I don’t often create posts that are primarily photographic, mostly because I’m not that good of a photographer, but when Mrs. C. and I visited Cappadocia, Turkey, we found it so bizarre and interesting that I figured not even my photography skills could fail to capture the uniqueness. This region of Turkey, created millions of years ago by a nearby volcano, was one of the earliest sanctuaries for early Christians outside of Judea. They enlarged caves into churches in this ...
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Last Sunday, international luxury brand Chanel opened up a Pop-up flower stall in London, England just outside their boutique to celebrate Mother’s Day. It was a dazzling and elegant display. The flower stall was a chic, white barrow filled with fresh lowers used in their iconic perfumes, including roses, jasmine and irises. Along with the beautiful display of flowers, giant bottles of Chanel bottles were also showcased.
Photo Credit: Boymeetsfashion.com
Customers who bought a 100mL bottle of perfume from the ...
“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.” Nelson Mandela
Musings: If Money Didn't Matter... Do what you love, the rest will follow?
Are you doing what you truly love or what pays you the most money? If you won the lottery tomorrow, would you quit your current job? When I first read the Plinky prompt on jobs we’d do if money didn’t matter, the thought that flashed in my mind was “Do what you love and the money will ...
“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” Francesca Reigler
Inspiration: Twelve Tips To Help Shift Our Attitude... Behind every cloud is a sunrise...
♥Happiness is an attitude. Embrace it. Francesca Reigler quote
Since we started the Daily/Weekly Post Challenge, we have been prompted, encouraged, and presented with countless opportunities to get our blogging game on. Early in the year, we had to choose blog buddies, some fell off along the ...
By: Nanci Wilson
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 of my own grandma’s house when ...
“We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.” Fydor Dostoevsky
Reflections: Conversations With Strangers...
On a Supermarket checkout line
Me: You’ve got quite the selection of cat food there.
She: Yeah… they’re on sale (laughs)
Me: My cat loves Fancy Feast. Does yours have a preference?
She: That’s good; I like to buy a few cans of the different brands…
Me: I see that. What type of cat do ...
Is it the end of the month already?
Time sure flies by! Celebrate a new month with these December 2012 Desktop Calendar wallpapers that were created just for you! These high definition (1920×1080) are ideal for widescreen monitors! Click on image to save to your desktop. Enjoy!
Some like it hot. Some like it cool. Not all plants are created equal. Some plants do best in full-sun and others do thrive in the shade. Shade loving plants do best in cool conditions, avoiding direct sunlight. They are often planted under trees, shrubs and overhangs. Though these flowers are not as bright and vibrant in colour as their sun-loving counterparts, shade-loving plants can still make an impact in the garden! There are many beautiful plants to choose from, ...
Valentines Day isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes I think it’s just a big set up for disappointment. I remember, as a child, passing out my hand signed Pepe Le Pew valentines, and saving the mushiest one for my eternal crush, Steven Sweet. Seriously, that was his last name. I may have been only eight, but even then I wasn’t immune to Cupids arrows. Much to my dismay, my love remained unrequited because Steven Sweet had set ...
My mom in her 20's
This is a re-post from last year that I thought was appropriate for Mother’s Day.
Last night I saw that one of my sisters had a collection of our mother’s photos posted up on a Facebook page. The photo insert to the left, was always one of my favorites of my mom when I was growing up.
Our parents raised five children and would have celebrated their 45th anniversary last month had they both been alive.
My father died ...
This past week, one of my daughters brought to my attention an annoying beep that kept happening every minute or so in her bedroom where she happened to be playing before dinner.
I got up from my reading and went to her room. Before I entered I knew exactly what it was – the battery in her smoke detector was low.
You need to understand that we’ve got 10-foot ceilings throughout our house and the builder installed the detectors out of reach ...
A friend recently commented on my habit of personifying things. At first I wasn’t sure what he meant so I looked it up on dictionary.com: “per·son·i·fi·ca·tio [per-son-uh-fi-key-shuh n] noun, the attribution of a personal nature or character to inanimate objects or abstract notions.”
He was right. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. I think I do it because life has become so big and scary that humanizing things brings life down to my level.
Living in a world where, amongst ...
You may enjoy a look at what one magazine, The Millions, took much time/effort to create for people who live and breathe books–or for people who read only a few each year and want to make sure they’re picking up on good ones. Previews of new books coming out in 2012 are provided here in helpful article part one and part two.
