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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Thankful Thursday - Friends to the Rescue

Which one is the Aster?

Icy of Wandering Thought visited my blog and told me she thought my posted flower was an aster. I thought it was one of the close ups that I took of the photo directly to my left. I scanned through my photos as I knew I took a number of close ups of these, but it was a very windy day. Maybe none of them came out or may have been too blurry, so I attempted again to photograph them tonight.

Is this a corn flower?

See the photo center. This is the close up of the wild flower. Jeanne thinks it may be a corn flower? I will look further and see if I can answer that question. I found the close up of the flower amazing. It appears that someone crocheted a fine little hat for the center of this flower.

Help Identifying Flowers

I am going to be able to identify more of my flowers as I visited my friend Jeanne after work and she sent me home with a gardening catalog. Thank you Jeanne and Icy. Another one who is good at identifying flowers is Judy of SquirrelQueen. I am lucky and richly blessed to have friends who come to my rescue.

God bless & take care. Thanks for visiting and appreciate your friends!


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Sweet Alyssum


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Almost Caught!

We have less time to photograph flowers!
Have you noticed that the days are getting shorter? That means less daylight hours to take pictures, and less days to enjoy our beautiful flowers. In Michigan it will soon be cold. It was so windy it made it difficult to get the flowers to stay still, but I was determined.
I was on the prowl!
I got out of work Friday evening and parked my car at the store two blocks from me. I had a baggie full of batteries and recharged batteries in my camera. I was on the prowl. I found some wild flowers in the empty lot next to the Dollar General near me, but I had my eye on the flowers growing near the sidewalk across the street. One thing I will not do, and that is trespass, but these delightful blooms were street side. Oh how tempting. I quickly ran across the street to get a closer look. Aren't they pretty?
I was caught!
Placing newly charged batteries into my camera I hesitated wondering which flower to photograph first, when suddenly a dark small car pulled into the driveway. I felt like a kid with their hand in the cookie jar. I hoped she would not be offended. Quickly, I asked "Do you mind if I photograph your flowers?" She had a puzzled expression on her face.
She was so gracious.
I explained that I enjoy writing and also sharing the beauty of God's handiwork with others. Soon we were talking like old friends. She took me for a tour of her back yard, and invited me back. She even offered to save me some cuttings for the spring time. I downloaded pictures of her yard to a cd today and will drop off a copy to her. My thanks to her and others like her who are our neighbors every where.

Take care & God bless.


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Cookie in charge

Meet Queen Cookie

Every kingdom needs a queen, and ours has Queen Cookie. She has decided that her new throne is my computer monitor, and far be it from me to argue.

She is very hard to photograph.

She shuns me like a starlet shuns the paparazzi whenever she sees a camera. Cookie keeps reminding me that I am her subject. She is not mine, so she refuses to pose for her picture. I have tried to take countless pictures and cannot really capture her majesty's beautiful image. She will get up and turn her back to me, or close her eyes. In one picture all I got was her tail, because she turned her little nose up in the air and ran.

She needs a suitable throne.

She searches our home for perches where she can look down on us from. This cupboard in my kitchen seemed to fill her need temporarily, while I made dinner the other day. I took the coffee pot off to brew a pot of coffee. As soon as I turned my back she had jumped in the spot where the coffee maker was. I caught her majesty looking down at me while I cooked, so I quickly grabbed the camera. At least I got more than her tail this time!

Sometimes my lap is good enough.

For the past two years that I have had Cookie, (prior to her having had her litter), Cookie and Brownie (my little dog) had fought over my lap. (Did you notice that my pets are named after deserts? My children named them.) Now Cookie's son, Tiger sometimes beats her to my lap. When he does that he seldom stays long because she places him on a time limit. For about ten minutes she will sit on the monitor and "monitor" us then she jumps from her perch directly on top of him and sits down right on him. He struggles to get out from under and will quickly scamper away. She settles in for her nap and he goes away to sulk. He has learned not to mess with Queen Cookie, even if he is an entire head taller and at least 5 pounds heavier.

Being a pet owner is good for one's health.

They say that we can reduce our blood pressure by as much as to ten to twenty points by stroking the soft fur of our pets. They are good for a few chuckles too and that also lowers our blood pressure. It looks like Queen Cookie is good for what ails me. Maybe she is not looking down at me but looking out for me?

If you are interested in reading more about cats you can check out:

The Top 11 Reasons to Own a Cat

Tips for Raising a Happy Healthy Cat

Take care and God bless.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Thankful Thursday - Drive

If you've checked out my FB account you may have noticed my step daughter posted as my friend. I hesitate to call her my "step" daughter, but have never hesitated to call her my friend. She is remarkable, loving, caring, intelligent, talented and has lots of drive!

I'm not saying this simply because she is my step-daughter, but because she is not only a wonderful friend, but a terrific mother. Bless her heart, she has five sons and the youngest has been diagnosed with autism. She is attending college full time and for most of her children's lives she has reared them without assistance or sometimes despite the assistance she has received.

