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The First Day

I know some of you purists out there that feel the need to think in a systematic, organized way are wondering why I am posting "Day ONE" when I already posted a post named Day Two. [Day Two link] Well...because it's my blog and I  can play fast and loose with the timeline...but in reality that post was referring to the day, I posted it...not what we did on day two.  The REAL Day Two post will be coming soon. So...to bring ...

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 ...

"Remarkable" Dawn

Today's post is of dawn over the Remarkables mountain range just outside of Queenstown New Zealand. The image was taken on my last morning in Queenstown and came after a rather sleepless night as we had just experienced the effects of the word's strongest earthquake of 2009. The night before, I was in bed in my hotel just before 8:30 pm (had to be up well before dawn to get this shot you see here!) and heard the glassware in the mini ...

Lamb Shanks

Ingredients: 4 sprigs fresh rosemary 3 cloves garlic - crushed and finely chopped 6 lamb shanks 1 bottle dry white wine 4 tablespoons of olive oil 3 large onions - chopped 3 cloves of minced garlic 4 large carrots - chopped 3 bay leaves 4 sprigs fresh thyme (leaves only) 1 liter beef stock Salt and Pepper to taste. Method: Mix the wine, garlic, rosemary and bay leaves to make a marinade.  Place the lamb shanks in a large flat dish and pour the marinade over.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (the ...

Shhhhh...

Orea:  Is there anything you'd like to say? Yes, we'd like to talk today. You are remarkable beings, yet you don't know it.  You practice many skills, all at the same time.  We find that impressive.  Your brains are very active, and often juggle multiple topics at one time. And yet, the greatest benefits are to be found in silence, or in simple activities.  Many of the activities of yesteryear, that were truly beneficial to you, are no longer practiced.  The simple, manual ...

Is There Moss on Your Butt?

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an outstanding writing friend of mine, Sundi Jo Graham. If you’d like to submit a guest post here are the guidelines. ======================== Do you have moss on your butt? Yes, I just asked that question. You’d be surprised how easily that answer can be a yes. In Ken Davis’ new book, Fully Alive: Lighten Up and Live – A Journey that Will Change Your Life, he writes about a story a man told him. “Most Christians,” he began, “have moss growing ...

My Moody Muse

My muse stares from her holy perch, brooding, and fluttering; signaling me in her urgent, yet hushed way. “Yes, I’m here’” I say; meeting her where the elastic tension of my life expands and experience and emotion collide. With those gypsy eyes of hers, I knew that we would be doing the tango and not the waltz. But her smile shines so white with sacred purpose, and the endless sea of passion that is her heart, makes it impossible for me ...

How to Get Rid of Photinia Leaf Spot

Photinia is a one of the most popular ornamental hedges in North America. In fact, photinia is on the list of our “Most Searched Terms” for this blog! As attractive as they might be, photinias are prone to a fungus leaf spot called Entomosporium. The red tipped photinia is one of several species that is susceptible to the disease. Like most fungi, entomosporium thrives in cool, moist environment in the fall and spring. During periods of rain, the fungal spores will spread ...

They’re destroying the planet before going on vacation

I hear crashes and yelling coming from the basement. I walk quietly down the stairs to investigate. The playroom is out of control. Legos and puzzle pieces and soccer balls and feathers (feathers?!) are everywhere. Hi Mom. We’re destroying the planet. I can’t get into this right now, so I nod ok and head back upstairs. Bits and pieces of their dialog float upstairs. No more pizza! Toss it off the pirate ship! One more minute! They are boys, and they are ours. This week we’ve experienced crankiness, heat, vomit, ...

How To Change Your State For Success

How To Change Your State For Success

If being successful requires a positive attitude and a happy outlook on life, how might we achieve that for ourselves? Well it’s often about a change of state. We can do different things to help put us in a different head space. Here are some suggestions…. Begin by creating a place/space in your mind of rest and recuperation. Often we get creatively blocked because we have been trying too hard. Time to lighten up. Sometimes this can mean returning to a ...

Free Form Crochet Pt. 3

Finally, I'm getting around to posting photos of my first free form crochet scarf.  I'm very pleased with the results. It's quite airy and lacy.  Not quite my style, but I'll probably end up keeping.  I'm proud of my new venture into free form crochet.

Piglet’s Plot in March

This year I plan to photograph and record what’s growing in my humble vegetable garden on the 19th of each month. This will give me a better idea of what’s growing when, and how well. Hopefully, it will act as a record for next year and I can learn from my successes and failures. Vegetable Area 19/03/13 Vegetable Area 19/03/13 The Portuguese cabbages (Couve Galega) which I use to make Caldo Verde Soup are now over 2′ tall. I love the way they ...

Iowa Blue Chickens

Iowa Blue Chickens While we are planning our pole barn house we are also deciding what animals we want to raise and what animals that are best suited for our land. We have decided we want to raise heritage breed animals that were raised in Europe and the United States before 1960. Heritage breeds are better foragers and hardy souls that will do well on their own. We knew we wanted to raise Scottish Highland Cattle, but we didn’t know what chickens we wanted to raise until I was reading my March ...

5 Delicious Ways to Use Squash Blossoms

Squash blossoms are the edible flowers that come from zucchinis and other summer squashes. They are typically available from May to September. They have a mild and delicate squash flavour. Squash blossoms are highly perishable. And for this reason, they aren’t usually found in the grocery stores. Your best best is to visit your local farmer’s market or grow them yourself. Choose blossoms that look fresh and have their buds closed. It is recommended you use them the same day you ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New Year, New Hue

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Want a new year’s resolution that’s actually fun? Resolve to update your home or wardrobe with a splash of radiant orchid – Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014! Alluring, feminine and fresh – radiant orchid is a beautiful mixture of fuchsia, purple and pink. Add it to your home through paint, accent pieces or accessories. It …

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Fabulous Finds: Stocking Stuffers

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Santa Claus is coming to town! Are you ready? Even if all the presents are wrapped and under the tree, chances are you’re still missing a few stocking stuffers. But there’s no reason to pout or cry, because we’ve got you covered! Here are some fabulous finds to help with your holiday shopping and put the …

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Fashion Friday: Pretty Flower Braid Updo

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  Here at Fun Flower Facts, we love flowers! If you haven’t figured it out already, we blog about everything related to flowers, from floral art to fun flower facts to gardening tips and home decor. And today, we’re talking hair and how you can transform your long, luscious locks into a beautiful flower. Are you ready …

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Trend Report: Tribal Patterns

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It’s hard not to have noticed the recent explosion of tribal patterns in interior design, and for good reason. Nothing is quite as intriguing as the combination of bold patterns and texture in tribal textiles. The designs simply beg to be touched and add instant interest and vibrancy to any space. But just what are …

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Fashion Friday! Winter Florals

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2012 is the year of the floral! Floral prints were all the rage in the spring and summer! And we can see why the trend was so popular. Floral prints are fun, flirty and feminine! There were floral shoes and floral bags, to name a few examples. Celebrities were even sporting the look. While the growing …

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On your fingertips: stylish mom in a snap… what’s hot in Bolivia right now?

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I simply love, love any type of ‘finger nail artwork’. And Bolivia, like any other Latincountry, is probably one of the best places to exercise this passion! ♥ Credit: Pagina Siete, La Paz, Bo. How to be a full-time mom of little kids, capable of helping them with homework despite the baby’s high pitch crying, not forgetting to devote some …

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