Monthly Archives: February 2012

Wordless Wednesday…It’s Leap Year!

Wordless Wednesday…It’s Leap Year!

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http://sometimesshewanders.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/wordless-wednesday-leap-year/

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http://house-of-emery.com/2012/02/29/wordless-wednesday-home-away-from-home/

http://gallery32.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/wordless-wednesday-sweet-roses/

http://atransparentlife.com/2012/02/29/productively-wordless-wednesday/

http://milkathedane.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/wordless-wednesday-wassup/

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A-Z Archive: I! Challenge…Ivy

A-Z Archive: I! Challenge…Ivy

This week’s topic for our “A-Z Archive” photo challenge: the “I” archive: introduce one photo of your archive with a “I” Keyword. – I’m sure you’ll find a picture: tag with “A-Z Archive” and put a link on your page to FrizzText, so we’ll get a trackback-list including your post!

This green Ivy covered wall is an incredible contrast to the golden rod painted walls…I snapped this shot last February on a day trip into Houston, Texas.  I love the contrast of colors and textures.  But my favorite thing in the shot is the little window…

A-Z Archive: I Challenge

Other I! Challenge submissions:

http://creativityaroused.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/i-challenge-immaculate-iris/

http://wp.me/p296YA-3d

http://jullianeford.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/a-z-archive-i-challenge-ice/

http://anitamacphotos.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/daily-photo-challenge-letter-i/

http://50yearproject.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/a-z-archive-i-challenge/

http://stephenkellycreative.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/a-z-archive-i-challenge-ice-water-inxs/

http://2e0mca.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/a-z-archive-i-challenge/

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Love your neighbor…

Before the month of Love comes to an end…I would like to share a little bit of my heart with you…

I am mostly non confrontational…and a peace keeper…

I am soft hearted and sometimes get my feelings hurt over a passing comment.   

It doesn’t take much to tug on my heart-strings and all of the evil, hatred and fighting in the world weighs heavy on my spirit. 

I typically do not watch the news because it fills me with sadness…

I wonder how different the World would be if the news media focused more on the positive things that people do instead of all of the murder and mayhem.  Just today the first 10 minutes of the evening news was dedicated to the following stories;

  • Man shoots wife, two daughters, then himself
  • Fight over singing ends in fatal shooting
  • Off-duty HPD officers shoot teen in SE Houston
  • Man shot to death in his apartment
  • Pawn shops targeted in smash and grab thefts
  • One killed, 4 wounded in school shooting in Ohio

The list continues with more murders and then as if to lighten the mood the News Anchor switches over to the recap of the Oscars…It’s not enough to highlight the winners,great effort is made to point out who failed to meet the expectations of the fashion gurus…Then they move on to the political in fighting and wrap up with the daunting news of the ever-increasing gasoline prices. 

Not a single minute of a single “feel good” story.  I know that every day good people all over the world are doing good things for people in need.  I think there should be more time devoted to covering the “feel good” stuff….

what the world needs now is love sweet love,
it’s the only thing that there’s just to little of,
What the world needs now is love sweet love,
no, not just for some but for everyone…

Try this on for size…Love your neighbor as yourself…

 

The people in this video gave up their Saturday to go out and help a complete stranger.  Not only did they donate their time, they paid a minimal fee to cover the cost of a T-Shirt, transportation and snacks.   They didn’t do it for the recognition…they didn’t do it for money… they didn’t do it for any other reason than the fact that there was a need.   

