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Visions from Vail

Sometimes it’s impossible to leave work behind. And honestly, who wants to when work involves inspiring design?! Julie, our Project Manager at BGI, recently vacationed in Vail, Colorado with her family and couldn’t resist taking pictures of the town’s picturesque architecture and design. It was her first time skiing in almost 20 years and she said it was the perfect setting for tumbling down a mountain! She and her family had a great time, and we’re just glad she didn’t break ...

Mrs. Chatterbox: Guest Blogger

Forrest Gump famously proclaimed, “I know what love is.” As you know, Mr. C. and I have just returned from a fantastic trip to Turkey. What a wonderful country, full of wonderful people. We had good experiences and enjoyed the adventure of the trip. But, I made an observation on this particular trip that many of you might think should have come years ago. Mr. C. and I have crafted a great life together. We have a son who is the light ...

Weekly photo challenge – Windows

This first shot is of the Gridiron building in New York, it seems so fragile especially taken from this angle. This is a detail from one of the beautiful stained glass windows in the cathedral in Prague which I particularly liked. The detail and the colours are so fresh, just breathtaking. On a visit to Spain, we drove up to Ronda and this is a view across the gorge.

One Lovely Blog Award!

Ain't it lovely?! Red, over at Momma’s Money Matters has honored me with the One Lovely Blog Award. I’d never thought my blog was lovely or even particularly upbeat. Nonetheless, I am thrilled to accept this award. Red, you made my day! Now, for the 10 secrets I am required to give up. Actually, only the first 3 are secrets. The rest are little-known tidbits about myself: 1) I once had one of “those kind of dreams” about Howard Sprague. He’s the dork ...

New Law Will Break the Internet if Passed

Image courtesy of Fer Gregory via Compfight I like the Internet. It allows me a growing forum to express my thoughts and opinion as well as discover those of others. It also allows me to stay in touch with old friends and meet new ones. However, there is a troubling piece of legislation that’s being considered for quick passage in Congress that will change the way the Internet works and how we engage with it. Check out this brief video that explains the ...

Musings: Ode To An Email Junkie…

“I’m addicted to email, but other than that, there are practical things – being able to buy a book on the internet that you can’t find in your local bookshop. This could be a lifeline if you live further from the sources.”  Marilyn Hacker Ode To An Email Junkie by ElizOF A tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek ode… The love affair began with that dinosaur – A An aging mail maid with suspect kin She danced before EJ’s novice eyes and signed her up without a sigh Soon that chime-y ...

Raisins – I “wonder” why they have pips?

Post inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge This week’s theme is “Wonder” Lucky I tried them! Due to language challenges (which can also present problems when shopping) there is rarely a dull moment in the Piglet household and today was no exception! After my recent “oven” saga I was keen to bake my favourite carrot cake so I gathered all the ingredients together adding them to the mixing bowl as per the recipe. Now,  I don’t know what made me “steal” a ...

Flowers on the moon…

Not yet, but it’s coming! Image Credit: NASA In 2015 scientists are planning on sending some seeds to the moon to study the germination of plants in lunar gravity & radiation on the moon. They will be creating a self contained habitat and attempting to grow basil, turnips and arabidopsis (a small flowering weed from the mustard family). Once the seeds have landed, water will be added and growth monitored and compared to controlled specimens on earth. They will be using the moons ...

What are Biennial Flowers?

Spring is here, which means we will  be spending a lot more time at the local garden center or nursery. One of the best parts about gardening is choosing which flowers to grow. There are so many varieties to choose from with most flowers falling into two main categories: annuals and perennials. But there is actually another, lesser known type of flower called the biennial. What are Biennial Flowers? A biennial is a type of flowering plant that takes two years to ...

Fun Flower Facts: Tiger Lily (Lilium Lancifolium)

Tiger Lily (Lilium lancifolium, formerly L.tigrinum) is one of the most popular species of lilies. It is considered a classic garden flower, an “oldie, but a goodie.” It is easily identified by its 6 bright orange, curved petals with black or dark purple spots that grow on tall, hairy stems. Unlike other lilies, Tiger lilies are not scented. Tiger lilies are native to China, Japan and Korea, but they are cultivated all around the world for its beauty. These flowers look ...

