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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Easy on the Pocket and the Eyes!

I was sitting on my knees in my yard taking pictures of various flowers when it started sprinkling. Worried about my camera I got up to go inside when I saw lightning strike the corner store and saw tree branches flying through the air. Hmm. Time to go inside?

Many homes spent the remainder of the day without power and I figured I could still go online using the battery backup, but there was no internet.  I still had a home. :-)

Such lovely little flowers. I bought them on clearance last year and planted them in my garden. They rewarded me for rescuing them by blooming again this year, which I understand is usual for Dianthus. Dianthus also grow well by seed, can be planted indoors in the winter then moved outside in the spring and will bloom year after year. This is my kind of flower, pretty, inexpensive, easy to grow and one that flowers bloom for years.

This link posted to Ruby Tuesday! Thanks so much for your visit. Take care and God  bless!


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Beautiful and Practical

My friend Jeannie pulled out a handful of  chives last year and gave them to me. They spread, so she assured me that she had more than enough. I planted them in a lovey pink basin I found for sale for $1.50 and they have been thriving ever since. I dug a hole in my front yard and planted the sink there then filled it with fresh soil, strawberries and chives. Through the summer and late into the fall last year I was able to take scissors outside anytime I wanted to add chives to something I was cooking. As soon as winter was over they were right back standing strong.  I find the fresh addition of my own chives to my recipes convenient, tasty and rewarding. 

Chives are very nutritional.

While being very low in cholesterol and sodium (the chart at nutrition data said 0) they are a good source of the following nutrients: 
  • Vitamins A, B6, C, and K
  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Folate
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Niacin
  • Pantothenic Acid
  • Phosphorous
  • Zinc
Belonging to the onion family they are also important to our immune systems, packing  healthy compounds of sulfur, flavonoids and fiber. All that and they are still pretty!

A garden should be functional and beautiful.

A garden can be filled with things that are delightful to the eye and to the stomach, things which are beautiful and practical like a sundial. Sundials have been assisting us with telling time almost as long as we have been on earth, which by the way started in a garden. What could be more appropriate? I am thinking about getting a sun dial for my garden. What do you think?

Thanks so much for visiting me today. This post is linked to Macro Monday and Today's flowers. Take care and God bless!


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Protect Yourself Running

Thanks for the article from Jared Whitaker

For women who run everyday it is very important that you are careful if you run on your own, especially if you go to the same place at the same time every day. The first thing that you are going to want to do is make sure that when you are running, you are only listening to one ear of your headphones if you like to listen to music while you are on your run. This is going to allow you to hear anyone who is coming up behind you, or if anyone else is around you.

Next you are going to want to make sure that you have something to protect yourself, and this can be anything from a can o! f hairspray or pepper spray to put into someones eyes if they attack you, or even by running with your keys in your hand. You always want to make sure that you lock up your vehicle when you have it parked anywhere since you can't watch it at all times, and you are also going to want to make sure that you set your home security alarm www.homesecurity 101.com) before you leave the house. There is nothing wrong with running everyday at the same time you just want to make sure that you are protecting yourself.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

S is a Special Letter.

S is a special letter. I was born a Sheldon and there was just my sister and I. Our surname is something given to us by our parents; something to strive to live up to and/or strive to better. I may have married a man with another surname but in America we have the choice to hyphenate our name, which I did. I can be a Sheldon always and foremost and a Walker secondly.

We should live our lives in such a fashion that we could proudly shout about what our heritage means to us and our children, while we silently and humbly  strive harder to be better and stronger through the aid or our Savior Jesus Christ. Let our works show the world (not our words) as we live a sermon, not preach one. 

Thanks for your visit. Please join us for ABC Wednesday!  Take care and God bless!


Monday, May 23, 2011

The Chemical That Calls Itself a Spice | Gomestic

My friends have gotten used to me wanting to stop here and there to snap pictures. I don't miss much, but sometimes they surprise me by saying "Judy, aren't you going to snap that?"

Aren't these sand cherry bushes pretty? Bev stopped for me to capture them. It sure is nice to have friends who exhibit such patience. :-)

Last night I was researching a product we find in the spice aisle of our grocery store and it really is not a spice at all. It is a chemical. I unearthed over a dozen uses for this product and if interested, you can read more at The Chemical That Calls Itself a Spice | Gomestic

This post linked to Ruby Tuesday.

