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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Thankful Thursday - Birds

Our fine little feathered friend could not be prettier. I sat outside my neighbor's home last night parked in my car in absolute awe of this creature. A few times he stopped and cocked his head to one side checking me out. Perhaps he was wondering if he should take off, and if I meant him any harm. A number of times I have seen a group of these beautiful starlings in my grass and have had to stop to watch them mesmerized by their beauty.

A few weeks ago I had quietly taken pictures but everyone was blurred as there was a large group and at least one was always moving. This time I could not resist trying again. The gold flecks and green coloring against the dark background of the bird makes him look as if he is bejeweled.

Our beautiful little winged friend rids our plants and trees of unwelcome pests making their (the vegetation and the bird's) likelihood of survival better. Also birds scatter seeds unwittingly, promoting plant growth.

According to Peterson First Guides Birds written by Roger Tory Peterson
Starlings are an "Old World family with 103 species, many of which resemble our blackbirds (icterids)."

The particular one I photographed matches his photo on page 100 of the European Starling which grows to be 7 1/2 to 8 1/2 inches tall. In the summer time his beak is yellow, however in the winter it becomes dark. Its yellow, does that mean our weather will finally get warm? :-

Peterson mentions how the plumage is glossy and iridescent. The Starling also is capable of mimicking other birds, but usually it whistles "whooee."

I am grateful to our creator for making such wonderful creatures, but also for the reminder that the sparrows of the field eat and so will we. He provides for us all.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Sunset on Vandy


Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Benefits of Fungus

CHAN LEE PENG has placed a new article in Triond entitled The Most Interesting but Unusual Features of Mushrooms.

With approximately two dozen beautiful illustrations and some amazing facts this article was a fascinating read. Chan always researches thoroughly and adds stunning photos to enhance his content. I have learned so much from reading Chan's articles over the past three years.

Learn about some of the nutritional benefits while learning about the dangers of eating the wrong mushrooms. Do you know if you can you eat the one pictured above?

Thanks, Chan, for a beautiful article.

photo source


Friday, March 26, 2010

Grand River


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Thankful Thursday - Cooks Night Off

I got a chuckle out of a comic I saw the other day. The wife is standing in front of the husband wearing an apron over her house dress with her hand over her face with an exaggerated "oh my!" look.

She states to her husband:
 "What a coincidence! You forgot my birthday and I forgot how to cook!" - Unger

 Very few women stay at home any more and just cook and clean, not to say that this is easy by any means. Most of us are trying to balance a whole range of chores simultaneously and this is after putting in a full day at work. Those who are not employed find themselves balancing an equally hectic schedule because they cannot excuse themselves from certain duties by claiming a conflict of hours due to work responsibilities.

They have to try to budget their income and their time, and face it, I know of no woman who does not have her plate full, and I am not talking about her dinner plate. :-) My husband does not cook, but sometimes he takes me out to eat, and when he does I am very thankful.

Yesterday I was so stressed with paperwork for my taxes and my oldest son's rental properties that I was about to pull my hair out. My youngest son called, heard the stress in my voice and invited me over to spend a few hours watching a movie with him and his girl. Because of this I completely forgot that it was Tuesday evening and never posted my pictures. I had them all lined up but forgot to post them. I am so sorry to have forgotten.

Now it is Thursday, March 25. I still don't have our taxes completed. I spent my entire half hour for lunch on the phone with the mortgage company about a 1098 or 1099 and finally got that straightened out in time to punch back in without eating.

Work was crazy too, and I thought I would have to cook tonight, but my husband took me out to eat at one of our favorite Chinese restaurants. Here you can eat in (smorgasbord)or take out. To take out they charge per pound. He can eat the meats he loves and I can eat lots of vegetables, which I love. And there are no dishes to wash!! 

My fortune cookie says "Soon someone will make you very proud." Hmm....

picture sources: smorgasbord, dinner plate, take out


Monday, March 22, 2010

Ever Beautiful

I am so obsessed with looking for signs of spring.
I went about 5 blocks out of my way when out to buy groceries. I figured that maybe I would get some pretty shots of the water at a beach near us.

This was two weeks ago, and there was still ice on the lake, but I parked my car and ran over to stand in the misting rain to get a picture of this colorful bush. I was fascinated by it. I had never seen one this color. Just wait till I showed this to Jeannie...

After snapping a few pictures, I stopped, not because I was cold and wet, but my precious camera. If I were to hurt it I would never forgive myself.

I shared my pictures with Jeannie and she and her husband got a good laugh on me. You see my pretty bush is a dying Yew, and the tree that fascinated me with it's dramatic look is a dying Weeping Willow.

So they may have taken the wind out of my sails a little, but I still find the tree and the bush beautiful. I can't say that for all the duck pooh I had to walk through to get back to my car though. Funny, I never noticed it on my way out, only on the way back.

