Scrap Metal Art – I Love It!

Matt Wilson – Interesting Engineering


Matt Wilson – Interesting Engineering


Michael – Weeny, Junkyard Dog

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Glorious Rain

Jeff Jett – LinkedIn

The sky is darkening, the storm is coming.  We – 3 people, 2 dogs, and 2 cats – are dry and happy, looking outside.  (Our goldfish are inside, but not dry. They don’t care about the weather

much.)  Happy Saturday to you!


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Good Friends

A Wondering Spirit via Marianna Bellantoni

We just came through a health scare.  Relatives and friends  embraced us, offering care, help, love, and support. How priceless that is!  At times like this, you realize just how very lucky you are, and that you are not alone. Wonderful people helped us through this, and out to the other side. How on earth do you ‘thank’ them?  Other than the obvious, I will try to show each of them how important they are to us and concentrate on being there for THEM whenever they need us.


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Credit – Gardiner Family Chiropractic

We had two more doctor appointments today and finally have answers.

Last month my husband had a stroke. His speech and mobility were affected. He is stronger every day, getting better and better. Our son came back from Thailand to help us deal with this. Getting answers as to what my husband needed to prevent another have been quite an ordeal.

The short answer is that what we have been doing for the last two weeks – baby aspirin and Plavix – should be all that is needed. Neurocranial surgery is not needed. No invasive procedures are needed. We have some issues remaining that require referrals to other specialists, but the big worry is now fading away. We can concentrate on the day to day and get to our new normal now.

Lessons learned:

  • Stay at the ER until you have talked to the ER doctor – no matter what. The fast referrals will come from the ER doc. If you leave, you are at the back of any line for any appointment, procedure, test, etc.
  • Be the squeaky wheel. You can be polite, but keep the procedure going. Call or write the people who can make things happen. If they say someone will call, don’t depend on that. You are in charge of your healthcare. You are the one who can keep the focus on the problem, actually GET seen, GET answers, GET help.
  • Don’t try to deal with life-changing things alone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends, neighbors, relatives.
  • Be ready when someone else needs YOUR help – help in whatever way you can. It is ALL good.
  • Try your best to stay calm and do the best you can where you are, with the tools you have. It’s all you can do.

We are lucky. We can do this.  Such relief!


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Be You

Sanjay Daya – LinkedIn

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Scrap Metal Art

Matt Wilson – Airtight Artwork – My Modern Met


Green Hand Sculpture – Inhabitat


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More Paintings I Love

“The Old Shoemaker” – Edouard John Mentha-Swiss artist via Elena (Livia) D. – LinkedIn


Carsten Dahl – “Heaven’s Light”


Josep Gil- “The Little Ballerina” – via Elena Livia D – LinkedIn


Sergey Potapov Via Elena (Livia) D. – LinkedIn


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Lisa Bearnes Richey


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Thursday Joy

Photo posted by Jeff Jett on LinkedIn

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Good Habits

Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

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Celebrating Robert Plant’s 71st Birthday

July 6, 2018 – London, Great Britain, United Kingdom – Robert Plant attends the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards Arrivals at Grosvenor House Hotel in London…JULY 6th 2018. (Credit Image: © Matrix via ZUMA Press) (Newscom TagID: zumaamericastwentyone251169.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

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Drawing by Gary Wing

Robert Anthony Plant CBE (born 20 August 1948) is an English singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin. ~ Wikipedia

Lots of talent, wonderful face full of character.

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Ducklings for a Wednesday

Jeff Jett – LinkedIn

I never really thought about it until I saw this photo, but I LOVE duckling feet. :0)

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Art Attack  via Sherry Dell’aria McGrath

I finally gave myself the gift of time in my art room this morning.

I’ve admitted before that I’m terrible about getting stains on my tees that won’t come out. I also suddenly find a hole or two… I’ve found I can have fun – AND give new life to tees that are otherwise, ruined, by painting them.

SO –

I stitched up the hole in the front of a black tee and then started painting. I ended up painting daisies all over the shirt.


The paint is still wet, so it’ll have to wait until tomorrow at least before it’s wearable.


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Susan Wiggs via Cathy Ruggiero

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Paintings I Love

“Friends of the Woods” -Fiore Cagnetti – LinkedIn


Gleb Goloubetski – via Elena (Livia) D. – LinkedIn


Joseph Zbukvic Via Sissy Johns – LinkedIn


Maria Ilieva-via-Ana Loreta Baicu – LinkedIn

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Be Yourself

Gel Yogi via That Guy Steve



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Wonderful Pet Portraits

“Rocco” – Gary Wing – LinkedIn



Portrait on Ceramic – Fulvio Taccini – LinkedIn

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Your Tuesday “Sweet” – and It Isn’t Fattening!

Oleg Vishnepolsky – LinkedIn

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Doug Powell via Marsha Koenig


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Crabbing About the Heat


I just spent half an hour or so trying to prune roses and weed flower planters. I’m embarrassed that some of the weeds are taller than the flowers!  Of COURSE it’s hot outside – it IS August and this IS Arkansas, but the humidity makes the heat index 103 and it is still morning!  So, I’m TRYING to spend a bit of time outside each morning to try to get things under control. So far, the weeds are winning….


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Nicolas Chamfort-via Carla Stafford-LinkedIn

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” 

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To Start Your Monday Nicely

Bo’s Corner via Jacqueline Lyons

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Wise Words

Advice from An Old Farmer

  • Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
  • Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
  • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
  • Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.
  • Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.
  • Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.
  • Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
  • It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
  • You cannot unsay a cruel word.
  • Every path has a few puddles.
  • When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
  • The best sermons are lived, not preached.
  • Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
  • Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Live a good, honorable life… Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
  • Don ‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.
  • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.
  • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
  • Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
  • The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.
  • Always drink upstream from the herd.

*Posted by Rick Ferran (Tank) on LinkedIn


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It was really muggy and hot when we went grocery shopping this morning. I had pretty much decided to stay inside today when all of a sudden the sky got dark, the wind was whipping the trees’ branches around and it started to rain!

AHHHHHHHH! This is refreshing for the mind and spirit, if not actually resulting in lower temperature and humidity.


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Fabulous Stained Glass

The Boho Tree – Catherine van der Woerd


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That Guy Steve

The second load of laundry is in, the groceries are put away. We’re going to devote ourselves to CHILLIN’ today.

Hope YOUR day is wonderful, too.


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Poor Plants


When I went outside to check on the tomatoes and weed a bit in our flower planters, I noticed that everything suddenly looked really wilted.

I got my husband and we turned on each section of the irrigation system, and went around to all the planters, making sure all was getting water. Some weren’t getting anything at all, others were getting too much – it varied all over the place. Once we got the back finished – with a lot of the things you see in the picture above, we switched to the front, where it’s mainly actual hoses and controls.

We think we got everything going. We are inside now, drinking ice water and resting. The heat index this afternoon is between 106 and 110. We’ll stay inside until at least dinner time before trying to do anything more out there.

I hope that YOU and your PLANTS are getting enough water today!


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Canned Music

Our Big Adventure via Stephanie Youmans Wilson

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Wonderful Pet Portraits by Niki Firmin

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Happy Saturday


We are enjoying a nice, quiet Saturday.  Our most stressful thing today has been trying to program our thermostats upstairs and downstairs. :0)  We THINK we have it done now.

We don’t have anywhere we have to be, so we can do a clean-up of details. I’m going to try to do a quick session or two of weeding flower planters and pruning roses, plus checking on the garden. I’ll keep the sessions short and drink lots of water in-between.

It’s good to be able to enjoy the calm today. Our son is with us. All is good.


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