Photography: Autumn

Posted by on November 20, 2011 at 1:52 pm.

Woods 1

Have you ever had one of those days where things don’t go as planned? I’m guessing most of us have had those type of days. Yesterday, it was my turn to experience that. Uhm, yippee? I had lots of plans but the majority of them weren’t completed.

I was struck with waves of nausea throughout the morning. Raking the leaves wasn’t a pleasant experience, since I had to frequently take breaks, however the job was completed. I’d planned on visiting our stream with my daughter, but since I wasn’t feeling well — after finishing the leaves I headed inside. The above photo was taken in our back yard, near our woods.

I did manage to prepare an extremely delicious soup, and so I’ll be posting the recipe on the blog. Yes, I actually managed to measure the ingredients. However, if I want to take pictures, I’ll have to make more since my daughter and I consumed it all.

In the afternoon, I did something I haven’t done in a while, I pampered myself. Because I have a full life; Being a mom, work, volunteering, etc., at times I forget that I need to take care of me. However yesterday I took notice, and it felt great!

I drew a super hot bath, using some of the all natural bath products (that I make) on myself. I gave myself the full treatment. A few drops of essential oil was added to my bath water; Lavender, rose geranium, and peppermint. All three are effective at combating nausea. Additionally, I applied a clay facial mask. Those are great for skin tightening, removing impurities, and toning the skin. A sugar scrub was applied to my body, and after that round of pampering I applied a nice moisturizer. One of my body butters to which I’d added essential oils rose and lavender.

After some body pampering, I started feeling like my old self again. I’d like to believe that the soup I prepared specifically for that occasion helped, along with my stubborn resolve that I wasn’t going to become sick, and the pampering was good too.

Whatever it was, it was a nice wake up call that even though I live a busy life that now and again I need to relax and take care of myself too. Here’s hoping you all do the same.

13 Comments

  • Mike Goad says:

    Today was a down day for me — stiff and sore from patching a leak on the roof yesterday. I couldn’t really narrow down the source, so covered about 150 square feet with new shingles. My life style right now is definitely not sedentary, but I was working muscles in different ways than they are used to. 😉

    I hope the nausea doesn’t recur.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Mike Goad,
    Wow, you did have an active Saturday. Yep, been there too — working muscles in a different way, usually lends to soreness for a few days. Here’s hoping that feeling goes away quickly.

    Thanks, I hope it doesn’t return either. I still have no idea why that happened.

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  • philip says:

    What a backyard. And what lies beyond those trees? A secret forest? Pampering self is good. Laziness is good. And soup is good, especially when one is feeling a bit off.
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    Opal Reply:

    @philip,
    Yes lots of trees back there. It’s a nice escape, hanging out in the woods. I don’t think I’ll have time to take pictures before we leave for the holidays, but upon our return we’ll take a stroll in the woods, and I’ll be sure to post some of the pictures here. 🙂 Hopefully we’ll see a few deer. Occasionally they venture out of the woods, and walk up close to our house.

    I’m still thinking about what you said about laziness… I’m going to have to take your advice, and indulge in a bit of laziness, now and again.

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  • Erika says:

    It’s so important to give yourself a time out every so often to recharge. Sounds like you had a lovely day!
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Erika,
    I did, and it was a small wake-up call. I’ll take time out for myself now and again. 😉

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  • suituapui says:

    My favourite season. Love the red and the brown…and the ground carpeted with the fallen leaves of the same colour. Somehow, I find the season very nostalgic…
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    Opal Reply:

    @suituapui,
    It’s my favorite season too. My daughter and I always have fun collecting leaves for various projects.

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  • ashok says:

    Hope the nausea is completely gone – the picture looks wonderful, and it sounds like you’ve been extremely productive.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @ashok,
    It hasn’t returned, and for that I’m grateful.
    I’m sure some of my relatives will be groaning after today’s Thanksgiving meal. Quite a few of my family members have the tendency to stuff themselves. 🙂

    I hope your Thanksgiving celebration is a success. (I’m sure it will be). I hope you post an update on our blog. 🙂

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  • Sophia says:

    Autumn is great season and have cool and comfortable. I like this picture you have took, it is just the color of autumn 🙂 But I more like the coming winter, like the white world covered by thick snow.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Sophia, Although I take photos year-round, autumn and winter are my favorite seasons.

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  • Kate Brown Wilson says:

    In the place where I use to live I never experience Autumn season, to be honest we only have two climates summer and winter, I really don’t know what autumn looks like, how I wish I can experience it.
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