Monthly Archives: May 2012

Blogging Hiatus…

Maybe you have noticed and then again, maybe you haven’t.  I have been on a blogging hiatus.    This hiatus was an unscheduled break and an interruption in my efforts as a blogger and a writer. 

My first experience with this sort of hiatus dropped in on me last year after I had completed the 30 day April A-Z Challenge.  Again this year after posting everyday of the month for theApril challenge my creative ideas were depleted.  I even found my brain couldn’t focus on the simplest Wordless Wednesday post.  I think I owe Frizztext a couple of posts for the A-Z Archive Photo Challenge.   

 Then there was the added busyness of my 9-5 job during the month of May; Mother’s Day celebration, Baby Dedication weekend, Outdoor Church Wide Baptisms, Graduation Recognition and Corporate Communion for 3000 people.  Whew…

Everything that was on my plate overwhelmed me and I just had to say NO to something. 

“Sometimes we have to say No to good things so that we can say YES to even better things.”

My blogging hiatus has given me the opportunity to spend time with friends and family.  There have been graduation parties at the park and birthday celebrations on the river.   There was a fishing tournament that benefits returning wounded veterans and new car shopping. 

I have missed the camaraderie of my like-minded blogging friends…I have missed reading about your comings and goings…your real and imagined stories…your delcious recipes…and your junkin’ excursions…and your wonderful photos that usually take my breath away and leave me wishing I was there and thankful that you have shared your view of the world with me. 

I think June will see my back banging away on the computer.  In the meantime…

Unscheduled blogging hiatus’ can be one of those even better things…see you in June!

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge…Hands

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge & Wordless Wednesday….Hands!

Henna is a beautiful art form and a tradition that is practiced in over 60 countries and has been around for thousands of years.

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Invaded by Herbivores!

We have new visitors to the herb garden…These little herbbies are my favorite kind…future Monarch butterfly’s!  The Monarch Butterfly became the Texas State insect in 1995.  The Monarch butterfly is unique among butterfly’s.  It is the only species of butterfly that does not hibernate, but migrates in changing seasons. The Monarch’s metamorphosis from egg to butterfly takes about a month. 

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A-Z Archive Challenge: “T”

Suncreek Garden 2011 Tomato Crop…This weeks entry into the A-Z Archive Photo Challenge: “T” hosted by Frizztext!

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge…Blue

This is my Light Blue 1961 Admiral AM/FM Alarm Clock Radio!!!  She’s a beauty…as far as vintage radios go!

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Conflict

Conflict is described as a disagreement through which the parties involved perceive a threat to their needs, interests or concerns. Within this simple definition there are several important understandings that emerge:
 
Conflict is often best understood by examining the consequences of various behaviors at moments in time. These behaviors are usefully categorized according to conflict styles. Each style is a way to meet one’s needs in a dispute but may impact other people in different ways.
  • Competing
  • Accommodating
  • Avoiding
  • Compromising
  • Collaborating
 
 
 
There is a bit of a conflict going on here at Suncreek Garden. We have a patty pan squash that has decided it would rather grow among the tomatoes.  At first glance there seems to be a confilict…but what kind of conflict do we have on our hands? 
 
At first glance we have a conflict based on competition…the plants are competing for the same space, the same water, the same sunshine. 
 
Competing is a style in which one’s own needs are advocated over the needs of others. It relies on an aggressive style of communication, low regard for future relationships, and the exercise of coercive power. Those using a competitive style tend to seek control over a discussion, in both substance and ground rules. They fear that loss of such control will result in solutions that fail to meet their needs. Competing tends to result in responses that increase the level of threat.
 
 On second glance we have a conflict of collaboration.  The squash and the tomato have the same needs…
 
Collaborating is the pooling of individual needs and goals toward a common goal. Often called “win-win problem-solving”.  This collaboration requires assertive communication and cooperation in order to achieve a better solution than either individual could have achieved alone. It offers the chance for consensus, the integration of needs, and the potential to exceed the “budget of possibilities” that previously limited our views of the conflict. It brings new time, energy, and ideas to resolve the dispute meaningfully.
 
 
 
 
Sometimes conflicts create an opportunity for the parties involved to rise above the opposition and reach new heights and learn to appreciate one another and offer support.
 
Which is exactly what is happening in our garden.  The squash plant has decided that it would prefer to grow above the tomato plants.  The tomato plants are offering support for the squash’s new path.  We are unsure of the outcome of this conflict between the two plants, but we are keeping a watchful eye on the situation.
 
