“Just Chilling”

Welcome to the NATURE CHILLS CHALLENGE from A Momma’s View:  She says:

“There is one thing that always helps me chill out: Nature! No matter if it is a thunderstorm, waves, the wind, a snow covered mountain or just a sunset… I am in awe!

Here are the “rules” for my challenge:

From Monday, December 22nd 2014 until Monday, January 19th 2015 (last entry @ midnight AEDT) submit your post and follow these guidelines:

1. Describe, what in nature makes you chill out the most and why, in whichever way you like (poem, picture with a little text, a post… you name it).

2. Use less than 1000 words.

3. Mention the participation on your blog and link to my blog (to the Nature Chills Challenge page).

4.Tag your post with “Nature Chills Challenge”.

5. Your post has to be new and specifically written for this challenge.

I will choose the 10 posts I liked the best, mention them in a post and then create a poll.

Then my readers will be able to vote on the 3 posts they like best and I will publish the result on Thursday, January 29th. The best 3 posts will be mentioned in a post on this blog and will be linked back to your blog again.

Really looking forward reading your thoughts and some inspiring posts! You will find a list with links to all Nature Chills Challenge posts on this page. And you will also be able to vote here.”

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What a great idea for a challenge!  I must say, we are lucky to live in our paradise here in Pensacola, Florida.  My husband and I have always been home-bodies.  I think raising 5 children has something to do with that mentality.  It will come to no surprise then to find out that the place we love to chill out the best and commune with nature is in our own backyard.  Between the trees, plants, birds, insects, and friendly animal life, there is always something to look forward to.

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We have a fabulous backyard and cozy patio with a spa.

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Our backyard is lovely in the summer.  We have a tree line that rims the back edge of our property.  There is the infamous “horse-hole,” where our neighbor horses come to beg for carrots and apples.

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The horses tend to hang near the tree line because it does offer some shade for them during the hot, humid summers.

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We barbecue on the patio almost daily in the summer.  Even in the winter you will catch my husband, the only one in the neighborhood, busy at his grill.  He is an excellent cook!

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There is always time for a glass of wine, or a cocktail or two at our house.

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The change of seasons brings many different colors to our backyard oasis.

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The Yaupon Holly grows wild and mingles in with the trees.  The birds eventually eat most of the berries and the holly becomes part of the green foliage.

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Sugar and Spice love being outside with us on our patio.  When the weather gets chilly these two spoiled little girls ask for a blanket to cuddle on.

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After they play outside for a bit and help us to barbecue this is where you will find Sugar and Spice.  I have to fight for a spot on my couch.

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Thank you for visiting our secret paradise in Pensacola, Florida.  We both find great peace and inspiration in our backyard.

Where in nature do you like to chill out at?

Thanks again for stopping by.  Come back when you can stay longer,

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40 thoughts on ““Just Chilling””

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  3. Sounds like a good plan to me.

    Happy New Year to Ron and you, Colleen. We’ve made it in the blog world to 2015. I must admit that is something I did not think would happen for me when I found WordPress 10 months ago. I wonder what’s in store for us in our writing and blogging world?

  4. Looks a beautiful place to chill and relax, Colleen. Like you, I’m a ‘home bird’ as well. Never happier than when I am at home relaxing. Thank you for showing us around. Does Ron ‘hog’ the BBQ or does he allow you to have a go as well?

    Good luck with the challenge. I hope you win.

    1. I let him handle the cooking. I try to wach my weight so keep my diet rather boring… Salads, stirfrys, and smoothies! That way I don’t cheat as much. Ron cooks meals. I usually have the meat but little else. 😀

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  6. Such a serene, bucolic location, Colleen! As close to paradise as we can hope to get. Horses, faeries, family and pets, surrounded by an emerald forest. Just beautiful! I’m sure it will be quite lovely to usher in the New Year from your home. 💗

  7. Your patio and yard look wonderful! And as spa? Like a hot tub thing going on? 😀 It IS an oasis 🙂

    As for me, I’m rarely outdoors due to the many different exposures I react to, whether it’s nature itself, or lawn care (certainly leaf blowers!), or someone spewing their highly fragranced laundry and softeners in the air or home refurbishings or exhaust fumes. You name it, it keeps me in. But if I have a choice and can do it, the ocean (preferably quiet, which is off season) is one of my absolute favorite places anywhere, then a mountain lake or a pond in a park 🙂

    1. Yes, we have a hot tub. I use it even in the summer. Of course, I do not have it set too high then. I understand allergies. Zyrtec is my friend. I love the ocean too and thought about showing more of the beach area, but we enjoy our backyard the best. <3

        1. You are just so darn sweet! Thanks Eloise. I love our house and the location where we live. It is rural but we can jump on the freeway and be down to the beach in a half hour! 🙂

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