What interesting pictures have you captured?


Liquid Sun?

More years ago than I want to admit to I would lay out in the sun on a blanket in my back yard. Protection? Who knew of protection from the harmful UV rays? I never used a sunscreen, in fact I heard that iodine and baby oil would speed my tan so I covered myself head to toe in it.Because of my years basking in the sun, I damaged my skin. (We knew so little about the harm from excessive sun tanning then.)

The oils in our skin interact with ultraviolet rays and create Vitamin D. Once you become tanned, however, these rays are blocked. So the very thing we were working hard to get the tan (the sign of good health) is stopping us from getting the much needed nutrients? Vitamin D helps to regulate nutrients that aid in the maintenance of our bones and teeth while regulating our blood pressure. Vitamin D also helps to protect us from certain cancers. Wait, didn't my doctor warn me of contracting skin cancer from being in the sun?

My doctor has made me afraid to spend time in the sun without a sun block. Several of my friends carry sunblock also, but there is a natural Vitamin contained in the sunshine that we are missing out in. I read about Bio D-Mulsion the other day. It is compared to liquid sunshine. I am always on the look out for supplements that are the closest to the real thing so I plan to do my research.

If you decide to lay out in the sun, don't lay out too long. Don't lay out between the hours of 10:00 to 2:00 and take some Oregano Oil with you for when the mosquito bites. The good thing about Oregano Oil is that it is natural and can aid in the treatment of a multitude of complaints from allergies to warts.

Take care, stay well and God bless.

picture source of flowering Oregano


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Helpful Cures for Stomach Aches

One of my fellow friends and writers at Triond recently published an article about stomach ache remedies. I have tried some of those she mentioned and can testify to their usefulness but some of the others made me scratch my head in wonderment. :-) But then what works for one may not work for another. Whose to say?

CA Johnson writes an occasional health article at Triond, some movie reviews and other entertaining articles. Her article is titled 15 Cures for  Stomach Aches. Click the link to give it a peek. While reading her article I could not help but remember one Icy wrote a good while back; one I have visited a few times, as I get stomach aches. Her's is titled Herbs and Foods to Help Upset Stomachs. You can visit it with a click also.

Now because I research various herbs I have touched upon a few here and there which are good for digestive problems, but Icy and C A's articles are strictly for stomach aches, so if this is one of your complaints, check out the articles. You cannot have too many remedies.

 picture source


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Thankful Thursday - Heritage

I was thrilled when my cousin mailed me our family tree for my paternal grandmother then even more thrilled when another cousin sent me a family tree for my maternal grandmother. As I read about my  great grand parents coming to this country from Ireland during the potato famine I felt a connection and closer some how.
I was encouraged that although they struggled for survival, here I am, evidence that they made it.

Whatever your heritage, it has a place in your history and in your make up. It is awesome as you consider how the tapestry was woven and you were created. Ethnicity is beautiful, just like the many different types of flowers, each unique and gorgeous in its own right.

Today is St. Patrick's Day. We celebrate this day in honor of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. We were granted the privilege of wearing jeans to work today, as long as we wore green t-shirts. In honor of the day I picked up this pretty rosary with glistening green pearls and an intricately carved cross for just $.99. I am a christian, not a catholic, but it is beautiful and I felt blessed to have found it.

Today I was not scheduled to be to work until 9:30 a.m. and because our office opens at 7:00 a.m. I had to drive around the parking lot twice to find a parking space. I entered a different door than normal because of the space I selected and its proximity to the building entrance. Had I parked as I usually do I would have entered the front door and I would have never passed this delightful florist who was standing just inside the side door handing out green carnations in honor of the holiday.

If you are not yet convinced of the "luck of the Irish smiling on me today, I received a certificate of recognition for two quality scores yesterday, but today I topped out a score by exceeding the score and was given the honorary trophy for the day. Our supervisors decorated the floor with glittering foil shamrocks and brought in goodies for us to enjoy on our break. Then to top this off our supervisors let us all go home early today, yes all of us!

What ever your heritage is, embrace it. It is a part of you and without it there would be no you. May the luck of the Irish be with you. :-) God bless!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day

I've been on the search for photo editing tools and came across this one to make greeting cards. I created this post card and saved it to my desk top but I could not download it to blogger. It was in the wrong format, so then I took a picture of it on my computer screen with my camera. I downloaded the picture of the post card to blogger to tell you Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Unfortunately I lost the top of my exclamation point when I shot the photo. I hope you will forgive me, and have a fantastic St. Patty's day!


