Random Thoughts

Six Things Sunday

With my sweet hen, Gisele

I couldn’t muster the energy to post a Five Things Friday two days ago. I needed to mourn… but I realized that writing also helps me remember the small things that I’m thankful for. I know most people say it gets easier, but I think it gets harder because initially you’re in shock… then it starts to sink in. Evenings are the most difficult, those quiet and contemplative hours when you’re not as occupied with the daily buzz of life.

But through my deep sadness over the much-too-soon passing of our chicken, Gisele, I try to be optimistic because I really do believe that this short life we all live should be celebrated. I’m thankful for the two fun and wonderful years I had with Gisele, and for everything she has taught me.

I can say, without a doubt, that having the rare and awesome opportunity to raise her (and her sisters) has changed my life profoundly. And realizing that is the Number One thing that made my week.

Here are five more things that made my week last week (actually last weekend, on our drive through the Arizona desert… more on that soon!).

All of these pictures were taken by the real photographer in the family, my husband and my rock, Will Taylor.

Road trip

1. Road trip.

Route 66

2. Gettin’ my kicks.

Abandoned bus

3. Abandoned bus. Middle of nowhere. Tempted to bring it home.

Wildflowers after summer monsoons

4. Wildflowers galore in summertime, thanks to 22 straight days of monsoon rains.

Beaver Falls in Havasupai

5. My own little paradise. Or not so little. Beaver Falls in Havasupai… I’m still stunned we were the only people there that afternoon.

Linda Ly About Author

I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring — all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more »


  • Linda Ly
    Linda Ly
    October 3, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Thanks Sheila!

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    Sheila Su
    October 3, 2013 at 5:29 am

    Your photo reminds me of Catherine McCormack in Braveheart http://showbizgeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Screen-Shot-2013-03-28-at-01.18.51.png

    It set me off googling and I found what she looks like now 🙁

    BTW I love your photos and your lifestyle! Looks amazing 🙂

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    Friv Jogos
    September 24, 2013 at 3:40 am

    It’s great for the frame, the gentle and somewhat warm. Add even more peace.

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    September 22, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Was the water cold, cold? Nice capture!

    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      September 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      It was a little cold, but still comfortable to swim around in. After a hot hike, it was heaven!

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    September 22, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Wow. The pictures look amazing.

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    September 22, 2013 at 6:54 am

    that last picture is amazing!


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