You’re not fooling me!

Sunday, June 30, 2013


That’s just an oasis right? I’m not leaving this spot until I see someone else get a drink first!

Check out Grandma’s challenge called succinctly yours. The test is whether you can write a short story consisting of 140 characters/words or less and to even make it more interesting – add the bonus word. This week our bonus word is “oasis”. How low can you go? My count is 79 without spaces and 97 with.

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


Nature’s Perfect Peace

Monday, June 24, 2013


I only want a moment to spend some time with you
I only ask for seconds. I know you've much to do.
Just a tiny moment. Is that too much to ask?
Then you can rush off to finish off your task.
I created mountains, rocks and hills and plains.
I command the sun. I command the rains,
I bring comfort to the sick and faith to those who are afraid.
I teach mothers to love the babies that I carefully designed and made
I cause the heart to swell with love to chase
the world away ~
Can you stop a moment and enjoy nature's display
Because a moment absorbing nature, is a moment of complete peace
A moment spent with God, is nature's perfect peace.
Nature by God
poem by Judy


Winged Vistors

Sunday, June 23, 2013



While trimming hedges and trees that have decided to take root in my flowerbed I had a visitor. I only had my cell phone on me and my unwieldy hedge trimmers that I carefully dropped trying not to scare my visitor away. He was such a fascinating specimen that I stood in awe for moments before I gathered my wits to reach in my pocket to get my cell out. The black markings on his wings looked like they were shaped like hearts till I examined the photos more closely. I may have been able to get a more detailed photo with my point and shot but was happy he stayed for a moment so I could at least get a couple cell phone snaps. I did some quick research here

Dragonflies, like damselflies like to live near marshes and waterways but they differ in that a dragonfly has  two pairs of transparent wings that are held perpendicular to the body when the body is at rest. They are one of fastest moving insects and are our friends in that they prey on mosquitoes. They also eat other small insects such as flies (yay!), bees, wasps, ants and sometimes but rarely butterflies and other smaller dragonflies. They hatch their young in wetlands and I found one more amazing fact; there are 5680 different species of damselflies. While they are predators, they are food for birds, lizards, frogs, spider, fish, water bugs and larger dragonflies.

Joining NF Winged, a fascinating meme I stumbled upon the other day. Take a closer look at God's fascinating creatures. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!!

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Chasing Shadows

Friday, June 21, 2013

He knows not beauty
It causes not his heart to stir
So why would he be mesmerized
To him it's all a blur?

We stop to photograph
Lovely visions that we see
But he continues on
Not moved.
Why would he be?

Taking what he wants
Leaving scraps behind
Never knowing what he took
Is not what God designed

He knows not beauty
There's none in his heart of stone
He wonders through life
And he wonders all alone

Beauty by God
Poem by Judy

This post linked to shadow shot Sunday. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!!
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A Prayer for Fathers

Sunday, June 16, 2013

A prayer for fathers

This is not a pity party nor a rant. Goodness know I wasted enough time already wishing for a father who was not always angry and who knew how to encourage and love, whose hands were tender and not harsh. It is way past the time to move on. He has. Before Daddy passed away  I spent many years agonizing over my selection of the correct father's day card as none seemed to apply. Perhaps my lack of a good father/daughter relationship contributed to the poor judgement I used when selecting male partners, (or letting them select me). I often moaned my ability to be a "jerk magnet", but my children were/are my joy. 

One of my worst regrets is my inability to provide them with caring and nurturing fathers so I am truly blessed and in awe when I see what wonderful men and caring fathers my sons have become. It brings tears of joy to my eyes as I watch them shower their children with loving tenderness and playfulness tempered with discipline. It is my prayer that more men would find the joy of their children's adoration in their eyes as they look to them for love and guidance. 

Happy father's day. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!

