Monthly Archives: May 2011

A Flower a Day…Day 10

Photo Blog…05.31.2011
Okra Blossom

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Bountiful Harvest

suncreek garden chronicles…installment #11

Although we are officially smack dab in the middle of a drought our garden is producing beautifully!  The temperatures are already hitting the high 90’s and regular watering is a necessity.   On the days we are not watering we are pulling weeds and clipping dead leaves.  Patience and persistence are paying off and we are reaping the benefits of our efforts!

 

Of course the cucumbers were the first to show up to the garden party followed closely by the squash.   While the squash is winding down, the tomatoes and peppers are picking up speed.  The okra and watermelons are not far behind.  It’s a race to the garden finish line!

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Wordless Wednesday…Rockport State of Mind…

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The Big Tree…

Big Tree of Lamar is one of the most famous live oaks in the world. The giant tree is a charter member of the Live Oak Society of America, and has been the subject of one of Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” cartoons. It is measured to be more than 35 feet in circumference, 44 feet in height and has a crown spread of 89 feet. The Texas Forest Service estimates the tree to be over 1,000 years old. The Big Tree is also known as the Lamar Oak, Bishop’s Oak and the Goose Island Oak. It is recognized as the State Champion Coastal live oak.

 

I have gathered sun and rain to grow green leaves
Swaying softly in spring, rustling like applause in the fall.
My limbs have shaded generations
My roots have reached for centuries
My children & their children’s children surround me
Here in this peaceful part of my land.

Golden sunlight diamonds have glinted on the ground around me
Cold fingers of ice have touched my heartwood.
Dust-dry days of sandstorms have scoured my skin.
Torrents of rain, driven by gales have rushed at me
And I have swayed, but stayed unbroken.
Silver moonlight has kept me company many a night.

Yet through all the seasons, sorrows, bitterness and beauty
All of the history I have withstood and witnessed
There has been one thing I could not do

I could not grow green dollars or silver or gold.

Will you help me standing here before me?
Then we may both grow old together,
As old friends should
One of flesh one of wood.

by: Mary Hoeskt

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Take care…not to lose your mind

How is your mental health?  Caring for your mental health is as important as caring for your physical health.  If you are sick your mental state can be affected by feelings of discouragement, listlessness or unhappiness.  On the other hand your mental health can affect how you function physically.  If you are worried, tired or depressed your body can begin to show signs of aches, pains and ultimately illness. 

Everyone encounters stress and/or anxiety at some point in their daily life.  Knowing how to deal with it is the key to maintaining good emotional and physical health. 

Taking time off to relax and re-charge your battery is essential to maintaining good health.  You should arrange time away from your job, housework, little league commitments or whatever is cluttering up your life.  Try unplugging your laptop and turning off your phone for at least a day or two.  

Time away doesn’t require an elaborate plan, an airplane flight or even an exotic destination.  It just requires a change of scenery.  Here are a few suggestions that may help you re-charge, re-focus or relocate the smile that is missing from your reflection in the mirror. 

Take a Walk…in a park you have never visited

Visit the Beach…breathe in the fresh sea air

Take a Ride…in the country or on a ferry-boat 

Stop and smell the flowers…at the local garden center or nature center

Pack the car with an overnight bag, a cooler of healthy snacks.  Point your car in the general direction you want to go and head off for a quick weekend getaway. 

Take care of your mental health…The mind is a terrible thing to waste…

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suncreek garden chronicles…here come the tomatos

Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Installment #10

We have been patiently waiting for our favorite garden veggie to color up.  The time is here!

This is one ugly tomato!!! 

Remember beauty is in the eye of the beholder!  

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