Nameless Wildflower Captured Forever

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


This flower grows wild along roadsides and empty lots every where. I used my macro to capture some of the tiny blooms not even knowing what I was photographing; only that the pale blue blossoms were pretty and brightened the otherwise dismal landscape. You know that if I am fortunate enough to get the name, I will be researching it further. :-)

Note the seeds growing in the center of the flower. God replenishes His earth and makes provisions for beauty and nutrition to continue. I feel so fortunate in that I can capture the tiny bits of beauty every where and gaze at them today and tomorrow and tomorrow.... forever more.....

A flash of color,
A delightful scent
The delicate balance
And my knees are bent

I ready my lens
I hold my breath
I click away
Til my batteries are spent

The beauty is captured
They are worth the endeavor
The lovely flowers
Are now mine forever

by Judy Sheldon-Walker

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New Photo Software

Monday, September 28, 2009

Icy's exquisite art looks intriguing.

I liked the results so much I wanted to try my hand at using the photo editing tools. She has done some very creative things with her photos and I tried to download one of the software programs she suggested but it held my computer hostage for the entire evening. At about 7:00 pm I downloaded the program and only uploaded one picture to play with. I asked it to crop the photo.

The following morning the same picture was still sitting there and the changes had not taken place. Every time I tried to close the program I received error messages warning that if I preceded with closing I may lose my picture. I finally took a chance and closed it and have not attempted to use the program since. It's not Icy's fault that I am just computer illiterate. :-) She makes noble attempts to educate me, but to really educate me would probably be a full time job!! :-)
Walmarts prints approximately 250 pictures to one disc along with an index card showing you which prints are on the disc. It is a Kodak disc and comes with Kodak EasyShare software so I decided to try it. First of all it saved all my pictures in quadruplicate so I have lots to play with. Here are my changes to the same photo.
The first is the original, and bear in mind this is before I discovered the macro feature.

The second is using color balance. I used the "forest" feature. It brightens the colors. The third is called "spotlight." Notice how it calls attention or "spotlights" the center of the picture?

The fourth picture is simply cropped.
Unfortunately, this program does not have a feature to embed your photos with your name. My camera has a program to do that. But once I have moved the photos I cannot put them back into the program to use the feature. It is simply an inexpensive Olympus FE 210 with 7.l mega pixels.

The subject of this photo is Queen Annes Lace, and the humble flower is showing it's resilience by growing in an abandoned asphault parking lot. The same resilience it demonstrates here, it demonstrates in it's ability to help us preserve our health. For more on the history of the flower and it's health benefits you can read here, if you would like.

Take care & God bless. Life is good when we partake of God's gifts to us and He is truly generous with His gifts.

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How to beat your cold!

Don't let this be you!
With the drop in temperature we find that we are surrounded with people who are coughing and sneezing. Personally, I don't like being sick, plus I have no sick time where I work, so getting sick hurts my pocket too. If I want to stay home and take care of myself, I won't be able to pay my bills. My goal is to stay healthy!

I am a firm believer in eating properly and taking supplements. Two that I take daily are zinc and Vitamin C, but did you know that you should not take them at the same time? Read more about Zinc in Zinc: The Overlooked Vitamin.

While working at a pharmacy a few years back quite a few customers raved about the effect of Tiger Balm on their colds. While reading The Green Pharmacy by James A. Dukes, Ph.D, I find it once again recommended for the relief of colds and sinuses. Also mentioned were:

  • * echinachea
  • * eucalyptus
  • * garlic
  • * gingko biloba
  • * goldenseal
  • * horseradish
  • * peppers
  • * pineapple

We need to stock our arsenal in the battle to keep healthy. CA Johnson in two articles written for cold sufferers has provided us with several tips on getting better fast. I hope you will check these out and if you haven't had a cold yet this season, read them to find ways to avoid getting one. If you do get one, she will have you feeling better fast! For more information read:

photo sources: lady with cold, Tiger Balm

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God has a sense of humor!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

You say week ends. I say week begins.

Why do we call them week ends? Why not week "begins"? Saturday ends the week. Sunday begins the next. Kind of like a glass being half full or half empty. Both is right, but half full is better! The two days between the work weeks end and begin our weeks.

But where do they go?

Whether they end or begin our week, they certainly go by quickly. I had four of my grandchildren all day on Saturday, and took three of them home, keeping Makii overnight to attend church with me Sunday. He is a delightful five year old with a mischievous twinkle in his hazel colored eyes and a fun spirit.

Grandchildren are always an adventure.

I finally settled him in to bed the night before, after reading three stories and tucking him in repeatedly. Then I decided to vacuum and I caused the lights to go out. A terrified little guy was determined not to rest then but to follow me through the dark house as I lit a candle and found my way through the dark to my circuit breaker box in the basement. Once the lights were safely back on, we went through the night time ritual again, then the prayers, the kiss and hug and finally off to sleep. As far as I know he did not stir the entire night.

We are all dressed up and ready to go.

In the morning after breakfast and washing up he donned his big boy suit, and with smiling face eagerly jumped in the back seat of grandma's car to attend Sunday services. He carried with him a brightly colored green and turquoise colored gift bag I had placed crayons and a coloring book in to help occupy him during the sermon. He quietly colored as I followed the scripture reading in my Bible. Soon I heard a few stifled snickers. Our pastor had a grin kind of tugging on his face, and some of the church ladies were looking some where near me.

What are they laughing at?

I turned to follow their eyes and saw my grandson wearing his little buttoned up shirt and tie with vest and a very serious look on his innocent little face, but he had turned the gift bag upside down over his head like a hat. The handles loosely drooped below his ears. I shrugged my shoulders at the pastor and the ladies. I shot a serious look at Makii and gestured for him to remove the bag. It was so hard not to laugh. He was/is a precious sight.

