Monthly Archives: February 2011

and the Oscar goes to….

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…my WordPress Blogging Buddies!!!  I would like to thank you for your continued encouragement, kind words, numerous post “likes” and your blogging community friendships!!!  February has been a stellar month for jeanne’s blog!  Today on the final day of this spectacular month my visitor count has reached over 1000 visits.  That would not have been possible it were not for the postaday2011/postaweek2011, the weekly photo challenge, the Monday Blog Hop, Wordless Wednesday and Muchie Monday. 

Here is a shout out to my WordPress Buddies,  Each of you deserves a Blogging Buddy Oscar!!!

If you have not met my friends I hope you will click on their link and check out their blogs. 

 Charlie Courtois

Into My Mystic

 Passionate about Pets

Piglet in Portugal

Mirth and Motivation

The Running Garlic

Spirit Lights the Way 

Things I Find Annoying

The Todd Family Circus

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Weekly Photo Challenge…Abundance 02.28.11

abundance, noun - an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply, or an overflowing fullness

one week, one island, one beach…

an abundance of sky, water and sand…

  an overflowing of peace and solitude. 

beautiful sunsets…

 

 As well as an overflowing sense of wonder…

at the beauty of the world we live in. 

 

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aRt or GraFfiTi…

Originally graffiti referred to the inscriptions on the walls of prehistoric cave dwellings.  The word graffiti has also been used to refer to the inscriptions or figure drawings in the Catacombs of Rome.  Today graffiti refers to the images or scratching of any kind found on random property usually without the property owners permission.

Graffiti is surrounded by controversy that create disagreements with the graffitists, property owners and city officials.  Graffiti has many different aspects and is a growing art form. 

I came across a building covered in graffiti murals on my was to the Houston Museum of Fine Art. 

What is your take on graffiti as an art form?  Is graffiti prevalent in your city or neighborhood? 

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stop planning another guilt trip?

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Most days are hurried…stressed…difficult…at best.  We rush through our morning coffee, we rush off to work, we rush through our lunch, we rush from work to the gym, to pick up the kids, to drop the kids off at various after school activities.  We then rush home to rush through dinner, dishes, homework all so we can get up and start all over again tomorrow.  We are rushing our lives away.

Why are we always in such a hurry?  Why is it that when we take a moment for ourselves the guilt monster comes creeping in to what amounts to a minute or two of free time?

When was the last time you enjoyed dessert without the guilt?  When was the last time you indulged in a meal without feeling guilt or scouring the menu for the healthiest option?  When was the last time you sat down in a coffee shop and enjoyed your coffee in a ceramic cup? 

Guilt is a sneaky emotional cancer, one that most adults are afflicted with for most of their adult life. Actually guilt isn’t innate, it’s a byproduct of social conditioning.   Guilt is self inflicted.  We over commit and under plan.  There are only so many hours in the day.  Let me throw this at you.  If you only had 30 days to live, would you fill your time with …..?  Sometimes we have to say no to the good things so we an say yes to the great things. If you are so busy taking care of everyone else in your life and you neglect yourself, eventually you will not be able to take care of anyone.  Unpack your bag of guilt.  Slow down, have a cup of coffee with a friend, visit a museum and enjoy your dessert without beating  yourself up.  Life is too short to rush through it. 

So I took my own advice…I spent a guilt free day with a few special friends.  We met for an early lunch at Dolce Vita, one of America’s top rated pizzerias.  We leisurely enjoyed our incredible apps and pizzas.  From there we headed over to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts to view the exhibit by Carlos Cruz-Diez: Color in space and time.  Later in the afternoon we stopped into a cafe for an afternoon coffee break and a shared dessert.   It was an enjoyable day…relaxed…comfortable…easy…guilt free! 

Why can’t everyday be a guilt free day?  

BTW, the pizza we ordered for lunch deserves a mention; authentic thin crust Neapolitan style pizza.  I ordered the Taleggio with taleggio, arugula, sliced pears and truffle oil.  My friend Emma ordered the Zucca with butternut squash, pancetta, smoked bafala mozzarella and red onions.   Tyra ordered the Salsiccia e Friarielli with sausage, rapini and pecorino.  We also enjoyed an appetizer of shaved brussel sprouts with lime vinaigrette and pecorino.  Fantastico!!!

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the view from my front porch…almost

Just a little over two weeks ago our flower beds were covered over with freeze protecting tarps.  The temperatures hovered in the 20′s and 30′s for several days.  The water puddles left behind from the rain were frozen over and the wind was howling out of the north at 30-40 miles per hour.  Winter was in full swing!

Texans will tell you if you don’t like the weather just wait a minute and you will.  That certainly seems to be the case today.  The temperatures this week have been in the 50′s overnight and mid to upper 70′s during the day.  Today was a delightful spring day. 

Sitting on the front porch of our Texas home my senses are aware that change is in the air.  I can see that spring is arriving.  Slowly peeking her head out from the blanket of winter.  Shyly at first.   The new growth teases me.  Looking closely I see that the azaleas and gardenia are covered with new buds.  The Indian Hawthorne is brimming with new growth.  The miniature azaleas and the Texas Red Bud trees are almost ready to show off their beautiful pink party dresses. 

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In South Texas the birds never completely disappear during the winter months.  However, on this beautiful warm February day their numbers seem to be increasing.   In the past few days we have been visited by Eastern Bluebirds, Pileated Woodpeckers, Red Winged Black Birds, Nuthatches, Sparrows, Downey Woodpeckers, Mockingbirds, Cardinals and a host of others I have yet to identify.

