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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Have a Heart at the Park

While visiting water fowl at the park today I noticed an interesting branch arcing into the water, creating an intriguing reflection. See it? For more heart photos please visit Clyties Random Hearts.

Thanks for the visit! Let's all get our feet wet, or at least our eyes at Watery Wednesday!


Sunday, August 28, 2011

The week begins with Sunday

I always feel a twinge of guilt when I go to the laundromat on Sunday, as I was taught that Sundays belong to God, not that every other day doesn't - but Sunday's are the day we set aside to praise and worship. I don't know about you but all week long things are moving at a rather hectic pace. Our job has required more hours from us, but life doesn't relax it's hold to accommodate the employer.

I had a new grand daughter on July 30, 2011, another one August 16th and my youngest daughter's daughter is scheduled to be born September 16th. Please pray for little Faith who was born Aug. 16 weighing 2 pounds 1 ounce and now weighs just 1 pound 7 ounces. She needs open heart surgery and please pray for our sister states who are undergoing earthquakes. Mari's family is from New York and some of ours is too and we pray that everyone will be safe.

The above pictures were taken Sunday. Chris, Mari and I attended church then stayed after for pot luck. Then Mari met me at the laundromat and we did our laundry together. We also ran into my son in law (seen in the background of the third pic), and three of my grandchildren. The final pic is one of the proprietor of the laundromat who is sitting outside with a pile of books and his great grandchild. Note the yellow car. The second picture was the tallest dandelion plant ever growing behind the laundromat. So there you have it, my contribution to mellow yellow Monday. Thanks for the visit, Take care and God bless. Don't forget to stop by Mellow Yellow Monday and get your mellowing yellow tones for the week. :-)


Friday, August 26, 2011

Picking out my sorority rush outfits

Guest post written by Jessica Tanner
I get that when you're rushing a sorority, your looks play a big role. How you look is what people notice first about you, regardless of what others say. So I want to make sure that when I participate in sorority rush this fall, that I don't have to worry about my looks and can concentrate on letting my winning personality shining through.
I was always evaluating my wardrobe before packing up for college, so it wasn't that much more work to start thinking about rush outfits. I looked online to find some guides about what to wear to rush events and when I was doing that, I ran across the site clear-INTERNET.com. I forwarded it to my parents, who are shopping around for a new internet provider.
I found a few college sorority rush guides for what to wear, but most of them said that each school will give you a guide when you sign up for rush. That will be nice to have a better idea, but I've already done a lot of the footwork on that already.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thankful Thursday - Skies to stalk

Yesterday quite a few earthquakes hit in the United States. Thankfully, we only got a thunderstorm. Tonight Mari and I were out and the sky was doing some amazing things. The biggest and fluffiest white clouds were illuminated and these dark clouds kept chasing them! Mari said they are having a party in heaven and those (the bright clouds) are party lights. I parked the car for awhile and she and I captured some pretty pics. She teased me and called me a sky stalker. This is not the first time I have been called something playfully. How about you? What are you known as? I won't ask if you mind as I am sure you don't. I know I don't. :-) It's all in good fun and she was doing some pretty good stalking herself.

BTW it did not rain till I dropped her off and got home. Then it poured and hailed, but fortunately, no earthquakes. I was driving with my sun roof open. That could have been fun. :-)

This post linked to  Two Questions Thursday. You know you want to join, so come on. You will be glad you did. Thanks for visiting! Take care and God bless.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Claiming his inheritance

Grandma sent him an urgent telegram. He got the next flight out, but he was too late. Looks like he inherited the house and its ghost! ~134~

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

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


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thankful Thursday - Friends

I have most likely written a post on being thankful for friends before, because I am so thankful for them. It goes beyond words. I have blogging friends, coworker friends, virtual friends and friends that I used to work with.  There is Jeannie, Beverly, Anne, Icy, Chan, Pam, Roberta, Ruthi, Amanda ....They are wonderful. supportive, always ready to listen, advise and support. We may not always agree, (but usually do); they always care. No matter how stupid I may feel at the moment, they never say I told you so.

Two weeks ago I had a new grand daughter, two nights ago I had another, and this week end may have still another. My new daughter in law to be just moved here from New York. My job is demanding extra hours of us and life is just moving on like a steam train going full speed. But they are steady and caring. God richly blessed me with the most wonderful network of friends!

Jeannie created this bottle tree which sings or whistles in the wind. Each bottle plays it's own note. You are like that. Each is given their own special "sound" and your harmony is amazing. God bless you! I truly enjoy the sounds of your laughter, your voices and your songs.

What do you appreciate most about your best friend? I appreciate their uniqueness. They fit together like a puzzle completing the most fantastic network I could ever ask for. They all have unquestionable morals, deep loyalty, compassion, creativity, honesty and a strong work ethic. I admire and respect them so much and want to be just like them when I grow up. :-) You see, I know that I am a work in progress. :-) I am not grown up yet.

What do you want for friends? I do not want for them what they think they want as it may not be what is best for them. I want God's will for them as He knows best.

Please join my friend Amanda for our Thursday Two Questions. Thanks for visiting me and God bless!


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunflowers for Lowered Cholesterol

I visited my friend Anne's home yesterday and took these pictures while there. I wonder if she knows how good sunflower seeds are for us. I do because I just finished researching for and writing:  Unusual Facts About Sunflowers and Reasons to Eat Them. If interested in learning what I learned click on the link, but even if you already know all about sunflowers you might want to visit Mellow Yellow Monday and Macro Monday. Thanks so much for your visit. Take care and God bless. 