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Thankful Thursday ~ Bargains!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

thrift store finds
Wednesday nights Mariolina goes to class so I get the pleasure of watching Abriele. We spend some of our time as quality girl time and what could be more quality than bargain hunting?
Is it ever too early to start?  :-) You see the noisy little toy and purse she picked out in the last photo? She also got quite a bit of enjoyment out of the coasters. Eight come in the little holder and will help to protect the table tops in my home when Abriele isn't busy stacking them. :-)

New coasters for $.79

Tupperware canister $.69

$.99 toy, $1.99 purse and $2.99 table
There are two pieces of lace for $.99 (for both pictured in the first photo) which I can't wait to use to refashion a t-shirt with; perhaps using one of the ideas I have seen on pinterest. Also I have ideas of how to refurbish the table, especially after reading Amanda's post with step by step on how she re-finished her dining room table. Hers turned out awesome, and since I found one for just $2.99 I could not resist the challenge!!
Abriele spends hours carrying around the little purse and repositioning items in the sections. Note: When I bring something home for one of the children we disinfectant it first before little fingers touch it. We know their hands are always in their mouths so it is important to be careful not to introduce unnecessary  risk to them.
This post linked to two questions Thursday.

  1.  Do you believe that one man's trash is another one's treasure?
  2.  What is your favorite find? I found an eye level cook stove for $18.00 once. I used it for over ten years before it stopped working. It worked wonderfully and I wish I could have gotten it fixed instead of having to let it go.
Thank you for your visit. Take care stay healthy and God bless!!

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A Bright World

Sunday, June 9, 2013

He was used to being at the hub of the garden, where everything was brighter but felt the need to don his shades. 91/114

Grandma hosts a fun writing challenge. She provides the photo and our challenge is to write a poem or short story of 140 characters/words or less. Accept a greater challenge and use her bonus word which is hub this week. Join grandma at succinctly yours and see how low you can go. It's like "limbo" writing. :-)

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Thankful Thursday - Simplicity

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sunset behind the church

I trimmed the bottom from the top picture because of the dots from the glare of the sun. I find it so annoying that sometimes I can't capture the true beauty of sunsets and sunrises because of the glare from the sun. I have found that sometimes I can capture better sky shots with my Android than with my point and shoot but that presents other issues as often I cannot download the cell phone photos to my computer and spend hours fighting with software programs. 

My daughter in law suggested I e-mail them to myself but that is annoying too. Why can't things just be simple? I want programs I can use quickly and simply. Lately blogger has stopped me from publishing on many occasions so I have taken to using Window Live Writer. For example, right now I am downloading (in another window) a photo on redgage which I have been doing since I got home from work over four hours ago. 

1. Do you enjoy the challenges the computer provides you with or are you like me and would just like simple solutions?

2. Where do you find your best answers? Sometimes I get help at yahoo answers and sometimes friends or family and other times trial and error, and error and error!

This post linked to two questions Thursday. Your visit is truly appreciated. Take care, stay healthy and God bless. Now I get to push publish and see if this post disappears or appears. :-)

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Purple Shadows

Saturday, June 1, 2013

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Dame's Rocket

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Dame's Rocket

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Dame's Rocket

I am blessed with quite a few of these lovely wild purple flowers in my backyard. They range in a very pale lilac, to various shades of purple. I wanted to identify them so I googled “identify wild purple flowers” and came up with a catalog of wild flowers.

Woodland Phlox – Phlox divaricata laphamii

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Dame’s Rocket/Dame’s Violet – Hesperis matronalis
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Two of the photos posted there look very similar and I am not sure which one to select , but because the second series had flowers with buds which looked so similar to my flowers, I am leaning towards the Dame’s Rocket.  I could not upload the photo which I found the most similar to mine so I could not share it with you.

Please note the bottom two photos contain links back to their owners and the photos are on sale at Red Bubble as photos or cards. I also have photos posted their which are for purchase, but since I have been on there for quite some time without a sale I have not made any recent postings and may abandon the site altogether.

This post linked to shadow shot Sunday.

My shadow shot quote for today is taken from the hymn Beneath the Cross of Jesus by Elizabeth Clephane. The first verse goes as follows:
“Beneath the cross of Jesus 
I fain would take my stand; 
the  shadow of a mighty Rock 
within a weary land, 
a home within the wilderness, 
a rest upon the way, 
from the burning of the noontide heat 
and the burden of the day.”

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

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