New Hope Church, where I worship and work, organizes community outreach projects throughout the year.  The outreach projects fill up in a couple of weeks time and usually have a waiting list.  More times than not the teams come back physically exhausted but mentally exhilarated.  They come back with dirty clothes but with a renewed spirit.  They leave out thinking they are going to change someones life but come back changed themselves.   They have experienced what it is to…Love your Neighbor

Romans 13:9
For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

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Spring Is In The Air…or not

Spring is in the air…well at least it was a couple of days ago…now old man winter is back…but only for a day or two…then summer will be here.  If you don’t like the weather in Texas…just give it a day…you will!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge

Whenever we visit La King’s Confectionery I allow myself to indulge without guilt or concern of calorie consumption…I yield to the desires and whims of my inner child..I take unrestrained pleasure in the total experience…especially to an excessive degree….all from behind the lens of my camera. Focus, zoom, snap…one sweet confectionery picture after another.  Snap…indulge…saltwater taffy, snap…indulge…jelly fruit slices, snap…indulge…peanut butter fudge, snap…indulge…caramel clusters, snap..indulge….hand dipped ice cream cones, snap…indulge!!!

Follow me to La King’s…for an incredibly indulgent experience!!!

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These pictures were taken at La King’s Confectionery located on Galveston Island.  The King family began making “old world” style candy in 1927.  In 1976  the King family opened up La King’s Confectionery on the historic Galveston Strand.

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Music Moves Me…Free To Be Me

Music Moves Me…Free To Be Me! 

I enjoy all kinds of music.  I especially like upbeat,  get my feet moving, put a smile on my face, get a little perspective kind of music.  This is today’s pick!!!

 

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the hook up…

In the last two weeks we have had one hook up after another….

the hook up...

A couple of weeks ago my husband incurred an injury.  On the way to the Hospital emergency room he decided to visit the ER Clinic where his Niece is the Physicians Assistant.  This little hook up saved hours of waiting around the Hospital emergency room.  PA Niece and her staff took good care of the hubs.  She also hooked him up with a  referral to an Orthopedic Surgeon.  The Ortho Surgeons office hooked him up with an MRI…WOW those things are expensive.  The Imaging Clinic hooked him up to the space pod for an hour-long ride filled with repetetive clicks, pops, humming and white noise…then another visit to the Doctor to discuss the findings of the MRI.  The Doctors diagnosis…Completely torn bicipital tendon and the torn tendon is retracted from radial tuberosity ….basically my husband’s arm is messed up.  

Now the big hook up…surgery was scheduled.  We arrived at the Hospital at our scheduled time slot and we were hooked up to one of those buzzers you get when you go to a really popular restaurant and have an extended wait.  It wasn’t long before my husband was escorted back for his next hook up…an especially nice disposable gown and matching shower cap as well as a plethora of monitoring devices.

He was hooked up to a heart monitor, blood pressure monitor as well as an antibiotic IV drip.  During our extended wait the Hospital Staff was very attentive and informative.  The next hook up came when it was getting closer to ” go time”.  He was given two medications through the IV drip; one of which was to help him relax. 

It was now time for me to take my little buzzer back to the waiting room…3 hours later…I was the last person left in the waiting room.  The Doctor came out from surgery and gave me the hook up on how things had gone down in the operating room.  Basically a big thumbs up!!! 

About an hour later I was escorted to the PACU.  The Hubs was still hooked up to the monitors and IV drip.  The PACU nurse and I waited for Hubs to wake up from the meds that were administered before and during surgery.  The nurse was very informative.  She was explaining to me that my guy was doing great!  He was still sleeping but that was a good thing.  As the Hubs began to flutter his eyes, the nurse began to access his pain level.  She administered pain meds through the IV drip in an attempt to give him immediate relief.

Another 40 minutes later, the Hubs is awake, un-hooked from the monitors and IV, dressed and wheeled out to the truck.  The hook up for pain meds was phoned into the pharmacy.  We were on our way home!

By the way…Hubs is doing great!  His surgery was Wednesday…he took Thursday off from work…this morning I helped him get dressed and by 6:15am he was out the door and on his way.  He will have minimal use of his left arm for the next two weeks.  After that we are expecting a slow but gradual rehab of his bicep that could take up to 3 months.

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…garden fail, who knew?

