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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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Z is for…zippidydoda (a-z challenge)

 

Zippity doo dah, Zippity aye,
My oh my what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine coming my way,
Zippity doo dah, Zippity aye.

Mister blue bird’s on my shoulder,,
it’s the truth,
it’s actual,
everything’s satisfactual!
Zippity doo dah,
zippity aye,
zippity doo dah,
zippity aye!

The Blogging from A-Z  April Blogging Challenge Zoomed by as I zipped through the alphabet. 


The month started off with Amaryllis, Birthday, Carvings, Decorating, Easter and Faith.   I continued on with Happiness, the I in prIde, Junktiques, Kindness and Lift-off.  I dug in with Merchandising, Nolagirlatheart, Oh Boy and Pale Pink Perfection.  Then I hit the half way mark and things got a little more difficult.  I shared Quilts, Quilting and Quiet Time along with the Rhode Island Red Rooster.  Finally the home stretch; Slow Sauteed Squash, Trending and Un, Une, Unique.  Then I saw the light at the end of the tunnel with the veritable V for Vendetta, Weeds, Woods and Wabbits, well the were wonderful.  Finally Xenia, Yellow and Zippidydoda!!!

I truly enjoyed every minute of creating every post! 

 The Blogging from A-Z Blogging Challenge is Zipped up!

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y is for yellow…social and enthusiastic (a-z challenge)

 

I know your mind has probably taken you to a very sunny happy place.  A place filled with yellow daffodils, fuzzy ducks, lemon cake with lemon frosting, yellow tulips or a yellow school bus.  Quite possibly you are thinking about the yellow pages, a yellow daisy or little yellow rubber ducks.  Maybe your mind has you thinking about yellow labs, bananas, taxi cabs or even yellow highlighters.

These are exactly the things I used to think about when I heard someone mention “yellow”.  However, all of that changed a couple of years ago.  I no longer think in these terms thanks to a personality profile assessment test that we were asked to participate in where I work. 

I will admit that I was a bit hesitant and anxious to take the test.  I was happy knowing what I knew about my psyche.   I was just as happy not knowing certain things about myself that could burst my perfect little bubble.  Of course there was also the concern that something less than complimentary would be revealed which would give pause to my employer about my ability to get my job done. 

Obviously I had some issues that I was unwilling to see from someone elses perspective.  Especially a very cold impersonal computer test which could not possibly understand everything that makes me tick. The test took all of 5 minutes to complete. It turns out that the computer test pegged me and everyone else who answered the questions truthfully dead on.  What an eye-opening experience for me.

My personality test revealed that I am YELLOW…no not yellow as in jaundice or cowardly.  According to the Insights Discovery Personality Profile Yellow is social, dynamic, demonstrative, enthusiastic and persuasive.  A person with a “yellow” personality was likened to a Golden Retriever.  A person who is fun to be around but will chase any butterfly or frisbee that comes into view. 

Some of things the test revealed were not a surprise to me.  I am happy to serve and help others.  I am friendly and sociable.  I have a strong sense of community and I am trusting and tolerant of others’ actions.

The test also revealed that my particular color yellow is very different from that of my co-worker who is also yellow.  On the color wheel there are many variations of the color yellow, some have more green and some have more orange in the mix.  My personality cocktail, so to speak, is unique to me and how God designed me to be. 

The other colors on the wheel are green, blue and red.  The person with a “green” personality is focused on values and the depth of the relationship.  The person with a “blue” personality is typically introverted and has a desire to know and understand the world around him.  The person with a “red” personality is extroverted and has high energy. 

My personality is definitely a mixture of all of the colors on the wheel.  When working with budgets and computer spreadsheets my naturally creative side must make room for the analytical side to get the job done.  And somedays require me to be more caring and attentive so I have to dig deeper for the ‘green” in me.  Then there are days when the “I’m in charge” “fiery red” side of me comes out of left field and has to make a statement or two. 

All in all this is who I am, one very bright, mixed up yellow golden retriever chasing frisbees. I wouldn’t want to be any other color than the color YELLOW!

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X is for…Xenia (a-z challenge)

Thanks to the A-Z challenge I learned something new!

Xenia is the Greek concept of hospitality, or generosity and courtesy shown to those who are far from home.  It is often translated as guest-friendship because the rituals of hospitality created and expressed a reciprocal relationship between host and guest.

There are three basic rules of Xenia. 

  • The respect of host to guest.  The host must be hospitable to the guest offering them food, drink and a bath if required.
  • The respect of guest to host.  The guest must be courteous and not be a burden.
  • The parting gift from host to guest.  This is to show that the host was honored to have received the guest.
  •  (Wiki Info)

Spiritual assessment tests have shown that I have the gift of hospitality.  However long before ever taking one of these tests I knew that entertaining family and friends was my sweet spot.  I find great joy in welcoming them into our home and then making sure they are well taken care of.  The greatest compliment I have ever received is when a friend told me “I love your home, it is so comfortable.” 

I believe hospitality is a gift I was born with but it was also nurtured by my family.  My Grandmother had the gift of hospitality.  I remember that she always had a cake and a pot of coffee ready everyday at 3pm for whomever showed up at her door, and show up they did.  She had 9 children and dozens of grandchildren and on any given afternoon her kitchen was filled with people and laughter.

