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Winter would not feel so cold if our yards could look like this….
even with the snow all around..
.this sure would be nice to see in the morning.
Here are some other beautiful flowers to cheer you up during this long cold winter some of us have been going through.
Look very carefully at them and you will find they are made up f painted bodies. How cool is that???
How many heartbeats does one person have in a lifetime??
An old friend from years past got me thinking about this…heartbeats…how many have I used and how many do I have left…and how exactly will I spend them?
So…let’s say I live to be 75 (average life expectancy) …that gives me 15 more years of heartbeats at a rate 72 of beats a minute…to use…I am not going to bore you with the math.
Hmmm….it seems I have used up a good percentage of MY available heartbeats…so I had better not waste what may be remaining.
I also got wondering…how did I spent all those past heartbeats ?
Some years ago I spend numerous heartbeats … writing children’s stories/poems. Last week when cleaning out a space in my home, I found a binder with all the creations I had long since forgotten about. In thinking about heartbeats…I thought I would share some of them here on this blog …I suppose in doing this…
This is a way of sharing my present and past heartbeats with all of you.??
My mom will always tell me
“No, no, you shouldn’t, don’t
I find that quite confusing
Cause normally I won’t
But when she says “don’t do that !!!”
Whatever that might be
She makes me think about it
I get confused…you see???
When mom says please don’t do that
the first thing that I think
I really want to try that
Before I can even blink
Like when she says “don’t eat that”
before she has a clue
that thing if right inside my mouth
And I begin to chew
When in the tub… mom always says
“Don’t splash and please no bubbles”
But splashing makes the bath such fun
Which always causes trouble
Why does mom say “Don’t touch that” ??
Cause it makes me want to try
And so I touch it quickly
And then she wonders why??
On days when it is rainy
with big puddles on my street
Why does she yell “No splashing Sam”
Then… I can’t control my feet
And when I crawl in bed at night
Mom says ” Don’t suck your thumb”
But that just makes me want to
Isn’t that just dumb?
Mom gives me straws to drink my milk
Then says “No blowing bubbles”
If she would just not say such things
I’d cause her fewer troubles
My mother always tells me
She wants me to be good
If she didn’t give such fun ideas
I’d behave…I know I could.
Sally Unrau … May 23, 2006
Thanks for sharing my heartbeats today….I hope you enjoyed the first of many kids stories.
- Scientists trigger ‘out-of-body’ experience using heartbeats (telegraph.co.uk)
- Things Can Change in a Heartbeat (fatguyinspandexradio.wordpress.com)
- There’s the Heartbeat! (aubreysimons.wordpress.com)
- catch my heartbeat (2amlyrics.wordpress.com)
- Heartbeat hilarity (hopethebean.wordpress.com)
- New study shows how singing synchronises choirs’ heartbeat (independent.co.uk)
- Your Heartbeat Is Your New Password (mashable.com)
- Visualized heartbeat can trigger ‘out-of-body experience’ (medicalxpress.com)
- Pearly Sparkle Paints! (leakarts.com)
- 10 Ways To Sparkle For Under $100 (theglitterguide.com)
- Summer Sparkle (essentjewels.com)
- ‘Tis the season of the bubblies (steveheimoff.com)
- Carnaval Sparkling Moscato Celebrates Gold Medal As America Discovers Brazilian Wines (sacbee.com)
- I Was Enchanted By You (gracieoverexposed.wordpress.com)
- Your eyes sparkle (mindyourmannerspj.wordpress.com)
- Motivational Monday – The Elements of Sparkle According to Me (runfindyourhappypace.com)
- Bellini (milabyc.com)
We have all hear people talking about ….waiting for their ship to come in…and maybe at times…we have wished that ours would come in as well.
Let’s think about it…a ship… is a large boat . ..that I for one… have never seen resting on a shore.
So I suppose that means …if you sit on shore and wait for it…you might be sitting there a very long time…unless there is a natural disaster that forces it to crash on the shore…
Your ship might come in but it will be damaged and broken …not exactly what you had in mind.