I haven’t read any of these yet, and probably won’t for another year or two. You see, I don’t ...
What’s even more distinctive than custom furniture? Custom artwork!
Once only attainable by royals, rulers and the elite, commissioned art can now be a reality for any art lover. And creating a one-of-kind work of art, inspired by your imagination and made exclusively for you, is an amazing experience that continues every time you view the piece.
We recently worked with clients that desired unique works of art for their home and introduced them to one of our favorite galleries – La ...
Here is another entertaining spoof from the Gregory Brothers. Apparently, they acquired this young woman's video profile from eHarmony. I offer this as a cautionary tale of the comedic tsunami that can happen as a result of a seemingly well-intended, harmless video introduction to an online dating service.
Hey, I like cats as much as the next person. But I'm not sure that the average 18-32 year old guy seeing this video shares her passion for cats and running - rather, ...
Repetition isn't always boring.
For some reason I can listen to the same great song on auto repeat for an hour straight. I could eat the same foods every day, and I wake up every morning at 6:30am. I’m not sure why but when I find something I enjoy, I prefer to experience it over and over.
Perhaps that’s why training and running marathons appeals to me as do the routines of married life. I like the repetition.
Most of my friends define ...
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When you use the common name “Burning Bush” most people assume you are talking about Kochia, a popular annual that is grown for its foliage which turns red in Autumn. But they’d be wrong!
The true Burning Bush is actually Dictamnus, (also known as the Gas Plant) a plant with a magical quality that will amaze you! You see, if you light a match near the flower heads once the blooms have faded and on a warm still day the volatile oils will actually ignite! A blue flame will surround the upper part of the bush but the plant will not be damaged. Cool huh!
This plant, besides it’s entertaining properties, is a beauty to have in your garden. It’s lemon scented leaves help control mosquitos and the tall spidery flowers are simply beautiful. It does take a couple of years to get settled but once it does it flowers reliably and is long lived. The tall spikey blooms on Dictamnus Albus are white or pale purple and are about 1.5″ in diameter. If you want larger, more showy & brighter blooms then go for Dictamnus Purpureus, these blooms are pink with red stripes, just stunning!
I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!
i'm sitting outside the local library right now
because they have free wi-fi.
something's wrong with our internet at home,
we keep plugging, unplugging, replugging...
the modem...the router...
and, as they say, still no joy!
it all started with our cable connection.
we had to buy a booster because the signal coming into our home
wasn't strong enough.
tv channels coming in pixelated...and the audio not in sync with people's mouths.
so since we hooked up the booster a couple of days ago...no internet!
i don't have much time during the ...
“The Kiss of Judas” is a traditional depiction of Judas by Giotto di Bondone, c. 1306. Fresco in the Scrovegni Chapel, Padua. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Jesus walked the shores of Galilee, dispensing blessings, healings, and teachings of life. For these things his neighbors hated him. And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.
Jesus demonstrated a new standard of Godlikeness. He was becoming master of the universe, not merely mouthing old doctrines. Measured ...
on a clear early morning last week...
the mystical magic moon.
i've been hoping to spot a snake!
it's been a while. the last one i saw was a young 'yellow rat'
in the roof of the front porch.
no, it's not christmas in july...
these lights stay up year round...
i like the soft...relaxing...ambient feel...
over the weekend...i was wandering out back...and heard the owls.
it sounded like they were in the front, so i started that way.
but before i made it...i saw a long & slender 'black ...
An Atheist concludes: “Christianity entails that God, like any other person, would say and do at least some things we would all see. Since we haven’t seen such things, the Christian theory is falsified by the evidence. Christianity also entails that God would have made the universe differently than we observe it to be. So it is falsified again by the evidence. A failed prediction means a failed theory, especially when these failures apply to the very design of the ...
this will be a quickie...
in my last post i mentioned that we heard the owls!!
