Shadows are Useful

Saturday, July 31, 2010

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The sundial was used many years ago to help us tell what time of day it was. By clicking on the above link you can find many interesting facts about sundials and pictures of several different types.  According to the source, it most

likely was invented by William Oughtred around 1600 before its use became common throughout Europe.


Sundials were mentioned in at least two classic pieces of literature:


Chaucer the author of Canterbury Tales, reflects on the method of using shadow as a human “sundial” in his Parson's Tale. 

“It was four o'clock according to my guess,
Since eleven feet, a little more or less,
my shadow at the time did fall,
Considering that I myself am six feet tall."

Similarly, the shepherd's dial is also referred to in  Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 3,

“O God! methinks it were a happy life
To be no better than a homely swain;
To sit upon a hill, as I do now,
To carve out dials, quaintly, point by point,
Thereby to see the minutes, how they run--
How many makes the hour full complete,
How many hours brings about the day,
How many days will finish up the year,
How many years a mortal man may live.”

After reading all this information about shadows and their history I certainly feel less silly as I snap away at shadows. :-) How about you? Please join us for Shadow Shot Sunday, there’s sure to be a few you will enjoy!

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Be Careful what you Multiply!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Quote of the day:
"Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby.

If you give her a house, she'll give you a home.

If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal.

If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart.

She multiplies and enlarges what is given her.
So if you give  her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of *stuff". 

I took the liberty of making one minor change to the wording as this is a family friendly blog, but I'm sure you get the gist! Take care & God bless!


Sunrise, Sunset – Does it Matter?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Sunrise, sunset, the difference depends in the direction your heading or looking, right? The beginning and the ending of each day is defined by God and given to us brightly wrapped in brilliant colors. The middle of the day is left up to us. It is our choice to appreciate the glorious gifts He gives us and to treasure the day or to disregard them and to trudge along on our way. I think it is truly amazing that He remembers to end our days as beautifully as He began them!

I was reading and commenting on blogs, doing the same on articles, trying to finish my latest article to get it submitted and knowing that soon my weekend would end and I would have to start the work week again. We’re always multi-tasking. Trying to be on three sites at once, feed the husband, do the laundry, talk to friends and family…. In other words trying hard to do everything but hardly doing anything. If you could see my heart, you would know I want to excel at it all.

My grandson called me in the midst of my feeble attempts at juggling ten tasks. I had three books open to various pages and several windows open on the computer. I clicked over from another call to take his. I just sat down after bringing my husband his plate. “Grandma”, he began, “My girl needs a ride home from work.” Oh, sweetie”, I began, but soon I was out the door to do him the favor and walked out into a beautiful show stopping sunset! I didn’t have time to run to the lake to get to see it reflected on the water or time to run to the park to see it at the horizon. I had trees, homes, buildings, telephone wires and street lights to obstruct the view, but God’s beauty came shining through! All God asks is for a moment of our time and the rewards are truly worth it. He asks us to stop crowding Him out and just give Him a moment.

Please join me at Outdoor Wednesday for more of God's beauty.


I Get No Respect!

No attention
It used to be when I came in from work at least my cats would give me some loving. They couldn’t wait for me to sit down at my computer to occupy my lap, but not it seems my lap is just a stepping stone for the window.

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Tiger, oh Tiger, can you look at me and stop watching that fly buzzing around, unless of course, you are inclined to catch it??

no respect - tiger

Now, what is that supposed to mean?? I wonder if this is how Rodney Dangerfield felt?

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Don’t Live in a Shadow: Photograph One!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

red bud shadow

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For more shadow shots please check out

Shadow Shot Sunday and enjoy the rest of your week end!


In the Pink

Saturday, July 24, 2010

in the pink

The same building where I found the lovely window reflections had a number of flower beds boasting a variety of stunning Zinnia blooms. The flowers were labeled with tags from the donors and were in memory of their loved ones.


If you are thinking of giving me flowers after I go I would rather have them be live blossoms that can be enjoyed for a longer time frame than picked flowers, but don’t call the florist yet as I hope to be around for a long time. :-) The center bouquet was taken at Kroger's in their floral department.

I hope you are feeling “in the pink” this Saturday and to keep you that way, please check out more pink photos at Pink Saturdays and enjoy the rest of your week end! I wasn't able to join this week, as I just discovered the site but that does not stop me from promoting the idea. :-) Take care & God bless!


