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Shortly after Easter this year I got a very bad concussion that left me on full bed rest for three weeks and semi bed rest for another 3 weeks. For the first three weeks after the diagnosis I was not allowed to use a computer or a phone. I could not even watch TV. I was only allowed to sleep or take a walk if I felt good. The first couple of weeks were hard. The following weeks were better as I learned how to pace myself. I realized that my body was quite adept at letting me know when it had had enough. And so I listened to me and surprisingly, I learned a lot about myself. 
For the first time in my life I was able to rest without guilt and it was wonderful. I unplugged and reconnected with nature and it made me incredibly happy. This enabled me to see ME for the first time in what seemed like forever and I started to understand what was missing in my life, what I needed and what I no longer needed. 
For a very long time I have equated my worth with …

Backyard Inspiration - Part 2

As you know I'm working on my back yard design (see Backyard Inspiration post). Our shrubs are finally planted so our next step is to decide if we go with a pea gravel patio or with a wooden deck.    Here are a few more photos that are inspiring me right now. 

The Japanese-Inspired Garden 

The Contemporary pea gravel patio
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