After the Rain

Sunday, June 26, 2011




This post linked to weekend reflections, shadow shot Sunday, Mellow yellow Monday, Macro Monday,  and Today's Flowers. Thanks so much for visiting me today. Take care and God bless!




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Persistence Pays

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It has been a very busy vacation week. We went to Detroit Metro Airport to pick my son's fiance up who came in from New York. We met Icy, BC Doan and her son Jo Jo near the air port and ate lunch. It was very nice. There was no awkwardness at all. It was like a warm family get together.

We showed Mari the apartment she and Chris (my baby boy) would be sharing and started doing some of the necessary things to set up their home. Chris made her the cutest Minnie Mouse house key which she was delighted to have. Her favorite word since she has been here has been "overwhelmed"! She loves the apartment and has been delighted and delightful with any and every thing we have planned for her since she came.
We have showed her many of the local places to shop and she has even run into a New Yorker who relocated to Michigan. We have visited friends and family and yesterday she visited seven perspective employers. She had mailed resumes to numerous places and filled out online applications before getting here but today she visited just one and heard the wonderful words "We can't wait to work with you. When can you start?" Way to go Mari! We went out to eat with friends to celebrate then I took her to one of my favorite places; the lake. We just may take BB here for his birthday Sunday. What do you think?

She worked so hard
 at helping out
She cooked and cleaned
and went without
She went from place to place
To get hired
And kept going
Tho she was tired
Today she heard the news
We wanted to hear
Glad to have you
Working here
So now we celebrate 
with joy
For the future of Mari
And baby boy!

Thanks so much for visiting me today. This post is linked to Watery Wednesday. Take care and God bless. 

PS. Persistence pays. :-)

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Babies Make the World go 'Round

Sunday, June 19, 2011



This post linked to Shadow Shot Sunday. Have a glorious day and thank you for visiting!



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Hard Earned Money Down the Drain

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


My dear friend, Lee works in the educational field and writes both at Triond and Factoidz. Lee was writing at Triond when I started in the summer of 2007 and we have been good friends almost from the beginnning. Some people you meet online begin to be like family. He is one and Icy and Anne are two more that mean a lot to me. We have truly supported one another in our passion for writing, since the beginning, and our efforts to make money at it. I have always felt that I could count on them.

My friend, Lee, in an effort to branch out has been reviewing sites that allow one to host their own site to help authors and photographers market their content. This site would be one where they could write a paragraph or two about their current work and post a link and we could all support one another. In reading up on a particularly promising site called Arsidian Lee thought he had found the ideal place. A few others just did not seem to offer what he wanted. This one promised lifetime support and a 30 day money back guarantee. After using paypal to purchase the script for $80.00 and working on it nearly around the clock for two days, he found it be corrupt. The site would not open and support turned deaf ears on his requests for help. All it displayed was an error page. 

He contacted Paypal and they stated that if Arsidian did not want to work with him they would consider the matter resolved. 

1. How do we help our friends when they have been burned?

2. Have you ever been cheated online and been able to resolve the issue?

This post is linked to Thursday Two Questions. Thanks so much for visiting me. Take care and God bless!

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Across the Pond

Sunday, June 12, 2011


What lavender feathers? That drake's feathers aren't lavender they're blue! I told you not to drink the water! It has you seeing things!
~136~

This post linked to Succinctly Yours! Join in the microfiction challenge. Post your story of 140 words or less. Use the Design 215 counter if you like. It is a really cool tool that counts your characters for you.

Thanks so much for your visit. Take care and God bless!


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Thankful Thursday - Dedication

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


A childhood story tells us of a race between a turtle and a hare. Now if you have ever seen the slow pace of a turtle compared to a rabbit scurrying across a field you would wonder why these two would race. What a joke! The hare could beat the turtle if he went around the lap a few times, but in the tale, the turtle won. He won because he was persistent and dedicated. 

This is what I have had to be the last few weeks with blogger. I have waited for over an hour again to see my photos materialize, and yes, I deleted cookies and history. :-) I don't want a photo free blog. That's half the joy of blogging. Anyway, sorry, I got sidetracked. I wanted to share with you a quote from Robert Schuler:

Insecure people
hibernate,
lazy people
luxuriate,
Wounded people
commismerate,
Foolish people 
procrastinate,
Wise people
dedicate---
they're do it now people!

Do you think you fall under one of the categories listed? I think I have been each one of them at different times. :-)

What are your tips to balancing yourself or your time to be more dedicated? I just try to be persistent. 

Please join the conversation at Amanda's blog. Please don't start without me! Take care and God bless! This post linked to Thursday Two Questions.

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Fuchsia or Lady's Ear Drops

Monday, June 6, 2011






I'm not sure. Are they red? Are they hot pink? Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Gardening states they are purple, red, white or blue. Mom's were purple and red and such vibrant shades that I was afraid my camera would cheat us by not showing the true color. The colors are truly rich and it is hard to imagine without actually seeing the flowers.

Fuchsia magellanicas, also called Lady's ear drops generally open in late summer. I am sure my mom's were forced to open early as they were purchased by my sister for our mother for mother's day.

These are said to be good as a shrub, bedding plant, trained in tree form or in window boxes or hanging baskets. Mom's hang in her terrace and the cascading flowers are quite stunning.

This is not a paid ad. I have books at home about this particular flower but in researching for a link for you I came across this contest with wonderful information about some of our favorite flowers.  Just thought I would share it with you. :-) This post linked to Ruby Tuesday. Thanks so much for your visit! Take care and God bless!




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