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Share Your World

To participate in Share Your World, click here 1) What was the last URL that you bookmarked? The last URL I bookmarked was Vivian Delores, which is a blog I just started in memory of my mom. I am not quite sure what all I will do with it, but page 1 is finished. 2)For relaxation, would you rather meditate, swim, walk, listen to music, write, read, yoga, qigong, or other? In a perfect world I would go horseback riding to relax. Since I ...

Twelve Books to Uplift You & Blast the Blues…

“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.” ~ Henry David Thoreau. Books, like flowers, add color to our lives... What books are you reading lately? What uplifting book would you recommend I read? Reading books, new and old, is a favorite winter pastime and I suspect the same goes for many others who, like me, prefer to stay ...

Freebie Friday: Free Desktop Calendars for March 2014

March is upon us & with the month of March comes Spring! I don’t know about where you live but here it has been a long cold winter, Spring can’t get here fast enough! Celebrate the new season with our Free Desktop Wallpapers! To download, click on chosen image, it will open in a new window. Right click and select “Save Image As…” Save onto your desktop. The wallpapers are perfect for widescreen monitors; the resolutions are 1920 x 1080.

SITSGirls Featured Blogger: WooHoo! My Special SITS Day!

SITS Featured Blogger: Ten Tips – How to Show Our Gratitude before Eating Thanksgiving Dinner This Year “Everyone in the world should be able to sleep without fear at least for one night. Everyone should be able to eat to his/her fill at least for one day. There should be at least one day when hospitals should see no one admitted due to violence. In doing selfless service, for at least one day, everyone should help the poor and needy. It’s ...

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 ...

what to do with all these wild blackberries

Passion Flower in the field across the street in one of my posts recently, i talked about our blackberry picking. i also said i'm not much of a baker. i mentioned that we use the blackberries in drinks and smoothies...and freeze most of them. well, this morning we rode the 4-wheeler across the road...to the field... Woodrose vine/Morning Glory, in the field across the street. to collect MORE wild blackberries. when we got back home...my mother-in-law stopped by and asked if i was going to bake a pie. "nah. i'm not ...

Christmas holidays

I was recently asked by a friend living in the UK: "Do expats still take holidays and if so where?" What a strange question and one I’d never considered! So what's the deal with expats and holidays? Do you return to your homeland to visit family and friends, explore your new country or are you still tempted to travel to foreign shores? Some expats, having fulfilled their dream of moving abroad, may prefer to "holiday at home" - a perfect opportunity to explore ...

Christmas Plants that are Poisonous for Pets

Christmas just wouldn’t feel quite like Christmas without traditional holiday plants, like poinsettias and holly decking our halls. Holiday plants add colour and holiday cheer to our homes. However, pet owners should take some precaution. Many of the popular Christmas plants are toxic to pets, including cats and dogs. Pets can become quite ill. In fact, the holiday season is one of the busiest for vets. But these health scares can be easily avoided by keeping these poisonous plants away from ...

Planting Summer Bulbs

Summer isn’t here yet, but now is the time to start thinking about planting summer bulbs in your garden. These summer flowering plants will add a bold colour and fabulous foliage to your garden from midsummer to early fall.  They can be grown in the garden or in a container.  Plus, they are easy to grow. You just have to remember to dig them up in the fall. What are summer bulbs? They are plants with tubers and corms that bloom in ...

Black Flowers for Black Friday?

Today is Friday the 13th, a day where some people consider it to be bad luck. Some may even call it “Black Friday.” Black represents death, mystery and intrigue.  It is a powerful colour. So powerful that it doesn’t even exist in nature. “Black” flowers are actually, very dark shades of purples, reds and blues. Black Bat Flower Think bats are creepy? This flower is even creepier looking! This unusual looking flower with the long whisker-like filaments can be intimidating for superstitious ...

Look, Ma, I'm tatting!

Back in March, my friend Amanda lent me a tatting shuttle and some crochet thread after she had shown me tatting.  Amanda did a demonstration on how to do it, and I thought it looked pretty. A few nights after that, I tried to teach myself.  And I tried.  I just couldn't do it.  I could not get that darn stitch to flip.  I gave up on it.  Until a few nights ago. Oh, what is tatting?  Tatting is a way to ...

Flowers Available in Autumn

Don’t be sad that summer is over. There are plenty flowers that are available at your local florists in the cool, mild season of autumn. There are many beautiful, hardy flowers to choose from for your home decorating or gifting needs. Here are a list of some flowers that are available in autumn: Agapanthus Allium Amaranthus (Love-Lies-Bleeding) Anemone Aster Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) Chrysanthemum Celosia (Cockscomb) Craspedia (Billy Balls) Photo Credit: Flickr, Bill Higham Dahlia Hydrangea Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker) Montbretia (Crocosmia) Sunflower Zinnia And remember, Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flowers has a wide variety of autumn bouquets ...

Prom Flower Trends for 2013

It’s that time of the year again! It’s Prom Season (or Grad Season, as we Canadians call it)! Prom is one of the most memorable times of the year for high school students, especially for all the teenage girls. It may be the last time they will ever see their friends and teachers, and of course, they will want to make a lasting impression! Flowers have always been an important part of prom night. High school graduates want everything to be ...

Kids Art

Kids Art Kids art is often so delightful. I want to share today a couple of drawings that my 8 year old granddaughter Grace has done. The first she did and stuck on the wall to show which part of the house was the Town – when we were playing a game of shops. She went around the house and labelled all the different rooms. The Town The second is a truly lovely drawing of our bathroom, which she then stuck on the ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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