Do you have a hobby? Multiple studies show that doing the things you are passionate about improves your mood, relieves stress, and offers many other long-term health benefits.
Gardening and caring for plants has been a passion since I planted my first little vegetable garden at the age of four. At the time, we were living on a farm, and I wanted to learn to plant a garden more than anything, so my parents gave me a tiny plot and helped me plant the seeds. Watching them pop through the ground and start to grow in a few days was magical. I was hooked for life!
Visiting a garden center makes me absolutely giddy. One of my favorites is the Mountaineer Garden Center in Linville, North Carolina.
A sense of humor is evident throughout the center, from Bigfoot, who greets you, to the funny signs and animated displays.
I am wearing a Clara Sunwoo palm print top from ShopMyFairLady.com over dark wash Michael Kors jeans. The necklace is from French Kande. The platform shoes are by Kenneth Cole Reaction. I always keep proportion in mind while getting dressed. I needed to wear a higher heel to balance with the longer top because less of my leg length is showing. I rarely wear prints, but when I do, I consider the colors from eight feet away. The most prominent color from a distance will be your lead color when deciding what to wear with a print. If you are petite, choose prints smaller than your fist so that they do not overwhelm you.
A short drive from Linville just west of Newland and adjacent to NC-194 is a lovely little waterfall park. The local fire department maintains the site as a town park, and a short trail follows the creek upstream. Mr. Mickey waited for me in the park as I hiked to the top of the path to take a photo of the falls for you.
The photos below show my tiny shade garden at the entry to my home and a collection of plants on my screened-in back porch. The terraced gardens at my last home grew so vast that I had to hire someone to help me maintain them. After downsizing to my current home, I learned to be content with gardening on a much smaller scale.