7 Wonders of the World

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Thanks to Linda Wheaton Orrell for her email.

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Playing in the Snow – Take 1

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horsetraderonline via rebecca kelman

Isn’t this exquisite!

 

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This is stunning, isn’t it? I LOVE what creative people are able to do with images now!

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The Intimacy of Reading

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upworthy via cathy ruggiero

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Relax – Take 17

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Can One Have Too Many Waterfalls? – Take 1

I showed you a whole series of beautiful waterfalls from around the world lately, but I found more pictures today – thanks to Shutterstock via Fox News – and I had to share.

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Angel Falls, Venezuela – Photo by Shutterstock

 

 

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Gullfoss, Iceland – Photo by Shutterstock

 

 

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Another view of Gullfoss, Iceland – Photo by Shutterstock

 

 

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Igazu Falls, on the border between Brazil and Argentina – Photo by Shutterstock

 

 

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Kaiteur Fall, Guyana – Photo by Shutterstock

Thanks to Shutterstock.com via Fox News

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Is Tombstone Humor Dying Out?

I’ve always been fascinated by people who thought WAY outside the box, showing humor even on their tombstone.

Harry Edsel Smith of Albany , New York :
Born 1903–Died 1942.
Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the
car was on the way down. It was.
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On the grave of Ezekial Aikle in
East Dalhousie Cemetery, Nova Scotia:
Here lies Ezekial Aikle, Age 102.
Only the good die young. 

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In a London , England cemetery:
Here lies Ann Mann, who lived an old maid
but died an old Mann. Dec. 8, 1767
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In a Ribbesford, England , cemetery:
Anna Wallace
The children of Israel wanted bread,
And the Lord sent them manna.
Clark Wallace wanted a wife,
And the Devil sent him Anna.
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In a Ruidoso, New Mexico , cemetery:
Here lies Johnny Yeast.
Pardon him for not rising.
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In a Uniontown, Pennsylvania , cemetery:
Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake,
Stepped on the gas instead of the brake.
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In a Silver City , Nevada , cemetery:
Here lays The Kid,
We planted him raw.
He was quick on the trigger,
But slow on the draw.
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A lawyer’s epitaph in England :
Sir John Strange.
Here lies an honest lawyer,
and that is Strange.
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John Penny’s epitaph in the Wimborne,
England , cemetery:
Reader, if cash thou art in want of any,
Dig 6 feet deep and thou wilt find a Penny.
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In a cemetery in Hartscombe , England :
On the 22nd of June, Jonathan Fiddle went out of tune.
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Anna Hopewell’s grave in Enosburg Falls ,
Vermont :
Here lies the body of our Anna,
Done to death by a banana.
It wasn’t the fruit that laid her low,
But the skin of the thing that made her go. 

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Thanks to Marsha Koenig for her email.

 

 

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Declaration of Love

Paul Militaru is a master photographer. This is just a sample to whet your appetite. :0) Click on the link below to see what I mean.

 

"Declaration of Love" - Paul Militaru Photography

“Declaration of Love” – Paul Militaru Photography

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Relax – Take 16

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Dancing in the Dark

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Lisa Bearnes Richey

I’m doing two projects right now and I couldn’t know less about how to go about them: the Godzilla mailbox decoration and the mosaic gazing ball.

I’m intimidated by both projects. I know I’m in over my head, but I don’t care. I’m really happy to be working outside my comfort zone, hopeful that I’ll figure things out.

I’ve never tried to ‘suggest muscles’ in a painting. I know little to nothing about shading, so it’s a real challenge. The biggest worry about the project is that my husband worked hard to find the image we would use, develop the code the computer would use to guide the plasma torch to cut it out, then make and weld on an attachment piece for the mailbox, and then prime the whole thing. It’s all in my hand now, and I’d rather not disappoint him too badly. He knows I’ll do the very best I can. If it’s TOO awful, we can always reprime the piece, remark it, and do the painting part again.

