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Le Plié!

Le Plié!

This week’s Trifecta Challenge prompt is the word “Grace,” using this definition: a : a charming or attractive trait or characteristicb : a pleasing appearance or effect : charm <all the grace of youth — John Buchan>c : ease and suppleness of movement or bearing *********************** “Alright, girls,” the ballet teacher clapped her hands. “Now, the Plié!” “One, two…Really, Leslie! Nice young ladies don’t DO THAT!” Leslie rolled her eyes and removed her finger from her left nostril. She wiped it on the pink tulle of her tutu and glanced around the room to see how the other little girls were ...

BBQ’d Piglet on Market Day

Market day in Portugal is always an interesting and colourful experience… Beginning to feel faint from the intense heat I paused in the shade of a large tree to people-watch. I smiled as tourists, oblivious to the scorching sun and their already lobster-red arms and faces, rummaged enthusiastically through the clothes stalls. Brightly coloured tie-dye dresses and tops at just two for €15.00 were waved in tourists faces by sellers with eager smiles looking for a sale. “Good price, you buy, you buy! ...

In Theory

Graduate school is a special time in an intellectual's life. It is a rarefied opportunity to acquire lofty knowledge that will serve the scholar for years to come. One develops skills to discern which professors are least likely to assign copious amounts of work. One figures out which secretary to cozy up to so dissertation paperwork will get signed and submitted by deadlines. One learns what to answer in a psychological battery to appear dangerously psychotic, and wonder if the ...

Chicken, Dumplings & Other Good Stuff!

Chicken, Dumplings & Other Good Stuff!

Opinion by John Liming Hey! Nobody cooked like my Mom! I am sure that everyone who reads this will say the exact same thing--- and they would be right!  No one ever cooks like Mom! Sometimes I will leave the subject of politics in order to give my Readers a break.  This is one of those times and I am going to rant about  the days of my youth and some of the great memories that all of us might share in one ...

Portion Control

Portion Control

For the past few months, I have had the good fortune to have my weekday take-out lunch assembled by a particularly heavy-handed worker at the assembly-line style restaurant, Chipotle. This has meant my daily salad has included more than the average dollops of roasted chili-corn salsa, shredded vegetable-based rennet cheese, and sustainably raised chicken. A coworker who frequents a different Chipotle branch (and, hence, has never experienced the topping-overload from my unselfish server), informed that her location normally charges extra ...

New Law Will Break the Internet if Passed

Image courtesy of Fer Gregory via Compfight I like the Internet. It allows me a growing forum to express my thoughts and opinion as well as discover those of others. It also allows me to stay in touch with old friends and meet new ones. However, there is a troubling piece of legislation that’s being considered for quick passage in Congress that will change the way the Internet works and how we engage with it. Check out this brief video that explains the ...

Cassia Jones – Rome Part 1

Cassia Jones - Rome Part 1

“Remember that trip to Rome we took the summer we graduated high school?” I asked her. “Where did that come from?” she laughed, shaking her head. “I’ll never understand how your trains of thought work, Cass. We could be sitting here discussing an Antony Burgess novel, and you’ll come out of nowhere with something obscure like, ‘I think I forgot to pick up my dry cleaning last night.’ You have the attention span of a humming bird!” I smiled and smacked her ...

What’s the Difference Between Annual and Perennial Flowers?

From L-R, Clockwise: alstroemeria, black-eyed susan, camellia, carnation, gardenia, gerbera daisy, geranium, iris, rose, sunflower, tulip and zinnia Now that is spring, you will want to choose plants for your garden. If you walk into a garden center or nursery, you will noticed two different types of plants: annuals and perennials.  But what do these terms means? Annuals An annual is plant that completes its  life cycle in one growing season. In other words, annuals have to be re-planted each year. Annuals give gardeners ...

Making Moss in your Garden

Adding moss to your garden can make a pretty unique look. It’s pretty easy to create moss and it can be “added” to a variety of items, like these clay posts… Image Credit: www.bystephanielynn.com Or this purse that has been re-purposed as a planter… Image Credit: www.blog.oregonlive.com Maybe you’d like to see it on some lawn ornaments or statues… Image Credit: www.tigerpots.com Unique, really pretty and rather simple to do… 1) You can lift mosses that you already have around your home and garden with a basic ...

Chrysanthemum Varieties

Fall isn’t fall without the sight of those bright and colourful flowers that grow in containers and in our gardens that we call chrysanthemums (or mums for short)! The chrysanthemum is one of the most popular flowers in the world, most likely due to the fact that they are hardy, long-lasting and easy to care for. And the beauty of it all is that chrysanthemums come in a large variety of colours, sizes and forms. There are endless number of ...

The Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Canada

While Fun Flower Facts is a flower blog, we think leaves can be just as beautiful as flowers. In fact, Albert Camus, a French Nobel Prize winning author and philosopher, said it best: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Canada is a beautiful country, especially during the fall, when the trees are painted in vibrant shades of red, yellows and oranges. The sight is simply breathtaking and awe-inspiring. The brilliance of the fall foliage is one ...

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 ...

Chanel Opens Pop-Up Flower Stall in London

Photo Credit: Boymeetsfashion.com 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 ...

first of october surprises...

the first weekend of October. cooler weather... cool enough to open the windows and let the fresh air in without the A/C kicking on!  yeah! (as long as the traffic out on the road is sparse...it'll be good. dirt road + open windows = layer of dirt on everything. ugh.) the weekend began with this big Imperial moth hanging out on the front porch all night... and then moving to a new spot...he spent ALL saturday too! ~O~ early sunday morning...sam's voice bellowed "DEER ALERT! DEER ALERT!" which means...deer in the yard! ...

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Musings: Memories Of May…

“Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.” William Shakespeare

Musings: Memories Of May… The Iris is May’s flower

Musings: Memories Of May…  The Iris is May’s flower.  White Japanese Iris

May Day
Cinco de Mayo
Iris Day
Lost Sock Memorial Day

May swept in on a cloudy Tuesday announcing its arrival on the eponymous May Day, during a New York Severe Weather Awareness Week. For the next 30 days, it offered plenty to do and celebrate during what I found to be a pretty hectic and challenging month. Had I known that in between some pretty heavy duty celebrations were some fun May holidays like Eat What You Want Day on the 11th, Dance Like a Chicken Day on the 14th, and National Macaroon Day today, the 31st, perhaps it might have felt a tad lighter. The Iris is May’s flower. Above and below are several holidays observed in May.  What memoriesdo you hold of this month? Did you celebrate any of them?

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.” Edwin Way Teale

Musings: Memories of May … The Iris is May’s flower

11 Eat What You Want Day
11 Twilight Zone Day
13 Mother’s Day
14 Dance Like a Chicken Day

We anticipated Mother’s Day with great expectations and, for some, mixed emotions… Will the day go well? Will the flowers and gifts arrive DOA? As much as it’s a day of showing appreciation for moms around the world, all that advertising and the inevitable frenzied last minute buying and selling puts a dent on pockets and egos. Those who knew got to eat plenty of what they want on the 11th and more on the 13th. Perhaps the rest of us could have enjoyed dancing like chickens or spent a day watching reruns of the The Twilight Zone on the requisite May days…

Beneath the apple blossoms I go a wintry way, For love that smiled in April Is false to me in May.” Sara Teasdale,

Musings: Memories Of May…

23 Lucky Penny Day
26 International Jazz Day
28 Memorial Day

These three distinct holidays (above)  gave me something to think about. I love picking up lucky pennies on the street, so a day dedicated to the penny was great. Jazz gives me plenty of comfort and we needn’t have waited till the 26th to celebrate it. Memorial Day brought back memories of war an an appreciation for the sacrifice made by the brave men and women we lost in countless wars. Throughout the month, blog relationships ebbed and flowed; some blogging friends disappeared and a few others bid good bye to the process by terminating their blogs… May was full of finality; a clearing for June. More below…

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. ” Confucius

Musings: Memories Of May… Iris

31 National Macaroon Day
31 Save Your Hearing Day
31 World No Tobacco Day

As we bid the month of May adieu, I invite you to gear up for the summer months which tend to be slow as friends and family make outdoor plans and set their eyes on distant climes. It is vacation season and its impact on our blogging life becomes quite pronounced as the months tick by… Don’t be alarmed, the traffic and stats will pick up again in September. In the meantime, pretend it’s still May and enjoy a macaroon or two. Get your hearing checked and keep the tobacco at bay. Have a wonderful month of June!

Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? What do you know about May Day? What memories do you hold of this month? Did you celebrate any of the holidays? Did you weather any storms? Do share! Thank you.

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience!

Positive Motivation Tip: Bid May adieu and welcome, with an open heart and mind, all that summer will bring.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Japanese irisBlue iris,Purple irisPink iris, via Wikipedia and/or via Flickr

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

Elizabeth - Mirth and Motivation

Motivate. Elevate. Laugh. Live Positively… I am a mother of two, sister to many and a card-carrying certified optimist. My family and friends are golden because our love and trust is unequivocal. I've traveled, I've lived, I've had my share of happiness and hurt and I remain grateful for God's grace in my life...

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