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On Blogging: Can We Talk?

The heart and soul of blogging is the individual and/or the group of individuals opining on the fly and responding post-haste to one and all. Michael Conniff On Blogging: Can We Talk? Overview: It is hard to believe that we have come to the end of the road on the blogging challenge. It has been an exhilarating yet challenging year with tons of lessons learned. This post will answer the eleven questions posed to us earlier in the week, and then add ...

The Royal Flush

The writing prompt this week at the Trifecta Writing Challenge is the third definition of the word, ZOMBIE. 3.   ”a mixed drink made of several kinds of rum, liqueur, and fruit juice” The only other requirement is that the piece contains between 33 and 333 words. *** 10/31/1988: a date etched in the collective memory of staff and patrons of the French Quarter’s Ace-Deuce Lounge. Joey Mastroianni was nobody’s favorite. Obnoxious and loud by design, holidays such as Mardi Gras, Halloween and April Fool’s Day served to magnify his lack of social skills. ...

No Way!

You must be pigging joking! When I saw the theme for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge was “UP”, I immediately thought of this photograph! No, I was not persuaded to climb up a snaking ladder to the top of this enormous slide. As I pointed out, I may be cabbage looking but I’m not completely mad. So, who’s daring enough to try one of these slides?

License Plates Gone Wild...

You really can find anything on the internet... including strange and stupid things that morons have chosen for their personalized license plates... I couldn't decide if I was entertained or horrified by most of these... WHAT THE EFF ARE YOU PEOPLE THINKING? (photos from happy place.com) So apparently people are driving around proud they are old pedophiles or waiting for the day you turn 18, of course that is when they have free time from shaking babies and embracing slavery... And I have no comment ...

Vacation Anxiety...Really???

My husband Mike and I are about to head out on a much deserved two day vacation. Okay, maybe it’s just a staycation, seeing that we’re not going far, but being in Florida…in February, makes even a staycation something special. We’re heading across the state to Fort Lauderdale, where white sandy beaches, interesting restaurants, and friends and family are awaiting us.It’s been a while since we’ve gone away and I have a shopping list of activities planned, including a trip ...

Farófias com Leite Creme – À la Piglet

This traditional Portuguese recipe is courtesy of Fernanda I’m always keen to try Portuguese recipes so when Fernanda kindly shared this recipe I thought I would experiment. I tried to discover what the word “Farófias” actually meant but unfortunately it did not translate. Any clues please? I’ve never tasted Farófias before so my taste buds had no frame of reference to call on. However, I hope my attempt does Fernanda’s recipe justice and if not please try not to laugh as I ...

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 ...

barred owl and walking sticks

this will be a quickie... in my last post i mentioned that we heard the owls!! (...and on my way to locate them, i was side-tracked by the black racer snake) we haven't  seen the Barred Owls  for about 6 months. we assumed...or at least hoped...that they hang out in a certain area for a while  and then move on....only to make their rounds back to where they started. they have!  we spotted one yesterday around 7pm!! just like the coyote we spotted last weekend... again, i had ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: The Bataille de Fleurs in Nice, France

Every February, the picturesque city of Nice, France hosts the largest carnival in the country. This year, the Nice Carnival is celebrating its 140th birthday with the theme “King of the Five Continents.” The main attraction during the 3 week winter festival is the world-famous Bataille de Fleurs or the Battle of Flowers, where elaborate, larger-than-life  flower-covered floats are paraded down the street with extravagantly costumed models throwing thousands of flowers into the audience. For the spectators, half the fun is trying to ...

Creative Reuse Finds

I know, I know, I've been all about creative reuse lately, but I'm really excited about it!  As one reader pointed out, I forgot to post what I got at both stores!  So, in one big combined photo, here's what I bought. Besides a whole lot of yarn, here are some other fun treasures: Two older pattern folders, one for sweaters and one for dishcloths, hence all the cotton yarn. A pair of US 10.5 Susan Bates needles, a good brand and one ...

Free November 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

Well, it’s a new month, which means it’s time to change up your desktop wallpaper! Here is a collection of FREE November 2013 desktop calendar wallpapers for you. Resolution is 1920 x 1080, which is perfect for widescreen monitors. To download, click on your favourite image. It will open up in a new window. Right click to save onto your computer. Happy November!

Chicken, Dumplings & Other Good Stuff!

Chicken, Dumplings & Other Good Stuff!

Opinion by John Liming Hey! Nobody cooked like my Mom! I am sure that everyone who reads this will say the exact same thing--- and they would be right!  No one ever cooks like Mom! Sometimes I will leave the subject of politics in order to give my Readers a break.  This is one of those times and I am going to rant about  the days of my youth and some of the great memories that all of us might share in one ...

Painting The Seasons

Painting The Seasons Painting the seasons can offer us a rich treasure trove of inspiration.  I got caught up in Spring this week . I found some beautiful sweet peas at my favourite coffee shop and decided to do a small painting of them. Here’s my inspiration…. Sweet Pea Sweet Pea 2 Painting the seasons can be tackled in many different ways.  Instead of painting a wide sweeping vista with Spring blossoms, I opted for an up close and personal view of the sweet ...

Author Archive: Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!

Guest Post: A Gardening Grandma Grows with her Grandkids

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I might be the stereotypical grandmother. I bake for my grandchildren. I spend a lot of time in my garden. And I’ve made it very clear that though the yard is a free zone to run around, the flower beds are not to be trampled on. Yes, my hobbies are predictably grandmotherly, but I just do things I enjoy- things that make me happy. Flowers probably make me happy because of my memories …

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Guest Post: How to take care of indoor plants and flowers

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Having plants at home is a wonderful way to bring beautiful nature indoors and create a lovely and more relaxed environment. Indoor plants and flowers give a beautiful vibe to the home and suit absolutely every interior. Placing pots of flowers is the best way to decorate every room in your house or apartment and give the place an attractive charm. However, as living organisms, plants need to be taken good care of …

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Arachnis Orchids

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This warmth loving orchid hails from Malaysia, Indonesia & New Guinea so they do well in warm, humid climates. This climbing beauty must be planted in full sun and is surprisingly easy to grow. The vine is quite thick and can grow to 15 ft high or more. You definitely need to stake this baby; …

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How to press flowers

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Pressing flowers and/or leaves is a fairly simple process, you just have to be a little bit patient! 1) Use absorbent paper like newspaper or paper towel. Don’t use paper with an embossed pattern as that will give a waffle like texture to the blooms. 2) Fold the paper in half and place the flowers you want …

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Freebie Friday: Free April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!

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While for some of us it’s hard to believe, Spring really is on it’s way! Here in Edmonton we are looking forward to double digit temps next week! Exciting! To help celebrate Springs arrival here are some free desktop calendar wallpapers for you! Resolution is 1920 x 1080, which is perfect for widescreen monitors. To download, click on your favourite image. …

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Fresh Flowers, from a vending machine?

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You have to admit, it’s a novel idea. Just pop your credit card in the vending machine, choose a bouquet and voila! You have a ready made bouquet to give to a loved one… In Shanghai, China an entrepreneur has created the worlds first floral vending machine. They have been in operation at 2 metro stations …

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