The gazing ball is another project about which I’m clueless. I’ve only done a few mosaic pieces – all absolute beginner pieces. I know the basic process involved, but I’ve never tried such a big project before. I’m hoping that I won’t have to TELL people what the design is when it’s finished…

The way I look at mosaic though, is kind of like finger painting. If you jump in, get it all over you, make a mess and have a joyous time – it’s a success!

 

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Godzilla in process

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This is the back side of the Godzilla mailbox decoration.

We used an overhead projector to mark the main parts of the piece, but I spent another hour this afternoon defining and correcting things before I could start to paint.

I did the color blocking on the back side today. It seems a bit more hopeful that I might actually be able to come up with something that resembles Godzilla, but the judges are still out.

My husband came and looked, nodded a couple of times, but kept his mouth firmly shut – an iffy reaction at best.

I’ll see what it looks like tomorrow. There is a LOT of shading to be done. A second coat of regular painting, and then a LOT of outlining.

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Empathy – Take 3

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Bill Lites sent me an email that makes us think twice about the daily happenings in our lives as we deal with others.

 

9.

Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient
laughing   hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics,
I suddenly realized that  I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.

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10.
Today, a boy in a wheelchair  saw me desperately struggling on
crutches   with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack
and books for me.
He   helped me all the  way across campus to my class and as he
was leaving he said, “I hope you feel better soon.”

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11.
Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came
back   malignant. When I got home, I opened an e-mail that said,
“Thinking of you   today. If you need me, I’m a phone call away.”
It was from a high school   friend I hadn’t seen in 10 years.

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12.
Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe.
He   said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely
skinny and   unhealthy.  Then my friend offered him the rest of the
sandwich he was   eating.
The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.

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Intentions

Eloisa James via Cathy Ruggiero

Eloisa James via Cathy Ruggiero

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Childhood

Nino Chakvetadze-via zentozany-via cathy ruggiero

Nino Chakvetadze-via zentozany-via cathy ruggiero

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Poor Kitty!

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Poor Abby. She has a very stressful existence, as you can clearly see here.

 

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When the flash went off for the picture above, she moved enough to look at me out of slitted eyes.

She could at LEAST come keep me company while I’m trying to organize paperwork for our taxes….

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Hostility towards Leslie

Woman's Walk with Leslie Sansone

Woman’s Walk with Leslie Sansone

I got this video probably 10 years ago when my husband and I were on NutriSystem. We lost weight, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t replicate the food. We gained all the weight back and more. This is not to say this isn’t a good program, I just prefer to be in total control of what I’m eating, how it’s cooked, etc. I also don’t want to feel hungry, so the low carb lifestyle is much better for my needs.

The other part – besides eating healthy – is exercise. Since I’m the poster child for the term, “Couch Potato,” living and working in a very sedentary manner, plus the fact that I’m old, has been a real challenge.

This “Woman’s Walk” video is good for people like me. There is a warm up portion, where you walk, kick, lift one knee at a time, and do steps side to side to a nicely paced piece of music. I can handle this part just fine, with my hips beginning to complain toward the end of the warm up.

Then the music speeds up, she adds kick-backs, plus arm movements to get the whole body involved. I have to change motions from what she’s doing a couple of times on this section, due to my hips complaining and needing a different movement to loosen up again.

Finally, there’s another bump in the speed in the music and you go all out (for an old woman). I manage to finish the 1 mile portion of the video. There is a 2nd mile and then a tone-up section of the video. I’ll work into both of these as I can.

I know I need this. I’m glad I have the video and can do this when I can make the time in the privacy of my own home. It doesn’t stop me from being hostile toward Leslie. She’s really good at her job, very perky, and is probably a gazillionaire now, having produced LOTS of videos.

I resent her saying how GOOD it all feels when I’m grimacing in pain, trying to continue when my hips are letting me know in no uncertain terms that they are unhappy. I’m tending to give her nasty looks every time she laughs and tells me ‘how good we all feel taking good care of ourselves.’

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Nature Photographers – Take 5

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Thanks to an email from Linda Wheaton Orrell

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Life in the Garden

Laurent Tremblay via Cathy Ruggiero

Laurent Tremblay via Cathy Ruggiero

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Empathy – Take 2

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Bill Lites sent an email showing how important empathy for our fellow man is.