So I suppose.. if your ship doesn’t come in… swimming out to it would be in order…..Don’t know how to swim??…and the thought of learning to is frightening? ….you may have to just start building that long dock.
So… if sitting and watching…doesn’t bring in your ship….and you can’t swim or build…
you might have to reconsider the ship idea…
and settle for something a little smaller.
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
I have spent hours on our lake waters the past three years…and each year I am amazed by the changes of the landscape and the wildlife that find a home within. However…. …Where are all the ducks, geese, small wading birds and muskrat??? Why would there be many one year and almost none the next???
The only thing that comes to mind is the differing water levels each year. This year the lake water were extremely high…and moving too fast….could that be the reason???
Was there no place for nesting to take place?? I miss watching the young grow up…and looking forward to finding them each time I visit the lake.
However…the Turtles…the beautiful painted turtles seem to be a constant in the landscape…everyday around 10 am.
I love to float beside them …near the reeds…as they hug a piece of driftwood and raise the heads toward the sun in unison, is always a special moment.
Yes…I am missing something this summer…. the creatures …however…I have spent more time observing the trees and the plants as they grow and change during the summer…more than ever before. I have observed the changing of the shores…how the rain , sun and wind affect the growth, in and around the waters edge… how the water surface explodes some days with new growth…and how it can visually change from being glasslike in one spot yet choppy with waves in another.
Ahhhh…change. Mother Nature seems to embrace it and accept the consequences .
Now…if only I could be as flexible as she.
- Turtles Flourishing in Golf Course Ponds (news.nationalgeographic.com)
- Native turtles drowning in nets set in lakes and the Canning River (abc.net.au)
Before I tell you my story, I thought it would be good to first….talk about ..Freedom…..what exactly is freedom???
For the purposes of my story….the following aptly applies….
The ability to act freely: a state in which somebody is able to act and live as he or she chooses, without being subject to any undue restraints or restrictions…
To be released from captivity or slavery: release or rescue from being physically bound, or from being confined, enslaved, captured, or imprisoned…
It occurred on Monday morning…I was enjoying a solo paddle on the lake…and…..as I looked ahead I could see a rock jutting out of the water…So as not to hit it I touched it with my paddle. To my surprise….it was not a rock but instead….a turtle…floating. It was not moving…was he dead?…or was he just hurt…. and so with my paddle, I lifted him onto the front of my kayak. I immediately noticed the fishing line…. coming from it’s mouth….and it turned out the other end of the line was attached to the shore of the lake.. Poor little turtle …I’ll call him Mike…all I could think was that he got caught on the line/hook…. and had been floating out there with no food days…so I did the only thing I could…..SET HIM FREE !!! I know the turtle Mike, was dead… but at least now… he could float freely into the reeds along the shore . I was a bit sad for the little creature…but it felt good that morning to give him his freedom.
- High school students help rescue sea turtle (newsherald.com)
- Rescued sea turtles released into gulf (VIDEO, SLIDESHOW) (nwfdailynews.com)
- Fishing line traps blue heron in Martin County (tcpalm.com)
- Some Are Still Not Free! (jcalexander.org)
- Rescue At Sea #2-From the Annals of Crazy Osprey Man (ospreycamerablog.wordpress.com)
- freedom (nicholasgamblin.wordpress.com)
“I’m drawn to places that beguile and inspire, sedate and stir, places where, for a few blissful moments I loosen my death grip on life, and can breathe again. It turns out these destinations have a name:
It was not until a few years ago , when my sister told me about her thin place,…that I first heard this term.
She shared with me…a favorite beach she likes to spend time at….where wild horses can be seen running on the sand… a location she called her thin place.
I immediately wondered….what is it that makes a place… thin….how does a person know if they have ever been ….to a thin place??
Is it a place where the… spiritual…the physical ….the mental….and the natural….have a fine line between them?..
when they are indistinguishable from one another???