Thanks for the visit! Take care and God bless!


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Look What a $ Buys!

I saved money on a recent shopping trip to the dollar store so I bought a couple pinwheels. I love a good deal!
This post linked to Shadow Shot Sunday. Enjoy the rest of your week end! Take care and God bless!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

My Favorite Uniform

I have had three jobs that required a uniform. The first was the military, the second the prison (I was a guard) and the third was in a doctor's office. My favorite one was working at the doctor's office. It was a family practice owned by a husband and wife. This uniform was by far the easiest to maintain and always looked professional!

Dr. Hallett preferred seeing children and her husband, Dr. John Allen was an internist so he took care of many older patients with complex health issues. He got up early in the morning to make his hospital rounds at two nearby hospitals before starting his day at the office and then he would go back to the hospitals to make more rounds before heading home.  They both wore lab coats like the one shown above.You would never guess by looking at his apparel that he had worn the same clothes over 12 hours a day!

As a member of staff I was required to wear scrubs or whites, but fell in love with the versatility and easy care of scrub sets. I quickly replaced the whites in my closet with scrubs because they were so comfortable, practical, and professional looking. They resisted wrinkles and stains and transitioned from my day job into my evening job at a pharmacy without showing any wear. I could easily understand why the doctors were always wearing their scrubs and lab coats. 

If you have a loved one who works in the medical profession a gift certificate to http://www.blueskyscrubs.com/ would be well appreciated. Their cotton scrubs are satisfaction guaranteed.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Protect Yourself with a Free Credit Score


Be ever diligent in the protection of your records by applying for a free credit score.

Not to long ago I received a letter in the mail advising that medical files at a particular place I visited for a test had been compromised. The form letter advised that all patients were being written, even though they felt they had taken the necessary steps in time to protect our privacy. It went on to advise that all individuals should pull their credit and medical files to be certain nothing false or fraudulent appeared there. Our medical files contain our birth date, social security number and all things related to our health...

I was a victim of identity theft!

I got a knot in my stomach because a few years back someone had made up a fake book of checks and had written three checks against my account forging my name to them to the tune of near $2,000. each. I called my bank and closed the account, as soon as I saw the ugly NSF charges and the strange check in my online checking account. It started with one check, but the bank advised there were two more submitted. We placed a stop on the first one and the others were stopped from being processed. The bank froze my funds and gave me the telephone number for Equifax advising me to get a free credit score and report this fraud to them. Because I had direct deposit I could not access my own pay checks!

My report was in the mail almost the next day. 

When you get your report immediately scan it and be on the alert for anything suspicious. A form is given to you to report anything out of the ordinary.  When you report a fraud an alert is placed on your identity and anytime someone tries to submit a card or check for payment in your name they must first supply identification.  I appreciated the added protection but it did not detract from the fact that I felt violated.

Once it happens you will forever look over your shoulder.

I have. Who took my checking account numbers and  name and tried to rob me? I got to see a copy of the fake check and it did not even have my bank name or address correct but the account numbers were exact. My name and address were printed on it.  I kept studying the forged signature, comparing the writing of those I knew, with it. I  mulled over in my head any and everyone I had written a check to and anyone who may have been in my home. I reported it to the police and they felt that it was not worth pursuing and prosecuting as the bank had recovered their losses by stopping the checks. I was inconvenienced for a month while my funds were frozen and all my accounts were past due, but this seemed to be of little consequence to them.

Periodically request a  free credit score.

Your credit score not only reports  financial transactions but also will  reflect identity theft. Examine with particular attention to any unrecognized companies. Report either frauds or errors right away! It is important to protect your identity as there are those who would not mind taking advantage of your good name. You worked hard to build it. Don't let anyone else ruin it for you. Checking your report is the first place to start.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Robbed of Life

She hoped the camera would tempt him out of retirement. His grief had robbed him from enjoying his life for too long. ~118~

This post linked to Succinctly Yours! Join in the microfiction challenge. Post your story of 140 words or less. Use the Design 215 counter if you like.

Thanks so much for visiting me today. Take care and God bless!


Friday, May 13, 2011

A Tree with Pink Leaves and Fringe!

I am very much in awe of a God who creates such beauty

 I find it an honor and a duty

To share with you what my eyes behold

More precious to me than pure gold

More puzzling to me than you know

The beauties I see every where I go....