 

5.
Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money,
so   I went into work. At 3PM I got laid off. On my drive home I got a
flat   tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too.
A man in   a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then
he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.

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6.
Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around
my   mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent
words before she died.
She simply said, “I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten
together like this more often.”

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7.
Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a
small   hospital bed. About 5 seconds after he passed, I
realized it was the first   time I had given him a kiss since
I was a little boy.

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8.
Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to
start   recycling. I chuckled and asked, “Why?” She replied, “So
you can help me   save the planet.” I chuckled again and asked,
“And why do you want to save   the planet?”
Because that’s where I keep all my stuff,” she said.

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One of my favorite places

booksrockmyworld_illustrated by Honor C. Appleton via cathy ruggiero

booksrockmyworld_illustrated by Honor C. Appleton via Cathy Ruggiero

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Godzilla is Emerging!

Neo Godzilla by kaijusamurai

Neo Godzilla by kaijusamurai

This is the next decoration we’re making for the mailbox.

We have him cut out, welded to the mounting attachment for the mailbox and primed.

Today we marked him for painting. We had a hard time with this because a lot of this is suggested by shading, rather than lines. I marked it the best I could today and will refine it before I start painting.

I’ll try to share pics with you tomorrow.

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Mamas & Babies – Take 25

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Photo by Anton Belovodchenko via trendingly.com

 

 

 

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Family Portraits – Take 3

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Thanks to yesemails.com via Bill Lites

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Empathy – Take 1

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Bill Lites sent me an email that reached out and grabbed me. It was several examples making us think twice about the daily happenings in our lives as we deal with others –

 

1.
Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper
I’m   working on for my Psychology class.  When I asked her to define
success in   her own words, she said, “Success is when you look
back at your life and the memories make you smile.”

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2.
Today, I asked my mentor – a very successful business man in his
70s-   what his top 3 tips are for success.  He smiled and said,
“Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is
thinking, and do   something no one else is doing.”

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3.
Today, after my 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to
me   at the grocery store and gave me a hug.  When I tensed up, she
realized I   didn’t recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the
most   sincere smile and said , “On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade
Center.”
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Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the
side  of the road holding him and crying.  And just before he died,
he licked the tears off my fac

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2016-02-03 Getting the Lard Off Progress Report

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35 pounds and 14.5 inches off.

35 is a nice, round number, so I’m happy for the moment. I haven’t lost any more inches, but I think I must be firming up a bit because kind people are complimenting me.

I discovered spaghetti squash and found it to be delicious under low carb spaghetti sauce last night. I cooked one squash and got enough for 5 servings! ( I froze the other 4 servings in sandwich bags and then a freezer bag.)

I’m trying to do the Woman’s Walk video with Leslie Sansone every day, and then one other thing (strength exercises with weights, elliptical, or Wii Fit Plus.)

The big thing is that I feel better.  I’m hoping that my blood test numbers toward the middle of this month will show improvement, too.

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I’m Editing!

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Happy Groundhog Day!

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I have it on good authority that Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning, bringing an early spring – at least to Pennsylvania. Here in Arkansas, though, the sun was shining brightly…

“The groundhog is like most other prophets; it delivers its prediction and then disappears.” ~Bill Vaughn

“To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring.” ~W.J. Vogel

May you have an early spring this year!

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Family Portraits – Take 2

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Thanks to http://www.yesemails.com via Bill Lites

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Low Carb Keilbasa Stir-fry Dinner

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My husband and I love kielbasa. We usually have it grilled outside in the summer, along with veggies.

Since it’s too cold to cook outdoors now, I decided I would try to approximate the dinner we love, adapting it for our low carb lifestyle.

My husband cut up the kielbasa into bite-sized pieces. I cooked that, and a cut up onion in some coconut oil in a large pan. When the onion was soft, I added two packages of frozen broccoli stir-fry that I had thawed. I stirred things for several minutes, then turned the fire down under the pan and put on a lid. I let it cook about 5 minutes more and dinner was served.