Is a thin place….an actual physical location???…or is it a state of mind???
Some have said that a Thin Place… cannot be described with words.
So that got me to wondering….have I ever found myself in a thin place?
…the first thing that came to mind was…
my kayak… paddling all alone…. on the lake or down the creek in my kayak…
Yes…I do believe that is MY thin place.
A place where I can be alone but never feel alone….where my mind can breath and my body relax… where life as it is ….seems to disappear.
Perhaps that is why I look so forward to the end of a long cold Canadian winter… a chance to once again….return to that place…my Thin Place.
Have you ever been there?
Have you found your….
- Iona 2 – Thin Place (theinnerandouterjourney.wordpress.com)
- Pilgrimage and Thin Places-Seeking Intimacy with Yahveh (theseedofabrahamuk.com)
- What can you learn about happiness from the unhappiest place on Earth? (bakadesuyo.com)
- Summer Reading: The Geography of Bliss (skywalkwithme.wordpress.com)
- On Choices (tesssla.com)
Hope is the state which promotes the belief
in a good outcome related to
events and circumstances in one’s life..
Think about it for a minute….unconciously we are all… hoping…hoping everyday…all the time without even thinking….. hoping that it will be sunny…hoping that we get to work on time…hoping the traffic light does not turn red….hoping you will receive an email from a friend….and the list could go on and on. We hope all the time.
There are of course… times when hoping is what helps us to get through a tough day or a difficult time and is more conscious thought.
It is at those moments when having hope is what gets us through the day.
Hope, like the gleaming taper’s light,
adorns and cheers our way;
and still, as darker grows the night,
Emits a brighter ray.
Now… I am the first to say that, by just hoping ,we cannot make sure a good outcome to occur…however…it can sure make you feel better…more positive about the possible future…
So if all of this is true…why would we ever,ever want to…TAKE AWAY ANOTHER PERSON’S HOPE?
Oh no..!!!!! Makes me wonder.. have I ever taken away someone’s hope??
It takes four muscles to smile,
20 to frown.
Make someone smile today.
- Why should we keep smiling? (takeasmileindia.wordpress.com)
- Learn to Let Go (projectfirestarter.wordpress.com)
- Real Beauty and what I’ve learned as a chubby chick (scitascienda.com)
Do you think you are unique??…
Or….maybe we are equally unique….and so…differently the same??? And….If we are just like everyone else….is anyone really unique at all???
Just something to think ……..
So next time you start to feel like you are special…or unique…remember….so is everyone else.
Have you found your place….next to another?
Do you both sparkle?
Do we help each other sparkle?
This got me wondering about sparkling….do I sparkle?
….How about you?…..have you found your place?…your constellation??
…Do you sparkle?….do you care?
I think there are days when we all sparkle….however….I know there are days when I don’t.
I wonder …is there is a way to keep my sparkle ??….
For me….for the past 3 years….I have made and kept a New Year’s resolution… I know that most people say….Bah, Humbug….to any kind of resolutions…We have all made them and tried our best to keep them with little or no success…so why bother???….Well…I have come up with a way to be able to make and keep a resolution….easily……The trick is to decide on a change that adds to your life….not one that causes stress
For example….one year I vowed to buy only vine ripened tomatoes when available….nothing less….then there was the NOT turning on the radio in the car unless driving more than 16 kms….how nice and quiet my rides were….and last year I decided to ….around the first of each month…to go clothes shopping for an item or two….to help update my shabby wardrobe. Now you must admit…..very easy resolutions to make….and follow through on. Not a bit of stress involved ….and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of each year. And these resolutions I have continued to carrry on till the present!!!!!
So….now comes the difficult part….coming up with a new resolution for 2013…..but thanks to some friends of mine….on New Year/s eve….we did some brainstorming on possible ideas for resolutions…..such as….
- Once a month…..do a first….maybe trying a new food….or…buying a new kind of soap or shampoo ….or….watching a new tv show…or…how about just brushing your teeth with your other hand…or maybe going into a store you have never visited ….pay for a stranger’s coffee …etc. etc…!!!