There has been a delicate yellow butterfly dancing around our place for the past several days.  Where did she come from?  Where is she going?  Is my yard her destination?  My friendly yellow butterfly has a new friend.  He is mostly black with a little color on his wings, he is a little more elusive.    *note to self-find a butterfly app for my iPhone.*

The one thing that has come to the party without an invitation and with great boldness are the ever-present pesky weeds.  They have me two-steppin at the party; two steps forward one step back, all season long.  Not a day passes without plucking a weed or 2 from the flowerbeds.  Not if you want to keep up perfect party appearances. 

The view from the my front porch shows me …Spring is in the air.

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Wordless Wednesday…double rainbow

Wordless Wednesday

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weekly photo challenge… refuge

refuge- noun; anything to which one has recourse for aid, relief, or escape.

Refuge from the cold

The jetted spa tub  is a refuge of relaxation for your tired achy muscles after a full day on the slopes!

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Where is my frisbee or was that a butterfly?

 

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I have hit the proverbial wall…lack of interaction with people and places has stifled my creativity.  I have been off from work for a little over a week.  And I have discovered this is not the life for me.  I need to be around people, hear their voices and share in their laughter.   

My time alone has left me with too many of my own thoughts and an idle mind is the devils workshop.  Or is it..idle hands..either way trouble is brewing.   I have begun to question why I am doing what I do.  I have begun to worry about things I cannot change.  I am second guessing my new hobby like it is a major career decision.  

My personality profile summed me up perfectly…my personality is like that of a golden retriever.  I like to chase butterflies and frisbees, so to speak.  The more I have going on the better adjusted I am, at least in my own mind.  I am not sure I want to know what other people think about that.  I need to participate in the lives of my friends and family.  Although I love to observe people I am not a bystander. I need to have my finger on the pulse of life. 

Don’t get me wrong, I am content with most everything in my life.  I have all that I ever dreamed of; I am loved by God and  my husband is the love of my life and my best friend.   I have a wonderful son and a beautiful home.  I have a loving family and  friends I love.  My job work is a true calling in my life.  I have traveled enough to know that three days into the trip I am looking forward to coming home.  However, from time to time I need to follow a butterfly or chase a frisbee…

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learn a new language in 15 minutes or less…

Do you know that everyone has a love language specific to them? 

There are 5 love languages and we all identify primarily with one of the 5: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and/or physical touch. Whats your love language?

I was reminded of my love language earlier this week when Emily over at My Pajama Days, penned an open letter of support and encouragement, a love letter,  on her blog.  She wrote to her writer friends and fellow bloggers and readers.  She did not mention anyone by name but when I read it I felt as though she were writing directly to me.  She is a gifted writer.  She writes from her heart and seems to rarely hold back. I wish I could write would write were brave enough to write like Emily. 

Since reading Emily’s post I have thought about the feeling I got from the words in her letter.  I was touched and encouraged. Why?  Because she was speaking my language.  

My love language is … words of affirmation.  If you pat me on the back, give me a thumbs up or even just click the like button on my  blog you are speaking my language. 

Then I had one of those lightbulb moments!  Now I understand why I check my blog stats several times a day.   In my mind, the numbers equate to likeability which is as close to words of affirmation as you may get on a blog.  I mostly have blog stalkers, you know individuals who pop in and out without so much as a peep.    I don’t know if the individuals who click on my blog posts actually read them or not.  But they were here and in my world it means they “liked”  me my post on some level.  I know that seems silly, really it does, but I can’t help how it makes me feel.  I will never forget the first time someone clicked the like button on one of my posts…lets just say it was a stellar moment.   Also when I had my first comment from a total stranger that was like winning the lottery for me.   

Recently I joined the postaweek2011 challenge and began meeting up with other like-minded bloggers.  Little by little my community of friendly bloggers has grown.  I am getting an almost daily dose of affirmation from the likes of Piglet in Portugal, Papa Joe, Mirth and MotivationSpirit Lights the Way  and Running Garlic!  I know this has had a positive impact on me because I can see it in the mirror.  My glow is back! 

My blogging buddies are my support system.  I hope that my clicking the like button on their blogs and dropping a comment here and there is meeting their love language need.  It’s why we blog on WordPress.  We are all looking for community support.   Otherwise we would be writing  in our diaries and keeping our thoughts and feelings under lock and key.

If you do not know someones love language or you use the wrong love language you may as well be speaking a foreign language to them.  You owe it to yourself and to those whom you love to take a few minutes and learn their love language.  Your relationships will be better for it…it will be the best pre-marital advice you  get, it could save a relationship that is on the brink of disaster.  For heavens sake you could figure out how to talk to your teenager and have them talk back  respond to you.  You might even be able to win over that over bearing person in your life by learning a new language, their language of love. 

I am wondering how you interpret your stats?  Do they equate to your love language?

I have recently subscribed to the following blogs;

Boberi

Skinny and Fit

Jon and Phyliss

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weekly photo challenge: curiosity

The Fog

The fog is an illusion—
A master of disguise,
Which hides the tangible
Before our very eyes.

But when the fog has lifted
Everything’s still there,
And the tangible
Only seemed to’ve disappeared.

In the early morning
Or late at night,
The fog descends
Upon various sites.

It gives an air of mystery
That has long prevailed.
Dangerously intriguing
Is the fog’s foggy veil.

© W.S.2009

Walterrean Salley

New Blogs I am Following:

Coffee Stained Pages

Into the Mystic

Purrfectlee Purrceived Ponderings of Leelee

NOLA Details

Bake me More

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