having a great Easter Sunday so far! Enjoy the sun in your sun-day, spend time with family and friends and be thankful! Cause after all…

… Life is a Journey, enjoy it! XO Selina & Mike

Spring awakening

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It is finally officially spring and we even went through our last (fingers crossed) freeze! If all goes well, I will be able to plant my veggie-garden this Easter Sunday! Getting excited!

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Mike has managed to repair the lawn-mower and our chickens are enjoying their free range of garden. They were however pretty angry with me when I didn’t notice it had started to rain and they were huddled together in the poring rain – bad chicken momma!

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Kentucky Springs are gorgeous! And the abundance of flowering trees this time of year is lovely! Our peach trees, apple trees and Easter bushes are in full bloom and ringing in Easter in the most amazing spring colors!

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Aren’t you happy it’s Friday?!Happy Good-Friday everyone!

Enjoy your Easter weekend loved-ones,Ā  and don’t forget…Life is a journey!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunbaked and smoked

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It was particularly hard to get back to reality today after the weekend of bliss Mike and I have had. It involved a sky full of Blue Angels and fireworks, dirt under our fingernails, happy chickens, the first sunburn of the season, shorts, a drive out to the countryside, a goat, 8 dogs, a cat, good food and a fire pit and shared laughs. Yes, all that and more!

This Saturday was the kick-off weekend of Pre-Derby madness and the Derby Festival here in Louisville – the so called Thunder over Louisville. For those of you that do not know what Derby is – you clearly have no clue – but I forgive you. Derby is the worlds best known horse race which takes place on the first week end in May. The two weeks prior to this event Louisville climaxes into madness one ball, charity event, party at a time. The beginning to this madness is marked by the so called Thunder over Louisville – which is, if you ask my environmentally friendly heart, absolute madness in itself! It consists of an ecologically speaking disastrous 6 hour flight show of military airplanes – led by the well known Blue Angels. And if this was not enough to exponentially multiply Louisville’s ecological footprint by a gazillion, it is followed by North Americas largest firework show that sends up 60 tones of fireworks into our atmosphere within a time frame of 28 minutes! I must admit it was impressive – (I really enjoyed it! Honestly!) but the overall frenzy and talks over 3 hour street-chaos stuck in your car on the way to and back from the event, convinced us to watch it from the comfort of our home on a live internet stream. Instead we spent our day digging up dirt in our garden and prepping the soil of our first ever vegetable garden! I am super excited! I will share more as soon as I begin planting!

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The weather was a dream and we had about 27 degree (Celsius that is), a lovely breeze and the strenuous chore in the garden made us sweat and get our first sunburned noses.

Sunday was equal parts get-it-done-day around the house as well as relaxing and taking naps out on our deck. We were also invited out to Shelbyville KY to a pot-luck (get together, eat together) at our friend Joanna’s house out in the country.

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She is a seamstress and cafe cook and lives on an acre of land that she shares with her three children, 8 dogs, cat, approximately 20 chickens, 3 guineas, a pig named Kevin Bacon and a goat named Agnes.

sunbacked_smoked_animals sunbacked_smoked_fire1sunbacked_smoked_KevinBacon_allWe were 11 adults and 2 kids to share food and the soothing presence of a crackling fire as the night filled with fun stories and laughs.

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We left wanting a goat, having a crush on the Kentucky countryside, smelling like smoked bacon and happiness in our hearts.

We are truly spoiled!

HaveĀ  great week loved ones – and don’t forget, life is a journey!

 

 

Grateful!

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Today I am grateful. Grateful for first whiskey sours out in the sun and skulls painted on wood tables.

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Gratefull for my new Canon 60D to play with!

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Grateful for great memories of Eurotrip adventures and a short and fun stay with my husbands family.

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Gratefull for chickens that generously gift me with eggs and gardens that offer an abundance of fresh chives to freeze for the winter.

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For amazing Kentucky Wedding Weekends out at Red River Gorge and the most lovely friends to spend it with!

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And for a handsom husband that makes me smile!

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Have a great week end loved-ones!

And don’t forget….Life is a journey!