A few things we do.. (~);}

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Steal Your Vacation was the owner of the company’s design a few years back. He printed them on shirts and 4,000 shirts sold, it can’t be that wrong ;) We love, love love Widespread Panic.. And a good bit of our shirts reflect our taste in certain music. We love everything!! In fact we just designed a new shirt based off a Robert Palmer song, Night People!! The words and the people glow in the dark! How rad is that? Image

Night People..

Hangin out, looking at each other..

Waiting for something to happen.

Super stoked about this one, about all of them.

The guy I work with is extremely awesome and lets me take the reins on a lot of this and we get to really brainstorm some cool stuff. I have so many ideas from shows I’ve been to!!

ImageI’ve learned so many ways to use a tapestry rather than just hanging up at shows!! We even have 3D ones now! We add new items everyday and encourage artists to contact us if interested in becoming a vendor on the site, the more the merrier!!

I hope you guys can watch me really take my dreams in music and combine it with my love for simple things and life.

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A little more about it..

Man, I’ve missed blogging.. Anyways a little more about what I’m doing now.. I know y’all are dying to know

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Have you ever heard a song, seen a painting or a shirt that seemed to touch your soul?

Have you ever felt passionate about something and wanted to share it with others?

Here at INTHELOT we not only share our own passion but we give you the opportunity to share the things you love!

If you are looking for items that you want to share with everyone or even just keep to yourself, then we look forward to you becoming not only our customer but our friend.

For those of you looking to share your own products we have a link HERE that goes over all the details on how to get started. We look forward to sharing something we love with you as well as being introduced to the things that inspire you, have meaning, and things that you are just straight up passionate about!

We don’t just do this for ourselves. We want to share everyone’s ideas!

We’ve got a party going on…many spirits strong!

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Okay… change of gears..

So, there has been a few changes in our recent life, hence the lack of posts.. I really didn’t know what to say.. Let me list some things out

  • Moved back to Georgia
  • Michael and I broke up (he’s back in NC)
  • I got a new job!! And I love it!!!
  • It’s in Mississippi so I travel a lot now

So now my garden stays in containers which is perfectly fine. My child and I have become road gypsies :) We sell concert goods from an online store and concerts. It’s fantastic. WE love it so much. I have always wanted to have my own hippie store and with a little help from my friends, I am now manager of a growing business that is AWESOME!!! We sell shirts, tapestries, flags, pins, you name it!! www.inthelot.com

Y’all check it out, tell me what you think about our new turn in direction. We still practice everything we have learn from living simply and aware of our carbon footprint. We are happy and free!

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Early morning thoughts..

So… What I’ve learned so far since the move.. Even though permaculture is about building your food forest on a permanent location. Name kinda says it all. Now sustainability and it’s practices, use it anywhere you go..
When we got here, I was stoked to be back, but I’ve cried over losing my micro farm several times. I miss the dirt in my garden. I miss the sweet smell of it. I’ve started no seeds. I bought 2 tomato plants with a free aphid infestation. That are potted up and sitting pretty on the dock. I think we may add a jalapeno today. I can have a dock garden :) my pear tree has no blooms, even though neighbours around block is.. :/ I think she may get some fish emulsion today. She had a banana peel the week I got here. My neighbours on closest side have 2 plum trees that are being devoured by moss, but they have blooms all over. I may go strip it today. Be awesome for some preserves! My neighbours on the other side have a lemon tree.  We have a lemon and lime coming. So we will def have more of an orchard than last time. I don’t have any of my brambles though. I can only hope the people who decide to buy our house in NC loves all we’ve done.
Sometimes I get sad knowing I’ll never have the garden or chickens here. As much as I love this family home, I still want the farm life. All kinds of animals, bees, crops everywhere! I dropping cowpeas today along fence. We still hold all our frugal practices very close. We have and want to. I never want to lose the act of humility. Doing things for yourself, not relying on others, brings a sense of that I never want to lose. Knowing where our food comes from with out paying ‘organic’ prices. It blows me away what they want for non antibiotic, anti hormone, anti real animal! Sheesh.
Once we get our routine back and Michael starts work, things will smooth out even better. Now we are waiting for his criminal background to come back so he can go take his drug test. We are hoping, HOPING, that it will be this week. It was almost 3 weeks ago Honda told him he was hired and he has still yet to start. I knew things move slower down here, that I have not forgot, but its the lack of southern professionalism that has me concerned. It seems they are flying by seat of their pants in his hiring process and we just really hope that it is not a show of the true work ethic held in that establishment. Soon though, we need all of us to get back on track with a way of life down here. Sydni is the only one with a routine! She’s doing great!! She got to go on the Jeckyl Island trip because someone had to back out and there is no refunds. So they chose her! I told her she had to be one the luckiest little girls in the world, she hugs me and smiles. As long as I’m with you, I am, she says…

