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Fall Goodness

titel_fallgoodness.jpgThe last months have gone by in a flash. We were out living life at it fullest, working very hard and barely catching our breath! Here is to a super productive fall and tones of new adventures!

We went on short fall road trips to experience Kentucky back country.


Submerged ourselves in pumpkin mania and Halloween fun.

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We were spoiled with an amazing fall harvest – and I spent days in the kitchen canning, making and baking!


We enjoyed gorgeous fall weather and took a walk or two.

Enjoying outdoors and gorgeous fall wather

We made new additions to the family – meet our bearded dragon Calissi!


And took care of our urban farm life.


We worked hard at our start-up company while balancing our 9 to 5 day jobs and exhibited at the North American Reptile Breeders Convention!


We even crammed in family fun and friends time when we thought we wouldn’t make it – because you need to make time for the good things in life! It was busy for sure!

Come and check back soon – as I will try to post more of every step of the way!

Have a good one loved ones! And don’t forget – Life is a journey!






About journeys that root.

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Time has been running through my fingers like sand lately. Ever since Mike and I started our new jobs, there never seams to be enough time! I guess time flies when you are having fun, right!?

This morning I took Mike to the airport for his first ever business trip. I am kinda really jealous, ’cause he is heading to California without me ūüôĀ boohoo! I do hope to be able to go there soon myself some time soon. This east coast girl would love to go west!

Except for working – life has been spent in the garden picking fruit, making jam and pies, and harvesting fresh veggies and herbs from the garden. Never would I have thought that this would bring me so much peace and pleasure. Ever since living in Kentucky, I have connected more and more with the earth – and am loving it! Never would this city girl have though that she was country deep down inside! It sure is a learning process – and I can say for sure: re-connecting with my American side has not only made me understand were I come from and has shown me my roots, but this experience has also rooted me! An amazing journey indeed!







Hope you are enjoying your last month of Summer – I do love August!!

Have a great week loved ones!

And don’t forget -Life is a journey!


Sweet Summer Beginnings


Kentucky summer is here – meaning¬†temperatures are in the 30’s C, humidity is high, nights are warm, lightening bugs filling our backyard, summer festivals the city, bourbon is drunk out by the fire pit and I enjoy the goodness of collecting my gardening labors in form of fresh salad, tomatoes, squash, kale, chard and cucumbers – I am still waiting on those carrots!

But the month of Juli has also brought great surprises and new beginning. (Yeees I know, we seam to LOVE new beginnings in the Morrison-Brandauer home!) Our reptile business is picking up and I scored the perfect part-time job. I started working as an assistant to the vice executive of a non profit organization, serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The job gives me enough freedom to continue helping Mike grow our company, and do something that makes it worth while! The second new beginning is that also Mike got a new job and will be returning to the pharmaceutical industry after being called by a headhunter! Two new jobs in one month! Pheeewww – talk about new beginnings all right!

Next to all these exiting new starts we have been enjoying our second Kentucky summer.


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Summer is: barefoot gardening, chicken cuddling, drinking old fashions on the back deck, picking veggies and taking a ride out to the countryside just outside of Louisville.

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How has your summer started off?

Have a great week 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.









Discovering new things in my new hometown.

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At the Garage Bar in Louisville East Market

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Old Louisville Mansion

Old School cyclist in Old Louisville

A drink at the Slver Dollar

Louisville Riverview by Night

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.




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


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 ūüėČ ! 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!



Lately – Spring Happenings


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!



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!)


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!

Sunbeams and Snow – our first Kentucky Winter


Winter weather in Louisville can be fickle! You just never know what you might get. One day it might be up to 20C in mid December, the next day it drop to -2C and the streets will be icy and it starts to snow – you just never know! It also seams like people in Kentucky are not very equipped for winter, or maybe they just try to ignore it every year in hope it will never return! (Understandable!)¬† No one has winter tires, most houses are not insulated for winter and people are scared of driving in an inch of snow – let alone icy road conditions. Some days it has taken us up to over an hour to get to and from work, we have seen a lot of accidents on the road, and have scraped ice off from the INSIDE of our kitchen door. Winter in Kentucky is an adventure! But ever so beautiful! (more…)

Happy New Year! Looking back onto 2013 – what a big year!


Dear all, Mike is back and we finally got¬† chance to celebrate Christmas and New Years Eve all wrapped in one! It was amazing to be able to hold him in my arms again and spend the last hour of the year of 2013 with him, since he arrived in Louisville at 11 p.m. on New Years Eve! We spend a calm and comforting evening at home, taking our us-time, dinning on a home cooked feast and enjoying the far away sound of exploding fireworks on the back porch! What a marvelous way to start the new year! I hope you all enjoyed your evening and we wish you a great start into the year of 2014!! May it be marvelous and splendid! (more…)