Thankful Thursday - Wild flowers

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wild purple flowers



Last year Abriele was too young to enjoy playing. She just turned a year old a few weeks ago. Grandma and Grandpa have the pleasure of watching her on Wednesday nights while her mother is attending a class. She is like a beautiful wild flower herself, growing so quickly!!  In the yard or in our home she is so funny. She wanders off, but never out of sight then comes back to Booker and I to look at us for a moment then take off again.

Mariolina and (my baby boy) Chris came over after church Sunday and we got to enjoy some backyard time. I showed Mari how Abriele had learned how to blow the white fuzzy heads off the dandelions that had gone to seed. She would blow and blow until they were stripped of every seed then wait for my reaction. She was so proud of herself!!

I told Mari how to spot the broad leaves of the dandelions which are good and wholesome to eat and we talked about her co-worker who grows dandelions to make wine. Hmmm.... My (adult) grandson was visiting too and it piqued his interest. Since dandelions are more nutritionally beneficial than spinach I was curious to know if the nutrition would carry over or be lost?

1.) Have you ever had dandelion wine?

2.) Do you know how to make it?

This post linked to Two Questions Thursday. Please visit Amanda and see what the buzz is about. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless. 
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Strange Fruit

Monday, May 27, 2013

Yesterday was when I first became acquainted with this heart wrenching song. When I was born we were slowly crawling out of a racist society where blacks were not treated humanely in fact their lives were at risk simply because of their skin color. When I served in the military the black women I was enlisted with were not allowed to eat at the same restaurants off base or to even drink from the water fountains. If they had to use a restroom the ones that were available were few and far between. It was vastly different for them than it was for me and I began to be embarrassed for the stupidity of those who treated them so badly. 

Touched by an Angel created an episode which addressed some of the travesties of our past; ones that mar our history and taint our present day in a way which caused Ms Holiday to take on the enormous task of singing this song routinely in her shows. It stirred up enough emotion and awakened enough people to the horrendous acts being committed that it was part of the beginnings of our much needed  civil's rights movement. 

Colette is holding a music blog hop called Music Moves me and I hope you will join her. Many songs uplift me and put a smile on my heart, but this one broke my heart and I want to applaud Lady Day for having the courage to do that. You know you have a heart when it's broke. 

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In Loving Memory

American and POW flag

In loving memory of 1st Lt. Bert W. Justus, Jr. 
from his daughter, Mary

World War II called out to him
And that was all it took
But he was there when I was born
I saw my baby book.

When I was six he left again
He looked into my eyes
"I'll be back with hula skirts"
And then he said good-bye.

His uniform was crisp and green
He held me in his arms
I knew he wasn't coming back
No Dad, no skirts, no charms.

And though I was a little girl
I cried upon his shoulder
I knew deep down this was good bye
He wasn't getting older.

I felt so old, so wise that day
I still can feel the shame.
The family gathered round and played
I thought they were insane.

Twas Christmas day and he was gone
Korea was the name
Two months later MIA
No words can share the pain.

Fifty years have come and gone
Since we received the letter
He never came back home to us
It never does get better.

I need to tell the story
Because old men forget.
It's not just soldiers that we lose
their families are bereft.

They hold a family update
To pacify our hurt
And then they send more babies
Out to die on foreign dirt.

It's not that I'm a pacifist
I'm not against all war
But I'm for talk and talk and talk
And then you talk some more.

The wars may be inevitable
And we will be prepared
But war should be the last resort
So little girls are spared.
Mary Justus
Mary has written these words so much more eloquently than I could and I do not feel the need to add to them.

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


How do you Seek?

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Kristjaan has offered us a very challenging haiku. Check it out yourself and I am sure you will find it fascinating. His carpe diem challenges allow one to stretch their creative side, explore their spiritual side and use their imagination. Tell me that's not fun! Another thing, I found this particular challenge a wonderful accompaniment to our celebrated holiday of Veteran's day. We are observing this day tomorrow in honor of our fallen heroes who gave their lives gallantry in defense of our country. No greater love is their than to lay down one's life for another as our savior Jesus did that we might be able to join Him in heaven. 

Click on any photo and they will enlarge. Click the back button to come back. This photo is also linked to Blue Monday. Monday's make me a little bit blue. How about you? :-)

Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!
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Thankful Thursday - Storm Shelters

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Storm shelter

Oklahoma was just hit hard with 200 mph winds and tornadoes wreaking devastation upon their state. Many people who survived the storm spoke of how wise they were to have built a storm shelter and credited that decision with their still being alive today. 

