Happy St. Patricks day

Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are: About 1 in 10,000.

March 17th is when Patrick died – Saint Patrick is a saint of the Catholic Church, and his holy day is the day of his death, and subsequent entrance to heaven, rather than the day of his physical birth. After spending most of his adult life converting the pagans of Ireland to Christianity, St. Patrick went to his reward on March 17, 461 AD.

St. Patrick wasn’t Irish, and he wasn’t born in Ireland. Patrick’s parents were Roman citizens living in modern-day England, or more precisely in Scotland or Wales (scholars cannot agree on which). He was born in 385 AD. By that time, most Romans were Christians and the Christian religion was spreading rapidly across Europe.

St. Patrick was a slave.- At the age of 16, Patrick had the misfortune of being kidnapped by Irish raiders who took him away and sold him as a slave. He spent several years in Ireland herding sheep and learning about the people there. At the age of 22, he managed to escape. He made his way to a monastery in England where he spent 12 years growing closer to God.

St. Patrick used the shamrock to preach about the trinity. -Many claim the shamrock represents faith, hope, and love, or any number of other things but it was actually used by Patrick to teach the mystery of the Holy Trinity, and how three things, the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit could be separate entities, yet one in the same. Obviously, the pagan rulers of Ireland found Patrick to be convincing because they quickly converted to Christianity.

Legend says St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland.- According to legend, St. Patrick drove all the snakes, or in some translations, “toads,” out of Ireland. In reality, this probably did not occur, as there is no evidence that snakes have ever existed in Ireland, the climate being too cool for them to thrive. Despite that, scholars suggest that the term “snakes” may be figurative and refer to pagan religious beliefs and practices rather than reptiles or amphibians.

Patrick’s color is blue. – The original color associated with St. Patrick is blue, not green as commonly believed. In several artworks depicting the saint, he is shown wearing blue vestments. King Henry VIII used the Irish harp in gold on a blue flag to represent the country. Since that time, and possibly before, blue has been a popular color to represent the country on flags, coats-of-arms, and even sports jerseys.

Green was associated with the country later, presumably because of the greenness of the countryside, which is so because Ireland receives plentiful rainfall. Today, the country is also referred to as the “Emerald Isle.”

The Shamrock is not the symbol of Ireland. -The shamrock is a popular Irish symbol, but it is not the symbol of Ireland.

There are more Irish in the USA than Ireland.

Well, sort of. An estimated 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry. Some are pure-blood Irish, meaning they or their parents came from Ireland, but many more have mixed ancestry today. By contrast, there are 4.2 million people living in Ireland.

St. Patrick’s was a dry holiday in Ireland until 1970.- Aside from the color green, the activity most associated with St. Patrick’s Day is drinking. However, Irish law, from 1903 to 1970, declared St. Patrick’s Day a religious observance for the entire country meaning that all pubs were shut down for the day. That meant no beer, not even the green kind, for public celebrants. The law was overturned in 1970, when St. Patrick’s was reclassified as a national holiday – allowing the taps to flow freely once again.

Camping tricks

 

A few tricks I’ve picked up during my camping travels.

1) Don’t use ice in cooler  - put water in plastic bottles –  when it melts it won’t soak your food. If you do use ice, put is plastic sealed bags.

2) Don’t camp right behind horse stalls – check where lot is in equestrian sites.

3) Get your used egg cartons and fill them with lint from the dryer – great fire starters

4) Foam pad on a blow up bed is great for making it seem like a bed from home.

5) Go to local supermarket and get 12 inch sub and bucket of fried chicken for snacks.

6) Put sheet over SUV windows so you don’t get bugs in when you crack it and don’t wake up at the crack of dawn when sun comes up.  Oh – and it is also good for privacy when your getting it on!

 

 

Rainy days

I’m not much of a rainy day gal.  I love the blue sky and sunshine. It’s even nice when you get the big poofy clouds.  It’s really fun looking at the clouds and imagining what animal they are.

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But, back to rainy days.  I definitely sleep in that day.  Then it’s usually some cooking in the kitchen – I’ll get my warmth from the oven instead of the sun.  Typically I will get to the gym as well.  Good to see activity of people running around inside.

I like the rainstorms though in the middle of summer.  Watching a storm pass over the ocean is one of my favs.  When the storm passes over in a matter of minutes is like washing the smoggy air in the summer.

