Allan Dixon Selfies – Take 2

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“Allan Dixon is a 29-year-old from Ireland who has a knack for making animals feel comfortable in his presence. So much so, that he’s been able to ‘talk’ all manner of animals into posing for a selfie with him!  He says a selfie can take “anywhere between five minutes to three hours of being in the animals presence. It depends on the animal and how safe it feels.”  “What the photos don’t show is the amount of dirt that ends up on my clothes because of being on the ground. But the results are worth it.”” – Olivia Adams, trendingly.com

 

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“Gazania”

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Photos Credit – Paul Militaru Photography

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Pressed Fern Art – Take 3

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Pressed Fern Art
Animal Portraits from Ferns She finds in her garden
Helen Ahpornsiri, East Sussex, UK
Kate Woodberry, Trendingly.com

 

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I think these are so creative. I can’t imagine having a pile of ferns brought in from the yard sitting in front of you, then having the vision to patiently create these, gluing each one in place until the picture comes alive. How amazing this lady is!  My thanks to Kate Woodberry, of trendingly.com for sharing Helen’s work with us.

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“Flower Thorns”

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“Flower Thorns” – Paul Militaru Photography

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Life is Sweeter

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The Crazy Cat Man via Cathy Ruggiero

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20 Quotes from Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know – Take 6

Dr. Seuss - Oh, the Places You'll Go via Encurious.com via Melissa A. Eastman

Dr. Seuss – Oh, the Places You’ll Go via Encurious.com via Melissa A. Eastman

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Tapeworm?

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I’m trying to cook with no sugar for my husband. Since he’s having a tough time making the conversion, I’ve been trying to cook some of his favorite non-sugar meals. That means rice and pasta. I have little self-control, so I’ve been indulging in eating starches with him. This has resulted in non-stop hunger for me. My husband is losing weight, but I’m gaining. :0(

Every morning this week I’ve tried to get back on my low carb eating plan. Every evening I’m angry with myself because I’ve stuffed my face – again. I feel I have a tapeworm. I haven’t experienced this non-stop hunger for over a year – since I started eating low carb.  My energy level is down. I don’t like this!

TODAY I’m trying to make it be different. I’ve started out with a good low carb breakfast. I have a water bottle beside me. I’ve just finished making some hard-boiled eggs for meals and snacks. We’ll be eating leftovers for dinner, so there is no reason for me not to do my usual thing, getting back on track. Today I’ll get on the elliptical trainer and also use the exercise ball.

I’ll get out a low carb book and start reading. Maybe I can find my motivation again. I’m about half way to my goal and I want to start making progress again!

 

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Creative Vandalism – Take 4

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Chuckles -Take 19

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20 Quotes from Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know – Take 5

20 Quotes from Children's Books Every Adult Should Know via Encurious.com via Melissa A. Eastman

20 Quotes from Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know via Encurious.com via Melissa A. Eastman

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Allan Dixon Selfies – Take 1

“Allan Dixon is a 29-year-old from Ireland who has a knack for making animals feel comfortable in his presence. So much so, that he’s been able to ‘talk’ all manner of animals into posing for a selfie with him!  He says a selfie can take “anywhere between five minutes to three hours of being in the animals presence. It depends on the animal and how safe it feels.” “What the photos don’t show is the amount of dirt that ends up on my clothes because of being on the ground. But the results are worth it.”

 

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Chuckles – Take 18

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It’s So Hot

The Crone's Grove via Desiree Angelique Hackett

The Crone’s Grove via Desiree Angelique Hackett

 

Today it was 95 plus a heat index – MUCH too hot for old folks like us. We went to help our good friend move some super heavy duty shelving in boxes from her garage to her new storage unit and then set the shelving up. We were happy to help her, but things didn’t go quite as we planned.

There was a definite learning curve on figuring out how the shelves went together. We were working in the direct sunshine, even inside the storage unit, and the heat made it really hard to think, much less get much done. None of us was smart enough to bring any water. We got one set of the three sets put together. They’re really good quality shelves, and we think she’ll get good use out of them.

We were all too hot – and probably dehydrated – by the time we finished the first set. We dragged the other two boxes out of the truck, into the storage unit, and called it a day.

A few minutes later we were laughing as we met each other again at the grocery store, all looking quite bedraggled. :0)

We came home and I made us some lunch and got us a bottle of water. We ended up taking naps in our chairs in the living room.

We’re finally up again and half way functional again. Supposedly, a cool front is supposed to come through soon, bringing us much needed rain and significantly cooler temperatures. We couldn’t be more ready.

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Noticing

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Lost in Translation – Take 1

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Best Seat in the House

Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

We had a wonderful time last night, having one of our long time good friends over for grilled kielbasa and veggies. We got to catch up on what’s been happening – or not happening – sharing several good hugs in the process.

