…of Journeys and Roots

Flashback on our 4th of July weekend

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I am back to blogging! This was an unintentional break  – however absolutely necessary. I kind of got into a rut and didn’t at all feel like posting anymore. I have given the future of this blog some thought and will change around a couple of things gradually. I will share soon.

Mike and I had the most amazing, simple and relaxing 4th of July weekend! Our friends Tara and Joe asked us if we felt like coming along with them to her parents in Owensboro to relax and enjoy some time together. It was the most fun, easy going week-end filled with relaxation, 4th of July fun, BBQ’s and friendship. Thanks guys for being such loving friends, and thanks to Tara’s parents for being the most amazing hosts! You made us feel like home!

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We enjoyed learning how to play corn hole (throwing small bags filled with corn onto a slanted plank with a hole – trying to get the bag in the hole), swam – a lot – grilled, ate, blew up some fireworks, sat around the fire pit at night. We also walked around Owensborrow and discovered the most quaint From-Farm-to-Table Shop called Nona’s for a delicious smoothie and a pit stop at Reid’s fruit orchard for apple slushies and fresh corn o our way home. How spoiled can you be!?

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Thanks guys for showing us another piece of Kentucky goodness!

I must say…July – as a whole – has started off pretty amazing and I still have tones to share from June as well – so more to come very soon!

How has YOUR summer been so far!?

Happy Monday loved-ones and don’t forget:  Life is a journey!

 

 

 

 

 

Goodbye May – and Hello June!

goodbyeMay_HelloJune_titelIt has been a while – I know. I guess I needed a break. Things have been like a whirlwind – and then again all has been so slow. Starting a new life – doing the life search – living in a new country is not always easy – and sometimes life throws a lot at us at once. I have realized that following ones heart can be tiring – and I guess that is why most people don’t dare to find their true self. It is scary and can sometimes take us down a road of doubts. But re-evaluating, feeling the true meaning of ones purpose in life, while it is a challenge, it is also a gift. And I would never want to go back to a life without that search!

While my inner self has somewhat been thorn I have also experienced a great deal of adventures and beauty that have made me feel thankful for this journey we are on.

Visits from good friends.

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Walks in nature at Red River Gorge.

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Discovering new things in my new hometown.

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At the Garage Bar in Louisville East Market

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A visits to the junkyards to find parts for our damaged car turned into a display of transience of material things.

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The pleasures of old school hands in dirt gardening and its first cherished fruits.

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Help and support from friends when well needed. Thank you. We feel loved.

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June – you have started rough – but oh so beautifully! Let the summer begin!

Hope you had a great start to your first summer month – what have you been up to loved-ones?

 

Big hug from yours truly – and never forget, life is a journey!

 

Weekend Shananigans

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It has been busy. And overwhelming. But thank God for good friends that teach you how to make bread, lend a helping hand when in need, good food, homemade beer and sunny warm May days spent out on the porch!

What happened:

Mike was on his way out to the countryside Friday night and a deer ran in front of his car from out of nowhere which totally smashed our car. The deer was not doing to well either.

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Luckily, nothing happened to Mike. He just had the pleasure of getting the car towed back home to Louisville and a rather unpleasant call with the insurance company – that is not going to pay a thing! Thankful for my cousin John who was there to help, drive Mike around and even go with him to junk yards on Sunday to take measurements essential for rebuilding our car.

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What made it all better:

Our friends all came over on Sunday to hang out, lend a helping hand, show me how to bake bread and gift me of a bunch of bakers utensils!! We laughed, listened to bluegrass music, enjoyed the sun, ate and drunk homemade beer. It was the best Sunday one could of ask for after those events! Beloved friends – you are awesome!

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And may I say – we have the best friends EVER! One took off work and the other sacrificed his day off on Monday to help Mike drive to junk yards, pick up parts and help restore our car back – not to its old beauty  but to functionality 😉 ! And yes – we did drive over the bent hood with the lawn mower to straighten it out! That’s just how we roll here in Kentucky!

