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BuzzzZZZZZZ…..like a Bee!

This past Saturday, the Hubs and I were enjoying our morning cup of coffee on the front porch.  We live in a ranch style community and typically there is very little traffic on our street.  On this particular morning we heard what sounded like a truck coming down the road…yes it’s that quite…the sound was getting closer and closer, until the sound was upon us but there was no sign of a vehicle. 

Upon closer inspection…

We discovered that we were being checked out…

By a colony of beeezzzz  that were in search of new residence.

They buzzed around our big oak tree for about 20 minutes…before deciding it was not suitable for there needs.  I have to say that I was happy to see them go.  It was an amazzzing site to see….buzzzzing beeezzzz!

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This post is part of the Blogging Challenge: A to Z April Challenge.  This post is brought to you by the letter ” Z”! 

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Xel-Ha

In 2008 we took a little vacation south of the border…and landed in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  We took up residence at the Iberostar, Quetzal all-inclusive resort located on the beautiful Playacar Beach. 

Our visit was filled with food, fun and sun…we swam, snorkeled and parasailed.  We shopped in the small town of Playa del Carmen…and enjoyed the entertainment at the infamous Carlos and Charlies. 

About 4 days into our little getaway we decided to spend the day at Xel Ha. The worlds largest aquarium…if you have ever gazed into a saltwater aquarium and wondered what it would be like…or if you have ever seen the Don Knots movie, The Incredible Mr. Limpet and thought “I wish I were a Fish”,  then Xel Ha can make that dream come true.

Xel Ha is a natural park composed of a group of inlets, lagoons, cenotes and caves.  A low deciduous forest and water system that is a mix of the salty waters from the Caribbean Sea  and fresh water from springs from underground rivers from the Yucatan Peninsula. Xel Ha’s rainforest is home to over 100 species of birds and over 230 varieties of plants, flowers and trees.  It’s lagoon is home to more than 90 marine species.

Xel Ha offers a wide variety of water related activities.  We floated through the mangrove forest…we did a little cave diving…we snorkeled…we hung out in the greatest hammocks ever made…and we swam with the fish!!!  It was like swimming in a giant aquarium with Mr. Limpet.

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Whatever…is

This is one of my favorite bible verses… “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8…I choose to think on such things…

Whatever…. anything or everything, no matter what…is,

True…honest, just, ideal, essential, conformable to a standard…is,

Honorable… attesting to creditable conduct, consistent with an untarnished reputation…is,

Right…being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper ; suitable, appropriate, genuine, real…is,

Pure…containing nothing that does not properly belong…is,

Lovely…delightful for beauty, harmony, or grace…is,

Admirable…deserving the highest esteem…is excellent and praise worthy!

Day Lily…Daylilies are perennial plants. This name alludes to the attractive flowers which typically last no more than 24 hours. The flowers of most species open in early morning and wither during the following night, possibly replaced by another one on the same flower stalk the next day. Some species are night-blooming. Daylilies are not commonly used as cut flowers for formal flower arranging, yet they make good cut flowers otherwise as new flowers continue to open on cut stems over several days.

Iris…There are over 260 species of Iris’.  They are a perennial herb.  There name is taken from the Greek word meaning rainbow. Iris’ are found growing in a wide range of climates; from the riverbanks of Europe to North America.

Agapanthas…also know as Lily of the Nile, but it is not a lily.  This lovely flower mostly blooms in the summer…but it has graced our garden a little early this year. 

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Variegation…variegated…variety…

My flower beds are filled with a variety of day lilies and Amaryllis that were gifted to me by my Dad.  The flowers vary in color from one plant to the next. There is also variety within the individual flower…This is the time of year when the plants are full of buds.  In keeping with their name every day there is a new bloom to admire and enjoy and photograph.  They are like little gifts from my Dad sprinkled throughout my flower beds and my day. 

Variegation is the appearance of differently coloured zones in the leaves, and sometimes the stems, of plants. This may be due to a number of causes. Some variegation is attractive and ornamental and gardeners tend to preserve these. The term is also sometimes used to refer to colour zonation in flowers, minerals, and the skin, fur, feathers or scales of animals. (according to Wikipedia)

Variegated is having streaks, marks, or patches of a different color or colors; varicolored: Distinguished or characterized by variety; diversified.

Variety is the state of being varied or diversified: to give variety to a diet, difference; discrepancy; a number of different types of things, especially ones in the same general category: a large variety of fruits. A kind or sort, a different form, condition, or phase of something. (Websters Dictionary)

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Need Balance? Unsubscribe!

Unsubscribe…really…I can do that? 

WOW!  My inbox is overflowing!!  Over the past 2 years I have subscribed to so many different web pages and blogs.  All of them have at one time or another served a very important purpose in my life.  They have provided much-needed information, allowed me to experience places I have never seen and probably never will.  I have been encouraged, motivated and inspired.  I have laughed out loud and I have been moved to tears. 

When the Hubs and I first started talking about building our new home in the country I began subscribing to websites that offered a wide variety of house plans.  Once we chose our house plan I began subscribing to web sites that would help us with the building process; brick, interior design, light fixture and flooring companies…you get the idea.  At little further into the process I began to subscribe to furniture and landscaping web sites.  A little further into the process…well, you get the picture. My personal email inbox is overflowing with notifications and updates that are no longer relevant to what is going on in my life.

The same holds true for my work email inbox…overflowing with website notifications and updates that no longer apply or I have lost interest in reading…so I do what most people do I check the box and hit the delete button…instead of doing the thing that makes more sense…and unsubscribe to the now irrelevant websites.

I find myself asking Why?  “Why don’t you just unsubscribe?”  Will I miss something relevant and life changing?  On the contrary…I will be freeing up precious moments that would be better spent participating in life, rather than beating myself up about unsubscribing to an email notification, update, blog linky party, pinterest pin update or Facebook notification that in the big picture of life will not amount to a hill of beans difference.

I have read several blog postings lately where the blogger is doing the one thing that makes the most sense for them at this time. They are unsubscribing to the overwhelming numbers of blogs they have subscribed to over time. They are cleaning house…starting over…getting back to the reason they started blogging in the first place….to just write…chronicle their lives and the things that make life worth living. I admire their commitment and focus!

I have recently embarked on a little internet spring cleaning.  I am taking the bull by the horns and unsubscribing to all of those web pages that no longer serve a purpose in my life.  I have decided to “like” certain bloggers Facebook pages instead of following their blogs. There are a few other bloggers that it makes more sense to follow them via Pinterest instead of their blog postings.  This has cleared up half of the clutter filling my inbox.  I have also changed the WordPress notification on several blogs from immediately to weekly.  I feel like I have given myself some breathing room…which is much needed in my search for balance and peace of mind. 

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This post is part of the Blogging Challenge: A to Z April Challenge.  This post is brought to you by the letter “U”!

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles: Tall Tall Trees…

Tall tall trees…wait those aren’t trees they’re tomatoes!!!  It looks like Farmer Hubs is going to have a stellar tomato crop.  The plants are quite impressive.  They seem to be growing at least 2″ a week…the stems are as thick as my thumb…the leaves are large and dark green…and the plants are heavy with fruit…some plants have as many as 10 tomatoes clustered together.

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Sunday!!!

The weather has been absolutely beautiful.  The air has been clear and cool.  The sky has been a sea of endless blue.  It has been the perfect weather for relaxing in a hammock.  I couldn’t think of a better way to spend this past Sun…day afternoon!  How did you spend your Sun…day?

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This post is part of two weekly challenges…The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge…Sun as well as the Blogging Challenge: A to Z April Challenge.

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