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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

You never know what you'll find at the supermarket!

I’m not talking about a buy one get one free offer nor double coupons. I am talking about totally free, no obligation.

I happened to snap pictures of the pond near Polly’s Country Market last year, so I stopped and parked near it to see if anything looked photogenic and noticed they had added something – a fountain. Of course I am snapping away, but got distracted by all the wild flowers. There were chicory, dandelions, clover, raspberry and as I am wandering around and snapping away and walking further and further away from my car I spotted ….a crane.GEDC9547



What unexpected surprises have you found lately? The crane was rather surprised to see the lady with a camera too. :-)

For more pictures of creatures check out camera critters.

Camera Critters


Chinese Evergreen Elm

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I ran an errand with my friend Beverly and happened upon this tree last year. I had never noticed a tree like this before so I snapped pictures and posted it on one of my blogs. I was delighted with the suggestions of what the species might be, but still wanted to know. Not that I did not like your suggestions. I thought they were very clever and imaginative.

Goodwill is currently having a book sale of four books for .99. I was browsing through their shelves when I came across Evergreens by Time Life, so I could not resist. The bottom photo came from the book, page 47.

This tree grows quickly and is ideal as a quick growing shade tree for a small yard or patio as it does not spread too wide. A young tree can grow 5 to 6 feet tall and with age can reach 40 to 50 feet but still maintain it’s compact width making it ideal for smaller areas. It, like a true evergreen, will remain green all year. It likes full sun but will grow in almost any soil. The young tree should be supported because of its rapid growth and because of the weight, weeping branches should be pruned. The recommended varieties are Drake and True Green. Thanks Time Life for solving my mystery.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Fix for Fuzzy Focus

When you look at something or someone too closely this is what you see
A blurring of the details without true clarity
When we first fall in love, our love swells within our hearts
And not a lot of wisdom does new love impart...

We are afraid to be without them, what would our life become?
Without our special person, it would be ho hum..
It makes our focus fuzzy and our vision out of line
There is a special plan, one which God designed


Not one of His children were created without thought
And His love is great, as with His blood we’re bought
As we tear our eyes away from the “love of our life”
He will let us know if it’s time to be a wife.


For when we focus clearly and it’s Jesus that we see
There’s no fuzzy focus, only life with clarity. ~ Judy Sheldon-Walker

How about playing Shadow Shot Sunday now that we're back in focus? :-) Take care and God bless! I hope you enjoy the rest of your week end!


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Thankful Thursday ~ Inspiration

I felt complimented when I received an anonymous comment wanting to know where I get my ideas for topics. I commented back offering a number of places that can help one to come up with ideas, but the truth is our ideas are inspiration. We are blessed with happenings, human interactions, nature’s wonders and more on a daily basis. What we do with these blessings are up to us.

PB080515 This is the parking lot where I work. During the winter time I am blessed with this view of the sunrise every morning as I park. Most people jump out of their cars and rush into work. I have to savor a moment or two first and sometimes snap a few pictures. :-)

Websters defines inspire as “To breathe or blow upon or into b) to infuse (life, etc. into)

So does that mean that basically being able to breathe is to be inspired? :-)

Beryl Markham stated “I could never tell where inspiration begins and impulse leaves off…If your hunch proves a good one, you were inspired; if it proves bad, you are guilty of yielding to thoughtless impulse.”

Wanda Landowska advised “The most beautiful thing in the world is, precisely, the conjunction of learning and inspiration.”

Personally, I don't mind being called guilty of yielding to impulse on occasion if I can be considered inspired equally as often. :-)


Monday, June 21, 2010



I love wildflowers. Some people just call them weeds, but then once you look a little closer you will find that most of our medicines, prescribed or alternative originated with the discovery of a plant’s hidden benefits.

The use of herbs is referred to countless times in the Bible and was taught by Samuel. The prophet Ezekiel in Ezekiel 47:12 stated (while planning an orchard) “The fruit will be for food and the leaves for medicine.” The Living Bible

How many of us thoughtlessly kill off vegetation thinking it is “just weeds”? Some of our herbs are becoming extinct so if we do not learn about them, they may. Beside we can actually gain better health and nutrition for free by growing our own herbs and learning to use them.