Leaves of pink amid leaves of green

A fascinating fringe interspersed between...

Nature by God
Poetry by Judy

Has anyone an answer to this puzzle?

Thanks so much for you visit! Take care and God bless. 


Life By the Water

Guest post written by Christina Taylor

My husband and I just moved down to Florida to be a little closer to his parents. They are getting a little older now, and he wants to be there to help them with various things in their lives. He's such a good son and does everything he can to ensure his parent's comfort and well-being. The other day he helped put new furniture in their small house, and he also took his father for a Hearing Aids prices, as! he is finally needing a help in that area. Personally, I am glad that we are able to be so close to them.

Since we moved down here, life has been a little quieter than we are used to. We used to work in the city, and I must say that it is a complete 180 living down here. There isn't much in the ways of things to do, but there is a lot of natural beauty. For people who really love being by the water, this is the place to be. I can't say we'll be here forever, but it's definitely a good place to be for the time being.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Discovering Grand River

The Grand River threads through various cities and towns in Michigan covering approximately 300 miles. I found another area that it threads through the other day and was just waiting for the opportunity to take a peek. I came across it the first time while  taking Mom home after our Mother's day  luncheon but had no time to stop. Mom was in a hurry to get home to watch the Tiger's game. After dropping her off I came back to take a look but ran into a man who was acting rather peculiar so I left and came back two nights later. All the while I was taking pictures I kept looking over my shoulder hoping the peculiar character from the other day didn't decide to stop by. :-)
This tree was growing among SEVERAL others along the river bank. Does anyone know what kind of tree this is?

This post linked to Watery Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday! Thanks for visiting me! Take care and God bless!


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day! May All your Surprises be Wonderful!

While taking these photos tonight I received a startling surprise. If you know me, you know I am a sunrise and sunset chaser, but my husband is always fussing at me for straying off into deserted places to take photos.

I discovered another section of the Grand River today and was going to stop and check it out. When I pulled off the road to park a car approached and the man stared at me very strangely so I made like I was taking off and went down a little further to park. He made a u- turn and came back towards me, so then I threw the car back in gear and turned around going to the other side of the river. He passed me, turned left and parked on the left side of the street. So overtaken with annoyance I rolled my window down and shouted "What is your problem?" Of course I kept going but this was in the back of my mind all day. What DID he want? I only wanted a few pictures!

After Mom and I went out to eat today to celebrate Mother's day I got the itchy finger again to take pictures. I was at the lake. It was getting dark, and no one was there. I am always just a little nervous when I get out of my car and approach the lake on foot, maybe it's all those years of living in New York or maybe it's my nervous hubby. I went to stand under a tree. Hey, there are (finally) leaves, and this tree had loads of them! I moved them to the side to get a better view and I heard movement overhead. It was probably just the branches falling back into place I told myself, but several minutes later I STILL heard it. Something or someone was hiding in this big bushy tree! I peered up into the tree my feet frozen to the spot. I wondered what I would do if I was under threat, but there was nothing to concern myself as it was only a wood pecker. It was so dark and the tree so lush that my pictures of him or her did not come out, but at least I am still here to tell you about it!!

I hope you get some special time with your mom and or children. Thanks for visiting me today. Take care and God bless!

This post linked to Scenic Sunday. Please visit, won't you?


Friday, May 6, 2011

Just words...

Toughen up 
They're just words
Why be so sensitive?

Are they?
Do they mean so little?
The right words can help us live.

I borrowed this video from a friend at FB who borrowed it from Youtube.

Thanks so much for your visit. I do hope you get a chance to look at the video. I know you are very busy, just like me, but it's short and I am sure you will like it. Take care and God bless!


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Pond at the Market

I don't know if many people flock to their local supermarket to take pictures of a pond but then I have been told that I march to a different drummer. Last year I found a crane wading in the pond and this year a muskrat. The muskrat was camera shy though. Sorry. I tried. :-)  Every time I lifted the camera he dove under the water! 

Thanks so much for your visit! Take care and God bless. This post linked to Watery Wednesday. At least the water did not get away!


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Something to Crow About

Theese roosters were bought by Jeannie's husband as part of her birthday present. Happy birthday, Jeannie!
This link posted to Ruby Tuesday! Take care and God bless! Thanks so much for the visit!


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