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101/1001 challenge

Although I love to set myself goals I must confess I’m the worlds worst at keeping my New Year’s Resolutions. However, when I spotted the 101/1001 challenge on Sarsm’s Blog I thought it sounded great fun especially as you have the support of other 101/1001 bloggers. So what is 101/1001? You set yourself 101 tasks to be completed in 1001 days. Sounds easy? I think not, but I am going to at least try! I started the challenge after much procrastination on ...

Horton, Can You Hear Me?

Who doesn't know Dr. Suess?  And who doesn't know his classic story Horton Hears a Who?  I remember being enchanted by it as a child, with its magical language and its compelling situation and its friendly pictures. I actually had this book called to mind today, and it wasn't for any of those reasons.  I was passing some time reading assorted blogs and facebook statuses, trying to come to know my friends better.  Then it occurred to me how similarly we ...

Eleven secrets for an excellent road trip

If there are people in your car who follow Elmo on twitter, keep the banana industry thriving, and compel you to keep snacks and wipes on hand at every single moment less you risk Armegeddon, then you need to read this post. We are driving to spend three nights with dear friends on the Olympic Peninsula next week. They live approximately four hours away, a modest drive north from our urban home to a majestic rural community that is bordered on the west ...

My A ~ Z of Portugal

Portugal blogger Julie Dawn Fox set herself the challenge of writing a series of posts relating to Portugal using each letter of the alphabet. When I read her intro post “A personal A ~ Z of Portugal” I thought “What a brilliant idea” and one that could be easily be adopted by fellow bloggers across the world. For example “My A ~ Z of Chile” or “A ~ Z of Australia”, UK, USA or wherever. I feel this is such ...

Weekly Photo Challenge – Foreign

Map of Hokkaido showing the subprefectures and the primary cities (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Foreign – something unfamiliar, something different; this was certainly true of a visit to Japan a few years ago. We saw lots of food on sale in a local market which we had never seen before and which looked very strange to us. Later, dressed in tradional kimonos and seated crosslegged on the floor, we were served a wonderful selection of food at a formal banquet. We travelled to the beautiful northern island of Hokkaido to ...

Birds and Gators

Thanks to a recent visit to the great Birding Center here on South Padre Island we got some great shots of some great looking wildlife!  Love being in nature and enjoying the quiet walk on the boardwalk!!!  Hope you enjoy them as much as we did! Click to view slideshow.

Food: A Taste For Dessert…

“Life is uncertain… Eat dessert first.” Ernestine Ulmer Food: A Taste For Dessert... Berry Crumble & Custard Food: A Taste For Dessert... Trifle But I, when I undress me Each night, upon my knees Will ask the Lord to bless me With a fine dessert please (amended) Eugene Field I love desserts and, frankly, given the chance I’d eat my dessert first… Some of my fondest memories of my High School days in England revolved around food; especially lunch time desserts in our refectory. I loved all our ...

BGI Selected an HGTV Pro Network Designer

We are excited and honored to announce Barbara Gilbert Interiors has been selected as an HGTV Pro Network Designer! As an HGTV-featured designer, our work will be highlighted in the new Designers Showcase section on HGTV and through Pro Galleries on HGTVRemodels. Here’s just a glimpse at some of our designs shown to date! Cozy Classic Kitchen boasts a show-stopping island, timeless cabinetry, deep granite countertops and a butler’s pantry equipped with a coffee station. Glamorous Transitional Bathroom features slate tile with ...

giving in to the moon

it's been getting down to the high 30's/low 40's the past couple of nights. staying pretty much in the 60's during the day. (yay! flannel shirt weather! i love it!) darkness lasting longer in the morning... and coming earlier in the evening. moon shadows. daytime bugs & critters take advantage of the sun's warm rays. flowers are still blooming... butterflies are still feeding Gulf Fritillary on Blue Mist there are still plenty of dragonflies lizards & frogs soaking up the sun's warmth a lone mushroom not ready to give in to the ...

Fun Flower Facts: Begonia

Begonia is a genus of flowering plants with 1500 species native to South and Central America, Africa and southern Asia. Plants are usually compact with dense foliage. With so many varieties available, needless to say, the appearance of these flowers will vary. Depending on the type, begonias can grow to be 8 inches to 2 feet in height. Flowers come in a variety of colours, including red, white, pink and yellow. Flowers can be single or double blooms, with delicate, ruffled ...

