Walkin' With the Wild Woman

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

There's a Storm Coming...And We Need It

There’s a Storm Coming……And We Need It

The first mean winter storm is on the horizon – frigid frenzied winds, snow, ice, sleet. It’s screaming down upon us and we need this storm NOW. Mother Nature is trying to heal us.

It’s been a long hard year for many – we need this storm. We need to go out into icy cutting wind, chop ice from the water, and slog through mud and frozen fields. Rage and scream in the wind; feel the burn of the brutal cold filling our chests. We need to be scoured clean from the rage, pain, disappointments and sheer toxins of the last year. We need stand facing the furies and fight it out.
We need to stand on the high open hill as sharp sleet slices away at our faces, taking away all the broken hard dirty parts. We need the cold. The cleansing, the sheer purity of the very air that arrives when furies move onward leaving everything washed, scoured, and frozen clean and crisp and renewed in its wake. 

We NEED this storm.  Some of us are broken and tired and worn. We are exhausted and overwhelmed, longing for rest and respite. We NEED mother nature to send us to our dens. We need to scurry into the tiny, dark, safe, warm spaces and lick our wounds. We need sleep, and healing and repair, so that we may arise into the sunshine strengthened and strong. Able to move forward and a carry on another day. 

We need this storm to show us we have survived yet another year, Solstice is close, days will be getting longer and we will soon be growing and blossoming and thriving. 

There’s a storm coming…..and we need it right now.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

You'll Be There

For my dear friend, her time is short, her days afield have come to close, but I'm heading out to the forest and field, the corn stalks and the tall grass, the river and marsh today because my friend.....

When the birds get up in the morning – in that giant screaming, squeaking, shrieking wad – string after string, after string…..I’ll hear you there.

When that fat yella dog comes screamin’ through the cornstalks with a greenhead in his mouth….I’ll see you there. 

When the honeysuckle’s blooming, and the river air is hot and heavy, when the carp jump and fly…..I’ll smell you there. 

When I pull that first cool, moist, magical morel from the damp forest floor….I’ll feel you there. 

You see my friend, you’re not going very far. Because you taught me well, because you took the time to listen, because you took the time to say I love you for no particular reason and “in no particular order” every chance you had , you’ll always be out there right beside me. 

May the journey ahead be peaceful and easy – through the fields filled with birds, the rivers full of fish, with all those many good dogs who have gone before seeing you safely to the other side. 

A better place awaits.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Cozy Camo Bedding Set

It’s the time of year when we start decorating our homes with a more fall or winter theme. Given the collection of bones, antlers, feathers and hides that have taken up residence  around my house, I knew that I wanted to switch things up a bit and do a little more to bring the outside in so to speak.   I wanted my home to reflect my outdoor lifestyle. 

Luckily for me, just as I pouring through the Camo Trading web site looking for decorating ideas and something new to jazz up this old house, Camo Treading reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in trialing and reviewing one of their bedding sets. OH BOY WOULD I !

I chose the comforter set in Realtree Max 4. This is a wtaerfowling household, and Realtree Maz 4 has long been my favorite waterfowl camouflage pattern. After making my selection the shipment arrived quickly and was packaged well. The bedding set included a comforter, two shams, and dust ruffle/ bed skirt. 

The poly/cotton blend Realtree Max 4 Full Comforter Set incorporates numerous nature elements, adding striking visual appeal to your bedroom decor. Includes comforter (80" x 90"), bedskirt (54" x 75") and two standard shams (26" x 20). Care is easy , simply machine wash, tumble dry low.

While this is designed for beautiful outdoorsy waterfowl themed bedroom, I chose to utilize it in my living room. We use a futon in our living room, as we often have overnight guests. I was extremely pleased at how well the full sized comforter set fit the futon and made it look as if I had whole new piece of furniture. 

The print was clear, clean vibrant, the comforter light and fluffy, yet plenty warm for the chilly nights by the fire. The real test began the minute everything was in place. Like most waterfowlers, we share our home with a variety of retrievers – a yellow, a black and chocolate, and all three are constant fur machines. The max 4 pattern made it impossible to tell if any of the three had left that telltale lab fur behind.

I’d like to tell you that our dogs are very well trained and never get on the furniture, but alas that isn’t the case. Our dogs are family and they pretty much own the futon. Consequently to keep things in good shape, clean and decidedly not “doggy smelling” I have to launder the covers at least once a week. 

Despite being laundered every week and some weeks several times (Hey labs love mud!) The comforter remains fluffy and soft, with no pilling and no fading what so ever. It has withstood several months of washing. scrubbing, and being the favorite place for three overgrown  and spoiled labs to hang out.  Since I also use the futon as my lounging about spot, the added cushiness from the comforter made it cozy place to curl up on chilly autumn evenings while I dreamed about the upcoming waterfowl season. 

I certainly give this product a full five stars for durability, attractiveness, and versatility. Whether you choose it for a lodge futon  or for your own camo master bedroom you won’t be a bit disappointed with this bedding set. 

CamoTrading Decor also has a wide range of things to put the finishing touches on any outdoor themed room or home be it a  hunting lodge, a lake side cottage, or a fishing retreat.  From furniture, to lighting, to wall hangings they have something to match any decor. 

Visit their website today and I bet you will find several things to put on your list for Santa this year!

CamoTrading Decor’s merchandise has been featured in several television shows including The Today Show, Trading Spaces, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Designing for the Sexes. Several magazines have featured our products in their editorials including Inside TV Guide, Country Living, Cabin Life, Log Home Living, Log Home Design Ideas and Log Homes Illustrated.