- Once a month….Taking one item out of my freezer downstairs and using it….(I keep putting items in but never take them out) so it might be an adventure for me
I am feeling that the freezer idea will be it for me in 2013 ….I think once a month ….would be a good way to go this year…..Now I am a bit excited to find out what is lurking in that freezer downstairs. ….I am just going to have to come up with a date to start…..hmmmm….I suppose if I do it sometime during the first week of each month….will be it…..Hmmmm…although the thought of firsts really intrigues me …..could I maybe….do both…????
Could this is be a gentle way to step out????
- Clean Out Your Pantry, Fridge & Freezer in 20 Minutes a Day for 5 Days (thekitchn.com)
- Resolutions and Commitments (elizabeththomasphotographyofcapecod.wordpress.com)
- Link Time: New Year’s Resolutions Made Easy (bellasugar.com)
- One Big Fat Resolution (whateverstateiam.com)
- A Deliciously Healthy Freezer (thenextodyssey.wordpress.com)
Have a look …..a very careful look.!!!!
Is it true that we often see …only what we WANT to see??
Is this a leaf….a bug….an elephant?????…..Look again…it is really a person standing on his head..covered in body paint!!!!!
I had to look again and again before I was finally able to see this for what it really is.
- Body-Painting Optical Illusions (uniquedaily.com)
- When Awesome Body Painting Meets Contortion (oddee.com)
- Some Serious Bodywork. Car Wreck Made Of 17 Painted Bodies For An Anti-Speeding Ad and A Look Behind the Scenes. (ifitshipitshere.blogspot.com)
- Body Painted Models Bent into Yoga Poses, Create Human Motorcycles (laughingsquid.com)
looking forward to…anticipation a looking for as due,proper, or necessary thing looked forward to…a reason or warrant for looking forward to something;…prospect for the future, as of advancement or prosperity…the probability of the occurrence, duration, etc. of something
We all have expectations….of life….of our friends and family….of events….and ourselves……..we have expectations of zillions of things.
Many of those we are not even conscious of…take for example….a voice on the radio….. I can listen to that voice for a long time without much thought about the person ….until one day … I when I saw a photo of that …VOICE/person… I was surprised with what I saw…I don/t know what I had expected… however…what I saw did not seem to fit… I actually was impressed with what I saw..
So that goes to show that our expectations can not only disappoint us….but in some cases…far excede our expectations….What made me think about this subject was this …my blog. Upon developing it my thoughts were….hmm…not exactly sure what to write….and if I do…who will even want to read it?
To my surprise….it now has over 31,000 hits…and I have to say…I am quite amazed about that….and on top of that….people actually took the time to comment….I did take a break from writing….but with the winter months rushing in…and the snow on it’s way….and seeing how many hits I have gotten….I am motivated….I am in a writing mood once again.
How about you….have you experienced any….”GREAT EXPECTATIONS ” lately???
|“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”|
Have you ever thought about fragility…and fragile things… like a snowflake or china bowl or maybe that glass tea pot???…What about people??…..Have you ever met someone who seemed to be in a fragile state….or maybe it was you….have you ever felt fragile???
Is it true……Do others really mold our dreams and hold our hopes in their hands??….If that is true…others are vital to our lives……and if so…how carefully do we handle our relationship with them?.Is it with care… in the same way we handle that rose bud about to open…or the fragile china bowl?….It is so easy to take for granted those closest to us….we are all guilty of that at times…..Imagine the centre of this little plate being you/me…..and all the buttons around us being family, friends and others…..by being careful with each other we are able to keep a strong connection…we are able to continue to touch each other’s hearts and be the strongest possible….
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir
Ever thought about …..Who you are hitched to ?
Life…it can get busy and there are times when we can no longer see the forest for the trees…..
here is a thought..
.I heard this many years ago and always thought it was good to remember every once in a while…so I will share it with you.
