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WordPress Photo Challenge / Near And Far

We are working with perspective this week and ways to draw the viewer into the photo.  I think we have done this here with clouds that are angled towards the distant view in the center of the photo. Wordpress offers a weekly photo challenge that is very helpful for those of us who need a little direction. They steer us one way or another just as this photo (hopefully) does. I need to start taking more photos again and, hopefully, the cooler ...

Missing, but in Action.

Hi Everyone! So anyone who’s been reading my blog for the last four months knows that my husband [Al] and I have been building our own house [a cabin actually], for the last few years. This last week we finished up the built-in’s in my nifty new writing space! I now have file drawers and regular drawers, cubbies and nooks, and a few crannies for little stuff. Yay! So for the next week I am moving in there. Unloading boxes and organizing years ...

Farófias com Leite Creme – À la Piglet

This traditional Portuguese recipe is courtesy of Fernanda I’m always keen to try Portuguese recipes so when Fernanda kindly shared this recipe I thought I would experiment. I tried to discover what the word “Farófias” actually meant but unfortunately it did not translate. Any clues please? I’ve never tasted Farófias before so my taste buds had no frame of reference to call on. However, I hope my attempt does Fernanda’s recipe justice and if not please try not to laugh as I ...

Reflections: How To Generate Blog Post Ideas…

“Creativity – like human life itself – begins in darkness.” Julia Cameron Reflections: How To Generate Blog Post Ideas... Begin in the dark... start out with nothing Make a topic appear out of nothing… Where do ideas come from? How do you get ideas for your creative writing or for your daily/weekly missives on the Daily Post Challenge? Were you sitting on the potty when your last great novel appeared full blown with each despicable character fully delineated? Please tell me it’s not ...

One Lovely Blog Award!

Ain't it lovely?! Red, over at Momma’s Money Matters has honored me with the One Lovely Blog Award. I’d never thought my blog was lovely or even particularly upbeat. Nonetheless, I am thrilled to accept this award. Red, you made my day! Now, for the 10 secrets I am required to give up. Actually, only the first 3 are secrets. The rest are little-known tidbits about myself: 1) I once had one of “those kind of dreams” about Howard Sprague. He’s the dork ...

Piglet’s Plot in May

This year I’m keeping a photographic diary of my humble vegetable garden; what’s growing when, where and how well. Despite being away for nearly two weeks I’m pleased to say my friends did a sterling job looking after all my fruit and vegetables. Everything was just as I’d left it(alive), but almost twice the size! The onions planted at the end of November are now ready. I’m not sure if I should lift them now, or wait until the green stems die down. ...

It May Have Been Free But They Paid a Price

I am on the road again.  If you have been following my blog, you might remember that my husband is working in Nebraska for about 3 months on an assignment that takes him into a lot of smaller towns.  I have a history of following him on his various assignments but tend to show a real "enthusiasm" for his job when it lands him in Manhattan, NY or San Francisco, CA. I have been known to selflessly keep him company ...

Guest Post: A Gardening Grandma Grows with her Grandkids

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 ...

Fall Fair Season Revisted

I'm getting ready for fall and am ready for fall.  That means pumpkins, my birthday, and crisp, cool weather.  Though I will sadly miss summer, fall is great time to celebrate the fruits of the previous season, be they actually fruit or the proverbial kind. I have given some thought to my previous ambitions to enter in the local town fair next week, and I have decided against entering my knitting for the following reasons: I am sick and tired of knitting those shells.  I felt ...

Fun Flower Facts: Zinnia

Zinnias are brightly coloured flowers belonging to the Asteraceae family, where other members include asters, daisies, and sunflowers. Flowers vary in size, with diameters ranging from one inch to seven inches. They also vary in form; they might have a single, semi-double or double layers of petals. The zinnia is a hot-climate plant native to South America and southwestern United States. Zinnias are popular fresh cut flowers and are valued for their long stems and brightly-coloured blooms. Cut flowers should last ...

barred owl and walking sticks

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 ...

Cleome – The Spider Flower

This pretty annual is called the spider flower or spider plant because of its long stamens that resemble spider legs. If you like unusual or exotic plants, this beauty is a must for your garden! But do be careful, if you live in a warm climate this plant has a reputation for self sowing and overtaking the garden. However as the roots are fairly shallow any rogue plants are easy to pull out, just wear gloves! Native to South America, cleome ...

Fun Flower Facts: Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia)

Is that some kind of brush? Nope, it’s a flower called the red hot poker! Red Hot Poker, also known scientifically as Kniphofia (knee-FOE-fee-ah), is a genus of about 70 exotic plants native to South Africa that produces brightly-coloured spiky flowers in shades of red, orange, yellow or a combination of these colours.  These dramatic, eye-catching plants can grow to be 2 to 5 feet high. Kniphofias are popular cultivated plants, as they are easy to grow and hardy! They produce the ...