 

Hope you all had a great start into your week! Keep smiling and don’t forget –  life is a journey even if sometimes a very bumpy one! Enjoy the ride!

 

 

Changes and new Beginings

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Life is full of changes – constantly, and always. Of course as Mike and I decided to go on this journey together and moved to the US, we did know it would bring a lot of changes with it. But never could we have imagined how much it would change us. On April 27th I have officially lived in the USA for exactly a year! Since our first idea of moving to Kentucky and the moment we actually moved, things have sure changed! We have changed. I have changed. The interesting part about it is however, that one cannot foresee the kind of direction your path will lead you on. And I have sure learned a lot of things about me I would have never thought of!

I have discoved my love for a more calm and centered lifestyle. I have discovered my passion for country life and have found my talent for making things from scratch in the kitchen! As I started this journey towards myself, I would have never expected to find an urban farmer, a chicken lover, a apple butter microprocessor, a veggie gardener, a passionate homemaker within me! When I left my job and city-girl-lifestyle behind me in Vienna Austria, little did I know what I would find! I knew the life I was leading was not true to me. I knew I was searching and I knew I had not found it yet, but never ever would I have expected what I found within this year! I am grateful for the opportunity I had and still have to actually go on this journey. To pack up my old life and discover what parts of my soul would unravel in a different setting. And I love it!

To add to these changes more gradual changes, Mike and I have taken further steps to change our life! We have become business owners! I no longer work at the consignment shop I told you about, but am working from home now, helping Mike build an exotic animal import business! Yes!!! I know – who would have thought! And while the business in itself is quite unusual, those of you who know Mike are not surprised!

We opened an LLC by the end of last year, and handed in all the paper work to get started. The first 3 months were kind of researching the market, getting all import papers figured out, applying for all the permits and building a professional website and brand. As for me, since I came back from my Euro-trip in March, I am working from home, helping Mike build the business. Very new life style to get used to! Working from home has  great perks, however, I am still getting used to creating my own schedule, finding out which steps to take and how to work out a business structure for myself. It is sometimes a battle, finding myself in it, finding my own speed, work-style and organization, but I am getting there! We are getting there!

I am therefore happy to present to you True Arts Reptiles LLC!!! We officially launched our website, so make sure to go over to http://www.trueartsreptiles.com and take a look. We put a lot of effort and work into the site! Let us know what you think! Aaand…you can find us on Facebook under http://www.facebook.com/trueartsreptiles – make sure to like us there as well!

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So as you can see – not only has our new life in Kentucky changed our lifestyle – it has also changed us and the way we choose to life our lives.

I sure must say: Life is a Journey! Have a great day loved-ones!

Derby chic

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Hard to believe Derby Season has gone by already! Everything builds up to this grand event every year and the two weeks before Derby are a craze of charity events, balls and parties all about town. And then, in just 2 minutes, it is all over! This was my second time experiencing Derby and Mikes’ first time. Since he is not much of a crowd lover, I went to the Oaks (the race before the final – the more local go and show race at Churchill Downs) with my friend Anna from Southern Sirens. It was so much fun to say the least and I took advantage of this opportunity to take A LOT of pictures! Derby Day itself was spent at our friends house and their Derby Party. It was a great laid back event with delicious food, back porch sunning, good conversation and bourbon! Thanks Deb for hosting it!

So here goes – Derby 2014 viewed through my lens. Enjoy!

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Hope you had a great start to your week loved-ones! And don’t forget, life is a journey!

 

 

Happy Derby Day!

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Today is THE day in Kentucky – the day has come for the most famous two minutes in sports: it’s the day of the Kentucky Derby Race!

Mike and I are invited to a Derby party  and it will be our first Derby here in Kentucky together – actually it will be our first Derby together in general! Yesterday I went to the so called Oaks with my girl Anna from Southern Sirens, and we had a ball! We meet up with our dear friend Erica and enjoyed the wagering (betting on horses), Fair food, Lillies (red yummy vodka drinks), and hat viewing!