Just reflective…

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Another beautiful day in paradise.. Michael got the email today from Honda HR confirming his hire. Awesome. Mom and I have been discussing our approach on things to be done on the house. Plan is coming together ;) Things are starting to hopefully come together. I stay believing..

Life in the south..

Man o man.. its good to be home. There are so many small things I forgot that come with southern territory.. Small hand waves as you pass by, the slower pace, people holding doors and still saying yes mam. Things second nature to me product of good southern raising by not just one but a community. This is what I’ve been missing. This is what I want for Sydni.. This is home.

Simplicity where ever we go… :D

Adjusting here has been a progress. For people who really had no social life, coming back to where we both grew up has brought its fair share of visitors. We’ve gotten most everything unpacked and in place. A few more touches over the next couple weeks and we should be good to go :)
It’s been really nice to take comfort in the simple things with so many changes. I’ve been hand washing dishes for awhile now, using the dishwasher as a drying rack and holder. No matter where you are, what’s going on around you. The mindfulness spent just washing a plate, a cup.. It’s the same anywhere you go. Yesterday I found myself a little tense from all the kids here.. I was filling the sink before I realized to have that relaxation. One dish at a time, one sink to the next, rinsed to the dishwasher to dry.. very nice indeed.
So we are contemplating two raised beds in the front yard. As gorgeous as the oaks in the back are, they don’t let any sunlight through. The front yard gets nice afternoon sun. I see a lowes trip soon. We visited the flea market on Sunday. Got a pineapple and bag of tomatoes. I want to go ahead and get some new canning equipment, make some salsa to start :)
It does feel good to be back.. There are a lot of little things to do around here over the next couple years, then who knows where the wind may blow us ;) I love the idea of this being our house.

Dock sittin…

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So.. a week in. South Georgia. Whatcha know? It feels really good being home. The house I grew up in yet its my generation, my time in the house. Our bedroom, which was my moms bedroom, which was my great aunts bedroom, and bathroom window looks out over the lake. It’s an amazing feeling when I get up or just walk in the bathroom for something and look out. It’s good to see my and my sisters children playing in the same places we did as children… You know, I’ve heard people don’t change, but I don’t believe it anymore. I have changed so many times so far in my life. I’m in a different place now then I’ve ever been. I feel more like the mama bear I should be. Each time I’ve lived at this house I have been a different person. I have really been reflective since we’ve come on just how far we’ve come. How appreciative and humble, especially from when I left here last. Hmmm I think we’ll go for ice cream now :)

So.. Just trying to figure it all out :)

ImageSo, wow is right.. We are going to have to start over in so many aspects when we move. It’s so scary to let go of what you already have to even embrace the possibility of a better future. The future we want is less dependance on anything store bought. And that ranges from food to clothing to gas. We started that here and now we’ll start again.

I’m losing the chickens today. Yes I’ve cried more than you can imagine over three birds. I put their whole package on Craigslist for $100 and it sold in 30 minutes. He’ll be here today. A small family with two growing children. I’m glad people are starting to realize the importance of growing it yourself. You know what goes in that chicken, the eggs are walked in your back door, fresh as they can be. Who wouldn’t want that?! And to have it all packaged up to boot! We’ll have to check ordinances once we get settled in, build a better coop and start again. Keep moving forward!! (saw it on a movie)

ImageWe found Budget to be the cheapest rental. They have a 20% off until the 28th and we’ll save around 75-100 bucks going during the week instead of weekend. So the last week of February will be our last week in Indian Trail. My stomach is doing somersaults right now!