(...and on my way to locate them, i was side-tracked by the black racer snake)
we haven't seen the Barred Owls for about 6 months.
we assumed...or at least hoped...that they hang out in a certain area for a while
and then move on....only to make their rounds back to where they started.
they have! we spotted one yesterday around 7pm!!
just like the coyote we spotted last weekend...
again, i had ...
today. sunday. the dark clouds were rolling in.
looking west, at the end of our drive...across to the field where
we pick the wild blackberries
i really needed a break from all this sitting at the computer...
and trying to catch up on blog reading.
i needed fresh air.
but the mosquitoes are still monsterous...and still have an appetite that is never satisfied.
i didn't care. i needed out.
i had to hurry though because the sky was about to open up.
thunder was rolling in the distance.
sam told me ...
2 lbs 9 oz
of striped fluffy love...
who wants to be cuddled, held & carried...
unravels the toilet paper from the roll...
has an unending curiosity...
leaps, dashes & jumps in all directions, seemingly at the same time...
WELCOME (to our world) EMO!!
since milo passed away...we have been missing her...
and the pitter-patter of little cat feet.
we picked out this little bundle from the Humane Society yesterday.
it was love at first sight...all the way around!
he was born on august 6, 2012...was dropped off at a ...
partly cloudy. most of the 4 days, 3 nights.
some rain, but not 'til the evening. hot & humid.
weather that makes you sweat just stepping outside...
but we hiked the trails anyway!
milo was the smart one...she kicked back in the camper...staying cool. :)
this is NOT a short & to the point posting.
i hope you make it to the end...
the Suwannee River State Park in Live Oak, Florida
is on the location of a booming mill town named Columbus, back in the 1800's.
one of ...
“This is another fine mess that you’ve gotten us into, Stanley.”
In case you were culturally deprived when you were young, that quote is a rather famous accusation voiced frequently by Ollie in the Laurel and Hardy comedies. About the only thing that I never heard Oliver Hardy blame Stan Laurel for in those movies was his weight. Obesity was not viewed as a national health crisis in the twenties thirties and forties, hunger was closer to home for a lot of our ...
Last week I decided to spend my lunch hour at the mall.
People watching get my creative juices flowing. I don’t know why I just wrote that because it is so cliché and there is only so much creativity that can be juiced but I haven’t written anything for a couple of weeks and I need to get back into my habit of daily writing.
Since I am entitled to an upgrade, I decided to visit the Apple store to peruse the ...
Ok, I think I have run out of excuses for my lack of regular posting.
I have been trying to uncover the ‘real’ reason for days now, and the only thing I can come up with is ‘fear’, but then as soon as I start to dig a bit deeper along that line of thinking my mind decides to shut down altogether (much the same as sticking your fingers in your ears and going, “La la la la la la…” when ...
My father used to tell me I could do, or be, anything if I put my mind to it. In a perfect world, this should have put me in good stead to build a life of achievement, wealth and happiness. Instead, the years of trying to cope with the inner chaos caused by the other actions of my father have resulted in a seemingly endless life of ‘nothing’.
I am not completely sure of the reason or reasons why, but my ...
Not '..checking it twice...'
I have started writing this blog post so many times in the last 10 days I have lost count. Every time I have sat down to write I have been interrupted by something or someone that had to be dealt with right then and there.
I have barely had time to think this week. It is crazy at work as we are on ‘skeleton staff’ and we are trying to make sure everything is done before we finish ...
Child Sexual Abuse
Earlier today, I reblogged a post from Anna Waldherr at A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse, about the reclassification of paedophilia by the American Psychiatric Association in their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the possible legalisation of paedophilia.
Shock, horror, anger, disgust, mortification, disbelief… the list of initial feelings and emotions is/was pretty much endless. Coming from the perspective of having lived through years of child sexual abuse, the last thing you want to hear about is the possibility of ...
I re-watched Food, Inc last night and was struck again with how incredibly emotionally difficult this documentary to watch. I am not sure what I found most compelling, thought-provoking and/or upsetting:
The calloused cruelty of the factory farms for cattle, pigs and chickens which literally made me sick to my stomach.
The human cruelty evidenced by the conditions of workers in factory farms. Conditions which are not only unsafe and economically unviable but often illegal.
The devastation caused by food borne illnesses as the ...
I have always been a plant-based eater; a vegetarian. Over the last year David and I decided to become vegans. It has been an incredible learning experience! Between now and the end of the years I will share some of the things I learned.
I spent a lot of time experimenting with egg replacers this year. It was a truly informative experience. What I discovered is that
there are certain recipes where there is NO substitute for the actual egg. These ...
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