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I will write a Derby recap post very soon, were I will share more pics of my amazing fun time! For now – just a short Hello and Happy Derby y’all!

Have a great week-end loved one!

And don’t forget life is a journey – better enjoy the ride!

 

Lately – Spring Happenings

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Lately we have been truely living spring! While it is moving closer to the Kentucky Derby – the most famous 2 minutes in sport – Louisville is full of festivals, parties, wide brimed hats and craziness. We are sort of keeping out of it – at least until now – and are enjoying the simple pleasures in life!

I have been all about town with my new camera and am absolutely loving it! The air warmed up and the Mighty Kindness Hoot festival in honour of Earth Day felt like a short glimpse at summer.

We have finally gotten the lawn mower back in motion (Mike fixed absolutely everything!) and I am excited to announce that we have started digging up dirt and landscaping for our very own vegetable garden. I will plant after Derby Day since this is what people say is safe to do around here (don’t want anything to freeze after all) – so I am getting super excited for next weekend in that perspective! I will write more about my planting activities as soon as everything is in the ground and I have more pictures to share than lumps of dirt!

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Our chickens are doing absolutely well – even if they have yet to understand how to use the ramp into their coop! I sometimes wonder.

The warmth and the sunny days have given us the opportunity to go on after-work patio dates, listen to outdoor concerts, enjoy food outdoors and plainly enjoy life to the fullest!

(Oh and not to forget  – Mike also made amazingly yummy pita bread himself – thanks Mike’s dad for the recipe!)

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Yeayy to spring and fun in the sun! Hope you all had a do-able Monday loved ones!

Have a great start to your week, and don’t forget: Life is a journey!

Deep Sea Cincinnati Easter Celebration

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My cousin Melissa, her husband Moustafa and daughter Sofia came to visit some friends in Cincinnati last week which gave the Louisville part of the family the opportunity to meet up with them for a Saturday Easter celebration! Cincinnati is only 1.5 hours away from Louisville, a distance that seems like just around the corner after living in the US for almost a year (yes…the US of A is just MASSIVE!). For being so close, I have to admit, Mike and I have not yet quite ventured through the city of Cincinnati – except for a short day visit once with my cousin John and his wife Kathy. There is definitely still a lot for us to discover when it comes to the surroundings of our new home town Louisville, and its nearby cities.

For our meet-up we chose Newport – which is still situated on the Kentucky side of the Ohio river – and is basically like a suburb to Cincinnati. Newport offers an on the river Mall with family fun, restaurants a river walk, bars and lots and lots of patio seating. Since Saturday was just a beautiful warm spring day it was the perfect choice. We met up for lunch at Brio – definitely to be recommended if you are looking for good Italian cuisine.

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The treat of the day was however a visit to the Newport Aquarium! Those of you that know us well – know how much Mike and I are suckers for exotic animals! Needless to say – we had a blast! If you ever end up in Cincinnati, it is definitely worth making the trip over to Newport to visit the aquarium!

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All in all we had a great family gathering – and a lovely Easter celebration!

How did you spend your Easter?

Happy hump day loved-ones – and don’t forget – life is a journey, stay in the flow 😉 !

Look who stopped by today!

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Just a quick post to show you who stopped by on this Easter Monday! …YES!!! Mr Easter Rabbit himself!

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I hope all of you Europeans had a great long Easter weekend and enjoyed your free Easter Monday – this luxury has not been gifted to America! We did however enjoy the weekend and had special family time spent in Cincinnati – I will share soon!

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Have a great start to your week loved-ones!

And don’t forget: Life is a journey!

It’s Easter Sunday y’all!

HappyEasterWe hope you are having a great Easter Sunday so far! Enjoy the sun in your sun-day, spend time with family and friends and be thankful! Cause after all…

… Life is a Journey, enjoy it! XO Selina & Mike