My parents know how to add that special little touch to any gathering, good conversation or a special dessert or two. They never show up empty-handed or let you leave without a gift from the garden or the freezer.  They are some of the most hospitable people you could ever meet. 

 My Sister is a great party planner and hostess with the mostess.  She has an annual Halloween party that people start planning to attend in July!  That is a testament to her gift of hospitality and thoughtfulness. 

I know that I could show up unannounced at any one of my Cousins or Aunts homes and they would welcome me with open arms.  And if it so happened to be around 3pm I am almost positive I would be offered a fresh hot cup of coffee and slice of something sweet! 

Our family has been practicing Xenia for generations and we just thought we were being hospitable. 

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Wordless Wednesday…Woods, weeds and wabbits (a-z challenge)

Now how often does that happen?  Today’s A-Z challenge is the letter “W” and it is also Wordless Wednesday photo challenge day.  What a great combo!  Really it is…for all of us busy bloggers. 

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U is for…Un, Une and Unique

Today the A-Z challenge is dedicated to the letter “U”.  This weeks WordPress weekly photo challenge topic is “One”.  I decided to roll them together into a little package.

The words Un and Une are the masculine and feminine words for the french word One.

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 This morning I prepared breakfast for Une, a little french bistro breakfast; blackberry croissant, fresh fruit drizzled with vanilla agave syrup and une tasse de cafe! 

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S is for…Slow-Sauteed Squash…(a-z challenge)

Small pattypan squash, each the size of a golf ball, can be halved and sautéed very slowly to make them especially sweet-tasting.  Because of their small size and high skin-to-flesh ration, they hold their shape better than other squash.  You might think that the onion would overpower the delicate sweet flavor of the squash.  However, the low and slow cooking process caramelized the onions which is the perfect complement to the squash. 

Serves 4 as a Side Dish

2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive OIl
1 Medium Onion Minced
1 1/2 Pounds Small Pattypan Squash, Halved
2 Tablespoons Minced Fresh Parsley Leaves

 1.  Heat the oil in a large skillet.  Add the onion and saute over medium heat until softened, about 3 minutes.  Add the squash and stir to coat well with the oil and onion.  Sprinkle generously with salt.  Reduce the heat to medium-low.

2. Cook, stirring occasionally until the squash is tender and golden brown in spots, 20-30 minutes.  Stir in the parsley and adjust the seasoning.  Serve immediately. 

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P is for pale pink perfection…(a-z challenge)

This is my photo journal of what has turned out to be one of my treasured heritage plants! 

This gem came to be part of my garden treasures via my Dad.  I am almost certain that he gifted me this beautiful flower in the off-season. 

 It wasn’t quite time to plant it in the ground so it was given a temporary home in one of the many clay pots that were stored under the potting table.  Before it could find its way into the garden we sold our home therefore it remained in the pot. 

During the move the pot was cracked and now is missing an upper edge.  No matter the neglect or imperfect pot it seems to be thriving. 

I am hesitant to make any changes at this time.  I have heard that new soil and growing conditions can change the color of the bloom. 

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She is a beauty!

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O is for OH BOY!!! (a-z challenge)

O’ Boy!!!  We are more than half way through the April A-Z Challenge.  On April 2nd I was visiting Stacey’s Blog, Walk a Mile in My Shoes and noticed a post as part of the a-z challenge.  I decided to look into it a little further. 

Upon further investigation I discovered this was the second annual a-z challenge.  The rules were to write a post each day of the week except for Sundays and the post topic should in someway correlate with the appropriate letter of the alphabet for that day.  Today is day 15 and the letter is O. 

I initially thought this would be a very easy challenge.  The first 8 posts came easy…then it began to get a little harder.  Here we are 15 days in and now the hard letters are fast approaching; Q, U, X and Z will be difficult at best.

I have been challenged. I have been stretched.  I will not falter.  I will not give up.  I will see this challenge through to the end. 

OH BOY!!!

 

 

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N is for nolagirlatheart (a-z challenge)

Good, Bad or Indifferent this is who I am and this is my life! Most days I think I am better than bad, less than good but never indifferent about the things that matter in life.

My life is not filled with death-defying feats or exceptional talents. I am simply a regular girl with hopes and dreams of a simple life. A life filled with faith, hope and love!

Yes I get off track and my compass does not always point north.  My mind gets cluttered with all of the junk in the world and I struggle with everyday stuff.   I am often saddened and confused by life’s tragic events.  I want to help but feel helpless. 

This blog is about the People, places and things that give me hope and inspire me to be a better me.

Every life is a story and every story has a beginning, a middle and an end.  Every story contains context, conflict, decisions and resolution. 

Once I realized that my life was a story I began to wonder about things; will I make better decisions, will I worry less and trust God more?  I wonder will I be a better listener and a better friend, a better wife and a better mother.  Will I share Jesus with others, or will they see Jesus in me? 

I wonder if I will laugh more often, love more deeply and will I live life to the fullest?  I am wondering about my life story but I am not worrying about it. My life story may not be filled with exciting world travels or death-defying feats.  It may be that God has planned for my life story to be one filled with lots of normal everyday stuff.

I know God has written into my life-story that I would be a daughter, a sister, a friend, a wife, a mother, an encourager and a Christ follower. I do wonder what else He has planned for my story. But I am content because I know the beginning and I know the end and I know who wrote the story line that goes in-between and I am thrilled to be part of such an amazing story. 

My Story!!

Jeremiah 29:11 “for I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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