This afternoon we’re going to her house to help her take heavy shelving to her new storage spot and get it set up.  She’s looking forward to getting a bunch of stuff in her home out from under foot. I’m happy that she’s excited about making changes that will be good for her.

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Pressed Fern Art – Take 2

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Pressed Fern Art
Animal Portraits from Ferns She finds in her garden
Helen Ahpornsiri, East Sussex, UK
Kate Woodberry, Trendingly.com

 

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I didn’t realize ferns came in so many different colors and textures. Isn’t her work amazing?

 

 

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“Freesia”

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Both of these gorgeous photographs are by Paul Militaru Photography

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Pressed Fern Art – Take 1

Helen Ahpornsiri is from East Sussex, U.K. She gathers ferns from her back yard and creates animal portraits!  These pictures were gathered by Kate Woodberry of trendingly.com.

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Angie the Angelfish is No More…

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I’m sorry to report that Angie, the Angelfish, is no longer with us. :0(

I cleaned the fish bowl and both fish were swimming around happily. The next day I didn’t see Angie. I looked all around the bowl, but didn’t see her.  I thought she might be hiding in the neon ‘house’, so didn’t worry.

Today I cleaned the bowl again and found her UNDER the neon house. I have no clue how she was able to get under it. So now Sally,  the bright yellow fish, is alone until we can arrange to get back to Fort Smith and see if we can find compatible friends for her.

Note: I have a ceramic bowl I put the fish in while I’m cleaning their ‘goblet.’ While I was cleaning, I saw movement  beside me. Sally had suddenly jumped out of the bowl and was flapping around on the counter! I quickly brushed her from the counter into my hand and then back into the ceramic bowl, putting a towel over it.  When her home was nice and clean with fresh water, I carefully poured her back into the goblet.

I will look for a deeper bowl to keep her in while she waits for her ‘maid’ to do the cleaning…

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Creative Vandalism – Take 3

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Storybook Places – Take 10

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Thanks to Marsha Koenig for her email.

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“Sunflower”

"Sunflower" - Paul Militaru Photography

“Sunflower” – Paul Militaru Photography

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20 Quotes from Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know – Take 4

A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh via Encurious.com via Melissa A. Eastman

A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh via Encurious.com via Melissa A. Eastman

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Reflections – Take 4

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“Even duct tape can’t fix stupid… but it can muffle the sound!
 
Why do I have to press one for English when you’re just gonna transfer me to someone I can’t understand anyway?
 
Of course I talk to myself, sometimes I need expert advice.
 
Oops! Did I roll my eyes out loud?”

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Creative Vandalism – Take 2

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“Delicate Pink”

"Delicate Pink" - Paul Militaru Photography

“Delicate Pink” – Paul Militaru Photography

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Journey of a Lifetime

I Love Reading Books via Cathy Ruggiero

I Love Reading Books via Cathy Ruggiero

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20 Quotes from Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know – Take 3

Aesop - The Lion and the Mouse via encurious.com via Melissa A. Eastman

Aesop – The Lion and the Mouse via encurious.com via Melissa A. Eastman

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20 Quotes from Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know – Take 2

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Dr. Seuss – Horton Hears a Who – via encurious.com via Melissa A. Eastman

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Beautiful Words!

“Negative”     “Normal”    “Unremarkable”   

At first glance, these words sound like words Debbie Downer would utter, don’t they? Nothing could be further from the truth!

 

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We all realize that we’re mortal and we won’t last forever, but it’s not a part of our everyday lives. At least, it isn’t until you get older and your body tells you you’re not as young as you used to be. Even if you try to take care of yourself, get the lard off, move more, etc., your body ages and things start acting funny or going on strike.

When we got up this morning, we had a message on the answering machine.  The message was from the doctor, himself, wanting us to call him back. We did immediately, but he was in with a patient and we had to leave a message.

 

 

 

He called again about 30 minutes later. My husband talked to the doctor, but I was listening, too. My heart was in my throat as I listened to him speak. Finally, he said the magic word, “Negative.” I almost cried with relief.  We will see him again, as scheduled in one month, or before, if things get worse again. I’m still feeling myself relax a bit more as I absorb the good news.

Test results can change your life in an instant. I never used to even think about my few tests. My husband and I have had more and more tests for things as we’ve gotten older, and I unconsciously hold my breath until I hear the results.

Today is a wonderful day. “Negative” is such a lovely word!  I’ve learned that I truly appreciate the words, “Normal” and “Unremarkable,” as well.

I hope that YOU hear these one of these three words each time you have a test!

 

 

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