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Bogus Post Office E-Mail May Be A Virus!

The advice I got was, "If you get an e-mail from the Post Office, do not open it because it might contain a "Trojan" virus that could wreak havoc with a computer and its systems. According to the information I have been reading, the fake message informs recipients that there has been some kind of difficulty in delivering a package and that the message recipient can claim the package by going to their local post office or something similar to that. It ...

A Mixed Bag Of Tricks

I finally finished that macro flower. It's bold and kind of daring in coloration. I darkened the shadows and brightened the highlights until it matched what was in my head. In other words, I used my artistic eye to flesh out the details instead of just following what the photograph "told" me. I'm trying to develop my artistic eye and allow myself the freedom to interpret what I see, not just try and copy a photo of a subject. It's ...

I Only Want My Oven Mended…please

Do you remember this picture? Why has Piglet posted a boring picture of her oven? It was my interpretation of the theme “Broken” for the “Wordpress Weekly Photo Challenge on the 6th August. It was my “Broken” oven and guess what folks? My oven is still broken! Initially, I was very impressed when the appliance engineer actually arrived on the agreed day and more or less at the agreed time. Despite language problems he quickly diagnosed the fan thermostat, which cools the oven, was faulty ...

The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet is in the news. A Spanish study showed that people at risk for heart disease eating a Mediterranean diet were 30% less likely to die of cardio-vascular disease than the control group who ate a standard low-fat diet. It is interesting to note that group who ate the Mediterranean Diet added extra helpings of extra-virgin olive oil or mixed nuts. The Mediterranean Diet in this study the Mediterranean diet is composed of plant-based foods:  olive oil, fruit, nuts, vegetables, legumes, and ...

Cherry Preserves

Last week when cleaning out the freezer we found a big bag of organic pitted cherries. We bought them at Costco intending to use them in smoothies, but somehow that didn’t happened. They were starting to get freezer burned so we needed to come up with a way to use them quickly. Cherry pie? How about cherry ice cream,cobbler, compote, tart, chutney or some sort of sauce? After all our excess in New Orleans desert didn’t sound even remotely interesting, I am not a big ...

Grow Your Own Green, Black or Oolong Tea

Did you know that green, black and oolong tea are all made from the leaves of a camellia plant? Yes, it’s true! Tea comes from camellia sinensis, a small flowering shrub native to Asia that produces small, white flowers, along with bright green leaves. Baby leaves are harvested, cut, roasted, dried and fermented in different ways to produce different types of tea, including black, green, and oolong. The location of where the plant is grown will influence the flavour of the tea. While ...

Ricotta and Spinach Puffs

These are super as canapes. Ingredients: 2 Packets of rolled puff pastry 500g fresh spinach - chopped 1 Tbsp salt 500g pound ricotta 2 eggs (one for the filling and one for egg-washing) 2 Tbsp cream 4 Tbsp grated Parmigiano Reggiano 1/4 tsp nutmeg Pinch black pepper Method: Preheat oven to 18C Cut the puff pastry into largish squares. Beat 1 egg in a small bowl and brush the edges of the pastry. Plunge the spinach into boiling water and leave for 2 minutes. Remove and plunge into a bowl of ice water. In a large ...

Go Green with your bath mat?

An innovative idea by designer Nguyen La Chanh is good for the environment, good for the bathroom and good for you too! This Eco-friendly bath mat is made from moss, yes that’s right, real live, living moss! Introducing the “Larosée”. When you step out of the tub or shower the water that drips off your body waters the moss, combine that with the steam from your bathroom and the moss mat has all the moisture it needs to survive. Incredibly soft to ...

Giant LEGO® Flowers take over Australia’s Outback

Go big or go home! LEGO® decided to go big! These giant LEGO flowers have been sprouting all over Australia’s landscape this summer as part of LEGO’s “Festival of Play,” to celebrate LEGO’s 50th anniversary in Australia. The life-sized iconic pine trees and flowers are the main attractions. At 66 times larger than the original size, these LEGO® bricks are quite the sight! The LEGO® Festival of Play is a nine month celebration of events and activities encouraging LEGO® fans, young ...

OT: My Hair. It is blue.

Yes, I got blue hues in my hair!  My bright blonde highlights are now darkish blue and the rest of my hair is blue black.  It's not permanent, but my birthday is soon, I'm going on vacation, and I felt like stepping out.  Even at 34, I still will manage to freak out my mother. Just because I'm leaving for the Outer Banks tomorrow doesn't mean I'll be absent from here.  I believe we have WiFi down there and the DH ...

AIFD ‘Caliente’ Symposium 2012 Miami July 12-16

Every year The American Institute of Floral Design hosts an extravagant floral symposium, with designers from all over the globe flocking for inspiration and to have a great time. This year the theme was Caliente – hot designs, hot events, and hot inspiration. The 2012 symposium, held at the Hyatt Regency Miami Hotel in Miami from July 16 to the 22, featured design shows put on by world renowned floral designers, displays to inspire, and out-of-the-box extravagant flower arrangements. The week long ...

Best Flowering Houseplants for Mother’s Day

So while we still think flowers are the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, we think that houseplants are even better! First of all, houseplants are longer lasting than fresh cut flowers. Secondly, houseplants are known to clean the indoor air. Third, taking care of houseplants will help mothers relieve stress and to create calm and relaxing environment. Houseplants are truly the perfect Mother’s Day gift, especially for mothers with green thumbs! Here are the best flowering plants for Mother’s Day (or ...

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables – September

August passed with a blink of an eye and before I realised, it was September. Unfortunately, I failed in my personal challenge to record my “August” gardening “ups and downs” along with photographic evidence. Fortunately I made some notes, which I’ve recorded below, but photographs are like hen’s teeth (non-existent) A bug called citrus leaf miner attacked my lemon and lime trees so I attempted to treat with a spray consisting of 100ml (2 cups) of vegetable oil 25ml (1/2 cup) of washing ...

From Potholes to Works of Art!

Drivers despise potholes, cursing each and every time their car hits one. Potholes never seem to get filled. So Steve Wheen decided to take matters in his own hands. As a guerrilla gardener, Steve started to fill these unsightly potholes with eye catching miniature gardens. Steve uses a mix of live plants with props to create whimiscal scenes for passerbys to enjoy. He explains why he became a pothole gardener, “For me, it’s turning something crappy into something happy. It’s making ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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