My husband said several times how good it was, asking if it was on the diet. When I told him it was, he said, “We should have this dinner a lot.” :0)

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Spaghetti Squash 101

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This is a spaghetti squash. I apologize if I’m insulting your intelligence, but “I” had to ASK which was the spaghetti squash at the grocery store. :0)

Once I got it home, I realized that I had no clue how to cook one. I looked online – did I tell you I LOVE the Internet? – and found this:

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Today I started to follow the directions and found that I could NOT slice the squash in half. After trying several different knives and techniques, I decided that I would simply put the whole squash in a backing dish and put it in the oven for 45 minutes.

When it finished, it was time for me to go get a haircut, so I just left it on top of the stove. When I got back, I found that it cut in half nicely after being cooked. I scooped out what appeared to be a more concentrated inner part that contained seeds and put that aside. Then I took a regular fork and started scraping out what was left.

It was like magic! Now I have a whole baking dish full of spaghetti-looking, good for me, low-carb stuff on which to put my spaghetti sauce!

I also googled whether or not I could free the remainder. it said, Place portion sizes into plastic freezer bags. Label with the ingredients and date.” Since I plan to eat about a cup of the spaghetti sauce tonight, I should have the right amount for 3 more meals!

 

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I discovered that it’s really hard to find a low carb spaghetti sauce. I stood and read labels seemingly forever the other day. I finally found “Wild Oats Organic Parmesan & Romano Pasta Sauce.” It’s 6 carbs for a 3/4 cup serving. I add some hamburger meat and onion, seasoning the sauce with Italian seasoning, season salt, and oregano to taste. Hooray!

I make elbow macaroni for my husband, who looks scandalized about eating something good for him. He prefers that to real spaghetti. I also make him Texas toast.

This has become a favorite for us. (The last time I did this, I used my special veggie cutting tool to cut up yellow squash.) I’ve also had the sauce over Dana Carpender’s “Cauli-Rice.” It’ll be interesting to discover if I like the spaghetti squash better or not.

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Rewards

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Friends and family are priceless – the greatest of life’s rewards.

Today I’m thinking of a friend who has moved to Texas, yet will remain in my heart.

I’m thinking of a wonderful lady who is relaxing at home after surgery today.

Yesterday I heard the voice of one of the dearest ladies on the planet. She lives in Thibodaux and is one of my favorite people.

I hugged my husband, who found a design of Godzilla we’ll do as a mailbox decoration – blasting Godzilla music from his speakers as “inspiration” as he works on getting the design from picture to G code for the computer.

We’re meeting friends to go bowling and for ice cream tonight.

We heard from our son, who is traveling today.

I’m getting my new, ‘sassy’ haircut spruced up by a good friend and miracle worker, Michael.

I have the pleasure of working with a wonderful lady, writing content for her website and for her blog.

Our two dogs and cat make us smile every day – whether we’re cuddling, playing, or just being doggy doormen.

I realize that I could fill pages with life’s rewards!

I’m one very lucky lady. face_www.cnet.com

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Character-Building?

Did I tell you I HATE organizing stuff for taxes?

Every year I try to come up with a system that makes it less of an ordeal, but – though I HAVE improved my methods – the getting down to it and getting it all organized is one of my least favorite things.

We have a wonderful, patient CPA that we dump all this ‘stuff’ on once it is organized. He sends us an organizer ‘book’ each year. I go through it page by page, putting stuff together, writing things down. When I finally get the last paperwork we need, we bundle it up, drive to Fort Smith, and leave everything with the receptionist, waiting for him to tell us our returns are ready to sign.

My husband’s total assistance in going through everything is to ask, “Are we ready to go see Mike yet?” This question – along with the pleasant look – makes me want to bite him in the leg. The only thing that would be worse would be if HE tried to do it. (He decides after half reading something that it really isn’t important or needed. At best, we would need an extension every year while I try to find what my husband thought wasn’t important. At worst, we’d be in the slammer for tax evasion.)

So. February is my least favorite month for lots of reasons – tax prep being a prime one.

I hope that you have a better system than I do for getting and staying organized. I’m looking at this as yet another character-building exercise in my life.

I think I’ll go do my “Walking with Leslie Sansone” video first….

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