They shook his hand and congratulated him on good behavior.

You know God has a sense of humor, after all he has instilled it within His children, large and small. Church members pumped his hand as we left after the service and told him what a "good" little boy he was and thanked him for coming with me. Of course, Grandma had a gentle talk with Makii while driving him home about the way we should behave in church.

This was the beginning of my week. How about yours?

The above pictured church is found here. My friend, Chan Lee Peng has published two articles showing some of the most beautiful churches in the world. You can view them by clicking here or here. He has captured some of the most amazing architecture found anywhere. Here are just two of them. Enjoy!

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Wordless Wednesday - Vivid Yellow

Tuesday, September 22, 2009



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Thankful Thursdays - Turmeric

Wednesday, September 16, 2009



I have always had a profound fascination for nutrition and alternative medicine.

I truly believe that much of the medicine we take today is unnecessary and actually harmful to us. While working in a doctor's office full time and a pharmacy part time I was amazed at how much medication is prescribed and taken, and how many times one pill is administered to counteract the effects of another. Don't get me wrong, medicine has saved many lives and relieved the suffering in others, but how many times has medicine been incorrectly taken, abused or not needed? If one can obtain the needed results from natural remedies is that not much better? Herbals, for the most part, do not pose the same risks as prescribed medicine.

My reader advised that turmeric had removed his joint pain.

I wrote an article about various herbs and spices at Triond. One of my readers left me a comment about how much turmeric has relieved his joint pain. I have arthritis. At that time I was rolling out of bed in the morning because my hips were so painful upon wakening. I could not sit on our couch because my hips would lock up and it was excruciating. I worked in management at a large discount store chain and would have to walk (quickly) several times a day the length of the store. I was limping painfully. I tried Motrin, Ibuprofen, Advil, and Aleve. I worried about the effect it would have on my liver and decided to quit. They weren't working anyway. I purchased some turmeric at the health food store. Before I finished the bottle I noticed a marked improvement. So much so that I wrote Turmeric TKOs Motrin.

It was a toss up between Thankful Thursdays - Turmeric or Readers. I will be forever grateful to my reader for leaving that comment (and will always be a loyal fan of turmeric). We can learn so much from one another.

Take care and God bless!
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Wordless Wednesday - Puppy Love

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


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Funnies

Sunday, September 13, 2009


There's a new site "in town" (internet town). Is there such a thing? Well, anyway one can subscribe to humorous cartoons and get them sent directly to their email.

I don't have the time to subscribe to one more thing, :-) but fortunately for me I have a friend who does so he sent me a handful of funnies. If you want to subscribe here is the linkClick and register. If not, join me and get a chuckle. Laughter really is good medicine.

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Thankful Thursdays - Naps!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

It seems like a life time ago, but my mother would lay me down for a nap and I would just think it was the end of the world. Goodness, if I had to lay down and go to sleep something was bound to happen and I would miss it. The time lost can never be regained. As a child sleeping seemed such a waste of time. Now it is a rare and special treat. Rare because the to do list overflows with tasks and special because I certainly feel refreshed after a nap.

I can't seem to find the way to my bedroom at night. I work 8 to 10 hours days at work then come home to fix dinner and sit in front of my home computer for another 4 to 6 hours and still do not get to touch base with all my friends on line.

I am envious of the kitty in the photo. Is that why they call it a cat nap? Take care and sweet dreams.

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Wordless Wednesday - Poison Night Shade

Tuesday, September 8, 2009



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I'm a Bargain Junkie!

Monday, September 7, 2009


O-k, I'll admit it. I'm a bargain junkie!

I'm trying to work my way through it. I even researched it for an article. I share some of the things I learned in Bargain Junkies, but I'm not cured.

I've learned to be more careful, and generally do not buy anything unless it serves a purpose, even if it is buy one get one free. There are some products you don't need one of let alone two.

My youngest is now 23. He left home just a few years ago, and I frequently am lucky enough to have a grandchild spending the night. I've been busy turning his old bedroom into a spare room. We've given the queen bed away to our daughter and now have a twin bed sitting in it's place.

This room has become the catch all for a pile of books and my exercise equipment. How can I make it neater and more organized? This has been on my mind while making my bargain hunting expeditions, and I happened upon this beautiful hand made head board for $5.00. It took me a few days to get it delivered, but, as you can see, here it is. I'm quite happy with my bargain. I have placed the twin bed on those funny looking triangular shaped platforms so I can stash my trampoline under the bed. The grand kids love jumping on it too. (better that than the bed!)

I found this flower marked down to $1.00 at Home Depot. Pretty, huh? Maybe this wasn't a must have, but I'm enjoying it. My kids laugh about my bargain hunting expeditions, but they have enjoyed quite a few of my finds too.

Take care and God bless.

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Cleaning Green and Saving Green Too!



Replace these products with natural products found in the average home.

How much money do you spend on cleaning products? Do you get head aches from any of them? Do they cause you or your children to have asthma attacks?

Did you know that some common products used for cleaning have been known to cause children to get sick and mixing some chemicals can cause death? There are approximately a hundred helpful tips for saving money and cleaning your home naturally found in this article and those listed at the end of it. Save money and live healthier. Thousands of children have also been accidentally poisoned by accidentally ingesting unsafe chemicals.

These natural products can handle almost every cleaning problem:

  • lemons and lemon juice
  • white vinegar
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • borax
  • vegetable oil
Be safe and healthy! Take care & God bless!


picture sources: cleaning products, vinegar, baking soda

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Wordless Wednesday - Old Man Tree

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


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Wordless Wednesday - Gnomeland


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