Light your Garden on Fire with the Flame Lily

Scientific name: Gloriosa  superba Other names: fire Lily, climbing lily, creeping lily, glory lily It’s a showstopping flower that will ignite your passion for gardening. The flame lily is a climbing vine with showy, wavy yellow and red flowers that resembles flames, hence the name. In bud, the pale green petals face downwards. As it matures, the petals elongate and wrinkle, while arching backwards to reveal a gorgeous 6-petaled flower. The stamens are just as visually stunning as the petals, spreading outward ...

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2013

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is one of major tourist attractions in the Epcot Theme Park in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Florida during the months of March, April and May. It’s a must-see for flower lovers! During this time of the year, visitors can feast their eyes on beautiful garden landscapes and topiary. There are over 100 topiaries, 225 floating mini gardens and flower beds, and impressive flower towers.  And course, being a Disney theme park, ...

Wandering along the Bluebonnet Trail

Bluebonnet Carpet   Bluebonnet Pond     One of a Kind     Don't Fence Me In     Springtime Palette   Click in any image to see it in the original gallery   Enjoy more floral fun at TODAY'S FLOWERS   This was a small slice of MY WORLD   This weekend I had the great pleasure of visiting the town of Ennis, Texas. Enis is the home of the Ennis Bluebonnet Festival and the Bluebonnet Trail. This celebration of the blooming of the State Flower of Texas lasts for the entire month of April and they have ...

Fun Flower Facts: Birds of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)

Birds of Paradise or Strelitzia reginae is one of the most recognized tropical plants. The bright orange sepals and purple petals emerging from the light green stalks resemble its namesake, a colourful bird with long feathers. As a garden plant, the birds of paradise would do best in tropical or subtropical environments, particularly climate zones: 9-12, where it’s warm, sunny and free from frost. A plant starting from seed will take 3-5 years to mature and produce flowers. Plants grown from ...

Author Archive: Shirley McLain - Writing, Musings, and Inspiration...

I am fairly new at writing. I started my book “The Tower” in March and it was published in November. I can say it was a learning experience from the start. I continue to learn all the time, from other people, who have published, or those trying to publish. I guess the bottom line is, I am always learning and hopefully improving my craft. I want my blog to be someplace that I can go to and write what I feel. Hopefully have some meaningful discussion on writing and everything it entails. This is a new world for me, and I am jumping into it with both feet. Ye Ha

Mind Boggling

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Have you ever given any thought to how amazing the mind is. The more I read and watch what happens in this world, the more I realize what an amazing creation God gave to us. Even as slow as I can be at times, it’s the other times that totally blows me away. I ask myself …

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Halloween Thoughts

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I thought of Halloween as an American Holiday but as usual when I think I know something, my thinking is wrong. I probably thought that way because I had not heard of any other countries having a Halloween Holiday. I wonder if it is practiced in the same way as America does it? In my childhood …

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The Supermoon

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The largest full moon of 2013, a so-called “supermoon,” will light up the night sky this weekend, but there’s more to this lunar delight than meets the eye. On Sunday, June 23, at 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT), the moon will arrive at perigee — the point in its orbit bringing it closest to Earth), a …

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A Redneck

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Below is the definition of a Redneck from Dictionary.com. The problem with this definition is it’s not complete. Being a Redneck is a way of life for many people in the United States. My son is a Redneck and very proud of the fact, but if he fits in any part of this definition it …

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Carlsbad Caverns

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When I was a five year old, my parents and I went to Carlsbad New Mexico to see Carlsbad Caverns. It was an experience that stuck in my mind like glue. I remember it all as if it was yesterday. It would be sixty years before I returned to that area. At my childhood visit, …

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My Grandgoats

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OK, I admit it I’m not the goat’s grandmother, but I am the mother of the owner of this small group of Mini Nubians. My daughter has gotten into the goat breeding business with both feet along with my son-in-law and grandson. They are breeding the stock to gain a milk producing, polled (hornless) variety. …

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