Suncreek Garden Chronicles…garden fail!  I think this may be what brussels sprouts look like when grown under the wrong conditions…  Out of 6 plants this is the only one with significant sprout growth but… these sprouts have just stopped growing! 

I am not sure we have truly failed at growing brussels sprouts.  I have done a bit of research in the past few days and it seems that we just lack knowledge.  Our winter temperatures have been on the warm side, but it would seem not too warm for the brussels.  It also seems that the plants may be just waiting on us to take the next step.  I have read that we should begin harvesting the lower leaves and sprouts of the plant to stimulate continued growth of the remaining sprouts.  Who knew?

Well someone knew and now I think I know…how to over come our possible garden fail. 

Suncreek Garden Chronicles...Fail

Of all of the winter veggies we planted I was most excited by the possibility of growing our own brussels sprouts. Which in itself blows my mind. You see before last year I was not a fan of cabbage or brussels sprouts. Of course my professed dislike for these veggies had no real basis to it. As I child I had associated a bout of stomach flu with eating cabbage at my aunt’s house. So for years and I do mean years I refused to eat, actually I refused to even try a dish that contained cabbage or brussels sprouts.

My husband really enjoys eating cabbage. Also, there is a lady that I work with who goes to an incredible amount of work making cabbage rolls. We are talking over 100 individual rolls. She is so sweet and makes this dish out of love and there is just no way to refuse to eat this dish when she makes it for you. So between the two of them they have worn me down. I finally had to give in and give this incredibly humble veg another try. Guess what? I like it! I do. Now I am not going to go out of my way to make fried or stewed cabbage or even cabbage rolls. But I will eat a serving if it’s offered to me.

On the other hand I have fallen in love with brussels sprouts. I can not explain it. I don’t think I want to try. But I really like these little bite size morsels.  I find myself adding them to my grocery cart whenever they are available. Who knew?!

Sometimes things just don’t work out the way you plan…we planted a winter garden and then winter failed to show up.  We built a temporary greenhouse so we could start the seedlings for the spring garden…our placement of the greenhouse may have stifled the growth of a couple of our cold weather loving plants.  Whatever the outcome of this first attempt at growing a winter garden will give us knowledge and experience as we make our plans for next seasons attempt at growing a home garden. 

 

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Wordless Wednesday…Waiting

Wordless Wednesday…Waiting

Wordless Waiting...Waiting

 

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A-Z Archive: H! Challenge…Hummingbird!

A-Z Archive: H! Challenge…Hummingbird!

This week’s topic for our “A-Z Archive” photo challenge: the “H” archive: introduce one photo of your archive with a “H” Keyword. – I’m sure you’ll find a picture: tag with “A-Z Archive” and put a link on your page to FrizzText, so we’ll get a trackback-list including your post!

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thanks for joining this H challenge:
1 -HARMONY
http://creativityaroused.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/h-challenge-harmony/
2 -HAVELI HOTEL
http://imagesoftheheart.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/a-z-archive-h-is-for-haveli/
3 -HUMMINGBIRD
http://nolagirlatheart.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/a-z-archive-h-challenge-hummingbird/
4 -HIGH RISE
http://2e0mca.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/a-z-archive-h-challenge/
5 – HAND
http://motherwifestudentworker.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/a-z-archive-h-challenge/
6 HOT
http://jullianeford.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/a-z-archive-h-challenge-hot/
7 – HIDING
http://50yearproject.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/h-photo-challenge-hiding/
8 – HOPE
http://terri0729.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/hope-a-z-archive-h-challenge/
9 – HARAJUKU HAWKER
http://stephenkellycreative.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/a-z-archive-h-challenge-harajuku-hawker/
10 – HANDKERCHIEF
http://tristenhohn.com/2012/02/21/a-z-archive-h-is-for-handkerchief/
11 – Handicap – Heron etc.
http://contemplativeeye.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/h-challenge-2/

 

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