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Daily Adventures: Twelve Fun Things To Do…

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” Helen Keller When I read the Daily Post prompt for today, I was glad because I liked the topic, Top Ten Favorite Things to Do, and I love list posts. Okay, I did modify it from the original which was to write on top things we hadn’t done in a year. I decided to ...

Share Your World

If you could choose between Wisdom and Luck, which one would you pick? I would choose wisdom, because if I had some of that, I wouldn’t need luck. What is success for me? Knowing I did the right thing for the people I love. It rarely happens, but when it does it feels good. What is your biggest fear or phobia? I have a lot of them: being trapped in a fire, crowds, haters, snakes and spontaneous combustion. Spontaneous combustion is weird, no? What physical attribute do ...

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Cook”

I was going to skip this weeks challenge since I don’t cook and own no recipe for anything. I have cookbooks somewhere in storage. (smile) So I decide to have fun with this challenge. I’m laughing as I’m writing (smile) Here’s my sense of humor about cooking as illustrated by my acrostic. (smile) Cook. Cooked. Cooking. Three words not on my resume. (smile) I tried cooking a few times. Can you say, disaster. I tried frying once. You can’t fry on ...

Inspiration: A Perfect Meal…

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” J.R.R. Tolkien Inspiration: A Glorious Meal... An abundance of fruits and vegetables Describe a perfect meal: When I read the WP Daily Post prompt on a perfect meal shared. I tried to imagine what it would look like and who would be there. he more I thought about it, the more it seemed to me that if there was a chance to share ...

Virgin Traveler (the trilogy)

Before I start I want to say thank you to Lisa Brendal and Sugary Cynic fir the birthday hijacking of this blog and also thank everyone who stopped by to see the carnage and wish me a happy birthday. I feel the love…even if I didn’t taste the pie. I am intentionally jumping ahead a couple weeks on the trip to right the trilogy edition. I will take a break from the story after this and later write a couple of ...

The Virgin Traveler (part I)

Anne Dickens posted a story recently that described a harrowing off road bicycle trip where she and a friend wound up on a military bombing range in Oxfordshire. The question Anne posed to her reading audience was essentially,”What scary experiences have you had?” Well…it reminded me of a trip to England (by coincidence) and here is the tale… I had an opportunity to travel to Europe for the first time many years ago. It was a planned 1 month trip. My ...

Portion Control

Portion Control

For the past few months, I have had the good fortune to have my weekday take-out lunch assembled by a particularly heavy-handed worker at the assembly-line style restaurant, Chipotle. This has meant my daily salad has included more than the average dollops of roasted chili-corn salsa, shredded vegetable-based rennet cheese, and sustainably raised chicken. A coworker who frequents a different Chipotle branch (and, hence, has never experienced the topping-overload from my unselfish server), informed that her location normally charges extra ...

Fun Flower Facts: Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia)

Is that some kind of brush? Nope, it’s a flower called the red hot poker! Red Hot Poker, also known scientifically as Kniphofia (knee-FOE-fee-ah), is a genus of about 70 exotic plants native to South Africa that produces brightly-coloured spiky flowers in shades of red, orange, yellow or a combination of these colours.  These dramatic, eye-catching plants can grow to be 2 to 5 feet high. Kniphofias are popular cultivated plants, as they are easy to grow and hardy! They produce the ...

Bad Luck Update and I Don’t Speak Cow

If you are new to my blog you need to start with Accidents Happen. This is the continuing story of achieving incredible dreams and finding myself along the way, NOT. This is really the story of my life as a police cadet, officer, and then detective after my midlife crisis. If I get more than one midlife crisis, I think I’ll be a spy for the CIA. (A girl can dream, can’t she?) In between felony cases, pets, gardening, and my ...

Chrysanthemum Varieties

Fall isn’t fall without the sight of those bright and colourful flowers that grow in containers and in our gardens that we call chrysanthemums (or mums for short)! The chrysanthemum is one of the most popular flowers in the world, most likely due to the fact that they are hardy, long-lasting and easy to care for. And the beauty of it all is that chrysanthemums come in a large variety of colours, sizes and forms. There are endless number of ...

Geckos Give a Helping Hand to Save Rare Flower

Photo credit: National Geographic Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean, comes alive every June to October with blossoms of the rare Trochetia plant. Trochetia boutoniana has been the national flower of Mauritius since 1992 and it is often illustrated on stamps of Mauritius. It was named after French botanist Louis Bouton. The Trochetia plant is one the few plants worldwide that produces coloured nectar. It is thought that the nectar developed colour over time to attract a specific species of bird ...