Spanish moss

I love looking at the trees with Spanish moss. It means I’m getting to more humid and warm area’s. As you can see from the picture not only do I like looking at it, I like the feeling on my body. Hope you enjoy the picture and I’ve included a few facts below on it.

Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is a flowering plant that grows upon larger trees, commonly the Southern Live Oak or Bald Cypres in the southeastern United States.

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Spanish moss is an epiphyte which absorbs nutrients (especially calcium) and water from the air and rainfall. Spanish moss is colloquially known as “air plant”.

While it rarely kills the trees, it lowers their growth rate by reducing the amount of light to a tree’s own leaves. It also increases wind resistance, which can prove fatal to the host tree in a hurricane.

Spanish moss with open seed capsule in Santee National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina.
Due to its propensity for growing in humid southern locales like Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Eastern North Carolina, southeastern Virginia, South Carolina, east and south Texas, and Alabama, the plant is often associated with Southern Gothic imagery.

DSCN1405Spanish moss has been used for various purposes, including building insulation, mulch, packing material, mattress stuffing, and fiber. In the early 1900s it was used commercially in the padding of car seats.[10] In 1939 over 10,000 tons of processed Spanish moss was produced.[11] It is still collected today in smaller quantities for use in arts and crafts, or for beddings for flower gardens, and as an ingredient in the traditional wall covering material bousillage.

Spanish moss is also known to have been worn by the women of the Timucua Indian tribe.

It is also used by some as the filling for traditional voodoo dolls.

Back adjustments

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m just saying that taken from behind does wonders for back pain.  Now and then I get super tight in the neck and lower back. 

Is it the motion or just the relaxation that makes it better?  Don’t know and I really want to keep those visits up when I’m tight in those area’s!

If your are taken from behind, and the hand is going up and down your back, this will alleviate the stress of tight muscles in the lower back.

I have tried chiropractors and massages.  They both do help some.  But, the latest relief seems to be from a good session from behind and the stretching, pulling and then final releasing to really make my back relax.

whoops, I was cold

Recently was driving home late one night and went into a truck stop for the usual…gas, bathroom break and a few munchies.  I noticed that everyone, even the gals were staring at me.  I smiles and just thought it was a small town and everyone was friendly.

When I was washing my hands I looked in the mirror and understood why. My nipples were fully erect.  i was not wearing a bra since it was just a car ride home and I was tired after a long day of shooting.

I put my hands over my nipples and pressed down until they went down.  Got my munchies and laughed on the car ride home about my little show at the truck stop.  Hopefully I made their night and drives a little more entertaining!

 

Blowing rock

While by Dickinson campground, had a great afternoon of canoeing.  After that remembered a great beach nearby with coral call Blowing Rock.

It was just a short drive and had a great walk on the beach.  it was high tide so only saw a few of the old coral sticking out.

Got sprayed in the face – but was the surf. i know what your thinking.  Enjoy the photo.

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Mermaid in the sand

My sandcastle has me building a bit much…really, a mermaid in the sand that has good jugs.  I like them medium.  Not like she went out in the sea and spent some money and had them enhanced. They are all real mermaid sand jugs for me to enjoy and squeeze.

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Blondes have more fun

Interesting facts on this:

The adoration of blonde hair began 2000 years before Homer.  During that era, Persians plaited their breads with golden threads.  This act symbolized their worship of sun and fire.

Young girls have an instant role model.  Who? Why? Blond Barbie – she is the most popular girl doll globally.

People with blonde hair have more strands per capita on their head than red-heads or brunettes. They have 140,000 hairs compared to 108,000 than non-blondes.

They look great in baby blue. And next to the ocean. And look especially great in baby blue walking in the ocean.

Even when they are sad and grumpy, their hair is still bright and shinny

 

Fresh foam scent

One of my recent trips I arrived at the hotel I was to check in the very early morning.  Plan was to be in hotel at check in around noon to get ready for model shoot later that day, then go camping the rest of the week.  I needed a few hours of sleep before heading down to the beach to watch the sunrise, so was going to get a quick nap in the car.  After getting the bed setup in the SUV, noticed that the new foam mattress really had a chemical funky smell to it.

Reading the label it said it would have a fresh foam smell for the first 48 hours ( it was brand new just out of the package).  We were so tired that we just put it next to the car door ( it was almost half closed on it so it wouldn’t blow away) and went to sleep on the air mattress.