 
 
 
Sometimes gardening imitates life…and this past week I have had my share of conflict.  I have pondered my contribution to the conflict and I have decided I would rather be the supportive tomato instead of the aggressive squash. 
 
 Philippians 2:4 “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
 

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Wordless Wednesday…You were looking back at me…

Wordless Wednesday…

I was looking back to see
If you were looking back to see
If I was looking back to see
If you were looking back at me.

You were cute as you could be
Standing looking back at me
And it was plain to see
That I’d enjoy your company.

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Weekly Archive Photo Challenge: “S”…Springtime Show-Offs!

Springtime Show-Offs!!!

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This post is part of the weekly archive photo challenge hosted by Flickr Comments by Frizztext. Check out Frizztext’s blog and leave a link to your archive photo challenge post. This weeks post begins with the letter “S”.

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge…Unfocused

Unfocused….Not seeing clearly, or not giving a clear image, faint, invisible, subtle, blurred, faintly, unseen, fuzzy, undetected.  Without a clear purpose, aim, or direction, unstructured, haphazard, chaotic, undisciplined, disorganized, unplanned, hasty.

 

Ecclesiastes 6:9 “Better is the sight of the eyes (the enjoyment of what is available to one) than the cravings of wandering desire.  This is also vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility) and a striving after the wind and a feeding on it!

 

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There you have it…From A to Z!

A little R&R after completing the A to Z April Challenge!

This is the second year I have participated in the Blogging Challenge: A to Z April Challenge.  I thought it would be nice to do a little recap of my efforts…more for my own amusement than anything else. 

I saw alligators and smelled bluebonnets and ate cake from a cup.  Wednesday was delicate, Thursday was Excellent, Friday was Free and Saturday was full of Grace.  I found myself wishing I was here instead of there with simply irresistible junk.  As the month progressed, little by little I became mindful of marginNo more obscured views just pretty pale pink perfection and the quintessence of quiet. A soulful singer will R.I.P. and on Sunday we were blessed with tall tall trees to hold a hammock. An overflowing inbox screamed for me to unsubscibe to a variety of whatever was unnecessary and out of date.  The month has come to a close but not before being filled with yellow blooms and buzzing bees! There you have it…my A to Z!

A…Alligators…Louisiana swamps are full of Alligators

B…Bluebonnets …are as synonymous with Texas as Cowboy Boots and Stetson Hats!

C…Cake in a Cup …who figured this one out?

D…Wordless Wednesday…DelicateSlight and shapely; lovely; graceful; “a delicate creature.”

E…Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Excellent!!!…We are off to an excellent start here at the Suncreek Garden…

F…Music Moves Me: Free…and It’s My Free Friday!…Friday is my only day off…it’s my Free day! I am free to do what ever moves me…

G…The Gift of Grace…When I first believed and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior I received a gift…The gift of Grace

H…Wishing I was Here!…Wishing I was back here…in this Hammock

I…Simply IrresistibleYou decide which is more irresistible

J…Girls Gone Junkin’…Gotta Git’cha Junk On!…There are girls who go to the flea market, and girls who go to yard sales

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L…Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Little by Littlethe Suncreek Garden is coming alive…

M…Being Mindful of MarginMargin is the space between your load and your limit

N…NO…NO MORE…NO!… No…never…none…nothing… noway…No entry… No fair…no fun!

O…Two Subjects…Obscured!…How often is our view of life obscured by one view or another

P…Perfection…Pretty Pale Pink Perfection…

Q…Quintessence…Quintessence of Quiet

R…R.I.P….LEVON HELM…the weight of this life has been lifted

S…Sunday!!!…I couldn’t think of a better way to spend this past Sun…day afternoon!

T…Suncreek Garden Chronicles: Tall Tall Trees…wait those aren’t trees they’re tomatoes!!!

U…Need Balance? Unsubscribe!…Unsubscribe…really…I can do that?

V…Variegation…variegated…varietyMy flower beds are filled with a variety of day lilies and Amaryllis that were gifted to me by my Dad!

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

X…Xel-Ha… The worlds largest aquarium…

Y…Mellow Yellow…For today’s post I have only shared the daylilys that are shades of yellow

Z…BuzzzZZZZZZ…..like a Bee!…Upon closer inspection…

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