Friday, August 12, 2011

A Bathing Suit Dilemma

I no longer feel like eye candy in a bathing suit so donated my suit to the Goodwill long ago. When my friend Anne sent me this in my email I laughed so hard and am still laughing. The humor of this writer reminds me of the late Erma Bombeck or Phyllis Diller. They were such wonderful comediennes.

photo from Flickr


When I was a child in the 1950s, the bathing suit for the mature figure was-boned, trussed and reinforced, not so much sewn as engineered. They were built to hold back and uplift, and they did a good job.

Today's stretch fabrics are designed for the prepubescent girl with a figure carved from a potato chip.
The mature woman has a choice, she can either go up front to the maternity department and try on a floral suit with a skirt, coming away looking like a hippopotamus that escaped from Disney's Fantasia, or she can wander around every run-of-the-mill department store trying to make a sensible choice from what amounts to a designer range of fluorescent rubber bands.

What choice did I have? I wandered around, made my sensible choice and entered the chamber of horrors known as the fitting room. The first thing I noticed was the extraordinary tensile strength of the stretch material. The Lycra used in bathing costumes was developed, I believe, by NASA to launch small rockets from a slingshot, which gives the added bonus that if you manage to actually lever yourself into one, you would be protected from shark attacks. Any shark taking a swipe at your passing midriff would immediately suffer whiplash.

I fought my way into the bathing suit, but as I twanged the shoulder strap in place I gasped in horror, my boobs had disappeared! Eventually, I found one boob cowering under my left armpit. It took a while to find the other. At last I located it flattened beside my seventh rib.

The problem is that modern bathing suits have no bra cups. The mature woman is meant to wear her boobs spread across her chest like a speed bump. I realigned my speed bump and lurched toward the mirror to take a full view assessment. The bathing suit fit all right, but unfortunately it only fit those bits of me willing to stay inside it. The rest of me oozed out rebelliously from top, bottom and sides. I looked like a lump of Playdoh wearing undersized cling wrap.

As I tried to work out where all those extra bits had come from, the prepubescent sales girl popped her head through the curtain, "Oh, there you are," she said, admiring the bathing suit. I replied that I wasn't so sure and asked what else she had to show me. I tried on a cream crinkled one that made me look like a lump of masking tape, and a floral two-piece that gave the appearance of an oversized napkin in a serving ring.

I struggled into a pair of leopard-skin bathers with ragged frills and came out looking like Tarzan's Jane, pregnant with triplets and having a rough day. I tried on a black number with a midriff and looked like a jellyfish in mourning.

I tried on a bright pink pair with such a high cut leg I thought I would have to wax my eyebrows to wear them.

Finally, I found a suit that fit, it was a two-piece affair with a shorts-style bottom and a loose blouse-type top. It was cheap, comfortable, and bulge-friendly, so I bought it. My ridiculous search had a successful outcome, I figured.

When I got it home, I found a label that read, "Material might become transparent in water." So, if you happen to be on the beach or near any other body of water this year and I'm there too, I'll be the one in cut-off jeans and a T-shirt!

You'd better be laughing or rolling on the floor by this time. Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain, with or without a bathing suit! - anonymously written (by a middle aged woman?)


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Thankful Thursday -Employment

My job has become somewhat hectic. The calls are coming in much more. I work at a call center so more calls mean more security, but they also mean mandatory overtime. . .

Although there is much grumbling going on. What job doesn't have it's downside? But in today's economy, we need to be grateful for a job. 

Join Amanda for the conversation of the week. My two questions are:

  1. What would cause you to start searching for another job or the job?
  2. What is your main reason to go to work?


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Rose of Sharon after the Rain

I rushed out after the rain the other day to enjoy the cooler temps! My pretty Rose of Sharon blooms were quite happy too! Did you know these pretty petals are beneficial to your health? For at least a dozen ways Rose of Sharon or Hibiscus flowers can help your health read here.

This post linked to Mosaic Monday , Macro Monday,  and Today's Flowers. Thank you for visiting me today and have a blessed day!


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Thankful Thursday - Knowledge

You can get too much of a good thing!

Sometimes when I am feeling truly sleep deprived I will pop a melatonin pill. It helps one's biorhythms realign naturally so the body shuts down enough to be sleepy, not just tired.  To learn more about the proper dosing of melatonin read here.

What is Uva-Ursi for?

Then while at my son's and his girl's place I noticed Mari had brought some herbs along with her. She had some uva-ursi, which is an herb I had planned on researching anyway so I stopped putting it off and started in on it. I posted what I found on Chan's new writing site "The Good and Bad on Uva-Ursi" I opened book after book reading all these wonderful attributes of this particular herb and then I stumbled across three books that offered warnings. I love learning about natural remedies but feel the more I learn the more I need to learn. There is no truth in the old saying "What you don't know can't hurt you"! It certainly can. 

My two questions are:

1) When you hear about a new supplement or herb do you rush right out and buy it and start taking it or do you research it first? Please tell me you research first. :-)

2) What do you consider the best find you have found as far as supplements or herbs? I have so many that have helped me but if I had to choose it would be turmeric. Turmeric completely removed all of my arthritis pain and I can move freely without a problem.

Thanks so much for visiting me today. Please check Amanda out and join the lively conversation @ Thursday's Two Questions. Take care and God bless!

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