Fun Flower Facts: Nasturtium

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum) is a genus of flowering plants known for their brightly coloured flowers and attractive foliage. It is native to jungles of Peru. There are trailing, climbing, and dwarf varieties. The showy flowers can be single or double and come in fiery shades of reds, oranges, and yellows. Leaves are pale green and umbrella-shaped with long stems. Nasturtiums are the perfect flowers for beginner gardeners! These annuals are very easy to grow from seed, drought tolerant and can be be grown ...

Moving – Controlled Chaos

Moving – Is It Controlled, Or Just Chaos? Moving is something I haven’t had to do for the last six years and one forgets how time consuming and chaotic packing can be. Moving – Uncontrolled Chaos It’s not just the packing though – the worst bit is the cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. We are moving from a rental to our own place, so everything has to be spick and span.  Just when you think you are getting on top of it all, what happens ...

Looking and Learning To See

Looking And Learning To see There are many levels of looking. Some of these ‘lookings’ are what we do with our eyes and some of them are what we do with our hearts and minds. In Salvador Dali’s painting below, he has the child lifting up the skin of the sea to see what is beneath. Looking Beneath We can look - Outwards Inwards See only what is on the surface Look at what lies underneath Look ahead Look behind Look in the mirror Look at something from a different perspective………. Looking has ...

Guess the Celebrity Home

Summer always brings out the kid in me. It’s the season of fun, so let’s have a little! A house doesn’t really become a home until it reflects the owner’s style and taste. Of course, style and taste don’t always go hand in hand. Even celebrities, with their limitless budgets and options, don’t always make the wisest decisions when it comes to interior design, but I’m always intrigued by their choices. Whether quirky, opulent or simple and understated, their homes always ...

Author Archive: Leslie - Authentic Imperfection

I am a woman who refuses to be defined by roles, even though I am, at times, a willing actor in such roles. There is nothing I enjoy more than a good meal, interesting conversations with friends and quality time spent with family.

Where’d Leslie go?

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Moving through and toward new things. Don’t give up on my blog. I WILL RETURN. I feel the words coming, Have images beginning to flash through my mind. Winters beginning to nip at my fingers and nose. The Sun is sinking sooner and the Moon rises earlier. On clear nights the stars glisten like diamonds on black …

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Lion-hearted Lover

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While wandering the shadowy understory seeking sun, I ran into a ravenous lion. Afraid of being eaten alive knowing how cats love to taunt their prey, I wanted to run. Like heavy petting, they lick and nibble, play rough enough to exhaust the poor creature into begging for consummation. Then I noticed the gash in his heart gushing tears. I went to him looked into his sky eyes. Tired he yawned, …

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Grief Garden, Forgiveness, and Rebirth

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Electric Love Voluminous blossom Opens her face to the Sun; Swallows fire, Dares to dazzle, Has no fear When the rain comes Melting her pretty petals Fall Worthy remains Feed the garden of her blessed beginning. Tammy Wynette was one of my mothers favorites when I was a young child. She played this song many times. It opened my heart to fire of God burning in my …

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An Empty Cocoon Part 2

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Read Part 1 The next day we waited in the hall outside the intensive care unit until everyone arrived. Once all four of us were there we took turns visiting mother. Each of us saying what we needed to in private. When my turn came all I could say was,”Mom, thank you for giving me life,” …

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An Empty Cocoon

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Nearly two weeks ago my mother fell down the stairs. She was staying with my older sister Vicki while my younger sister Sheri, her primary caretaker was out of town. Mom taking a nose dive down the stairs was Vickis biggest concern. Something she worried about every time mom stayed at her house. The agreement was …

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Mandala of a Mundane Morning

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The Sun, and I rise, carnelian light burns through gray slate clouds, Holy Aura Illuminates the new day. Distance crow cackles, like an old crone laughing madly, while she stirs tossing in the forbidden, magic boils over. Raggedy edged bathroom mirror gleams like mica, its subdued shine entices me to focus on my image. At the kitchen sink I stand grateful. Fresh water flows from the spigot fountain cool liquid sparklers spill down my …

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