“Mallow”

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“Mallow” – Paul Militaru Photography

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Chuckles – Take 5

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Good Morning!

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Susan and Brad Whittle-AR Pics-via-Cindy Bassnett Thurman

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Storybook Places – Take 1

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Bagnone, Italy – unknown photographer. Email from Marsha Koenig

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“Red Velvet”

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Quiet

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My husband and I just came in from ‘watching the storm come in’ on the deck.

The sky darkened and the wind started to whip the trees and bushes around. Our wind chimes started making a huge racket, so I tied them up with wire tires and came back to the deck.

It was deliciously quiet – the only sounds were thunder and the wind. The temperature had cooled to about 80 and the wind was blowing my hair as I leaned back in my chair, enjoying all my senses, relaxing completely.

Amazingly, the whipping wind didn’t seem to bother the hummingbirds at all!

It rained two or three drops, than the sky started to clear and the wind died down.

I guess that’s what we should expect when the chance of rain is only 20%…

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Football Fun

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Football Season is upon us!  My husband and I really enjoy watching a close game, where it goes down to the last second to see who the winner is.

Many people devote the whole season to supporting their local teams, their alma maters, etc., watching every game. They might have people over to enjoy the game with them. They might travel to the actual game to enjoy it ‘up close and personal.’ They wear their team’s colors, might have a pennant or two.

I love the way that Robyn Soules of Creative Artworks helps us show our spirit. She has designed sports bracelets, showing the colors and the logos of each of the teams. We can show our loyalty on our wrists!

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The bracelets above are samples of the wonderful bracelets Robyn makes. You can order them for any of the teams listed, (scroll down toward the bottom of the page) or – if you don’t see the team you want to support here, you can order one from Robyn at no extra charge!

If she doesn’t have the needed item in stock, please allow approximately 2 weeks for creation and delivery. Each bracelet is only $15.00, with FREE SHIPPING to the contiguous United States. Order for yourself, your co-workers, your friends and family. You’ll have a blast rooting for your favorite team!

Click on one of the links above and let’s get started making your sports bracelet!

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How to Pose with Statues – Take 5

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Reach Up! Reach Up!

I just finished doing about a mile and a half with the “Women of Poundage” DVD with Leslie. (That’s not actually the name of the video, but I call it that, “Walking with Annoying Leslie,” or other less kind names, depending on how hard it is for me to keep up.)

I have proved to myself over the past year that using this video regularly seems to do me a lot of good, once my hips stop screaming so much. I seem to use different muscles doing this than anything else I do.

My husband was in his recliner reading when I went in to exercise. He’s good about letting me put in the DVD and exercise, saying it doesn’t bother him. He usually tries to be supportive, too, saying, “Good on You!” when I leave the office, announcing I’m going to walk with Leslie, annoying or otherwise.

Today he spoke up to say, when I had made it to the Mile 2 part of the DVD, that I wasn’t moving my foot out enough on the taps. I answered him tersely, saying that I was doing well to just be moving at this point. I lasted another 10 minutes or so, but then stopped.

He then repeated his opinion about the tapping. I told him that next time, he could stand in front of the TV and I would stand behind him. We would then do the DVD together, and I would try to match his steps.

I got no answer…

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How to Pose with a Statue – Take 4

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For Reading Addicts

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For Reading Addicts via Cathy Ruggiero

We’re having a super muggy, soul-sucking day here in Arkansas, so I’m not even thinking of being outside more than necessary today.

Happily enough, I found and ordered a new low carb recipe book for my Kindle Fire in my travels on the net. I like it so much that I went back on Amazon to see if I could buy it in paperback; but, alas, it isn’t available as a paperback or a hardback book. I gritched to my husband, who is now looking for a way that I can PRINT out the book from my Kindle!

If he can do that, it would be a lot easier for me to follow the recipes. If not, I’ll just make do. The name of the book is –

Ketogenic Diet: Recipes That Melt Your Tongue by Yiran Z. Heathcote

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I’ve been reading through the recipes and have become more excited as I read. He doesn’t require a lot of ingredients I have to order from the net. The recipes seem simple and don’t take a lot of time. They sound delicious. I’ll write about this book again after I’ve tried several of the recipes.