Thankful Thursday ~ Persistence

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

GEDC8811 GEDC8812 GEDC8889 If you love taking pictures like I do you know how important it is to you that your picture at least resembles the subject. I’ve been taking pictures of Feverfew for two years now and must have snapped at least 50 pictures. They usually come out looking like the petals are much thicker than they are. I get disappointed and delete them. I seem to have a problem taking pictures of light colored subjects. I also had a problem with my lily leeks but finally got a few satisfactory ones.

I am currently researching feverfew for it’s natural healing properties and will continue to take pictures until I get a satisfactory one or I may use one of the first two I took a few days ago.

I had left work and was standing outside looking for shadows when I noticed two flower boxes located two floors up on the patio. I ran upstairs to see if I could reach the flowers to photograph them as they were located above eye level. I am 5 foot 9 inches and was standing on tip toe and holding the camera above my head to get the picture. I liked the way the wild flowers were silhouetted against the blue sky. 

If we want something bad enough, we must be persistent until we get it.


Wordless Wednesday ~ A Succulent called Sedum

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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Weekends are for Reflecting.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

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There is lovely catholic school across from my job and today their parking lot was empty so I parked over there under a shade tree. I loved the reflections I found in the windows of the school. They reminded me what a beautiful day it was and being grumpy would only rob me of more of my enjoyment for the day.

blue sky reflections I love the brick walls against the clouds and sky.

Jesus in the window

To enjoy more weekend reflections and to share your own, feel free to
visit James at Weekend Reflections!

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I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! I'm determined to enjoy mine. :-)


Peachy lilies

This month we are required to work Saturdays. It’s our turn again. We may wish it would never be our turn, but it’s only right. peach lilies
The week ends just don’t seem the same. They were already MUCH to short. :-) There are so many things I love to do in my “spare” time and friends and family to see. (I don’t believe in the term “spare” time any more than I believe in the term “extra” money. Neither exists!!  Who invented these two phrases any way?
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But our dear heavenly father has created an equalizer. When you are (or should I say I am) feeling out of sorts because I am feeling that I am forced to be some where I do not want to be or to perform tasks I do not want to perform I am distracted by something wondrous. As I was heading out the door of work (finally!) this lily beckoned me. Look, doesn’t it look like it is saying “come closer, look at me!”

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And, of course, I did. Little lily, how can I resist your beauty? Who would want to? Then, lucky me, who got to work on Saturday, captured some lovely reflections and a butterfly on the way to my car. I’m saving those for my other two blogs. For more shadow shots, please check out Shadow Shot Sunday!

How is your week end going? I hope you are doing what you love best. Take care and God bless!



Thankful Thursday - Poetry

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

GEDC8362 There is something soothing to the soul in poetry. Lucille Clifton, in Christine A. Sikorski, “An Interview with Lucille Clifton,” A View From the Loft (1994) stated
“I don’t go get a poem. It calls me and I accept it.”

If you write poetry, you will understand what she means. It does call you. Sometimes it awakens you from your sleep, sometimes it draws your attention away from your tasks, sometimes it overflows from your heart or mind as you witness something that touches your soul. It is cleansing and purifying like a shower and it can encompass such a wide spectrum of emotions within a few words, and do it like the ebb and flow of water on the shore, with a rhythm. The words connect the writer and reader in an almost intimate manner uniting them for the moment.


The love of poetry claimed me at an early age. I remember submitting a poem to a song company when I was in fifth grade. I am so proud of Icy BC Doan for creating her own book of poetry, (which has long been a dream of mine). I wish her well and know she will be successful as she has such a huge capacity for caring and expression along with a talent for a creativity. She is the hardest working online writer that I know and you can see her labors of love on many blogs and websites. I gave you only one link to click on but if you visit her blog you will find links to others.


Poetry is like nature. I went to visit the pond by Polly’s country market  hoping maybe to see the crane again. I have found beautiful examples of God’s handiwork in the most unusual places. I found they had mowed down all the wild flowers at the pond but these tiny flowers stubbornly refused to leave the area.  They grew wildly along the water bank. Life tries to choke out our creativity by keeping us overwhelmed and busy, maybe even insane, but God’s reminders are every where. I drove behind the store and saw the prettiest Queen Anne’s Lace and two butterflies sharing a clover.

I thought the Q.A.L. looked just like a heart.

I want to be like a butterfly and seek out the wonders that God has for us. When you seek out His beauty you will find your heart overflows with poetry. Your poetry may be prose, photography, woodworking, crocheting, embroidery, culinary arts, dance, music…. but it is poetry just the same.

Enjoy, share, and God bless! For more of God’s critters check out Camera Critters.

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