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Meet Me on Monday

Hop on over to the blog hop hosted by Java at Never Growing Old!   Love to get to know more about my fellow bloggers on Mondays!! Enjoy! 1.  What are you wearing right now? i am rocking the kitty jammies look this morning!  Crashed on Son Number 2′s couch last night after flying in from an Ohio family weekend and am barely functional this morning.  No picture to add, trust me, you will be glad I did not post one! 2.  Do you ...

City Farm

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I went to the city of Chicago to go to a farm. Yes, you are reading this right. Just a little west of downtown Chicago at Clybourn and Division streets there is a farm called City Farm. City Farm is run by a nonprofit organization that does farming and recycling. They lease vacant lots for free from the city of Chicago usually in some blighted areas and turns these lots into green oases of food production in the middle of a concrete jungle. The lease is good until the city decides ...

Green Bean Casserole Warms The Season!

Green Bean Casserole is a traditional delicious  compliment to many a holiday meal, particularly Thanksgiving and Christmas. Green Bean Casserole is not all that difficult to make-- but a truly exceptional one requires a little finesse and extra care. My version of Green Bean Casserole may surprise.  I am certain it will be a memorable experience. Secret Ingredient: Before you even start to make the Green Bean Casserole in this recipe, I want you to make up the following secret ingredient. Use the recommended ...

A Counterpoint…of sorts

Yesterday someone in my life took his own life. I was devastated by the news…but only worried about what brought him there…not anger because he did it. No one can know the last thought of anyone who dies…by disease or by their own doing. To think otherwise is selfish and self-serving. I have had thoughts of suicide in my life…many of us have. I don’t condone it and I hope that anyone who does have these thoughts finds a way by whatever means to get to ...

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 ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique…

“Every man and woman is born into the world to do something unique and something distinctive and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done.” Benjamin E. Mays Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique…Seattle EMP Museum Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique… Seattle EMP Museum This was a tough one for me to do because we can make the argument that everything is unique. Yet, from each person’s perspective, some things stand out a bit more than other things. I was quite ...

I’ve Been Sparkled!

It seems I’ve been tagged by Thypolar as a recipient of this…Mrs. Sparkly thingy. First I have to answer 10 questions. Truthfully. Yikes! 1. Describe myself in seven words: Disturbed. Confused. Creative. Melancholy. Periwinkle. Silly. Introverted. 2. What keeps me up at night? Sometimes night-sweats, leg-sweats, three adorably rambunctious cats, worry, regret, guilt, the fear that the sun will rise, and the fear that it won’t. Oh, and gas. 3. Whom would I like to be? It’s a no-brainer: Tina Louise (Ginger Grant on ...

How to protect your flowers during a heat wave

Summer is here. The sun is out. People are having fun outdoors. Life is pretty good. Can’t complain. But then, there are those summer days when it’s just WAY too hot to do anything. You are breaking a sweat just by standing there. Just like frost, too much heat isn’t good for your plants.  The dry heat and scorching temperatures can destroy your garden plants. Here are some helpful tips to keep your flowers from dying from the extreme heat: Prepare your ...

Christmas Wreath Ideas!

It’s that time of the year! Time to deck the halls! Or if you are way too busy to go all out, the least you could do is hang a wreath over your door. A wreath is an easy way to add colour and holiday cheer to your home. They come in all shapes, sizes, colour and styles. You can either make your own or buy one. In any case, here are some beautiful Christmas wreaths to give you some ...

Gardening in New Orleans

Our garden is growing – we have tomatoes, peppers, cucumber and melon plus a lot of herbs growing at breakneck speed. Something new is always popping up. The funny thing about gardening is that once you figure it out in one place there is NO guarantee you will be successful (at first) in a different place. Some of the tomatoes are being eaten by something – not cutworms, but something I have yet to identify. There are bugs and worms that I ...

Floral Trends: Flowers in Bridal Hair

Summer is well under way! It’s wedding season and conveniently, this is when all the flowers are in bloom. Flowers are romantic, feminine and flirty. Naturally, flowers as hair accessories, are perfect for summer brides, adding elegance and beauty. You could use a single bold flower for a simple hairstyle or a cluster of delicate blooms for a more complicated style. Tips for using fresh flowers: Pick fresh, resilient flowers. Choose flowers that are in season. Store the flowers in a cooler or refrigerator ...

Top 5 Plants for Christmas

Adding plants to your home is a simple and cost effective way to add to your decor and to change it up for the various holidays and celebrations throughout the year. Below is my pick of the top 5 houseplants for the Christmas season, and beyond. The Poinsettia Available in red, white or pink, nothing says Christmas like the poinsettia! Easy to care for, long lasting, not poisonous and stunningly beautiful. Winter Cherry Picture from: http://www.adenium-sib.ru/ Solanum capsicastrum, commonly called Jerusalem cherry, Madeira winter ...

Weekly photo challenge – Create – A Bird of Paradise

As soon as I read the topic for the challenge this week, I thought of my grandmother and a piece of work she created when she was 76, after signing up for a night school course to ‘learn something a bit different”. Her eyesight was getting worse and she was suffering with arthritis in her hands, but once she had started the embrodiery course she was determined to see it through. The result of her labours was framed and put on show in the town ...

Making Moss in your Garden

Adding moss to your garden can make a pretty unique look. It’s pretty easy to create moss and it can be “added” to a variety of items, like these clay posts… Image Credit: www.bystephanielynn.com Or this purse that has been re-purposed as a planter… Image Credit: www.blog.oregonlive.com Maybe you’d like to see it on some lawn ornaments or statues… Image Credit: www.tigerpots.com Unique, really pretty and rather simple to do… 1) You can lift mosses that you already have around your home and garden with a basic ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Arizona Butterfly and Moth Update–November, 2013

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Arizona Butterfly and Moth Conservation Two-tailed Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata) Arizona’s butterfly. Butterflies and moths are pollinators and they are food for other species. I know of no harm they cause to human interests. Nevertheless, many die from insecticide poisoning and others decline due to human removal of caterpillar host plants. The conservation status of these familiar …

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Arizona Bird Update–October 2013

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The Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count shows that since 1967, many U. S. birds have declined. Twenty of our most familiar bird species (Common Birds in Decline) have lost at least half their populations over the past four decades. The causes of some of the declines are know. Observers have reported direct connections to habitat destruction for …

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Arizona Amphibian Update–October 2013

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Arizona Amphibian Conservation Status Jill, One-Eyed Rocky Mountain Toad Amphibians are faced with insurmountable threats worldwide. Habitat loss, invasions, toxic pollution, and disease have placed them near the top of global conservation concerns. Arizona amphibians and other desert amphibians, are most threatened by habitat loss. The growing human population is using water so fast that springs and streams are …

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Robert C. Stebbins Dies

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Best known for A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians, a book I find indispensable, Robert Stebbins was a renown specialist who believed that direct observation of nature out-of-doors was as important as laboratory research. He was also concerned for the welfare of his subjects. He recognized that amphibian and reptile decline was a symptom …

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Mule Deer and Fawn at Coldwater Farm

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Mule Deer at Coldwater Farm During the long drought this spring, several mule deer visited Coldwater Farm near the Agua Fria River in central Arizona. A lone doe became a resident, and browses in the yard in the evenings and mornings. In early August I saw a fawn bouncing about beside the doe. Yesterday, the fawn …

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Wildlife Checklists Update

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Checklists of plant and animal species one might see in a particular place make useful notebooks for recording sightings. Sometimes called life lists, the species names in such notebooks are comparable to the stamps, coins, and arrowheads collected by others. Though their objects are different, all collectors want to protect their collections. They are all …

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