I feel for all you snowbound people. I remember the frigid cold and waist high snow drifts. This photo is for you…..(from Its A Lovely Life’s Facebook page)



Inspiration Sunday

New Year’s Wishes

 I love the beginning of a new year; it holds so much promise! This reprint is my New Year’s wish for you.

There is power in your words,

they manifest regardless of your intention.

The sounds you make vibrate into the world,

vibrating the surroundings regardless

of how they would like to be.

Take care of your voice, and the words you speak;

that which heals can also wound.

Forgive that which wounds you

for it also may bring healing,

and forgive yourself –

for healing happens in its own time.

Seek not to control the effect you have,

but take responsibility for what you feel.

Receive what life gives you for the lessons it brings;

loving yourself you will not be slain.

And let past pains flow away

so that you may receive the love

that is all there is.

Advent 2nd Sunday

I am sharing this quote I found here. I love the Mennonite Girls Can Cook site for all their great recipes and inspiration and this post touched my heart…I couldn’t have said it better.

Advent wreath



– paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls,
but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies,
preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime,
but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity,
but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes,
attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata
but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn’t envy another home that has coordinated Christmas china  and table linens.
Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way.
Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return
but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost,
golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of LOVE will endure.

~ author unknown

More Food Art

I wanted to share this from the RawFoodRevolution Facebook page. Love the creativity and how food can be beautiful too.



Missing My Son

I don’t usually like to share family pictures on my blog out of a (useless I’m sure) attempt at internet privacy. BUT, I’m so proud of my son I had to share the selfie he posted recently.  Love  love my kids!





Inspiration Sunday


Sorry I don’t have the credit for this photo, but I love the strength, beauty, and peacefulness she exudes . I strive to attain this someday when I grow up.

Inspiration Sunday

Our Education System

Having been an educator for the last twenty-some years, I feel free to say that we are now entering a cookie-cutter model of schooling our kids. Even students with mild intellectual disabilities must take the rigorous on-grade-level state exams when they may be functioning six grade levels below their peers! I see an increase in anxiety and panic over these tests. It is so frustrating for students and also the teachers who now have to teach to the test instead of bringing creativity to the classroom. There…..that is my rant for the quarter.



Inspiration Sunday

Healthy Halloween snacks

Love this!  I saw it at the GrowFood/NotLawns facebook page and had to share it on my High Knoll Homestead facebook page as well as sharing it here.


One of the top 5 Best Places to Live

According to the KGUN9-TV station out of Tucson, my area was named one of the top 5 best places to live by CNN Money magazine in their “least crowded towns” category in their September 2013 “Best Places to Live” online issue.  Sierra Vista scored 4th in a list of 20 cities.  I’m not surprised. With a population just over 44,000, we were noted for our picturesque mountains and canyon views, majestic starry skies, abundant natural areas, moderate climate, and a nearby growing wine-making industry.  Just another reminder of why I continue to live here.


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Monsanto hired mercenaries to infiltrate anti-GMO groups

I read this story last May here and was reminded of it with all the latest news on the government collecting our personal information.  Who would have thought Monsanto, the company who brought us Agent Orange, aspartame, PCBs, DDT, and GMO seeds, would hire mercenaries and former CIA agents (through the firm Blackwater) to infiltrate anti-Monsanto organizations. They gathered information from 2008-2010 on people who rallied against GMO crops.  If I didn’t think this company was deadly before, they are deadly serious now.

I think this gains some importance when combined with the news that Obama has signed into law the “Monsanto Protection Act”.  According to Mike Adams, editor of Natural News, The Monsanto Protection Act, part of the HR 933 continuing resolution, allows Monsanto to override U.S. federal courts on the issue of planting experimental genetically engineered crops all across the country. Even if those experimental crops are found to be extremely dangerous or to cause a runaway crop plague, the U.S. government now has no judicial power to stop them from being planted and harvested.

As reports, the bill “effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of GMO or GE crops and seeds, no matter what health consequences from the consumption of these products may come to light in the future.”

More reason to grow your own, know your farmer, shop local.

vote no gmo

Banning Heirloom Seeds?

The European Commission is seeking to ban all heirloom seeds. They are considering legislation that will criminalize nearly all seeds and plants not registered with the government. The proposed law “Plant Reproductive Material Law” would make it illegal to “grow, reproduce, or trade” any vegetable seeds that have not been “tested, approved and accepted” by a new EU bureaucracy called the “EU Plant Variety Agency”.  Virtually all plants, vegetable seeds and gardeners will eventually be registered by the government and gardeners must also pay FEES to the EU for the registration of their seeds. You can read the proposed law here , but pay attention to the Articles  since they are what becomes law and not the misleading summary.

Why am I concerned about what the EU is doing with heirloom seeds? Because I think we will soon be jumping on this bandwagon. Certain large corporations who already own the majority of our seed companies will find this irresistible as it will drive the small heirloom seed companies out of business. I believe it will also trickle down to home gardeners and seed saving will become a criminal act (as it already is for Monsanto seeds).  You can read more about this proposed law and what it means for us  here.


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