Rocks in the Jar
A Philosophy professor one day he picked up a large empty jar and proceeded to fill it with small rocks. He then asked his students if the jar was full? They unanimously agreed that the jar was full.
So professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked his students again if the jar was full. Again, they unanimously agreed that the jar was full.
Then the professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
“Now,” the professor said, “I want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important things: your family, your partner, your friends, your health, your children, and things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else. If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.”
How are your rocks keeping these days???
Before writing another word…I want to define FATE……
- the power supposed to determine the outcome of events before they occur; destiny…something inevitable…what happens or has happened to a person or entity…final outcome…The supposed force, principle, or power that predetermined events.…The inevitable events predestined by this force….A final result or consequence; an outcome.
How often does life go in a certain direction and we chalk it up to fate???….We take on the belief that…there was nothing we could have done to change the outcome….Some might even call it God’s will…or…luck ….Don’t we all…have times when we…feel we have no control over our life???…Is it possible to change our attitude???…Have you ever decided to …for example .. look at an event in your life…and instead of seeing the negative… focus instead…on the positive and in so doing …your thinking about it changed??…How much of our day is ruled by fate and how much by attitude???
So this all got me thinking….if we can’t change our fate…and we have not been happy about how things have gone….we might try…changing our attitude….But …don’t you think that changing our attitude…might possibly….change our “FATE”????…If we change the way we look at and react to life….will our life…possibly change as well???
So for example…if we are in a car accident and our fender gets mangled…..we can get mad and upset…or…have a different…attitude …that of being grateful that we were not hurt…Our attitude will not change the look of the dented fender…however…it could change how we feel …for the hours that follow…so…isn’t attitude changing …fate changing as well???…
Could it be that we call it fate…when we just don’t have the energy…to think differently??… Could it be that we say it was ….inevitable…because we did not know what else we could do ….to change things???…or…Could it be that we just like to call it fate…because we just don’t want to take any responsibility…for…our life’s path??
Fate…do you control it …or…. does it control you???
Every decision is the right decision.
I was talking with my daughter on the phone the other day…and she told me of a dilemma she was having…She had to make a decision …a choice…and she was not sure if she was making the right one… and for some reason I responded to her saying..“are there really any wrong decisions”???
Isn’t it true that …at that moment…the moment we make a decision…we have no way of knowing… if or how… a different decision could have turned out???…Sure we can speculate…and yes we can wonder…but can we ever really know??…And so…if we have no way of judging a possible different outcome from a different decision…wouldn’t it hold true that…our decision must be the right decision??
Now I am sure someone out there is not agreeing at all…but think for just a minute…Don’t you think that no matter who you are…no matter what kind of life you are living…and no matter how much knowledge you have…as an adult… faced with having to make a decision…you…we all… make the one that is right for us at that moment…the best one possible ???…..So keeping that in mind…I suppose it is possible …that if we are making the very best decisions we can …at the time we are faced with them…..YES…. every decision must be the right one!!!.
All my life whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it . Harry S. Truman
Could it be that …a decision is the right one…if we…believe it is the right one?”??…And if we believe it is the right one…if we accept it as the right one…isn’t it exactly that???…So then…if a person is always doubting their decisions..if a person is always thinking they could or should have made a better one…a different one…if a person is always looking back and wishing…rather than looking ahead and living…aren’t all of their decisions …the right decisions as well…the only difference is …they haven’t stopped to realize it???…
So it was a hard decision but I know it is the right one Graeme Le Saux
Have you ever thought about how many decisions…one person is required to make each day???…Ever think about how much time one person can spend in a day…in…the decision making process???…That has me wondering…are there decisions through out a day …that we spend way too much time on???…Certainly there are those that require time…a bit of research and fact finding prior to a final decision…but…what about those such as … which clothes to wear or which cereal to have for breakfast…or what time to go to bed???…
If our decisions are the right ones…we need not look back…we need not have regrets…for we know we did our best. SGU