 

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“Front and Back”

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“Front and Back” – Paul Militaru Photography

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Chuckles – Take 4

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Basket Case

25% OFF ALL BASKETS BY LINDA LEWIS ON CREATIVE ARTWORKS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“As I have discovered by examining my past, I started out as a child. Coincidentally, so did my brother. My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket, so to speak: she gave me a younger brother named Russell, who taught me what was meant by “survival of the fittest.”
Bill Cosby

“Concentrate your energies, your thoughts and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket.”
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“Even the simplest wicker basket can become priceless when it is loved and cared for through the generations of a family.”
Sister Parish

All of the baskets are one-of-a-kind. The regular price is $40.00. 25% off means you save $10 on each basket, making it $30.00 – PLUS you always get FREE SHIPPING if you live in the contiguous United States.
“Poetry isn’t a profession, it’s a way of life. It’s an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that.”
Mary Oliver

Here is the LINK for the rest of the baskets by Linda Lewis included in this sale.  LINDA’S BASKETS

“Everyone should keep a mental wastepaper basket and the older he grows the more things he will consign to it – torn up to irrecoverable tatters.” Samuel Butler

Please type in 25%OFFSALE in the special comments portion of the shopping cart. (This is on the page after you input your billing and shipping addresses) I will enter your $10 off credit in my shopping cart and will confirm that this has been done when I confirm your order.

These one-of-a-kind, hand-painted baskets are fun for you to use as a part of any holiday decorations, and make great gifts for your friends, co-workers, and relatives.

Order right away for the best selection. HAVE FUN!

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The Problem with a Good Book is….

Grammarly via Cathy Ruggiero

Grammarly via Cathy Ruggiero

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Chuckles – Take 3

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Enjoying Friends

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Purple Clover via Cathy Ruggiero

Recently we had the joy of having two of my favorite people over for grilled steak and conversation. I thought, as we were laughing together, how RICH I am in friends. :0)

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How to Pose with Statues – Take 3

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“Yellow Gazania”

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“Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium”

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My husband taped this for me a couple of nights ago and I’m still feeling good after watching it.

Mr. Mogorium’s Wonder Emporium stars Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Zach Mills, and Jason Bateman. The actors are perfect for the roles they play.

“Magic flows freely through the walls and toys within the Wonder Emporium. But when Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman), the store’s 243-year-old proprietor, decides to turn the reins over to his manager Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman), mysterious changes creep over the Emporium. Molly and Henry (Jason Bateman), an accountant, must discover the magic within themselves if they are ever to revive the now-quiet toys.”

This is a delightful movie. A really feel-good, uplifting movie. The only thing that could have been better was that the movie be longer. I have now ordered the DVD so that I can watch it over and over again, whenever I’m feeling a bit down.

I lost myself in their magical world. I would love to be able to visit this toy store and call the people in it my friends.

If this sounds good, try it. Let me know what you think.

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FBI Issues Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) Alert

Photo found on FaceBook and found it to good not to pass on.

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Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is dangerous a chemical that will cause steel corrosion(rust), in large volumes can damage soils, homes and businesses(flooding). When exposed to heat it can cause skin burns. If inhaled it can cause death(drowning).
It is an industrial solvent used in fire retardant materials and can be found in the waste from nuclear power plants.
DHMO contributes to the greenhouse effect. May cause severe burns. Contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape. Accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals. May cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.

Grin…. It is simply unbelievable the number of people that have swallowed this long time hoax.

Dihydrogen monoxide hoax involves calling water by the unfamiliar chemical name “dihydrogen monoxide” (DHMO), and listing some of water’s effects in an alarming manner, such as the fact that it accelerates corrosion and can cause severe burns. The hoax often calls for dihydrogen monoxide to be regulated, labeled as hazardous, or banned. It illustrates how the lack of scientific literacy and an exaggerated analysis can lead to misplaced fears.
dihydrogen monoxide(DHMO) = H2O = water

The hoax gained renewed popularity in the late 1990s when a 14-year-old student collected anti-DHMO petitions for a science project about gullibility.