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Treasure Hunting

I went treasure hunting again. I love to find something for little or no money even if there is a challenge to making it useful. It is fun to recycle, reuse, and reclaim something that has been either donated or discarded. I found this interesting planter for very little money. Someone has either broke or cut the ropes from it. I bought a roll of jute twine and headed over to my friend Jeannie's home to share my treasure with her.

We cut nine pieces of rope all the same size. We used arm length, but the length is totally up to you. It depends on how low you would like your planter to hang. Arms length made quite a long rope hanger for our planter. We then tied the end of three strings and placed them in her husband's tool box and closed it tight and began braiding. You can tie it to a chair, drawer handle, or place it on a clip board. Braiding your rope will give it added strength.

She then wrapped tape around the end so we could thread it through our holes. We did not knot it because she told me about a loop knot her father had taught her.

She took a new piece of twine, about 12 inches worth, and looped both the taped end and the other end of the braid forming a loop out of the braid. She let a good portion of the twine, about two inches, hang from the end. Holding the taped end she wrapped tightly several times, about the length of her fingertip to her knuckle. Once she had done that she tucked the remaining twine end through the loop and yanked the (hanging) end bringing it tight. Once she made sure it was secure she snipped the ends. I did the same thing at the top end once I got the planter home after looping the ends through a circle to use to hang the planter. Then as I surveyed my plants, I saw that my jade plant had dropped a couple of leaves and they were rooting already. Perfect!

You don't have to use a ceramic pot to make a hanging planter. You can reuse many things you may have around your home, but all this creative work made me think of the work our heavenly father does through us.

When we salvage something we call it resourcefulness, recycling, or frugality. When God salvages us, it is with love.

It is my prayer that I will be like soft clay and He will be able to mold me and make me into what He has in mind.  He created you and I with a purpose in mind. It is reassuring to me that I mean so much to Him. He paid for me with a price. I treasure my trinkets, but He treasures me more, and He treasures you just as much.  God bless!


Friday, March 12, 2010

Easy Baked Chicken Parmesan

Welcome, Pam to Triond

 Pam, pictured with her lovely new grand daughter.

Pam, a friend of mine who writes at ehow, Bukisa, examiner, and now Triond has recently published this recipe. She told me that it was absolutely delicious and her picture did not do it justice.She kindly joined Triond at my recommendation. I joined examiner at hers. Yes, I was accepted, but after finding out they refused to pay her the promised fee, I resigned. She and I both sent emails, which we received responses to with hasty apologies advising she would not get paid. It made me uneasy, and when we spend as much time as we do writing, we should not have to be concerned with whether our publisher is being honest with us or not. If they cheated her, they may cheat me and everyone I in turn recommend.

I wanted to share her healthy recipe with you. If you click on the word recipe  it will take you right there. Please leave her a comment so she will know you were there.

She uses healthy olive oil and spaghetti sauce among her ingredients. She also sprinkles on fennel. Spaghetti sauce is loaded with healthy spices already and then adding Fennel just makes it that much healthier. Fennel is beneficial in treating (The Green Pharmacy by James A. Duke, Ph.D):

  • asthma
  • irregular periods
  • angina
  • body odor
  • breastfeeding problems (helps increase milk output)
  • heart burn
  • high blood pressure
  • women's inhibited sexual desire
I love using tomatoes and tomato sauces in my cooking. It is an added way to get more vegetables in the diet and just 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce contains 12 % of our daily recommended amount of fiber. Tomatoes, as we know are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C and lycopene. Lycopene is a close relative to beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. The healthy tomato assists us in the fight against cancer and improves our resistance to other diseases.

Thanks for your visit. Eat well and stay well. 


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Thankful Thursday - Bubble Baths

If you love to soak in a bubble bath after a stressful day you may be doing more for yourself than you realize.

Throw into the mix some rose oil and Epsom salt and you are doing much more to benefit your body.

Rose oil fragrance is beneficial in soothing and harmonizing the mind, helping with anger, depression, grief, fear, stress, and nervous tension. It has been used for years for poor circulation and heart problems as well as high blood pressure, and digestive disorders. For more on the benefits of rose oil read here.

Epsom salt is one of those wonderful nutritional supplements that can be absorbed through the skin so even in soaking in a warm bath you are reaping the benefits. In the article How to Use Epsom in a Number of Ways you will find more information about the benefits of magnesium.

Magnesium is useful in the treatment of asthma, COPD, fibromyalgia, ADD, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, angina, cardiac arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, fatigue, kidney stones, migraine and tension headaches, complications due to pregnancy and premenstrual syndrome. Our bodies cannot properly use serotonin without the assistance of magnesium. Serotonin is a natural chemical created within the brain responsible for feelings of well being and relaxation.

So next time you enjoy in a little indulgence such as a relaxing bubble bath know that you are not only rewarding your mind but your body. Enjoy!

picture source


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - "This bud's for you"


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