About an hour later, while half asleep, heard two people talking to each other and saying ‘It’s a foam mattress’.  They said this in a very surprised and hushed voice…probably because it was early morning.  Went back to sleep and about 10 minutes later they took the foam from the side of the car and jumped in their get away car and sped off.  All we could see was that they looked like young men – 20ish.

My honey and I were laughing hysterically.  We should have been mad I guess, but who is so desperate for a foam mattress?  Keep in mind this was in the front parking lot of a very nice hotel in a very nice part of town.

Next morning we saw a BK area for a local sports team off in the hotel lobby.  Now it made sense.  The guys were out having a few beers and were bored walking home from a bar.  This was a very upscale part of town where everything closed fairly early.

I don’t know for certain that it was them, but all the facts did point their way.

So, I’m slowly get my camping gear going….a very funny and strange story of losing something before I even had a chance to sleep on it!

 

 

 

 

 

Rangers help

Was checking in to one of the State campgrounds and wanted some info on hikes and renting canoe’s.  not a difficult thing, right?  Especially if that is all you do over and over all day long.  Well this ranger had to really think about things and constantly look things up on his computer to give me an answer.  Then he pulled in his fellow ranger dude to also come up and give his opinion and answer some really basic questions.  Finally the lady ranger came in and also started to chime in on everything.

I’m thinking why do they really need to let me know every detail of the river where to fish, all the signs, can’t find maps, then find the maps….

i must say they were very nice and sweet.  And it did remind me that i do have a thing for uniforms.

 

Campfire pantie smells

I always try and camp where there a hot showers.  Mornings we use a propane little stove to do the coffee and eggs.  Then hike, canoe, and sight see the rest of the day.  Back at camp that night we get a good fire going and cook over the fire.   I get these square aluminum trays and put chicken or fish and lots of veges in them.  I of course have to bend over and shake the tray from time to time.  I really get some campfire smoke on my clothes.

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You really smell it when you get home and are washing the clothes.  Last time we camped I got a little  frisky and decided I was going to cook in my underwear.  I do sell my used panties online, so were already wearing a pair to get ready for a customer.  When I was home putting them in a baggie I noticed they smelled like me and the campfire smell.  So, I’ve got a few pairs that you can purchase that have my delicate scent along with the smells of campfire.  I made sure to take a few pictures since we were having such a good time. Also, these are for sale so send me an email if you would like to purchase!

Canoeing is a great way to see a park

Last two camping trips we ended up renting canoe’s for a few hours and paddling up and down the local rivers.  This is definitely the way to see the river, landscape and essence of a park.   Have another one scheduled in a week and will find a place to rent a canoe again. Really wanting to get one to use more locally. Check out the local pictures from the last few trips.DSCN1352 DSCN1175 DSCN1174 DSCN1182

657 steps for my tush

If you read the blog ‘ A scar with a happy memory’ you know about my fall leaf watching trip.  The third day was spent with wonderful views and feeling like I was on a stair master. The suspension bridge was a bit nerve racking.  Worth going up and own all those stairs! I felt a little sore next day in my tush.  But, a good kind of sore if you know what I mean!
Notes from the hike:
Headed back to the junction with the Hurricane Falls staircase and begin the descent into the canyon. This entire section is a series of metal grated steps. There are a few benches along the way for those coming up this side. After travelling down 347 steps, reached the Hurricane Falls suspension bridge.  It’s another 310 steps back to the North Rim trail and Overlook 2, completing the loop.
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The visitor center had a cute 80′s video about the park.  By 80′s I mean the shorts the guys were wearing as well their mustaches.  
Took a lot of great pictures of the gorge.  Another beautiful sunny fall day! 

Sunning on the deck

I love the start of summer! I have missed wearing all my bikinis. Just being able to lay in the sun and feel the rays on my skin are definitely a turn on for me.

Laying in a chair, slathering oil all over me and just feeling the heat slowly make me sweat. That is what a princesses main job should be. I’ll get just a nice sun kissed tan so you can enjoy it. I think the tan lines are a turn on. You get to see what others don’t. But, then I do like nude bathing now and then. That is a good feeling. Laying naked on a chair just feeling the sun touch every part of my body. The ultimate pleasure is laying naked in a chair and having my honey go down on me.

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Right now I’m laying on a towel writing this. Would love to put my tush in a nice lounge chair. Send me one and I’ll send you some pictures of me laying in it naked!