Monday, November 26, 2012

Garvan Gardens, Christmas Lights, Hot Springs, AR

I haven't posted anything in over a week.....Yikes, but I have been unplugged over the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We got to spend our holiday at our home in Hot Springs, AR and I have no internet service there. We had a great vacation and I hope you got to enjoy time with family and friends as well.  I wanted to share with you the Christmas lights at Garvan Gardens.  I love Christmas lights!  We went last year and I certainly wanted to go again this year!  We had planned on going Friday evening, but we were pooped after spending 6 hours shopping.  That is A Lot for me, I am not a shopper.  So, Saturday, we ate an early supper and got out the door about 5 pm.  We wanted to get there early to beat the crowd.

We were pulling out of our drive Saturday evening to go to the Gardens and this was our view!  Can you say Fabulous!

 If your in the area during the Christmas Season and love Christmas lights, take the time to go to Garvan Gardens.  It cost $10 a person, it is a walking tour and takes hour or more to make it thru. (They do offer golf cart rides at an extra expense)  It just depends on how many pictures you take or sit and drink Hot Chocolate. It is well worth it, 17 acres & 2 million lights, Wow! I have included the link to their web site.

I hope you enjoy the lights!

My husband and one of my beautiful daughters.

This trees lights were set to music.

Pay attention to the color of the reindeer, that is how you know where your car is parked.

Monday, November 12, 2012

I thought I may explain, "You have to be able to judge a cow thru the mud."  That came from my FFA (Future Farmers Of America) adviser, David E. McPherson, aka Mr Mac.  See, I was in High School and on the Dairy Judging team. Mr. Mac had taken our team out to a dairy barn for judging practice.  It was a muddy day and well, the cows were a little muddy.  And someone on the team commented on it.  And, that is what he said, "Well, You'll have to judge the cow thru the mud."  Sometimes you have to look thru the mud, the layers, the ugly, to see the bones, structure of something.  He was a very wise man and when he retired after 45 years, a lot of tears were shed.

Funny, how something that someone said so long ago, sticks with you for a lifetime.  I am not really sure why that influenced me so much.  But, when I see something ugly, I think how can I make that Fabulous. Check out the Barnominium.  It was a Big Old Muddy Cow.  I will be adding lots of before and afters projects and  DIY projects on the blog. Unlike HGTV, everything on my blog will be done on a beer budget.  I love to watch that channel, but sometimes you need to see something real, attainable. Not many, have $30,000 to redo a kitchen, $15,000 to redo a bath.  I will be showing affordable do overs. So, check out the barn below and the post under pages.

I hope this Blog will inspire you, to look inside yourself for creativity, to think outside the box.  You will not ever know you can...unless you just do it.  So, many people are frozen, thinking "I can't do that." "YES, You Can" Either their lazy and want someone else to do it for them or they are just insecure in their abilities.  I challenge you to step out of the box.  If you paint something and don't like it, change it, It is just paint. Thanks, for looking.  Feel free to comment or to ask questions.