My home has a basement. I live in Michigan which is also known for it's tornadoes. I have survived three and seen the damage and havoc they leave behind. During each of these tornadoes my family and I remained in the basement and were protected. I would not move into a home without a basement. I also have another "storm shelter" and that is my Lord and Savior. There is nothing He can not see us through. 

1. What kind of natural disasters is your area known for?

2. What kind of precaution do you take?

This post linked to two questions Thursday. Please prayer for our neighbors in Oklahoma and any others you know that are going through their own personal storms. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!

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Gray Gadabout

Sunday, May 19, 2013


Our little gray gadabout
Is busy no doubt
Wandering from place to place
With his furry face.
76 characters without/89 with spaces

Grandma's Goulash offers a micro-fiction challenge. She offers a photo prompt and we are to write a story or poem containing 140 characters/words or less and she even provides a bonus word. This weeks bonus word is gadabout. Join our succinctly yours challenge and see how low you can go.  

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

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Shadows on her First Birthday Party

My baby boy checking out the decorations

Abriele opening a birthday gift

Abriele sliding down the slide with her Mom

Abriele climbing the monkey bars

The weather hit the 80s today and we took Abriele's first birthday celebration to the park. We had family and friends help us celebrate and it was a wonderful time had by all; especially our little princess. She played with cousins and friends right through her nap without a whimper, well, from her anyway. lol 

This post linked to Shadow Shot Sunday and Our World Tuesday. Hope your weekend was as wonderful as mine. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!

My shadow shot quote:

“I have always been afraid... Always been pretending to follow you closely, always been pretending to sharpen my teeth, when the truth is, I am ... scared to death just treading on your shadow.” 

~Tite Kubo

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Thankful Thursday - Hardships

Thursday, May 16, 2013

1. Is life supposed to be a bed of roses? (Even roses have thorns!)

2. Is it right for a parent of adult children to cushion all their children's falls? Some of the most difficult times in our lives have helped to strengthen and teach us by laying groundwork for better decisions in our current lives while drawing us closer to God. 

My children go through struggles, I go through them and I am sure you do too. This post linked to two questions Thursday

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Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Hope you and your mother have a blessed and beautiful mother's day!! This post linked to Shadow Shot Sunday.

Shadow quote: “I wish I could sculpt my shadow into my night clone, and it could be out earning me money while I slept, instead of being folded up neatly in my underwear drawer like it is now.”  ~ Jarod Kintz
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Thankful Thursday–Excursions

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Hidden lake gardens

Hidden lake gardens

Address: 6214 Monroe Rd, Tipton, MI 49287
Phone:(517) 431-2060
Hours daily 9 to 4

Way back when hubby and I were just dating, (yes-before marriage), and when he was trying to  win me over (he he), he asked me where I would like to go. Without hesitating, I answered, Hidden Lake Gardens. Now this is not his kind of thing. He likes nature, but only between the holes on a golf course. The other day when we out for my birthday dinner, I wanted to stop to snap a picture of a tree in a bloom, he drove faster and commented that a tree is only wood, leaves and bark and if you've seen one, you've seen them all!! Then he made this kind of funny sound to let me know how exasperating I could be so I should back off.

I waited over ten years but we went!

I gave up on getting to go. It had been over a decade and I stopped asking, but last summer he called me one day after I got out of church. He told me to hurry home. He told me once I got home to get in his car; then he drove and drove and drove. We arrived at Hidden Lake Gardens; much to my surprise. Last summer I posted some photos I took during our little day trip. It was a day when he pointed out things I might like to photograph, such as a swan and even stood patiently while I shot photos - not too many as I did not want to spoil a magical day. We spent about half an hour that I will forever treasure. (I could have stayed all day)

Thanks for the photo loans
Rather than look through my photo archives, I borrowed photos from the web, links attached. Thank you for the loan. 
I'm sorry.
I have been neglecting my blog and my blogging friends and for this I apologize. My job has increased our hours and it is not voluntary. :-) My family and responsibilities have grown....Last week by the time I was able to even sit down at my computer it was midnight and I was falling asleep in my chair, so simply exhausted I got up and went to bed. I had worked 10 1/2 hours and then babysat till Mari got home from school. Abriele is utterly fascinated by the cords on my lap top, the light on the mouse, the screen, keys, you name it so around her blogging is very difficult. 
My questions?
(Bet you were wondering when I would get back to the point!)
1. What is the place you have visited and enjoyed the most?
2. Where would you like to visit if you could visit anywhere? I want to see so many states but if I chose one it would be North Carolina. I wrote to the chamber of commerce there as a child and the brochures they sent me took my breath away.
This post linked to Two Questions Thursday. Please join Amanda where the party has already started. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

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