Fruited Branches

Crab Apple branches and berries Fruited branches come from various types of trees and shrubs, and they are members of different botanical families and genera. These branches are treasured for their fanciful fruits that lend accent to floral designs year-round. Here are five of the most common, commercially produced fruited branches along with their genus and family classifications: CRABAPPLE: from the Rosaceae or rose family. FIG: or Ficus or Moraceae from the Mulberry) family. The Latin Ficus translates literally to “fig.” KIWI:  also known as ...

the brave 'shroom. the Orb. another misspelled sign.

a single mushroom standing tall and brave against the almost freezing rainy nights and enjoying the sunny & cool days. ~~ weird weather. some of the plants are being fooled into thinking spring is here. then the next day the temperature drops. Flatwoods Plum this small Flatwoods Plum tree i bought a few years ago at a local Florida native plant sale. it's grown from about 2 feet tall to 6 feet. this is the first year it's delicate blooms have come out! mini Daffodils the tiny daffodils blooming by the front porch. oOo REMEMBER the Orb Weaver from recent previous posts? the ...

Tips for a Weed-Free Garden

For the most part, gardening is fun and rewarding! For many, the garden is a place for relaxation and peace! It’s such a joy to see beautiful flowers and luscious, green plants in the garden! That being said, a beautiful garden doesn’t come easy. Weeds are bound to grow. In order for your garden to look and perform its best, weeding in the early spring is a must! Weeds will take over your garden and deplete moisture and nutrients from your plants. Here are ...

Peer support through blogging

One of my reasons for returning to study is that I would like to set up an organisation whose sole purpose is peer support for adults (both women and men) who experienced abuse as a ...

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The Kid Got to Me

When she told me that she wanted to write books I knew that she had suffered. Only the scarred would dare to write, to make sense of, or at least to look at, the entrails ...

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Acknowledging the pain of others

People like me, who write about their experiences of child sexual abuse, do not intentionally set out to cause other people pain. Unfortunately, however, we do. When we are lucky enough to have people ...

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A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters ...

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7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a ...

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Haiku: The First Day Of Spring…

Today is Thursday March 20th, the first, official day of spring! The buds start to peak through; crocuses, forget-me-nots, blossoming cherry trees herald the awakening of a new day. Spring has sprung and we can ...

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Guest Post: Bulb Flower Gardens

The fondest experience for any gardener is the sight of the first spring flowers peeking through the last snow of winter. These spring flowers have been long seen as a sign of new life. Whether ...

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Run Like Hell!

Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why ...

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Artist’s Studio

My new artist’s studio is is finally setup! Your artist’s studio is the hub of your creative endeavors. It is your home away from home. Often it is the home of your heart. An ...

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Freebie Friday: Free April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!

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 ...

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Afterlife of the Viking

Shevata leaned back on the armrest of the obsidian throne. “Zermon, no more savages!” “I’ll remind you that you released the last one?” Zermon rolled his eyes looking over a short man brought before ...

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Defining Moment 1985

One strong arm robbery (no weapons) turned into 2 when the take on the first was too light. The 2nd got us caught. I was driving, and we were about to pull away but a ...

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A Floral Mystery from Space

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The Ganjoji temple in Japan has a very old Cherry Tree, it’s estimated to be about 1250 years old. In 2008 some cherry stones from this tree were sent into space. They stayed on the International Space Station for 8 months, orbiting the earth a remarkable 4100 times. Upon their return they were sent back and …

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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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Art Fear And Money

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Art Fear and Money There have been books written of the subject of Art Fear and Money. What I’d like to address today is a fear that many of us have and try to ignore. It is more often than not a fear that we have learnt from our parents. Many of the decisions we make in …

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A Very Private Dancer

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I was very surprised and delighted that Rochelle had chosen one of my photographs for the prompt this week. It was taken at the end of a fiesta in Valldemossa, a lovely little town in Majorca where we spent a very enjoyable day. It is so good to see the number of writers taking part in …

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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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Southern Hills I

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A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to drive through the Southern Hills of Southland, in the South Island of New Zealand, with my sister. It seems to have almost a brooding kind of energy to it. At the same time parts of it are overwhelmingly immense. The skies are often lowering and the hills remote. One feels the immensity of nature and the insignificance of man. …

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