Sunday we were at the induction of her oldest son into the National Honor Society. Who do you think has had the continual drive and fortitude to study with and prod my grandson and her son? In order to even get nominated into this society, my grandson had to partake in community service and maintain exemplary behavior and grades. He is also active in wrestling, football, and track. He received recommendations from prominent members of our society to be considered. I am very proud of his hard work in obtaining this award, but even more of hers.

Way to go, Stacey! Love you, Mama Judy.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Glittering Golden Flowers


Monday, September 21, 2009

Chasing Butterflies

Before I discovered Triond, Icy was there. Before I discovered blogging, she was there too. Icy's blogs have uplifted and inspired me since I became interested in blogging. Her encouragement and the beauty of her work has me enthralled me, now she has me chasing butterflies, and loving it!

Icy's photos inspire.

Her photography makes me strive to do better. Please do not compare my photos to hers. There is no comparison. Hers stand in a class of their own. For more breathtaking photos check out the blogs I have been fortunate enough to find and follow. Find their blogs on my dash board. I get uplifted while visiting them and you will too. Their words are uplifting and the pictures gorgeous.

Icy posts new photos constantly and the quality is breathtaking. She has me hooked. I have found that taking photos of God's wonders is nearly an art form. In the blink of an eye you can capture and hold beauty forever. But now, what do I do with all these photos, and how can I categorize and store them? I bought a thumb drive, but this will not tag them for me.

How can I organize them?

She had suggested to me while discussing another article she wrote about selling home made items on line using the services of Walmart. Again, she has come to my rescue. I went in to print a couple pictures for friends and family and casually asked the sales clerk behind the photo counter how I could get an index of my thumbs. He advised that for about a penny each I could get a disk and it comes with a print out of each photo.

I am again in her debt. She sent me here for my photo needs and I have come out with so much more than I thought was available at the price. The cds also come with a photo editing service. Now I can save countless time locating the photo I want and posting it to my blog, because I have my handy index and storage!

Be careful, you might get bit with the bug, camera bug that is, and be chasing butterflies too! My grandchildren already are. :-)


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Thankful Thursdays - Electricity

I overheard someone the other day confiding to the person next to them that their electricity had been cut off two weeks ago. They were having financial problems and could barely buy groceries for their family. They were two months behind in their rent. I walked out of ear shot. This was uncomfortable for me. I could not imagine how they must have felt.

I have struggled. I have been without. I have had to stay with friends before because I had no place to stay. I have gone to bed hungry. Today I own my own home. It isn't paid for. I am struggling to pay it off, but it is home. If I go to bed hungry now, it is by choice, not necessity. There is always something to cook in my kitchen.

I look at yesterday.
It was tough.
I look at today.
It is better.
I look ahead.
Can I do enough?
Can I reach out
And make life better
Someone's cold
Offer my sweater
Someone's sad
Offer a smile
And always walk
That extra mile?

by Judy Sheldon-Walker

Take care & God bless. I hope no one is doing without.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Sweet Clover?


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Capture and Keep the Beauty

Since Icy has me hooked on taking photos I find beauty everywhere. I see things I would have previously thought of as pretty and quickly forgotten later. I now want to capture and keep the beauty.

While shopping at Big Lots the other day I noticed a paper cup containing a bouquet of flowers sitting on the cashier's counter. This one flower was absolutely stunning. I asked her if she minded if I took a picture, and she smilingly agreed. I've just discovered the macro button on my camera and had to try it out.

I wanted to be able to look at it again and again and now I can.

As I am posting this, I am researching this amazing flower. I have to agree with Tess. I believe it is a Dahlia hybrid. At first I thought it was a Zinnia, but skimming my book I found a picture that resembled my flower more closely and I was just reading up on it, when Tess confirmed my find. The beautiful pictured flower displayed in my book shows variegated shades of yellow and reds. I prefer my flower but the one in the book is also truly stunning.

In the book Annuals by Consumer Guide it is advised to plant when there is no threat of frost and to dig up before weather turns cold if there is a danger of ice. The plants can be stored throughout winter and replanted in the spring. The flower loves the sun and should be placed in a sunny location with the tuber "eye" no more than 2 to 3 inches deep. Enjoy!


Thursday, September 10, 2009

What can you do with a 16 1/2 inch zucchini?

My friend Jeanne gave me this absolutely beautiful 16 1/2 inch zucchini from her garden and I immediately thought about zucchini bread. My grand daughter, Te`Love was here the other day so I took advantage of her presence and enlisted her help.We did not peel our zucchini because most of the vitamins are directly under its skin. We scrubbed it well. We also did not grate, because I have a salad shooter, so it was shredded in minutes.

It came out delicious. It is crispy on the outside and nice and moist on the inside. The ingredients in this zucchini bread will help to lower your cholesterol and blood pressure. When you serve it you don't have to let your family and guests know they are eating healthy unless you want to. Vegetables never tasted so good!

