The worst blind date!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sandy looked at her blind date out of the corner or her eye. Boy was he whack! 
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Grandma's Goulash has a fun meme called succinctly yours. She furnishes the photo and a bonus word and we get to try our hand at creating a micro-fiction story with 140 characters or words or less. This weeks bonus word is "whack". 

How low can you go? You will never know till you try. :-) Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!!

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Summer shots 2012

Friday, January 25, 2013

dogwood, lilac and red admiral butterfly


fall leaves of maple and forsythia

Oh how I would
If color had not been
With brilliant colors
A world is made
of beauty rare...
nature by 
poem by

This post linked to color connection. Thank you for your visit. Have a fantastic weekend. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!

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Thankful Thursday - Failure

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Failure can be beneficial.

Someone who has never experienced failure does not know how to push on, regroup and problem solve. If your child fails a test or challenge it can strengthen them. You can encourage them by expressing to them what you know of their skills and qualities that will help them to do better next time. Perhaps their method or understanding of the issue is not correct or spotty. 

Failure is to us like manure is to roses.

Many a great inventor met defeat after defeat before their great discovery. As your child re-examines the subject it can help them to overcome their lack of knowledge and actually gain confidence as they practice new skills and ideas to forge ahead.  Sometimes we need to  think outside the box and learn to take healthy risks like suggested by this quote: 

"If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat"  by John Ortberg
Thanks, Amanda for giving us a chance to talk about whatever we want!! :-) This post linked to two questions Thursday where we all get to talk at once, are all heard and are not considered rude!! :-)  Here are my two questions:

1. Have you ever failed at something and later discovered you were really pretty good at it?

2. What/who encouraged you?

In second grade, when learning cursive the teacher was very hard on my penmanship. She would require me to write page upon pages of the alphabet. I spent hours on my homework and would get so disheartened but  my maternal grandmother saw it differently. She gave me a calligraphy set for Christmas and I spent many enjoyable hours studying it. Soon I was taking free lance jobs for signs, posters and certificates. It's an art I still love. I am not sure I would have if not for my grandmother's thoughtfulness. 

Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!!

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Prince Peacock

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Peacock Prince

A pair of peacocks

The male peacock danced
Sashayed with his mate and pranced
Oblivious to our eyes
He was not humble
His demeanor never tamed
His beauty was blamed

I wanted to create a haiku series as follows. Is there such a thing? 

Metallic blue shades
Glowed elegantly and proudly
In the peacock's feathers

He fanned them proudly
Saying dear Miss peacock look now
I display them for thee

But she turned her head
The color display was wasted
Color blind is she

Thanks for the lend of the photos (links hidden under the captions). Thanks so much Kristjaan Panneman for this challenge called Carpe Diem. The challenge is to create a haiku inspired by the prompt "The Peacock".


Tribute to Angels

Sunday, January 20, 2013


This post linked to Carpe Diem which is celebrating it’s 100th prompt. That is quite impressive. This is only my second entry and attempt at Haiku. I have tried to compose a few more this time. As you can see, my angels, my grands are very dear to me and do inspire. They are among the human angels, and I do believe there are those angels we can see and those we do not see. There is another angel I would like to mention. She is my good friend Jeannie who attended the baby shower we held for Mariolina last spring. She co-hosted with me and I am reviewing some of the photos she so kindly shared with me, of which this is one. I also thank my wonderful and beautiful children for gracing me with the most wondrous grands and greats.

Thank you for your visit and bearing with me in my learning stages of the art of Haiku:

Hearing her soft breathing
Like the gentle sound of rain
Brought me peace of mind

My angel, my sweet
Your memories stirred within
Are unforgettable

They are but angels
Lent to us for a moment
Then called back to God

Thirty I have rare
and each a special angel
Created with love by God

Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay well and God bless!


Sunset in a Window

Friday, January 18, 2013

Leaving work today I spotted the beginnings of a glorious sunrise, but when I direct my camera into the sun I am almost always rewarded with spots. Then behind me I noted the sunrise reflecting in the windows. Aha!!!

This post linked to weekend reflection. Have a glorious weekend, take care, stay healthy and God bless.


Thankful Thursday - Sorting it all out!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Face it. I'm wordy, verbose, talkative. Sometimes I don't know when to quit, but some people like it short and sweet as in a haiku. I have never ever written one before. I just feel like the poetry is not complete. I have so so much more to say but a lovely blog hosted by Kristjaan Panneman posts a haiku challenge called Carpe Diem. I read it last week and was going to submit an entry, but I nearly needed a pair of scissors and a giant eraser to stop my poem and to be honest I never completed the haiku so did not participate. 

This time I did, but I want to add another line and have it end in a word that rhymes with air. Of course I didn't. Then it wouldn't be haiku.  Try your luck. I googled haiku and was instructed to select first 5 syllables  then 7 then 5 again. It is all about the rhythm. I like rhyming and rhythm but felt it would be a good exercise to challenge myself in a new type of expression.

1.  Is it just me or do you like your poems to rhyme too?

2. Maybe you are not even a fan of poetry. My hubby isn't, but I love to write poetry. It just seems to bubble up within me and sometimes I cannot get anywhere to capture it in words. It helps me to sort out my feelings? Otherwise they are just bottled up and trying to come out for air. How do you sort yours out?

This post linked to Carpe Diem and to Two Questions Thursday. Join in at both of these sites and express yourself! :-) Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!!


A is for Absolutely Awesome

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I am partial to the letter A. My first baby's name is Anthony, second Aimee`. This is Abriele one of my amazing and astounding grands. Another grand is named Ayonna, two are named Anthony; a great grand is name Amore` and my son in law's name is Aaron. Abriele accompanied us as we had an absolutely awesome birthday dinner. 

God named the first man Adam and coincidentally God is our alpha and omega; the beginning and the end, and as my good friend Colette says; Aloha!!

This post linked to ABC Wednesday. Please join us and share your Amazing Aaas. Thank you for your visit. Take care, God bless and stay healthy!!


Fall Shadows and Shadows Fall

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Fall leaves


This post linked to Shadow Shot Sunday.  Shots were taken near my job at the end of fall. The same shrub is now bare.  Last week it was covered with snow, but the warmer weather has melted most of the snow and recent rainfalls washed it away. Shadows mark the time of day and our leaves the time of year. 

And here we have a shadow quote with food for thought:
Love and business and family and religion and art and patriotism are nothing but shadows of words when a man's starving! O. Henry

Thank you for your visit. I hope you are having a terrific weekend. Ours is filled with celebration; Mariolina and the twins are celebrating birthdays! Take care, stay healthy and God bless!!


Wintry Reflections

Saturday, January 12, 2013


Snow covered tree


Snowy day reflection


This post linked to Weekend Reflection. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!


Reflections on a Cloudy Day

Sunday, January 6, 2013

This post linked to Weekend Reflection. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!


Blessings for the Baby to be

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mari's shower

Mariolina and Chris' baby shower

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Mari's shower100_9904

Last spring we had a baby shower to welcome Abriele. It was the first one I had ever attended or hosted with both males and females and I think it is perfectly logical to have both attend. Don’t you?

Abriele is now 7 1/2 months old. She is pulling herself up on the furniture and walking along side it. Look out world; here she comes!!

This post linked to Color Connection. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!

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