Paradise in Mona, Utah

Today was a very good day. Joe and I drove the hour south from Salt Lake City, Utah to Mona, Utah to visit Whispering Springs Young Living Lavender Farm. The mountain views on the drive were breathtaking. Being a Northeast girl, I find myself mesmerized by the size of the Utah mountains and the snowy caps I see despite the 95 degree temperatures below. It truly did feel like we found paradise in Mona, Utah.

The lavender farm is beyond anything I have ever seen. The first thing we noticed was the scent of these beautiful purple flowers wafting through the air. It was heavenly! We spent 7 hours at the farm and enjoyed exploring the distillery where lavender, blue yarrow, and jasmine were being created. We explored the jousting arena, the lavender fields, planted yarrow, watched how the bottling process was done, ate the most delicious lunch ever (potato salad, garden salad, fresh sliced turkey breast, homemade wheat bread, cranberry apple chutney, lavender lemonade, and strawberry shortcake), shopped at the bargain tent and ended the day eating lavender ice-cream and wolfberry crushed ice.

It was such a fun day and Joe brought along his Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a Canon ZOOM lens EF 24-70 mm. 1:2.8 L USM to take some pretty sweet photos. Being at the farm and seeing the work that goes into each bottle of essential oils gave us both a renewed respect for Young Living and Gary Young, the man behind the company. IMG_2634 IMG_2699

11 Ways Knitting Can Keep you Healthy

  1. When your hands are busy, your hands will stay focused on the here and now.
  2. The repetitive motion of needlework can induce a relaxed state like you would get with meditation and yoga.
  3. It can lower heart rate and blood pressure and reduce harmful blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
  4. Craft activities can result in tangible and often useful products that can enhance self-esteem.
  5. It can give you a sense of purpose.
  6. It allows your brain time to solve problems.
  7. Knitting and other crafts can help smokers give up the habit. Your hands are just too busy to smoke!
  8. It can help with weight control since when hands are holding needles and hooks, there is less snacking and mindless eating out or boredom.
  9. Handcrafts can help arthritic fingers to remain more dexterous as you age.
  10. Knitting makes you feel happy : )
  11. As you age, it may help to stave off a decline in brain function. It can reduce the chance of developing mild cognitive impairment and memory loss.
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Here I am knitting a giant blanket with homemade PVC pipe knitting needles. In this case, knitting is also good for building arm muscles!!