Owl Puff

I knit an owl tonight!  I actually did for a group at Ravelry, Hogwarts at Ravelry.  You guessed, I'm a closet Harry Potter nerd. I'm only now reading the books.  I'm on the fifth on in the series, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."  It's a bit dragging, but is picking up.  Overall, I'm adoring the series. As a part of the group, you can knit/crochet your school supplies, including your pet.  Here's the owl I whipped up tonight. Cute, huh?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal…

The great renewal of the world will perhaps consist in this, that man and maid, freed of all false feelings and reluctance, will seek each other not as opposites, but as brother and sister, as neighbors, and will come together as human beings.” Rainer Maria Rilke

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal… Renew. Refresh. Resolve to work together.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal… Kinkaku-ji Golden Temple & Rising Phoenix, Kyoto, Japan

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal… symbols of renewal – Keep Hope alive

The phoenix has long been presented as a symbol of rebirth, immortality, and renewal. In modern Greece, the phoenix became established as a symbol of the phoenix became established as a symbol of the nation’s rebirth during the Greek War of Independence. via Wikipedia.com

For this week’s challenge on – Renewal – I did some research on symbols of renewal and the first thing that popped up was the mythical Phoenix; known to rise again from the ashes to a new dawn. Then I found out that the beautiful golden temple, Kinkaku-ji, in Kyoto has a phoenix attached to the top of it. So I’m sharing a photo I took of our visit to the temple and have also included an enlarged size of the Phoenix from Wikipedia. Rilke’s quote gave me food for thought. Given the recent elections here in the US, it is imperative that we come together during this time of renewal. I have added other photos below with relevant quotes explaining how they represent the renewal process.

“To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.” Wendell Berry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal… Spring blooms and renewals – Crocus, Hellebore, and Daffodils…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal… Stirring of lifeforms…

The widely popular symbols of Spring: the deep purple crocus, brightly colored eggs, fuzzy chicks, rabbits, and the robin are accepted symbols of new beginnings, new life, fertility and freedom – and firmly rooted in ancient traditions. Blossoming branches of fruit and nut trees hold a special place in our ancestors’ collective unconscious. via Artcorner.com

Spring time and spring blossoms always remind me of the rebirth and renewal process taking place around us. When we leap forward into a new season, Crocus and Daffodils are some of our earliest blooms so I share some from my garden. There is also a stirring of all sorts of lifeforms coming to life after a lengthy hibernation, and my garden welcomes her many new guests. I’ve included some of the lifeforms around us. Let us come together to uplift and renew each other. More below!

“I believe that in the history of art and of thought there has always been at every living moment of culture a ‘will to renewal’. This is not the prerogative of the last decade only. All history is nothing but a succession of ‘crises’, of rupture, re” Eugene Ionesco

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal… Green = Rebirth= Life…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal… Green = Renew= Love…

Green–The symbol of growth, renewal, and the rebirth of plant life (sometimes all life) on earth; an expression of fertility, freshness, youth as well as inexperience. It is the color of paper money. Some mixtures suggest envy, jealousy, guilt, disease, or terror. Green light is otherworldly because we experience almost no natural green light. via arts.unomaha.edu

Green is one of the first signs of life in nature. It provides a canvas for the many shades of colors competing for our attention, and brings a sense of balance and lushness to an environment. I’m not a big wearer of things green, but I love gardening. Any gardener will understand the exhilaration we feel when we see that first shoot or bud or leaf push through. More below!

“Liturgy is like a strong tree whose beauty is derived from the continuous renewal of its leaves, but whose strength comes from the old trunk, with solid roots in the ground.” Pope Paul VI

Van Gogh writes of the weather and that the almond trees are coming into full flower, “The weather here is changeable, often windy with turbulent skies, but the almond trees are beginning to flower everywhere.” [20] The rendering of Almond Tree in Blossom is positioned close and accessible to the viewer and the branches appear to reach out beyond the paintings frame. A yellow butterfly flies among the pink blossoms that growing on the red branches. via Wikipedia

Brilliant timing…  Let us Renew. Refresh. Resolve to move forward together as a united community.

Thanks for stopping by, I’ll be by to see yours soon! What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on RENEWAL to fit the challenge? Was it easy/hard to find photos that supported your perspective on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! Have an awesome weekend!

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on reading and commenting on your blogs… I’m halfway there. Thank you all for your patience!

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I will list some when Zemanta offers them up! I added a few from WP Daily Post below. (I will update it and add more). We all appreciate trackbacks/ping-backs and Likes from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme – RENEWAL – also below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal. RENEWAL: This word conjures a variety of images, from bright blossoms to meditating monks. When I think of “renewal,” I think of starting a new job, arriving in a new city that’s ripe for exploration, walking through a new apartment with white walls, and taking a hot shower after a challenging day. I also recall a trip several years ago to the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon, which is where I took the photograph above. This lone pink flower amongst lily pads makes me feel renewed, fresh, and ready for what’s to come.
I think of beginnings. Life. Opportunity. What images does Renewal conjure for you? Get creative. Think beyond the usual images (a sunrise, a birth). We want to see what else you can come up with. Share a picture that means RENEWAL to you!

Positive Motivation Tip: Renew. Refresh. Resolve to move forward… Keep an open mind.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

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

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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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