My “investigation” :-) took me to a vacant lot behind a local store. I recognized the chicory, clover, dandelions, Queen Anne’s Lace but was stumped by the center of my second collage. Is it Colt's foot? It was soft like gossamer, twice the size of a dandelion head when it goes to seed, and the filaments were softer than a feather with a shimmery gold color. I was utterly fascinated, so fascinated that I walked into the yard to get a closer look.

Then my eye was caught by this small red plant that is just beginning to sprout. The red was so noticeable among all the green…After snapping a few pictures, this is what I saw:

GEDC8868_01 Oops! Honest, I meant no harm.

The “grass” is nearly as tall as the sign, and unfortunately the litter cannot read. :-) I can, so I took my camera and left, quietly.

For more mosaics check out Mosaic Monday and have a blessed week.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Little Birdie Told Me…

  GEDC4929 A little birdie came to visit me the other day. I was absolutely in awe as it was only a few feet away. I think she was a gray morning dove. I had just got in from work and she flew down by my back steps. Because the weather is so nice out now and I like to prolong my time outdoors by walking through my yard before heading in.


She seemed to be somewhat curious about me, or perhaps she wanted some fresh seed in the feeder, but she kept approaching me, I was wondering how close she would come as she was only about a yard away and still approaching until my husband pulled in and honked. Then she turned tail and flew away to meet her lover waiting in an overhead tree.









I left with mine in his car. We may arrive at our destination differently, but when love is in the air do we know how to find it?

My husband and I have been together for a long time. Sometimes I think our love life is like sleeping beauty; awaiting to be awakened with a kiss. I was curious to know about other couples our age. How do they manage to keep the fires burning? So I did a little research, which led me to this site. Don’t let the title put you off. There are lots of reasons that a healthy sexual relationship is good for you and lots of tips to maintaining your relationship on this blog. It’s not just about anatomy, but so much more.

Take care and God bless!


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

White Wednesday

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GEDC8206 GEDC8205 As we were cleaning up after my grandson’s birthday celebration I noticed that some of the other park attendants had left flowers behind and I immediately began to take pictures of them. Anthony (the birthday boy) caught me and asked me if I liked them. I admitted liking them. Anthony said, “Well, Grandma, they left them here for me, for my birthday, but they are yours now.”

I thanked him for being so generous and now not only do I have the actual flowers but their pictures too. What touches me even more is the giving heart of my grandson, which I will be reminded of every time I look at my photos. Thanks, Anthony!

For more White Wednesday photos please head on over to fadedcharmcottage.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Weathered and Worn

I think we have all felt a little more or less “weathered and worn” since the day we were born, :-) so when I saw this meme mentioned by Judy on Squirrel Queen my imagination got carried away. Thankfully, I won’t go there….

An Interesting Detour …

The Sunday before last we had a parade and the road was blocked that I usually take home from church. I tried one of the first side streets and less than a mile down it, it too was blocked, but I was drawn to this quaint looking structure. Had there not been a road block, I would not have stopped, and probably never even noticed this building.

I parked along side the road and walked as close as I dare. It looked like there were some poison ivy and sumac plants and heaven knows what else growing there, but I took some interesting photos and am still curious to know what this building was built for. Any ideas?

For more weathered and worn photos please head over to Brendaphotochallenge.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Hostas

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Creeping Charlie Come Creeping here.

creepchar A letter to Charlie:

Dear Charlie;

I hear you were well respected in A.D., and in fact was brought to our country with the settlers. They used your leaves and flowers to cure many of their health complaints and added your pretty foliage to salads, teas, juices, beer, vegetables and even oatmeal.

I know how it feels to be misunderstood, maligned and talked about badly, so I wanted to clear up some of the misinformation. They only know you as the guy that tries to take over things and not share well with your fellow plants. I now know that you have assisted humans in at least a dozen various health complaints and contain important nutrients.

You are not as selfish as we once thought, but very generous. I’m trying to set the record straight and tell your side of the story so others might enjoy what you offer them, free of charge. For more information read Some of the Many Health Benefits of Creeping Charlie. Charlie and I wish you all the best of health!


