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Name Your New Year Resolution

As a blogger, I’m almost obligated by the fictional Blogger Code of Conduct to write a post about New Year resolutions. It comes with the territory. So to keep my non-existent blogging certification and license in place, here’s my requisite resolution post. In 2012 I hereby resolve to complete the following: 1. Train and complete two full marathons, one in the first half and the other the second half of the year 2. Earn at least my purple belt in Karate 3. Strive to write at ...

Should Facebook Have an "R" Rating???

Motion Picture Association of America Uses R-Rating to Notify About Mature Content I'm a parent of two daughters ages 7 and 10 respectively. Neither of them has a Facebook page - and they won't for several years. Interestingly, Facebook itself has a policy that requires anybody with a FB page to agree that they are at least 13 years old. Ironically, I know neighbors and colleagues whose children are younger than 10 and have personal pages on the world's largest social media site - ...

On The Inbox Wormhole

As I’m continuing my writing journey and realizing my time in cyber-space is at least as consuming as my time on Earth, there’s always a place I fear to look, a place of darkness, like in “Dune.”  Only I don’t have a poison needle and a cute actor sitting across from me as I enter this strange place.  Like most people, I call it my Inbox. Don’t get me wrong; I’m happy to get correspondence from friends and contacts I’ve made ...

You Told Us Where To Go

In January I asked my fellow bloggers to help me and Mrs. Chatterbox figure out where to go on our next vacation. We’ve been to some interesting places, but our last trip was cancelled by the State Department. We received wonderful suggestions on one of my most popular posts: Your Chance To Tell Me Where To Go, which you can check out (Here). We seriously considered staying within our own borders and availing ourselves of our fabulous National Parks, but in ...

Lists for all you taphophiles: lots of books about cemeteries

Lists for all you taphophiles: lots of books about cemeteries I remember a trip through New England where I made a point to stop at virtually every cemetery I passed on a single day. I don’t have a morbid bent – but if you’ve ever seen a New England cemetery, you know how beautiful they can be. The sense of history is awe-inspiring. Of course my visits were during the daytime. In one of those incidents that could be construed as nothing ...

Pressure Cooker Beans with Flavor!

I love my pressure cooker. Instead of hours to cook beans it take just a few minutes. But as much as I love the convenience I have a big complaint about the taste. Toooooo bland! According to the “experts” you are NOT supposed to add salt of herbs to the pot when you pressure cook beans. This means that you end up cooking them in plan old water with a little oil to keep the foam down. When they come out ...

My Failed Facebook Marriage….

Facebook ended my marriage (sort of).... You probably don’t know this about me, but I’m a sensitive soul….a petite, genteel flower if you will. I drink Celestial Seasonings sleepy-time chamomile tea as a pick-me-up. All of my under garments must be made out of crushed velvet and infused with Downey fabric softener and other anti-chafing agents. Even my toothbrush bristles are made from 100% baby rabbit fur. Suffice to say that I have a delicate constitution. That’s why it’s so difficult for me to (sob) write ...

A Beginner’s Guide to Starting Seeds Indoors

Now is the time to start your seeds indoors, generally 4-8 weeks before the last frost date. Growing plants from seeds is inexpensive and gives gardeners more variety to choose from. There is also a sense of accomplishment and joy that comes from starting from scratch.  This would be a fun little project to do with your kids during their spring break. It’s not as complicated as some people may think. Here is a beginner’s guide to starting seeds indoors: Seed Choice Seeds ...

Unexpected Orange

From pumpkins to autumn leaves, orange is everywhere this time of year. But why is a color that brings smiles to so many faces and even inspires fall foliage tours seldom used in interior design? Simply put, while most people are not afraid of color, they are afraid of choosing the wrong color. So they choose colors they think are “safe.” And while understandable, this can be a mistake and a missed opportunity because the power of color is undeniable. Orange is considered the ...

BGI Receives ASID Legacy of Design Award

We are honored and thrilled to announce that Barbara Gilbert Interiors has received First Place in the 2013 ASID Legacy of Design Awards for Bathroom Design! Founded in 1975 and with over 30,000 members, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is the oldest and largest professional association for interior designers in the United States. The association’s annual competition recognizes the finest interior design achievements in each state’s chapter and, needless to say, the competition is fierce! Pictured from left to right: ...

Pole Barn House Plans

As much as I keep wishing my retirement day would get here soon, I am also glad it’s not. I know I am not ready, I have so much to learn yet, not just about farming but also building our pole barn house. With me planning to do most of the work on our house, I have to learn every aspect of building this type of home not just the construction, but everything from the  plumbing system to radiant floor heating to name a ...

Art Show Success

I am going to interrupt our flow of posts this week to bring you an update on the Student Exhibition at Fires Creek Winery.  All went very smoothly on Friday, assisted by help from several of the students including Lorraine and Lorraine, Deborah, Stephanie, Gordon, Diane and my wonderfully helpful partner John. And if I have forgotten anyone, I do apologize as my brain has gone to mush! I was up till 2 am this morning printing labels and all ...

Flowers to Celebrate Grandparents Day

Today is Grandparents Day! It is a holiday that is celebrated in most countries around the world on the second Sunday in September. Like Mother’s and Father’s Day, it is a day to celebrate our loved ones—this time, our grandparents. Grandparents, well senior citizens in general, are often neglected and forgotten in today’s busy world. They usually live away from their families, often in long term care facilities, which can lead to sadness and depression. So it is important to show ...

The Ghost Fower (Mohavea Confertiflora)

With Halloween just a couple of days away, we’ve got spooky flowers on our minds here at Fun Flower Facts. We like to think of ourselves as a blog with a special interest in flowers and plants with fascinating names or characteristics.  In the past, we have profiled the Dragon’s Blood Tree, Bat Face Cuphea, Ghost Orchids, the Ghost Plant, and so much more! So if you like that kind of thing, you should definitely visit our blog often! Today’s blog ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Visions from Vail

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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 …

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From Here to There

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Amsterdam…Part Twee (Dutch for the word two) I am committed to wrap up my travelogue today….yes, I am sure you are eager for me to get back to my normal nonsense (with the word normal being used in the most broad spectrum sort of way). The problem for today is whittling down this last post as …

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Two Sided Guilder

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Already, I have misled you about Amsterdam. They no longer use guilders so the title should of been “Two Sided Euro” I guess..but then it would be less “Dutchy”. I am all about “Dutchy.” I know that my regular readers are aware that I am married to a Dutchman. His grandparents were part of a group …

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Where is the Princess?

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Stolzenfels Castle Middle Rhine On my last post, I left off with our traveling south from Koblenz…appropriately named Going South. Clever, huh? We continued our journey south to see some of the 40 castles and fortresses that still exists along the Middle Rhine. The Middle Rhine is one of four sections of the river. There are more than …

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Going South

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On the last travelogue post, we were in Andernach, Germany…So Many Castles, So Little Time. After spending the day in Andernach exploring we met up with a group of “new” friends for a lovely dinner. The group consisted of a Brit, a German, a Canadian, and 3 Americans. It was great fun comparing viewpoints on so …

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So Many Castles, So Little Time

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Those exit signs take a little getting used to. After leaving Cologne, we made our way back to Weissenthurm to meet up with some friends for dinner. Thought Number One: Seeing New Places Cologne is only an hour north of Andernach, we had plenty of time prior to meeting at the Pfeffermuhle restaurant to finish our exploration …

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