I have already emailed Michael’s resume to my mom to hopefully work her magic!! She knows someone at the Honda dealership there in Valdosta and took Michael’s resume up there. Everyone seemed really excited about his certifications in general not just the ones with Honda. They asked all about the move, when we would be there and if he would be able to start work the following Monday. THIS COULD BE A GREAT THING!! So please everyone keep your fingers crossed. He is so worried about finding a good job in a smaller city and it working for all of us. I’ve also decided to seek employment. The house sits pretty central in Lake Park so commuting on the SS is going to be sweet. I really hope I can find something close enough and be able to work things out to be home for Syddo! Because that is really what this is all about for me in the long run. Raising her to have a different awareness on the world and I have to be there to do that ;)

ImageSo I’m really scared, nervous, excited, etc., etc. Everything is moving so fast. I think we are going to try for the yard sale this weekend. Go ahead and get that stuff gone and purge again. We plan on taking the basics, we just all have different definitions on what exactly the basics are!

Headed back down South.. :)

ImageSo, BIG BIG news folks!! We are moving to Georgia in four weeks!! My family owns a house on a small lake in Lake Park, GA. It’s about five miles from the FLA line in Lowndes county. We are so excited about this opportunity! You know around Thanksgiving, we were wanting to get back closer to some family and I seem to have the biggest lot in one place :)

The lake house was built by my great-uncle around ’74, I believe. He had moved there to become Principal of Lake Park Elementary. He and my great-aunt have been gone many years now. Their three children inherited the home until my mother bought it.. eh.. 15 years ago?? (don’t hold me to that date ;)) What! I remember working on it on my 13th birthday, so.. that means15 years, hey I was right! Mom gutted some of the house, knocked down partial walls and voila!

She just celebrated her second wedding anniversary with her husband who she now lives with on a beautiful spread of ten acres. She has rented out the house(it is still being paid for because of refinancing) and the tenants moved out last month. So!!! We are going. It’s a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1 office/laundry room (which was my room as a teen! but when I left, mom knocked down another wall and extended her closet halfway into that bedroom and put the washer and dryer and computer desk in there :/) All brick exterior, fireplace inside, four 75 year old (at least) oak trees that had been there before the house was built. My uncle planted four dogwood trees when the house was built but only one remains living. They died from the inside out just like the Sunday school story.

So how does this help our self sufficient journey you ask?? One major factor here is community (my family and friends of 28 years) We don’t really have and never will have the network we will down there. My two parents alone know 75% of Valdosta, GA. Michael has taken a big decrease in pay and it is really affecting us here. Commuting with my bike will be awesome around the Lakes and community there. The exercise on bike alone will be phenomenal! I’m actually REALLY excited about that! But.. I will not have the garden plot I had here. And everything we have planted in ground, we lose. We are still trying to find out about the chickens. They will be in a dog kennel in the back of the Fit if I can help it :) We’ve planted 5 beautiful trees, 3 tea olives, 3 rosemary bushes, 2 blueberry bushes, 2 jasmine, 1 huge Triplecrown blackberry bush, 1 each mint, spearmint, and apple mint. I can only hope the family who moves in here next sees these as a blessing. Will appreciate the life we tried so hard at putting back into the soil.

We will definitely have to change some garden practices for the new house. Start making a new homestead :) The back yard is mostly shaded by the oaks. The front yard is your conventional turf yard. I can’t wait to get back down there to look at the grounds with a grower’s eye. I know container gardening is going to be huge for us. Can’t wait to keep you guys posted on everything. Wish us good luck, I feel this move is for a right reason and we are embracing it wholeheartedly.

We have started the pre-packing purge for a yard/moving sale and it feels GREAT! Until next post ;)