I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with our three yorkies, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just us two (five with Rusty, Lucy, & Ethel) - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with something warm and delicious and begin reading. Enjoy, friends!

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If I had to choose:

The Stars

There’s just something about sitting outside at night under the stars that makes me feel…(I’m trying to think of a word)…spiritual? Yes, we’ll go with spiritual. Growing up Catholic and going to Catholic school until I was in high school and going to Catholic church every weekend with my family, I never really thought that anything else would be considered “spiritual” for me. Church was supposed to be the place to feel closer to God, right? However, as I’ve gotten older and really gotten to know myself, I’ve found that there are few places where I feel connected, somewhere that I can escape this social-media-TV-Netflix-Internet driven world (which is funny because I’m blogging about it on my laptop while Transformers is on Netflix…go figure). For me, those places exist only in nature. My favorite: being among the stars. Call me corny, but I could literally sit outside in our backyard for hours. Just staring. And it reminds me how little we are and how there is someone much, much bigger out there watching over us. When Paul and I are out there watching the stars, we talk about things that we usually don’t talk about during our everyday lives. Spiritual things. And I just get this wonderful feeling as if I’m being pulled away from society and my mind is cleared from all the grungy things that fill it while being too “plugged in.”

Friends and family have been surprised to hear me say that I can never move back to the cities. “Why?” they ask. How can one live somewhere where the stars are filtered by buildings and city lights? :)