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Creeping Charlie: Friend or Foe?


charlie When this ground ivy first appeared in my back yard over 15 years ago, I was not concerned. It’s pretty. It takes no maintenance. It’s soft under bare feet, and it’s low so we actually have to mow the lawn less frequently. It grows very prettily right along side the violets… I like the little purple trumpet shaped flowers.

It popped up in my front yard and quickly spread. Jeannie saw it and told me that I needed to sprinkle lime or it would take over my yard. Last year and this year I put down lime and reclaimed my front yard, but the back yard is peppered. Each year there are fewer violets. I love my violets. 

Just when I was trying to decide whether to sprinkle lime in the backyard or not  I opened one of my new herb books and the friendly little flower was featured there with a warning of how to keep it from taking over the yard and health benefits. So I’m researching. As soon as I am satisfied that I have uncovered most of the health benefits, I will be completing an article and submitting it to Triond.

Isn’t it wonderful how God shows us his wonders day by day? Have a blessed day!


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mixed Martial Arts In the Spring Time

This guest post by Bill Callaway.

Spring is a time that many sports are just kicking into full gear, but my favorite sport is one that is played year round. This sport is virulently addictive, exciting, and growing faster than any other sport in the world. The sport that gets my blood pumping more than any other is mixed martial arts. It is easy to watch, easy to catch onto, and easy to get excited about. There is nothing like kicking back on a Saturday night, inviting some friends over, ordering up some wings, and catching the latest fight on BestChoiceTV.com.

From the roar of the crowd, to the excitement of watching two people face off in a cage with the anticipation of seeing who walks away the victor, there is nothing more exciting. From the primordial howls and body slams of Rampage Jackson, to the quiet demeanor and natural athleticism of Randy Couture, there is nothing more exciting than seeing two people put it all on the line, with only one walking away the victor. Mixed martial arts is a sport that has unlimited potential and an exponentially growing fan base. When it comes to springtime entertainment there is no sport more spectacular than mixed martial arts.


The proper equipment can make all the difference!

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While attending high school, my baby boy, Chris, loved science and anatomy. My husband is an x-ray tech/medical assistant so  Chris was toying with the idea of being an x-ray tech or a physical therapist. Because I had a torn rotator cuff and was prescribed physical therapy a number of times, I requested special permission for him (Chris) to tag along so he could see what the job entailed and see if it was something he might want to pursue.

During my visits I found that therapy techniques are varied. The first place I was referred to used massage therapy, hot packs and and ice. There were some bones out of place resulting from the injury, and they were able to give me relief in the outlying areas by manipulating the bones, but the actual injury became consistently worse, until surgery was done.

After surgery, my surgeon recommended another physical therapist. I was in such intense pain when I began my journey of healing, I would actually throw up from pain nightly. I worked two jobs and did not know how to survive without both paychecks and barely survived with them. But he advised me that if I could not fit therapy into my schedule my chances of recovery were slim and assured me they could work around almost any schedule.

At the second therapist I began to see immediate results. I’m sure part of it was because of the surgery, but also part of it was the result of better equipment. My son and I were both very impressed with the TENS Units and Muscle Stimulators. I’m sure we would not have known as much if not for their patience in trying to explain the equipment to my son.

TENS is short for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator. The unit helps to stimulate the nerves, which in turn activates the muscles and promotes healing, while reducing pain in a localized area. The muscle stimulator encourages the muscle to work passively and repair itself. After a session with this equipment, I would participate in gentle exercise and then more strenuous exercise, followed with ice. The difference was amazing.

I would love to see my son go back to school and open his own practice. I’ve looked up information for him regarding the purchase of LG-TEC Dual Combo TENS Unit and Muscle Stimulator, because I would not want him to open a practice without the right equipment.

If you know anyone who is suffering from arthritis pain, muscle or joint pain, even head aches,  this equipment can make a big difference in the quality of life. . Visit LGMedSupply Online or check out their  online customer blog. I would not wish the pain I experienced on anyone, but I would wish them the relief I found. Another plus about this equipment is the amazing pain relief without medication.


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