Zucchini is a source of calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, vitamin C, niacin, Riboflavin, Pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, choline, Folate and a very good source of beta carotene, Vitamin A, Lutein, and Potassium. Apple sauce is another good source of potassium. The sunflower seeds I replaced the nuts with are an excellent source of vitamin E, and a very good source of vitamin B1 along with a good source of several other nutrients. The two nuts richest in phytosterol content are pistachios and sunflower seeds, making both these nuts excellent choices in our fight to lower our cholesterol. For more health benefits please consult WorldsHealthiestFoods.Org.

  • 3 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup orange peel
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini
  • 6 ½ oz. pkg. sunflower seeds
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
Preheat your oven at 350 F. Spray two loaf pans with your choice of vegetable oil spray.
Blend all your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Chop and grate zucchini until you have 2 cups. Fold your zucchini into your mixture. Add sunflower seeds.
In separate bowl, see picture,
blend ½ cup applesauce and ½ cup of oil, and add 4 eggs stirring well. Fold into mixing bowl with batter. Fill smaller bowl with 1/3 cup of water.

Use this water to scrape the sides of the bowl and get the rest of the ingredients blended into the water to pour into your batter.

Divide batter equally and pour into your loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Enjoy hot with butter, or toast a slice later.

Since my friend, Jeanne was so generous with her gift; I made her a loaf and had another two to give away. My husband and I have one, and I have lots of grated zucchini in the freezer for next time. You can grate it and freeze it! I bagged it in freezer bags of 2 cups each so I simply need to thaw a bag out ahead of time for my next use.

Another great recipe using zucchini is Zucchini Italiano. I hope you enjoy this one as much as we do! Take care and God bless!


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Stop the Train!

This train moves at incredible speeds and with an amazing force. You would be foolish to try and stop it, without thinking ahead of safe ways to do so.

Migraines are like this! Once started they gather up force and speed which can completely incapacitate the sufferer within moments. I know, I suffer from them. I have received a request for information regarding herbals which can relieve migraine pain.

About a year ago, I found research indicating that 50% of chronic migraine sufferers are born with a whole in their heart. Normally these holes will close on their own, but not with these individuals. In fact the heart condition is causing increased risks for strokes. Medical science has researched and found a relatively non invasive surgery that has been extremely successful. Read more in Migraines Strokes and Heart Repair.

This article lists common triggers and things to avoid. I am now conducting research regarding natural remedies and will share with you just a few, as I have a lot of material to cover and want to give you as much as information as I can.

Herbal Remedies for Migraines:

  • Basswood or Linden - use the inner bark, leaves and flowers for hot or cold teas.
  • Bay Leaf - drink in a tea, or ingest the leaves.
  • Blue Violet - combine with nerveroot, scullcap, or black cohosh to relieve head aches and congestion
  • Catnip - for the relief of hysterical head aches, steep in a tea (never boil).
  • Feverfew - brew as a tea, or eat the leaves.
I will be adding to this list, when my research is complete. Please take care & God bless.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - On the Fence


Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Wasn't that a movie? Well it describes my week end.

The good: I finished my research on Goldenrod (pictured) and you can read my findings at Goldenrod is Truly Golden. I was truly amazed with all the information I unearthed. Goldenrod has been used for the treatment of at least 20 ailments. That's a lot. I'm impressed.

The bad: I took several pictures and some how my computer and camera have had a falling out. They are no longer on speaking terms. I could have shown you a picture of Goldenrod I had taken myself. Oh well. I will have to give my thanks for the photo to gardensablaze.com.

Check the site out. They have a lot of helpful information posted regarding herbal remedies.

The Ugly: I dropped my cell phone in the water. I am sitting here with it beside me in a bowl of rice. Hopefully it will recover. You would have thought I had had one all my life. I miss it so much already, but actually I've only had one for the last two years.

Now I ask you, am I right? The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly? Take care & God bless.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Thankful Thursdays - Teachers

I received an email from a friend, you know one of the ones that makes you get all warm and fuzzy inside. After reading it I decided to postpone all my Thankful Thursday ideas because this one has me beat!

The title is "Too Busy for a Friend?"

The story goes that a math teacher gave her students an unusual assignment that day. She asked that her students write down something nice about each one of their classmates on a piece of notebook paper. How often do we take time to get annoyed with someone or talk about their bad habits that get on our nerves. Do we take time to address their good points? This teacher knew how to get her students back on track without harping.

She shared their compliments.

This intelligent, caring teacher gathered the papers and took them home with her to carefully compile a list of the compliments made by each of her students for one another. She made one list for each of her students and handed them out in class the following Monday.

As the students opened their own personal list she heard whispers coming from her class as they amazingly read what others thought of them. The students argued less in her class and performed better because of their improved self images, but not much was mentioned about the lists until...

Her student died.

Years later one of her students had died in combat and she attended the funeral. She was greeted by the tearful parents and thanked richly for the impact she had made on their son's life. As they handed over the tattered and torn list that had been folded and opened so many times it had to be taped together, she recognized it as the class assignment she had given them so many years ago. They had found it in his wallet when he died.

They all saved theirs!

Other students milled around and pulled out their treasured copies or told where they kept them. Are we like this teacher? Do we try to plant seeds of encouragement, approval, and love?
I am thankful for her and other teachers like her. God bless them as they teach our children.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Green Thumbs


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