Thank You Wikipedia.
Snopes.com DHMO hoax

Put on a smile.
Happy Gardening

*This is a reblog of the Town & Country Gardening Post August 26, 2016.  I subscribed to the Town and Country Gardening blog several years ago and have found is to contain wonderful information and a healthy sense of humor.

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This is SUCH a good reminder to read with a skeptical mind, PLUS check our sources. I love the idea of the 14-year-old’s science project – kind of a spin-off of the old game, ‘gossip,’ in a way. There are far too many people who read quickly, hit a like or share button and perpetuate falsehoods. Figuring out what a good source is on the net is a challenging prospect. What I now try to do – unless I’m being lazy – is check several different sources before I believe something.

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“Dandelion 2”

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“Dandelion 2” – Paul Militaru Photography

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Chuckles – Take 2

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Chuckles – Take 1

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“Afternoon Walk”

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How to Pose with Statues – Take 2

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Wood Comes Alive – Take 2

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“Fragrant Beauty”

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Getting the Lard Off Progress Report 8/24/2016

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I’m fighting with the same three pounds over and over again. I get them off, put them back on, then spend another week getting them off again. I lost pound 46 this morning, but I’m not at all sure it’ll stay off yet. I’m happy to be entering a new ‘decade’ on the scales, but I’ll be happier when I can take that a bit more for granted.

“Annoying Leslie” and I are walking every day again, though I haven’t made it through the two-mile walk yet. I’m at about the 1-1/2 mile level now. I’m just making sure I get in there and do what I can each day. The two-mile level will come eventually. Meanwhile, I’m moving muscles with her that I apparently don’t in everyday life, even though I’m moving a lot more.

No change on measurements today, still being at 22″ off. Progress will come here eventually, as well.

I’ve been feeling a LOT more energetic since our weather did an abrupt change. We went from over 100 degrees F. actual temperature with a heat index thrown in due to stifling humidity to a high in the 80’s and either rain or a lot less humidity. It was like going to a different planet! It gave me energy to spend three days pressure washing the back sidewalk and our deck, for example. The heat has returned, though, so I’m feeling limp as a noodle right now, even though I’m in the a/c. I think the heat is a psychological thing for me, as well as physical.

Between Walking with Leslie, vacuuming and cleaning for tonight’s dinner guests, I should be doing a reasonable amount of exercise.

I’m looking forward to the weeks when I can tell you I officially went down another size in jeans, and when I can tell you I’ve lost 50 lbs. – however long that takes…

 

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Entertaining Tonight!

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I have my bulldozer out, clearing things out a bit for our cookout tonight.

We’re having two dear friends for charcoaled steaks, baked potatoes (for some), green bean casserole, and salad.

Since I’m such a terrible housekeeper, an evening like this starts with the bulldozer, moving things from where they ARE to where they SHOULD BE. Then I can do the regular dusting and vacuuming in the public rooms on the first floor (office, foyer, living room, dining area, kitchen, utility room, pantry, and two half baths. I’ll need to clean up the porch (which is now our cat Smoke’s area) because it’s on the way to the deck. I’ll clean off my table by my recliner so that whoever sits on the sofa by the table will have a place to put a drink down. I’ll get out a tray table for our other friend.

I’m delighted that our friends are coming tonight. One of them works full-time in Fort Smith and will be tired after working all day. We’ll have some wine and a nice dinner for her without her having to cook anything. Our other friend is retired, like us. She offered to bring a green bean casserole, so that will be a real treat for all of us. I’ll prep the steaks, baked potatoes, and salad. One friend is an artist who does pastel paintings. The other is a former race car driver (dirt track), and is looking for another race car to buy because she misses racing. Both women enjoy practicing shooting – though it will be too hot for that this evening. Our conversations are lively and eclectic.

I’ve got to get busy if I’m going to have things ready. I hope you have a fun day!

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Companionship – Take 7

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