Mellow Yellow

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Had I never discovered macro, would I have noticed?

I was amazed when I downloaded this photo into my computer at the glittering shade of yellow in the flower. Our heavenly father takes pains with the details of everything He creates.

Have you ever looked into the heart of a flower?...I love their delicacy, their disarming innocence, and their defiance of life itself. ~ Princess Grace of Monaco


Thankful Thursday - A place for everything

You'll find a friend in the pages of a book.

Of the things I left behind in New York, books are one of the things I missed the most. Books become like friends when they help you through life's many problems. When my children came down with chicken pox, I found helpful tips in my books. Instead of the recommended calamine lotion, I found a suggestion to use cold cream fresh from the refrigerator. (It did relieve their itching better and keep the scarring down to a minimum.) I also keep aloevera in my fridge for burn relief in the kitchen. I found tips for child care, healthier ways to cook, tips for getting through those teen years and the list goes on.

I've replaced my books and have even more than before.

In a previous post I disclosed a site my friend Jeannie told me about where she has ordered her favorite books for a penny and I continually find books at thrift stores for a quarter, but where can I put all these books??? Short of building a library :-) I need some place to keep them so my home does not become too cluttered and so I can locate the particular book I need when I need it.

Even though I give books away, I have tons to store.

I donate and pass books on to others if I no longer want them. I have even found a place that swaps books for more books.

Tiger knocks the books down if they are in his way.

And sometimes Tiger gets a bit klutzy and they end up scattered on the floor giving me a continual job of picking them up. Jeannie had a piece of furniture in her barn she was no longer using. They removed the shelves to use elsewhere and she asked if I wanted it. It was a true blessing. I bought a  pine board at Home Depot for less than $5. and had it cut for free. She left the shelf brackets so I only needed to put the boards in it and put my books away. Look at all the books I can see at one glance, and these are not in Tiger's way! Thanks, Jeannie. I love it!


Wordless Wednesday - Sky Watching

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Wordless Wednesday - Snow and more snow


Wordless Wednesday - Scenic ducks

Monday, January 18, 2010


Wordless Wednesday - Primulas


The Greatest of these is Love

A thought for my friends

Someone will always be prettier
Someone will always be smarter
Some of their homes will be bigger
Some will drive nicer cars
Their children may do better in school
Their husbands may help more around the house...

Let it go and love you. Be content in your circumstances.
Think about it;
The prettiest woman in the world
can have the hardest heart.
The most favored woman at work
may not be able to have children.
The richest woman in the world, with the finest house, most gorgeous clothes, and most luxurious car may be lonely.

*God's word states "If I have not love, I am nothing." I Cor. 13 1-3 K.J.V. Don't wait for the knight in shining armor to carry you away and save your day, love you. Love who you are and give yourself to God to make you over into what He has in mind for you. He created you, therefore you are worthy of love. God's love is unfailing, unlike man's love. He will never leave us nor desert us.

Tell yourself as you comb your hair in the morning:

"I am too blessed to be stressed and too anointed to be disappointed! Winners make things happen. Losers let things happen." anonymous

I received part of this in an email and wanted to share it with my sisters in Christ. Of course I added in my two cents. :-) I am sitting here with three reference books and three Bibles looking through the concordance and trying to find the Bible *verse that was used in the message. I tried looking under the key word "love" and found approximately 100 entries. I tried the word nothing and got nothing. I called a friend of mine who writes a Bible blog and had studied the Bible in college. She thought it was in Corinthians, and I kind of did too. There is a verse referring to charity (love) that I have always loved 13:13 "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."

We were in the right book and the right chapter but the wrong verse. I typed in the portion of a quote that I had, and then typed "Bible quote" and was rewarded with this quote's site.
The verse is powerful and it inspires me to remember that the greatest of these is charity.

"And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, all all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not..."

I have never moved a mountain, I am not endowed with the gift of prophecy, I do not understand all mysteries, but I know God loves me. My heart is overflowing with His love.


Have You Eaten Blue Potatoes?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

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There are more antioxidants in blue potatoes.

While browsing through a seed catalog I came across seeds for blue potatoes. The idea compelled me to research. Is this true? Are there really blue potatoes and if so how does the nutrition vary from red, white, or yellow potatoes? This past year I have enjoyed researching and trying out new foods and here is a sampling of some of the articles I have published about strange or unusual (to me) foods or herbs:

Add Extra Anti-oxidants to Your Diet with Blue Potatoes

Try a grapefruit that is naturally sweet.

Have you ever wondered about eating a pummelo? I did and enjoyed it. They taste like grapefruit without the bitterness, and can grow to reach 9 pounds!

Heal your heart with hawthorn berries.

While researching for an article about alternative medicine for hypertension I came across very promising information about hawthorn berries. The hawthorn berry has long been used for cardiac health and by clicking the above link you can learn more about what we have found out during studies on this berry.

Relax with catnip.

Some time ago I picked up catnip plants and began to pinch off leaves to brew myself tea. I'm generous with my cats. I shared my find with them. I was surprised when I was talking to a friend about catnip tea that not everyone knows how relaxing a cup of catnip tea is. For more herbs that will help you live with the stress in your life read here.

Red clover helps women.

Another herb that I have eaten ever since I can remember is red clover. As a child I would pull the sweet little petals from the flower head and eat them never realizing that red clover was a herb. To find out if you should take red clover read here.

Should we eat Osage oranges?

I'm only going to add one more edible that caught my interest over the past year, and that is Osage oranges or hedge apples. I was asked by a good friend of mine to research this fruit for its cancer fighting properties. It took a little work to uncover information about this little known fruit, but it was fascinating. My friend Jeannie took me to an Osage orange farm just a little ways from here, and now I have one in my freezer (pictured above). I found this research very interesting. If you are a little curious you can read here.

Your input is valued.

None of the articles I have written are conclusive. Sometimes the information, particularly about herbs is sketchy online. I am sure that much could be added and if you are aware of further information, please be kind enough to share. I love learning and the quest is never over. It is my hope to add information that will enable us to live healthier and happier.

Take care and Gd bless!


Wordless Wednesday - Sunshine

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Wordless Wednesday - More ducks


Wordless Wednesday - Day end

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Wordless Wednesday - Deer at twilight


Cloud Light

Sunday, January 3, 2010

"We talk of sunshine and moonshine, but not of cloud-shine, which is yet one of the illuminations of our skies. A shining cloud is one of the most majestic of all secondary lights." ~ Alice Meynell
"The cloud controls the light...It is the cloud that, holding the sun's rays in a sheaf as a giant holds a handful of spears, strikes the horizon, touches the extreme edge with a delicate revelation of light, or suddenly puts it out and makes the foreground shine. " ~ Alice Meynell
Alice, I love clouds and watching them move about in the sky, sometimes hiding the sun from view, sometimes allowing it to play peek a boo and other times simply allowing it to shine through. It warms my soul to know that I and my fellow bloggers are not alone in the enjoyment of our past time.

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